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Venue:  The Village Shop

Artist:  Earl Mills, Photographer

Artist Statement:

“Photography has been an interest, hobby, and now a profession over the last 35 years. During that time, I attended a number of college and technical courses and have used many types of photographice quipment. Until a few of years ago, my profession utilized computer graphics in software design and photography was just a natural projection of that experience for me.  One notable employer was National Geographic where I studied the techniques and styles of various photographers.  Their historic photographic archives are an inspiration for what I photograph today.

I have created and perfected my own unique blend of photography and art.  Using this technique I capture and then interpret timeless images of our American heritage.  My work reflects the struggles and triumphs that America has weathered, from the commonplace to the legendary.  I reside in a renowned region for Civil War history, and have photographed many of these legendary sites.  This “Hallowed Ground” includes numerous battlefields, historic buildings, monuments, famous churches as well as presidential homes to rustic log cabins.  Rivers, mountains, and meandering byways provide a peaceful backdrop for these historical treasures as well.

Currently all photographs are taken using professional Canon cameras and lenses. The photographs are then transformed using a digital darkroom technique until they take on the desired artistic appearance. There are no preset conditions; every photograph takes on its own unique style.  I strive to make the end result one that is an interpretation of the history that I see.”

 

Earl Mills (with permission)

Earl Mills (with permission)

 

Venue:  Appalachian Trail Conservancy

Artist:  Ron Roman, Photographer

Description: 

Ron Roman is a 1987 A.T. thru-hiker. His photos focus on the light, vapor, color, and movement of the A.T. His work has been published in numerous publications such as National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Backpacker, Delta Sky, and the Discovery Channel Guidebook Series. In 2010, Roman captured the iconic photo, “Appalachian Trail Mist”, on the A.T.’s Tennessee and North Carolina border, which was later featured on the cover of the 2012 book, The Appalachian Trail: Celebrating America’s Hiking Trail. Visitors will have opportunity to meet this artist, view his work, and purchase this renowned photo, with ten percent of the gross sales donated back to the ATC.

Ron Roman photo

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News from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. This was a lot of fun last year.

Harpers Ferry, WV (February 15, 2013) – The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) is hosting a cake baking contest in honor of its 88th birthday on Saturday March 2, 2013 from 12 – 5 p.m. at the ATC Visitor Center in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Last year over 100 local residents and business owners were in attendance. This event is free and open to the public.

This year’s contest will be judged in three categories: best Appalachian Trail (A.T.) design, best tasting and most creative cake. The entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges and the most creative cake will be judged by the public. Prizes, including ATC gear and apparel, will be awarded to the top submissions.

“The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is excited to host this event in celebration of our 88th birthday,” said Javier Folgar, Director of Marketing and Communications of the ATC. “Not only will this celebration bring the local community together, but it will also raise awareness of the Appalachian Trail and the importance of having this vital resource for all to enjoy, right in our backyard”.

Cakes will be on display from 12 – 1 p.m. and will be served to the public from 1 – 5 p.m. Judging will begin at 1 p.m. and the winners of the contest will be announced at 2 p.m.

To enter a cake for this contest, email Claire Hobbs by February 28 at chobbs@appalachiantrail.org with your name, type of cake and cake dimensions, as well as any relevant information such as possible allergens.

Event Summary

Event: Cake Baking Contest for Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s 88thBirthday

Date: Saturday, March 2, 2013 from 12 – 5 p.m.
Location:  The ATC’s Visitor Center at 799 Washington St., Harpers Ferry, WV 25425

Schedule:

– 12 – 1 p.m. – Visitors view cakes and vote for “most creative” cake.
– 1 – 5 p.m. – Cakes will be served for visitors to enjoy.
– 1 p.m. – Judges will vote on “best tasting” and “best A.T. design”    cakes.
– 2 p.m. – Winners of each of the three categories will be announced and prizes awarded.

