Ringing in the New Year 'Round the Panhandle

Posted by  | December 28, 2010  at 11:59 AM  
With only four days of 2010 remaining, you may have already started making resolutions and setting goals for a new and improved "you" in the New Year, or perhaps you're just looking forward to New Year's Eve to cut loose and then contemplate checking into the Betty on Saturday. Whether you're looking for something fun, fabulous, and/or family friendly, here my picks for the best places to ring in the New Year in and around the Panhandle.


$10 Per Person
All-ages, No Alcohol, Food, Music, Dancing

Bavarian Inn - Shepherdstown
$95 Per Person
Dinner, Dancing, Party Favors, Champagne Toast, and Breakfast Buffet

Clarion - Shepherdstown
$45 Per Person
Cazhmiere, Cashbar, and Balloon Drop


$110 Per Person
10-Course Dinner and Complimentary Champagne Toast at Midnight

$10 Per Person
"Safest, Healthiest, Most Affordable, and Entertaining"


$64 Per Person, $120 Per Couple
Open Bar, Band, DJ, Champagne Toast, and Continental Breakfast at Midnight

$80 Per Person
Entertainment, Champagne Toast, and Continental Breakfast

Cheers to 2011!!!

Beauty and the Brew at Washington Street Gallery & Gift: Beer-Tasting and Gift Guidance for the Boys

Posted by  | December 13, 2010  at 3:46 PM  
This holiday season, Washington Street Gallery & Gift in Charles Town, WV, will debut two "Beauty and the Brew" special shopping events. Beauty and the Brew will give guys the opportunity to seek expert assistance in selecting the perfect gift for their lady friends, all while enjoying some tasty beverages. Tomorrow evening (12/14) marks the first event and will feature beers from Frederick's Flying Dog Brewery. See below for further details, and spread the word! Sorry, no girls allowed ;)

 Beauty and the Brew

December 14 and 21, from 5-8PM

Washington Street Gallery & Gift
235 W. Washington Street, Charles Town, WV

"Beauty and the Brew"
Makes Charles Town Debut

CHARLES TOWN, WV, Dec 6, 2010 -- A new Charles Town business has come up with a creative twist on holiday shopping. Dubbed "Beauty and the Brew," it combines a men's shopping night with beer-tasting.

"Who says holiday shopping has to be painful for men?" asks Susan Ford Pritchard, owner of Washington Street Gallery & Gift. "Beauty and the Brew provides the solution: expert advice on finding the perfect gift for the special woman in your life AND a beer-tasting." Artists from the gallery will be on-hand to advise men on gift items including jewelry, paintings, glass, wearable art, furniture, photography, pottery, ceramics and more.

"Our goal is to help the men in our area have fun finding the perfect gift," Pritchard says. The events will take place 5-8 PM on two evenings. Tuesday, Dec. 14, will feature beers from Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick. On Tuesday, Dec. 21, the gallery will offer a selection of imported brews.

Washington Street Gallery & Gift, located at 235 W. Washington Street in Charles Town, features the work of 50 local artists, artisans and authors. For more information, WStreetGallery.com or 304/724-2090.

Stop by Rock Hill Creamery's Open House for Free Coffee, Cookies, and More!

Posted by  | December 10, 2010  at 5:47 PM  
Saturday, December 11, from 1-7PM Rock Hill Creamery will be holding an Open House to showcase their new partnership with Black Dog Coffee. In addition to offering delicious ice cream, Rock Hill will now offer coffee and espresso drinks AND *drumroll* FREE Wi-Fi!!!!   I can't wait to sample some coffee and check out their new cafĂ© setup!

What: Rock Hill Creamery Open House

When: Saturday, December 11 from 1PM to 7PM

Where: 13838 Apple Harvest Drive, Martinsburg, WV, 25403
 (just past the new Martinsburg Commons)

Why: Free Coffee, Hot Chocolate, and Cookies!

Packing Parties Throughout the Panhandle--Operation Christmas Child 2010

Posted by  | December 9, 2010  at 3:29 PM  
We shopped, we socialized, we packed--whether you packed one box or hundreds for Operation Christmas Child, you know that somewhere a child is anxiously awaiting a box that you packed. I delivered the shoeboxes from my "Champagne and Shoeboxes" packing party to Covenant Baptist Church in Shepherdstown, WV (one of the local collection sites, who also held a big packing party) and was amazed by the U-Haul filled to the brim with nothing but shoeboxes! Everyone at the collection site was incredibly friendly and very enthusiastic about the program. I was so inspired by the volunteers that when I left I instantly started thinking up ideas for next year.

I encourage everyone to pack a box for next year or even host a party! A special thanks to my dear friends who came to my packing party: I couldn't have filled the boxes without you! We had a blast sorting through all of our purchases and reminiscing about the toys and accessories we liked when we were young.

Girls world-wide love Lip Smackers, right?

We successfully packed 12 boxes full of treats for Girls between the ages of 10 and 14. The Operation Christmas Child website gives you the option to place a tracker on your box, so you can find out which country it goes to. I can't wait to see the places they'll go!

More packing party pics after the jump...

Don't Miss the Doors to Christmas Auction & Cocktails

Posted by  | December 7, 2010  at 3:37 PM  
Wednesday, December 8, from 5-8PM join Mainstreet Martinsburg and State Farm Insurance at the Historic Cohen Building for the first annual Doors to Christmas live auction and cocktail reception. Prior to placing your bid, you're invited to peruse the 22 wreaths and 6 themed trees designed by local artisans. Enjoy Christmas tunes from a local string quartet, and sample tasty treats from McFarland House and beverages courtesy of Martin's Distributing. The auction begins at 7PM sharp, so don't be late!