Out&about

New exhibit: The Shepherdstown Museum, inside the Entler Hotel at the corner of German and Princess streets, is open weekends through October and features a new exhibit, “Voices from the Storm: The War as Shepherdstown Saw It,” Part of Shepherdstown’s 250th anniversary celebration, the exhibit was created by Nick Redding (a Shepherd University grad who serves as a policy associate with the Civil War Trust), Shepherd art students and volunteers from the Historic Shepherdstown Commission. The museum also includes 18th and 19th century crafts, early town artifacts and a replica of James Rumsey’s early steamboat. The museum is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Children and other students are admitted free; others are asked to donate $4.

For details, contact Vicki Smith (304-876-1139 or pvsmith@frontiernet.net).

Local history: See fascinating items with ties to John Brown, President James Buchanan, Charles Washington (and his famous older brother George) and much more at the Jefferson County Museum, 200 E. Washington St. in Charles Town. Visit between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission costs $3 or free to anyone with a Charles Town Library card. For details, call 304-725-8628 or go to www.jeffctywvmuseum.org.

Puppet shows: Kids will love the latest show at Wonderment Puppet Theater, 412 W. King St., Martinsburg. Shows happen weekends at noon and 2 p.m. and cost $4.50 for those 2 years or older. For details, call 304-258-4074 or go to www.wondermentpuppets.com.

Belly dancing: Expert Kristen Dorsey offers Thursday evening sessions that “release physical and emotional stiffness while opening a connection to the Divine.” To sign up or for details, go to www.divine-journeys.com or call Dorsey at 304-261-8157.

Twilight swim: Take a dip Friday evenings through the summer 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 www.jmpark.org.

Feeling blue: The Bluegrass Music Alliance’s free Tuesday jams are open to musicians of all levels as well as to anyone who wants to listen to bluegrass. Jams happen from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Caperton Train Station, 229 E. Martin St., Martinsburg. For details, see www.BluegrassMusicAlliance.org or call 304-264-8801.

Jeff Taulton performs: Country musician Jeff Taulton, a Boonsboro, Md., native who played baseball at Shepherd University, is the featured performer in downtown Martinsburg for this week’s free Fridays at 5. The summer concert series, held from 5 to 7 p.m. each Friday, includes beer and wine sales on the corner of Queen and King streets. Find out more about Taulton on Facebook. For details on other acts coming up, go to www.TravelWV.com.

New on the C&O: Visitors to the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park in Williamsport, Md., can enjoy a free canal launch boat interpretive tour this weekend.

The tours leave from Cushwa Basin to Lock 44 at 10:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through the summer. Until the program’s start this spring, no such boats had traveled that route since March 1924.

Trips are weather-dependent and seating is first come, first served. For details, call the C&O Williamsport Visitor Center at 301-582-0813.

Care Jam concert: The Care Jam concert featuring Singh Birdsong, Tom Principato, Don Oehser and Old Indian starts at 1 p.m. Saturday at Morgan’s Grove Market on W.Va. 480 outside Shepherdstown.

It’s the first in the Morgan’s Grove Market’s summer-long concert series to benefit Jefferson County non-profits. The market is open from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays and organizer Peter Corum continues to welcome vendors, who may come for the morning market and the concert, without a fee.

Concert tickets cost $8 in advance (and are on sale at Morgan’s Grove Market and the Blue Moon eatery in Shepherdstown) or $10 at the door. Anyone 21 or younger gets in free. For details, visit www.morgansgrovemarket.com.

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