Farmer's Markets in Berkeley Springs and Shepherdstown Opening for the Season on Sunday!

Posted by  | March 28, 2011  at 1:52 PM  

Nothing beats the taste of fresh spring produce, and this weekend you'll be able to stock your kitchen with fresh, local garden delights by visiting two of the Panhandle's finest open-air farmer's markets. This Sunday both the Berkeley Springs and Shepherdstown Farmer's Markets will be coming out of hibernation and welcoming the arrival of spring!  

See below for details on Sunday's festivities. For more information be sure to "Like" both markets on facebook by following these links: Berkeley Springs Farmer's Market & Shepherdstown Farmer's Market

Berkeley Springs Farmer's Market

 Downtown Berkeley Springs, WV
Intersection of Route 522 & Fairfax Street

Sundays 10AM to 2PM

Opening Weekend Events
 "Incredible Edible Herbs and Flowers"
 Kids of all ages can paint a flower pot and get a free herb or edible flower to fill it.
The Master Gardeners will continue with the herb theme for the month.
Opening day they will demonstrate making home decorations
with herbs and have herb garden design plans.

Shepherdstown Farmer's Market

Downtown Shepherdstown, WV
Behind the Library on German Street

 Sundays 9AM to 1PM

Opening Weekend Event
10:00 Ribbon Cutting
11:00  Live Music by Robert Caruthers & Friends

Blue Ridge CTC's Divine Madness to Debut at the Apollo March 24-27

Posted by  | March 23, 2011  at 1:26 PM  

"Divine Madness questions what is socially acceptable in the eyes of America and stretches the boundaries of what is considered taboo. "
 March 24-27, Blue Ridge Community and Technical College will present Divine Madness at the Apollo Theatre in Martinsburg, WV. Written by Professor (and playwright) James Ralston, Divine Madness touches on themes of tough times, crazy family members, and the struggles of dealing with both. This play will also feature a musical score written and performed by sibling duo Bethany and Jonathan Slick.

Show times and cast are listed below. Tickets are $10 ($5 for students) and available at the door.

Divine Madness

March 24-26, 7:30PM
March 27, 2:30 pm

Apollo Civic Theatre
128 East Martin Street
Martinsburg, WV  25401

$10 General Admission
$5 Students

DAPHNE: Audra Grapes
OTTO: Tim Perski
HENKA: Debbie Etter
TV: Andrew Felton / Andrew Johnson
DORA:  Kristin Karnes
ROSA:  Deidre Morrison
THOMAS:  Jim Ralston
LASH:  Chris Lewis
PAUL: Mickey Lee
PAULINE: Ann Kidwell
ERNIE: Garrett Kysar
BAXTER:  Bill Lucht

Directors:  Deidre Morrison, Todd Young, and Jim Ralston
Producer:  Bill Lucht
Stage Manager:  Keisha Turpin
Assistant Stage Manager:  Cassidy Ponton

Lost Dog Coffee to Donate 5% of Weekend Sales to Benefit Victims of the Disaster in Japan

Posted by  | March 18, 2011  at 4:02 PM  

Photo: LostDogCoffee
This weekend Lost Dog Coffee in Shepherdstown, WV, will be donating 5% of their gross sales to the Japanese Red Cross and World Vision Canada. This is a perfect opportunity to grab a beverage, stock up on some coffee, and snag some of the new Lost Dog accessories. I Love the new travel mugs with the carabiner on the side! As for coffee blends, my personal faves are Shepherdstown Sunrise, Morning Warrior, and Werkin' Dog.

It's going to be a beautiful weekend, so be sure to pencil in a trip to Lost Dog Saturday or (and) Sunday--think of it as caffeine for a cause!

Also, be sure to visit their new online store at:

Only Three Days Left to Snag Tickets for Salon of Style's Relay for Life, Red Carpet Magic!

Posted by  | March 16, 2011  at 11:48 AM  

"Wear large sunglasses, sport a Hollywood star hairstyle, don a sparkly feather wrap or tuxedo. Dress to impress with classy or tacky... Everything goes in Hollywood"

Join Salon of Style, Saturday, March 26, for an evening of fah-bulous fundraising at their Relay for Life fundraiser "Red Carpet Magic--A Night in Hollywood." Tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple and include dinner and dancing. The evening will also feature raffles, door prizes, and some simply mah-velous silent auction items including a camera and Coach sunglasses--you know, Hollywood essentials. And, just as celebrities are always jaunting off to a beach somewhere, one lucky door prize recipient will even win a family beach get-a-way!

Tickets sales end Friday, March 18, so stop by Salon of Style (34 Aikens Center, Martinsburg, WV) or call 304.267.3051 to snag yours today!

Red Carpet Magic--A Night in Hollywood

Saturday, March 26
 5PM - 11PM

Martinsburg Moose Lodge
201 Woodbury Avenue
Martinsburg, WV

$25 Per Person
$40 Per Couple

Last year the Salon of Style, Relay for Life team raised over $15,000! Even if you can't make the fundraiser, you can help them top last year's number by donating here.

You Are Cordially Invited to the Pretty in the Panhandle One Year Anniversary Tacky Prom Party!

Posted by  | March 14, 2011  at 4:29 PM  

It's crazy to think that one year has passed since I launched Pretty in the Panhandle! I've learned more about this region in the past 12 months than I had my whole life, and I've met more amazing people than I could ever possibly count! I thank you all for reading the posts, liking the Facebook page, and following my tweets on Twitter. Now, let's talk Tacky Prom!

