Week of July 14-20, 2014
Summertime means outside in Berkeley Springs and fortunately we have some marvelous outside from which to choose. From the spring pools in Berkeley Springs State Park to the sand beach lake and mountain hiking at Cacapon to historic streets ideal for strolling through distinctive shops -- you can spend a lot of time outside.
On Saturday afternoon at 5:30pm, you can be outside in Berkeley Springs State Park for a lively concert of New Orleans Jazz from The Crawdaddies, a popular East Coast band with a souped up sound that's a fusion of Louisiana's Cajun / zydeco / blues with roots rock / Americana / Ska influences. Be prepared for dancing on the grass. This free concert series is staged by the Morgan Arts Council throughout the summer.
There's music on Friday night at the spectacular outdoor stage riverside at Sleepy Creek Campground where you can hear Capall Dorcha starting at 8pm. Bring your chair and cooler for this night of Irish music. If you want more sedate music in town on Friday, choose acoustic guitarist David Elliott playing in the outside garden of the Country Inn from 6-8pm.
Tom Cruise spends a lot of time outside in "Edge of Tomorrow," an action-packed adventure showing at the Star Theatre Thursday through Sunday nights at 8pm. Leave your popcorn at home -- the Star's is MUCH better.
Daytime outdoor fun includes a Miniature Golf Tournament at Cold Run Miniature Golf Course on Saturday from 4-7pm with prizes and food. If water adventure is your choice, contact Cacapon River Outfitters to rent equipment or find a fishing or boating guide.
Activity at Cacapon State Park includes all the usual fun the 6000 acre park offers from 18-holes of golf to swimming at the lake or lying on the sandy beach. Then there are the special activities almost daily. On Thursday evening there's a geology talk and Friday morning a guided hike learning about Cacapon's unique geology and fabulous rocks. Friday night has an evening hike on the schedule while Saturday afternoon it's Irish Road Bowling. At 8am on Saturday, it's the annual Morgan County 5K & Kids Fun Run. In between you can learn about trees and snakes.
Among the many eateries available in Berkeley Springs offering everything from breakfast all day to Mexican food and barbecue, there are several opportunities for fabulous outdoor dining. There are sidewalk tables at Tari's Cafe, porch dining at Lot 12, deck dining at Ambrae House and garden dining at the Country Inn. For lighter fare try the deck at Cottage Cafe, stream side tables at Creekside Creamery and sidewalk tables at the Fairfax Coffee House where they are now serving local Shenandoah Farm ice cream. You can't eat outside at Panorama at the Peak but the incredible view is just outside the windows. And on Sunday afternoon at Panorama, you can enjoy brunch along with the acoustic guitar of Larry Bish.
On Saturday, from 11am to noon, the weekly meditation at Awakenings Holistic Center presents Eddy Rubin and the yoga of sound vibration. Nature Niche is thoroughly devoted to outdoors. Stop by and get a discount on all items "Made in the USA" and marked with flags. You'll feel like you're outside at the Ice House Gallery surrounded by all the animal life featured in the special art exhibit of PAW-fections.
The big outdoor shopping opportunity every Sunday is the Berkeley Springs Farmers Market from 10am to 2pm. This Sunday, experience the introductory Breakfast at the Market starting at 9am when Faerie Springs Farm serves up Fritatta made with eggs from The Flock at Faerie Springs Farm along with farm fresh veggies and optional goat cheese! The fritatta comes with homemade biscuits and honey from their own hives. Also new at the market this weekend are emu oil and emu feathers from the flock at Saratoga Run Farm. The talk of the market remains the exceptionally sweet corn from Glascock's. Across the square on Sunday from 10am to 4pm is Art in the Park.
The most important place to enjoy outside splendor is at the place you choose to stay and it's almost impossible to find anyplace in Berkeley Springs that does not have outside attractions from the heated outdoor pool at Berkeley Springs Inn/Best Western to the outside gardens and porches of Highlawn Inn, Manor Inn and Country Inn downtown. There are numerous cabins and vacation homes tucked along ridges and in valleys throughout the county where the trees are close and deer pose in the front yard.