Fridays @ 5 from 6/3-8/5

Friday’s @ Five Summer Concert Series on the Town Square


Friday’s @ Five  at the Town Square, Presenting Sponsor by Gibson & Associates, Sponsor by  The City of Martinsburg, The Martinsburg Convention & Visitors Bureau and Main Street Martinsburg, Bowles Rice Attorney at Law, Advocate Insurance Group, Dopson & Associates, State Farm Insurance-Kay Lewis Agency, Internet-Essentials from Comcast, Concert Technologies and Miller’s Auto Group. A series of free outdoor concerts by well-known musicians, bands and Martinsburg artists that will liven up your spirits and maybe even get you into a dancing mood. Bands will perform a wide variety of indigenous musical styles, including jazz, rock, Bluegrass, pop, Classic Rock, Country and unique Americana and more. You can bring your own chairs or blankets and sit on the ground. The front of the stage on the South lawn is reserved for dancing. There is no admission charge to the Town square. The concert series runs from June 3rd  through August 5th…..every Friday.Looking for something free and exciting to do in downtown Martinsburg on a Friday afternoon this summer? Come toFriday’s @ Five for a taste of great music, appetizers  and fun!

Exciting this year at Friday’s @ Five Summer Concert series we will have the Martinsburg Farmers Market housed on the Library plaza from 4pm to 7pm from June 3rd to August 5th . To wet your appetite, here is a list of products you’ll be able to enjoy from the market this year: Fresh Fruits & Veggies, Fresh & dried Herbs, Beef, Chicken & Pork, Eggs, Jams & Jellies, Honey, Hummus, Baked Goods, Coffee Beans, Soup, Pre-made sandwiches, Flowers, Yarn and soaps….It’s going to be a fun season. Buy local and buy Fresh.

Each week, a local downtown restaurant will showcasing and offering local culinary specialties: yummy small appetizers. And, to wash it all down, a variety of alcoholic (Beer & Wine) and non-alcoholic beverages are also offered for sale. You also may enjoy a picnic dinner from one of our downtown Restaurants .

Concerts start at 5:00 p.m. and usually last until 7:00pm. The Town Square is blocked off  between  BB&T Drive-Thru and Queen Street. It is within convenient walking distance from all downtown businesses.

Pets are allowed in the square during the concerts, provided they are on a leash no longer than six feet at all times. If they display aggressive behavior the owner may be asked to remove them.

Here is the exciting Line-up……

Friday, June 3rd  Clement & Williams (Classic Rock)

Friday, June 10th KoKo Blue (Classic Rock of the 60’s)

Friday, June 17th Drew Stevyns (Eclectic)

Friday, June 24th Gary Smallwood (Arrangement)

Friday, July 1st  Stoney Creek (Bluegrass)

Friday, July 8th  Apollo Jazz Orchestra (Jazz)

Friday, July 15th  Tony M. Music (Contemporary)

Friday, July 22nd  Willie Barry and his Chaperons (Rockabilly” (50’s & 60’s)

Friday, July 29th Back Creek Valley Boys (traditional Bluegrass)

Friday, August 5th  RAZMUS (Classic Rock/Roll)


2-24 Beer/wine pairing @ Town Run


Wednesday is the new Friday! Come out to Town Run in historic Shepherdstown and enjoy your hump day with delectable food custom paired with Alex Elman wines and the beers of local brewery Antietam Brewery.

Tasting Dinner Menu

Wednesday 2/24/2016 – 7:00pm


First course

Red Cabbage Salad with Walnuts and Feta Cheese

Crumbles, dressed with a buckwheat honey and

Dijon vinaigrette. Alex Elman Chianti and Otto’s

Orchard Boysenberry Ale.

Second course

Applewood smoked pork tenderloin medallion

with oven roasted Brussel sprouts and a brandy

cream sauce. Alex Elman Bin 721 NBM and Antietam

Kelly’s Red River IPA.

Third course

Goat cheese with bruleed figs and a balsamic

reduction. Alex Elman Malbec and Antietam

General’s Golden Ale.

