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Events for January 2018

  • Historic Window Restoration Workshop

    January 06, 2018 — Harpers Ferry, Jefferson

    The Preservation Alliance of WV will offer a one-day Historic Wooden Window Restoration Workshop at First Zion Baptist Church, 1030 W. Ridge Street in Harpers Ferry on Saturday, January 6, 2018 beginning at 9 AM.

    During the hands-on course, you will learn glass cutting, glazing, paint stripping and wood consolidation as well as a discussion of mothballing and double-hung sash window terminology, design and operation. Learn skills that you can apply in your own home.

    Participation is $10 and will include lunch. Please reserve a spot by January 2nd by writing to

  • Harpers Ferry Civil War Round Table

    January 10, 2018 — Harpers Ferry, Jefferson

    Join the Harpers Ferry Civil War Round Table this year for its series of stimulating lectures and dinners. Dinners will be at 6:30 pm, with programs following at 7:30 pm on the second Wednesday of each month, at Camp Hill-Wesley United Methodist Church, 645 W. Washington St., Harpers Ferry. Programs are free and open to all, but dinners are by reservation only. Contact Chris Craig at to be added to the monthly announcement list.

    Schedule of 2017-18 programs:

    • Sept. 13 – Dennis Frye, Chief Historian, HFNHP: “Did McClellan outthink Lee during the First Invasion?”
    • Oct. 11 – Gary Gimble, Author and President, Falling Waters Battlefield Association: “Is That Stonewall?”
    • Nov. 8 – John Chapman, Longtime area relic hunter: “Three Decades Chasing Early and Sheridan through Jefferson County with my Metal Detector”
    • Dec. 13 – Joe Mieczkowski, Author and Battlefield Guide, Gettysburg National Military Park: “Gettysburg in Sight and Sound.”
    • Jan. 10 – Bob O’ Connor, Author and local historian: “Southern Oasis at Gettysburg”
    • Feb. 14 – Dr. John Splaine, Author and former C-Span consultant: “The Lincoln-Douglas Debates”
    • March 14 – William Miller, Noted Civil War author: “The Battle of Tom’s Brook”
    • April 11 – Ted Alexander, Former Park Historian, Antietam National Battlefield: “The Burning of Chambersburg”
    • May 9 – Mike Cannane, Historian and volunteer guide, Kernstown Battlefield Association: “The Battle of Second Kernstown”
    • June 13 – TBA Concert
  • International Women’s Voices Day

    January 21, 2018 — Shepherdstown, Jefferson

    Contemporary American Theater Festival and Shepherd University’s Department of Contemporary Art & Theater participate in International Women’s Voices Day

    The Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) and Shepherd University’s Department of Contemporary Art & Theater will host a FREE play reading in conjunction with International Women’s Voices Day. The reading of Ripe Frenzy by Jennifer Barclay will take place on Sunday, January 21st at 6 p.m. in the Shipley Recital Hall of Shepherd University’s Frank Center.

    Ed Herendeen, Founder and Producing Director of the Contemporary American Theater Festival and Shepherd University’s Artist in Residence, has always been “vigilant” about telling diverse stories, one of CATF’s core values.

    “First and foremost, we are looking for plays that deserved to be witnessed. The stories we want to tell reflect the current issues, ideas, and emotions of our world today. We want to hold a mirror up to society, as a reflection of who we are as a people, inclusive of races, genders, religion, orientation, and creeds. We are a melting pot of stories.”

    Since its founding in 1991, the Contemporary American Theater Festival has produced 121 new plays. Sixty of those plays have been written by women and sixty-one were written by men. The Festival’s inclusive nature does not stop with playwrights. Forty-five percent of CATF directors have been women. “We are committed to producing work written by diverse playwrights, the diversity of our artists on stage, and in our administrative offices,” Herendeen continues. The free reading of Ripe Frenzy by Jennifer Barclay will take place on Sunday, January 21st at 6 p.m. in the Frank Center’s Shipley Recital Hall. The reading will be directed by CATF’s Public Relations Manager, Gabrielle Tokach and the cast will consist of Shepherd University students and faculty as well as community members.

    For more information about CATF’s and Shepherd University’s staged reading, email or call 900-999-CATF (2283).

  • Author Lyn Widmyer at South Jefferson Library

    January 21, 2018 — Summit Point, Jefferson

    South Jefferson Library is pleased to host Lyn Widmyer at the library this Sunday, January 21st at 3:00 PM. South Jefferson Library is located on the corner of Summit Point Road and Church Street in Summit Point, WV. Please call the library at 304-725-6227 or visit our website at for more information.

    Charles Town, WV, resident Lyn Widmyer offers humorous and informative advice about growing old in her latest book, Chasing Pills: I Must Be Old, I Have a Pill Dispenser. Widmyer offers her insights on topics such as how to live with a hard of hearing spouse, dealing with confusing medical bills, understanding computers (what the heck is the Cloud anyway?), avoiding old people noises and travelling light.

