Week of October 20-26, 2014
Art is the star this weekend -- against a backdrop of Mother Nature's color drenched world. The best way to see the foliage is to drive the county visiting artist studios open for the fall Berkeley Springs Studio Tour.
Nearly a dozen local artists are showcased at nine studios around the area featuring media from fiber arts and glass to forged metal, jewelry and wood-fired pottery as well as paintings and prints. Studios are open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. By picking up your Studio Guide and Map at the Ice House Co-op Gallery, you get two bonus experiences -- a chance to see the work of the artists featured in the Ice House Co-op Gallery and the Autumn Expressions special gallery exhibit. Map/guides can also be found at the visitor center and other shops and locations around town.
Nightlife fun begins on Friday at 7pm with American author and humorist Mark Twain, portrayed by Doug Riley, staging a free presentation at the Ice House produced by the Morgan County Library. A special food adventure is available on Friday from 6 to 8pm when Lot 12 brings back their wine tasting series with four wines and a small plate of hors d'oeuvres. You can ask about the wines and buy them at a discount.
There's a dose of adrenalin at the Star Theatre on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8pm with the Maze Runner. There's more adrenalin stimulated Friday and Saturday nights beginning at dusk and continuing through 11pm when the Haunted Hayride fills Triple B Arena with screams and frights. There's also a beer garden and free horror movies as part of the fun.
Over the mountain at Cox Campground in Great Cacapon, there's a two day Yard Sale, pig roast on Saturday at 2pm and music with Jim Morris and the Buck Mountain String Band performing. Other fun activities at Cox include haunted hay rides, pumpkin carving, and a bonfire.
Rock 'n roll is featured Saturday night at Black Cat Music with a free, all-ages night from 6:30-10:30pm featuring Better Weather. Black Cat School of Rock opens the show. There's also a dance with the band Rock Bottom on Saturday night at the American Legion from 7-11pm.
Other activities may catch your eye as you stroll through town or follow the art and foliage on roads around the county. In town, the local homemakers CEOS group stages their annual holiday bazaar at St. Vincent's on Friday and Saturday from 9am to 3pm with food as well as crafts and White Elephant items. On Sunday, the season is in full fall harvest swing at the Berkeley Springs Farmers Market from 10am to 2pm in the square. Art in the Park sets up from 10am to 4pm on Sunday in town.
Cacapon State Park has plenty of outdoor adventure everyday with golf and hiking. On Sunday, there are special activities including a walk with the naturalist focusing on edible plants along the way from 9:30-10:30am. At 11am you can paint on rocks at the Nature Center and at 1pm there's a pumpkin hunt for children at the Nature Center.
Through all the oohing and aahing over art and the screams of the season, standard fun in Berkeley Springs remains centered around spas and shopping. Spa gift certificates are a favorite for the person who has everything -- and this weekend you can take time to sample the treatments and spas to make your choice. Take time to calm down and start your holiday shopping early strolling the historic streets downtown and cruising the shops. End of season sales continue at Creekside Creamery, there's apple butter available at Berkeley Springs Memories and all the shops around town are restocked and ready to help you start on holiday shopping. If it takes wine to calm you, make Wilkes St.Wine Shop a stop on Saturday afternoon for their regular free wine tasting.
The best part about visiting Berkeley Springs at the peak of fall foliage is that every lodging place has its own special view of nature's splendor whether in town or in the countryside. Check the lodging list to determine whether you want to watch leaves turn from a porch overlong town or soaking in a hot tub surrounded by trees. There are pillows for every taste, some welcoming pets, others full houses where you can lodge the whole family.