Uncork your creativity at these 5 paint & sip spots in WV

Pull up a chair and pop the cork, then get ready to create your very own masterpiece at one of

These 3 grilled cheese shops in WV will make your mouth water

What’s more satisfying than a buttery toasted sandwich of melted cheese goodness? These grilled cheeseries are serving up classic and

New Year’s Eve Apple Drop

Count down to the new year and celebrate as the big apple drops at Main Street Martinsburg's first annual New Year's Eve Apple Drop in downtown Martinsburg. This free event is family-friendly and features family activities, music, free apples, doughnuts, hot apple cider and more.

Valentine’s Handmade Market

Visit 20 local artists set-up inside the Town Run Taphouse for a Valentine shopping market featuring locally crafted, unique gifts.

4 local bookstores to browse bestsellers

There’s just something special about browsing the shelves of a local bookstore and breathing the ink from those freshly printed

New Year’s Eve at BS Brewpub!!

Live music beginning at 7 p.m. with "Sweet Maple Singers" to celebrate our final night at this location, as we prepare to move to a new location and make plans for an expanded brewpub and brewery production setup. Celebrating Robbie Mann and Karl Wagenbrenner's birthdays as well. "Solid Ground" reunion rocks in the New Year beginning at 9 p.m.

Checklist: Best thing to try at every WV State Park

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10 West Virginia classes that will turn ANYONE into an artist

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Christmas in Shepherdstown

The historic town of Shepherdstown WV will kick off its annual "Christmas in Shepherdstown" celebration on Friday, November 24, the day after Thanksgiving. The November 24 schedule will include a series of evening events that are traditional for the town: a bonfire, the lighting of the town tree, the arrival of Santa, and children's visits with Santa. Other highlights of that weekend will be live Nativity performances, a "Children's Extravaganza" at the Community Club, and a Christmas concert at O'Hurley's store. After that, there will be many different events every weekend and some weekdays until Christmas. Most events will be free. Every weekend will include children's activities; holiday marketplaces selling handmade crafts, baked goods, and greens; carriage rides; and special musical performances. Many shops will be open late on Fridays and Saturdays. The town will hold its annual Christmas parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 2. That evening, Shepherd University's Masterworks Chorale will present a concert featuring the Fauré Requiem. Also that weekend, the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War and the Shepherd University History Department will present a "Civil War Christmas in Shepherdstown," which will include many activities such as lectures and panel discussions, military re-enactments, children's activities, period music and street entertainment. Highlights of the remaining weekends before Christmas will include Shepherd University's annual Holiday Gala concert December 9 and 10, performances of " "The Nutcracker" at the Frank Center December 16 and 17, and a TUBACHRISTMAS concert December 16. There will be free parking in all the town's metered spaces on Friday, November 24 and every weekday from the 18th of December through January 6. There is always free parking at Shepherdstown's metered spaces on weekends. Free weekend parking is also available in the Shepherd University parking lot at High and Princess streets, one block from downtown. Events and activities will continue to be added. For an up-to-date listing of all events keep checking the calendar on the Shepherdstown Visitors Center website at Or contact the Center at 304-876-2786 or

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Mink’s Miracle Medicine Video Release Show

Mink's Miracle Medicine, a Harper's Ferry WV based duo, is throwing a video release show at Domestic in Shepherdstown, WV. Recently featured on American Songwriter, Noisey/VICE, and NPR Music, Mink's Miracle Medicine is poised to be the next best thing out of Wild and Wonderful WVA.

Gal getaways: 6 women-only events and places

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6 doughnut shops in WV that will make your mouth water

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Community Music at Shepherd

Performances by the Shepherd Community Orchestra, Junior String Ensemble and Shepherd Youth Chorus.

