Shepherdstown briefs

July 09, 2007

Theater festival continues this month

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The 17th annual Contemporary American Theater Festival (CATF) is looking for an audience with adventurous taste and is hungry for food for thought.

CATF is known for exciting productions that are fresh, powerful and encourage the audience to "thinktheater." This year, CATF is taking their tradition to a new level.

"This summer, we are taking big risks by producing four brand new works with no safety net of tradition," stated Ed Herendeen, producing director of CATF. "This is a summer to open your mind and really embrace art and culture."

The 2007 CATF season is now open and will run through July 29, featuring four plays: "My Name is Rachel Corrie" from the writings of Rachel Corrie, edited by Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner; "The Pursuit of Happiness" by Richard Dresser; "1001" by Jason Grote; and "Lonesome Hollow," a world premier by Lee Blessing.


Under the Tent lectures, the Peace Caf, and work displayed by featured artist Scott Cawood play an integral part in this month-long celebration of art, culture, and community.

Tickets are still available, but selling quickly. Visit or call 800-999-CATF.

Poet, author to stop at Meeting House

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Environmental activist and popular poet Ed Zahniser and Betty Bowers Snyder, author of "Born But Not Buried," headline the fourth annual "Storied Evenings of Music, Biography and Art" at the Historic Presbyterian Meeting House in Shepherdstown, at 100 W. Washington St., on Wednesday and July 18, respectively.

Each speaker will tell a story on "Who and What Made Me Who and What I Am." Each evening includes a musical presentation. Vocal Point, a women's quartet, will perform Wednesday; "Shepherd Three," a woodwind trio, will perform July 18; and jazz saxophonist Sean Cookus will perform July 25.

The art of Don Black also will be exhibited in the church's Fellowship Hall during the month of July.

Programs begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free.

PrimeCare starts nursing scholarship

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - PrimeCare Medical of West Virginia Inc., has donated $25,000 to the Shepherd University Foundation to endow a scholarship for nursing students at Shepherd. The presentation was made at the dedication of the new nursing building, Erma Ora Byrd Hall, named for the late wife of Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia. The scholarship is also named for Erma Ora Byrd.

Arthur "Jim" Auxer, vice president of PrimeCare of West Virginia Mental Health, Shepherd University alumnus, and former mayor of Shepherdstown, played a large part in securing the scholarship funds.

For more information about this scholarship or about creating a scholarship fund, contact the Shepherd University Foundation at 304-876-5397.

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