A weekend of wine, art and music in Martinsburg, W.Va.

May 25, 2006|by KRISTIN WILSON

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - What goes together better than wine and cheese?

Try wine and the arts with a dose of live music.

This weekend's West Virginia Wine and Arts Festival in Martinsburg, W.Va., will feature bands and solo acts. Arts and crafts vendors will fill the lawn of the Boydville Inn, and there will be wine and microbrew beers to sample, says Topper Sherwood, executive director of The Arts Centre.

This year, the focus of the festival, held by the arts center, is on the live music, Sherwood says. More regional musicians will be performing this year than in previous years, he says.

"I think everybody should come for both days" to catch all of the performing acts, says Cheryl Mansley, musician and festival organizer.


Another new addition to the festival is home tours of the historic Boydville estate. A limited number of tours will be available in the afternoon both days of the event for $5.

Tours are scheduled at 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. and are available on a first-come, first-served basis, Sherwood says.

Festival goers will be able to meander the 13 acres of grounds surrounding the south-Martinsburg property. Artisans will be set up on the lawn and art demonstrations also are planned, Sherwood says.

Microbrew or "craft brew" beers return to the festival.

Several West Virginia vintners will be pouring samples of their wines. A wine glass and wine samples are included in the price of admission.

"You come in and you get a nice wine glass. You take your glass around to the different vintners and they give you a taste," Sherwood explains. "You take your bottle and a wine glass and you go to a grassy area out under a group of trees and share your bottle with a group of friends while listening to music. Life just doesn't get any better."

Proceeds benefit The Arts Centre and its programs.

Schedule of performances

Saturday, May 27

11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. - David Reid LaFleur, roots acoustic singer-songwriter.

12:30 and 3:30 p.m. - South Mountain String Band and The Rock Candy Cloggers, old-time fiddle and banjo tunes.

1:30 and 4:30 p.m. - Singin' the Bones performs styles including Appalachian folk, jazz standards, Delta blues and Scottish ballads.

5:30 p.m. - Don Oehser and The Vibrators, blues

Sunday, May 28

1:30 p.m. - Ed and Eldred, bluegrass

3 p.m. - The Outpatients, newgrass and rhythm-and-blues

5 p.m. - Treehouse, blend of rock, folk and pop

If you go ...

WHAT: West Virginia Wine and Arts Festival 2006

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 27 and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 28

WHERE: Lawns of the Boydville Inn, 601 S. Queen St., Martinsburg, W.Va.

COST: $15 for one day, $25 for two days for adults 21 years and older; $10, ages 13 to 20 for one or two days; free, 12 and younger. Tickets available at the gate.

DIRECTIONS: From Hagerstown, take Interstate 81 south, crossing into West Virginia. Take exit 13 (King Street). Turn left off the exit and stay straight. Continue to follow King Street for about one mile. Turn right onto South Queen Street. In three blocks the festival and parking will be on the right.

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