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very still & hard to see by Steve Yockey

In very still & hard to see, Yockey deftly stitches the real and the surreal, reminding us that the fuzzy line between good and evil can sometimes be a single choice. This is a fractured story of a cursed hotel, this haunting short play cycle unearths worlds populated by the desperate, the unlucky, and the monstrous, mixing comedic absurdity with raw heartbreak.

very still & hard to see by Steve Yockey

In very still & hard to see, Yockey deftly stitches the real and the surreal, reminding us that the fuzzy line between good and evil can sometimes be a single choice. This is a fractured story of a cursed hotel, this haunting short play cycle unearths worlds populated by the desperate, the unlucky, and the monstrous, mixing comedic absurdity with raw heartbreak.

very still & hard to see – by Steve Yockey

In very still & hard to see, Yockey deftly stitches the real and the surreal, reminding us that the fuzzy line between good and evil can sometimes be a single choice. This is a fractured story of a cursed hotel, this haunting short play cycle unearths worlds populated by the desperate, the unlucky, and the monstrous, mixing comedic absurdity with raw heartbreak.

P2P Festival

This family friendly spring festival brings together primitive skills like fire making and edible plants and traditional archery with more modern preparation and homesteading skills like food preservation, sustainable gardening and packing an emergency first aid kit. Activities include: demos and classes in wild edible foraging, trapping and tracking, archery, fire-making and much more! Evenings filled with music and campfires.

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Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra Concert

The Friends of Music will present a Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra concert in Shepherdstown, WV on Saturday, November 18. The concert will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church at 7:30 p.m. Entitled "Joyful Noise," it will feature three works: "Träumerei," by Robert Schumann; Prokofiev's 2nd Violin Concerto; and Beethoven's 7th Symphony. The featured soloist will be violinist Ruotao Mao. Admission to the concert will be free for Friends of Music members. The ticket price for others will be $25 per person ($22.50 before November 5). Tickets can be purchased on the Friends' website at; or by mail (FOM, PO Box 220, Shepherdstown, WV 25443); or, if space is available, at the church the evening of the performance. Visa and Master Card will be accepted. Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra Music Director Jed Gaylin will conduct. Gaylin says the evening's program "will demonstrate that classical music can, quite simply, be a lot of fun, and this is fun on overdrive!” The concert will open with Schumann's "Träumerei," a short, beautiful work that the legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz frequently played as an encore. "It may look simple on the page," Horowitz said, "but it is a masterpiece." Prokofiev’s 2nd Violin Concerto is one of the finest examples of the composer's effort to establish a "new simplicity" in music, centered on graceful melodies. Beethoven’s 7th Symphony is full of relentless energy. It is generally regarded as one of the most innovative, compelling, and ecstatic symphonies ever written. Mr. Mao, the violin soloist, is a native of Beijing, China who graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with a "distinction in performance" award. He currently teaches violin and chamber music at The College of New Jersey and is the concertmaster of the Delaware Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, the Riverside Symphonia, the Bay Atlantic Symphony and most recently, the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra. The Classical Network of New Jersey has described his playing as a "virtuoso display of world-class magnitude." This concert is dedicated to the memory of the late Sherman Ross of Shepherdstown, a longtime Friends of Music patron, by his wife Elinor. The Friends of Music is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1999 to support and promote musical excellence. The Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra was established by the Friends in 2007. Gaylin was named Music Director in 2012. He also serves as the Music Director of Baltimore's Hopkins Symphony Orchestra and the Bay Atlantic Symphony in New Jersey, and is an Artist in Residence at New Jersey's Stockton University. This year's Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra Concerts are being supported by a grant from the WV Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts. Full information about the Friends, the Orchestra, and the concert season is available at

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The perfect fall day in West Virginia

Apple cider. Pumpkin carving. Corn mazes. Bonfires. Fall is one of the best times of the year, and there’s no

Meet West Virginia’s unique fruit: the pawpaw

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The Nutty Nutcracker

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Berkeley Springs Studio Tour

This is a free, self-guided tour of artists studios in and around Berkeley Springs, WV. You'll see contemporary and traditional art and fine crafts in many different media as artists demonstrate and describe the processes they use to create their unique work. Studios will be open from 10AM until 5PM on both days. See works being created and creations displayed for sale.

