Ringing in the New Year in the Eastern Panhandle

Posted by  | December 28, 2011  at 11:28 PM  

With only three days left 'til New Years Eve many of you may be excited to be leaving the holidays behind and moving onto a fresh start. It is that time of year again to begin coming up with New Years Resolutions as well as letting loose for a night. For those of you who are scrambling to find something Fabulous to do this New Years Eve and have been having trouble here are some wonderful events around our Panhandle!


$15 a Ticket
Ring in the New Year with The Hillbilly Gypsies and The Speakeasy Boys

$95 Per Person
Dinner, Dancing, Party Favors, Champagne Toast, and Breakfast Buffet

$45 Per Person
Cazhmiere, Cashbar, and Balloon Drop

$100 per person
Dinner, Ballroom dancing, Desert, Live entertainment

$13-25 for Mehndi, $25 for Makeup Application
Make Up & Mehndi (the art of painting henna on the body) for your New Year's Eve party.
From 3:00-6:00


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

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

$10 Per Person
Sing along, champagne toast at midnight (or cider for the kids), confetti, party hats

Make Reservation
Ring in the New Year with the band Souled Out


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

$65 Per Person, $200 Family Pack
Bowl in the New Year, all you can eat Buffet

Winner of the Loggerhead Apparel Giveaway Is...

Posted by  | December 21, 2011  at 9:35 AM  

Congratulations to Alex Lemley for winning the very first Pretty in the Panhandle giveaway--a Loggerhead Apparel Bellwether Polo!

Thanks to everyone who participated, and I hope to be giving away more Pretty Presents in the future :)

If you are intrested in teaming up with Pretty in the Panhandle to give away a Pretty Present email richele@prettyinthepanhandle.com

The winner of this contest was selected randomly using the number generator at Random.org

Here's My Local Wish List, Santa Baby, Shop Local and Support Small Merchants Too, Would You?

Posted by  | December 16, 2011  at 10:02 AM  

As I was putting the finishing touches on my Christmas spreadsheet (Word docs are for amateurs), I realized that more than half of the items on my list are things I've spotted locally. So why I am sharing my list with you, dear readers? Surely your favorite blogger is on your shopping list, right? Just kidding, just kidding. I'm writing this post, because all of these items would make great presents for any lady on your list (hint, hint). This is also a perfect guide for last minute shoppers, since these gifts can be found in the Panhandle and will spare your sanity a trip to Tysons Corner.
For those of you not lucky enough to live locally, some of these stores offer online shopping and are linked accordingly.

301 Winchester Ave., Martinsburg
99 Maddex Square Dr., Shepherdstown

Wise Owl Pocket Watch Necklace, The Vintage Lady
180 High St., Harpers Ferry

Wrap Bracelets, Plum
108 E. German St., Shepherdstown
(she's a local gal with an Etsy store)

Vintage Chanel Bag, reFINEments
125 W. German St., Shepherdstown
(a girl can dream)

Fuchsia Rock & Republic Jeans, Vault Denim by Caroline

Recycled Cotton Throw, Good Natured
209 S. Raleigh St., Martinsburg
81 N. Washington St., Berkeley Springs

Second Annual CASA Holiday Tea and Purse Auction

Posted by  | December 13, 2011  at 4:53 PM  

Sunday, December 4, CASA* of the Eastern Panhandle hosted their second annual Holiday Tea and Purse Auction in Shepherdstown, WV, at The Bavarian Inn.

Chanel, Kate Spade, and Coach were just a few of the luxury labels to be snagged during the silent auction segment of the afternoon. Bidders sipped bubbly (and loosened their budgets) while perusing the purses and enjoying a sampling of savory and sweet treats provided by The Bavarian. In addition to the bags available through the silent auction, guests were given the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to win a cross-body Coach Bag (talk about a steal). There were also several bags up for live auction, including special donations by West Virginia First Lady Joanne TomblinCongresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, and Shepherd University President Suzanne Shipley.

