Week of June 29-July 5, 2015
Happy birthday USA! and we're celebrating big here in our town born the same year as the nation. Yep! Berkeley Springs is still proud to be a Bicentennial town.
We're showing off with the first Independence Day fireworks in decades. Everyone's invited to watch the show on Friday starting at dark (we figure 9pm) at Widmyer Elementary just south of town. There are plenty of great viewing areas up on the hill overlooking the track at the school and the school parking lot. That's FIREWORKS ON FRIDAY! On Saturday at Cacapon State Park at 1pm, it's the annual Fourth of July Morgan Community Concert Band performance of all your favorite patriotic music in the gazebo.
The Star Theatre begins its summer season of adding Thursday movies to their weekend of Friday, Saturday and Sunday all at 8pm. This week's movie is the fun girl buddy comedy "Hot Pursuit." The best news is that there is now world famous popcorn available at the Star an extra night for all those off-the-street strollers.
Thursday Farmers Market also starts this week, 2-5pm, but in a new location on Liberty St. between CNB and the Catholic Church just across from the park.
Other fun nightlife includes Open Mic at Black Cat Music on Friday from 6:30pm to 10pm. Also on Friday evening is a classic car display in the park along with street food.
Big celebrations this weekend can be found on the "other side" of the mountain. On Saturday, the Great Cacapon Fire Company is celebrating their 50th annual !!! Firemen's Festival and Parade with ham and chicken dinners served at 3pm, parade at 6pm and then music at 7pm. If you want fireworks on the 4th as well as the 3rd, stay on the western side and head out to Cox Campground for fireworks on Saturday night. Cox has a party going all weekend with a yard sale all day Friday and karaoke starting at 10pm. Then Saturday has more than just fireworks. There's also a pig roast beginning at 5pm so bring a covered dish. From 7 until fireworks time, it's music from Rain Crow.
Sunday has fun outdoor shopping with the Farmers Market in the Square from 10am to 2pm filled with great summer produce including cherries. Art in the Park is across the Square in Berkeley Springs State Park from 10am - 4pm. The shops are also open and ready to do business offering lots of distinctive items including an exquisite Glass Show at the Ice House Gallery. All weekend long, Creekside Creamery celebrates with extended hours -- noon-8pm -- and Panorama Overlook posters $1, prizes for kids on Saturday the 4th and sundae specials all weekend long.
One way to experience a 1776 treat is to visit the springs in Berkeley Springs State Park. It was a few years (but not many) later when today's Roman Bath House was built so take a bath as a historic moment. For more specials check out Rita Renee Spa where you can get a mid section body wrap that includes a scalp and foot massage for $40. The Renaissance Spa is another location for a bath and massage as well as other treatments.
More routine outdoor water fun can be found in the outdoor pool at Berkeley Springs State Park, the sand beach lake at Cacapon State Park, fishing and boating on Sleepy Creek Lake, the Potomac and Cacapon rivers.
History of the town, springs and geology can be seen all weekend at the Museum of the Berkeley Springs open on the second floor of the Roman Bath House from 11am to 4pm.
Cabins and vacation homes are popular when you bring the whole family. The Best Western/Berkeley Springs Inn has a heated swimming pool. The Country Inn is a favorite in town location. There are several B&Bs as well. Among the B&Bs, Highlawn Inn stands out for its summer weekend package that includes an elegant room, extravagant breakfast, wine and cheese on arrival and $100 coupons at both Tari's Cafe and Atasia Spa.
If you want to watch fireworks where George Washington would have celebrated the 4th of July -- come to Berkeley Springs, the country's first spa.