Week of May 13-19, 2013
Spring, glorious spring at the Springs! Come see it for yourself.
Mountain laurel is the flowering shrub of the week with fabulous stands on the Washington Heritage Trail as it crosses Sleepy Creek Mountain. The trail is one of the best road trips in the county especially for motorcycles. If you want to revel in it up close and personal, take the free 10am hike Saturday with Joe Gentile at the Eidolon Nature Preserve.
Nightlife ranges from listening to learn if the cicadas have arrived to world class blues and country dancing on Saturday night. Be here Friday night and you can join a drumming circle with Anne Hamilton at Star Eagle Studio, 7pm.
Fairfax Coffee House has "A Little Bit of Blues" with special guest star, Billy Thompson, Saturday at 8pm. The legendary Troubadour Lounge jumps in at 9pm with dancing to the sound of "Quittin' Time." For an all-ages audience from 6-9pm, Blackcat Music Shop presents Honkey Tonk Rangers with special guests The Hoffman Sisters and Electric Factory. Then at 9pm head east on Rt 9 where you can finish dancing the night away at Hillybilly Heaven with Lady Ineida.
All weekend long, The Star Theatre is showing the comedy, "Pain and Gain" with Mark Wahlberg. Friday, Saturday and Sunday 8pm; this movie is rated R.
A rare shopping opportunity on Saturday from 9am to 2pm when Gat Creek has an inventory clearance sale on seconds and extras of their award-winning furniture. This could be a great shopping weekend in town with lots of the distinctive shops just getting in their new spring items. Stroll historic streets checking out shops and new historic date plaques going up on buildings in the Historic District. Especially notice the Yard Square Quilts hanging around town. They'll be auctioned off Memorial Day so make a list. At Portals, there is a book signing: Inner Peace an Obtainable Goal by Vivian Stevenson. If you decide you want to create your own treasure, make some art in this nationally recognized art town. Head out to Frog Valley Artisans for shopping and then a fused glass class from 2-4pm where you all be able to make THREE suncatchers. These are popular classes so reserve a spot.
Sunday is a high energy day in the center of town with the Farmers Market from 10am to 2pm and a Cake Walk and May Day Celebration at the Berkeley Springs State Park from 1-3pm with music, maypole and more to benefit Wind Dance Farm Educational Center.
Star Eagle Studio has a gardening class Sunday at 1pm.
All the other attractions are as, well…attractive as ever. The springs are flowing, the park is green, the historic Roman Baths are hot. The Museum is open to tell the story of the springs and their impact on Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 4pm. The spas have a variety of spring specials to scrub your skin and tune your body sloughing off all that old winter stuff. Dining is always a treat and our farm to food restaurants like Lot 12, Panorama and Tari's are using local spring produce.
This is the time of year where outside means as much as inside in deciding where to stay. In town B&Bs have flowering gardens while countryside places have bustling forest life and almost blinding green. Berkeley Springs Inn Best Western is offering getaway and pampering packages. Check our lodging pages for places perfect for children as well as for pets; for places with hot tubs on the deck or whirlpools in the room.
Mother Nature is singing in full chorus and Berkeley Springs is an ideal place to hear the spring symphony.