As part of the program, those involved with CASA shared stories of the lives they've touched--often saved--through the services provided by CASA. And while the success stories were moving, the real motivation was
knowing that something as simple as buying a handbag, could help change the life of a child.

It costs approximately $1,300 just to train one CASA volunteer. This event raised over $13,000--that's enough money to give 10 people the opportunity to go out in our community and make an impact, right here in the Eastern Panhandle!

Cathy Ferro, Christine Foster, Kim Cicchino, & Rebecca Carper

Josephine Vesly & Aija Rabinowitz

Bunny Greer & Ashley Musselwhite

For more pictures from the CASA Holiday Tea and Purse Auction visit Pretty in the Panhandle on Facebook at www.facebook.com/prettyinthepanhandle 

*What is CASA? CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. After a rigorous training program, CASA volunteers are appointed to investigate cases when children have been removed from their homes because of abuse and/or neglect. CASA is a nationwide program, and there are ten CASA organizations in West Virginia. CASA of the Eastern Panhandle(CASA-EP) was established in 2003. Since then, CASA-EP has trained over 95volunteers and advocated for nearly 400 children in Berkeley, Jefferson, and Morgan Counties. Our long-term goal is to increase our base of active volunteers so we can serve all of the children in the Eastern Panhandle who are removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect and need our help.

Loggerhead Apparel Bellwether Polo Giveaway!

Posted by  | December 9, 2011  at 9:39 AM  
Today begins the first, of what I hope will be many, Pretty in the Panhandle reader giveaways aka Pretty Presents! In the spirit of giving, Loggerhead Apparel, will be sending one lucky lady (or gent) one of their signature Bellwether Polos (retail $68).

To enter to win, here's what you need to do:

1. "Like" both Pretty in the Panhandle and Loggerhead Apparel on Facebook (mandatory for entry)
2. Follow @LoggerheadApp on Twitter (bonus entry)
3. Join the Flotilla! -- sign up for the Loggerhead Apparel newsletter (bonus entry)

For your entry to be official you MUST leave a comment below with your name, email, and what you've done to enter.

The contest will end Friday, December 16 at 11:59PM EST and the winner will be randomly selected and notified via email.

And, if you don't want to wait around to see if you won, Loggerhead Apparel is offering free shipping on all products (even koozies and croakies) through Christmas!

Road Trip: Lilly Pulitzer Warehouse Sale

Posted by  | December 6, 2011  at 2:35 PM  
Twice a year Lilly Pulitzer holds a warehouse sale near their home base in King of Prussia, PA. With drastic discounts rarely found elsewhere in the land of Lilly, many shoppers trek great distances to fill up their pink shopping carts and stock up for resort season--it's like a Pink Pilgrimage. We really should count ourselves lucky that we are a mere 3.5 hours away. Seven hours in the car with your shopping buddies for saving up to 70%?! I suggest you start feigning ill and call in sick this Friday.
The sale beings Friday at 7AM and wraps up Saturday at 4PM and will be held at The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA. When I've shopped these sales in the past, I have not been one of the first shoppers through the door, nor did I have to fight anyone for one of my favorite prints. There is PLENTY of inventory for ladies, gents and kiddos, so don't feel like you need to be there the second the doors open.
While the sale usually isn't too crazy, here are a few tips to make sure your shopping trip is as happy as the prints you're purchasing.

  1. Set a Budget
  2. Stick to Your Budget
  3. Wear something that you can easily try things on over. There are allegedly changing rooms, but I've never braved them. I recommend leggings and layers with a camisole as the base. That way you can strip down and get back to shopping before someone steals that snazzy shift dress you were eyeing.
  4. If you're shopping for other people (especially kiddos), make a list with their sizes, so you don't have to keep calling/texting family members to track down info. This will just distract you from your shopping, and we certainly don't want that.
December 9
7AM to 8PM

 December 10
8AM to 4PM
Greater Philadelphia Exop Center
100 Station Avenue
Oaks, PA  19456
Well now that depends...

Important Details After the Break!

