Art show | Starts Thursday

The June exhibit for the Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative is “Seeing the Countryside Around Us,” a display of watercolor paintings and pastels by Virginia Winston.

The owner of Winston Gardens Native Plants Nursery near Martinsburg, she is a nature lover who also loves to help people appreciate the beauty of the environment. A free opening reception happens at the gallery at 108 N. George St. from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The exhibition itself runs Thursday through June 28.

Admission is free at the gallery, which is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. For details, go to washingtonstreetartistcooperative.org.


Book talk | Thursday

Charles Town author Bob O’Connor talks about “The Amazing Legacy of James E. Hanger: Civil War Soldier” at the Charles Town Library.

O’Connor’s talk begins at 7 p.m. at the library at 200 E. Washington St. Admission is free.

The book is a fictionalized look at the life of Hanger, of the first amputee of the Civil War. The Virginian was wounded in fighting at what is today the West Virginia village of Philippi.

No fan of the peg leg assigned him, Hanger crafted (and then patented) a leg with a joint at the knee and a hinge at the ankle – a change that revolutionized the prosthetic industry.


“Edible landscaping” how-to | Thursday

Michael Judd invites homeowners to “have your yard and eat it, too.” The Permaculture Twist author will share ways to transform a lawn from merely ornamental to a place that combines form, function and production in a talk next week at Shepherdstown’s Four Seasons Books.

Colorful countryside

Colorful countryside A new exhibit – “Seeing the Countryside Around Us,” watercolor paintings and pastels by Virginia Winston – debuts Thursday at the Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative in downtown Charles Town. A free opening reception happens Saturday.


Judd, who lives in Frederick, Md., grew up in northern England and Appalachia. He’ll show off photos of tried-and-true edible landscapes from the D.C. Metro area.

The free presentation begins at 7 p.m. at the store at 116 W. German St. For details, contact the store (4seasons@citlink.net or 304-876-3486).


Photography exhibit | Through July

The South Jefferson Public Library’s latest art exhibit features the photography of Mary-Jo Bennett, who specializes in nature and travel and photography.

The exhibit runs through the end of  July and may be viewed during the Summit Point library’s regular hours, 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 closed Fridays.

The library is located at 49 Church St.

Bennett’s training in photography began with courses at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Va., and she continues to develop her skills as a photographer by attending workshops and lectures led by some of the nation’s top professional photographers.

From 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, anyone may attend a free reception at the library to meet and talk with Bennett, view her creative work and enjoy the refreshments.


History museum | Tuesdays through Saturdays

Anyone who wants to know more about local history will enjoy the Jefferson County Museum, which is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

The collection in the ground floor at 200 E. Washington St. in Charles Town includes thousands of items related to local history, including a 1799 letter penned by President George Washington, the wagon that took abolitionist John Brown to his execution and the uniform belonging to long-lived World War I vet Frank Buckles as well as new exhibits on African-Americans’ work as jockeys in the horseracing industry here, advertising trinkets given out to tout area businesses, and much more.

Admission costs $3 and is free to Charles Town Library patrons. For details, contact curator Jane Rissler (304-725-8628 or email curator@jeffctywvmuseum.org).


Civil War Expo | Saturday

Frederick, Md., hosts the first-ever First Call Civil War Expo June 7 with a day of “history meets the arts” throughout downtown, including a concert by the Federal City Brass Band at 5 p.m. in Baker Park and the official launch of “Civil War Selfies: A Photo Journey Through the Heart of the Civil War.”

For details on the free event, go to heartofthecivilwar.org.


Film fest | Deadline near

Aspiring filmmakers have until June 9 to submit entries in the Cut To The Chase Film Festival, the summer event that showcases films that are just eight minutes or less (including credits).

The festival begins July 11 in Shepherdstown. For an application and other details on the festival, go to C2Cfilmfestival.com.

Get in touch: Have an item for Out&About? There’s no charge to be included in next week’s edition. Send your news by 2 p.m. Monday to Christine@spiritofjefferson.com or 114 N. Charles St., Charles Town 25414.




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