Roundhouse street fest Saturday

June 30, 1999|By MEG H. PARTINGTON

Martinsburg, W.Va., will celebrate history and preservation with Roundhouse Rail Day Saturday, July 3.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Martin Street will be transformed into a festival scene with music, arts and crafts, antique cars, motorcycles, a train display, fire trucks and canine unit exhibits.

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For a $1 donation, buses will take visitors over the tracks from the train station's parking lot to the B&O Roundhouse. The building boasts wrought-iron framework and a manual turntable that still functions, says Judy Martin, events chairwoman of Roundhouse Center Committee.

"The acoustics are absolutely incredible," Martin says.

The committee has secured more than $800,000 in donations and state and federal money to purchase and preserve the roundhouse property, which, in 1877, was the focal point of the Great Railroad Strike. The members have considered several uses for the building, including a center for Civil War history and new businesses.


Performing country music during the day will be Dawn Rix Mohn and Rivers Edge. Monica Whyte will perform folk tunes, while Coyle, Barney, Lafferty and Hines will share their acoustic talents.

Brighter Side Ministries, Dudley Baptist Gospel Choir and Staci Arnold and Bud Foster will provide gospel music. Jessica Medina will sing a variety of selections.

A concert benefiting the roundhouse restoration project will be given by Millbrook Orchestra at 8 p.m. at Apollo Civic Theatre, 128 E. Martin St.

"I think it's going to be a program that everyone will enjoy," says Mark McCoy, chairman of Department of Music and Theater at Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, W.Va., who will direct the orchestra.

Patriotic works to be played include "The Star-Spangled Banner," "Washington Post March," "Americana," "Semper Fidelis March" and "Stars and Stripes Forever." Other pieces on the program include "Overture to 'Barber of Seville,' " "Variations on a Shaker Melody," Mozart's "Symphony No. 25 in g minor," "On the Beautiful Blue Danube Waltzes" and "Perpetuum Mobile."

With three John Philip Sousa marches on the program, there will be plenty of patriotism to go around, and the classical works will be familiar to most audience members, McCoy says.

Tickets aret $25 for adults and $12 for children younger than 16 and are available by calling the Millbrook office at 1-304-876-3170 or Apollo Civic Theatre at 1-304-263-6766.

Tickets also can be purchased at the Martinsburg Chamber of Commerce in Tanger Outlet Center on West King Street; Martinsburg-Berkeley County Visitors' Center, 208 S. Queen St.; and Candy Place in Martinsburg Mall.


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