Wednesday, November 17, 2010 11:25 AM
This Week in Berkeley Springs November 15-21, 2010
The following information is from the Travel Berkeley Springs office:
Cool breezes and a deep red foliage cover threaded with the gray skeletons of already leaf-shed trees are the backdrop for a friendly fall visit to Berkeley Springs. Rest up before you come however, so you can enjoy the outdoors by day and the art-filled nightlife as well.
Saturday evening at 7:30pm and Sunday afternoon at 3pm, the Ice House is the location for the staged reading of "Ezra and Jake" - a tale of murder, madness and redemption. Written by a local resident, based on a local story it has not a dull moment. If you come to the Sunday show, come early and visit the Ice House Gallery for exquisite shopping in both the Bountiful Harvest gallery show and the abundant work of the local artist co-op.
Saturday evening has other allures including local music. The big noise is the popular, internationally touring local country rock band -- The Weber Brothers -- at the Troubadour Lounge starting at 9pm. If you want to check them out BEFORE the performance, tune in to Beyond Country @ 4pm Saturday when they play live on local radio station 929 WDHC. In town, the music is more mellow as the Shifters play original, swing and rock songs at the Fairfax Coffee House starting at 8pm. On Friday evening at the Coffee House, you can hear the bluegrass sound of the Lickety Split Banjo Boys at 8pm. There is also live music on the porch bar at Ambrae House on Friday and Saturday evenings. Since the local music scene is busting out all over, you should check out other eateries like Earth Dog Cafe and Temptations for regularly scheduled music.
The Star Theatre weighs in on the raucous side with the funny action-adventure "R.E.D." Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich star as retired, extremely dangerous (RED) CIA operatives. Lighting up the screen is Helen Mirrin with a machine-gun. Shows are Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8pm.
Shopping is a major focus in these weeks before the Christmas holidays -- and Berkeley Springs has some of the best offerings in the region. All unique. All owner operated shops. Filled with local art, antiques and other wonderful items. In addition to both art and antiques, the shops on Fairfax St. include everything from herbs and teas, a sampling of locally-made homeopathic medical remedies and New Age books and clothes to Himalayan jewelry and artifacts, fairy items and bath oils -- plus lots more. Then it's on down the main street for books, collectibles, decorator items, '50s memorabilia, a great music shop and the best recycled goods store in the area. Nature Niche has birdhouses, books and other nature-related items and Community Garden Market is a health-food center. There's another new street to wander for shopping fun -- Mercer Street where the Ice House Gallery anchors one end and the Old Factory Antique Mall the other. In between is Maggie Lee's, a new country gift shop in a funky old building plus the Sunday Farmer's Market moved indoors for the next couple weeks at the Old Mill. At the north end of town is also the fabulous Heath Gallery with some of the most amusing and alluring art in town. Seek out other treasures on back streets including the Wilkes St. Wine Shop and the Gypsy Shop. East on Green Street the Vintage Kitchen is having a twilight sale and staying open until 7pm Friday night plus Saturday until 4pm.
For a special hands-on shopping/creating treat on Saturday from 1 to 4pm, head on out to Frog Valley Artisans for Fused Glass with Angela where you can create an ornament for your home.
Your trip to Berkeley Springs is not complete without a visit to the Museum of the Berkeley Springs to learn about the history and especially the water. It's open Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 4pm. And then there are the spas including the newly renovated main bath house in Berkeley Springs State Park. One of the most surprising assets of Berkeley Springs is its exceptional dining at reasonable prices whether it's breakfast, lunch or dinner. Make yourself a promise to try eating at one new place each time you visit and you'll have so many favorites it will take you much more than a weekend to enjoy them all.
For a very special place to stay while you visit, check the lodging page. There are different places with different assets: some with breakfast, some with whirlpool tubs, some with wood stoves, some with great views. There are elegant Victorians and historic inns; cabins in the woods or on a mountaintop; fully equipped vacation homes and in town suites. Check the list. Pick your pillow and come on just over the mountain for a wonderful getaway.