Tree Lightings and Festivities in the Eastern Panhandle WV

Tree Lightings and Festivities in the Eastern Panhandle

 Tree Lightings and Festivities in the Eastern Panhandle WV

“Oh, Christmas tree, oh, Christmas tree!”

Tree Lightings and Festivities in the Eastern Panhandle It is more than safe to say that West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle is more than ready for the winter holiday season. While one might think that Thanksgiving’s trifecta of family, food, and football consumes all of our energy, it turns out that all of that activity is just the warm-up for shopping, more food, and the annual Christmas tree lightings and other festivities throughout the area. If the super sales of Black Friday are too much for your nerves, consider attending one the many Christmas tree lighting events. Shepherdstown, Martinsburg and Charles Town are all hosting tree lighting events on Friday, November 28th, and you will not want to miss the opportunity to see the trees illuminate for the first time this holiday season.


In Shepherdstown, the Christmas in Shepherdstown 2014 event will begin with a soul-warming Chili and Cornbread Super at the War Memorial Building, 102 East German Street. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, the $4-$6 meal will be served from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm. This annual event is loaded with special treats from Mrs. Claus and the infamous Grinch and a bonfire complete with roasted chestnuts, hot chocolate and s’mores. To top- off the night, Santa himself will make an appearance and take photos with children after the tree is lit at 6:15 pm on the McMurran Hall lawn where Mayor Auxer will welcome everyone. Remember to bring your camera to capture your children’s moment with Santa. For more information, send an e-mail to:


Main Street Martinsburg is sponsoring the annual Christmas tree lighting in Downtown Martinsburg  at 6:00 pm on Friday, November 28th. Children will have the chance to see Santa and get some goodie bags. There will be music, and businesses will be open to visitors. Additionally, earlier in the day there will be a Doors to Christmas event, which will be held at the Shenandoah Hotel, located at 100 W. Martin Street. Sponsored by local State Farm agents, the open house event features holiday-themed wreaths created by local businesses, non-profit agencies, and area residents. The wreath display will end on Thursday, December 4. For more information on the tree lighting and the Doors to Christmas Open House event, call 304-262-4200.

Charles Town

Charles Town will bring in a tree to light this year and will also light the downtown buildings at 7:00 pm on Friday, November 28th on the grounds of the Jefferson County Courthouse. Everyone is invited to gather and enjoy Christmas carols and hymns performed by local choirs and choral groups. Santa Claus will read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas to the children. To ensure that Charles Town residents have an opportunity to meet and mingle and participate in the great shopping deals that are offered, local businesses will offer Black Friday specials from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm. For more information on the Charles Town’s Christmas tree and Downtown Illumination and Shopping Season Kick-Off,  you can call (304) 725-2311.


If you are looking for something to do on Saturday, November 29th, the town of Ranson is waiting just for you. On Saturday, from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Lancaster (Ranson) Circle, the town of Ranson will kick-off the holiday shopping season with Mayor A. Hamill and Santa Claus lighting the town tree. For this 10th annual event, there will be train rides for children, and Frosty the Snowman and the Grinch will join Mr. and Mrs. Claus to take pictures with the children. Goodie bags and hot chocolate will make this event an extra festive way to start the Christmas season. For more details on this tree lighting event, call, 304-724-3862 or send an e-mail to:

As you can see, there are many tree lightings and festivities in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia coming up this weekend. Get yourself in the holiday spirit and get out in the local community. We hope to see you at some of these great events!

Tree Lightings and Festivities in the Eastern Panhandle If you have any questions about buying or selling a home in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, please contact The Linda Kilroy Team at ERA Liberty Realty. They can answer any questions you may have about the local real estate market. They can be reached at (304) 725-1145. You can also fill out the form below.