The ATC was founded in 1925 by volunteers and federal officials working to build a continuous footpath along the Appalachian Mountains.  The A.T. is a unit of the National Park System, stretching from Georgia to Maine, at approximately 2,180 miles in length. It is one of the longest, continuously marked footpaths in the world.  Volunteers typically donate more than 220,000 hours of their time doing trail-related work each year, and about 2 to 3 million visitors walk a portion of the A.T. each year.

For more information about the event visit http://www.appalachian trail.org/events.

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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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It is hard to believe that a year has passed since Steam at Harper’s Ferry opened its doors! While there was hope that the gallery would have some appeal here with its Victorian/Steampunk theme, expectations were exceeded.

September 2011

Steam at Harper’s Ferry held its first exhibit featuring artist Angelica Temoche and Jason Edwards. Despite seemingly endless problems the week before, the reception went off without a hitch!

October 2011

Steam “officially” opened to the public on October 1, the first day of Railroad Days in Brunswick, MD. There was a Freedom Run early in the morning and those dedicated runners slogged through the rain-soaked streets and pathways. Our very first sale occurred this month. There was also an unexpected snow storm which caused the power to go out and significant tree damage.

November 2011

Steam started selling woodblock prints made on the premises. Jason Edwards, Steam’s Resident Artist, made “3D” prints of his character “Octoboy.”

December 2011

Busy, busy, busy! The 41st Annual Harpers Ferry Olde Tyme Christmas was held the first two weekends of December. Santa and Mrs. Claus paid a visit and the weather cooperated!

January 2012

Things start to slow down in Harper’s Ferry in January, but we were open every weekend that month. The fireplace was on all … the … time.

February 2012

Musician Jonah Knight performed on acoustic guitar to a standing room only crowd, despite the cold weather. Jonah will be back on November 29 with his “Creepy Christmas” tunes.

March 2012

The Appalachian Trail Anniversary celebration was held this month. The Steampunk Travel exhibit opened with fine cabinetry work by Pith Helmet Provisions. The reception spilled out onto the stairway and throughout the town. Pith Helmet Provisions is comprised of members of The Steampunk Family who will have a Steampunk Stroll through the Lower Town on December 9 at 2 pm.

April 2012

This month was filled with preparations for the first Art Walk starting at Bolivar and ending in Harpers Ferry’s lower town. Next year’s Art Walk will be held on April 27 and 28.

May 2012

Author John W. Lamb talked about his book, “A Strange Engine of War” this month. Steam has his book available for sale. I attended the Steampunk World’s Fair.

June 2012

The Gadgets, Guns and Gears exhibit opened this month. This was the first time that we had posters made featuring art shown in the Gallery. It was also the first exhibit we had with five artists showing their work.

July 2012

This month, Steam announced plans for an arts-related business series.

August 2012

The Gadgets, Guns and Gears exhibit closed and the “Steampunk Leisure” call to artists was announced.

September 2012

The Steampunk Leisure exhibit opened and we are holding our first “Shameless Steam” event today with Hannah Ehlman, Larry Gillick and Cynthia Gayton presenting.

We’ve had visitors from as far away as Brazil and as close as Brunswick (well, even closer if your count upstairs and up the street!). It has been great fun talking about Harper’s Ferry’s Victorian Past and introducing people to Steampunk.

Thank you, everyone, for your support! We look forward to this coming year!

 

 

 

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The “Gadgets, Guns and Gears Exhibit” has received some great visitor comments in our guest book. Here is a sample:

“Spectacular!!! I want to see MORE!” L.C.

“Very interesting … me gusta!!” D.S.

“Amazing.” L.B.

“Nice! So amazing! Like from Spain :)” J & A

“Wonderful!” J.G.

“Inspiring” C.B.

This weekend, August 11 & 12, Steam is offering a 10% discount on woodblock prints to ATC 75th Anniversary participants.

The exhibit ends on August 26.

