What’s New in Berkeley Springs August 20-26, 2018
Special events in Berkeley Springs this weekend are one of a kind — the perfect add-on to the always wonderful experiences available here in the country’s first spa.
The Discovery Channel will be filming a special two hour event of Street Racing at the Potomac Airpark on the north edge of Berkeley Springs on Friday and Saturday. JJ Da Boss of Memphis Street Outlaws will be the Race Master for this Memphis vs the World episode. Friday the gate opens at 4pm and Saturday the gate opens at 9am.
The other special event is the Morgan County Expo, formerly the county fair. Displays, games, food and most events take place at the Senior Center on the north end of town adjacent to US Silica. Saturday’s activities include a Fiddle Playing contest at 1pm, Tri-State Ukeclectics at 3:30pm, BlackCat School of Rock at 4:30 and the Hot Rod Rockers at 6:30pm. On Sunday, the indoor exhibits are open all day from noon to 5pm at the Senior Center. There’s a family oriented Bingo Game from 1-3pm and then a concert by Singing Cowboy Paul Williams from 3-5pm. Meanwhile in Berkeley Springs State Park, there’s youth art and music, and hotdogs and free swim.
On Saturday night, the Country Inn has Matt Otis & the Sound performing outside on the Garden Stage from 7-10pm. At the American Legion from 7-11pm there’s a Sock Hop with Rockin’ Rupe (aka Virgil Ruppenthal) to benefit the Morgan County Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
The Star Theatre has the Marvel characters “Ant-Man and the Wasp” on the big screen at 8pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
A couple of workshops make Saturday afternoon interesting. From 1-5pm Healing Through the Akashic Records with Bill Sanda takes place at Sage Moon Healing Center. At the Ice House from noon-2pm, Jensuya stages a belly dance masterclass workshop on the Secrets of Solo Cabaret.
Shopping is always a major adventure in Berkeley Springs with more than a dozen distinctive shops from the prominent Ice House Gallery featuring both a special glass show exhibit as well as the Ice House Co-op to Inspired Chaos tucked away on quirky Independence St. There are lots of Spring/Summer items on sale – 15% to 20% off – at Berkeley Springs Memories. Their making room for the Fall/Winter items. Drive south of town to the Country Emporium filled with country items as well as offering ice cream. Creekside Creamery in town is both a gift shop and ice cream parlor. Sunday’s prime shopping experience is the noted Farmers Market from 10am to 2pm.
Along with the standard outdoor attractions at Cacapon State Park, there are some fun special activities on Saturday including at 6:45pm Dutch Oven Desserts. Meet at the Campfire Circle across from Nature Center to sample some delicious dessert recipes cooked over the fire! At 7:45pm there is a full Moon viewing on Cacapon Mountain Overlook with the park naturalist.
Two other ongoing wonders of Berkeley Springs are the extraordinary array of dining options and the more than 55 spa treatments at the several full service spas and individual healers in town. People have flocked to Berkeley Springs for nearly 300 years to seek healing at the warm mineral springs. Don’t miss your chance to at least dip your toes in the open spring pools in Berkeley Springs State Park. And stop at the Museum of the Berkeley Springs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11am to 4pm and learn the secrets of the healing waters that have flowed for 250 million years!
What makes all this activity so appealing is choosing the ideal place to stay. There are in town choices like The Country Inn and abundant country and riverside places ranging from cozy cabins to expansive vacation homes. This weekend, the elegant in town B&B Highlawn Inn is offering a first night at regular price and the second at half off.
Do not let summer end before you take your getaway to Berkeley Springs — and then plan a fall trip back.