Give Your Regards to Broadway--Get Your Tickets Now for the 4th Annual SUFOM Tuxedo Junction

Posted by  | April 28, 2011  at 3:22 PM  

The Shepherd University Friends of Music (SUFOM) will be holding their 4th Annual Tuxedo Junction gala Friday, May 6, at the Bavarian Inn, in Shepherdstown, WV. The theme for this year's fundraiser is "Give My Regards to Broadway" and judging from 2010's "Stomping at the Savoy," you are sure to see touches of vintage Broadway in every aspect of the evening from the décor to the desserts.

Guests will enjoy music from some of Broadway's most notable numbers as performed by the Shepherd University Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Kurtis Adams. There will also be a silent auction with some rather unique items including private dinners and proper tea parties.

Tickets are $85 per person, include two drink tickets and can be purchased by contacting Joanna Moomaw at 304.876.5785 or For more details, check out the press release below or visit

4th Annual Tuxedo Junction
"Give My Regards to Broadway"

Friday, May 6, 2011
6:30PM to 11:00PM

The Bavarian Inn
164 Shepherd Grade Road
Shepherdstown, WV 25443


Still not sure what to expect? Read about last year's Tuxedo Junction here!


3rd Annual Panhandle Earth Day Celebration

Posted by  | April 26, 2011  at 6:29 PM  

Saturday's celebration may have started out on the soggy side, but the sun decided to join in on the festivities shortly after Willie Barry's rendition of "You are My Sunshine," making for a perfect afternoon to be outside enjoying the beauty of the Earth.

Held creekside at Morgan's Grove Park on the outskirts of Shepherdstown, WV, the 3rd Annual Earth Day Celebation was a great way to spend an eco and family-friendly Saturday. There were plenty of fun activities for the kids (and kids at heart), including painting, DIY Stinkbug traps, yard games, and let's be honest--a muddy creek on a warm day is entertainment in and of itself.

I find live music a must for any good festival, and the Earth Day Celebration did not disappoint. The tunes for the day ranged from bluegrass by Stoney Creek (who are also on the lineup for Pickin' in the Panhandle) to jazz/funk fusion by Ginada Piñata to the indie folk tunes of Tucker Riggleman.

LOVE these Lotion Bars
from Millhouse Candles
Vendors lined the walking trail offering everything from herbs to henna tattoos. Several shops from downtown Shepherdstown, including the newly opened Conscious Clothes and The Source, were set up to give festival-goers a glimpse at their wares. I managed to do a little last-minute Easter shopping: the chocolate I picked up from Source has been getting rave reviews as have the lilac and rose lotion bars from Mill House Candles.

Shepherdstown foodie favorites Mellow Moods, Maria's Taqueria, and Blue Moon Cafe were on site to provide eco-savvy edibles, and there was even a tent offering Berkeley Springs, spring water in re-usable cups for free, which is certainly better than the $3 a bottle charged at some outdoor events :)

Thank you Earth Vibe Productions for putting on such an excellent event--can't wait for next year!

More pictures after the break...

Make it a Double Earth Day -- Don't Miss the Panhandle Earth Day Celebration Tomorrow at Morgan's Grove Park

Posted by  | April 22, 2011  at 3:57 PM  

Tomorrow, April 23, from Noon to 9PM, Morgan's Grove Park in Shepherdstown, WV, will be home to the 3rd Annual Panhandle Earth Day Celebration. The day will be filled with good tunes, good food, and lots of great vendors. Admission is free if you arrive by foot or bicycle, but if you enter by car it's $10 per vehicle. Check out their website for further details and keep your fingers crossed the weather's nice!

Local Finds for a Fabulous Easter Basket

Posted by  | April 21, 2011  at 10:52 PM  

When it comes to shopping for gifts I'm an extremist: I either buy things 6 months out, or I find myself running around at the last minute trying to find those last few gorgeous little things. Guess what I'll be doing on Saturday?

Here is a breakdown by towns of some lovely items that I think would nest nicely in some pink Easter grass (hint, hint Mommy Dearest).

Plum: Baubles, bangles, hairbands--anything from Plum makes for a perfect gift (or gift to yourself). I have my eye on one particular SquarePegMeg hairband that is hopefully hopping my way.

Berkeley Springs
Retrodini: A Donna Reed-esque apron, some vintage vinyls, top if off with a retro yard flamingo, and you've got one boss basket.

Flowers Unlimited: While beautiful flowers are always in fashion, you'll find more than flora at this downtown locale. Sassy bath soaps and sparkly candles, like flowers, are pretty and smell nice, yet won't wilt when watering slips your mind.

Scarpa Alta: My pups would love to see some Poetic Paws collars in my basket and perhaps a Thursday Friday "Together" tote for me--we'd be quite the stylish threesome on our afternoon strolls, don't you think?

Chic to Chic: The better the bargain, the more you can buy--that's my shopping mantra! Chic to Chic has an incredible selection of high-end designer handbags for a fraction of their original price. Chanel? Louis? Gucci? Oui, oui, oui: all three s'il vous plait!