Fourth course

Apple pie with caramel sauce.

Alex Elman Torrontes

and  Antietam Lil’ Ben’s Milk Stout.

$45 a person

2 day advanced  RSVP please. Seating is limited.

Food Babe Attacks Your Favorite Beers.

foodbabeI don’t know about you, but I’m not ready for another round of prohibition. So, unless you’ve been living under a rock (A shout out to all the rock people) you’ve probably heard something about the recent stink of Food Babe vs the big American beer industry.  In case you didn’t know (I didn’t, don’t feel bad) Food Babe is a healthy living blogger on a mission to uncover the ‘truth’ about what’s in our consumables. Sounds reasonable enough. We probably should be more concerned about what we put in our bodies. But if you’re going to call yourself a journalist you should have the decency to at least do your research. And it appears she did just enough research to sound like she researched it…without actually researching it.  This resulted in drafting a petition to Miller Coors in which thousands of people signed.

The Treasury Department (TTB) regulates beer – not the FDA – so beer manufacturers like Anheuser-Busch and Miller Coors are not required to put the ingredients on the label – or on their website. After finding out that we know more about what’s in a bottle of Windex and Coca-Cola than we do one of the world’s most popular drinks, beer; I knew I needed to bring this subject to light.


It’s scary because it sounds so reasonable to someone who knows nothing about beer and is too lazy to use this little thing called “google“.  Type in “Miller Coors Ingredients” and you will find the ingredients listed right on the miller coors site as well as nutrition facts and an entire run down of how they make beer. Sure, Miller Coors may be the big dogs of beer but there’s never been any big mystery about the beer they make. Jay Brooks of the Boston Beer Bulletin writes:

For just one example, she claimed glycol was in beer. But that’s merely a coolant used to chill beer in the brewing process. It never touches the beer … ever. If it did, it would ruin the beer. But it’s still there in her list, displaying either a comic ignorance or a malicious intent to mislead. But that’s the irony. She’s claiming to be holding brewers’ feet to the fire to be truthful and transparent, while she herself is being completely dishonest.


Everyone who know anything about beer is chiming in. Steve Parkes, owner of the American Brewers Guild and kind of a big deal in the craft brewing scene laid it out straight.

The article is misleading at best. Her main sources other than brewers are organizations that want to ban alcohol. The brewers are naturally a little defensive when questioned about their processes from the public. Presumably those brewery PR departments checked out the Food Babe…perhaps even read her article on microwaves where she claims water exposed to microwaves resembles water that has been exposed to the words “satan” and “Hitler”. So they were understandably reticent to engage her knowing what was coming.

Among brewers, the companies listed are quite open about their ingredients and processes. I’ve read long papers in technical journals describing how Guinness optimize their use of use isinglass. I’ve met with Anheuser Busch and Miller brewers and talked about their processes at length. There’s no scandal there…. The process at Anheuser Busch is quite natural and traditional in fact, and AB have a line of gluten free and organic beers made in the same facilities as their other products.


In fact, you can read more about this in depth there:

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So, What’s your take on this? An over sensationalized  media stunt to gain attention or is she saving us from our own beer? You can probably tell where I stand on this one.

Chill While We Grill, Rumsey Tavern, 6/19

Looking for an awesome way to spend next Thursday (June 19th)? Well, look no further. “Chill While we Grill” is back at the Rumsey Tavern. Next Thursday, June 19th, they will be sampling Angry Orchard from your friendly neighborhood distributor, MDC. Go check it out and sample yummy cider and delicious food.

BCA-CV artisan event 6/1/14


Artisan Affair

Date : June 1, 2014 

The “Artisan’s Spotlight” will focus on exquisite creations from local craftsmen which will be featured in the live and silent auctions. Dulcimers will be playing softly in the background as an artisan meal is served featuring fare from local farmers’ market.

Special guest speakers and artisans will be the internationally recognized Tony and Jonna Mendez.

Clarion Hotel~Shepherdstown, WV
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Dinner served at 1:30 PM
Ticket price is $60.00 per person. 

For tickets please call 301-791-5843 or 800-963-0101.

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