    Widmyer approaches growing older with humor and a zest for life. “I plan to thoroughly enjoy my time as a senior citizen. Dylan Thomas advised us to rage, rage against the dying of the light but I plan to laugh my way into eternity.”

    In Chasing Pills, Widmyer includes tips on how she plans to make the most of her remaining 20 or so years. Studies show seniors who are positive live an average of 7.5 years longer than those who aren’t. “I plan to stay positive,” says Widmyer, “so I can drive my adult children crazy for a very long time.”

    Chasing Pills is Widmyer’s third book. Her others are Chasing Cows: I’m Not in the Suburbs Anymore, about her adventures as an farm wife in Jefferson County, WV and Chasing Votes: I Got Elected, Now What? featuring stories from her term as a county commissioner.

  • International Women's Voices Day

    January 21, 2018 — Shepherdstown, Jefferson

    Created by the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, National New Play Network, and New Play Exchange, INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S VOICES DAY is on Sunday, January 21st!

    Along with theaters around the world, the Contemporary American Theater Festival and Shepherd University’s Department of Contemporary Art & Theater are proud to celebrate by hosting a free reading of a new play, written by a woman.

    Join us at 6pm on January 21st to hear Jennifer Barclay’s Ripe Frenzy.

    In Tavistown, New York, a recent tragedy has rocked the community to its core. Narrator and town historian, Zoe, recounts the days leading up to the incident, as the high school prepares for the semi-annual production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. This stunning new play explores community in the wake of unspeakable devastation. Ripe Frenzy was commissioned by a grant from the National New Play Network, with funding from The Smith Prize for New Plays.

    Ripe Frenzy by Jennifer Barclay

    International Women’s Voices Day Staged Reading

    Sunday, January 21st at 6pm at Shipley Recital Hall in the Frank Center, 260 University Drive, Shepherdstown, WV

    FREE and open to the public

  • Creators Workshop "Independent Publishing"

    January 23, 2018 — Charleston, Kanawha

    The publishing world has changed dramatically over the last few years. Independent publishing is now a business decision instead of a last-ditch option. Eric Douglas is a hybrid author, with books published by publishers and an independent publisher. His talk will cover the pitfalls and pluses of being an indie and he will also talk about what to do when your book is “out there”. He will discuss marketing your books, staying “exclusive” or “going wide” and lessons he’s learned.

    Writers – you don’t need to have a finished manuscript, you don’t even have to have started it, to be thinking about independent publishing. Any writer who has dreamed of publishing will find something interesting in this presentation.

    When: Tuesday, Jan. 23rd 7pm-9pm

    Where: WVSU EDC 1506 Kanawha Blvd. West Charleston

    Cost: Free! Register here

    Presented by: Eric Douglas

    Eric Douglas is a writer, author and photographer. He has a degree in Journalism from Marshall University. He has two books published with publishers and numerous books, both fiction and nonfiction, published independently.

    Visit his website at:

  • Civic Education Series

    January 24, 2018 — Charles Town, Jefferson

    A non-partisan, non-political civic education forum focusing on the many important roles that Jefferson County’s elected public officials play in our community will be held at 7:00 PM at Fisherman’s Hall in Charles Town, WV on the evening of January 24, 2018. Neal Barkus, Esq. will moderate the information-based forum, which will include several Jefferson County officials – a magistrate, circuit & family court judges, the prosecuting attorney, and the sheriff. The panelists will discus the duties and responsibilities of their offices rather than specific political issues and participate in a Q&A session. The program is free and open to the public.

    The forum is the first 2018 event in the ongoing civic education series that launched last fall with several successful events at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education. The series was developed through the cooperative efforts of the Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education, Shepherd University’s Lifelong Learning program, the League of Women Voters of Jefferson County, the Jefferson County Branch of the NAACP, the Republican Party of Jefferson County, the Libertarian Party of West Virginia, and the Mountain Party (the WV affiliate of the U.S. Green Party).

    A second forum focusing on Jefferson County’s administrative officials is being planned for March.

    Fisherman’s Hall is located at 321 SW Street, Charles Town, WV.

  • Journey…one girl’s view through her lens

    January 28, 2018 — Summit Point, Jefferson

    Reception and Photography Exhibit at South Jefferson Library, Sunday, January 28, 2018

    The South Jefferson Public Library will host a reception for their latest photography exhibit featuring the work of Tina Snyder.

    Tina has named her show, “Journey…one girl’s view through her lens”.

    The reception will be held on Sunday, January 28th, from 2PM to 4PM in the Library Meeting Room. Please come to meet the photographer and view her work.

    South Jefferson Library is located on the corner of Summit Point Road and Church Street in Summit Point, WV.

    Please call the library at 304-725-6227 or visit our website at for more information.

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