Currently Scheduled Events 

The following are the events and programs that are currently scheduled on the FWC Events Calendar.  We endeavor to have a program scheduled on EVERY 2nd SATURDAY to make it easier to remember when our programs are offered.  While these '2nd Saturday' Programs will comprise our core program offerings, we will add programs on other weekends as opportunities arise to provide you with multiple dates on which to visit FWC,  sample the wonderful spirit of the surrounding forest and learn from our excellent program leaders.  If you have an interest in leading a program, especially hiking programs, or have connections to a hiking or other recreational/social group and want to have regular meet-ups at FWC, let us know what you would be interested in getting scheduled and we will see if we can accommodate your request.  Our contact information can be accessed on the Contact Page.

IMPORTANT NOTE ON USE OF GPS: Most GPS applications will get you close within a mile or two of the FWC but not actually to the door of the Niles Cabin with one notable exception, WAZE, which is a free, downloadable application for your smart phone or portable device. Enter the following address into WAZE and you will be guided all the way into the Niles Cabin: 305 Friends Way, Harpers Ferry WV 25425.  The number at the Niles Cabin is (304)728-4820 in the event you are running late and/or are having difficulty finding your way to the Niles Cabin. PLEASE READ THE DIRECTIONS PAGE ON THIS WEBSITE PRIOR TO YOUR FIRST VISIT FOR ADDITIONAL  INFORMATION.

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING THE FWC ACCESS ROAD:  The final 1.5 miles of driving to the FWC is on a dirt road that is marked with signs showing the way to the FWC/Niles Cabin. There is a small stream ford that cuts across the road through which all cars may safely cross shortly before reaching the Niles Cabin. While both can appear a bit daunting to the first time visitor, the road and the ford may be safely negotiated by driving slowly and sensibly by most two-wheel drive cars with average ground clearance. If your car has very low ground clearance or a very short wheelbase (e.g. a Smart Car or Mini) you might want to consider car-pooling with someone who has a larger vehicle to avoid damaging your car’s undercarriage.

 


 
RESCHEDULED
 
Saturday
February 25th
 
6PM - 9PM

Night Sky Program with astronomer  Kevin Bowles




 
 NOTE:  This event has been rescheduled to the 25th to avoid the Full Moon on the 11th which would make stargazing difficult. Weather permitting (i.e. no rain, snow, tick clouds or dangerously high winds) come join us for an evening of Sky Watching with Kevin Bowles of the Morgan County (WV) Observatory and his telescope.  Kevin is a font of wonderful information about the night sky and Cosmos ranging from ancient mythology and star stories to intergalactic collisions and black holes and he loves to share this information on these occasions.  Objects that may be visible in the sky include:  Venus and Mars if not too low on the horizon, also the Andromeda galaxy, Orion nebula, double cluster in Perseus and Pleiades.  So not only can you see some wonderful objects in the sky but you can learn a lot as well. 
 
 Meet at the Niles Cabin.  A home cooked dinner is available at 6:00 if you make a reservation with Sheila ($10 for ages 7+; 5$ for children under 6).  The program will begin at 6:45 for which we are suggesting a $10 tax deductible donation per person (or $25 per family).
 
 Please RSVP to Sheila Bach if you plan to attend the program and when doing so indicate whether you would like dinner reservations. Note: If this will be your first time visiting FWC, please be sure to read the introductory material at the top of this page AND the Directions Page on this website to avoid getting lost or arriving later than intended.


Saturday March 11th
 
10 AM -3 PM
 
Poems In
The Cabin




Published poet, Tom Donlon, and FWC Board Member, Hayden Mathews will co-facilitate this program that will explore the power of poems to enrich our lives with their power to enlighten, challenge, and expand us.  Drawing from poems that resonate strongly with them and poems that participants bring that are their particular favorites, the group will weave a warm mid-winter blanket of words to warm the soul.  Absolutely NO prior experience in reading or writing poetry is necessary - only a desire to explore our inner reaches using the magic carpet of poetry.  Please RSVP to Sheila Bach and when doing so indicate whether you would like to have a home-cooked lunch (a $10 cost).   Note: If this will be your first time visiting FWC, please be sure to read the introductory material at the top of this page AND the Directions Page on this website to avoid getting lost or arriving later than intended.


