Made in the shade

June 06, 2002|by KATE COLEMAN

The 15th anniversary June Jubilee on Sunday, June 9, is a celebration in and of War Memorial Park in Martinsburg, W.Va.

The 21 acre park was built as part of an estate in the 1920s and became a public park in 1947, says Steve Catlett, executive director, Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation Board.

Ted Morgan, whom Catlett calls "Mr. June Jubilee," got the event started, and he's still running the show.

June Jubilee was designed to get people to the park and to help with park activities and facilities. "Its a fun family day," Catlett adds.


There are lots of things to do and lots of shady space to sit back and do nothing in War Memorial Park. Three hundred adult trees - mostly maples - were planted in memory of West Virginians who lost their lives in the service of their country. A bronze monument was erected in 1984 to honor state veterans.

The park has six pavilions booked solid, swimming pools, a miniature golf course, volleyball, playground equipment and a concession stand. The tennis courts, awaiting refurbishment, are temporarily closed.

Through Aug. 22, free concerts begin at 7 p.m. Thursdays, featuring a variety of music, including blues, bluegrass, gospel and tunes by area community bands.

Year-round, the park draws thousands of people, Catlett says.

War Memorial Park is an awesome place, Catlett says. And the Jubilee that helps to support the park provides a lot of fun opportunities for visitors. "It's just such a neat local event," Catlett says.

If you go . . .

Fifteenth Anniversary June Jubilee

Sunday, June 9, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

War Memorial Park

Tennessee Avenue

Martinsburg, W.Va.

Admission is free.

On stage: Noon, 2 p.m. Red & Murphy; 1, 3 p.m. Banjo Man

Ronald McDonald and DeWayne's Magic Show & Balloons will perform for kids.

Kiddie rides, including train rides, a moonbounce and "Dragon Hide N' Slide" cost 50 cents each or five tickets for $2. Pony rides cost $1.

Other activities include an arts and crafts show, an eight-class car show, model stock car racing on a 16-by-30-foot racing oval and displays of pedal car/tractors and bicycles. Tri-State Scale Modelers Association will have a model car and plane exhibit. "Lo-life High," a '49 Ford school bus street rod will be on display.

Food vendors will serve up pizza, fresh-cut fries, tenderloin and chicken sandwiches, ice cream and funnel cakes.

For information, call Ted Morgan at 1-304-264-4842.

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