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. 24 and 31.

The event runs from 6 to 7 p.m. and costs $10 per child. Call 304-725-3477 for details.


Scenic hike: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society invites hikers of all ages and abilities to join veteran trail hiker Dave Michener Saturday for a short hike up to Jefferson’s Rock at Harpers Ferry.

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).


Artomatic: A hands-on book art workshop with expert Liz Goins is one of the features as Artomatic@Jefferson continues Friday afternoon at the Rock & Tile at 154 Wolfcraft Way, near the intersection of U.S. 340 and Marlow Road in Charles Town.

Artomatic@Jefferson continues Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through month’s end. Admission is free.

In addition to Goins’ pair of workshops at 1 and 3 p.m., other special events scheduled this weekend include a sneak peek at the American Conservation Film Festival, “Sip & Craft” with Art Shack, Baby!, music from The Dilletantes and Jamie Gregory (all happening Friday); a hands-on clay workshop, dance with Kitty Clark, readings by Lyn Widmyer and Sean O’Leary, and music from Betty Jo & Scott Rockwell, Scott Day and Joe Ham (all on Saturday); art for kids sponsored by Miss Emily Art, a reading by Joyce Hampton and music from Dangerous Ruins, Deane Kern and Caleb Karriker (all Sunday.)

The month-long extravaganza – just the fourth such art event and the first time outside D.C., Cleveland and Frederick, Md. – 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 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.

To see biographies of the artists taking part or for more details on entertainment and workshop times, go online to artomaticjefferson.com.


Shepherdstown 4-H event: Hungry patrons of the downtown Shepherdstown restaurant Domestic this weekend will help Camp Frame, the Panhandle 4-H camp in Hedgesville.

The eatery and the Jefferson County-based Shenandoah Shamrocks 4-H Club host a fundraiser from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, with a portion of food and drink sales going to Camp Frame for maintenance and other needs.

“Because of our dedication to fresh, local foods, 4-H is a cause that is near and dear to our hearts,” explains Domestic owner Doug Vaira.

The restaurant is at 117 E. German St. For more information, including Domestic’s new autumn menu items (one entrée is local grilled pork chop with braised rainbow chard and peach chutney), go to or call 304-876-1030.


“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.


“Boo!Fest”: Shepherdstown is launching a new autumn tradition this year, expanding its Halloween celebration into a week-long “Boo!Fest.”

The fun begins Oct. 25 and will include pumpkin painting, a zombie street dance, storytelling sessions, town ghost tours, restaurant specials, classic horror movies at the Opera House, and more. The event wraps up with trick-or-treating along German Street from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

Boo!Fest is sponsored by the Shepherdstown Visitors Center, the Shepherdstown Business Association, the Station at Shepherdstown and the Jefferson County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Organizers promise “a wide variety of activities that everybody can enjoy, with a special emphasis on activities for children and families. Most activities will be free and everyone will be welcome.”

For details, call the Visitors Center at 304-876-2786 or email info@shepherdstownvisitorscenter.com. For a detailed schedule of activities, go online to shepherdstownvisitorscenter.com.


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.


Art exhibit: Ed Klejnowski’s art is on display at the South Jefferson Public Library in Summit Point through month’s end.

The exhibit at 49 Church St. 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.


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 at 200 E. Washington St. The November book is “March” by Geraldine Brooks. For details, call 304-725-2208, go to ctlibrary.org or email octllibarian@frontier.com.


Meals On Wheels gala: Meals On Wheels of Jefferson County’s first gala fundraiser happens from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 9 at Asbury United Methodist Church’s Asbury Center at 110 W. North St. in Charles Town.

With a theme of “Follow the Yellow Brick Road,” the evening will include a showing of the movie “Return to Oz,” a moon bounce, nachos and other snacks, music from the Jefferson High School Jazz Ensemble, a silent auction, door prizes and more. The cost of admission ($3 for kids 11 and younger; $10 for those older) includes a ticket for prize drawings. For more information, call 304-620-2723 or email MealsOnWheelsJC@gmail.com.


Get in touch: Do you have an item for Out&About? Send it to editor@spiritofjefferson.com or put it in the mail: 114 N. Charles St., Charles Town 25414.

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