Thursday, April 30, 2009

May Day is Special in Shepherdstown

On Saturday, May 2, the annual May Day Festival will have people blooming all around town. There is music and dancing, not to mention the colorful May Day parade followed by the wrapping of West Virginia's largest May Pole.

Festivities start at 10 a.m. with our own Morris Dancers and storytelling at the Four Seasons Bookstore. The Search for the Golden Arrow, spring's first ray of sunshine, will begin with the first clue at the Lost Dog Coffee Shop and live music will play from the porch at McMurran Hall. Many local performers will strut their stuff throughout the festivities.

Anyone celebrating the start of spring can gather for the May Day parade at 11:30 along Church Street near the Episcopal Church for a march down German Street beginning at noon. Just afterwards, we will wrap the May Pole and continue with live performances on the McMurran lawn. The Green Man is sure to make an appearance. Activities continue all day until 6:00 p.m. and all are free!

As our own May Day special, any available room at the Inn on Friday or Saturday night will be discounted $25. You can't experienced a May Day celebration like this one anywhere else!

Jeanne & Jim at the
Thomas Shepherd Inn B&B in Shepherdstown, WV

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Shenandoah-Potomac House & Garden Tour - April 25 & 26

Several rainy days interspersed with sunny warm weather has brightened up the gardens quite nicely this spring. That means you won't want to miss a chance to come out for the 54th annual Shenandoah-Potomac House and Garden tour, which takes you to seven houses with gorgeous gardens and historic interiors in Jefferson and Berkeley counties, our home county and a neighboring county.

Our garden (pictured on the right) is not on the tour, but you can visit a beautifully-restored B&B in Harpers Ferry - Laurel Lodge, with a breathtaking view of the Potomac River. This Arts & Crafts style home has been restored as a labor of love by our friends Ed and Chris, who now offer three B&B rooms in this unique setting. The Lodge has been recently featured on HGTV's If Walls Could Talk. We applied for that show, but the story of the Laurel Lodge restoration is way more interesting! In addition, the oldest Washington family home, Harewood, is open for the tour. It is still occupied by a member of the family.

Tickets can be purchased at any house on the tour on the day of the tour for $20, or $6 for a single house. More details of the tour can be found on the website We still have some availability for next weekend -it's not too late to plan a stay. Tour a few historic homes and gardens, eat at some great local restuarants in Shepherdstown - what a perfect weekend getaway!

Jeanne & Jim at the
Thomas Shepherd Inn B&B in Shepherdstown, WV

Friday, April 17, 2009

Theater, Living History and Music this Weekend in and around Shepherdstown

This weekend brings some wonderful live performances to the Shepherdstown area, and it's going to be a lovely weekend for a short drive from the city (weatherbug)-

First, our own Contemporary American Theater Festival has a sneak preview fundraiser at the Studio Theater on Shepherd University campus Saturday evening. Tickets are $45 with h'or douevres at 7 and the performance at 8, featuring the talented Anne Marie Nest and a bevy of local performers. We had a lot of fun watching our local 'stars' last year and got a glimpse at the excellent lineup of five plays - this year's schedule promises to be as entertaining as ever.

During the day on Saturday at Harpers Ferry National Park, one of the first events of a series commemorating the 150th anniversary of John Brown's raid on the arsenal there will take place - a living history presentation of the wedding of Virginia Kennedy, wife to Captain John Cook, one of John Brown's conspirators. Cynthia Goetz, a guest last night at the Inn and a descendant of Captain Cook, will give a dramatic presentation.

Finally on Sunday, to cap the weekend off, Chris Smither - a New Orleans-bred folk and blues man, will be playing at the Blue Moon Cafe. Doors open at 5:30, with a dinner menu available from 6 to 7 and the concert beginning at 7. As a special offer for concert-goers, book any room at the Inn on Sunday night (only) for $120 plus tax. Enjoy the concert, walk back to the Inn, and have a great breakfast Monday morning before you head out of town refreshed.

We hope to see you this weekend!

Jeanne & Jim at the
Thomas Shepherd Inn B&B in Shepherdstown, WV

Monday, April 06, 2009

Spring Happenings in Shepherdstown

It's a big spring weekend coming up in Shepherdstown!
Saturday brings us the Easter parade (at 11:00 a.m.) with amazing displays of Easter finery on citizens, children and dogs. Prizes abound for the best bonnets!
Afterwards, the annual Easter Egg hunt happens on the lawn of the Little House. The Easter Bunny will make an appearance.
Last but not least, the Shepherdstown Farmers Market has opened again for the season. This weekend it will be in the usual spot behind the library, but on Saturday, April 11 so that you may pick up all your goodies for Easter Sunday dinner. The following weekend the market returns to its regularly scheduled time and place of Sundays from 9 to 1.
We still have rooms open for the weekend. Doesn't someone want to borrow my pink bunny ears while they watch the parade?

Jeanne & Jim at the
Thomas Shepherd Inn B&B in Shepherdstown, WV