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L L B10 Wednesday, April 4, 2018 Antique Jacob Craft-made clock to go on display The Historic Shepherdstown Museum, located at 129 E. German St reopens for the season this weekend. Curt Mason, who recently relocated to North Carolina from Jefferson County, stands beside an early 19th-century grandfather clock crafted in Shepherdstown by Jacob Craft. It's now part of the museum's collection. SHEPHERDSTOWN - It's almost time for the doors at Historic Shepherdstown Museum to reopen, and when they do, a beautiful historic timepiece crafted in Shepherdstown will be front and center. The museum's new item - a grandfather clock made in the early 1800s by famed Shepherdstown craftsman Jacob Craft - comes thanks to a donation by longtime Jefferson County resident Curt Mason. Mason's donation joins the museum's two other grandfather clocks created by Craft, a German immigrant who died 1825. Mason, an award-winning historian who recently relocated to North Carolina, said the clock once belonged to Rezin "R.D." Shepherd, the great-grandson of Shep- herdstown founder Thomas Shepherd and a successful Shakepearean actor. Rezin Shepherd had grown up just out- side of town at Wild Goose Farm and later moved to California, where he had a num- ber of film roles before dying of a heart ailment at age 89 in 1946. hours are I 1 aan. to 5 (hsc1786@gmaiLcom or 304 876-0910) His wife had died 10 years earlier and the two had no children so Shepherd, known professionally as R.D. MacLean, bequeathed all his property to his faithful housekeeper, Viola Kidwell. Mason got the clock from his mother, Berthe Courtois Mason, who'd inherited it from a close friend - Elizabeth Saxe, Kidwell's daughter. It wasn't until after Mason, a native of Southern California, and his wife Suzette Kimball retired to White House Farm near Summit Point that he learned of the grand- father clock's Shepherdstown roots. When Mason left Jefferson County last fall, he gifted the clock to the museum on German Street in memory of his mom. He wanted the clock to "come home" and said his mother "would have been hap- py to know it came home to within a block of where Jacob Craft brought it to life." When the museum reopens for the sea- (See MUSEUM Page B9) Out&about Our weekly entermimnent calendar Chelsea McBee I April 14 Fans of singer-banjo player Chelsea McBee will want to be in Shepherdstown for her lively April 14 show, "Spring Time Revival," starting at 8:30 p.m. at Town Run Tap House and Community Pub at 202 E. Washington St. The $5 cover offers the chance to hear McBee and other per- formers including Jeremy Rodgers (on bass), Steve Kemp (gui- tar), Doug Smith (drums), Rico Massimino (keyboard) and singers Melody Massimino, Teresa McBee and Caleb McBee. The shindig will include old favorites as well as new songs perfect for dancing the night away. Find the details on Face- book under "Chelsea McBee Spring Time Revival." 'Young Perspectives' art show I Through April 30 See the South Jefferson Public Library's latest exhibit, '!Young Perspectives," featuring a variety of artwork from stu- dents from kindergarten through fifth grade who attend South Jefferson Elementary. ii Sarah DeAnna, the art teacher at South Jefferson Elemen- t, curated the exhibition, which will be on display through April 30 in the meeting room of the library at 49 Church St. ;in Summit Point. A free reception - with the chance for the public to meet the young artists - is set for 2 to 4 p.m. on April 15. The library's regular hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday 'i through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The library is closed Fridays. Free films [ April 13 The Shepherdstown Film Society's spring series continues next week with "Le Grand Voyage" on April 13 and then "A Better Life" on April 20. The movies begin at 7 p.m. in Reynolds Hall at 109 N. King St. on the campus of Shepherd University. For details, go on- Join Dr. Rosemarie Cannarella Lorenzetti, cause chronic pain, and how proper nutrition can help treat pain disorders y Rosemarie Cannarella Catherine Feaga DO such as Lorenzetti MD Professor Assistant Professor IMI, B l dlnou . I IOQIIAIm- 11G IlUmJ Located on the Berkeley Medical Center Campus - Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center Auditorium (behind the Dorothy McCormack Building) ,N I I ABOVE: The Shepherdstown Film Society's spring series con- tinues next week with "Le Grand Voyage," a 2004 French drama directed by Isma~l Ferroukhi. It's about a middle-aged man of Moroccan descent who embarks on a long journey from south- ern France to Mecca -- and unexpectedly asks his son, a thor- oughly Westemized teen, to come along. LEFT: Singer and mu- sician Chelsea McBee will perform at Town Run Tap House and Community Pub in Shepherdstown next weekend. line to Museum I Ongoing The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Va tells the story of art, history and culture in the valley, including counties in Virginia as well as Jefferson and Berkeley counties in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle. The museum, located at 901 Amherst St is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. Admission to the muse- um is free to those 12 and younger, $8 for seniors and those ages 13 to 18, or $10 for adults. For more information, go to - Compiled by Christine Snyder. Send items for this space to her at editor@ We'll be lecting .' old bottl.; antique etal : We'd like you to bring objects lhat of i