Fall Leaf Watching in Jefferson County and Surrounding Area

Fall Leaf Watching in Jefferson County and Surrounding Area

Fall Leaf Watching in Jefferson County and Surrounding Area

Watching the beautiful autumn leaves change color in West Virginia is an annual event that local residents and visitors never want to miss! The most intense colors of the season typically peak in the mid- to late-October timeframe in and around the eastern panhandle – and through parts of Maryland and Virginia as well.

There are several ways to get out and enjoy the view! Whether by car, motorcycle, bike – or simply walking or hiking – there are several great places to spend the weekend, or just enjoy a few hours breathing the crisp, cool fall air and enjoying the beautiful colors of the fall season.

The area in and around Harpers Ferry is a hiker’s paradise. Harpers Ferry represents the halfway point of the Appalachian Trail and is home to the headquarters of the Appalachian Trail Conservatory. The lower section of Harpers Ferry is within the Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, which has been rated one of the best hiking parks in the United States.

There are several hikes within Harpers Ferry National Park with routes that wind their way along the banks of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers, through the upper section of Harpers Ferry called Bolivar Heights, along the C & O towpath into Maryland Heights, and up the banks of the Shenendoah into Virginia and Loudoun Heights.

Harpers Ferry is accessible by both car and train. The Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) train has stops in Harpers Ferry and in nearby Brunswick, MD Monday through Friday. From Washington’s Union Station the trip is approximately a little over an hour. Amtrak also has a stop in Harpers Ferry on their Capitol Unlimited line.

Bike riding is another great way to get out and enjoy the view. The C & O Canal towpath (part of the C & O National Historic Park)  is a 184 mile trail that runs along the north banks of the Potomac River from Washington D.C. to Cumberland, MD. The trail is packed gravel and relatively level; it’s good for novices and experts alike.

The WO&D trail offers bike riders forty-five miles of paved surface. It runs from Purcellville, VA to Arlington, VA, right outside Washington D.C.

The Antietam National Battlefield Park has paths and paved roads to experience the changing fall colors. There are also a number of local state parks that have mountain bike trails for the more adventurous.

Did you know that October is Virginia Wine Month? What better way to experience the variety of fall colors than sipping on some of the best wine in the country? There are over 230 vineyards and wineries in Virginia producing wine – and some right next door!The North Gate Vineyard has a wonderful little outdoor patio to (for example) enjoy a cold Viognier with local cheeses and meats.

Right down the road in the heart of Virginia Wine Country is Crushed Cellars. Visitors can enjoy sipping Cabernet Sauvignon, Seyval, and Vidal Blanc on an on outdoor patio overlooking rows of grapes and a pond, while enjoying a wide selection of yummy local cheeses, meats, and fresh breads.

There are a number of wine trails and tours throughout Virginia to enjoy this fall season. Limo tours are always a good idea and available for those without a designated driver.

If you love to drive and check out the leaves, perhaps the most idyllic is a drive through the Shenandoah National Park and along the 105 mile Skyline Drive. You’ll be able to wind through the Blue Ridge Mountains in the midst of peaks that tower over 4000 feet, and check out the view from the comfort of your car! For those who want to actually get out and check out the view by foot, there are several hiking and trails for all levels, including Old Rag Mountain that has some of the best views in Virginia. There are biking trails and camping facilities for the outdoor enthusiast.

Whether it’s an afternoon drive, a weekend outing, or a week-long stay, there are plenty of fun activities to pair with with the leaves in the surrounding area of the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia.

If you would like information on purchasing a home in this beautiful area that also happens to be convenient to the DC and Northern Virginia area, please visit Linda’s Team at ERA Liberty Realty in Charles Town or call (304) 725-1145 and ask for Linda’s Team.

 

Fall Leaf Watching in Jefferson County and Surrounding Area

The American Conservation Film Festival-Shepherdstown WV

January Events in the Inwood, Harpers Ferry, Martinsburg, Shepherdstown and Charles Town Areas

Have you heard of The American Conservation Film Festival-Shepherdstown WV?

Shepherdstown Film Festival

There’s a very unique event that takes place in Shepherdstown, WV at the end of October – and it doesn’t involve spooky goblins or fiery pumpkin heads. It’s the American Conservation Film Festival!

Every year the ACFF  – in partnership with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services’ National Conservation Training Center and Shepherd University  – hosts a four day festival to celebrate both the art of film and a commitment to environmental education. This year’s festival will run from October 31 to November 3.