BooFest — Halloween in Shepherdstown

African American History Hike

Bike Your Park Day

Charles Town/Ranson Christmas Parade

Charles Town Car Show

African American Cultural Heritage Festival

Annual Shepherdstown Christmas Parade

Santa’s Polar Party

Holiday Craft Fair and Vendor Show

Wee Warrior Dash

Halloween Happening

Community Center Yard Sale

Movie in the Park — Featuring Hocus Pocus

Movie in the Park–Featuring Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Allison Coles Severance — Art for Food

Poker Ride Metric Century & Trail Ride

Back Roads Century

American Conservation Film Festival

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Friends of Music Concert featuring Two Rivers String Quartet

The Friends of Music will launch their new concert season on September 23 with a performance by the Two Rivers String Quartet and a featured clarinet. The concert will be held in Shepherdstown's Trinity Episcopal Church, on German Street, at 7:30 p.m. The program will include two works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, his Quartet No. 21 in D Major and his Clarinet Quintet in A Major; and "Bagatelles for Clarinet and Strings"(Op. 23), by 20th Century British composer Gerald Finzi. Admission to the concert will be free for Friends of Music members. The ticket price for others will be $20 per person ($18 before September 10). Memberships and tickets can be purchased on the Friends' website at or by mail (FOM, PO Box 220, Shepherdstown, WV 25443) or, if space is available, at the church the evening of the performance. Visa and Master Card will be accepted. The Friends of Music is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1999 to support and promote musical excellence. It is governed by a board of directors made up of local-area citizens. For more information, contact the Friends at 304-876-5765 or This year's concert season is supported in part by a grant from the WV Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts. The featured clarinetist for the September 23 concert will be David Drosinos. Mr. Drosinos has performed in Greece, Ireland, Moscow, Finland, the Bahamas and all over the continental U.S. He teaches at The Baltimore School for the Arts, The Peabody Preparatory, and Shepherd University. The Two Rivers String Quartet includes the following musicians: Heather Austin-Stone, Violin. Ms. Austin-Stone is currently the Concertmaster of the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, the Assistant Concertmaster with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and a section 1st violinist with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. Camilo Perez-Mejia, Cello. Mr. Perez-Mejia is a member of the Temple Trio, Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington, and principal cellist for the National String Symphonia. He is also the Music Director and Conductor of the Charles Washington Symphony. Dana Rokosny, Viola. Ms. Rokosny is principal violist of the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra and performs regularly with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and other orchestras in the Baltimore-Washington area. Petr Skopek, Violin. Mr. Skopek is a member of the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra, the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra and the Shippensburg Festival Orchestra.

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Happy Retreat Craft Beer and Music Festival

Please join us on Saturday, September 9, 2017, for the second annual Happy Retreat Craft Beer and Music Festival, held on the historic grounds of Happy Retreat, former home of Charles Town founder Charles Washington, brother of George Washington and certified National Treasure by the National Trust of Historic Preservation. The event will feature music all day from touring bands as well as samples from multiple brewers of the best craft beer available in the State of West Virginia. Share this event with your friends and family and save the date for the second annual Happy Retreat Craft Beer and Music Festival! Ticket prices VIP – $40 in advance/$45 at the gate. VIP ticket holders will receive a souvenir 6.5 oz. glass General Admission – $20 in advance/$25 at the gate. General admission ticket holders will receive a souvenir 5 oz. mini tasting mug and 4 free tasting tickets. Additional tasting tickets may be purchased. Designated Driver/Underage — $15 either online or at the gate. Awesome Bands Jah Works Black Masala The Primate Fiasco The Woo Yeahs

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Wild, wonderful fun on the Fourth

  West Virginia’s rich with hometown pride, and we sure know how to celebrate our nation’s birthday! From small-town picnics

