What’s New in Berkeley Springs August 12-18, 2019
The most memorable event this weekend is the Grand Re-opening of the Star Theatre after four months of new owner/operators and two weeks closed for major renovations including repointed brick and new white mortar, new/historic features in the entrance lobby and concession room, new bathroom fixtures and new leather couches. Favorite vintage items remain including the starlet wallpaper in the ladies room and — of course— the incredible popcorn machine. On Friday there’s a free open house from 5-7pm. Then the doors re-open at 7:30pm for a regular showing of the “Lion King” with shows Friday through Sunday at the standard 8pm and a Sunday matinee at 2pm.
The final MAC concert in Berkeley Springs State Park is Saturday at 5:30pm with the Ice House as the rain location. The performer is April Verch, hailing from Canada. She steps, sing and fiddles with a fresh and feisty approach to deep American traditional music. We’re part of her 12th album’s world tour! And thanks to all our sponsors who made this possible. Check their banners hanging at the concert and visit their businesses to say thanks.
After Saturday’s concert, slip over to the Country Inn for Matt Otis & The Sound outside in the Garden 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm.
We’re very pleased with our dazzling array of distinctive shops. Our Fleur de Lis cheese shop is listed in this article — and it offers more than just cheese. (https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/wes…/cheese-wonderlands-wv/) We have other tasty shopping as well with gourmet oils at the Naked Olive, vintage candies at Berkeley Springs Memories, ice cream at Country Traditions and Creekside Creamery — you can satisfy your tastebuds as well as shop for treasures in Berkeley Springs. On the north end of town Vintage Kitchen has a sidewalk sale with specials on books and framed art at 40% off. Art shopping is also exceptional. Drop by the Ice House Gallery where there is the work of nearly 40 local artists in a Co-op plus a special gallery with a show and sale called Perspectives of Women that includes spectacular art in a variety of media. There are also three different artists with paintings and drawings in two ancillary galleries. The Ice House Gallery is open Thursday through Sunday, 11am-5pm. Other art locations include Mountain Laurel Gallery featuring American artists and Heath Studio Gallery featuring the work of Jan and Jonathan Heath. Tari’s Cafe also sells art off its walls.
For do it yourself art, there’s a special workshop this Sunday at 10am at Frog Valley Artisans with Veronica who guides students to make a planter! Bring a towel to use in the project.
Speaking of tastebuds, we’re equally pleased with our dining options especially those outside. There is deck dining at Canary Grill where they have a new chef; porch dining at Lot 12 presided over by WV’s only James Beard rated chef; Tari’s Cafe and the Fairfax Coffee House both have sidewalk tables and the Country Inn has their Garden. Check our full listing of all the places to eat and notice our Berkeley Springs Brewery.
The spa experience — and “taking the waters” has been going on since the 1740s. Today there are nearly 60 different treatments along with bathing. Atasia Spa has added CBD products to several of their treatment choices. Rumor is that the historic Roman Bath House in Berkeley Springs State park, closed for renovation since spring, will be opening back up soon. In the Park’s main spa, you can now get a famous Watsu underwater massage along with more traditional treatments. Renaissance Spa at the Country Inn has a full menu of massage, facials and skin treatments as well as couples offerings. RNR Spa offers a wide array of massage, facials and eyebrow work — the only place in town that does eyebrows.
Sunday has the Berkeley Springs Farmers Market from 10am – 2pm in the center of town plus meditation at 11am with Eddy Rubin, Yoga Teacher and Kritan Meister @ Sage Moon Healing Center where there are also bodywork experiences available.
Adventure style water fun ranges from splashing in park spring pools or swimming in the main pool to swimming, boating and fishing in Cacapon State Park’s lake with sand beach. There are also public access points to both the Cacapon and Potomac rivers.
Friday and Saturday is Pollinator Weekend at Cacapon State Park with activities focused on the Monarch Butterfly and their milkweed habitat as well as 7:30pm evening hikes both nights through the wildflower meadow. If you don’t want to undertake the evening hike on Saturday, take Introduction to Fire Building at 7:30pm, learn several techniques for building a fire and try your own skill set at starting a fire with steel & flint. At 8:30pm is Cacapon Campfire with marshmallow roastin’ (BYO marshmallows) WV songs & trivia. Sunday at 9:30pm is Introduction to Birding at the Nature Center to learn what common birds are in park. In Berkeley Springs State park on Sunday at 1pm, there’s a walking tour of the park and surrounding area.