What’s New in Berkeley Springs May 22-28, 2017

Art, music, quilts, history — and a parade make for a fun Memorial Day weekend in Berkeley Springs.

There is plenty of nightlife to celebrate. Start on Friday from 8:30-11pm taking advantage of the clear night skies by attending a free star gazing party at the Morgan County Observatory. At 7:30pm on Friday, Cacapon State Park is hosting a History Alive! presentation about Sacagawea, the young Native American woman who accompanied Lewis and Clark on their arduous journey west in 1805. The program is held around the Campfire Circle, presented in costume and includes an opportunity for audience questions. Music on Friday includes Blues & Brews at the Granary.

The Berkeley Springs Brewing Company has two nights of music. On Friday from 7-9pm Regina performs. On Saturday from 7-10pm it’s the Sweet Maple Singers. Saturday from 5–8pm there’s more live music as Straight BS plays outside on the Garden Stage at The Country Inn. The Star Theatre is highlighting action on the big screen with “Fate of the Furious,” the 8th installment of the series, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8pm.

Saturday at 1pm, the western edge of the county celebrates with the annual Paw Paw Memorial Day parade and car show. While you’re in Paw Paw, take a small side trip arose the Potomac to experience the Paw Paw Tunnel, largest man-made structure on the C&O Canal. It’s an easy hike through the nearly mile-long tunnel from a small roadside park.

Now let’s talk art. Berkeley Springs has long been rated one of the country’s best small art towns and it’s easy this weekend to see why. Although there is NOT a formal studio tour this weekend, five artist studios will be open for informal visits on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. You can visit Fiesta Fibers where quilter and fabric artist Jane Frenke has her work on display along with weaver Kim Potter of Hand Woven Designs. Jan and Jonathan Heath will be at their in town Heath Studio Galleries. Highland Forge is the workplace of metal artist and forger, Glenn Horr while the metal work of Jean Pierre and Carol Hsu which features colorful jewelry and mobiles can be see at Hsu Studios.

The glass, pottery and mosaic work of Veronica Wilson and Helen Herlocker will be on display and for sale at Frog Valley Artisans on Friday and Monday also from 10am – 5pm. Plus Frog Valley has workshops scheduled: tie dyeing on Saturday at 2pm and pottery on Sunday at 2pm. You can easily visit all five and marvel at the range of talent. Then stop at the Ice House to see the final weekend of the annual Delectable Mountains Quilt Show open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm.

The big art splash of the weekend comes on Sunday at 2pm at the Ice House where the more than 50 Yard Square Quilts that have been on display since early April in businesses around town will be auctioned live. You can own one of these art gems that transformed the town into a quilt show for six weeks. All moneys raised will be given to the Great Cacapon Fire Department to help replace their fire hall which burned last year.

The big water splash of the weekend is the opening of the pool at Berkeley Springs State Park on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm. The spring pools that capture the magic spring water remain available for splashing 24/7 and the spa and historic Roman Baths are open daily. All our other spas in town will be open for treatments daily.

Our downtown shops will be open through the weekend stuffed with treasures for you to explore.

Cacapon State Park is outdoor fun central this holiday weekend with their standard attractions of golf, hiking, fishing and boating. The lake with its sand beach opens for the season on Saturday from 10:30am-5:30pm. Special activities elsewhere in the park on Saturday include a guided hike with Master Naturalist Clark Dixon along the Ridge Trail leaving the Nature Center at 8:30am. At 11:00am at the Nature Center you can learn about and make a pileated woodpecker. From 1-5pm it’s more hiking — and afternoon long Hike-a-thon on the beautiful Central Trail to support the Wind Dance Farm & Earth Education Center. Registration begins at 12:30 at the Batt Picnic Shelter. On Sunday there’s a History Stroll at 11:15am, a one mile walk through the park beginning at the Nature Center.

Memorial Day weekend is made for picnics and there are several opportunities to buy picnic items including at Tony’s Butcher Block on Saturday, the new Smokey D’s BBQ trailer in town on Saturday and Sunday. The Farmers Market on Sunday from 10am to 2pm also has plenty of local produce and prepared food for your picnics and to take home. For those who want to enjoy their meals in a great eatery there’s a long list of possibilities from the ever popular Tari’s and Lot 12 to three meals a day at The Country Inn and Cacapon State Park to the new menu and ownership at Maria’s Garden. There’s BBQ at Earth Dog Cafe and steaks at Angus and Ale to add to your list. Coffee and teats are found at Black Dog Cafe and ice cream at Country Traditions.

Finding a perfect place to stay is easy whether it’s a romantic couple looking for an elegant B&B or historic inn or the whole family plus friends wanting a fully equipped vacation home in the woods or along the river. Check out our entire list of places to stay many of which are pet friendly.

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