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Calendar of Events Feb. 5

February 5, 2016
Shepherdstown Chronicle


Friday, Feb. 5: The Shepherdstown Film Society will offer the free film "Secrets and Lies" at 7 p.m. in Reynolds Hall.

Monday, Feb. 15: The Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Presidents' Day.

Saturday, Feb. 20: Children three and older are invited to hear some fun retellings of favorite fairy tales at 11 a.m. in the Library's Children's Department during a story time with songs and a craft.

Friday, Feb. 26: The Friends of the Shepherdstown Library (FOSL) Book Club will discuss Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird at 4 p.m. in the Library.

Feb. 1 through 29: Families and educators, please visit the Library's Children's Department for book displays to help you celebrate the Chinese New Year, Mardi Gras, Valentine's Day, African American History Month, winter, and the birthdays of Lincoln and Washington.

Join our free weekly story times for infants through age twelve, February through May 25: "Lap Babies" (birth to 18 months) meets Tuesdays from 10:15 to 11 a.m. "Time for Twos" is on Tuesdays from 11:15 to noon. Wednesdays from 11:15 to noon is the "Three to Fives" program. The "After School Program" for ages five and older is held Wednesdays from 4 to 4:45. Call (304) 876-2783, email or visit the Library at 100 East German Street for more information.


Need to get your cat or dog spayed or neutered? Contact Spay Today, our area's non-profit, reduced-price spay and neuter program. At the time of surgery, initial shots and tests can also be obtained at lower rates. Choose from MANY vets over a WIDE area! NEW vets added! Contact Spay Today: or 304-728-8330.

Intermediate Bridge players are invited to join an informal group meeting every Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Trinity Episcopal Chapel. All are welcome and walk-ins are encouraged. For more information, contact 304-876-6244.

The Shepherdstown Museum, at the corner of German and Princess streets, is open on weekends from April through October, on July 4, and during Christmas in Shepherdstown. Public hours are: Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Visits can be arranged at other times by calling 304-876-0910 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.


Shepherdstown Film Society will show "Secrets and Lies" at 7pm at Reynolds Hall. Admission is free. For more information go to

February Contra Dance at 8 p.m. Ron Buchanan calls lively contra and square dances to the fine music of the Contrarians, a contra dance band from West Virginia. Featured are Paul Epstein on fiddle, John Longwell on mandolin, saxophone and banjo, Andy Park on guitar and Will Carter on bass. at the Shepherdstown War Memorial Building. Beginners workshop at 7:30 p.m., dance starts at 8 p.m. All levels welcome, no partners needed. Please wear clean, soft-soled shoes to protect the floor. Fabulous potluck snacks at the break. Admission is $12 adults, $8 SMD members, $5 dancers under 12 years old.

A special exhibit documenting Annie's Appalachian Trail Journey is now on display at The Bridge. Original watercolors, photographs and journal entries combine to bring her adventure to life and take the viewer along. A reception is scheduled for tonight from 5:30-7:30 p.m; the Exhibit has been extended another week until February 14 to make up for time lost to the storm.

Feb. 6

In the heart of winter, a warming circle of friendship and cultural unity is planned for Shepherdstown. The Red Hoop Pow-wow will provide Shepherd University students and the surrounding community a unique opportunity to experience the spirit generated by this traditional Native American gathering. From noon until 6 p.m. in the Shepherd University Student Center on N. King St., the great drum will sound and an array of dancers in colorful regalia will affirm their unbroken link with the proud customs of their ancestors. The public is invited for the music, dancing, and food. Shepherd students enjoy free admission; the adult public entry fee is $5 and children attend for $3.

A fund-raiser with eight renown musicians and three actors to support the all-volunteer Black Box Arts Center, 113 S. Princess Street, Shepherdstown, will be held at 8 p.m., at the Arts Center. Donation is $15+ . Artists include Eldred Hill, Keith Dill, Ralph Gordon, Jennie Avilla, Ardyth Gilbertson, Terry Tucker, Joe Bourgeois, CassiRaye, featuring also Isabella Warburton, performing "Annie", Pat Markland and Rhonda Kisner. For tickets, contact or 304-870-4685.

