It's hard to believe Memorial Day weekend is here again! It's the unofficial start to summer which is now just around the corner in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle. If you plan to be in the area for the long weekend, are hosting friends and family from out of town or will be visiting Jefferson or Berkeley County, there will be no shortage of fun events to attend. From festivals to parades to memorials, we've put together a list of festive activities to add to your calendar below:
Sharpsburg Memorial Day Commemoration and Parade
When: Saturday, May 23, 2015
Time: 11 AM to 3 PM
Where: Begins at Town Hall then proceeds to Sharpsburg Elementary and Antietam National Cemetary
The annual Sharpsburg Memorial Day festivities are among the nation's oldest, dating all the way back to 1867. The day will begin with a wreath laying ceremony at Town Hall at 11 AM before the parade at 1:30 AM. The parade starts at Sharpsburg Elementary School and proceeds to Antietam National Cemetary. There will be a speech from the Sharpsburg Mayor, patriotic music and a concert on the Square from 11:45 AM until 12:15 PM. This year's concert will be played by the Rohrersville Band, the oldest active civic band in the country which began in 1837.
Wine and Arts Festival
When: Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24, 2015
Time: 11 AM to 7 PM Saturday and 1 PM to 6 PM Sunday
Where: Boydville Mansions grounds
The annual Wine and Arts Festival kicks off this weekend on the grounds of the historic Boydville Mansion in Martinsburg, WV. There will be a variety of local West Virginia wines to taste and live music to be heard under the shady trees on the Boydville grounds. From jazz to blues to folk and rock, you can enjoy the sounds of the festival after choosing a bottle of your favorite wine from the local vendors. This is a must-visit event if you've never been, with just the right amount of people to keep the lines short and the company fun! The event will go on rain or shine and admission is $20 for those over 21, $10 ages 13-20, and FREE for those 12 and under.
Memorial Day Service
When: Monday, May 25, 2015
Time: Breakfast 8 AM to 10:30 AM, Service at 11 AM
Where: Martinsburg Main Pavilion
This local Memorial Day service will pay tribute to the veterans of Berkeley County. There will be a free pancake breakfast hosted by the Martinsburg Rotary to benefit local charitable organizations from 8 AM to 10:30 AM at the main pavilion. Following the breakfast, join the Memorial Day service at 11 AM sponsored by the VFW and American Legion.
As always, the Kable Team is happy to provide suggestions for enjoying Jefferson and Berkeley County, West Virginia! If you're looking forward to a change of scenery in a new home this summer, do not hestiate to contact us! We can provide a list of available properties in the Eastern Panhandle and help you determine which area is best for you!
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