Week of July 20-26, 2015
When the song is "hot time in the summer in the city" -- escape! To Berkeley Springs. To the mountains. To the famed springs where folks escaped for the summer for nearly 300 years.
Alluring nightlife begins on Friday when the Morgan Arts Council stages a meet-the-artist reception at the Ice House at 7:30pm for three impressive special exhibits. The main gallery features Portals/Threshold -- an impressive and provocative multi-media show of 10 artists where the artwork reflects impressions around transitions. Also opening that night in the Hall of Dreams and Carr-Kelly Galleries are "My Back Yard Birds," with photography from Doug Ritenburg, and "Capturing the Light," an exhibit of paintings by award-winning watercolorist Lynn Ferris. Gallery hours are Monday and Thursday, 1-5 p.m. and Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
All weekend long -- Thursday through Sunday at 8pm -- the brightest lights in town are at the Star Theatre showing Jurassic World on the big screen, and offering world famous popcorn to all comers.
The authentic, award-winning world music band of Mathew Tembo and the Afro Routes heats up Berkeley Springs State Park on Saturday at 5:30pm for the Morgan Arts Council's free concert in the park. Using handmade instrument and tribal language, Tembo fuses indigenous Zambian vibes with contemporary reggae-fueled sounds to create a truly unique form. Rain location is the Ice House. This concert is sponsored by Heath Studio Gallery. See their unique art in several locations around town as well as at their north end studio. To warm up the concert crowd, there are specials, treats & goodies across the street at Jules Enchanting Gifts and Collectables.
Another unique activity is Saturday's 3rd Annual Amazing Race to benefit Jenna's Joy Foundation. Meet at the Berkeley Springs State Park at 9am and follow clues that take you all around town. One place you will go is the intriguing Museum of the Berkeley Springs on the 2nd floor of the 200-year-old Roman Bath House -- you can still bathe on the ground level. The Museum is open daily 11am to 4pm; the baths are also open daily from 10am to 5pm.
One thing about our spas -- they give an incredible value. Treatments that rival the best of the best for a price that is often half what you would pay at fancy places. This weekend the special at Atasia is Cool Cucumber Melon Sugar Scrub to polish and refine your skin. Check our spa listings for all the spas and more than 50 different massages, ribs, scrubs, facials, pedicures, steams, baths and more. No place presents the array of Berkeley Springs as well as 24/7 access outside to the actual springs.
Outside under the trees catching a breeze is a favorite summertime activity. For the water babies, it's the outdoor pool in Berkeley Springs State Park or the sand beach lake at Cacapon State Park. There are two rivers with public access. Biking is fun along country roads or the C&O Canal towpath where hiking is also a favorite activity. Strenuous hiking can be found on the Tuscarora Trail or miles of mountain trail in Cacapon State Park. Cacapon is also the place for hiking while chasing and hitting a little white ball -- 18 holes of a spectacular public course. There are lots of programmed nature adventures at the park as well.
Shopping is always special with distinctive shops including antiques, art and other products. On Sunday, outdoors is the place to shop with the Berkeley Springs Farmers Market in the square from 10am to 2pm and Art in the Park from 10am to 4pm.
Dining is great outdoors on a cool summer night and there are several options in town from the porch at Lot 12 to the garden at the Country Inn to streetside tables at Tari's Cafe. Creekside Creamery and Fairfax Coffee House also have outdoor seating. For picnics, check out great sandwiches and meats at Tony's Butcher Block to their incredible pepperoni rolls. There are at least a dozen more eateries so look over the full menu of offerings.
Where to stay? Where to stay? Check out a cabin in the woods or B&B in town. There's a whole list of options including two campgrounds -- Sleepy Creek along the Potomac or Cox's Campground with rollicking fun always on tap. A world class summer getaway is closer than you think -- right here in Berkeley Springs. Come see for yourself!