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Steampunk Leisure Exhibit – through November 18!

Final days of the Steampunk Leisure Exhibit featuring Teresa Dunham Cavagnaro a photographer from Hedgesville, WV and Nancy Kautz, a water color painter from Harpers Ferry, WV. The Velocipedes in 3D rendered by Resident Artist, Jason Edwards, continues to entertain. We also have letterpress prints on The Century Magazine pages as well as pumpkin woodblock prints.

Artists Josh Aterovis and Mark Schumaker

Steam at Harper’s Ferry continues to show the work of two exciting artists in the Gallery, Josh Aterovis and Mark Schumaker.

Olde Tyme Christmas

Yes, it is that time again! Jonah Knight will be performing at Steam at Harper’s Ferry on  November 30 the first day of Olde Tyme Christmas festivities.

Check out Jonah’s podcast Pros and Cons and learn, like I did, about filk music. Who knew?

Steam at Harper’s Ferry is Seeking Artists

As you may know, Steam at Harper’s Ferry advertises a call to artists for specific themed exhibits on a quarterly basis. Artists who are interested in displaying their work on commission between exhibits should contact Steam at Harper’s Ferry directly. Steam is particularly interested in art that “works” in the gallery space. Artists are encouraged to come to Steam before contacting us. Information about submitting work is available on the website.

Shameless Steam – March

The next Shameless Steam arts-related business series will be held in March. If you are interested in promoting your arts-related business or your own work, please see the website under the post “Call for Presentations!” or follow the links under the “Events” tab.

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Pumpkin Carving Contest

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), along with local merchants, invites the public to participate in the Community Jack-O’-Lantern Contest held from October 26-27, 2012 at the ATC Visitor Center, located at 799 Washington Street, Harpers Ferry, WV. This event is free and open to the public.
Local community members are encouraged to carve a pumpkin at home and bring it to the ATC Visitor Center on Friday, October 26, 2012 from 9:00a.m. – 7:00p.m. or on Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 9:00a.m. – 12:00p.m. All entries must be submitted by noon the day of the event and have the participant’s name and phone number written on the bottom of the pumpkin in order to be included in the contest.

Jack-o’-lanterns will be judged in the following age groups: 12 and under and 13 and up. Children 12 and under can choose to paint an image on their pumpkin, if preferred.

On Saturday, from 12:30p.m. – 4:00p.m., the public can vote for their top three favorite jack-o’-lanterns from each age group. Light refreshments will also be available. Winning submissions will be announced at 4:30p.m. Prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place from each age group. Contestants do not need to be present to accept their prize.

Jack-o-lantern entries will be on display later that evening in downtown Harpers Ferry from 6:00p.m. – 7:00p.m. on High Street. Light refreshments will also be available.

“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is excited to be a part of this event, as it’s a great opportunity for the local community members to come together and showcase their skills and talents,” said Javier Folgar, marketing and communications manager for the ATC. “The event is going to be lots of fun and an excellent way to introduce people to the Appalachian Trail, as well as to the local merchants in downtown Harpers Ferry.”

EVENT OVERVIEW

Title:   Community Jack-O’-Lantern Contest
Date: October 26-27, 2012
Location: ATC Visitor Center, 799 Washington Street, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
Submissions:
October 26 (9:00a.m. – 7:00p.m.)
October 27 (9:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.)
Voting Period:
October 27 (12:30p.m. – 4:00p.m.)
Winners Announced:
October 27 (4:30p.m. – 5:00p.m.)
Jack-O’-Lantern Display
Date: October 27, 2012
Time: 6:00p.m. – 7:00p.m.
Location: High Street, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

This event is sponsored by the ATC, the Vintage Lady, Westwind Potters, the Village Shop at Harpers Ferry, Tenfold Fair Trade Collection and Ridgefield Farm and Orchard.

John Butler and the War of 1812

Title:  John Butler and the War of 1812
Date:   10/27/2012

Learn about African Americans in the War of 1812, specifically Harpers Ferry resident and free African American, John Butler, who served as a gunner on the US frigate United States in the naval victory against HMS Macedonian on Oct. 30, 1812. Includes recruiting for War of 1812 living history soldiers and civilians at Williamson’s Tavern and historic flintlock firing demonstration.