Freedoms Run

An Event for Health and Heritage, helping promote healthy lifestyles, walking and biking paths, and more involvement in the nearby national parks. Schedule: 5:30am - 6:00am: Shuttles to Marathon Start from Shepherd University Wellness Center 6:00 - 8:30am: Race Day Registration for Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Run 7:30am: Marathon start (Harpers Ferry) 8:30am: Half Marathon start (intersection of German St and King St Shepherdstown) 8:50am: 10K start (German St, Shepherdstown) 9:00am: 5K start (German St, Shepherdstown) 11:00am: Kids Run Start (Intersection of King St and High St, Shepherdstown 10:00am After Party Begins at Bavarian Inn 12:00noon: Awards at Bavariann Inn

Rivers Studio & Gallery Exhibit Reception: Impermanence

Ceramic Artist Joy Bridy explores questions of permanence in our lives. Through sculptures using native clay and weathered wood, she investigates the connection with our natural environment. Join us for an opening reception on June 30th from 6pm-8pm. Artist talk from 5:30-6pm. The exhibition runs through August 11th.

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A Handmade Christmas in Shepherdstown

Second annual free event at Town Run Brewing Co. in historic Shepherdstown, featuring holiday gifts from 18 local artists and artisans, free chair massages by Replenish Wellness, food and drink, family friendly event.

Man-cations: ATV and off-road escapes

Take your vacation for a spin in the Mountain State. If your weekend needs some horsepower, West Virginia’s ATV trails

Town guide: Martinsburg

Fresh, traditional cuisine, whimsical entertainment and 19th-century attractions— that’s Martinsburg. Dining Sup on La Trattoria’s homemade Italian cuisine, straight from

Outdoor Classical Music Concert

The Friends of Music will present the fifth and final concert of their current season at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 25 in Shepherdstown, WV. This will be a special outdoor concert, held under a tent with chairs on the front lawn of Shepherd University's Popodicon mansion on Shepherd Grade Road. The concert will feature the Two Rivers Brass Quintet playing a variety of spirited works appropriate for an early-summer day. The program will be as follows: • Eric Ewazen (b. 1954) — A Western Fanfare • Anonymous — Sonata from Die Bankelsangerlieder (c. 1684) • Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) — Selections from West Side Story, arr. by Jack Gale • John Cheetham (b. 1939) — Scherzo • J.S. Bach (1685-1750) — Contrapunctus IX from "The Art of Fugue," arr. by John Glasel • Victor Ewald (1860-1935) — Quintet No. 1 Admission will be free for Friends of Music members. The ticket price for others will be $20 per person ($18 before June 11). Tickets can be purchased on the Friends' website at or by mail (FOM, PO Box 220, Shepherdstown, WV 25443). Visa and Master Card will be accepted. Some parking will be available on the Popodicon grounds but concertgoers will mainly be encouraged to park in the southernmost end of Shepherd University's "H" parking lot, which is located directly behind Popodicon, off University Drive on the West Campus. From there, they can either walk a short distance to the mansion or take a shuttle bus that Friends of Music will provide. In the weather is adverse that afternoon, the concert will be moved indoors to the Shepherd University Wellness Center nearby. Watch the Friends of Music website and Facebook page for updates. For more information, contact the Friends office at 304-876-5765 or The Friends of Music is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1999 to support and promote musical excellence in the Eastern Panhandle. For full information about the Friends and their concerts go to

Town guide: Shepherdstown

West Virginia’s oldest town treats you to sophisticated restaurants, colonial ambience and Old World elegance. Dining When it comes to

Back Creek Valley Homesteading Festival

A day of workshops on topics and skills of homesteading, self sufficiency, outdoor survival, bushcraft and preparedness. Also there will be vendors, food, pony rides, horse drawn carriage rides, live bluegrass music, kids activities and more. $5 for adults, kids under 12 get in free

Blue Ridge Arts & Crafts Festival

Join us for the 2nd annual Blue Ridge Arts & Crafts Festival, to be held at the historic Peter Burr Farm in Shenandoah Junction, WV, featuring over 50 Blue Ridge artists and artisans, live music, local food and drinks, free children's activities, tours of the historic property, artist demos, door prizes, and more, with free admission for everyone.