Feb. 10

Learn about rain gardens and how residents and communities in the Elks Run Watershed can participate in a program offering free design, free plants and a 50 percent rebate on the installation of rain gardens that could total up to $1,200. The webinar is scheduled from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, or to register, contact Suzy Campbell at Individuals should visit to discover what watershed their property lies in.

Feb. 11

Shepherd University's Office of Student Engagement is sponsoring a Valentine's Spaghetti Dinner: Relay for Life Fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. at the Christ Reformed Church, 304 East German Street, Shepherdstown. The event is open to the public and proceeds benefit Shepherd's Relay for Life, which will take place April 8-9. Tickets for the spaghetti dinner are $14 a pair, $10 for individuals, and $7 for Shepherd students with a valid Rambler ID. For more information or to make a reservation, call the Office of Student Engagement at 304-876-5402.

Feb. 13

Come support the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County by enjoying a delicious buffet, silent and live auctions and raffles to benefit the Society's renovations of the existing dog kennels. The 7th annual Purrfect Valentine Buffet is being held at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races from 5:30-10 p.m. in the Skyline Ballroom. Tickets are $50 per person and are available by calling Anne-Marie at 304-725-2198 or Dottie at 703-509-0986. Reserve your tickets today! Enjoy a purrfect evening and help the plight of homeless pets in the county at the AWS no-kill shelter. The Animal Welfare Society began helping homeless animals in 1952 and has operated a shelter on Old Leetown Pike since 1985. For more information on this event, the society or to view pets needing homes- visit the AWS web site,

The Washington County Master Gardeners will offer a seed-starting workshop from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center at 7303 Sharpsburg Pike in Boonsboro.

Workshop on Integrity in the Workplace: Addressing ethical dilemmas by making principled decisions". Do you sometimes struggle: to make the "right" decision; and to meet your objectives/targets in the "right" manner? The workshop objectives are: (1) to increase awareness of integrity dilemmas; (2) to promote greater commitment to living out integrity-based values; and (3) to impart useful tools, good practices and Biblical perspectives on integrity which can be applied by participants to address effectively ethical dilemmas. Key speakers will be State Senator/Pastor John Unger and Dr. Charles Lickson, followed by small discussion groups. You are invited to participate in this workshop to be held from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.), at Shepherd Univesity's Byrd Center $5 contribution is requested. Event is co-sponsored by Ezekiel's Place, Shepherd University, and Shepherdstown Rotary Club. Please register prior to Feb. 8:

The Friends of Music is sponsoring an "Oysters & Champagne Tasting" at Shepherdstown's Bavarian Inn from 7 to 10 p.m. It will feature champagne and oysters; heavy hors d'oeuvres that will include a smoked fish and caviar bar, other seafoods and meat and vegetarian choices; and desserts.

Classical guitar music will provide accompaniment. Tickets will be $170 per couple and $95 per person. Cocktail attire is requested. Tickets can be ordered online on the Friends website at For more information contact Neal Barkus at or 304-997-0228 or 304-876-8520.

Feb. 14

Quickly gaining recognition as one of Irish musics new super-groups, RUNA has been enchanting audiences by pushing the boundaries of Irish folk music, since their formation in 2008. Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of bluegrass, flamenco, blues, jazz, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music. The group has been honoured internationally, winning Top Group and Top Traditional Group in the Irish Music Awards and an Independent Music Award for Best World/Traditional Song. Event at 4 p.m. in Reynolds Hall. Tickets: Advance tickets are $20 adults, $18 seniors, $15 SMD members, $10 students and $25 adults, $22 seniors and $20 members at the door.. Advance tickets on sale at OHurleys General Store, or by mail. For more information call Joanie at 304-263-2531 or email


Tickets must be reserved by Feb. 5 for the 2016 Common Ground Books, Business, & Art Expo. It's scheduled from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Shepherd University Wellness Center, Shepherdstown. Keynote speaker during the luncheon will be Natasha Bowens, nationally known author, farmer and activist on sustainable environments whose new book explores the local food movement through the eyes of farmers of color. For ticket information visit the online link below and click on "Get Tickets."



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