Christmas in Shepherdstown, WV

Christmas in Shepherdstown, WV

Christmas in Shepherdstown, WV

Christmas in Shepherdstown, WV

The song says there’s no place like home for the holidays. Whoever wrote that song probably hadn’t been to Shepherdstown – because there’s no place like Shepherdstown for the holidays!

Here are some highlights of the upcoming festivities in the Shepherdstown area! There are a ton of events taking place – too many to mention – so make sure to check the entire schedule at http://www.christmasinshepherdstown.com/schedule.html. Everyone, young and old, will enjoy Christmas in Shepherdstown, West Virginia!

Friday, November, 29:

  •   christmas in shepherdstown It’s the day after Thanksgiving, commonly known as ‘Black Friday’- a grueling shopping event to say the least. Forget all that! Head down to historic Shepherdstown for the opening day of Christmas in Shepherdstown. There will be plenty of shopping downtown – and plenty of activities too!
  • Eat S’mores at the bonfire – watched over very carefully by the Shepherdstown Fire Department from 5:00-8:00pm.
  • At 6:00pm, Mrs. Clause will read the classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at the Wall at McMurran Hall, and the Grinch will drop by for some mischief!
  • At 6:15pm the Town Tree will be lit up by Mayor Auxer on the McMurran lawn. And at 6:30pm Santa will make his appearance in Shepherdstown, with pictures and wish lists to follow inside at McMurran Hall.

Christmas in Shepherdstown, WV Sunday, December 1st:

  • There will be free carriage rides on King Street.
  • Tour the “little house” on Princess Street; it will be open from 12:00-2:00pm.
  • From 2:00-3:00pm Christmas music will be played at O’Hurley’s General Store by the Thursday night musicians.

Saturday, December 7th:

  • Christmas in Shepherdstown, WV The Annual Christmas Parade on German Street will feature marching bands, a live Nativity scene, Morris Dancers – and much more!
  • Starting at 7:30pm, get dressed up for the Holiday Gala Concert at Shepherd University’s Frank Center for the Performing Arts sponsored by the Friends of Music.

Saturday, December 21:

  • On December 21st at 1:00pm on the steps of McMurran Hall, Tuba Christmas will gather and play the festive sounds of the holiday season!

Throughout the Season:

You might choose to go to a mall or shop online for your Christmas shopping, but you will probably have more fun Christmas shopping in Shepherdstown. With all the holiday events, friendly pubs, and world class dining, where else would you rather be?

It’s all right here in Shepherdstown. If you’d like to be part of this dynamic community and you’re interested in purchasing a house in the Shepherdstown, Charles Town, or Harpers Ferry area, then let Linda Kilroy show you the way.

Contact Linda’s Team at (304) 725-1145 with any questions. Linda’s Team Knows Homes!

Also, check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for up-to-date information on local events, real estate news, and new listings.

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Photo credit to James Tyson, Acroterion, Jimmy Emerson, and Elaine Keagle.

Tips on Turkey Brining for Thanksgiving Dinner in the Shepherdstown/Harpers Ferry Area

Tips on Turkey Brining for Thanksgiving Dinner in the Shepherdstown/Harpers Ferry Area

Tips on Turkey Brining for Thanksgiving Dinner in the Shepherdstown/Harpers Ferry Area

Tips on Turkey Brining for Thanksgiving Dinner in the Shepherdstown/Harpers Ferry Area It’s that time of year again! By now, many residents in the Shepherdstown and Harpers Ferry area have already started to calculate the number of guests arriving for Thanksgiving dinner – and planning their meals as well. Let’s fast forward to the time that you’ve found the perfect turkey at the grocery store or local farm* – how will you cook it this year?

First and foremost, you don’t want to serve dry turkey. However, if you don’t already know it, you’re about to be let in on the secret to making the perfect turkey – and that’s brining. Whether roasted, grilled, smoked or fried, brining is an essential first step to moist and juicy turkey!