Tree Lightings and Festivities in the Eastern Panhandle WV

Tree Lightings and Festivities in the Eastern Panhandle WV

Thanksgiving in Martinsburg WV

Thanksgiving in Martinsburg WV

Thanksgiving in Martinsburg WV

Juicy, well-seasoned turkey, grandma’s famous dressing, Aunt Sue’s creamy green bean casserole, and mama’s pie help to make Thanksgiving a favorite time of the year, but if the thought of coordinating it all gives you the jitters, consider trying something a little different this year. Let someone else handle the cooking. Yes, all of it. From the turkey to the pie, some of the best restaurants in the Eastern Panhandle have a spot for your family at their Thanksgiving Day feasts.

Thanksgiving in Martinsburg WV
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The Purple Iris

In Martinsburg, The Purple Iris, located at 1956 Winchester Avenue, is offering a huge buffet with traditional dishes like roast turkey, whipped potatoes, freshly-baked breads and made from scratch sweet treats from their very own pastry chef, but that is not all. There are plenty of “non-traditional” offerings like carved prime rib served with garlic au jus and horseradish cream, plenty of seafood, and a hearty vegetarian pasta dish. There will be plenty of wonderful side dishes to accompany the entrees. To make the meal at this more than 10,000 square foot mansion even more special, guests will be serenaded by local classical guitarist Brad Wolfe. Reservations are a must as the restaurant is intimate. This holiday meal will be served between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm on Thursday, November 27th. The cost is $26 per person age 13 and older and for those who are ages 6 to 12 years old the cost is $10.95 each. To make your reservation, call 304-262-6110 or send an e-mail to Here are a few more menu details for the Thanksgiving 2014 menu at The Purple Iris.

The Historic McFarland House

The Historic McFarland House, located at 409 South Queen Street, wants you to leave the brining, basting, and baking to Chef Brad Spates. The generous menu will offer everything from station-carved turkey breast, mashed potatoes and gravy to cranberry sauce, freshly baked bread, sweet potato cheesecake, and football on Thursday, November 27th. Completed in 1878, this 136 year old estate is a picturesque place to dine for a holiday meal. For those who want holiday cheer and football, the bar will open at 4:00 pm with the television tuned to a game. For those who want to leave the menu planning and cooking to Chef Spates, but want the comforts of their own home, dinner pick-up is available at 12:00 noon and again at 4:00 pm and is available in service increments of 4 for a total (with taxes) of $105.96. For those who wish to dine onsite, the cost (with taxes) is $26.49 per person, and dinner will be served from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.  To make your reservation to dine-in or to place our order to carry out, call 304-263-1890 or register online at

Thanksgiving does not have to be stressful. Skip the burned bread, lumpy gravy, and multiple trips to the grocery store this year. Instead, make your plans to have Thanksgiving in Martinsburg, West Virginia area, and enjoy the great food prepared by the experts.

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October 2014 Charles Town Real Estate Market

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october 2014 charles town real estate market October 2014 Charles Town Real Estate Market Report

The market statistics for Charles Town, West Virginia are in for the month of October! The statistics below reflect how the real estate market is looking compared to the previous year. As we take a look at the changes, we can gain some insight as to whether it is a good time to buy or sell in Charles Town.

Let’s take a look at the October 2014 Charles Town Real Estate Market Report.

There were 119 active listings on the market during October 2014.

There were 32 new listings that went on the market in October 2014.

There were 32 contracts in the month of September 2014.

The chart below shows the number of active listings, contracts, and closed sales for the town of Charles Town over the past twelve months.

Average sold price

Increased 40.32%

October 2014: $336,051

October 2013: $239,488

Attached average sold price

Decreased 20.95%

October 2014: $149,200

October 2013: $188,750

Detached average sold price

Increased 45.73%

October 2014: $355,720

October 2013: $244,101

Take a look at the median sales prices for homes sold in Charles Town over the past six months based on the number of bedrooms in the home.

Units sold

Decreased 12.50%

October 2014: 21

October 2013: 24

Of those homes sold during the month of October, two were attached homes and 19 were detached homes.

Average days on the market

Increased 100%

October 2014: 110 days

October 2013: 55 days

The chart below shows the average days on the market for homes that were sold in the month of October 2014 based on the number of bedrooms in the home.

