Out&about

Theater festival: With five new plays as well as lectures, a weekly companion film series and other extras, the Contemporary American Theater Festival continues on the campus of Shepherd University through July 28. For more details or to reserve your seats, call 800-999-2283 or go to catf.org. CATF’s 23rd season features the works of playwrights Sam Shepard, Mark St. Germain, Liz Duffy Adams, Jon Kern and Jane Martin.

History on display: Visit the Jefferson County Museum in Charles Town for a new exhibit on the life of longtime Charles Town resident Frank Buckles, who was the United States’ last living World War I veteran when he died in 2011.

Other highlights include a touching 1799 letter written by George Washington following the death of his younger brother Charles, the wagon that carried John Brown to his hanging in 1859, Civil War weapons and bullets, 19th-century farm tools, children’s toys and household items, and more.

The museum, located on the ground floor of Charles Town Library at 200 E. Washington St., is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Admission costs $3 for adults while children, students and Charles Town Library patrons get in free. For details, call 304-725-8628, go to jeffctywvmuseum.org or find “Jefferson County Museum” on Facebook.

Summer concerts: Martinsburg’s Fridays At Five concert series continues with Circa Blue from 5 to 7 p.m. on the Town Square.

Community forum: Monday evening brings “A Place To Heal: The League of Women Voters’ Forum” in Charles Town. Community members can learn about the Eastern Panhandle’s need for in-patient mental health and addiction treatment at the Jefferson County League of Women Voters-sponsored forum happening 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Jefferson County Commission Meeting Room at the Charles Town Library, 200 E. Washington St.

Paul Macom, president of East Ridge Mental Health Services in Martinsburg, is scheduled to speak, along with Jim Gaynor of Grafton Integrated Health Network and Jim Auxer representing the Eastern Regional Jail.

New kids’ history museum: For the kids, by George – West Virginia’s newest children’s museum – is now open on Saturdays at the historic Caperton Train Station at 229 E. Martin St. in Martinsburg

For ticket information or other details, call 304-264-9977 or visit forthekidsbygeorge.org.

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