What’s New in Berkeley Springs June 19-25, 2017

Summer is officially here and the town and countryside show it decked out in relentless green.

The most intriguing special activity this weekend is outside in the Ice House Cultural Park. On Saturday from 9am to 3pm several metal workers and blacksmiths gather with their equipment to stage a daylong Hammer-In. It’s a wonderful up close and personal opportunity to see hot metal turned into art through forging. The Hammer-In is part of the Forged! special art exhibit on display in the Ice House Gallery. Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday 11am-5pm. Ancillary galleries at the Ice House show “Wings and Other Things,” an exhibit of nature photography by Rennie Kahler, and “Reflections on a Golden Age,” oil paintings in the style of the Old Masters by Joseph Springer. Both are Berkeley Springs artists.

Nightlife includes the Star Theatre showing “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” on the big screen Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8pm. Even if you can’t make the movie, stop by for the world class popcorn served with real butter.

On Sunday from 7:30-9:30pm The Country Inn hosts the award-winning Irish duo of Byrne and Kelly of Celtic Thunder. The duo is promoting their latest album — Echoes. Their dynamic vocal harmonies and fresh Celtic sound have propelled them to the top of various World Music listening lists. Reserve a ticket now for this outstanding concert. Make a night of it with dinner at the Inn prior to the concert.

There’s more musical entertainment for the whole family when the Morgan Arts Council’s youth theater camp attendees stage “The Pied Piper” at Berkeley Springs High School on Friday, June 23 at 7 pm and Saturday, June 24 at 2 pm. The two week camp is devoted to working on staging the musical. You’ll be amazed at the youthful talent on display.

Cacapon State Park is always outdoor adventure central with 18 holes of golf, fishing and swimming in the lake re-opened after a seasonal cleaning, horseback riding and miles of mountain hiking trails. The park is also abuzz with learning fun at the Nature Center. Saturday has activities in wildlife tracks and pileated woodpeckers. Saturday at 4pm is an open Kickball game. On Sunday at 8:30am is an hour long beginners bird walk and later in the morning learn about bears. The big activity this weekend centers on Amateur Radio starting with an explanation and demonstration on Friday at 7:30pm at the Lodge. The fun of ham radio continues with a national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise on Saturday and Sunday. The best part of all the activities is the opportunity to communicate with other people around the world. All the activities are open to the public.

There are also river adventures on the Potomac and Cacapon rivers as well as more hiking on the nearby C&O Canal towpath. If you take the towpath, note that the largest man-made structure on the Canal is the fabulous Paw Paw Tunnel easily reachable on a drive to the western edge of the county an the town of Paw Paw. The drive west takes you past the spectacular Panorama Overlook. There are trails to both hike through the mile-long tunnel as well as over it. The Tuscarora Trail on Sleepy Creek Mountain is another hiking option and can be accessed at Spruce Pine Hollow Park on WV9 east.

One of our favorite summer activities for families is visiting the Museum of the Berkeley Springs with interesting exhibits on the springs, the geology and the role George Washington played in Berkeley Springs among other items including how the town was formed. Located on the second floor of he Roman Bath House in Berkeley Springs State Park, hours are 11am-4pm. One of the best parts of learning about the famed warm springs is being able to go out the door of the Museum and experience them directly having a drink or splashing around in the spring pools open 24/7.

Our ultimate weekend trip has you experiencing great dining at fine dining places like Lot 12, Tari’s Cafe and the Country Inn to family-friendly locations including Angus and Ale, Mountainside and Earth Dog Cafe where breakfast is served all day. A special treat is Smoky D’s BBQ trailer where you can get world class BBQ to take home. There’s also ice cream at Creekside Creamery and down the road at Country Traditions.

One of our most popular new businesses is Give Purrs a Chance, the state’s only cat cafe. If you’ve been wanting to experience this hot new activity, here’s your chance right here in Berkeley Springs.

Cruise the various downtown shops conveniently located in a couple of historic blocks. You can find everything from fairies and finger puppets to BS logoed products to books, art, antiques and Himalayan items. The gourmet food and oils shop, the Naked Olive, has a late night attraction as a martini bar with exotic concoctions.

For the ideal place to stay with or without pets, in town or out in the countryside, check all our offerings, more than 100 choices in all.

For nearly 300 years, Berkeley Springs in summer has been the perfect escape from city heat and bustle. Make the summer season your tradition too.

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