Fresh? How ‘bout straight from the vine! 6 you-pick farms

Whether you like your berries in pie, cobbler, or just straight out of the bucket – West Virginia is the

Gal getaways: glamping

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Mountain murals: 5 stops for a DIY public art tour

The Mountain State is full of funky art galleries and sophisticated art museums. But during the warmer months, get your

Seasonal sips

Absence makes limited-availability flavor even better! Nature isn’t the only thing that’s seasonal. Visit West Virginia’s distilleries, wineries, and meaderies

18th Annual Ranson Festival & Car Show

Craft Vendors - Food - Entertainment Batman and Batgirl will be arriving in the Batmobile from 10 to 2pm. Kids can stop by and get their autographs and pictures taken. Car Show for all types of Cars, Trucks, and Motorcycles.

20th Annual Shepherdstown Back Alley Garden Tour and Tea

The historic town of Shepherdstown WV will hold its 20th annual Back Alley Garden Tour and Tea the weekend of May 21 and 22. The event, which is sponsored by the Shepherdstown Community Club, will include a self-guided walking tour of some 20 private gardens rarely open to the public and an elegant afternoon tea. Incorporated in 1762, Shepherdstown has many interesting 18th- and early 19th-century homes. Many of the gardens on the Garden Tour will be located on the grounds of those homes. The town will be hosting other garden-related activities both days, including a Native Plant Sale on Saturday and a Farmers' Market on Sunday. Both days will also include a variety of other activities for visitors: live music, children's events, carriage rides, displays by local artists, access to local historic sites, and special spring menus at many local restaurants. The Tour and Tea and all the other weekend activities will be held rain or shine. Garden Tour hours will be 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. The Teas will be offered from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. each day. Admission to both the Garden Tour and Tea will be $20 per person before May 17, and $25 after that. Advance tickets to the Garden Tour and Tea and more information are available online at The Saturday Native Plant Sale will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.. Sponsored by the Potomac Valley Audubon Society, it will emphasize plants that benefit endangered pollinators like honeybees and butterflies, and it will include informational displays as well as vendors. The Sunday Farmers Market will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All the weekend's other activities will follow the same hours as the Garden Tour.

45th Celebration- Community Day at River and Trail Outfitters

Spend the day with River & Trail Outfitters as they celebrate their 45th season! The first 45 people to make a reservation will receive 45% OFF Shenandoah Mellow Tubing. Park your car where the tubing trip ends, and take a shuttle 1 ½ miles upriver where you can splash and play through small rapids before beginning your leisurely float down the river. Dropping over shallow ledges along the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, you are sure to enjoy this mellow and beautiful stretch of river. Add on a cooler tube, or a tube with a back rest, and spend the day with River & Trail staff! For those who are available, a tubing purchase will also give you free unlimited same-day climbing on the 25-foot rock wall! You can also stop by the Blue Heron Grill for a free hot dog. Reservations may be booked online or over the phone. Use promocode: 45YEARS for the savings. Reservations must be booked by June 10th at 8 PM. Rain date: Sunday, June 18th.

Go ahead, mix business and play with blissful mountain ‘bleisure’ travel

Welcome to wild, wonderful Wi-Fi. Restore your spirit and keep tabs on the office while you travel. It’s possible to

Interactive Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre – “Murder in the Choir Loft”

