Twilight swim | Friday
Take a dip Friday evenings at Jefferson Memorial Pool on Mildred Street in Charles Town. When weather permits, the pool is open from 7 to 10 p.m. The cost is $3 per person or $8 per family. Questions? Call the pool house at 304-725-8313 or go online to jmpark.org.
Movie night | Friday
See Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Sven and your other “Frozen” favorites Friday as Jefferson County Parks and Rec Commission hosts movie night on the big screen (and under the stars) at Sam Michael’s Park in Shenandoah Junction.
Admission costs $1. The night begins at 8 p.m. and visitors are encouraged to bring along a blanket or lawn chairs. Guests can bring their own snacks or purchase refreshments at the park.
To reserve a spot or learn more, call 304-728-3207 or go online to jcprc.org.
Theater fest | This week
World-class, cutting-edge theater isn’t out of reach, even for those on a budget, as the Contemporary American Theater Festival’s “Pay-What-You-Can Previews” continue tonight and Thursday. The festival’s official opening night comes Friday.
The festival, which continues through Aug. 3 on the campus of Shepherd University, features five new plays in rotating repertory along with stage readings, a lecture series, workshops, classes, art exhibitions and more.
Learn details about this season’s plays and playwrights by visiting catf.org. Tickets may be reserved online or by calling the CATF box office at 800-999-2283.
Sculpture exhibit | Starting Saturday
Gil Narro Garcia – the sculptor who wowed crowds at last year’s inaugural Artomatic@Jefferson, taking home the People’s Choice Award – is the featured artist this month at the Fire Hall Gallery at 108 N. George St. in Charles Town.
“Interpreting Nature” will be on display Saturday through July 29. The public is invited to a free opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday.
The exhibit, sponsored by the Jefferson Arts Council (formerly the Arts and Humanities Alliance), also may be seen during the gallery’s regular hours: noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Admission is free. For details, go to washingtonstreetartistcooperative.org.
Girls’ Night Out | July 18
The Historic McFarland House in Martinsburg will host a unique event: “Sweet & Sassy Girls’ Night Out.”
The event at 409 S. Queen St. begins at 6:30 p.m. and will include a burlesque lesson from Teresa Powers of Sassy Girl Fitness along with sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres, a DJ, photo booth, door prizes and cash bar. For details or to reserve a spot, go to HistoricMcFarlandHouse.com/events.
History museum | Ongoing
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 racing 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 email@example.com).