Join CASA This Sunday for a Holiday Tea and Purse Auction at The Bavarian Inn

Posted by  | December 2, 2011  at 1:05 PM  

'Tis the season for giving and getting, so what could be more perfect than giving to a good cause and getting something (in addition to that warm fuzzy feeling) in return?

Sunday afternoon, CASA* will be holding a Holiday Tea and Purse Auction at The Bavarian Inn, in Shepherdstown, WV. The event will feature a variety of authentic designer handbags as well as a raffle for a Coach bag. Purses make quite perfect Christmas presents or perhaps you need to treat yourself to a little holiday treat.

Tickets are still available, but very limited, so snag yours now by calling 304.263.5100 or emailing lisa@casaep.org

Holiday Tea and Purse Party

December 4, 2011
3:30PM - 5:30PM

The Bavarian Inn
164 Shepherd Grade Road
Shepherdstown, WV

(plus spending/donation money)

*What is CASA? CASA stands for CourtAppointed Special Advocate. After a rigorous training program, CASA volunteers are appointed to investigate cases when children have been removed from their homes because of abuse and/or neglect. CASA is a nationwide program, and there are ten CASA organizations in West Virginia. CASA of the Eastern Panhandle(CASA-EP) was established in 2003. Since then, CASA-EP has trained over 95volunteers and advocated for nearly 400 children in Berkeley, Jefferson, and Morgan Counties. Our long-term goal is to increase our base of active volunteers so we can serve all of the children in the Eastern Panhandle who are removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect and need our help.

Loggerhead Apparel--Preppy with a Purpose

Posted by  | November 30, 2011  at 12:05 PM  

Whenever I go shopping, I try to ensure my purchase(s) meet at least one of the following criteria: it's local, from a small business, and/or is made in the US of A. Fortunately, there are lots of pretty things to be bought in the Panhandle region; however, there are still some things that cannot be found at our local brick and mortars (yet).
That being said, I'd like to share my latest online find, Loggerhead Apparel, which meets those last two requirements and then some. Launched in 2009 by a couple of South Carolina natives with some serious state pride and a yearning to protect two of South Carolina's precious resources: Loggerhead Turtles and the textile industry. All Loggerhead Apparel is made with 100% American-grown cotton in South Carolina and 10% of all revenue goes to help the Loggerhead Sea Turtles.

There's a lot to love about the Bellwether Polos (besides their backstory), including the cotton texture, the cut, and the colors are quite nice--there's even a Pretty in the Panhandle-approved pink!

So remember how I said they're not at any local brick and mortars YET?
Let's just say that soon you'll see that cute little Loggerhead logo Springing up all over Virginia. Until then, Loggerhead Apparel is available for purchase via the interwebs at http://www.loggerheadapparel.com/ and check back for details, because one lucky reader might be getting an early Christmas present!

Loggerhead Apparel
Twitter: @loggerheadapp

Holiday Happenings 2011

Posted by  |   at 8:24 AM  

Chestnuts roasting over open fires, one horse open sleighs, and lots of jolly happy souls: head to any of our local downtowns in December and you'll feel as if your favorite Christmas tune has come alive!

And if you find you relate more to Scrooge than St. Nick, don't fret--Shepherdstown even has a Grinch ;)

December 3, 2PM: Charles Town Christmas Parade
December 3, 4PM: "Ghosts of Christmas Past" Progressive Haunted Tour
(P.S. First stop is DISH for some spirits and some spirits!)
December 10, 11AM - 4PM: Christmas Home Tour and Marketplace

December 2-11: Old Tyme Christmas, TONS of Events, Click Here for the Full Schedule

December 1: Snowflake Festival
Decemer 2, 6PM: Christmas Tree Lighting
December 3, 5:45PM: Christmas Parade

December 2-24: Christmas in Shepherdstown--including, but not limited to...
December 3, 11AM: Christmas Parade
December 3, 7:30PM: Holiday Gala Concert & Reception
December 4: Live Ice Sculpture Demonstration
December 10, 7PM: The Nutcracker Ballet, Performed by the Shepherdstown School of Dance
December 24, 1PM: Tuba Christmas

