Civil War talk: Award-winning historian George Deutsch discusses the aftermath of the Battle of Antietam at 8 tonight at Camp Hill Methodist Church in Harpers Ferry.
The talk is part of the monthly Harpers Ferry Civil War Roundtable.
Deutsch, twice honored by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, will focus on the 145th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, a new regiment in September of 1862 that spent weeks burying the battlefield dead then moved on to Bolivar Heights, where they spent weeks camping without tents.
The free program begins at 8 p.m. at Camp Hill United Methodist Church, 601 W. Washington St. in Harpers Ferry. For more information, call 301-639-8855 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free concert: Shepherd University’s Music Salon Series continues with a free concert at 8 p.m. Thursday in the W.H. Shipley Recital Hall. Pianist Yu-Hsuan Liao and saxophonist Jeremy Koch will present a genre-fusing program called “Arresting Developments.”
For more information, call 304-876-555 or visit shepherd.edu.
Kids’ crafts: Skipper’s Downtown Dips and Deli at 114 W. Washington St. in Charles Town offers special autumn-themed craft nights for youngsters Thursday and Oct. 17, 24 and 31.
The event runs from 6 to 7 p.m. and costs $10 per child. Call 304-725-3477 for details.
Art event: Artomatic@Jefferson continues every weekend this month at the Rock & Tile at 154 Wolfcraft Way, near the intersection of U.S. 340 and Marlow Road in Charles Town.
Admission is free.
The extravaganza includes art displays along with special entertainment, children’s art activities, film, poetry, plays and book readings, demonstrations, live music, theater, dance, workshops and seminars for artists and more.
Artomatic@Jefferson’s normal hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.
The event will conclude with a Halloween party starting at 3 p.m. Oct. 31.
For information on the artists taking part and for specifics on entertainment and workshop times, go online to artomaticjefferson.com.
Middleway Day: Saturday brings the free Middleway Day street festival with 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.
“Travels” exhibit: See the “Travels in Time” exhibit with mixed media, illustrations and other work from Eric Holstine, Leigh Anne Cassell and Jason Edwards at the Steam at Harpers Ferry gallery through Nov. 17. Works involve a Steampunk time machine, a Steampunk “Doctor Who” and digital art. Located at 180 High St., the gallery’s phone number is 304-885-0094.
Celebrating Mason Ellsworth: A 24th birthday bash for Shepherdstown native Mason Ellsworth – the artist who continues to recover following a devastating 2008 car crash – is set for 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Train Station in Shepherdstown.
The summer after Ellsworth graduated with honors from Jefferson High – before he was able to start Shepherd University, where he’d won a full music scholarship – a truck broadsided his car.
Suffering from a traumatic brain injury, Ellsworth spent the next six months in a coma; his medical team offered little hope of survival or recovery, family members say.
As he recovered, he took up painting. His work is on display at Artomatic@Frederick in Frederick, Md., and has been chosen for Art Ability, a juried exhibit opening on Nov. 4 at Pennsylvania’s Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.
In September, Ellsworth began an intense, six-week rehabilitation program in Philadelphia. To help the family defray the cost of treatment, the evening will include a silent auction of Ellsworth’s paintings.
The family also says a suggested donation of $10 “will be gratefully accepted” for the party, which will feature international cuisine, live music and entertainment.
For details, call Sue Kennedy at 304-876-1093.
Apple butter fest: The 40th annual Apple Butter Festival is expanding this year. In addition to the normal Saturday and Sunday lineup, the Berkeley Springs street festival this year will
also include a free block party along Mercer Street from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday.
Saturday’s fun kicks off with a parade at 9 a.m., followed by apple butter making in the Town Square, bands, environmental/nature displays, a turtle race, town history at Museum of the Berkeley Springs in the park, guided tours, special art exhibits at the Ice House at Independence and Mercer streets, a rubber duck race and contests for best hog call, longest egg toss and more.
Parking can be tough to find downtown, and pricey. Another option: Park at U.S. Silica north of town and hop aboard the free trolley to the Ice House from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more on the Apple Butter Festival, call 800-447-8797 or go online to applebutterfestival.org.
Book Club: New members are always welcome at the Charles Town Library’s Book Club, which meets next at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at 200 E. Washington St. October’s selection is Sara Gruen’s “Water for Elephants.”