Filmgoers will not only get to watch lots of educational movies about conservation, but get to meet the filmmakers as well! In addition, attendees can take workshops, debate issues, and vote for the Audience Choice Award. The festival is open to adults, and children are encouraged to attend as well. The goal of the festival is to raise the consciousness of the audience and motivate attendees to take action on conservation-related issues.

Shepherdstown serves as the ideal place to host the ACFF. The town’s eclectic nature and close proximity to Washington DC, Baltimore, MD, and Dulles Airport make it a convenient and unique location for filmgoers and filmmakers alike.

Film venues are sprinkled throughout Shepherdstown. There are multiple venues at Shepherd University including the state-of-the-art Byrd Center Auditorium, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services’ National Conservation Training Center, and the Shepherdstown Opera House in historic downtown Shepherdstown.

Last year the film festival celebrated its 10th anniversary by showing sixty-five high quality films that were narrowed down from 170 submissions. One of the films was Ken Burns’ The Dust Bowl which was screened before it aired on PBS. Eighteen student submissions were also presented for the first time at the event. 3D film technology was highlighted in the films ICE BEAR 3D and the Predator Coast.

Social media also played an important role in the festival as the ACFF partnered with Shepherd University’s Social Media for Social Good class to provide a pre-show blog and “Tweet your Review” kiosks throughout Shepherdstown.

The ACFF Best of the 2012 Film Festival included Bidder 70, Cape Spin! An American Power Struggle and The Last Iceman of Chimborazo which won the Best Student Award.

Tickets for the upcoming 2013 Film Festival will be available online. A Full Festival Pass will be offered. Alternatively, tickets can be purchased for specific blocks at participating venues.

Shepherdstown, WV is a terrific place to live and raise a family. The American Conservation Film Festival is yet another great example of the many offerings available in this dynamic community in historic Jefferson County.

We would be glad to help you if you wanted to look for homes in Shepherdstown, WV. Just call Linda’s team at 304-725-1145 or visit http://lindakilroy.com.

And please mark you calendar to include The American Conservation Film Festival-Shepherdstown WV.

 

 

 

Ridgefield Farm & Orchard in Harpers Ferry, WV

Ridgefield Farm & Orchard in Harpers Ferry

Local Spotlight: Ridgefield Farm & Orchard in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Ridgefield Farm & Orchard in Harpers Ferry    Ridgefield Farm & Orchard is a wonderful place to visit during the fall season. Located in beautiful Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, Ridgefield Farm & Orchard has an abundance of fun activities for you and your family to enjoy. With apple and pumpkin picking, a corn maze, PumpkinFest activities, and a spooky Haunting Season, you will have a blast hanging out at the farm. Children, teens, and adults can all find something fun to do during their visit. It is well worth the trip!

Haunting Season

Ridgefield Farm & Orchard in Harpers Ferry    In the spirit of the upcoming Halloween holiday, Ridgefield Farm & Orchard has planned a spooktastic adventure every Friday and Saturday night in October. You and your friends will be able to experience a chilling walk through the farm’s International House of Panic, which will definitely put you on edge. After touring the House of Panic, you will continue to explore the farm via a nighttime hayride. Who knows what you will find as you ride over to the final part of the adventure, the Giant Cornfield Maze. Make your way through the corn maze in the pitch dark night, but don’t get lost. You may never find your way out! Mazes can be hard enough during the daytime; imagine not being able to see where you are going. If you are looking for a fun evening that will give you goosebumps, Ridgefield Farm & Orchard’s Haunting Season is the place for you! The event is not suggested for children under the age of ten, and the cost is $20 for adults and $12 for anyone 16 and under. Come at dark and stay until 11:00pm; the last hayride will take place at 9:30 pm.

PumpkinFest

Ridgefield Farm & Orchard in Harpers Ferry    Besides frightening festivities, Ridgefield Farm & Orchard host many other events throughout the year for families and friends to enjoy. One such event is PumpkinFest, which will be continuing over the next couple weekends. PumpkinFest is a fantastic time for families to come and explore the farm. There is a big pumpkin patch, animals, live music, a magic show, corn maze, hayride, and a pirate playground! Come and select pumpkins of all sizes to bring home and carve into jack-o-lanterns, or pick some apples to make some yummy apple pie. Visiting Ridgefield Farm & Orchard will be fun, exciting, and educational.

