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C1 Wednesday, May 16, 2018 of food, warm hospitality the hallmarks Potomac Valley Audubon Society fundraisers By BETH BATDORF Special to the Spirit SHEPHERDSTOWN - It's been nearly a decade since my husband and I went to our first Potomac Val- ley Audubon Society fundraiser and became enchanted by the six wom- en who make up the PVAS Events Committee. That November 2008 event - a wine tasting and strawbale house tour - happened at the home of Kristin Alexander, executive direc- tor of the Potomac Valley Audubon Society, and her husband Jeff Feld- man, near Whiting's Neck in Berke- ley County. This is when I got the first sense of the amazing food, warm hospital- ity and generosity of spirit that these women generate in support of the educational activities of PVAS. And I told myself that I would never miss another opportunity to come to these festive occasions. The events committee leaders in- clude two of the founding members of PVAS, Diana Mullis and Susan Brookreson, along with Gretchen Meadows, Jane Vanderhook and Al- ice Barkus. Sadly, the sixth commit- tee member, Deborah Patthoff, died in March. "I place great importance on being a good steward for the world we live in," Deborah emailed me in Novem- ber. "Audubon provides the perfect venue to support my appreciation and love of nature. We are called to be good stewards of this planet and PVAS is actively involved in pre- serving our planet." She went on to explain the impor- tant role that education plays, in- cludingthe summer camp3. and we- ABOVE: Kriatin Alexander (front and center), the executive director of the Potomac Valley Audubon Society, poses with staffers and volunteers. RIGHT: Fundraisers such as the June event at Skip Adkins' home in Shep- herdstown allow the Potomac Valley Audubon Society to offer a host of valuable educational programs and summer camps. home in Shepherdstown that overlooks the Potomac. For years, the PVAS's events committee has Included six amazing women - Diana Mullis, Susan Brookreson, Gretchen Meadows, Jane Vanderhook, Alice Barkus and Deborah Patthoff. Patthoff passed away this spring and committee LEFT: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society's spring fundraiser is set for WANT TO GO? The June 3 at Skip Adklns' spectacular Potomac Valley Audubon members say they are missing her - and her incredible intellect and creativity. tershed programs offered by PVAS. hands-on learning opportunities, good citizenship and their contribu- She wrote about how her own grand- The group has been jokingly la- tions to the world. One was named children and countless other young beled as the "dental mafia" because a Woman of Distinction by the Girl people have benefitted from the several are married to dentists. Scouts and another volunteered for PVAS's excellent camps and other They'rejncredible role models for:: 30 years with the American Youth Society's spring "Party with from 3:30 m 6 Learn how t0 register for event at potomacaudubon org i, Soccer Organization and was first woman appointed to the N[t- tional Referee Commission. Ano - er is a retired art teacher who al 0 (See AUDUBON PageC~) Jason Whitaker JULIE NAPEAR Paul Cabel JULIE NAPEAR See the 'magical' back story this weekend at the Apollo in Martinsburg 0 By DEBRA GIULIANO Special to the SpLHt MARTINSBURG - Come to the Apollo Civic Theatre's production of "Peter and the Starcatcher" this weekend and learn the spar- kiing and comical back story of the iconic Pe- ter Pan and his nemesis Captain Hook. Set sail on the Nevedand with a nameless orphan boy, bound for a distant kingdom. Meet Molly, a sweet and kind girl who shares a magical secret. Join in high adventures on land and sea as Molly and the boy encoun- ter dastardly pirates and fantastical creatures while discovering loyalty, laughter and a for- ever friendship. Adapted for the stage by Rick Elice, the play is based on the novel by Dave Barry and Rid- ley Pearson. A family-friendly production, "Peter and the Starcatcher" appeals to all ages, thanks to witty and touching story elements delivered by larger-than-life characters who are just downright funny. Director Keith Shifflett says he made it a personal goal to direct this "magical show" af- ter seeing a pre-Broadway production in 2012. He said he's grateful for the Apollo's stellar cast whose "chemistry is so good it makes my LEFT: Mlcheal George (pictured) and Alan Harner, veteran performers at Charles Town's Old Opera House, have roles In "Peter and the Starcatcher." The show's debut last weekend drew standing ovatlons at all three performances. Fans of the classic "Peter Pan" can learn more about the magical story this burg as the Apollo stages "Peter and the Starcatcher." job so much easier." Pete Whitaker plays the title role in his debut performance at the Apollo. Peter Penis known as the "coolest dude ever - brave, a leader, and fun," Whitaker points out, "but that's not how he starts out." Whitaker believes his character's transfer- mation from mistreated orphan to Peter Pan shows us "everybody has the possibility to change and make their life better." Paul Cabel, a veteran performer at the Apol- lo, plays "terminally naive" pirate Smee. Ca- (See APOLLO Page C2) KEITH SHIFFL~ffT weekend In MarUn~'~ q Sunday; : : at Apollo at Buy rickets at apoll iVictheatre iorg LIVE LOCAL BANDS- THE MAX G NADA KOOL PINADA QUINTET THE JORDAN BUILT 4 ENGLISH COMFORT QUARTET BAND SATURDAY, JUNE 9.11AM - 6PM