Community Calendar

TODAY | Aug. 6

School dedication: The public is invited to the 2 p.m. dedication ceremony for the $13 million renovation and expansion of  Harpers Ferry Middle School. Gov. Earl Ray Tomlin and the Harpers Ferry Middle School Band will be among those taking part in the event at the school at 1710 W. Washington St. in Harpers Ferry. Tours of the building and refreshments in the cafeteria will follow the ribbon-cutting.

Farm Bureau picnic: The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and Jefferson County Farm Bureau will host a joint picnic at 6 p.m. at 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.

SAIL get-together: Shepherdstown Area Independent Living holds another “Coffee & Conversation,” an informal gathering where anyone can learn more about the benefits of SAIL. The get-together starts at 10:30 a.m. For the location and other details, call 304-870-7245 or email

Midweek farm market: Vendors from the Charles Town Farmers Market offer their wares 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.



Applebee’s event: “Dining to Donate” offers patrons of Applebee’s in Charles Town the chance to earmark 20 percent of their bill for the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County. Diners are asked to print the flyer  from AWS’s website,, and take it to the restaurant.

Entrepreneurs Forum: Peter Corum, the developer of Morgan Grove’s Market in Shepherdstown as well as a radio host and financial adviser, is among those set to speak at the Eastern Panhandle Entrepreneurs Forum which begins with networking 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

High school prep: It’s the first day that upperclassmen at Washington High can pick up their schedules for the school year that starts Aug. 18. The school will hold orientation for freshmen at 6 p.m. Aug. 13 and 14.

Jefferson High freshmen can attend orientation and pick up their class schedules from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 12.

Upperclassmen at Jefferson may pick up schedules between 8 a.m. and noon daily from Aug. 12 to 15. The school’s “Meet the Teachers” night is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 4.

For details, call Washington High at 304-885-5110 or Jefferson High at 304-725-8491.

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 study focuses on current events and is open to the community. To learn more, call 304-725-5513 or go to

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.


FRIDAY | Aug. 8

Yard, bake sale: Marvin Chapel United Methodist Church hosts a yard and bake sale from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m.  Friday and Saturday. Country ham sandwiches also will be available. The church is located at 130 Gosling Marsh Road in Martinsburg. For details, call 304-725-8304.

Fair prizes: Fair organizers are announcing a new way to win at this year’s Jefferson County Fair. When the fair ends, leaders of the Family and Consumer Sciences Department will draw names from adult exhibitors, who get one ticket for each item entered in Sewing, Food Preservation, Handicrafts, Needlecraft,  and Bread, Cakes and Pies.

County residents interested in entering exhibits should bring the items to the fairgrounds at 1707 Old Leetown Pike in Kearneysville from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 16. For details, consult a fair catalog or go to the fair website,

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



Dog Day at the market: Dog Day brings special fun to the Charles Town Farmers Market. The third-annual  event will feature free behavior advice from dog experts, free dog treats from Gower’s Feed, music from Black Dog Coffee co-owner Jennifer Maghan and dogs available for adoption from the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County, the Northern Virginia Sheltie Rescue, Briggs Animal Adoption Center and others. The market is offered from 8 a.m. until noon Saturdays along the 100 block of South Samuel Street. For information on vendors and other details, find Charles Town Farmers Market on Facebook.

Dog-friendly tours: Ann Khiel Fern of Charles Town Ghost Tours will offer her third-annual dog-friendly ghost tour, starting at 8 p.m. at the Jefferson County Courthouse. This special tour is also appropriate for children under 12. Fern will accept donations of canned food, dry food and cat litter to be divided up for local shelters. The tour is $12 and reservations should be made by calling 304-724-6741.

Middleway picnic: Middleway Volunteer Fire Co. No. 6 will host a picnic dinner fundraisers with hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, macaroni salad, coleslaw, corn on the cob, watermelon and cantaloupe from 4 to 7 p.m. Adults pay $8; children 3 to 12, $6. The event also includes a “You Pick It” bonanza with a progressive jackpot of up to $1,170. Volunteers also are needed for the event. To learn more, call 304-725-0006.

Peach festival: New Street United Methodist Church hosts its annual Peach Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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.

DogFest: Shepherdstown hosts its second-annual “DogFest” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. 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


SUNDAY | Aug. 10

Free tours: Free daily tours led by experts from the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park share details about abolitionist John Brown’s time in Charles Town. Tours begin at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Charles Town Visitors Center at 108 N. George St. The tours continue daily through Aug. 17 and then move to weekends only through Nov. 2. To learn more, call 304-535-2627.

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


MONDAY | Aug. 11

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 weekdays for free meals, snacks and activities. For details, contact the Rev. John Unger at 304-535-3105 or

Sports physicals offered: Students can get $20 sports physicals at University Urgent Care Centers at 912 Somerset Blvd. in Charles Town and at 5047 Gerrardstown Road in Inwood through Aug. 30. For details, got to

CraftWorks chorus: Charles Town’s CraftWorks hosts any interested 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.


TUESDAY | Aug. 12

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.

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.



Aug. 13 and beyond

Shenandoah Park outing: Hikers of all ages are invited to join veteran hiker Bob Floren Aug. 13 as he leads a trip in the Shenandoah National Park. The event is sponsored by the Potomac Valley Audubon Society. To register, go to For details, contact Floren (804-398-8052 or

Library forum: The League of Women Voters holds a forum on funding libraries in the Eastern Panhandle at 7  p.m. Aug. 14 at the Byrd Center, 213 N. King St. in Shepherdstown. The free forum is open to the public. For details, contact Carolyn Watson (304-725-8049 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

Film Office workshop: The West Virginia Film Office offers a two-day Production Assistant Training Seminar in Harpers Ferry Aug. 23 and 24 at the Quality Inn and Conference Center at 4328 William L. Wilson Freeway. High school seniors and college students pay just $15. To reserve a spot, contact Lisa Wells ( or 304-957-9366).

’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 happen the following night at the Clarion and then Sunday brings a picnic at Sam Michael’s 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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