1-800-447-8797 Berkeley Springs, West Virginia
March 15-17, 2013 (For more information on the Washington Heritage Trail in Morgan County, click here.)
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BATHTUB WEEKEND IN BERKELEY SPRINGS
BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV ----- Berkeley Springs celebrates its most unique historic site, George Washington’s Bathtub, with a weekend devoted to colonial food specials, dollar sales and local history. From Friday through Sunday, March 15-17, the tiny spa town highlights the country’s only outdoor monument to presidential bathing. The stone tub located in Berkeley Springs State Park is a popular photo opportunity.
The season’s opening of the Museum of the Berkeley Springs is a main event of the weekend highlighted by the traditional reading from Washington’s papers at 11am on Saturday. This year, readers John Douglas and Jeanne Mozier are using Washington’s activities in Berkeley Springs to illustrate his position as a strong supporter of a national government.
In his journals, Washington praised the food he found during his visits to the springs. Panorama at the Peak is offering serving peanut soup, one of George’s favorites as well as an award-winning part of what the restaurant served to judges at the recent Cast Iron Cook-off. They also have a favorite colonial dessert treat, meringues with local strawberries for just a dollar.
Shopping specials prove that Washington’s face still means something in Berkeley Springs with dollar related discounts and sales. Starting at 9am on Saturday, local crafters stage a Spring Fling Bazaar at the Moose Lodge continuing until 3pm and featuring everything from wood and quilts to canned treats and soaps. There’s even a penny auction where you can get 100 items for a “Washington.” Jules is having a President Party with $1 off all Pot Belly Box Figurine Presidents while Berkeley Springs Memories has special prices on their unique Jingle George and George’s Teeth. George himself is planning to stand outside the shop in the hot, new BS wearables. George can also be seen in his hot tub at Heath Studio Gallery where they are offering $1 off all prints. The Star Theatre opens Saturday afternoon from 2-5pm with George’s Garage Sale of $1 items along with their world famous popcorn for just a buck. Nature Niche goes for the bathtub theme offering a 20% discount on all “bath tubs” for the birds including heated one. Wear green and a discount is given on all purchases except bird seed and suet. Green can easily be found at CJ Floral’s where green carnations are only a dollar. More green can be found at Atasia Spa with Blarney Stone Massage and foot treatment soaks in green tea.
According to event organizers, the mid-March weekend was selected because it is the anniversary of Washington's first visit to the springs in 1748 when he was a 16-year-old surveyor's assistant. The fact that the weekend always includes St. Patrick’s Day has led to the unverified legend of a rare meeting between Washington and St. Patrick. Nightlife on Saturday exploits this connection. Earth Dog Café partners with Mountain Man Brew and Supplies for Blues & Brews starting at 7pm with homebrew judging and continuing through midnight with live music and a Beer Wench Costume contest. The Troubadour invites folks to wear green for the St. Patrick’s Day Dance beginning at 9pm.
Cacapon State Park also gives the nod to St. Patty with a Scavenger Hunt and crafts.
“One thing Washington complained about when he visited Berkeley Springs was not having a place to stay,” said Laura Smith, Administrator of Travel Berkeley Springs. “It’s not true now.” Dozens of lodging options range from Victorian B&Bs in town to rustic cabins and fully equipped vacation homes along the rivers and ridges.
For all the details of Washington Bathtub weekend specials check www.berkeleysprings.com, call 1-800-447-8797 or check posters featuring George in a tub posted around town. George Washington’s Bathtub Celebration is produced by Travel Berkeley Springs.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS –Thursday through Sunday, March 14-17, 2013
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