Poetry event | Thursday
Poet Michael Czarnecki will read from his works at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Charles Town Library.
Czarnecki, who began writing poetry at 17, has published 12 books and chapbooks. Last year, he visited the Charles Town Library as part of his 48-state “Poems Across America” tour. His return celebrates National Poetry Month.
A frequent poet-in-residence in schools, he has worked with thousands of students and often conducts writing workshops and programs.
One of his favorite styles of poetry is haiku – three lines of five, seven and then five syllables – and he defines poetry as “words under pressure.” A sample:
Seeing Eye To Eye With A Chickadee
I know it’s just for food you come.
It all gets down to food anyway,
one way or another.
when I tip back my head
lay a few seeds in my beard
hear you call dee-dee, dee-dee
flutter just above my eyes
feel your feet grasp my beard
as you peck down for a seed
then fly off to a nearby tree to eat
and return again and again
maybe there’s something more
than just a few black oil sunflower seeds
Hey, come spring
I’ll let you build a nest with my hair
if you’d like!
– “Never Stop Asking for Poems” (FootHills, 2008)
Fish fry | Friday
Jefferson County’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3522 opens to the public for a fish fry from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and again April 18. The cost is $12. The VFW is located at 116 E. Liberty St. in Charles Town. For details, contact canteen manager Tish Von Wald (304-725-5946 or email@example.com).
Dance | Saturday
Saturday night dances at Jefferson County’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3522 are open to the public and there’s no cover charge. The dance at the VFW at 116 E. Liberty St. in Charles Town happens from 8 p.m. to midnight. This week’s dance features the band Three Til Midnight.
On the lineup later this month: Bulls Eye on April 19 and Shockwave on April 26. Food will be available for purchase. For details, contact canteen manager Tish Von Wald (304-725-5946 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Journaling class | starting April 22
Licensed Clinical Social Worker Sherri L. Philpott will lead a five-week class, “Journaling for a Thousand Reasons,” later this month at CraftWorks at Cool Spring at 1469 Lloyd Road in Charles Town.
The class, based on Kathleen Adams’ “Journal to the Self” curriculum, happens from 7 to 9:30 p.m. and starts April 22.
Says Philpott: “These fun, informal sessions will teach you techniques to expand your creativity and your problem-solving ability.” Tuition is $50 for CraftWorks members, $55 for non-members, with an additional materials fee of $10.
To register, go to craftworks.org. For additional information, call Philpott at 301-671-8287.
“Woods” exhibit | Through April 30
Visit the Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative at 108 N. George St. in Charles Town to see Greg McNabb’s “Into the Woods: Works in Wood,” a showcase featuring his wall art, cutting boards, boxes, tables and more.
The display continues through April 30 during the gallery’s regular hours, noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. For details, go to washingtonstreetartistcooperative.org.
History museum | Ongoing
Those who appreciate local history fans will enjoy the Jefferson County Museum, open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
The collection at
200 E. Washington St. in Charles Town includes thousands of items related to Jefferson County history, including a letter written 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 local horseracing industry, 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