Cut your own Christmas Tree

Ridgefield Farm & Orchard in Harpers Ferry    As we transition into the Christmas season, don’t forget about picking out that perfect Christmas tree! Ridgefield Farm & Orchard has an abundance of trees to be cut by families and taken home. There is nothing like having a big, beautiful tree in your living room; those fake store-bought tress just can’t compare. The farm will be open for tree cutting every day throughout the Christmas season until December 21st from 10 am to 5 pm.

Help support your local farms and take a trip to Ridgefield Farm & Orchard this year. You won’t be disappointed.

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Halloween Events 2013 – Eastern Panhandle WV

Halloween Events 2013

     Whether you are young or old, there are plenty of local events going on this Halloween season for all to enjoy. Do you like the thrill of being scared? Or maybe you prefer something a little less frightening? There’s something for everyone this season, even your pets! These local events are sure to be festive, freaky, and full of fun!

For the Kids!

Halloween Events 2013

Martinsburg Mall Trick or Treat

The Martinsburg Mall will be hosting its annual trick or treat event on October 24th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Dress up the children and come on out for some candy! The mall will also be hosting a costume contest at the gazebo area at 7:00 pm. The little ones are not going to want to miss out on this!

Halloween Happening

Jefferson County Parks and Recreation will be hosting their annual Halloween Happening at Sam Michael’s Park on Friday, October 28th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. There will be games, food, and hayrides for children to enjoy. Don’t forget to dress in your best costume; there will be costume judging. Sam Michael’s Park is located in Shenandoah Junction.

Shep-or-Treat

Shepherd University in Shepherdstown will be hosting its annual Shep-or-Treat event on October 30th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The event will take place all over campus including the residence halls, Student Center, Library, Dining Hall, and Wellness Center. Students and staff will be playing games, handing out candy, and doing other fun activities with the children who attend. This event is free and open to all children 14 years of age and under. There will be a variety of things to do, and it is sure to be a super fun time!

Scary Adventures

Halloween Events 2013 I.W.L.A. Haunted Trails

The Izaak Walton League of America will be hosting its 9th Annual Haunted Trail this October. The haunted trail is located off Scrabble Road at the Berkeley County Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, which is a members-only organization along the Potomac River and Opequon Creek. Attendees of this event will walk through the eerily haunted woods and won’t know what to expect as they make their way through the scary trail. The Izaak Walton League promises that they will “scare the yell out of you!” So if you are looking for a fun and scary event, this is the one for you! The haunted trail will take place each Saturday in October beginning at 7:00 pm with the gates opening at 6:30 pm. Concessions will be available while you wait. For more information, visit the IWLA website here.

Apolloween Events at the Apollo Civic Haunted Theatre

The Apollo Civic Theatre in Martinsburg will be hosting its annual Apolloween events all throughout October for all to enjoy! The Haunted Theatre is a favorite local fundraising event for the Apollo Civic Theatre. Participants tour the spooky theater that has haunting surprises around every corner. Daycare and concessions will be provided, and tickets will be sold at the door. The Haunted Theatre will take place on Fridays and Saturdays in October and also the first Friday and Saturday of November. Looking for something a little more paranormal? Check out the Paranormal Investigations taking place on October 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 & 25 and November 1 & 2 from midnight to 4 am. This event is by reservation only. Contact HauntedTheatre@apollo-theatre.org or call (304) 279-9386 to ensure you have a spot as space is limited. The Apollo will also be hosting a free trick-or-treat event for children 13 and under on October 27th from 4 to 7 pm. Children will have an opportunity to walk through the haunted theater with the lights on. Another event taking place is the showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show film with the ACT shadow cast, which will be taking place on October 19 & 26 at midnight. The film is rated R and will require a valid ID to attend. Make sure you check out some of these freaky fun events!

Hilarious Happenings

Halloween Events 2013 Murder Among Friends at the Old Opera House

The Old Opera House Theater Company at 204 N. George Street in Charles Town, West Virginia will be showing the play Murder Among Friends on October 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 & 27. The comedy thriller was written by Bob Barry and is being directed by Susan Thornton. This show is sure to make you laugh. There are some adult themes and language that may be inappropriate for the younger ones, so this would be a fantastic opportunity to go out and do something fun with your adult friends!

