Community calendar

TODAY | July 23

Free meals for kids: Anyone 18 and younger can visit St. John Lutheran Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Bolivar United Methodist Church, the Blue Ridge Mountain Volunteer Fire Dept. or the Jefferson County Council on Aging’s senior center in Ranson for free meals, snacks and activities. For details, contact the Rev. John Unger at 304-535-3105 or

Bible school: Summit Point Baptist Church’s Vacation Bible School continues from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight through Friday at the church located across from the Summit Point post office. The school is for children from kindergarten through age 12 and will focus on the theme “Agency D3 – Discover Decide Defend.” Learn more by calling 304-725-0619 or e-mailing

Asbury VBS: Vacation Bible School at Charles Town’s Asbury United Methodist Church continues from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight through Friday at the church at 110 W. North St. Learn more by calling 304-725-5513 or going to

Midweek farm market: Vendors from the Charles Town Farmers Market will be set up outside Kearneysville’s Black Dog Coffee Shop from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. Black Dog is located at 800 Charles Town Road, just up from the Department of Motor Vehicles. For details, call 304-724-9040.

Library signups: Readers 12 and younger can still sign up for the Charles Town Library’s free summer reading program registration at the library at 200 E. Washington St. The library will celebrate consistent readers at an end-of-program party Aug. 6. To learn more, go online to or call 304-725-2208.

Special library programs: The Bolivar-Harpers Ferry Public Library is offering weeks of special programs, crafts and learning activities. For details, call 304-535-2301.


THURSDAY | July 24

Author event: Patricia A. Donohoe will be at the Charles Town Library at 1 p.m. to talk about her new book, “The Printer’s Kiss: The Life and Letters of a Civil War Newspaperman and his Family.”

Her book focuses on controversial newspaper editor Will Tomlinson, his opinionated wife, Eliza, and their two children, Byers and Belle, who lived in the treacherous borderlands around the “abolitionist hellhole” of Ripley, Ohio.

The library is at 200 E. Washington St. in Charles Town. To learn more, go online to or call 304-725-2208.

Catch the Cannons: The Charles Town Cannons next play at home at 7 p.m. at Sager Field behind Jefferson High in Shenandoah Junction. The team also has a home game Sunday. Tickets cost $5 for adults, $3 for those 65 and older, or $2 for kids 12 and younger. See the full season schedule and get other info online at

Bible study: Asbury United Methodist Church’s “Half Hour of Power” summer Bible study begins at 8 a.m. at McDonald’s at 606 E. Washington St. in Charles Town. The four-week study focuses on current events and is open to the community. To learn more, call 304-725-5513 or go to

Free history tours: Learn the rest of the story  about famed abolitionist John Brown as park rangers from Harpers Ferry National Historical Park lead free daily walking tours of downtown Charles Town. Tours begin at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Charles Town Visitors Center at 108 N. George St. A new partnership with the city and other entities is enabling the tours, which will be offered twice daily through Aug. 17. From Aug. 23 to Nov. 2, the tours will happen on weekends. To learn more, call 304-535-2627.

Extended library hours: On Tuesdays and Thursdays this summer, the Charles Town Library opens at 11 a.m., two hours earlier than usual. The library at 200 E. Washington St. will continue to close at its regular time of 7 p.m. To learn more, go online to or call 304-725-2208.

                Help for Community Ministries: United Bank customers and anyone else interested is invited to help out with the bank’s drive for Jefferson County Community Ministries. Needed items include Gatorade, juices, towels and socks. Donations may be dropped off through July 31 at the branch at 106 W. Washington St. or at 71 Jefferson Crossing Way (near Martin’s) in Charles Town or in Shepherdstown.


FRIDAY | July 25

Light up Middleway: There’s still time for residents to chip in toward the cost of illuminating the village’s 12 street lights. For details, call Elsie Dunlap at 304-725-4469 or Katherine Dawson 304-725-5156.

