History talk: A Shepherd University history professor emeritus this evening will deliver a free talk, “Preserving the Past: How Shepherdstown Saved the Entler from the Wrecking Ball.”

The talk begins at 7 p.m. at the Entler Hotel at 129 E. German St. Seating is limited.

Jerry Thomas’s talk is part of Historic Shepherdstown’s 2013 Speaker Series. He will recount the story of how Shepherdstown citizens rallied together to save, restore and preserve the historic building.

Also tonight, Historic Shepherdstown will present its 2013 Preservation Awards, awarded annually to property owners within the Shepherdstown magisterial district who have restored or renovated an historic structure or site in an historically appropriate manner.

Light refreshments will be served after the talk. For more information, call Cheryl Gregory at 304-876-0910.


Middle school dance: Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 get their own night of music and dancing thanks to Jefferson County Parks and Rec. Friday’s fun happens from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Jefferson County Community Center in Shenandoah Junction. Admission costs $8 and includes snacks. Students must bring along their school ID to attend. For details, call 304-728-3207 or go online to jcprc.org.


Irish road bowling: Try the sport that’s been winning fans in Ireland for more than 300 years when an Irish road bowling tournament comes to Shepherdstown Sunday.

The free fest starts at 1:30 and involves throwing cannonballs on historic Trough Road. Anyone 9 and older may register for free on site. For other details, contact Mary Wolfe at mwolfe4@frontier.com or go online www.wvirishroadbowling.com.


New exhibit: The art of Ed Klejnowski is newly on display at the public library in Summit Point.

The exhibit is the South Jefferson Public Library’s 46th entry in its popular “Art in the Library” series. The show goes through Oct. 31 and can be seen during the library’s regular hours, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The library at 49 Church St. is closed Fridays.

Klejnowski earned degrees from the University of Maryland, where he majored in studio art painting, and the Maryland School of Art and Design, where he studied graphic communication.


Art show: See photographs, paintings, woodwork and other amazing art crafted by local artists at the Fire Hall Gallery

at 108 N. George St. in Charles Town.

For times and other information about the gallery, call 304-724-2090.


History museum: Visit the Jefferson County Museum on the ground floor of Charles Town Library at 200 E. Washington St. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission costs $3 for adults while children, students and Charles Town Library patrons get in free. For details, call 304-725-8628, go to jeffctywvmuseum.org or find “Jefferson County Museum” on Facebook.


Book Club: The Charles Town Library Book Club meets from 3:30 to 5 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month, with new members always welcome. The club meets at the library at 200 E. Washington St. This month, members will discuss “Mom & Me & Mom” by Maya Angelou and then “March” by Geraldine Brooks in November. To learn more, email octllibarian@frontier.com or call the library at 304-725-2208.


Arts fest: Dozens of the region’s top-notch artists bring their best to the Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival, held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 27, 28 and 29 at Sam Michaels Park on Job Corps Road in Shenandoah Junction.

The festival also brings artist demonstrations, live bluegrass, food vendors, a kids’ activities tent, wine tasting and more. Admission costs $7 for adults or $4 for children 6 to 17. Parking and entertainment are included. More information and a coupon for $1 off admission are available at jeffersoncountywvchamber.org/festival


Court date

Claymont Court – the circa-1780 home built for Charles Washington, Charles Town’s founder and the youngest brother of the nation’s first president – hosts a special event next week. Tickets are on sale through Friday for the Harvest Ball. Put on by the nonprofit Friends of Happy Retreat and the Claymont Society, the Sept. 14 event happens from 6 to 11 p.m. The evening features cocktails, a buffet dinner and music from the Martinsburg Jazz Orchestra with dancing in the ballroom dining. Tickets cost $100 per person or tables of eight for $1,000. For details or to reserve seats, call 304-724-7956. More information may be found online at happyretreat.org.


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