Location: Lower Town | Map Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Fee Information: $10.00 per vehicle for 3 days or $5.00 per person on foot or bicycle Contact Name: Information Center Contact Email: e-mail us Contact Phone Number: 304-535-6029

Defeat & Victory: The 1862 Battle of Harpers Ferry

Title:  Defeat & Victory: The 1862 Battle of Harpers Ferry
Date:  10/27/12

Discover how the record-setting surrender of over 12,700 Union soldiers led to freedom for 4 million people.

Location: Meet at Cavalier Heights Visitor Center Time: 2:00 PM to 2:45 PM Fee Information: $10.00 per vehicle for 3 days or $5.00 per person on foot or bicycle Contact Phone Number: 304-535-6298

Harpers Ferry from the Top, Down

Title:  Harpers Ferry from the Top, Down
Date:  10/28/12

A one mile walk from Camp Hill to Lower Town Harpers Ferry. From the inside of old mansions to the Appalachian Trail, this program offers tremendous views and hidden history.

Location: Meet at Cavalier Heights Visitor Center Time: 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM Fee Information: $10.00 per vehicle for 3 days or $5.00 per person on foot or bicycle Contact Phone Number: 304-535-6298

19th Century Dance and Music Traditions – Workshop

This workshop will teach and explore how 19th century music and dance traditions gave birth to American popular culture, through the exchange of African American and European American instruments and steps.

Title: “FLATFOOT, FIDDLE, & BANJO WEEKEND: 19th Century Traditions for 21st Century Dancers and Musicians”

Date: November 10th & 11th
Time: 9am to 6pm

Location: participants will be notified of the location upon registration

Instructors: Matthew Olwell, Emily Oleson, and April Masten

Description: This workshop will teach and explore how 19th century music and dance traditions gave birth to American popular culture, through the exchange of African American and European American instruments and steps.

Workshop fee: $75.00 for registered participants

Class size: Limit of 30 participants

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Sucker for Big Bands

Received this press release from Brunswick:

Big Band Dance Celebrates Historic 80th Brunswick Veterans Parade

(Brunswick, Maryland) –  The Big Band Dance Salute to the historic  80th Brunswick Veterans Day Parade will take place on Saturday, November 3 at the American Legion,18 South Maple Avenue in downtown Brunswick, Maryland.  The dance is from 7 – 11pm.  18 piece Swing Time Big Band will play tunes from the 1930’s, 40’s, 50’s and more!  If you prefer, come dressed in period costume, attire, or military uniform, if it still fits!  Legion kitchen opens at 6pm, offering home-cooked meals and refreshments. Cash bar. Minimum age: 21.  Tickets: $10.00.  Advance ticket sales, call 240-508-3049 or events@brunswickmd.gov.  Credit cards accepted. The Big Band Dance Salute is sponsored by the City of Brunswick and Stedman-Keenan American Legion Post 96 downtown Brunswick. 

The tribute to our Veterans continues with The 80th Brunswick Veterans Day Parade which gets underway the next day, Sunday, November 4 at 1pm  opening ceremony at Square Corner Park, downtown Brunswick.  Parade kickoff is at 2pm from East to West Potomac Streets.  The 80th Brunswick Veterans Day Parade is a City of Brunswick sponsored event and open to the public – rain or shine.  Other parade sponsors include: Potomac Edison/First Energy Company, 84 Lumber, PNC Bank and Yellow Cab Company. Info. 240-508-3049 or events@brunswickmd.govwww.brunswickmd.gov. Click on events.