You’re going to need a container to brine your turkey in – and it should be pretty big. Choices for a brining container include a large stainless steel pot, a plastic five gallon bucket or a brining bag (available at most grocery stores). The plastic bucket should be clean (be diligent because plastic buckets are notorious for retaining bacteria in the scratches in the bucket). Plus, keep in mind that the container should be big enough so that the turkey sits loosely and can be turned.

Also, when you purchase a fresh or frozen turkey to brine make sure it’s not Kosher or self-basting; those turkeys are salty already, and the brining technique will just make them saltier. Also, before brining, your frozen turkey should be completely thawed.

Here’s how to brine the perfect turkey:

  •  Place the turkey into the container and pour the brine over the top with a least two to three inches excess to cover all of the turkey. Then, prepare the brine by dissolving one cup of salt into one gallon of water. You can do the math on how much water should be in the solution based on your container. If you have a five gallon bucket there would be no reason to make six gallons of brine.
  • After you dissolve the salt you can add any spices or sweeteners. There are a number of brine recipes available on the internet to choose from. Just make sure to dissolve the salt first.
  • After you’ve prepared the brine and poured it over the turkey, you will need to find a cool place to store it as it brines. Of course, the refrigerator is best – but often if you don’t have a back-up fridge, then space becomes a premium. (Plan ahead: if the turkey is taking up all the space, where will you store all the wonderful pumpkin pies?!) A good idea is to use a cooler. Throw some ice in there to keep it good and cold! A good rule of thumb is to brine one hour for every pound of turkey. Keep in mind, however, that when it comes to brining, too much time can be too much of a good thing; a turkey brined for too long a period can become too salty.
  •  When you reach the end of your brining period, you will need to rinse off your turkey. Rinse it thoroughly in cold water.

Plan ahead and take your time with the brining. If everything goes well, you’ll be able to tell that you’ve done a good job as soon as you slice into your turkey!

*Local Farms That Sell Thanksgiving Turkeys:

Nick’s Organic Farm

Hillside Turkey Farms

If you are interested in buying or selling in the Shepherdstown/Harpers Ferry area, contact Linda’s Team at (304) 725-1145. Linda’s Team knows home and will help you find the one that is just right for you!

Shepherdstown Market Update – October 2013

Shepherdstown Market Update - October 2013

Shepherdstown Market Update – October 2013

Highlights from the Shepherdstown market report for October:

  •  Median sold price for the month was $215,450.
  • Average sold price was $189,584.
  • Home sales for the month were down this year with a total of 4 homes sold compared to 6 last October.
  • Average time on the market for this October has increased from this time last year with 94 days being the average number of days on the market.
  • Sellers received an average of 98.9% of the original listed price this October, a 4.5% increase from October of last year.


If you are interested in buying or selling in the Shepherdstown or surrounding areas, contact Linda’s Team at (304) 725-1145. Linda’s Team knows homes and would love to find the one that is just right for you!

Make sure you check out our Facebook and Twitter pages to find out more information about community events and other real estate news.

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Charles Town Real Estate Market – October 2013

Charles Town Real Estate - October 2013

Charles Town Real Estate Market – October 2013

Here are some highlights from the monthly market report for Charles Town, West Virginia for October 2013:

  • Average sold price for the month was $239,488, a slight increase from last October, which was $223,837.
  • Median home price was $258,258, a 29.45% increase from last October.
  • The average time on the market decreased from last year, with an average of 55 days on the market in October 2013, compared to 89 days last year.
  • Sellers received an average of 94.7% of the original list price, compared to 90.8% in October of last year.
  • Home sales remained about the same with 24 units sold this October.


If you are interested in buying or selling in the Charles Town or surrounding areas, contact Linda’s Team at (304) 725-1145 for more information. Linda’s Team knows homes and would love to help you find the perfect one for you!

Make sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter for more information about local events and real estate news.