Join the Friends of Music for a murder mystery dinner theater performance at Shepherdstown's Bavarian Inn the evening of Friday, May 19. It will combine a plated three-course dinner and an original, lighthearted murder mystery performed by Murder Mysteries Will Travel, a professional acting troupe from Winchester, VA. The mystery will be entitled "Murder in the Choir Loft." Like all the troupe's productions, it will be a comedy that spoofs the murder mystery genre, and it will be interactive; diners will work to solve the crime, and they may play roles in the drama if they wish. The evening will begin with hors d'oeuvres, wine and a cash bar at 6:30 p.m. Dinner and the performance will follow at 7:15 p.m. Tickets will be $100 per person, with $45 of that amount tax-deductible. All proceeds will benefit the Friends organization and its Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra. Seating will be limited to 55 couples or 110 people. Attire will be evening casual or your best detective outfit. Tickets are available through the Friends website at Or call or email the Friends office at 304-876-5765 or The Friends of Music is a non-profit organization founded in 1999 to support and promote musical excellence in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and the surrounding region. It is governed by a board of directors made up of local-area citizens. The Friends' Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra is the only professional chamber orchestra in the Eastern Panhandle and one of only three professional classical music orchestras in the state. It was established by the Friends of Music in 2007 and has been sustained by the Friends since its inception.

Pack Horse Ford Cannonball Run Irish Road Bowling, Shepherdstown

September 10 Pack Horse Ford Cannonball Run, Shepherdstown, WV Sunday 1:30 p.m. Come join the fun of this annual competition for a weekend rich in history and plenty of entertainment all situated amidst the enchanting natural surroundings of Shepherdstown, WV. Throw cannonballs on historic Trough Road, where in 1862 Confederate and Union troops fought, as the Confederate army retreated from Antietam. To be a part of history contact Road Master Mary Wolfe at (304) 258-4958, e-mail

Cacapon Resort State Park Irish Road Bowling

July 15 Morgan County Fair, Cacapon State Park, Berkeley Springs, WV Saturday 11:00 a.m "Gravity is your friend" on this mostly downhill roll through the woods with rocky cliffs alongside. This shaded 1.2 mile course will be cool in the hot summer time and great for beginners. Afterward, lake swim, tennis, golf, hiking trails, horseback rides. Lodge reservations (304) 258-1022. Road Master Mary Wolfe (304) 258-4958 or

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5th Annual Shepherdstown “DogFest”

Shepherdstown WV will hold its fifth annual "DogFest" the weekend of April 29-30. Originally held during August, the event has been shifted to the spring the past two years to get away from the summer heat. This year's DogFest will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days. It will include a wide variety of activities for dogs, their owners, dog lovers, and the general public. Most of the activities will be located on King Street, downtown. All the activities will be free and everyone will be welcome. One of the main events will be a Saturday parade of rescue dogs that will showcase adoptable dogs from different breed-specific rescue organizations and local all-breed shelters. As each dog goes on parade, a representative of the sponsoring organization will provide commentary on the animal.  DogFest coordinator Marianne Davis says this parade format offers a good opportunity to educate the public about the needs of different breeds and adoption and fostering options.  Other highlights of the weekend will include a community dog show on Sunday afternoon open to all dogs owned by both visitors and residents. Both days will include blessings of the dogs; exhibits and demonstrations by trainers, rescue organizations, and others; and children's activities. Throughout the weekend, many restaurants and stores will let dog owners bring their dogs inside. Many will also be offering special dog-themed food, drinks, and items for sale. DogFest is sponsored by the Shepherdstown Visitors Center; watch the Center's website at for schedule details. For more information, contact Ms. Davis at 304-876-2786 or

