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I SPIRIT of JEFFER~ ON PAGE B9 and Ea/RMER'S A1)VOCATE LIFE Wednesday, January. 4," 201.' 8 Charles Washington Hall to host hoop dance classes starting in March By TERRI BURHANS Special to the Spirit CHARLES TOWN - Jefferson County Parks and Recreation is collaborating with the City of Charles Town to bring you a hoop dance series of classes at Washington Hall Event center located on the corner of George Street and Washington Street. This four-week series of classes is a cre- ative and fun way to explore movement, boost brain power, get exercise and have fun. Ac- cording to a study by the American Council on Exercise, hooping "delivers a total-body workout that can improve flexibility and bal- ance while strengthening the back, abdomi- nal, arm and leg muscles." In addition to these benefits, "hoopers may also enjoy a fun, relaxing and potentially med- itative effect due to the activity's rhythmic na- ture." Increased self esteem, body awareness, improvement of fine and gross motor skills, team building, peer relations, better concen- i [ ilLil i[ [i[V lie ]! tration and a sense, of responsibility are just more reasons to get yourself and your kids in- flexibility and balance while strengthening the back, side the circle, abdominal, arm and leg muscles" plus "a fun, relaxing A study by the American Council on Exercise found that hooping "delivers a total-body workout that can improve ~i~!il iiiii!iiiiiiiii~iiii!ili~iiiiiiiiiiiiiii~ii~ Stepfhanie Connell will lead the classes, and potentially meditative effect due to the activity's For 10 years Stepfhanie has been sharing her Jefferson County Parks and Recreation can love ofhula hooping with others through per- rhythmic nature." be seen at many downtown events offering formances and class instruction, children's activities or bringing Chippy, the She has performed her hoop dance act all ers that she was ready and willing to offer her Activities like these help add vibrancy to JCPRC mascot to party. over the country, including in New Orleans, talents to instruct others in learning the art of our downtown and are a great use of the new- Classes begin March 13 and will be divided Atlanta and South Dakota. She also formed a hoop dance, ly remodeled space above the Bushel & Peck into three age categories. fire dancing and hoop group that perform lo- Leaders from Jefferson County Parks and market. All classes happen at Charles Washing- cally throughout the spring and summer. Her Recreation and the City of Charles Town har- Our hope is that the interest in this program ton Hall located on the corner of George and company, called Yamni Arts, hand-crafts hula nessed that momentum and put this offering will grow and as it does, performances will Washington Streets in downtown Charles hoops, presents unique performances, and into action. Stepfhanie hopes to offer hoop spill into downtown special events to add a Town. leads demonstrations, workshops and classes, science and math classes in the summer. She fun touch, something a little different, to the The fee for the four-week series is $40, Hooping had such a positive impact on her has seen great success in combining perfor- amazing entertainment that we already enjoy and hoops will be provided for use. Pre-reg- life that she seeks to share it with others, not- mance art and exercise with math and science at these events, istration is required. Sign up at or ing that it inspires confidence, creativity and to teach STEM-focused classes. Working in collaboration with the city of by calling JCPRC at 304-728-3207. Space is is an amazing exercise. Both the city and Jefferson County Parks Charles Town is nothing new for Jefferson limited, so register early. At the Create Your State event in October and Recreation are committed to keeping County Parks and Recreation. Past events and co-hosted by C'Town Arts & Culture District the citizens of our county healthy and well. offerings include outdoor movies nights and - Terri Burhans works as the Community and Jefferson County Parks and Recreation, Sometimes that means getting creative and swim lessons. The two organizations hope Development Coordinator for Jefferson Stepfhanie reminded a group of stakehold- above all, keeping it fun. to continue to expand offerings in the future. County Parks and Recreation Regan, mezzo soprano Melanie Regan and pianist Joseph Sat- plotted thriller, full of twists, turns and double crosses." Out FROM PAGE B10 ava performing "Death of the Romantics: A Musical Walk David Porterfield is directing the cast feauturing Bettina Fi- through the Changing World of European Art in the Late 19th cry, John Glymph and Charles Boyce Artist reception I Sunday and Early 20th Centuries." The show will be performed again Feb. 3 and 4 as well as For more information about the Salon Series or other mu- the following weekend - Feb. 9, 10 and 11 - at the historic Meet photographer Tina Snyder, whose work