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Charles Town Market Update – October 2013

Shepherdstown-Charles Town-Harpers Ferry WV November and December Events

Shepherdstown/Charles Town/Harpers Ferry WV November & December Events

Shepherdstown-Charles Town-Harpers Ferry WV November and December Events

Saturday, November 16: 3rd Annual Holiday Craft Fair & Chili Cook Off

Shepherdstown-Charles Town-Harpers Ferry WV November and December Events  How many times have you seen a glum looking husband led around while his wife stops at every booth at a craft fair shopping for the perfect knick-knack? And how many times have you seen a man’s eyes light up at a big bowl of chili? The answer to both questions is… often! That’s why the 3rd annual Holiday Craft Fair & Chili Cook-Off is the perfect event – a little something for everyone. Sponsored by the Jefferson County Parks and Recreation, the event is scheduled for November 16th at Sam Michaels Park in Shenandoah Junction. Learn more.

Friday, Nov. 29, Saturday, Nov. 30, and Friday, Dec. 6: Christmas Tree Lightings

Shepherdstown-Charles Town-Harpers Ferry WV November and December Events  On Friday, Nov. 29, Shepherdstown will light its Christmas tree as part of the Christmas in Shepherdstown celebration. Then, at 7 pm on the Jefferson Courthouse lawn, the Charles Town tree lighting will begin, with local choirs singing Christmas Carols and Santa will make an appearance to read the classic story “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

The following night on Saturday, Nov. 30 from 6 – 8:00 pm the city of Ranson will hold a Christmas Tree Lighting at the Ranson City Hall. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there to celebrate!

On Friday, Dec. 6 in Historic Harpers Ferry, the festivities continue with a Christmas tree lighting to kick off the 43rd Annual Old Tyme Christmas celebrations. Santa and Mrs. Claus certainly will be busy in Jefferson County!

Saturday, Dec. 7: ATC 11th Annual Holiday Open House

Shepherdstown-Charles Town-Harpers Ferry WV November and December Events  Through a vast network of volunteers and outreach programs the Conservancy provides trail management and stewardship of the Appalachian Trail.  The visitor’s center in Harpers Ferry – located approximately at the midpoint of the 2100 mile trail – is celebrating its 11th annual holiday open house. Meet the staff and volunteers while enjoying homemade refreshments and goodies. It’s also a great place to Christmas shop for your favorite hiker! Learn more.

Saturday, Dec. 7: The Memorial Illumination at Antietam National Battlefield

Shepherdstown-Charles Town-Harpers Ferry WV November and December Events  23,000: That’s how many soldiers were killed, wounded, or missing during the Battle of Antietam – the bloodiest single day battle in American history. At this event, 23,000 candles are used to illuminate an approximately five mile long route to honor the soldiers who fell during the battle. The tour is free, and vehicle traffic can enter the park at 6:00 pm. Learn more.

For more information about the area and if you are interested in relocating to our area please look at http://lindakilroy.com or just give us a call at 304-725-1145 and ask for Linda’s Team. Linda’s Team knows homes and would love to help you find the home of your dreams!

Also, make sure to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for more information about upcoming events and real estate news!

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High School Football: The Jefferson Clash – Jefferson HS vs. Washington HS – November 8, 2013

High School Football: The Jefferson Clash – Jefferson HS vs. Washington HS – November 8, 2013

football2 Hollywood couldn’t write a better script. This Friday at 7pm, the Jefferson High School Cougars varsity football team will visit the Terry L. Marcus football stadium and take on the Washington High School Patriots. At stake: Spots in the West Virginia Class AAA playoffs, and – more importantly – pride amongst bitter rivals.

There are several storylines that will weave through this epic clash of Jefferson County’s two high schools: The Jefferson Cougars are coming off three seasons with a combined win total of three games. In the off-season after Richard Mills resigned, Craig Hunter – who worked under Coach Mills and in a previous stint as offensive coordinator with the Patriots – was awarded the head coaching job.

At 5-4 the Cougars are on the precipice of returning to the playoffs. A win against the Patriots will likely mean a playoff spot. However, a loss would mean the end of the season. Talk about pressure… and excitement. All or nothing!

