by Kate Evans
Summer intensifies local music, art and community events. Here are some to watch this week and throughout the rest of the summer.
Paw Paw Fun Day
Starting Points is partnering with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Paw Paw PTO to sponsor a Family Sports Fun Day on Saturday, July 9th from 4:00pm to 9:00pm at the Paw Paw Municipal Walking Trail and Potomac River Boating Area . Games will include volleyball, wiffleball and kickball. Refreshments are hot dogs, chips and water.
Around 6:30 or 7:00 pm after the games, everyone will move into the school gym for a PTO sponsored movie. Bring a walkway chair and a movie blanket to protect the gym floor.
Concerts in the park
The Morgan Arts Council’s annual summer concert series in the park features regional and national performers. Concerts are held at Berkeley Springs State Park on Saturdays from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The rain location is the Ice House at the corner of Independence and Mercer Streets in Berkeley Springs.
This summer’s concerts kick off on July 9th with the King Soul Band – an 8-piece southern soul group performing original songs with powerful vocals.
On July 16, Dunlap & Mabe – a group from Winchester – will play a mix of originals, bluegrass, jazz and covers.
On July 23, The End of America—a folk/rock/Americana trio known for their tight harmonies and original tunes—will play the park.
House of Hamill, a Celtic three-part harmonies band performing original instrumentals and traditional folk ballads, will play on July 30.
The Nighthawks – the legendary masters of blues, soul, rhythm and blues and roots rock – will play on August 6.
Blair Crimmins and the Hookers — a Dixieland jazz, ragtime band that plays blues from the 1920s — will play Aug. 13.
Morgan County Expo
The Morgan County Expo will be held this year on Saturday, July 23rd at Berkeley Springs State Park.
The expo runs from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, July 23 and will feature music, contests, 4-H displays at local businesses, activities, games, refreshments and a 4-H cake auction. Photo contest entries and other exhibits will be on display in the Country Inn’s large meeting room.
The Expo’s Youth Art in the Park event is also Saturday, July 23 at Berkeley Springs State Park from 10:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Call 304-258-8400 for more information.
Homecoming at the state park
The annual homecoming at Cacapon State Park will be Sunday, September 4th. The event features a full day of entertainment by local musicians and bands beginning at 12:30 p.m., along with a boat ride and swim, refreshments, a 50/50 raffle, door prizes and a silent park auction fundraiser. 304-258-1022.
BlackCat Music Store
BlackCat Music Store and Studio features a live music night with an open mic every first Friday of the month from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM and occasional free Saturday concerts. Located at 155 Independence St. in Berkeley Springs.
The BlackCat School of Rock, the BlackCat Senior Choir and some BlackCat music students perform an end of summer concert on the last Saturday in August.
Check it out Morgan’s messenger for concert information or call 304-258-4440. They are still accepting youth vocal club members aged 10-16.
The free Tri-State Ukelectics Orchestra also meets at the BlackCat Music Shop the first Friday of every month from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Beginning uke players attend from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m. Intermediate and advanced players meet from 5:30 to 6:30 pm Bring or borrow a ukulele and learn to play with host Mike Kligerman. All levels of players are welcome.
Black Cat Music Shop is also offering a two-week summer music camp—SingBig!2022—with instructor Joel Newman for ages 10-17 on August 1-5 and August 8-12 at the Ice House. There will be a performance on the last day. 304-258-4440.
New earth granary
The New Earth Granary offers an open mic night every month, usually on the second Friday of the month. If you want to perform, contact Johnny Robinson. Other events include concerts and occasional performances by songwriters. Check their website for upcoming concerts, event times and more information. The Granary is located at 143 N. Mercer Street.
Morgan Council on the Arts
The Morgan Arts Council offers gallery shows and exhibitions at the Ice House, located at 138 Independence St. The gallery is open Thursday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ice House Main Gallery offers “Prisms in the Springs” curated by Berkeley Springs Pride through July 24. The Hall of Dreams and the Carr-Kelly Gallery have an “Open Ended” art show by Donna Godlove.
The Ice House also has summer classes and workshops for adults and youth.
MACreate South Adult Art Classes set for Cacapon State Park are Plants, Pigments and Paints with Lee Ann Brannon on July 23, Forest Bathing and Nature Haiku with Eddie Rubin on August 6 and Indigo Dyeing with Jane Frenke on August 27 . Call 304-258-2300 for more information.