Spooky Walking Tours

Charles Town Ghost Tours

Halloween Events 2013 The Charles Town Ghost Tours are a favorite local attraction here in Charles Town. Led by local Author Ann Fern, there are private and public tours all throughout the year. Fern, who loves Jefferson County and its rich history, is very knowledgeable about the area and loves to share that knowledge through her tours, especially during the Halloween season! You will walk the streets of Charles Town and hear tales of documented accounts from city records and personal interviews. You are welcome to bring cameras and video recording devices, and make sure you have comfortable shoes and a flashlight! While some tours can be quite chilling, there are also tours that are considered kid-friendly. For more information about the Charles Town Ghost Tours, contact Ann Fern at (304) 724-6741.

Haunted History and Legends Tour of Martinsburg

The Haunted History and Legends Tour of Martinsburg will be a fun event for those history buffs out there. The haunted tour will be taking place in downtown Martinsburg starting at the Adam Stephen House. Participants will walk and explore various historical properties and places throughout the town. The event will be taking place every Friday and Saturday night during October and every day the week of Halloween at 8:00 pm. The night of Halloween, the tour will start at 9:00 pm. Young children are not encouraged to attend, and all children must have an adult with them. You must make reservations to attend. Reservations can be made by phone at (304) 261-7470 or by e-mail at martinsbrgghoststories@yahoo.com.

For the Pets!

Halloween Events 2013 Do you have a pet that you treat as your child? They won’t be left out this Halloween! The Martinsburg Public Children’s Library will be hosting a trick-or-treat time for pets and their owners on October 20th from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm. Pets will receive special treats and are encouraged to come in costume. All animals must be on a leash to attend. Don’t let Fido miss out on all the holiday fun!

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27th Annual West Virginia Breeders Classic In Charles Town, WV

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27th Annual West Virginia Breeders Classic In Charles Town, WV  Horse racing fans rejoice! This Saturday, October 19, marks one of the biggest dates on the 2013 West Virginia horse racing calendar: the 27th running of the West Virginia Breeders Classic at the Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in Charles Town.

For those unfamiliar with the WVBC, it was started in 1988 by Hall of Fame football player and legendary former Washington Redskin great, Sam Huff. This year’s purse has grown to $500,000 and attracts the top thoroughbreds in the area.

Along with the featured Breeders Classic there are a number of supporting races to to bet on as well, including the Jefferson Security Bank “Cavada”, Triple Crown, Vincent Mascarelli Memorial, WV Lottery “Dash for Cash”, Division of Tourism, WVTBA “Onion Juice”, and Distaff.

The West Virginia Breeders classic is more than just horse racing – it’s a four-day event! The first night kicks off on Thursday with a fancy gala at the Clarion Hotel in Shepherdstown. There will be great food, cocktails, live music and dancing at the event.

27th Annual West Virginia Breeders Classic In Charles Town, WV  The gala will be followed by a golf tournament on Friday – and your chance to conquer the highly rated course at Locust Hill! Even if you can’t keep up with the leaderboard, there’s plenty of great golf and fun, plus interaction with the alumni from a certain local professional football team.

On Saturday, you’ll be in good company when you come to the Skyline Ballroom at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races for the WVBC Sports Breakfast of Champions. Gobble down pancakes, sausages, and carafes of coffee, and marvel at the giant rings on the fingers of the football greats, or listen to stories from horse racing legends!

After breakfast, the fun is just beginning. Next, you can head on over to the Hollywood Casino to test your skills at blackjack, craps, mini-baccarat, or roulette. If poker is your game, there’s plenty of action to test your bluffing skills with fifty tables of Texas Hold ‘Em. And there are always the slots!

27th Annual West Virginia Breeders Classic In Charles Town, WV  Then, head on over to the Breeders Classics races! The post time for the first horse race is 7:15pm.

The West Virginia Breeders Classics highlights the history of horses and horse racing that’s been part of the fabric of Charles Town and the surrounding area for hundreds of years. Horses have played a key role in the history of the area and continue to do so today.

To purchase a house in this vibrant community please contact Linda’s team at (304) 725-1145, and they will point you to the perfect spot.

 

27th Annual West Virginia Breeders Classic In Charles Town, WV

Shepherdstown Market Update – September 2013

Shepherdstown Market Update

 Shepherdstown Market Update – September 2013

The market appears to be staying strong this fall as we take a look at the market report for last month. Here are a few highlights:

  • Median sold price was $239,900.
  • Average sold price was $237,414.
  • Home sales for the month were up 37.5% compared to September of 2012.
  • Average time on the market increased slightly from last year with an average of 107 days on the market in September of 2013, compared to 91 days last year.
  • Sellers are getting an average of 91.8% of the original listed price.