at South Jef- sic department events, call 304-876-5555 or go to shepherd, theater. Reserve a seat or learn more by going to the Old Op- ferson Public Library is on view through Feb. 28, when the li- edu/music, era House at .19rary in Point holds an artist reception. Sunday's special event happens from 2 to a p.m. in the meet- "Deadly Murder" I Starting Feb. 2 Museum I Ongoing ing room at the library located at 49 Church St. See David Foley's witty thriller "Deadly Murder," starting The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Va The photo display is on view during the library's regular Feb. 2 at the Old Opera House at 204 N. George St. in Charles tells the story of art, history and culture in the valley, including hours - from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 Town. counties in Virginia as well as Jefferson and Berkeley counties a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. To learn It's the story of Camille Dargus, who has fought her way up in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle. more, call 304-725-6227, go online to from humble beginnings to a glittering Manhattan lifestyle. The museum, located at 901 Amherst St is open from 10 or get updates on the South Jefferson Public Library page on Bored at a society gala, she meets a handsome waiter and a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. Admission to the museum is Facebook. brings him back to her apartment, free to those 12 and younger, $8 for seniors and those ages 13 But Camille soon finds herself held hostage and must use to 18, or $10 for adults. For more information, go to themsv. Free concerts ] Feb. 1 all her wits and cunning to save her life and keep her secrets org. Shepherd University's free Salon Series, sponsored by Jef- secret. - Compiled by Christine Snyder. Send items for this space ferson Security Bank, continues on Feb. 1 with tenor Joseph The play has been called "a nerve-shredding, intricately to her at Caverns FROM PAGE B10 Democrat, asking for help to get the attraction open. In the letter, Long said he was 75 percent fin- ished with the project, but had ex- hausted his personal funds and his credit. It's unclear whether Long ever got the federal help he sought, but Harpers Ferry Caverns opened that June. Charles Town's cave Harpers Ferry isn't the only place in Jefferson County with a cave that made waves. On a spring afternoon in 1906, W.E. Myers was digging the foun- dation for a building alongside his livery stable business when he found an opening to a cave at 110 W. Liberty St. in Charles Town. The opening extended just west of a nearby saloon and led to a 30- foot by 175-foot underground lake of clear water. The story of the cave made it all the way to Chicago, where a sto- ry in the Record-Herald reported: "The city of Charles Town was thrown into a panic today by the discovery of a gigantic cave di- Jeff Cogle, who has been fascinated with the story of the Harpers Ferry Caverns for years, found brochures left behind in the caverns. the premium for lying.That there ed Weller's dreams of an under- has been discovered a large cave ground paradise. rectly beneath the town, the top of which is near enough the sur- ' under a portion of Charlestown The last major event held at face of the earth to make the situ- with a lake of clear pure water is Lakeland Caverns was in May of ation precarious to the inhabitants, true but that anyone is alarmed 1932 - a dance for the 200 or so Many residents have fled from the threatened or the people are flee- members of the graduating class city and others are preparing to ing from the town is false in tote of Charles Town High. leave soon It is feared that the and the sheerest rubbish." The Christian Orchestra from entire citymustbe abandoned." Charles P. Weller, a machinist, Baltimore played at the event. The Record-Herald attributed soon bought the site and called it Soon afterward, Weller moved on. the story to a telegram sent from Lakeland Caverns. The cave system's entrance has Charles Town. He opened a dance hall and res- been sealed off Since 2002. The The editor of the Spirit of Jef- taurant in the cave on Jan. 18, last water test was performed on ferson at the time responded, say- 1929. the lake in 1997 when petroleum ing the story's author"should have The Great Depression soon end- additives were found. ABOVE: H.B. Long, the developer of Harpers Ferry Caverns, In 1970 wrote for help to U.S. Sen. Jennlngs Randolph (left), a Democrat and then West Virgin- ia's senior senator. This West Virginia State Archives photo taken May 20, 1970, shows Randolph chatting with astronaut Michael Collins, who had made history nearly a year earlier on Apollo 11 when heclrcled the moon 25 times while Nell Armstrong and Buzz Aldrln were on the moon's surface. BELOW: A carbon of a one-page letter sent to Randolph by Long, the businessman who'd found suc- cess in running caverns In Virginia but struggled in Harpers Ferry. t i