December 3, 10AM: Hunt Parade
December 3, 2PM: Christmas Parade
December 3, 3-6PM: Wine Crawl (progressive wine tastings across town)

December 2, 7PM: City Park Lighting
December 3-23: German Christmas at the Hager House

December 2, 7PM: Christmas Parade
December 3-4&10-11: Charlie Brown Christmas-Reindeer in the Rafters at The Barn at Springfield Farm

For more info on what's happening when, be sure to "like" Pretty in the Panhandle on Facebook: www.facebook.com/prettyinthepanhandle

Kick Off December at Jingle Bell Bling "A Girl's Night Out" at the George Washington Hotel

Posted by  | November 23, 2011  at 3:40 PM  

Thursday, December 1, grab your girlfriends (or a guy to haul your newly acquired goods), don your finest festive frock, and jingle all the way to The George Washington Hotel in Winchester, Va, for the debut of Jingle Bell Bling--A Girl's Night Out Holiday Fundraiser.

Holiday merriment will include dinner, entertainment, a silent auction, door prizes and there will also be vendors set up to help you along with your holiday shopping. All proceeds from this event will benefit The Laurel Center, The Salvation Army, and Give Back with Cuts for Kids.

Tickets for this event are $69 plus a toy for the Angel Tree. Tickets are limited and this event is expected to sell-out, so snag yours now by calling 540.336.0838 or email djandliv@verizon.net

Jingle Bell Bling

December 1, 2011
6PM to 9PM
(Dinner at 7PM)

The George Washington Hotel
103 East Piccadilly Street
Winchester, VA  22601


The Vintage Lady of Harpers Ferry

Posted by  |   at 11:13 AM  

What started with some vintage button broaches, is now a fun, fabulous shopping destination located in the heart of historic Harpers Ferry, WV--The Vintage Lady.
Featuring artisan made accessories, an entire section of West Virginia-made products, and even a toy section with lots of fun things for the youngsters (and the not-so-youngsters), The Vintage Lady has a little something for everyone.
When you visit the shop be sure to check out The Vintage Lady originals including the VL broaches that started it all and the Inspiration Necklaces which come equipped with some wee words of wisdom. Hurting your pretty little head over trying to find a gal a great gift? Be sure and check out the VL birthstone pieces that are not only super snazzy, but perfectly priced for stuffing stockings.


Not planning a trip to Harpers Ferry anytime soon? Don't fret, The Vintage Lady offers online shopping with free shipping on purchases over $50. However, if you are local, be sure to drop by The Vintage Lady on Small Business Saturday: cookies will be served throughout the day, and the first 30 customers will receive a special gift with purchases of $10 or more!

The Vintage Lady
180 High Street
Harpers Ferry, WV  25425

For more pictures from my visit to The Vintage Lady, visit Pretty in the Panhandle on Facebook: www.facebook.com/prettyinthepanhandle

Shepherdstown's 250th Anniversary Fête Begins Friday!

Posted by  | November 22, 2011  at 5:25 PM  
Friday, November 25, the historical (yet oh so hip) town of Shepherdstown, WV, will commence a year-long celebration of its incorporation 250 years ago. Whether you're a life-long resident or a first-time visitor, join in the Shepherdstown 250 festivities to remember its rich past, celebrate the people, places, and events that make up the town we currently know and love, and to imagine the wonders the future may hold.

Shepherdstown 250 will kick off at 6PM during the Christmas in Shepherdstown welcome ceremony. Following the official announcement, join photographer (and long-time Shepherdstown resident) Hali Taylor for a reception at Studio 105 to check out her newly published book On the Wall. This photographic essay features over 25 years of the faces of Shepherdstown and was specially published to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the founding of the town. Following the book reception, will be an after party at the Mecklenburg Inn from 8PM to Midnight featuring live music by Kemp, Oehser, Gentry, & Wolf.

Shepherdstown 250th Kick Off
Hali Taylor Book Party

November 25, 2011
6PM (Kickoff)
5PM to 8PM (Hali Taylor Reception)
8PM to Midnight (After Party)

McMurran Lawn
Studio 105
The Mecklenburg Inn
Shepherdstown, WV

Free Thanksgiving Yoga & Donation Week at Jala Yoga

Posted by  | November 21, 2011  at 2:18 PM  
Thursday, November 24 (aka Thanksgiving), Jala Yoga in Shepherdstown, WV, will be offering a free 9AM yoga class. All they ask is that you bring non-perishable food items or cash monies for Jefferson County Community Ministries (JCCM) or just bring a friend who hasn't given yoga a go; even better, do both!

Keeping with the giving spirit, December 3-9, will be December Donation Week during which all classes are donation-based with all contributions going to JCCM. Donation Week will wind down with a potluck dinner on Friday, December 9, downstairs at Mellow Moods. Just bring a side dish for your post-yoga dinner and the wine and non-boozy beverages will be provided for your enjoyment.

Free Yoga
December Donation Week

Thanksgiving Morning, 9AM
December 3-9
for more information

Jala Yoga Flow
(above Mellow Moods)
117 West German Street
Shepherdstown, WV 24450

Don't be a Tightwad,
It's for a Good Cause

Image Courtesy of www.solyogany.com

Audubon Society Fall Fundraiser at Wild Goose Farm

Posted by  | November 17, 2011  at 2:26 PM  

Saturday, November 12, the Potomac Valley Audubon Society (PVAS) hosted their 2011 fall fundraiser at historic Wild Goose Farm near Shepherdstown, WV.
Held in a hand-crafted timber frame barn, guests were treated to a barbecue dinner complete with frosty beverages (including Flying Dog Brewery's "Secret Stash") and apple slab pie.

Once desserts were downed, the live auction commenced. The auction featured an array of donated items ranging from New Orleans-esque dinner parties to vintage depression glass to a dozen fresh eggs delivered right to your doorstep for 9 months.
After the bites and bidding came the bubbly--guests could tour the Wild Goose Farm grounds via hayride and take in the festive fall foliage with a glass (or two) of champers in hand.
Tunes for the afternoon were provided by the Harlan Springs Band who treated the crowd to familiar favorites by artists like John Denver and Old Crow Medicine Show.         
Those who contributed at the donor, patron, or supporter levels were given the chance for a photo op with the guest of honor, Nicodemus (Nicky) a Eurasian Eagle-Owl. Nicky has a wingspan of over 5 feet, is currently 9 years old and will live another 50+ years!
All proceeds from the event and auction will go to support PVAS programs for children. Fore more information on these programs and PVAS in general visit www.potomacaudubon.com
John & Kara Gibson,
 Jeffrey Gustafson, and Stephen Skinner

Jessica Louison and Whit Hankins

The Shultz Family & Nicky

For more pictures from the PVAS Fall Fundraiser visit Pretty in the Panhandle on Facebook: www.facebook.com/prettyinthepanhandle

Thanksgiving Cooking Class at Good Natured

Posted by  | November 15, 2011  at 2:41 PM  
When visiting the café at Good Natured in Martinsburg, WV, I've found there is a definite pattern to the ordering process. First, you check the daily specials and immediately start considering the quiche. Then, you drool over the dessert table, while being dumbfounded that a dessert labeled "vegan" can look so delicious (and they are). Lastly, upon finishing whatever it is that you ordered, you always leave wanting the recipe. Well, this Thursday you've got your chance!

On Thursday, November 17, Good Natured pastry chef Genesee Bondurant will be teaching a Thanksgiving Cooking Class. This class will teach you how to prepare seasonal dishes, using as many local ingredients as possible. Additionally, the Good Natured Market will be fully stocked with all of the holiday ingredients on your shopping list. That way you can do your shopping in peace without having to dodge hostile grocery cart drivers (and you will be supporting a small, independent, local business, yay!).

Cost of the class is $35 per person and includes a meal. Six people need to sign up in order for Good Natured to hold the class, so please call 304.262.9978 and reserve your spot no later than Wednesday A.M.!

Thanks Giving Cooking Class

November 17, 2011

Good Natured
209 South Raleigh Street
Martinsburg, WV  25401


ACF Quad State Professional Chefs Fall Harvest of Flavor, Friday at The Bavarian Inn

Posted by  | November 10, 2011  at 3:26 PM  

Friday, November 11The Bavarian Inn, in Shepherdstown, WV, will host the American Culinary Federation's (ACF) Quad State Chapter for their "Fall Harvest of Flavor" fundraising dinner. Local chefs will put their toques together to conjure up this speciality menu featuring the season's finest offerings.

Tickets are $50 per person or $40 per person if you purchase a table for 8 or more. Proceeds from this event will provide scholarships to local culinary students. For a peek at the menu and more information on how to reserve your spot, visit The Bavarian's event page by clicking here.

Fall Harvest of Flavor Fundraiser

November 11, 2011

The Bavarian Inn
164 Shepherd Grade Road
Shepherdstown, WV  25443

$50 Per Person
$40 Per Person in Groups of 8+

Road Trip: Dandies and Quaintrelles 2011 DC Tweed Ride

Posted by  | November 9, 2011  at 12:15 PM  
My dear friend Katie at the 2010 DC Tweed Ride
 sporting a vintage suit that belonged to my grandmother.
Jaunty chapeaux, gin cocktails, and vintage vélos--Sunday, November 13, the Washington, DC, Dandies and Quaintrelles will be hosting the DC Tweed Ride. Since 2009, the D&Q's have hosted a Tweed Ride each fall with a complementing Seersucker Social in the summer (here are my pics from the 2011 Seersucker Social). For both events, ladies and gentlemen don their finest vintage or vintage-inspired attire and pedal through the city ringing their bells and perhaps taking a brief rest in front of the White House. Each ride ends with a swingin' soirée complete with vintage tunes and 'tails.
Tickets for the Tweed Ride and Celebration are $15 and available for purchase here. The post party will be held at Smith Commons and feature Dandy Wellington and his band, legendary vaudeville duo Diz and Izzy Aster as well as a hand-picked tweed ride menu, specialty cocktail batches, and all your fellow dandies on 3 floors and 2 patios. Tickets are limited, so snag your spot now!
2011 DC Tweed Ride and Celebration
November 13, 2011
12PM 'til 10PM
Washington, D.C.
(rendezvous point will be revealed post registration)

Don't have a thing to wear? Don't have a Pashley to pedal? Keep reading...

Potomac Valley Audubon Society Fall Fundraiser Saturday Afternoon at Wild Goose Farm

Posted by  | November 8, 2011  at 4:25 PM  
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will hold a fall fundraiser at the historic Wild Goose Farm just outside Shepherdstown,WV, on Saturday, November 12. The event will be held from 1:00-4:00 p.m. in the farm's handcrafted timber-frame barn and include dinner, a champagne hayride, live music, and more.

The dinner will include pork barbecue (or vegetarian option) with all the fixings and apple slab pie with ice cream. Wash it all down with wine, beer, or cider and let's not forget about the champagne hayride!

A raptor expert will be on hand with a Eurasian Eagle-Owl (one of the largest owls in the world) and those who contribute at the donor, patron, or supporter level will be eligible to have photos taken with the Eagle-Owl.

Basic tickets are $45 per person. Those who pay $150 for two people will be recognized as Donors, those who pay $200 for two will be recognized as Patrons, and those who pay $250 or more for two will be recognized as Supporters. All proceeds from this event will be used to support the Potomac Valley Audubon Society's educational programs for local children.

To order tickets, contact Kristin Alexander at 304-676-3397 or pvasmail@aol.com and provide your name, address, e-mail, and phone number.

