Middleway Day: One of Jefferson County’s most historic towns holds its annual Middleway Day next weekend.
Admission is free to the Oct. 12 street festival, which will include free children’s activities, a petting zoo, an Art Barn, a farmers’ market, Susie the Clown, historical exhibits and more.
Among the musical entertainment: Chelsea McBee, Craggy Island and members of the Speakeasy Boys. Shepherdstown’s Morris Dancers, Hicks With Sticks, also will perform.
The festival happens from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and most of the events take place on East Street on Leetown Road, about half a mile off W.Va. 51. Parking is free.
Narrated wagon tours of the historic district will be available and the public will be able to see inside the former Union Church, the Masonic Lodge, Grace Episcopal Church, the Elizabeth Smith House and the garden of the Virginia Inn.
Organizers also have lined up demonstrations of integrated hydroponic produce- and fish-farming, blacksmithing, fibercrafts, and apple butter and cider making.
The Middleway 4-H will sell food, as will Grace Episcopal Church and the Middleway Fire Department.
Middleway Day is put on by the Middleway Conservancy, which promotes historic preservation in and around the nationally registered Historic District.
The Conservancy also will host a bake sale and sell ice cream.
Farm market stalls will include those from Middleway Farm (herbs and mums), Shepherd’s Whey (goat cheese and milk) and Broadfield Farm (produce).
Anyone wishing to donate items to the silent auction or bake sale may bring them to Middleway Day or call Linda Fricke at 304-728-6400.
Antique apples: Saturday’s fun at the Peter Burr Living History Farm’s daylong Harvest Faire will include the chance to sample antique apples.
Deborah Rochefort will lead the tasting, which will feature apples from Distillery Lane Ciderworks. The orchard in nearby Jefferson, Md., grows many varieties of yesteryear apples, including some that date back centuries.
“One fascinating thing about apple varieties is that since apples do not grow true from seeds, apple varieties must be propagated by grafting,” Rochefort said. “This means that if you eat a Calville Blanc apple, you are eating the same apple – not a descendant! – prepared for Tarte Tatin in the court of Louis XIV. If you take for dessert the ‘prince of apples,’ Ashmead’s Kernel, you have the same apple as one of the ones Martha Washington could provide along with nuts for dessert after dinner.
“Eating these apples is truly a taste of history.”
The 1751 Burr House in Kearneysville on Saturday also offers a “breeching party,” the traditional, coming-of-age shindig complete with 18th-century games, treats and activities. The party happens from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The events, free to the public, are sponsored by Reliving History and the Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commission.
For details, contact Lorri Schwartz (email@example.com or 304-728-7151).
Vietnamese cooking workshop: Saturday is the deadline to sign up for a special cooking class fundraiser happening Oct. 14 at the Canal House in Harpers Ferry.
Vi Nguyen, the owner of Vivo Day Spa in Harpers Ferry, will show how to make Vietnamese pho (noodle soup) and Vietnamese egg rolls. The fee is $30, and participants will make enough for their own lunch and to take home for their family.
Nguyen says except for the cost of ingredients, all money generated from the event will go to Vivo’s yearly Susan G. Komen Foundation cancer fundraiser. The class happens from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
To reserve a spot or get details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 304-535-1110.
Scenic hike: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society invites hikers of all ages and abilities to join veteran trail hiker Dave Michener for a short hike up to Jefferson’s Rock at Harpers Ferry on Oct. 19.
Participants will meet at the Harpers Ferry train station at 9 a.m. There is no fee for the hike but parking in the train station lot will cost $5.
The hour-long, rain-or-shine hike comes around the same time of year as Thomas Jefferson’s famous visit to the place now known as Jefferson’s Rock, on Oct. 25, 1783. He called the vista “perhaps one of the most stupendous scenes in nature.”
Fall colors should be close to their peak, organizers note. They say the hike is relatively easy but will include some steep steps. Participants should wear sturdy footwear and dress appropriately.
On the way back to the train station, the group will hike along part of the Appalachian Trail.
Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. To sign up, go to potomacadubon.org or contact Michener (DaveMichener@msn.com or 703-973-6435).
Harvest party: A free Community Harvest Party and Chili Cookoff begins at 2 p.m. Saturday in Summit Point.
The event is being put on with help of Fusion 4:12, the youth group made from three local United Methodist churches in Summit Point, Leetown and Middleway.
The chili cookoff includes the chance to sample 10 varieties and prizes awarded to the judges’ favorite and fan favorite. Activities and games for kids also are planned, along with a moon bounce, face painting, scarecrow building, hayrides, snacks and more.
The three-party happens at Summit Point United Methodist Church on Steptoe Street. For details, call Connie Craigo at 304-725-3992.
Farm event: Another “Fresh Feast on the Farm” begins with appetizers and a wine tasting at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Members of the Charles Town Rotary Club will act as servers at the 7 p.m. meal, and 10 percent of the proceeds from the meal will go to the Rotary.
The multi-course meal, served in a restored circa-1828 house at Clay Hill Farm in Ranson, will feature pasture-raised roasted chicken from Walnut Hill Farm in Kearneysville and other locally sourced food as well as wine.
For reservations or other details, go to FreshFeastOnTheFarm.com or call 304-725-4325.
Live music: The Taphouse Sports Bar at 107 Keyes Ferry Road in Charles Town offers two special events this weekend, with the band Jada Kiss Invades on Friday and a Pajama Party on Saturday.
The bar’s first-ever Teen Night Saturday will include a DJ and laser bowling. For details, go online to taphousesportsbar.com.
Running event: Runners can sign up now for Freedom’s Run, happening Oct. 12 in Jefferson County. The marathon begins in Harpers Ferry and ends in Shepherdstown and organizers also offer a free one-mile fun run for children, a 5K, a 10K and a half marathon.
To sign up or get details, go to freedomsrun.org.
Art exhibit: The art of Ed Klejnowski is on display at the public library in Summit Point through month’s end.
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.
Gallery: 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.
Book Club: New members are always welcome at the Charles Town Library’s Book Club, which meets next at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 15. The library is located at 200 E. Washington St.
This month’s selection is Sara Gruen’s “Water for Elephants” and the November book is “March” by Geraldine Brooks. For details, call 304-725-2208.