Brunch Bunch: Fairfax Coffee House in Berkeley Springs

Posted by  | April 20, 2011  at 8:56 AM  

Name: Fairfax Coffee House

Location: 23 Fairfax Street, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411

Seating: Indoor

$$$: Inexpensive

Pretty Picks: White Chocolate Mocha La
tte, Tomato Basil Mozzarella, Chicken Salad

Along with their extensive menu for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike Fairfax Coffee House hosts live music performances as well as other special events.  

Other highlights are the wide variety of specialty coffee and tea drinks. For those that are looking to have a fun night out on the town or to let loose,  they will enjoy the extensive beer and wine list. Fairfax Coffee offers a fun, friendly and cozy atmosphere for your enjoyment.

Fairfax Coffee House offers a wonderful atmosphere to have fun & have cultural discussions about art and music.

For reservations to all events and music nights, call 304-258-8019.

Open Daily
Mon - Thurs: 8:00 to 3:30
Fri & Sat: 8:00 to 6:00
Sun: 8:00 to 5:00
Music Nights: 7:00 PM to

Time to Snag Tickets for the 3rd Annual Pumps & Pearls Party at the 84th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® "Timeless"

Posted by  | April 19, 2011  at 3:16 PM  

Pumps and pearls, like pink and green, are a timeless twosome. Combine the pairings, add in a glamorous group of gals, and you've got an event that will quickly become a timeless tradition shared amongst only the most fabulous of friends--Kimberly's Pumps and Pearls Ladies Party.

This year's Pumps and Pearls will take place Monday, April 25, at the historic George Washignton Hotel in downtown Winchester, Va. Tickets are $100 per person and include full bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres and the chance to win some very nice door prizes--past prizes have included Gucci shoes and Mikimoto pearls, so the tickets are well worth the price. Tickets can be purchased here.

Little black dresses (or pink or green), pearls, and fantastic footwear are the dress code for this soiree. Care to channel your inner Christian Louboutin? Break out the bedazzler and enter the "Bloom" shoe contest for your chance to parade your creations down the pink carpet and perhaps take home a prize.

3rd Annual Pumps and Pearls

Monday, April 25, 2011
7:30PM to 10PM

George Washington Hotel
103 East Piccadilly Street
Winchester, VA  22601


If you're looking for design inspiration be sure to peruse the pictures from Pumps and Pearls 2010!

Martinsburg Debuts Relay for Life High Heel-A-Thon

Posted by  | April 14, 2011  at 11:28 PM  

The Latest in Fitness Footwear?
Saturday, April 9, ladies and gentlemen dashed through downtown Martinsburg, WV, wearing some rather non-traditional running shoes for the First Annual Mainstreet Martinsburg High Heel-A-Thon to benefit Relay for Life. 

Heels of at least 2 inches were required for the race, and Melanie Hockensmith walked away as the champion stiletto sprinter. Following the race, participants were already plotting strategies for next year's Heel-A-Thon. Mary Janes and strappy sandals were the favored footwear for avoiding fly-a-ways; however, some welcomed the challenge presented by pumps, held on by grace, balance, and some tough tootsies. Personally, I'm a platform girl--preferably ones with an ankle strap and some Dr. Scholls inserts. 

Ken Collinson, Makayla Lewis (2010 Snowflake Festival Queen)
Candace Adam, and Dawn Lopez Swap Stiletto Strategies
This event was one of many fundraisers for the Berkeley County Relay for Life which will be held on June 4 at Martinsburg High School. To learn about upcoming events or to make a donation, click here to be re-directed to the Relay for Life website.

Tara Pastellak Walks the Burke Street Course Following the Race

Free Food & Wine Tasting Saturday at the Berkely Springs 18th Annual Uniquely West Virginia Food & Wine Festival

Posted by  | April 12, 2011  at 5:23 PM  

Photo: PetitChef
Morels, ramps, and wine--sounds like an excellent Saturday agenda to me! This Saturday, April 16, will mark the 18th year for the Uniquely West Virginia Food & Wine Festival in Berkeley Springs, WV. In conjunction with the blooming of area redbud trees, this event gives local chefs and vintners the chance to showcase their talents using some of West Virginia's finest wild (and wonderful) culinary delights.

This will be my first Uniquely WV, so I'll leave the details to the experts. Also, be sure to "Like" Berkeley Springs on Facebook, for sneak peeks at who will be at this year's event. More information after the break and look for my post-event pics and write-up next week.

Uniquely WV Food & Wine Festival

Saturday, April 16
10AM to 5PM

282 Williams Street
Berkeley Springs, WV 25411


Welcome Spring (Finally!) with the First Fresh Feast of 2011--Seating is Limited, Don't Wait to Reserve Your Spot!

Posted by  | April 8, 2011  at 6:06 PM  

I'm a firm believer that eating sensibly isn't just about what you eat, but knowing where it comes from as well. In 2008, Jane Tabb of Kearneysville, WV, launched the Fresh Feast on the Farm program to provide diners with a unique experience that would help take them back to the roots (pun intended) of their food. Saturday, April 30, Marty and Carol Kable of Elmwood Farm will host the 2011 Spring Fresh Feast on the Farm.

