Out& about

Artist reception | Sunday

Elaborate, embellished books and other creations by master paper cutter Elizabeth O’Shea Goins are showcased in a new exhibit at South Jefferson Public Library in Summit Point, and anyone’s welcome to attend a reception Sunday afternoon to see the work and chat with the artist.

The free event, happening from 2 to 4 p.m. at the library at 49 Church St., also will include refreshments.

The exhibit runs through Sept. 30 and may be viewed during the 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. Goins offers workshops in book arts, papermaking and papercutting in her Charles Town studio and teaches art through Jefferson County Adult Education and elsewhere.


Woodwork display | Through Aug. 29

“A Walk in the Wood” continues at Charles Town’s Fire Hall Gallery through Aug 29.

Organized by the Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative, the display features woodworkers Nancy Streeter, Joe Bourgeois and Greg McNabb’s sculpture, furniture and functional objects.

The show may be seen at 108 N. George St. from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. There’s no charge for admission. For details, call 304-724-2090 or go to washingtonstreetartistcooperative.org.

The exhibit is sponsored by the Jefferson Arts Council, formerly the Arts & Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County.


Free film series | Starting Aug. 29

Next week brings a big-screen showing of the 2007’s “Charlie Wilson’s War,” starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Ned Beatty, as the Shepherdstown Film Society’s fall season kicks off in Reynolds Hall on the Shepherd University campus.

It is an election year, and the society has chosen political corruption as its theme for the fall. Other films coming up in the series: “The Lost Bird Project” (Sept. 12), “October Sky” (Sept. 19); “The Candidate” (Oct. 3), “Being There” (Oct. 24) and  “Touch of Evil” (Nov. 21).

Mike Nichols directed “Charlie Wilson’s War,” which was adapted by screenwriter Aaron Sorkin from George Crile III’s account of how Texas Congressman Charlie Wilson partnered with a CIA operative on Operation Cyclone to aid the Afghan mujahideen during the Soviet’s war in Afghanistan.

The free 7 p.m. screening on Aug. 29 follows an opening night reception at the War Memorial Building in downtown Shepherdstown that begins at 5:30 p.m. Both are free.

The series also includes post-film discussions led by Shepherd instructors and other leaders in the community. For descriptions of the films and other information, go online to shepherdstownfilmsociety.org or contact the Shepherdstown Film Society’s Lisa Welch (304-876-1837 or lmwelch@frontiernet.net).


History museum | Ongoing

The Jefferson County Museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays at 200 E. Washington St. in Charles Town.

The museum’s collection includes a hand-penned 1799 letter from George Washington and the wooden wagon that carried John Brown to the gallows.

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


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