What’s New in Berkeley Springs June 18-22, 2018
Summer is here in Berkeley Springs and so is West Virginia Day on June 20.
Nightlife starts early this week at Berkeley Springs Brewery’s new location at Coolfont on Tuesday night from 7-9pm. Also new is their partner Fleur de Lis Cheese Shop — a downtown shop — that joins them for a Beer & Cheese Pairing. A ticket for the event includes four pairings for each guest with a choice of craft beer growler fill and a half pound of artisan cheese.
There’s another special food experience on Thursday from 5-9pm at Cacapon State Park with a Local Farm to Table Dinner Buffet @ Cacapon State Park. There are salads and side dishes as well as a range of main courses that include baked cured ham with sweet Bing Cherries, baked meatloaf and Bar-b-Que free range chicken. For desserts you can have Metheley Plum pie, Chandler strawberry shortcake and Himbo Top Red Raspberry cobbler. There is limited seating available and reservations are required.
Friday is Steak Nite at the Troubadour and beginning at 9pm there’s a DJ and karaoke.
The Star Theatre is lit up Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8pm with the ultimate super hero movie — “Avengers – Infinity War.”
Jules Enchanting Gifts and Collectables is staging a West Virginia Week Celebration every day through Sunday. Show your West Virginia ID for 10% off storewide; and 20% for purchases over $50. New Market Baskets have just arrived at the Itty Bitty Global Gift Shop! Perfect for a trip to the farmers market or summer concert. Fair Trade gifts from around the world. Mineral Springs Trading Co. is staying open until 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays so you can check out the new colors of their popular sari curtains.
Nearly two centuries ago, visitors to the Baths were able to purchase season tickets. Today, the administration at Berkeley Springs State Park, which now operates the springs and spa facility, has introduced Loyalty Cards — punch cards for use at the spa’s main bathhouse and old Roman bathhouse that can be redeemed for complimentary services after a set number of visits. Each 30-minute massage at the main bathhouse earns one punch on that loyalty card. After five visits, it can be used to get a free massage. And nine punches on the old Roman bathhouse card earns a free bath. We didn’t have the heart to tell them that 200 years ago, a season ticket allowed you up to three baths a day. You can still take three baths a day in Berkeley Springs just by visiting three different spas. Then add all the contemporary pleasures that 19th century guests did not have — massage, facials, scrubs, rubs and other treatments — and you have a spa feast to remember.
It’s ham radio weekend at Cacapon State Park. Friday at 7:30pm, Harry Weiss hosts a presentation and demonstration on shortwave radio, or sometimes known as ham radio explaining what shortwave radio is, how it works, and why it is still important in today’s world. After the presentation Harry and the audience communicate with people around the country and the world for an hour. Local Amateur Radio operators are participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, Saturday and Sunday at the park. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.
Cacapon also has a full menu of guided hikes and cart activities for the weekend including an evening stroll on Saturday at 7:30pm. All the standard outdoor activities are available from sand beach swimming to 18-holes of golf plus an impressive new playground for the kids.
There are fun activities scattered throughout town including the Museum of the Berkeley Springs, open daily except Tuesday from 11am to 4pm. The Ice House Gallery has an exhibit of ArtVisionWV artists Thursday through Sunday 11am to 5pm. There’s Crunch Time Escape Room and the next door cat cafe.
Selecting a place to stay is the first big decision to make — and it’s easy. There are more than 100 options ranging from historic inns to rustic cabins. Many lodging places welcome pets. Check here for all the choices.
Make Berkeley Springs your go-to place this summer starting on this first summer weekend. It’s closer than you think.