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Author Joel Achenbach will lead the discussion about George Washington's plan to make the Potomac River a corridor for commerce between the Ohio River Valley and the East Coast. Admission is free.
The performance by Kathie Stewart is postponed until Fall. To all those who had initiated correspondence or made inquiries, you will soon be receiving information about rescheduling the event. Kathie Stewart, Baroque & Irish Flute Hailed as a virtuoso by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Kathie Stewart is a founding member and principal flute of Apollo's Fire: The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra. An advocate of the baroque... Read more
What We Found When We Came Together: Shared Roots Beneath Jefferson County Walls We are six women with roots in Jefferson County, WV who embarked on separate journeys into the world of our ancestors, leading us to each other and bringing us a fresh understanding of the community in which they lived. By discovering the intertwining roots of our families, under walls of division and... Read more
Purchase Tickets OnlineHappy Retreat will host The Charles Washington Chamber Music Society Concert featuring Grammy-nominated lutenist, Ronn McFarlane on Sunday, January 27 at 2pm. Tickets are available online. Ronn McFarlane, Lutenist GRAMMY-nominated lutenist, Ronn McFarlane strives to bring the lute - the most popular instrument of the Renaissance - into today’s musical mainstream and make it accessible to a wider audience. Since taking up the lute... Read more
Purchase Tickets Online The Charles Washington Chamber Music Society presents a Holiday Concert featuring classical guitarist Gary Stewart and friends. The performance is on Sunday, December 16, at 2 pm at Happy Retreat in Charles Town, WV.
A Happy Christmas at Happy Retreat! The Friends of Happy Retreat invite you to a free community holiday Open House at Happy Retreat on Sunday, December 9th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. The Open House, which is free and open to the public, will show Happy Retreat decorated in period holiday finery and will feature holiday cookies, cider, and music for all, including a children's Christmas... Read more
Purchase Tickets Online The Charles Washington Chamber Music Society Presents René Schiffer Bach Cello Suites Nos. 1, 3 and 4 on Sunday, November 4, at 2 pm at Happy Retreat.
Purchase Tickets Online The Charles Washington Chamber Music Society presents Francis Yun, harpsichord performance on Sunday, October 7 at 2 pm at Happy Retreat in Charles Town, WV. Program: The Woods so Wild - William Byrd (c1540–1623) Pavana Bray and Galliard Carman’s Whistle Suite in XX in D major - Johann Jacob Froberger (1616–1667) Allemande “Mediation on My Future Death” Gigue Courante Sarabande Capriccio on the Departure of... Read more
Purchase Tickets Online Please join us on Saturday, September 8, 2018, for the third annual Happy Retreat Craft Beer and Music Festival, held on the historic grounds of Happy Retreat, former home of Charles Town founder Charles Washington, brother of George Washington and certified National Treasure by the National Trust of Historic Preservation. The event will feature music all day from touring bands as well... Read more
Happy Retreat will be hosting it's third book series meeting on Thursday, June 14th at 7pm! The book for discussion will be: “The Planting of New Virginia” by Dr. Warren R. Hofstra, who will attend to lead the discussion. Attendance is free and all are welcome to attend. The Four Seasons Book Store in Shepherdstown has negotiated a special discount price for the book for... Read more