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'Torch and Twang' wraps up weekend for girlfriends

June 06, 2005|by TRISH RUDDER

trishr@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - They wore tiaras and some came wearing feather boas to celebrate the end of a getaway weekend for girls in Berkeley Springs.

The fourth annual Hey, Girlfriend weekend officially came to a close Sunday afternoon with a jam session featuring four female singers and musicians at Tari's Caf. Four West Virginia female singers and musicians sang folk, country or bluegrass at Tari's "Torch and Twang" musical session.

Cindy Born, Tori and Mike Anderson of Possum Holler, Natalia Cummings and Sam and Joe Herrmann of Critton Hollow String Band performed together for the mostly female audience.

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Dale Barnhard of Silver Spring, Md., and Cheri Amrani of Annapolis danced the jitterbug to Born's music. Amrani said they came to Berkeley Springs this weekend to visit and "just by happenstance we found it was Hey, Girlfriend weekend."

Joy Cozzens, who wore a red shirt with "Drama Queen" printed on the front, daughter Jesi Cozzens and Angie Watts came from the Washington, D.C., area for the weekend. Joy Cozzens said she has been coming to Berkeley Springs for 10 years.

"If the men only knew what we talked about," said Joy Cozzens.

It was the first girlfriend weekend for Watts.

"It's great girl bonding," she said.

Cathy Wetmiller, Jeannette Feldner, Robin Hudspeth and Donna Hardy are from Montgomery County, Md. Feldner said the foursome has been coming together to Berkeley Springs for the past four years and they choose Hey, Girlfriend weekend to unwind.

Tari Hampe-Deneen, owner of Tari's Premier Caf, said she has hosted Torch and Twang jam sessions for 17 years, and Jeanne Mozier, vice president of Travel Berkeley Springs, said the Hey, Girlfriend weekend was built around Torch and Twang this year.

Susan Testa and Theresa McKenty travel from Baltimore for a day trip three times a year, said Testa. They come to Berkeley Springs to get a massage, have dinner at Tari's and see a movie before heading back home. Testa said "we just happened to choose this weekend and got to hear music, too." Berkeley Springs is "a charming little town," she said.

Hampe-Deneen said this weekend was about "women artists and women musicians and is in conjunction with 'Steel Magnolias' at the Ice House."

The play opened Saturday.

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