What’s New in Berkeley Springs October 14-20, 2019
Art is all over Morgan County this weekend — literally. There are 14 exceptional artists at 10 studios for the self-guided 33rd year of the Berkeley Springs Studio Tour. Everything from fabric art and paintings to glass and metalwork. Open Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm. Download a map here: http://www.berkeleyspringsstudiotour.org/ or pick one up at the Ice House where you can also see some of the artists’ work. Frog Valley Artisans is having a mini-festival at their tour stop with Veronica Wilson’s clay and glass work as well as kilns for both, students’ work, Stacy Schultz eating treats as she signs her cookbook, live music and lots of donations for local groups. The BIG bonus for touring and shopping this year is that every studio where you stop and every item you buy earns you a free chance to win two tickets to the fabulous Art & Elegance event on November 9.
Since shopping is big this weekend, lets focus there. In addition to our usual array of wonderfully distinctive shops, two have special events happening. On Saturday from 10am-5pm there’s a Birthday Party at Jules Enchanting Gifts celebrating Jules’ shop turning 22! You can join in to celebrate with food, drink, games & fun! Starting Thursday, Berkeley Springs Memories has all its logoed Berkeley Springs t-shirts and sweatshirts on sale for 20% OFF. They are also introducing a new section of the shop — Almost Christmas — featuring, guess what? Christmas items all year long. And Inspired Chaos, not wanting to duplicate items, has all Fall and Christmas decor is on sale this weekend! Buy one item = 15% off, Buy two = 25% off, Buy three = 35% off! This is on top of already saving anywhere from 10-60% off suggested retail value!
As for nightlife… on Friday at the Granary at 7:30 Jason Sheffield opens the music followed by Matthew Denton. On Saturday, 6-10pm, Jesse Ray Carter plays music @ Berkeley Springs Brewing Company. The Star Theatre is showing the feel-good movie, Overcomer on Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 7pm.
Berkeley Springs is soooo interesting. On Saturday you can choose between Robert David Steele doing a Transition Talk at the Ice House from 1-4pm entitled Full Disclosure where he discusses the Deep State and Shadow Government, and his views of how 2020 will be a watershed for the US and the world or Bill Sand from 1-5pm at Sage Moon discussing Healing Through the Akashic Records where each participant receive a personal mini-healing during the class. Either provides excellent dinner conversation for great dining in town where restaurants have their fall menus up.
Cool Fall days are perfect for indulging in our several spas: Berkeley Springs State Park, RNR Spa, Renaissance Spa at The Country Inn and Atasia which has fall specials that let you choose three treatments for a modest price: massage, facial, foot massage, pedicure or sugar scrub. For scrub fans, pumpkin spice is now available.
Cacapon State Park is putting on its colorful Fall duds and showing them off on weekend hikes that can earn you a special patch. Friday at 2pm is the 3-mile loop Laurel Trail hike that combines several trails. On Saturday at 10am, meet at the lodge, then caravan to the Batt Picnic Parking to hike a portion of the Central Trail. This 3-mile loop leads around the Middle Fork Cabin loop, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Take in the views, changing leaves, and mountain streams. At 2pm, there is a Fall Scenery, Canvas Painting Class for 2 hours at the Nature Center. You’ll walk away with an original fall painting. Class size is limited so register by calling 304-258-1022 ext. 5209. Sunday at 10m is a WV Tree ID Walk.
Sunday activities include the Berkeley Springs Farmers Market from 10am to 2pm in the Square. At 11am is meditation at Sage Moon Healing Center, this week led by Eddy Rubin, Yoga Teacher and Kirtan Meister. At noon is a Berkeley Springs State Park Walking Tour with the park naturalist. Meet at the park gazebo.
There are various places to rest you head — some are pet friendly, all are people friendly. Choose from historic inns, B&Bs, cabins, cottages and fully equipped vacation home. Sample the new lakefront whirlpool tub rooms at the newly re-opened Coolfont Resort — and sample their parceling indoor salt water pool. The elegant Highlawn Inn offers a 7 days a week special that includes two night’s lodging, wine and cheese upon arrival and two gourmet breakfasts for two at Highlawn Inn PLUS $100 Spa Gift Certificate at Atasia Spa and $100 Gift Certificate at Tari’s Premier Cafe.
The mountains are calling you. The art is calling you. Come greet them in Berkeley Springs this weekend — only 90 miles from the DC/Baltimore metro area.