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Just received this useful information from the Harpers Ferry Historical Town Foundation . http://www.historicharpersferry.com/articles/Events-July14-29.pdf

For July 12-22, 2012

7th Annual Key West Wine Festival (near Shannondale)
Sat Jul 14, 2012 to Sat Jul 14, 2012 Purcellville, VA *Local* http://www.breauxvineyards.com/scripts/eventPg.cfm/_/458/7th-Annual-Key-West-Festival/

Brunswick Crossing Classic Rock Concert
Sat Jul 14, 2012 to Sat Jul 14, 2012 Brunswick, MD *Local* http://www.brunswickcrossing.com/wordpress/?p=4057

Thunder on South Mountain (Sept 1862 Battle)
Sat Jul 14, 2012 to Sun Jul 15, 2012 Burkittsville, MD *Local* http://friendsofsouthmountain.org/calendar.html

Appalachian Trail Junior Ranger Day
Sat Jul 21, 2012 to Sat Jul 21, 2012 Harpers Ferry, WV *Local* http://appalachiantrail.org/who-we-are/events/2012/01/19/junior-ranger-day

Thomas Jefferson & Slavery Drama Presentation
Sat Jul 21, 2012 to Sat Jul 21, 2012 Harpers Ferry NHP Harpers Ferry, WV *Local* http://nps.gov/hafe/planyourvisit/events.htm

Brunswick Crossing. Blues & Funk Concert
Sat Jul 21, 2012 to Sat Jul 21, 2012 Brunswick, MD *Local* http://www.brunswickcrossing.com/wordpress/?p=4057

Battle of Bolivar Heights (Oct 1861) Artillery Demonstration
Sat Jul 21, 2012 to Sun Jul 22, 2012 Harpers Ferry NHP Harpers Ferry, WV *Local* http://harpersferryhistory.org/educate.htm

Jefferson County and nearby areas

149th Lees Retreat through Williamsport
Fri Jul 13, 2012 to Sun Jul 15, 2012 Williamsport, MD *Area* http://williamsportretreat.com

Wash St Gallery Making Art – Photography
Sat Jul 14, 2012 to Sat Jul 14, 2012 Charles Town, WV *Area* http://wstreetgallery.com/2012/03/27/washington-street-artists-cooperative-launches-making-art-series/

Brady’s Sharpershooters (Antietam)
Sat Jul 14, 2012 to Sun Jul 15, 2012 Antietam, MD *Area* http://nps.gov/anti/planyourvisit/2012-annual-schedule.htm

US Navy Band Country Current (Boonsboro)
Sat Jul 14, 2012 to Sat Jul 14, 2012 Boonsboro, MD *Area* http://www.boonsboromd.govoffice2.com/

Craftworks Landscape Painting Workshop
Sat Jul 21, 2012 to Sun Jul 22, 2012 Shepherdstown, WV *Area* http://wvcraftworks.org

Death in September (Jamieson book)
Sun Jul 22, 2012 to Sun Jul 22, 2012 Antietam, MD *Area* http://nps.gov/anti/planyourvisit/2012-annual-schedule.htm

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Way back in February, Jonah Knight performed here at Steam at Harper’s Ferry. We had a standing-room only crowd which was particularly special since it was still winter.

Since then, he’s been playing here and there and I saw him most recently at the Steampunk World’s Fair in May.

He announced recently that he has secured a deal with Mecury Retrograde Press! Congratulations, Jonah!

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In addition to the activities in Harper’s Ferry, you might want to take advantage of the West Virginia Wine and Arts Festival in Martinsburg.

2012 West Virginia Wine and Arts Festival at Boydville 
601 South Queen Street, Martinsburg, WV

Saturday, May 26, 11 am – 7 pm
Sunday, May 27, 1 – 6 pm

 

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I have to let you know in advance that this review is biased. I am already a fan and Steam at Harper’s Ferry has asked Jonah to come to the gallery next week. That being said, I can now get to it.

This latest release by Jonah Knight “Age of Steam: Strange Machines” stays true to his folk style. A few tracks remind me of Joseph Arthur, who is another favorite of mine. This time around, Jonah has ghosts and zombies on his mind, along with an inventor who is the CD’s main character. The introduction to the CD explains:

“These songs are set between 1880 and 1920. They tell the story of an increasingly passionate inventor who, living in a world of ghosts and monsters, must rely on strange machines to live and to escape.”

The music itself is anything but hopeless. My personal favorites are Track 1, Once Around the Sun; Track 4, Old Folk Roam; and Track 8, Welcome to the Age of Steam. CDs are available at the Gallery. Jonah will be at Steam at Harper’s Ferry on February 25 from 3-4.

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