Average list price

Increased 59.84%

October 2014: $391,042

October 2013: $244,646

Average sold price to original list price

Decreased 3.82%

October 2014: 91.1%

October 2013: 94.7%

october 2014 charles town real estate market  If you have any questions about the statistics or want to know more about real estate in the Charles Town area, do not hesitate to call The Linda Kilroy Team. They are expert real estate agents in Jefferson County and can help you with any questions you may have regarding the market. They can be reached at (304) 725-1145. You can also fill out the form below.

Have a wonderful day!

October 2014 Charles Town Real Estate Market Report

October 2014 Charles Town Real Estate Market Report


Giving Back in Jefferson County, West Virginia

giving back in jefferson county

Giving Back in Jefferson County, West Virginia

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The month of November is a time for giving: giving thanks and giving to others. The Jefferson County community is a community full of individuals who are ready and willing to help community members in need. Throughout the month of November, there are several opportunities that will allow you to give back to the Jefferson County community. Whether that be through feeding hungry children or providing shelter to animals in the area, there are many great causes to support this month. The following events are opportunities for giving back in Jefferson County that you will not want to pass up.

Pet Photos with Santa

Santa Clause is coming to town, and he is looking forward to taking some early Christmas photographs with all the adorable, furry family members in the community. Families will have the opportunity to bring their pets out to the Tractor Supply store in Charles Town to get their picture taken with the jolly man himself.  The Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County will be hosting the event, and the proceeds from each $10 print will go to benefit the animals in their shelter. Santa will be available for pet pictures from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm. Not only will you come away from the event with a wonderful memory, but you will also have supported a great cause in helping other animals in the county.

Holiday Masquerade

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If you are looking for a fun night out on the town, look no further than the Holiday Charity Masquerade being held at The Purple Iris on Saturday, November 15th. The “Phantom of the Opera” themed event will benefit Panhandle Home Health, an organization located in Martinsburg, West Virginia that provides home health care for residents in Jefferson, Berkeley, and Morgan County. The event will begin with a reception from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. From 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm there will be dinner and entertainment. If you enjoy wine, you will be pleased with the different wine selections and food choices that will be served throughout the event.

Craft Fair and Chili Cook Off

Do you have the best chili recipe in town? Put your recipe to the test at the Holiday Craft Fair and Chili Cook Off at Sam Michaels Park on Saturday, November 15th. Along with the chili cook off, there will be a variety of craft vendors and restaurants present to purchase items from. It is going to be a fun event for the whole family. You might even win something in one of the giveaways throughout the day! If nothing else, you can come get a full belly from trying the different chili recipes and voting on which one is your top pick. The event will take place from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. The proceeds from this event will help support Jefferson County Parks and Recreation.

Holiday Vendor and Craft Show

Head on over to the Ranson Civic Center on Saturday, November 15th to support a good cause and buy some nice Christmas presents at the Holiday Vendor and Craft Show. All the proceeds from this event will go to Kidz Power Pacs, an organization that provides food for children in need in Berkeley and Jefferson County. There are many families that are struggling in the area, and there are children who do not have enough food to eat when they are not in school. Kids Power Pacs provides easy-to-open, child-friendly food for students to take home on the weekends to fill that need in the community. At the craft show, there will be a Chinese Auction. Participants can bring in a food item and receive a ticket for the auction. The organization is also asking if people can bring games or crafts for children that can be given out at their annual Christmas Party for the children that receive food from the program. The doors will be open from 8:00 am until 2:00 pm, so make sure you stop by to help out a great cause.

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There you have it, four different causes that you can participate in giving back in Jefferson County, WV this month. As Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Make your life more rich by giving back in Jefferson County, West Virginia this month.

giving back in jefferson county The Linda Kilroy Team loves Jefferson County, West Virginia and is proud to see the generosity of the community members. If you have any questions about buying or selling in Jefferson County, give them a call at (304) 725-1145. You can also fill out the form below.


Giving Back in Jefferson County, West Virginia