Two Rivers Piano & Wind Ensemble Concert

The Friends of Music will present the fourth concert of their current season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29 at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Shepherdstown. The concert will feature the Two Rivers Piano and Winds Ensemble. The pianist will be Shepherd University's Scott Beard. The program, entitled "Windswept," will include the following works by American, German and French composers: Paquito D’Rivera (b. 1948), Invitación al Danzón for clarinet, horn and piano Friedrich W. Voigt (1833-1894), Nocturne for clarinet, horn and piano Op. 75 Francis Poulenc (1899-1963), Trio for oboe, bassoon and piano (1926) Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 16 Admission to the concert will be free for Friends of Music members. The ticket price for others will be $20 per person ($18 before April 16). Tickets and Friends' memberships can be purchased on the Friends' website at or by mail (FOM, PO Box 220, Shepherdstown, WV 25443). Visa and Master Card will be accepted. The Two Rivers Piano and Wind Ensemble includes the following musicians: Scott Beard, Piano. Dr. Beard has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra soloist throughout the U.S. and Canada and in Europe and South America. He was Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at Shepherd University from 1998-2011, and currently serves as Shepherd's Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies & Continuing Education. Noelle Drewes, Oboe. Dr. Drewes is the principal oboe with the Apollo Orchestra and is a founding member of the Capital Reeds. She has performed on numerous occasions as a guest with the National Symphony Orchestra and many other orchestras in the region. She teaches at Montgomery County Community College, and maintains a private teaching studio out of her home in Bowie, Maryland David Drosinos, Clarinet. Mr. Drosinos has performed in Greece, Ireland, Moscow, Finland, the Bahamas and all over the continental U.S. He teaches at the Baltimore School for the Arts, the Peabody Preparatory, and Shepherd University. Lynn Moncilovich, Bassoon. Ms. Moncilovich is the principal bassoonist of Central Maryland's Londontowne Symphony Orchestra, and second bassoonist with the Keystone Wind Ensemble in Pennsylvania. She also performs frequently with the Lancaster PA Symphony Orchestra. Daniel Carter, Horn. Mr. Carter is adjunct horn instructor at Shepherd University and teaches Elementary Band and Strings in the Howard County MD Public System. He is principal horn of the Two Rivers Chamber Orchestra. The piano used for this concert has been graciously provided by the Steinway Piano Gallery of Washington, DC. The Friends of Music is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1999 to support and promote musical excellence in the Eastern Panhandle. For full information about the Friends and their concerts go to

Apollo Jazz Orchestra featuring Chris Vadala

The Eastern Regional Jazz Education Foundation presents their first concert hosted by Washington High School. Concert Lineup: *Washington High School Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Mr. Donnie Showen. *Apollo Jazz Orchestra featuring Chris Vadala under the direction of Mr. Jordan S. English. Tickets: $12 In Advance | $15 at the Door CHRIS VADALA One of the country's foremost woodwind artists, Chris Vadala is in demand as a jazz/classical performer and educator. He has appeared on more than 100 recordings to date, as well as innumerable jingle sessions, film and TV scores, performing on all the saxophones, flutes, and clarinets. A native of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., he graduated from the Eastman School of Music, earning the honor of the Performer's Certificate in saxophone as well as a B.M. in Music Education, received an M.A. in clarinet from Connecticut College, and pursued postgraduate study in woodwind doubling at Eastman. Professor Vadala, Director of Jazz Studies and Saxophone Professor, is a UM Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the University of Maryland. Previous academic appointments include teaching studio woodwinds and conducting jazz ensembles at Connecticut College, Montgomery College, Hampton University, Prince George's Community College and Mount Vernon College, as well as serving as Visiting Professor of Saxophone at the Eastman School of Music, 1995 and 2001. Mr. Vadala's performing career has been highlighted by a long tenure as standout woodwind artist with the internationally recognized Chuck Mangione Quartet, which included performances in all 50 states, Canada, Australia, Japan, Phillipines, China, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic, England, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Poland, Belgium, and Switzerland, and performing credits on five gold and two platinum albums, plus two Grammy, two Emmy, one Georgie (AGVA) and one Golden Globe Award. In addition, he has performed and/or recorded with such greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, B.B. King, Chick Corea, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Placido Domingo, Sarah Vaughn, Natalie Cole, Herbie Hancock, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Henry Mancini, Doc Severinsen, New York Voices, Frankie Valli, Johnny Mathis, Diana Ross, Michael Feinstein, Patti LaBelle, Kendrick Lamar, and many others. In 2009, he became a member of the Award-Winning Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, and has been the first call saxophonist with National Symphony Orchestra and NSO Pops Orchestra for many years. Visit his website for additional information on discography, bio info, publications, calendar of performances, booking request form, CD purchases, sound bytes and more!