Cruise-in: The County Roads Car Club hosts Friday Night Cruise-In from 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays through September in the parking lot in front of Home Depot in Ranson. Learn more at

Leadership Jefferson: Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce officials are taking applications for the next class of Leadership Jefferson. The 10-month class starts in September and completed applications are due by month’s end. More information on the program is available at or by contacting Kimm Spencer at

SATURDAY | July 26

Kids’ crafts: Young patrons of the Charles Town Library can come to “Craft & Storytime” at 10 a.m. at the library at 200 E. Washington St. in Charles Town. Learn more by emailing or calling 304-725-2208.

Farm market: Visit the Charles Town Farmers Market on the 100 block of South Samuel Street from 8 a.m. until noon. For information on vendors and other details, find Charles Town Farmers Market on Facebook.

Big weekend for Middleway: Middleway hosts a busy day with a cleanup of trash starting at 8:30 a.m. at 154 East St., a 4 p.m. gathering to discuss the BAD Buildings project and a 6 p.m. farewell party for longtime resident Delores Milstead, who is moving to Ohio to be closer to her grandchildren. Learn more by contacting Peter Fricke at

Family reunion: The Miller, Nesmith and Orndorff annual family reunion begins at noon at the Capon Ruritan Building on River Road in Yellow Springs. For more information, call Cecil Wilfong Smith at 770-382-4406 or Tina Kipps Roberts at 540-740-3994.

Middleway fundraiser: Middleway Volunteer Fire Co. No. 6 hosts a spaghetti dinner with garlic bread, salad, dessert, drink and ice cream at a cost of $8 for adults or $6 for children ages 3 to 12. There will also be a “You Pick It” bonanza and a progressive jackpot of up to $1,110. Volunteers also are needed for the event. For details, call Mike Hood at 304-582-0204.

Hymn sing: Silver Grove United Methodist Church hosts a hymn sing at 6 p.m. featuring Willing Vessell Ministries’ Doug and Betty Stevens and family from Martinsburg.  Starts at 6 p.m. For directions to the Harpers Ferry church or other information, email


SUNDAY | July 27

Yoga workshop: Jala Yoga in Charles Town offers “Yoga Fundamentals: Relax into Back-Bending” with studio owner Christa Mastrangelo Joyce from 2 to 4 p.m. at the studio at 307 W. Washington St. To sign up for the $25 workshop or to learn details, call 401-440-0279, email or go online to

Wilderness primer: Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church hosts a talk about Ed Zahniser about his father Howard Zahniser, who was an architect of the 1964 National Wilderness Preservation System Act and who worked to save the C&O Canal and its towpath from being paved as a highway in 1954. The talk begins at 9:25 a.m. in the church Fellowship Hall. Learn more by calling the church at 304-876-6466 or going to

Farm market: The Shepherdstown Farmers Market behind Shepherdstown Public Library happens from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Membership drive: The Harpers Ferry Woman’s Club is looking for new members from anywhere in Jefferson County. For information on joining the fun volunteer organization that works for community betterment, contact Shirley Caniford (304-535-6922 or or Julie Gregg (304-535-2351 or Yearly dues cost $25.

Ice cream social: Everyone’s welcome at the annual Middleway Ice Cream Social happening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Middleway Community Center at 112 East St. The event is a benefit for the White Church Restoration Fund. Learn more by contacting Peter Fricke at


MONDAY | July 28

Bible school: Middleway United Methodist Church hosts Vacation Bible School this week at the church at at 7435 Queen St. The theme will be “Tell Me the Stories of Jesus” and leaders invite everyone in the community to attend. For more information, call the church office at 304-728-4770.

Community VBS: This week brings the Shepherdstown churches’ joint community Bible school, happening from 9 a.m. to noon each weekday. Find a form and details at The event is for children 3 through middle school.

CraftWorks chorus: Charles Town’s CraftWorks hosts anyone interested in musicians and singers from 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays. The new CraftWorks Players will give two concerts each year. Organizers promise: “Everyone in the community is welcome. No auditions, just a desire to sing and perform.” For details, call 304-728-6233.