"Fresh Feasts" are held throughout the year and feature local, seasonal food and are held on area farms.. Each Feast also serves as a fundraiser with 10% of the gross profits going to the host farm and 10% going to another farm-friendly organization. The April event will benefit the H. Hart Bennett Foundation, which supports FFA, 4-H, and Jefferson Country Youth Agriculture. An additional 10% will be donated to the H. Hart Bennett Foundation, thanks to the generosity of Elmwood hosts, Marty and Carol Kable.

The spring dinner will be held in Elmwood Farm's new machinery building, and there will be a walking tour of Elmwood Farm prior to the 5- course dinner. Dress is country elegant, but you will be on a working farm, so keep that in mind when choosing your footwear.

Reservations may be made online (click here) or by mailing a check to:

Fresh Feast on the Farm
922 Old Leetown Pike
Kearneysville, WV 25430.

For a preview, check out the pics from the Summer 2010 Fresh Feast on the Farm 

Spring Fresh Feast on the Farm

Saturday, April 30
6PM - Appetizers & Wine Tasting
7PM - Dinner is Served

Elmwood Farm
Ranson, WV

Country Elegant

Table of 8 -$560
Couples - $150
Single - $80

Mainstreet Martinsburg Hosts First Annual High Heel Race for Relay for Life

Posted by  | April 6, 2011  at 11:37 AM  

(Photo via Squidoo: 2010 High Heel-A-Thon, NY)
Forget just walking in heelsrunning in heels is all the rage as high heel races of all styles and heights are happening all around the world. From the stylish celebrities at the Heel-A-Thon in New York to the dolled-up drag queens at the Dupont Circle High Heel Race in DC, everyone is sprinting in stilettos, and now you can test your tootsies too!

Saturday at 2PM, Mainstreet Martinsburg (MSM) will be hosting their first ever High Heel-A-Thon Race to benefit Relay for Life--this will be the final event of their week-long "Paint the Town Purple." Racers will convene at the corner of Burke & Queen and run the full block from Queen Street to College Street--heels must be at least 2 inches. Races will be done in heats and prizes awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Registration will take place on Saturday from 10AM to 2PM at the MSM booth on the corner by the starting line. The entry fee is $25, and all proceeds will benefit Relay for Life.

High Heel-A-Thon Race
 for Relay for Life

Saturday, April 9



 Here are some tips for sprinting in stilettos, should you be participating in Saturday's race or just trying to escape a bad wedding date.

Prepare yourself physically. It can be really difficult to walk in heels, much less run, if you are not physically fit for the task. Your ankles should be strong enough to support you or you could fall and lose your balance often. You should then make sure that you pay attention to your ankles and perform ankle-strengthening exercises to firm up your strut.

Do some stretching. Before wearing your high heels, make sure that you prepare your feet and legs by stretching them. This is similar to a warm-up or stretching exercise by athletes. Simply rotate and stretch your feet and ankles so your will build up your strength.

Be an expert in walking in heels first. Before you even attempt to run in high heels, you have to first practice walking in them. If you cannot perform it well by simply walking, how else will you fare while running in them?

Choose quality heels. Let's face it; it will be really difficult for you to run around in towering stilettos. Stilettos provide little stability so if you plan on having a busy and hectic day, try not to wear stilettos. Choose shoes with thicker heels instead. You can still find heels that look sexy without having to go all the way-stiletto.

Start slowly, and choose your path. Make sure that you when you run don't run as if you were wearing rubber shoes. Start out slowly, and test your balance first. Do not attempt to run in uneven surfaces like grass or rocky areas, as these could really trip you up and you will definitely lose your balance.

(adapted from

Spring Cleaning at Pretty in the Panhandle

Posted by  | April 5, 2011  at 3:56 PM  

I've recently made a few tweaks to the website--here's what's new!

Format: I swapped over to a 3-column layout, which will allow for future *fingers crossed* advertising space (more on that later).

Quote Box: Every month or so at the top of the left-hand column I'll be posting some of my favorite quotes. I'm always looking for reader input, so if there's a quote you love, that you think fits the tone of the website, send me an email.

Filed Under: I started the website with Pretty People; Pretty Places; Pretty Things; and Look, Feel, Stay Pretty. Shortly after launching the site I added Pretty Tasty and Pretty Pets. Most recently I've added the Pretty Cultural category to cover the local art, music, and theatre scene--there are many talented individuals in the area, and I figured they needed there own section.

Social Media: Facebook, FourSquareTumblr, Twitter--I love them all and often provide short, sweet updates via those channels, especially on the Pretty in the Panhandle Facebook Page. I have also noticed within the past few months that a lot more people in the Panhandle have started utilizing the Tips & Specials feature on Foursquare. I hope to do a roundup this summer on which local business are using this avenue for secret sales, so keep your eyes and ears open and send me an email with your favorite Foursquare find.

Advertising: If you or someone you know is interested in advertising on Pretty in the Panhandle please email me for details.

and last, but certainly not least, presenting *drumroll*

Pretty Picks: You'll notice a new tab at the top of the page called "Pretty Picks" that will then direct you to a Tumblr page. I've created this page to showcase and share some of the things I love, that inspire me, or that just make me smile.