Book talk: Berryville, Va., farmer Forrest Pritchard visits the Charles Town Library Thursday for a talk on his new book, “Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers’ Markets, Local Food and Saving the Family Farm.”
His talk begins at 7 p.m. at the library at 200 E. Washington St. For details, call 304-725-2208 or go online to ctlibrary.org.
Harvest Ball: The Harvest Ball at Claymont Court begins at 6 p.m. Saturday at the historic home built for Charles Washington, the youngest brother of the nation’s first president.
Put on by the nonprofit Friends of Happy Retreat and the Claymont Society, the evening includes 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.
Civil War talk: Civil War expert Frank Surdu next week will present a free talk on the uniforms worn during the conflict, including the problems that arose in providing them to troops. He’ll also talk about some of the unique and colorful uniforms soldiers donned.
The talk begins at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at Charles Town Library, 200 E. Washington St. For details, call 304-725-2208 or go online to ctlibrary.org.
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.
New exhibit: The art of Ed Klejnowski is on display at the public library in Summit Point through Oct. 31.
The exhibit is the South Jefferson Public Library’s 46th entry in its popular “Art in the Library” series. The show may 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 email@example.com or call the library at 304-725-2208.
‘Legally Blonde’ continues at OOH
Ashley Snow is “Elle Woods,” the sorority girl whose life is changed when she enters Harvard Law School, as “Legally Blonde: The Musical” continues this week at Charles Town’s Old Opera House. The musical comedy begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the historic theater at 204 N. George St. Other performances are scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
David Porterfield directs the play, with Charles Johnson providing musical direction and Christine Galante handling choreography. Adam Blackstock portrays Elle’s ex-love Warner is while Alora Ray, Tony Marchese, Holly Legg and Irina Price are among others with key roles.
To reserve tickets or get more information, go to oldoperahouse.org or call the box office at 304-725-4420.