Arts volunteers sought: The Jefferson Arts Council, previously the Arts & Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County, is seeking volunteers to serve on its board of directors. Organizers say people with skills in finance, business, arts education, fundraising, marketing, public relations and grant-writing are particularly in demand. Anyone interested is encouraged to email

TUESDAY | July 29

Henry Kyd Douglas meeting: The monthly meeting of the Henry Kyd Douglas camp of the Sons of the Confederacy begins at 7 p.m. at the Independent Fire Co. in Ranson. Guests are welcome. For details, contact Danny Lutz (304-725-0966 or

Farm market: Morgan’s Grove Market offers a Tuesday afternoon market with dairy, meat, fruits and vegetables from 3 to 7 p.m. at 3988 Kearneysville Pike in Shepherdstown. For updates, find Morgan’s Grove Market on Facebook.

Reading with dogs: The Charles Town Library’s Reading Education Assistance Dogs program continues at 5:30 p.m. at the library at 200 E. Washington St. Reluctant readers benefit from reading to a non-judgmental therapy animal. To learn more about the program presented by WAGS for Hope, go online to or call 304-725-2208.

LOOKING AHEAD | July 30 and beyond

Middleway concert: Middleway’s free summer concerts series continues Aug. 2 with a 7 p.m. show outside Middleway Community Center at 112 East St. For details, call the association at 304-728-6400. Visitors should bring along lawn chairs or blankets. In case of rain, the concert will move indoors. The event is sponsored by the Middleway Conservancy Association.

Football boosters’ bingo: Jefferson High’s Football Boosters host a Longaberger Basket / Thirty-One Bag Bingo Extravaganza Aug. 3 at Shepherdstown Fire Hall. The event will include 18 games, three specials, raffles, door prizes, King Tut, food sales and more.

Doors open at 12:30 p.m., with games starting at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $20 in advance or $25 at the door. To purchase tickets or get details, call Jae Anderson at 703-656-5190 or Liz Hostler at 304-279-0714.

Farm Bureau picnic: The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and Jefferson County Farm Bureau will host a joint picnic at 6 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Bloomery Plantation Distillery at 16357 Charles Town Road.

Rollin’ Smoke BBQ will cater dinner. The cost is $15 for adults, $10 for children and free for ages 3 and younger. The event also will include a tour of the distillery; the tasting room will be open. For details or to register, please call the chamber at 304-725-2055.

Council on Aging bingo: The Jefferson County Council on Aging will hold its regular monthly cash bingo Aug. 5 at the Anna Mae Reedy Senior Center, 103 W. Fifth Ave. in Ranson. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with early bird bingo beginning an hour later and regular bingo starting at 7 p.m. Admission costs $25 for a nine-pack book that includes one bonanza, one quickie and one U-Pick-EM. For details, contact Nancy Ellis at

Entrepreneurs Forum: Peter Corum, the developer of Morgan Grove’s Market in Shepherdstown as well as a radio host and financial advisor, is among those set to speak at the Aug. 7 Eastern Panhandle Entrepreneurs Forum.

“So You Want to be a Star: Branding Yourself for the 21st Century” also will include panelists John Diamondidis, a.k.a. Big John Greene, a professional wrestler and Internet entrepreneur; and Matt Hahn, a health activist, rock singer, family physician and owner of River Bend Family Medicine. Jeanne Mozier, an author, theater owner, astrologer and social entrepreneur, will be the moderator.

The event begins with a networking hour at 5:30 p.m. at The Country Inn at 110 S. Washington St. in Berkeley Springs. It’s free and open to the public. To learn more, call 304-728-3255 or go to

Peach festival: New Street United Methodist Church hosts its annual Peach Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 9 at the historic church on the corner of Church and New streets in Shepherdstown. Homemade peach pie (by the slice), homemade peach ice cream, peach crisp, other desserts, sandwiches and drinks will be for sale. If available, whole peach pies will be sold after 2 p.m. For details, call 304-876-2362.