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Uniquely West Virginia

The show offers a free opportunity for the public to sample and buy dozens of state-grown products as well as meet the faces behind these products.

9 stunning photos that capture winter in West Virginia

  The Mountain State in winter is a sight to behold. Every contour and fold stands in sharp relief, revealing

6 unique historic districts in West Virginia

The story of West Virginia’s very birth is one for the (history) books! But since our inception in 1863, we’ve

Spring break deal roundup

Whether you’re a college student, a teacher, or a family with young kids, you’re going to want to take advantage

7 Wild, Wonderful West Virginia Women

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, let’s take a look at some Wild, Wonderful West Virginia women who helped shape

Laugh, cry, and be awed at these 5 WV film festivals

  If you think film festivals are just for watching stuffy foreign art pieces in far-off places like Cannes or


Experience the Irish dance phenomenon that is sweeping the country, Rhythm in the Night, The Irish Dance Spectacular, as it returns this Spring for ‘The Celebration Tour’! Named ‘The Celebration Tour’ for achieving a multi-sellout and record-setting 2016 Spring Tour, along with becoming the fastest growing Irish dance show in the country, returns the Irish dance spectacular for its fourth consecutive U.S tour that critics and audiences alike have been raving about. Rhythm in the Night, The Irish Dance Spectacular is an epic journey derived from a tale of good versus evil with a storyline that will capture the imagination of everyone in the family and transport them to a mystical time and place of heroes and redemption. The battle scenes transcend the struggle of dark versus light as lightning fast rhythms and a thunderous world-class dance troupe display Irish dance like never before seen. Adding to the drama and excitement of the production, Rhythm in the Night features an original soundtrack that delivers an orchestral atmosphere of epic proportions. Rhythm in the Night turns an age-old art form into an exciting Irish dance spectacular the whole family can enjoy!

5 really (really) unconventional WV activities

So you think you’ve tried everything the Mountain State has to offer? Check out these unconventional activities that are uniquely

7 adventures the grandkids will never forget

What better way to spend time with the grandkids than to relive fond memories from your own childhood? These fun

Best winter weekends

Rain or shine, hot or cold, there’s always something exciting to do in the Mountain State. Discover real West Virginia

Spa Night: Bath Bombs at Elle’s Niche

You're invited to Ladies’ Spa Night at @Elle's.Niche in historic Charles Town, WV, a boutique shop offering all handmade local gifts. Free goodie bags to the first 10 people! Enter to win a spa door prize! Enjoy complimentary sweets and tea. Bring your friends or come make some new ones at Ladies’ Night! If you would like, register to learn to make bath bombs with the Wild Rose Soap Co (10 spots available for the class, beginning at 7pm for $20). Bath bombs are fizzy natural 'bombs' to make a home spa treatment. Made with moisturizing oils and sea salts, customizable with your favorite scent and dried herbs, they will be your new favorite addition to a relaxing bath. Each attendee of the workshop will receive a bath bomb and mold to take home, plus recipes and instruction. To register:

Flower Shadow Box Workshop

Join Erin from M.E. Designs and learn how to make a beautiful flower shadow box! Great for celebrating Spring or thinking ahead for Mother’s Day! This class will teach you how to roll your flowers as well as weeding your vinyl quote for the front of the glass. All supplies and tools will be provided. Your kit will include a small (5x7 or 8x8) or large (6x14) shadow box, pre-cut paper to roll for your flowers in a variety of colors, and pre-cut vinyl with a quote that you will learn to weed and apply yourself (multiple quotes will be available for you to choose from). If there is a special quote you would like, please let the artist know by April 28th. Cost of class is $35 for a small box/ $40 for a large box. Class size is limited so pre-registration is required! Registration: