Pickin' Preview Saturday Night at the Apollo

Posted by  | February 28, 2011  at 2:59 PM  

Photo: Katie J. Howell
 Can't wait 'til September for the 2011 Pickin' in the Panhandle? Then come out to the Apollo Theatre in Martinsburg, WV, Saturday night for a quick pickin' fix. This Pickin' Preview will feature Pickin' favorites The Back Creek Valley Boys and Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice and will serve as a debut for festival first-timers Circa Blue. In addition to giving you a glimpse of what's to come in September, this concert will also serve as a benefit for the Eastern Panhandle Bluegrass Association.

Admission is $10 in advance or $15 at the door; however, seating is limited, so I highly recommend reserving your spot now! Tickets are available online (here) or you can pick them up at the Martinsburg-Berkeley County CVB
located in downtown Martinsburg at 115 North Queen Street.

What: Pickin' Preview

When: Saturday March 5--Doors at 6, Pickin' at 6:30

Where: Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 East Martin Street, Martsinburg, WV

Cost: $10-$15

For more information on Pickin' in the Panhandle 2011, visit them online at http://www.panhandlepickin.com/

Wilke Street Wine to Host "Water to Wine" Tasting Event this Weekend in Berkeley Springs

Posted by  | February 25, 2011  at 4:04 PM  

If you're headed to the 21st Annual International Water Tasting in Berkeley Springs, WV, this weekend you'll want to be sure to fit in some wine tasting as well! In conjunction with the water tasting festivities, Wilke Street Wine Shop (located at the corner of Independence and Wilke) will be hosting a special "Water to Wine" tasting event on Saturday, February 25, from 12PM to 5ish.

Taste something you like? Can't wait to sample a glass or two of your newest purchase? The folks at Wilke Street Wine encourage you to step across the hall to their cafĂ© area which doubles as an art gallery.

Wilke Street Wine offers petit wine tastings every Satuday afternoon, so it's a great place to drop by any time you're in the neighborhood. I do believe you'll be quite pleased with their selections--I've consistently found excellent tasting wines at this shop, with equally excellent price tags!

Wilke Street Wine Shop
47 Independence Street
Berkeley Springs, WV

For more Water Weekend specials around Berkeley Springs, click here! 

Mel's Cupcakery of Winchester

Posted by  | February 22, 2011  at 1:04 PM  

Mel's Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cupcake 
The cupcake craze has taken the nation by storm for one very simple reason--cupcake boutiques are the most magical places on earth (sorry Disney World)! There's just something about a shop that sells nothing but these tasty little treats that's oh so indulgent, yet fun and affordable: Mel's Cupcakery of Winchester, VA, is no exception to this rule.

From the bright decor to the proudly displayed featured flavors, the toughest part of a trip to Mel's is deciding which cupcakes to sample! As for the cupcakes themselves, I was very pleased by the moist consistency of the cake and the combination of icings & fillings which made for a sweet, but not too sweet, treat with every bite.

Flavors change by the week, but Black Forest (my fave) is a menu staple. In addition to a variety of flavors, beginning March 1, Mel's will be running a series of daily promotions from Vegan cupcakes to Happy Hour specials. I also hear that Mel may have "Pupcakes" in the future, so be sure to friend Mel's Cupcakery on facebook to learn about Mel's latest specials and promotions.

 Monday -Saturday from 9AM-1PM

 $2 Per Cupcake
$11 Per Half Dozen
$20 Per Dozen

Mel's Cupcakery
30 S. Braddock St
Winchester, VA, 22601

P.S. Pre-orders are recommended, or you may just want to call ahead to be sure they have your favorite flavor fresh from the oven ;)


Prom Prep in the Panhandle

Posted by  | February 17, 2011  at 7:13 PM  

If you're on the hunt for the perfect prom dress (be it for yourself or someone else), be sure to mark your calendars for February 18 & February 27.

Friday, February 18, at 6:30 PM the Jefferson High Junior Class will be hosting a fashion show and dress auction in the Jefferson High School auditorium in Shenandoah Junction, WV. The auction will feature over 80 dresses in a range of sizes including 35 brand new ones donated by The Barn* of Inwood, WV. The event is free to the public, so this is the perfect chance to snag a gorgeous gown at a great price. Just think, with the money you save on a dress you can get a new pair of stilettos!**


Saturday, February 27, at 2:00 PM Reflections Day Spa will be hosting a prom fashion show at the McFarland House in Martinsburg, WV, to benefit the Women's Center and raise awarness for domestic violence. The Barn will be providing the dresses for the fashion show and Flower's Unlimited will take on the role of the decorating committee. Refershments will also be served including virgin mimosas (it is prom afterall). This event is also free to the public and a wonderful opportunity to scout out new dress styles while supporting a great cause.

*My prom dresses were from The Barn, and I LOVED them!

**Never take my financial advice, as ballet flats, peeptoes, and booties are my idea of a diverse portfolio. However, I do know shoes, and I do advise you to visit Scarpa Alta for all your financial... errr...footwear needs :)

Scarpa Alta has a New Location Downtown and Lots of New Gorgeous Little Things!

Posted by  | February 16, 2011  at 12:13 PM  

 Scarpa Alta--Winchester's snazziest shoe store--has moved from their Creekside location to a new spot in Old Town Winchester.

In addition to a new location, Scarpa Alta now has even more lovely little items including some new treats and accessories for your favorite four-legged friends.

See below for a sneak peak at the new store, but for the full experience an actual visit is an absolute must!

Scarpa Alta
10 S. Loudon Street
Winchester, VA
Open: Monday 10AM to 4PM &
Tuesday-Saturday from 10AM to 6PM

Jala Yoga Classes at Mellow Moods

Posted by  | February 9, 2011  at 1:12 PM  

If you have that New Year’s resolution to try something new, get in shape, or find a way to clear your head Jala Yoga at Mellow Moods in Shepherdstown is the place to go. It is a completely safe environment for new-comers who may not have a lot of experience with yoga. In an hour and a half you will feel completely relaxed. Any worries or stressors that you may have had before will be completely left behind after the hour and a half class. The classes are held above Mellow Moods in a beautiful antique room.

If being a newcomer to the practice of Yoga is something that worries you; worry no more. Learned from personal experience Free Yoga with Peter Yates is a great way to ease into the exercises of yoga. Peter is very good at explaining you through every stretch. You don’t have to worry about looking around the room trying to figure out what it is that you should be doing. Just by listening you won’t have to second guess yourself. If you want to refresh after class, I highly recommend the Pink Sun drink from the juice bar downstairs. If you are looking to try something different ask for a shot of Spirulina for an extra boost of energy.

Class Schedule as of February 9, 2011
Sunday 9-10:30 AM : Vinyasa Yoga with Phil Mastrangelo
Monday 6:30-7:45 PM: Jivamukti Yoga with Soozie Kinstler
Tuesday 4-5:15 PM: Power Vinyasa with Mia Hamza 
Tuesday 6-7:00 PM : Pay-what-you-can Yoga with Peter Yates
Wednesday 6-7:30 PM : Heated Vinyasa Yoga with Christa Mastrangelo
Thursday 12-1 PM: Vinyasa Flow with Soozie Kinstler
Thursday 7-8:15PM: Heated Vinyasa with Gena Rockwell
Friday 6-7:15 PM: Pay-What-You-Can Heated Vinyasa Yoga (w/ Phil or Christa)
Saturday 12-1:15 PM: Power Vinyasa with Mia Hamza

There is a $15 drop in rate, or a $10 student drop in rate. If you purchase five or more classes it is $10 per class. If you purchase twenty or more classes it is $8 per class.

Valentine’s Purrfect Dinner & Auction this Saturday to Benefit the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County

Posted by  | February 8, 2011  at 3:14 PM  

Saturday, February 12, from 6PM to 10PM, the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County (AWS) will be hosting their second annual Valentine's Purrfect Dinner & Silent Auction at the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town, WV. Tickets are available for $35 per person and all proceeds will go to benefit this wonderful no-kill shelter and adoption center. 

For more information or to purchase tickets. please call 304-728-7922

Guide to a Perfect Shepherdstown Valentine's Day Presented by the Thomas Shepherd Inn

Posted by  | February 7, 2011  at 4:19 PM  

Photo: InnSIGHTS

With one week 'til V-Day are you still looking for the perfect present or perhaps some local ideas for a hot date? The folks at Thomas Shepherd Inn have taken to their blog "InnSIGHTS" to help you plan the perfect Shepherdstown Valentine's Day (or weekend). Some great businesses are listed, and, of course, an overnight stay at the Thomas Shepherd Inn always makes a great gift for any occasion!

The countdown continues 'til Valentine's Day, but here's breakdown of businesses featured thus far:

Plum - Jewelry & Gifts
D'Accord Boutique - Gifts
Lotus - Spa
Village Florist - Flowers
Dickinson & Wait Craft Gallery - Gifts
Blue River - Clothing & Gifts (I can personally vouch for the featured Bedhead PJ's too--they're amazing!)
The Press Room - Dining
Stone Soup - Dining
Shepherdstown Opera House - Entertainment
German Street Coffee & Candlery - Chocolate & Gifts
Steppin' Out Shoes - Shoes & Gifts

Click here to read more, and see who else makes the countdown!
Thomas Shepherd Inn's Countdown to a Shepherdstown Valentine's Day

21st Annual Berkeley Springs Spa Feast

Posted by  | February 3, 2011  at 5:12 PM  

A Rainbow of Soaps from Star Eagle Gardens
A trip to Berkeley Springs, WV, last Saturday for the 21st Annual Spa Feast was the perfect cure for cabin fever. Held at the historic Ice House, this was an excellent opportunity to learn about and even sample a variety of health treatments. With everything on the menu from familiar spa offerings like facials and massage to more alternative therapies like Reiki and Reflexology, there was a little something for everyone--even pets!

Holistic veterinarian, Dr. Jane Doyle of Animalia Veterinary Care, was one of 11 lecturers on the agenda. Her talk included tips for natural flea and tick control (garlic and brewer's yeast) as well as a discussion on how to provide your pets with a fully nutritional, natural diet. 

Since natural remedies aren't just for animals, Garnet Marsh of Washington Homeopathic Products (WHP) was on site with an array of free sample remedies from WHP. If you're not familiar with Homeopathy, I highly recommend you check out the WHP website to learn about the different remedies. Speaking from personal experience, as someone who has allergies to a lot of conventional medications, the sinus and allergy combination remedies have been absolute lifesavers. I also think that everyone should keep a bottle of the flu remedy on hand, especially at this time of year.

For those looking to stretch their limbs and perhaps their horizons, movement classes in Chi Gong, T'ai Chi, and Yoga were offered throughout the day. However, if what you really needed was some time to sit and relax, you could take a turn in the Genesa Crystal.

Feeling famished? Go visit the Giant Green Tomato! No, seriously,  Panorama at the Peak (who were promoting their Great Green Tomato Harvest) were offering tasty fruit smoothies for only $1. Additionally, Community Garden Market had an array of fresh fruits and other healthy snacks on hand for purchase.

Of course, after all that healthy business, what I really needed was some wine from Wilkes St. Wine Shop, but that's another post for another day.

Frederick's First Saturdays Presents Fire in Ice Festivities

Posted by  | February 2, 2011  at 2:50 PM  

Photo: Jocelyn Bassler
 Satuday, February 5, from 5-9PM downtown Frederick, MD, will be transformed into a winter wonderland with over 30 ice sculptures on display--there will even be an ice playground for the kids (or kids at heart)! However, if you've had enough of the cold this winter, you can camp out by one of the fires. Multiple marshmallow roasting stations will be located throughout the town, and many businesses will be offering free hot chocolate!

See below for a full list of Fire in Ice specials throughout downtown Frederick, or you can visit the Downtown Frederick Partnership website: http://www.downtownfrederick.org/

(click to enlarge)

Special thanks to Jocelyn Bassler for the use of her photo from Fire in Ice 2007! 

Washington St. Gallery Sings Happy Birthday to Cezanne, Blows Out Candles for AHA!

Posted by  | February 1, 2011  at 12:25 PM  

Cezanne would have been honored by the birthday fĂȘte that was held last Saturday at Washington Street Gallery & Gift in Charles Town, WV. In addition to celebrating the master French painter, the event served as a fundraiser for the Jefferson County Arts and Humanities Alliance (AHA!)

A silent auction was held with items ranging from custom artwork to jewelry, including these incredible bakelite brooches by Hedgesville, WV, artist Susan Parker. Additionally, a portion of all sales that day went to AHA! as well as the funds raised from the candles placed on Cezanne's birthday cake.

Many of the gallery's featured artists were in attendance, as was well-known Washington, D.C., photographer Albert Mogzec. It was truly a wonderful evening that celebrated not only an artist of the past, but artists of the present and future as well.

Susan Carney & Kathryn Burns

Wanda Mogzec, Albert Mogzec, and Loyd Fraser
Susan Ford, Nancy McKeithen, and Paul Pritchard

Bruce Chandler & Mary-Jo Bennett Join Nancy & Paul to Extinguish the Candles
 (but only after a lively rendition of Happy Birthday )

More picture from Cezanne's Birthday Celebration after the break.