 Tacky Prom

 April 2, 9PM

29 West Cork Street
Winchester, VA

(Junk Food is Playing!)

 Pretty Tacky


RSVP is not required, but greatly appreciated!

Ante Up for Kids Casino Night to Benefit the Children's Home Society of West Virginia

Posted by  | March 11, 2011  at 9:15 AM  

Saturday evening the Children's Home Society of West Virginia will be holding their Second Annual "Ante Up for Kids" Casino Night at the McFarland House in Martinsburg, WV. Tickets for the event are $35 per individual or $60 per couple and include tasty treats and $100 in play money for use in the "casino," or the money can be reserved for the live auction, which will take place towards the end of the evening. A cash bar will be available, and guests can look forward to live jazz music from the Rodney Kelly Experience.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 304.264.0225 or drop by 445 Winchester Ave., Martinsburg, WV.

2nd Annual "Ante Up for Kids" Casino Night

McFarland House
409 South Queen Street
Martinsburg, WV  25401

5PM to 10PM
Saturday, March 12

$35 Per Person
$60 Per Couple

Reserve Your Ticket Now for the Fourth Annual Wine Auction to Benefit the Shepherdstown Day Care

Posted by  | March 9, 2011  at 3:59 PM  

Tickets are going fast for Saturday's Wine Auction at the Bavarian Inn, in Shepherdstown, WV. This is the 4th year running for this event which serves as a fundraiser for the Shepherdstown Day Care Center (SDC)--the only day care in the region with a sliding scale for tuition, tied to family income. Tickets are $30 per person and include pre-auction wine, scotch, and food tastings as well as live music. The reception begins at 6:30 and the auction at 7:30. For a peek at some of the packages being auctioned off and for more information on SDC visit the official website at

You can also view the invite on the Bavarian Inn's facebook page, which can be found here.

Spaces are limited, so reserve your spot now by calling 304.876.2551

Fourth Annual Wine Auction to Benefit the Shepherdstown Day Care

 Saturday, March 12 at 6:30PM

 The Bavarian Inn, Shepherdstown, WV

 $30 (plus bidding money!)

Pickin' in the Panhandle's March Pickin' Preview

Posted by  | March 8, 2011  at 5:08 PM  

Saturday night at the Pickin in the Panhandle, Pickin' Preview, fiddles were hot and it was impossible to find a toe in the theatre that wasn't tapping along to the beats of bluegrass bands Circa Blue, The Back Creek Valley Boys, and Junior Sisk & Rambler's Choice. It was nearly a full house at the Apollo as patrons of all ages came out to enjoy some great music and support a couple of very worthy causes. Saturday's concert doubled as a fundraiser, which raised $2,300 for the Apollo Civic Theatre and the Eastern Panhandle Blue Grass Association
For another preview of some of the Pickin' bands, mark your calendars for July 9th to catch Stoney Creek, Drymill Roadand Appalachia at the Hillbilly Daylilies Bloomin' Bash. In the meantime, be sure to check out the slideshow below as well as this video clip of festival newbies, Circa Blue.

The 2011 Pickin' in the Panhandle will run September 9-11 at the Lazy A Campground in Hedgesville, WV.  This year's festival will feature over 25 artists including Marty Stuart, Confederate Railroad, and Trent Tomlinson. Early bird tickets are available now online or at the Martinsburg-Berkeley County CVB located at 115 North Queen Street. For more information visit http:///

Water, Water [from] Everywhere at the 21st Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting

Posted by  | March 1, 2011  at 5:23 PM  

Last weekend at The Country Inn at Berkeley Springs, both judges and the general public were given the opportunity to sample some of the world's best waters. The 21st International Water Tasting in Berkeley Springs, WV, presented a diverse sampling of waters from bubbling Bosnian varieties to samplings from local spigots. 

Waters were divided into 4 categories for the official judging which included Municipal, Purified, Bottled, and Sparkling. Judges were served numbered samples, and each sample was judged on clarity, odor, taste, feel, and aftertaste--additionally, sparkling waters were critiqued on carbonation levels, ranging from aggressive to fine bubbles.  New to this year's tasting, and favorites of both judges and attendees, were the rain water entries in the purified water division. Virginian Natural from nearby Charlottesville, VA, placed 5th and Texan Independence Water from League City, TX, which took home a first place, gold medal win! 

In keeping the the all-inclusive atmosphere, the winners of the Packaging Design Award were determined by the people. Everyone was encouraged to inspect the entries and rank their top five choices based on package appeal, graphics, structure, and function.  
People's Choice Packaging Finalists

Mike & Luisa Peters snagged waters
 from as far as New Zealand!
Of course, the highlight of the evening for many attendees is the infamous "Water Rush" at the end of the night. After the awards are through, the crowd poises with bags, boxes, and even suitcases to await the countdown 'til they can rush the water display and take home as many of the bottles as they can carry! As you can see from the video below, this year was rather orderly, but I've heard some pretty crazy stories about past Water Rushes.

Special thanks to event organizers Jeanne Mozier & Jill Klein Roe and to Acting Water Master Michael Cervin of Bottled Water Web.

Full Results from the Water Tasting after the Break!