 

 

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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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On more than one occasion, Frederick Douglass was on hand to remind citizens about sacrifices made on behalf of others in this country.

For example, on May 30, 1871, he spoke on Decoration Day, which is now known as Memorial Day, at Arlington  National Cemetery, saying:

“Friends and Fellow Citizens:

Tarry here for a moment. My words shall be few and simple. The solemn rites of this hour and place call for no lengthened speech. There is, in the very air of this resting-ground of the unknown dead a silent, subtle and all-pervading eloquence, far more touching, impressive, and thrilling than living lips have ever uttered. Into the measureless depths of every loyal soul it is now whispering lessons of all that is precious, priceless, holiest, and most enduring in human existence.”

On May 30, 1881, again on Decoration Day, Frederick Douglass spoke on the 14th Anniversary of Storer College located in Harpers Ferry (full text version is available online. See Selected Research attached). One of the lesser quoted passages is this:

‘During his last visit to us in Rochester there appeared in the newspapers a touching story connected with the horrors of the Sepoy War in British India. A Scotch missionary and his family were in the hands of the enemy, and were to be massacred the next morning. During the night, when they had given up every hope of rescue, suddenly the wife insisted that relief would come. Placing her ear close to the ground she declared she heard the Slogan – the Scotch war song. For long hours in the night no member of the family could hear the advancing music but herself. “Dinna ye hear it? Dinna ye hear it?” she would say, but they could not hear it. As the morning slowly dawned a Scotch regiment was found encamped indeed about them, and they were saved from the threatened slaughter. This circumstance, coming at such a time, gave Capt. Brown a new word of cheer. He would come to the table in the morning his countenance fairly illuminated, saying that he had heard the Slogan, and he would add, “Dinna ye hear it? Dinna ye hear it?” Alas! like the Scotch missionary I was obliged to say ‘No.’ Two weeks prior to the meditated attack, Capt. Brown summoned me to meet him in an old stone quarry on the Conecochequi river, near the town of Chambersburgh, Penn. His arms and ammunition were stored in that town and were to be moved on to Harper’s Ferry. In company with Shields Green I obeyed the summons, and prompt to the hour we met the dear old man, with Kagi, his secretary, at the appointed place. Our meeting was in some sense a council of war. We spent the Saturday and succeeding Sunday in conference on the question, whether the desperate step should then be taken, or the old plan as already described should be carried out. He was for boldly striking Harper’s Ferry at once and running the risk of getting into the mountains afterwards. I was for avoiding Harper’s Ferry altogether. Shields Green and Mr. Kagi remained silent listeners throughout. It is needless to repeat here what was said, after what has happened. Suffice it, that after all I could say, I saw that my old friend had resolved on his course and that it was idle to parley. I told him finally that it was impossible for me to join him. I could see Harper’s Ferry only as a trap of steel, and ourselves in the wrong side of it. He regretted my decision and we parted.”

The Bucks County Gazette had an article about this event in its June 2, 1881 edition which said:

“On Decoration Day the Citizens of Harper’s Ferry had reason to wet their eyes. Fred Douglass, as part of the decoration ceremonies, delivered an historical oration on John Brown.  Quite a number of Confederates and Old Virginians gathered to hear him. Among the latter was Mr. Hunter, who was the State’s Attorney who prosecuted Brown. When Douglass had finished his oration, Mr. Hunter was one of the first to congratulate him.”

This weekend on Saturday, June 2, almost 131 years to the day of this historic speech, The Appalachian Trail Conservancy and Harpers Ferry National Historic Park are sponsoring an African-American Hike on National Trails Day.

Coincidence? I don’t know. You’ll have to ask them!

The Hike is being held from 10:30 am until 2 pm

Linked below is a list of Selected Research to complement the hike. Steam at Harper’s Ferry features Victorian and Steampunk art and gifts. It also has original Civil War period newspapers, historic postcards and other Harper’s Ferry related items for purchase and on display.

Selected Research – African-American Hike

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