PVAS Fall Fundraiser

November 12, 2011
1PM to 4PM

Wild Goose Farm
Shepherdstown, WV

$45 - Single
$150 - Couple, Donor Level
$200 - Couple, Patron Level
$250+ - Couple, Supporter Level

Tuscany: Handcrafted Italian Pasta

Posted by  | November 6, 2011  at 9:14 PM  
Shepherdstown, WV-- The family is in town and you don't feel like cooking. This is a normal reaction that comes with the stress of the holidays. The ideal place to take the family would be a entertaining friendly environment that will have you leaving happy and full. The question is where can one find a restaurant like this around the area? Luckily, there is a known restaurant in Shepherdstown, WV located in the Clarion Hotel that specializes in creating a family friendly environment with excellent tasting food. This restaurants name is Tuscany it is a hidden gem at the Clarion Hotel. A new feature Tuscany has just started is table-side cooking. This new touch to the restaurant has completed anything that may have been once missing. Sitting in the restaurant while waiting for your food and smelling the different smells of Italian cooking makes going outside into the cold with the relatives worthwhile. This is a must visit anytime traveling through Shepherdstown.

Thursday -Sunday

Tuscany Grille
Lowe Drive,
Shepherdstown, WV 25443


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Bluegrass Benefit Set for Sunday at Beck & Benedicts for the Family of Circa Blue Mandolin Player Mike McDonald

Posted by  | November 4, 2011  at 3:17 PM  

Almost two months have passed since local bluegrass band, Circa Blue, lost mandolin player and dear friend, Mike McDonald. A bluegrass concert will be held on Sunday, November 6, at Beck & Benedict's in Waynesboro, PA, to benefit the McDonald family.

Music will run from 1PM to 6PM. Featured bands include Ernie Bradley & Grassy Ridge, Twin Hill Express, Billy Lee Cox & Scott Brandon, The Back Creek Valley Boys and, of course, Circa Blue.

This will be the perfect opportunity for family, friends, and fans to pay tribute to Mike McDonald as they surround themselves with the the music he loved, to remember the man that they lost.

Benefit Concert for the Family of Mike McDonald

November 6, 2011
1PM to 6PM

Beck & Benedict's Music Theatre
118 Walnut Street
Waynesboro, PA 


Photos courtesy of http://circa-blue.com/

Blue Ridge CTC's Master Chef Series with Chef Steve

Posted by  | October 26, 2011  at 9:38 AM  

If you love to cook, this class is for you. If you know you can't cook, this class is for you. If you're one of those people who says "it's just reading a recipe,"  this class is definitely for you.

Join Blue Ridge Community and Technical College's Steve Weiss on Saturday mornings from 10AM to 1PM to get a taste (or two or three) of what it's like to be a real chef. Supplied with professional grade equipment, Chef Steve will walk you through every step from sifting to sampling, as well as lending some tricks of the trade along the way.

For $59 per class, you get Chef Steve's expertise, 100% hands on experience, and you take home whatever you make--can't complain about that kind of homework!
Some of the past classes have featured homemade pastas, breads, and vegetarian cuisine just to tempt your tastebuds. I dropped by the macaroon class *swoon* and watched the students create coconut, almond, and French macaroons. The French macaroons were especially fabulous; not only were they pretty, but they were the tastiest of any I've ever tried.
There are still some great classes left for the fall semester and then there will be a whole new batch for spring. Visit www.blueridgectc.edu to sign up today, as spaces are limited. The Italian Class is already booked full, and as the holidays approach I'm guessing the gingerbread class will be gone soon too!
11/5- Couples Cuisine
Spend time heating up the kitchen in this class. Especially made for couples!
11/12- Breakfast Pastries
Sticky buns, Cinnamon Buns, and Danishes will be some of the sweets you will learn in this class.

12/10-Gingerbread House Class
 Learn how to make and decorate your own gingerbread house for the holidays. Every guest is allowed to bring a partner to help in their house decorating.

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College
(Technical Center)
5550 Winchester Avenue
Martinsburg, WV 25405

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