 

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Shepherdstown Market Update – September 2013

3107 Trough Road Shepherdstown WV 25443

3107 Trough Road Shepherdstown WV

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Charles Town Market Update – September 2013

Charles Town Market Update - September 2013

The market seems to be staying strong in Charles Town, West Virginia this fall as we take a look at the September Market Report.

Here are some highlights:

  • Home sales for the month were up 47.37% over last year with a total of 28 homes sold in September, 7 of which were attached homes and 21 of which were detached homes.
  • Average sold price was $208,152.
  • Median home price was $210,900, which is a slight decrease from last year with a median sold price of $240,000 in September.
  • The average days homes were on the market was 77 days.
  • Sellers received an average of 94.2% of the list price, compared to 97.8% in September of last year, a 3.76% decrease.


 

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Charles Town Market Update - September 2013

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October 2013 Shepherdstown/Harpers Ferry/ Charles Town Events

October 2013 Shepherdstown/Harpers Ferry/ Charles Town Events

October 2013 Events in Shepherdstown, Harpers Ferry, and Charles Town

 There are a ton of fun and exciting events taking place this month that you won’t want to miss!

October 4-5, 2013: Shepherdstown Film Festival 2013

October 2013 Shepherdstown/Harpers Ferry/ Charles Town EventsThe spirit of filmmaking is on full display with this unique event! Filmmakers are given one week to produce a short film with a duration between four and eight minutes. This year’s broad topics include: ‘Pulp’; ‘Patience’; or ‘Pride’. This community-oriented event takes place on two nights. On Friday, Oct. 4 the entries are screened, and there will be entertainment by The SpeakEasy Boys. On Saturday, Oct. 5th, the films selected will have a final screening and an awards ceremony to follow. The event takes place at the Old Opera House on East German Street in Shepherdstown. Doors open each night at 6pm. Learn more.

 

October 12, 2013: Freedom’s Run

October 2013 Shepherdstown/Harpers Ferry/ Charles Town EventsThe fifth annual Freedom’s Run takes place in the Harpers Ferry area on Saturday, October 12. Sponsored by the West Virginia University Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, WV University Healthcare, and Shepherd University, the race offers distances for all skill levels! The 26.2 mile marathon winds through four national parks – Harpers Ferry, C&O Canal, Antietam National Battlefield, and the Potomac Heritage Trail. There’s a half marathon, 10k, 5k, and a kid’s fun run as well. If you’re a runner, you must be at this event! Learn more.

 

October 19, 2013: Shepherd University vs. Notre Dame of Ohio or West Virginia vs. Texas Tech

October 2013 Shepherdstown/Harpers Ferry/ Charles Town EventsEverything comes to a screeching halt on Saturdays during the fall in West Virginia. Why? Football in West Virginia, of course! On October 19 the Shepherd University Rams led by their mascot Zan host the Notre Dame of Ohio Falcon’s at Ram Stadium in Shepherdstown in a Mountain East Conference clash. In Morgantown, WV the Texas Tech Red Raiders visit the West Virginia Mountaineers for a Big 12 Conference showdown. There’s a bus trip to the WVU sponsored by the Jefferson County Parks and Recreation department; the bus will leave from the Jefferson County Community Center at Sam Michael’s Park. The bus ride and tickets are included in the price, or – if you have tickets already – you can just pay for the bus ride alone. If you can’t travel to Morgantown, there are plenty of restaurants and bars in the area to watch the game, and cheer on the team! Learn more.

 

October 25-31, 2013: Boo!Fest

October 2013 Shepherdstown/Harpers Ferry/ Charles Town EventsJoin the Shepherdstown, WV community for a week long celebration of Halloween called Boo!Fest. The event kicks off on Friday night, Oct. 25, with a Vampire Ball. The adult costume party held at the Shepherdstown Community Club is a fundraiser for the upkeep and maintenance of the War Memorial Building. The Boo!Fest continues through the week with a variety of activities for kids and adults alike. Activities include: pumpkin painting and monster mask making, town ghost tours, a haunted house at the Community Center, a costume contest and fashion show, a creepy cocktail crawl featuring Halloween-themed adult beverages at local restaurants, a ‘get your zombie on’ street dance, and much more! The festival is sponsored by the Shepherdstown Visitor Center, the Shepherdstown Business Association, the Station at Shepherdstown, and the Jefferson County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Learn more.

 If you are interested in buying or selling a home in the area, contact Linda’s Team at (304) 725-1145 or visit their website here.

 

October 2013 Shepherdstown/Harpers Ferry/ Charles Town Events