The Washington Patriots are sitting in another position. At 6-3 their playoff spot is all but assured whether they win or lose. However, any coach will tell you they want momentum going into the playoffs. A loss to their rivals would be discouraging heading into the playoffs – a postseason The Patriots will be experiencing for the first time in school history under the stewardship of Mark Hash.

Both teams have momentum coming into the game – Jefferson beat the Hedgesville Eagles 30-22 on homecoming night behind three touchdown passes from quarterback Andrew King and a running touchdown by Issac Myers. The Patriots are coming off a rout of Hampshire High School, 55-14. Led by Matt Harris’ four touchdown tosses, the Patriots possess a two-pronged attack… when the ground game is shut down the aerial assault is lethal!

How will the Cougars deal with this two-headed monster? Shut down the arm of Patriot’s quarterback Matt Harris and the ground game led by running back Colin Gustines will burn you. That’s the question the Cougar’s Coach Hunter will have to answer.

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If you’re a fan of West Virginia high school football you can’t miss this game. Not only will the football be intense, but the sounds of both the Patriot and Cougar marching bands will echo off the rolling hills. And of course, cheer squads from both schools will lead their respective supporters with motivating chants. The sounds of football will be heard for miles! The forecast Friday night from Intellicast calls for a clear crisp night in the Eastern Panhandle.

If you’re interested in buying a home in the area please visit Linda Kilroy or call (304) 728-1145 and ask for Linda’s Team. Linda knows real estate in and around historic Shepherdstown, Charles Town, and Harpers Ferry, and can help your family purchase your dream home.

For more information about local events, real estate news, and new listings, check out Linda’s Team’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Over the Mountain Studio Tour in Jefferson County

Over the Mountain Studio Tour

24th Annual Over the Mountain Studio Tour

The 24th Annual Over the Mountain Studio Tour is just around the corner, and boy are we excited! Beautiful crafts and studios will be on display November 9th and 10th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm for everyone to see.

Over the Mountain Studio Tour We can assure you that the talent in Jefferson County, West Virginia is abundant this year. The studio tour will be featuring a total of twenty-one artisans and nine studios in the area. You won’t want to miss out on this fantastic local event. Some of the art and crafts that will be included along the way are paintings, baskets, wood carvings, furniture, jewelry, stained glass, pottery, and much more!

The Over the Mountain Studio Tour will give residents and visitors from all over the opportunity to see the different artisans in their studios. Different from a craft fair, this tour allows attendees the chance to see the artists in their own element and view a vast display of their work. There’s nothing like going right to the source, and that is what you will have the chance to do this weekend! To top it all off, the event is totally free and self guided! Just hop in the car with this handy map, and visit all of the workshops you would like to see.

The following artists and artisans will be participating this year: Anne Bowers, Treva Blackford, Eric Johnson, Thomas E. McGarry, Bruce Fransen, Linda Case, Tara Bell, Steve Adams, Frances Brolle, Rebecca Grace Jones, Margot Ours, Pat Langerhans, Doug Kinnett, Ren & Pam Parizale, Carrie Singer, Sheila Brannan, Michalyn Tarantino, Susan Shildmyer, Nancy Streeter, and Joy Bridy.

Over the Mountain Studio Tour Support your local artists and artisans by being a part of the Over the Mountain Studio Tour in Jefferson County. In a world full of instant media and constant online communication, it is important to take the time to step back and marvel at the beauty that is around you, the beauty that is handcrafted by someone in your local community. So take a break from your busy schedule this weekend, make a day of it, and do something out of the ordinary November 9th and 10th. You will be glad you did. For more information about the Over the Mountain Studio Tour, click here.

If you are interested in becoming a part of the Jefferson County community, contact Linda’s Team at ERA Liberty by calling (304) 725-1145. Linda’s Team will help you with all your home buying and selling needs.

Also, for more information about local events in the community, check out Linda’s Team’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

 

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