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Posted: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 12:00 am

    Feud talk | Thursday

Appalachian scholar and historian Brandon Kirk will discuss his book “Blood in West Virginia: Brumfield v. McCoy” – about the feud that involved his own ancestors – at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Scarborough Library reading room in Shepherdstown.

The program, free and open to anyone, is sponsored by Shepherd University’s Scarborough Society.

Kirk, a Marshall University grad and former high school teacher, says he’s dedicated his life to preserving the history of his corner of Appalachia. Now an assistant professor at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College based in Mingo County, he teaches American history and other courses. He also served as a consultant on the History Channel’s recent hit series, “Hatfields & McCoys.”

In Kirk’s analysis, he found the deadly conflict in Lincoln County in the 1880s rivaled the famed feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys. He traced the trouble to a personal grievance between two prominent members of the community: Paris Brumfield, a distiller and timber man, and Cain Adkins, a preacher, teacher, physician and justice of the peace.

For more on the event, contact the Shepherd University Foundation (304-876-5397 or shepherduniversityfoundation.org). A dessert reception will follow Kirk’s lecture.


Exhibition reception| Friday

Everyone’s invited to a reception Friday for the Jefferson County Photography Club’s latest exhibition in the Fire Hall Gallery in Charles Town.

The free event happens from 5 to 7 p.m. at the gallery inside the Charles Town Visitors Center at 108 N. George St.

Established in 2008, the club aims to provide community members “to share, learn and develop photographic skills as well as to explore the creative and documentary potential of photography to preserve the rich history and culture of Jefferson County.”

The exhibit may be viewed 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Sunday. For more on the club, email Melanie Brownsmith at melliegirl@gmail.com.


Patsy Cline contest | Saturday

A trip to Winchester, Va., Saturday offers the chance to see dozens of singers channeling the city’s famous vocalist as the fourth-annual Patsy Cline Sing-a-Song begins at 2 p.m. at the Apple Blossom Mall. There’s no admission charge.

The contest is sponsored by two Cline-related organizations, the Patsy Cline Historic House at 608 S. Kent St. and Celebrating Patsy Cline Inc.

Twenty-five singers from West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Kentucky, Illinois, North Carolina, Connecticut and New York and ranging in age from 7 to 63 have been selected to compete.

The winner will be featured at Winchester’s annual Patsy Cline Music Festival, held Labor Day weekend to coincide with Cline’s Sept. 8, 1932, birthdate.

The competition keeps Cline’s singing tradition going, explains JudySue Huyett-Kemp, director of the house. “Patsy loved to sing and took part in many area contests.”

Cline was just 30 when she was killed in a March 5, 1963, plane crash in Tennessee.

For details, find the Patsy Cline Historic House on Facebook or call 540-662-5555.


“Done Sprung” exhibit | Starting this week

The South Jefferson Public Library in Summit Point this week debuted “Done Sprung,” an art exhibition featuring work by West Virginians W. Jean Kellogg and Janice Schaeffer.

A free opening reception happens from 2 to 4 p.m. April 18 where the public can meet Kellogg and Schaeffer.

Anyone can see the exhibit at 49 Church St. during the library’s regular hours, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. The library is closed Fridays.

For more information on the show, call 304-725-6227.


Shepherdstown Museum | Open for season

The Shepherdstown Museum has reopened for the season with an art piece created by students from Washington High – a modern version of one of the museum’s most colorful quilts.

The museum, located in the historic Entler Hotel building at the corner of German and Princess streets, is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays through the fall.

The museum is home to quilts, clocks, rifles, pots and kettles made by early German settlers, an early Rural Free Delivery cart, a replica of James Rumsey’s steamboat and more.

A donation of $4 is suggested for adult visitors while children and other students get in free. Tours also may be arranged outside of normal hours. For more information, contact Historic Shepherdstown’s Teresa McLaughlin (304-876-0910 or info@historicshepherdstown.com).


“Time for Three” | Tuesday

“Time for Three,” an internationally acclaimed string trio described as a classically trained garage band, brings bluegrass-style fiddling and jazzy bass lines to Shepherdstown next week.

Trained at Philadelphia’s Curtis Music Institute, violinists Nick Kendall and Zach De Pue and double-bassist Ranaan Meyer have played everywhere from Carnegie Hall to jazz clubs, European festivals, NFL games and the Indy 500.

The Shepherd University Friends of Music performance begins at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Frank Arts Center in Shepherdstown.

Tickets cost $20, with discounts for seniors, students and children. To reserve a seat or get details, email sufom@org or call 304-876-5765.


Shepherd artists | Through April 15

Shepherd University’s Department of Contemporary Art and Theater’s “Student Honors Show 2015” continues for another week in the Center for Contemporary Arts Phase 2 Gallery.

Mike Dax Iacavone, an artist from Washington, D.C., juried the show.

The gallery is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, and the exhibit is free and open to the public.

For details, email Karen Gergely at kgergely@shepherd.edu.


Ron White | April 17

Ron White of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour comes to Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races’ Event Center next weekend.

Others heading to the center: Tom Arnold (April 24), the Commodores (May 9), The Doobie Brothers (May 22) and Merle Haggard (June 5), The Four Tops (June 12), The Charlie Daniels Band (July 24) and others. Reserve a seat at ticketmaster.com or call the event center’s box office at 800-795-7001. For more on the shows, go to hollywoodcasinocharlestown.com.


Children’s play | Starting April 17

Shepherdstown’s Black Box Arts Center will again host The Genesius Players and its latest youth theater work, “The Phantom Tollbooth,” starting April 17.

Laura Richards Bakin adapted a novel by Norton Juster for the production.

She also directs. The play continues Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through April 26. The theater is located at 113 S. Princess St.

Tickets, which cost $8, may be purchased at blackboxartscenter.org or at the door. For advance reservation, email info@blackboxartscenter.org or call 304-870-4685.


Film Society | April 24

Shepherdstown Film Society’s spring series wraps up with the documentary “Finding Vivian Maier” on April 24.

The free showing starts at 7 p.m. in Shepherd University’s Reynolds Hall, with a discussion period following the film. Learn more on the society’s website, shepherdstownfilmsociety.org, or contact Lisa Welch (304-876-1837 or lmwelch@frontiernet.net).


Art Walk | April 25 and 26

The fourth-annual, self-guided Bolivar-Harpers Ferry Community Art Walk happens later this month.

A number of businesses and artists will display artwork along the tree-lined streets of Bolivar to the Lower Town in Harpers Ferry.

The event is sponsored in part by the Corporation of Harpers Ferry and Experience Harpers Ferry. For more Information on the event (or even if you’re an artist who’d like to take part), contact Veronica Burnside at 304-535-6861 or vevburnside@rocketmail.com.


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