SEP 30 (SAT) – High School Band Spectacular – 10 local high school bands competing, along with exhibition performance by the Shepherd University Ram Band. Gates open 3 pm, competition begins 5 pm. Martinsburg High School, David Walker Stadium, 150 Bulldog Blvd, Martinsburg. $10/adult, $5 student/senior. Web: MHSBulldogBand.com
SEP 30 & OCT 1 (SAT & SUN) – Robin Young, Watercolor Artist – Local artist will have 80 watercolor & oil paintings for sale. Sat 11 am – 7 pm, Sun 11 am – 3 pm. Evolve, 106 West German St, Shepherdstown. FB: Evolve Shepherdstown
OCT 5 – 15 (daily) – Giant Book Sale – Fundraising event for Shepherdstown Community Club. See ad below for hours. War Memorial Building, 102 East German St, Shepherdstown. FB: Shepherdstown Community Club
OCT 6 – 15 (multiple shows) – The Anvil – Dramatic recreation of abolitionist John Brown’s 1859 trial in Charles Town. See article on page 14 for details.
OCT 7 & 8 (SAT & SUN) – Art League of Germantown – Local artists group will exhibit original paintings, photography and fiber art. Sat 11 am – 7 pm, Sun 11 am – 3 pm. Evolve, 106 West German St, Shepherdstown. FB: Evolve Shepherdstown
OCT 7 (SAT) – Freedom’s Run Race Series – Full Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, 10K, 5K & 1 mile kids fun run. Various courses starting at Shepherd University and running along the C&O Canal (fun run in downtown Shepherdstown). Advance registration required. Volunteers welcome – email FreedomsRunRD@gmail.com. Web: FreedomsRun.org.
OCT 7 (SAT) – Tabler Farm Open House – Faculty & students will have tours and discussions about the Shepherd University research farm & projects. 1- 4 pm. 482 Billmyer Mill Rd, Shepherdstown. FREE (RSVP encouraged) Web: Shepherd.edu/tabler-farm-open-house
OCT 7 (SAT) – Highland Games of Harpers Ferry – Competitions, exhibitions (including birds of prey), vendors and food. 8 am – 8 pm. Sam Michaels Park, 235 Sam Michaels Lane, Harpers Ferry. $20 at the gate ($15 in advance), kids under 12 free. Web: HFCCS.org
OCT 7 (SAT) – Old Opera House Autumn Auction – Silent & live auction fundraiser, run by OOH performers. Silent auction begins at 1 pm (free admission); Social hour & live auction opens at 6 pm ($40 ticket, includes light reception). 204 North George St, Charles Town WV. Web: OldOperaHouse.org.
OCT 7 & 8 (SAT & SUN) – Poulenc Trio – Chamber music concert presented by Friends of Music. Sat 7:30, Sun 3:00. See story page 15 for locations and ticket details. Web: FriendsWV.org
OCT 8 (SUN) – Appalachian Parlor Concert – Audrey Pride & Danielle Wiebe Burke perform dance variations in music past and present. 1:00 pm. Happy Retreat, 600 Mordington Ave, Charles Town. $30. Web: HappyRetreat.org
OCT 10 & 11 (TUE & WED) – Lyn Ford, Storyteller – Presented by Speak Story Series. 7:30 pm (both nights). Tue show at Reynolds Hall, 109 North King St, Shepherdstown; Wed show at Shepherdstown Train Station, 111 Audrey Eagle Dr, Shepherdstown. $15 (at the door only). Web: SpeakStorySeries.com.
OCT 13 – 22 (multiple shows) – You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown – Performance by Black Box Youth Playhouse. Friday shows at 7 pm, Sat & Sun shows at 2 pm. 113 South Princess St, Shepherdstown. Tickets $12. Web: BlackBoxYouth.org
OCT 15 (SUN) – Yard Sale at the Library – Fundraiser for Shepherdstown Public Library. 10 am – 3 pm. 145 Higbee Ln, Shepherdstown. FREE admission (To sell, reserve a 6’ table for $25 by Oct 7). Web: FOSLWV.org.
OCT 20 – 29 (multiple shows) – The Addams Family – Live musical comedy performance at the Old Opera House. Friday & Saturday shows at 8:00 pm, Sunday shows at 2:30 pm. 204 North George St, Charles Town WV. $22 adult, $15 youth (under 18), $19 senior (over 65), military, student. Web: OldOperaHouse.org.
OCT 21 (SAT) – Book Launch Party – Local writer and photographer Michael Chalmers introduces his new book, “This is Shepherdstown,” a photographic exploration of the town & nearby locales. 5 – 9 pm.. Evolve, 106 West German St, Shepherdstown. FB: This is Shepherdstown
OCT 21 (SAT) – Walk in the Park – Volunteers will lead a family-friendly hike through Sam Michaels Park to showcase recently-completed projects focused on protecting drinking water and improving the park ecosystem, 10 am. Sam Michaels Park, 235 Sam Michaels Lane, Harpers Ferry. FREE, pre-registration requested (use QR code to right for link).
OCT 28 & 29 (SAT & SUN) – Art Heist! – Silent auction and art for sale to benefit Happy Retreat. Sat Noon – 6 pm, Sun Noon – 4 pm. Happy Retreat, 600 Mordington Ave, Charles Town. Web: HappyRetreat.org
NOV 2 (THU) – History Alive! Mother Jones – A program of the West Virginia Humanities Council. Storyteller and actress Karen Vuranch recreates the fire and energy that was Mother Jones as she organized and spoke at rallies for the United Mine Workers in West Virginia. During the performance, the audience is encouraged to participate and play the role of workers, as Jones cajoles and exhorts them to work together for the cause of the union. Shepherdstown Public Library. 6:30 pm. 145 Higbee Ln, Shepherdstown. FREE admission. Web: ShepLibrary.org.By Staff Contributor