[cleeng_content id="391951296" description="Read it now!" price="0.49" t="article"]“SweetShine Rebellion” | Thursday

SweetShine – Charles Town’s favorite hand-crafted liqueur – is hitting the road Thursday night for Bloomery Plantation Distillery’s lavish coming-out party at The George Washington Hotel in Winchester, Va.

The “SweetShine Rebellion” event at the hotel at 103 E. Piccadilly St. marks the debut of SweetShine in the Old Dominion. On tap from 5:30 to 9 p.m.: Complimentary cocktail tastings and the chance to meet the distillers. The hotel also is offering “Bluegrass in the Ballroom” starting at 7 p.m.

The hooch honchos at Bloomery are hoping their local fans add to a big turnout. For more information, call Bloomery at 304-725-3036 or go online to bloomerysweetshine.com.


Author event | Friday

Retired Army Major Willie Lattimore will speaks at 11 a.m. Friday at Charles Town Library about his memoir, “Never Forget … The Lattimore Story.” The local man says he hopes his book – the story of an African-American growing up in rural Alabama in the 1960s – sheds light on overcoming obstacles.

For more on the free talk at the library at 200 E. Washington St., call 304-725-2208.


Art exhibit debuts | Saturday

Steam at Harper’s Ferry unveils a solo exhibition of Leigh Anne Cassell’s works – “Rêves et Rêveurs: Dreams and Dreamers” – starting at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Visitors are encouraged to take part on the display’s opening day by donning the theme colors of white, red and black. The exhibit will continue through March 30.

Admission is free. Cynthia Gayton’s Steam is a contemporary gallery that also carries Steampunk-themed prints, books, comics and more and also serves as a workshop for letterpress printing and visual art. The gallery is located at 180 High St. and is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. To learn more, go to steamatharpersferry.com or call 304-885-0094.


Water tasting | Friday and Saturday

With much of West Virginia still grappling with foul water following the Jan. 9 chemical spill near Charleston, the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting is certain to make headlines.

The award-winning water tasting, in its 24th year and the largest water tasting competition in the world, will have judges sipping water from more than 100 localities from across the nation and around the globe. It’s.

The event begins at 1 p.m. Friday with a free seminar on the water industry at The Country Inn of Berkeley Springs. The panel of judges will sample waters through the afternoon Saturday, with winners in all categories announced at a public awards reception at 8 p.m.

Organizer Jeanne Mozier says this year’s water fest will include something new: A Clean Water Pledge. “It’s our version of the national Clean Water Vigil that was inspired by solidarity with the West Virginia crisis.” For details, go online to berkeleysprings.com/water.


Art exhibit | Through Friday

An exhibit showcasing West Virginia-made paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, mixed media and crafts may be seen from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. weekdays at the Dunn Building in Martinsburg.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s 18th West Virginia Juried Exhibition features 53 works created by 46 West Virginia artists.


Book unveiling | Tuesday

Hear Charles Town author Bob O’Connor read from “The Amazing Legacy of James E. Hanger, Civil War Soldier,” his new book on the Virginian who was the first amputee of the Civil War who went on to become a prosthetics pioneer.

The event begins at 6 p.m. at Quality Inn and Conference Center at 4328 William L. Wilson Freeway in Harpers Ferry.

Happening on what would have been Hanger’s 171st birthday, the evening will include light refreshments, book signings and information from Hanger Inc., the company Hanger founded that has some 600 locations today.


‘A Look Back’ | Through Feb. 27

Photographer Earl Mills, oil painter Bruce Chandler and potter Annette Verna collaborate on “A Look Back,” the latest show at Charles Town’s Fire Hall Gallery.

The show at 108 N. George St. is sponsored by the Arts & Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County.

The free exhibit remains on display through Feb. 27 during the gallery’s regular hours from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. To learn more, call the gallery at 304-724-2090.


Art exhibit | Through February

Work by Suzanne Ravgiala remains on display at Summit Point’s South Jefferson Public Library. Part of the Art in the Library series, the exhibit may be viewed during the library’s regular hours, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. The library is located at 49 Church St.


Black History Month | Ongoing

Visit the John Brown Museum at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park for its exhibition on the contributions of African-Americans during the Civil War.

The Black History Month display may be seen from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily in the museum’s second floor through year’s end. There’s no admission charge.

The display highlights black Panhandle residents who served in the Union, including Charles Town native Martin Delany, who rose to the rank of major. For more on the exhibit, call 304-535-6024.


Quilt exhibition | Through March 9

The Berkeley Arts Council’s first quilt and fiber art exhibit, “Connecting Threads,” remains on display at the Berkeley Art Works gallery at 116 N. Queen St. in Martinsburg

through March 9.

For details, go to artworks.berkeleyartswv.org/threads/or call 304-620-7277.


Photography show | Through March 23

Shepherdstown photographer Diana Cooper’s wildlife photos remain on display at the Old Opera House’s Jean Heiler Gallery through March 23.

A board member of the Arts and Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County, Cooper also is the Artist of the Month at et cetera in Charles Town. See more of her work at coopercaptures.net and learn more about the Old Opera House at 304-754-4420.


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