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Shepherdstown hosts Street Fest, book sale

June 30, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Maybe the bright sunshine flooding German Street in Shepherdstown helped sell a few of Dana Mitchell's vintage style cotton, crocheted hats on Saturday.

Set up at the third annual Shepherdstown Street Fest, Mitchell said she sold eight of her handmade colorful hats before 2 p.m.

"I'm quite an obsessive crotcheter," Mitchell said as dozens of people milled past her booth, many donning hats of one style or another.

Mitchell was one of more than 60 artist, food and nonprofit vendors who set up along two blocks of Shepherdstown's main street for the festival, which enjoyed its largest turnout yet, according to Lisa Younis, secretary of Shepherdstown Street Fest Inc.

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"This is the first year that the festival has been on German Street," Younis said as youngsters demonstrated martial arts at the town square. "We're very pleased (with the turnout). It's because the weather's cooperating."

Though not normally held in conjunction with the festival, the Friends of the Shepherdstown Library's annual book sale in the War Memorial Building also had plenty of foot traffic.

"There have been tons of people in," said Jean Anne Pugh, a volunteer with the group. "It's a great symbiotic relationship between everything that's going on in town."

Donated books piled high on round and rectangular tables filled the recently renovated first floor of the building that serves as home to the Shepherdstown Men's Club. The sale, which normally is held each spring, continues today.

Todd Beckwith of Martinsburg, W.Va., was hunting for books by author James Patterson.

"It's a quick, easy read - plenty of thrills every other page," said Beckwith, who traveled from Martinsburg with his wife, Barbara.

Leah Koltz, 8, of Columbia, Md., purchased three books - "Shiloh Season," "Saving Shiloh" and "Judy Moody Saves the World."

"I have a lot (of favorites)," said Leah, who introduced her father, Mark Koltz, as a book collector.

For Sam and July Prevratil of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., Saturday's events in Shepherdstown were an excuse to "just come out and walk around."

"It's great," Julie Prevratil said while eating cookies and chocolate ice cream from a baby waffle cone. Her husband had peanut butter cup ice cream served in a sugar cone.

"We like Shepherdstown anyway," she added.

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