Youthful expressions

July 30, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- In December 2007, Zach Ziler gave a ceramic nativity set to a teacher for Christmas.

"He asked how much it cost. I said, 'I made it,' and he didn't believe me," said Zach, 16, of Great Cacapon, W.Va.

He might get that reaction Friday, as he'll have several of his works on show and available for purchase as part of the Morgan County Fair's first Young Artists in the Park and Entertainment Show.

Fair week began last weekend; it continues this weekend with two days of music, a watermelon-eating contest, a dog show, a health fair, fireworks, a cake auction and other activities on the grounds of Berkeley Springs High School.


Friday night at Berkeley Springs State Park, the fair and Morgan County Partnership are hosting teenage artists: Zach Ziler; Sam Michael; Katie LaRue, who will sell her paintings and drawings; and Juliette Wilder, who will sell items that feature her photography, including bookmarks and magnets.

Tri-State-area teen artists can still enter art in the show. Artists ages 14 to 19 have until 5 p.m. today to register to bring their art to the park for a chance to exhibit and sell their work at fair market prices, partnership officials said.

The evening also will feature several local bands; a puppet show from 5:30 to 6 p.m.; a free swim in the pool from 6 to 8 p.m.; and a free ice cream social from 6:30 to 7 p.m., partnership officials said.

On Saturday, on the grounds of Berkeley Springs High School, the fair will host a youth craft fair for crafters ages 6 to 13 to sell their wares for $6 or less, organizers said.

Friday night's art show is for more established teen artists.

Sam Michael, 15, of Berkeley Springs, will be selling beaded bracelets and earrings she made, and displaying necklaces she's been experimenting with.

Berkeley Springs is known as an artistic community and people from different counties and states come to this fair, Zach Ziler said. So it's great that fair organizers are providing an opportunity for young artists, not just adults, to display their talent, he said.

Zach glazes cast ceramic pieces. The mold gives the object its basic shape and texture; Zach said he uses glazes to add color, pattern and detailing like shadows.

The incoming Berkeley Springs High junior expects to sell items ranging in price from 50 cents for a snowflake ornament to $26 for a haunted house scene. Other items he expects to have Friday include pumpkin-shaped containers, mugs and decorative items such as a chipmunk, angels, and a three-piece earthworm that can be positioned to look as if it's crawling out of a table top.

If you go ...

WHAT: Young Artists in the Park and Entertainment Show -- art by teens plus live music and other entertainment

WHEN: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 31

WHERE: Berkeley Springs State Park, South Washington Street, Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

COST: Free admission

CONTACT: Call 304-258-7807

If you go ...

WHAT: Morgan County Fair

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 1, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2

WHERE: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Berkeley Springs High School; 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Widmyer Elementary School; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, at the high school; both schools are off Concord Avenue in Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

COST: Free admission

CONTACT: Call 304-258-8400 or go online to

MORE: Most events will be at the high school. Farm Olympics, some music, and the fireworks will be at Widmyer on Saturday night.

Schedule highlights

Saturday, Aug. 1

12:30 p.m. -- Teal Steel, steel band, BSHS outdoor stage

1 p.m. -- Jill Klein Rone, accordion, on the grounds

1:30 p.m. -- David LaFleur, acoustic roots music, BSHS outdoor stage

2:45 p.m. -- Teal Steel, BSHS outdoor stage

3:45 p.m. -- New Moon, bluegrass, BSHS outdoor stage

4 p.m. -- The Springs Chamber Ensemble, classical, BSHS auditorium

7:30 p.m. -- Sam Cubbage & the Allnighters, classic rock, Widmyer stage

9 p.m. -- Fireworks, Widmyer

Sunday, Aug. 2

12:30 p.m. -- Kate Evans, rock, folk, blues and country, BSHS outdoor stage

1:45 p.m. -- The Incredible Driftin' Whistle Pigs, BSHS outdoor stage

2 p.m. -- The Stevens Family, bluegrass and gospel, BSHS auditorium

3 p.m. -- The Sanders Sisters, gospel and folk, BSHS auditorium

3:45 p.m. -- The Tonehounds, BSHS outdoor stage

4 p.m. -- The Stevens Family, BSHS auditorium

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