New Street United Methodist Church’s annual Peach Festival is coming up next month at the historic church on the corner of Church and New streets in Shepherdstown. Visitors can buy servings of homemade peach pie, peach ice cream, peach crisp and other desserts plus sandwiches and drinks.

New Street United Methodist Church’s annual Peach Festival is coming up next month at the historic church on the corner of Church and New streets in Shepherdstown. Visitors can buy servings of homemade
peach pie, peach ice cream, peach crisp and other desserts plus sandwiches and drinks.

DogFest: Shepherdstown hosts its second-annual “DogFest” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 9 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 10. Organizers say the free event will include a wide variety of activities for dogs, their owners, dog lovers and others. Pet blessing ceremonies and border collie sheep-herding demonstrations by the Virginia Border Collie Association are among the special events on the lineup.

A detailed schedule of the weekend’s activities is available on the Visitors Center website at or contact Visitors Center director Jan Hafer (304-876-2786 or

Tomato Fest: The Berkeley-Jefferson Extension Master Gardeners Association will hold its annual Tomato Fest Aug. 16 at the Dillon Farm Museum in Hedgesville.

Jefferson County Fair: The Jefferson County Fair begins Aug. 17. Established in 1953, the fair in Kearneysville will include agricultural and animal displays, carnival rides, games and contests, a demolition derby, live music, an array of food and other vendors, and more. Learn more at

’84 reunion: Members of Jefferson High’s Class of 1984 are asked to make plans now to attend next month’s 30-year reunion. The event begins Aug. 29 with a social at the Rumsey Tavern Patio at the Clarion Hotel in Shepherdstown. A dinner-dance with social hour happens the following night at the Clarion and then Sunday brings a picnic at Sam Michaels Park on Job Corps Road. To learn more, email or call 304-607-2101.

Volunteers needed: Meals On Wheels of Jefferson County is seeking donations as well as volunteers to deliver meals. Learn more by emailing or calling 304-725-1601. Contributions may be mailed to Meals On Wheels of Jefferson County, P.O. Box 565, Charles Town 25414.

Low-cost vet help: Learn more about Spay Today’s reduced-cost spay and neuter program at or by calling 304-728-8330.

Square dancing: Carl Odell works with beginners interested in learning to square dance in Charles Town. The lessons are a fun way to get aerobic exercise with help from friendly, experienced dancers. To learn more, call 304-724-9955 or email

Homebuyer education: The Partnership for Affordable Housing sponsors a homebuyer education class the third Saturday of each month. To sign up for this week’s class, call 304-725-6189. One-on-one homebuyer credit counseling, Spanish translation and other help also is available. To learn more, go to

Jefferson High reunion: 1974 Jefferson High grads are asked to connect with organizers of the 40-year class reunion coming up in September. Call Carol Smoot Cooper at 304-725-1584.

Gardening group: The Gardeners Exchange Group welcomes new members. The group is open to men and women of any age and any experience level with gardening. For details, go to or call 240-405-7013.

Lyme disease support: Lyme Disease Support Group of the Eastern Panhandle meets the second Wednesday of the month at the train station on Audrey Egle Drive in Shepherdstown. Learn more by contacting Kelly Edmonds at or find the group on Facebook.

“Second Saturday”: The Harpers Ferry Market District hosts a new series of special events from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. the second Saturday of each month with guest artists at Westwind Potters at 144 High St. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event also features live acoustic music outside 180 High St. from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Harpers Ferry Merchants Association says Second Saturdays will continue through October.

To learn more, call HFMA president Lisa Kovatch at Westwind Potters at 304-535-2511.

Fighting human trafficking: American Public University System’s American Military University will co-host the second annual International Summit on Combatting Human Trafficking, “Widening the Net: Together Let’s Stop Traffick” in Charles Town this fall. The nonprofit International Police Training Institute will co-host the conference Nov. 17 to 20 at the APUS Finance Center. For details, go to


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