Saturday April 8th
 
10 AM-4 PM
 
Spring Work Day




Come for food, fun, and fellowship and help out with spring maintenance chores that range from cleaning windows, to cutting limbs, grass and weeds, to painting and light carpentry.  Many hands make light work and working beneath a lovely Blue Ridge sky makes it a real joy.  Please come and join us in this timeless rite of spring.  Please RSVP to Sheila Bach to aid her in determining how many will be having lunch (home-cooked and FREE for participants).  Note: If this will be your first time visiting FWC, please be sure to read the introductory material at the top of this page AND the Directions Page on this website to avoid getting lost or arriving later than intended.


Saturday April 22nd
 
10 AM-3 PM
 
 
Earth Day
Family Nature Hike




The woodlands whisper their secrets during child-initiated exploration. Join Forest School Teacher, Hayley Libowitz, for this special child-focused Nature Hike which will explore FWC's trails, ponds, and streams and encourage children (and their parents) to make their own special connections to the earth. The group will explore ponds and streams, play in the meadow, climb trees, examine leafy treetops and discover the amazing flora and fauna found there. We will hike through the forests of the Blue Ridge, investigate nature, create nature journals, learn how to recognize different trees and types of animals, sing songs, write poems, and connect with our inner wild side.

 A list of what to bring will be emailed to you when you RSVP to Sheila Bach and reserve space for yourself and your child(ren).  This program is tailored for children ages 4 to 10.  Parents must accompany children ages 4 and 5; children ages 6-10 (and up) may go on this hike without a parent if so desired.  Note: If this will be your first time visiting FWC, please be sure to read the introductory material at the top of this page AND the Directions Page on this website to avoid getting lost or arriving later than intended.

 
 
Saturday
May 13th
 
10 AM - 2 PM
 
Writing In the Midst of Nature
 
Cancelled due to inclement weather.  Re-scheduled for Saturday July 15th





 
 
 
NEWLY SCHEDULED!!   Back by request, this program will be led by Caroline Pelton, a former member of the Friends Wilderness Board who has been leading similar programs for many years.  Caroline will use passages of poetry and prose to provide a spiritual context within which participants can explore how they experience Spirit in Nature and take the time to reflect on the richness of what Wendell Berry calls 'the Peace of Wild Things.'  Please RSVP to Sheila Bach to aid her in determining how many will be having a tasty home-cooked lunch. Note: If this will be your first time visiting FWC, please be sure to read the introductory material at the top of this page AND the Directions Page on this website to avoid getting lost or arriving later than intended.  For a more detailed program description click here


 
Saturday June 10th
 
10 - 4:00 PM
 
Wilderness Center Open House and Family Activities





 
Come and join Sheila and the FWC Board in celebrating the subtle wonders of the Friends Wilderness Center: visit our marvelous tree platform, the geodesic dome, the Niles Cabin, the ponds and streams, and hike the trails on the property. There will be a number of planned activities for young and old and free food and non-alcoholic beverages. If you want to find out what FWC has to offer and to learn how it might be of service to you, please stop by for a visit. Please RSVP to Sheila Bach no later than June 6th to assist her in meal planning. Note: If this will be your first time visiting FWC, please be sure to read the introductory material at the top of this page AND the Directions Page on this website to avoid getting lost or arriving later than intended.

 
 
Friday
June 23rd - Sunday July 2nd
 
 
Adult Vision Fast Program




 
 

While not sponsored or specifically endorsed by the FWC Board, FWC will host an Adult Vision Fast Program conducted by Bryan Bieniek and Mike O'Donnell, of 'Sourcing The Fire.' 

 

During this 10-day retreat, you will leave your current life behind and creatively disengage from work, relationships, house-hold duties, school, and the hectic nature of modern life to prepare an emotional space where new insights can be found.  You will find yourself in completely new surroundings, forming a new community, and listening to the sounds of the forest, stream, wind, and animals.  You enter into an important ceremony, and sense that your perspective is changing as your boundaries and walls begin to fade and your essential questions move to the forefront:

 

·         What am I really leaving behind? 

·         What do I have to offer this world? 

·         What is most essential in me that brings life and love? 

·         What do I need to let die, so that a new life can be reborn? 

 

As a program that is consistent with the mandated 'spiritual and meditative use' of the FWC property, we are delighted to have Bryan and Mike bring this program to the FWC and use the 'Tree House' and fire circle as the center for this special program for persons 18 years or older.  Participants from prior programs run at FWC have spoken eloquently of the transformative power of this program and for men and women seeking to continue their inner journey, this could be a real gift.  CLICK HERE if you would like more information.


 Sunday July 9th
 
SPECIAL FUNDRAISER CONCERT
 
3PM
 
Langley Hills Friends Meeting House
 




Come and give your ears and heart a treat as you hear Hildo Ariel Aguirre Daza perform enchanting music on the South American folk harp.  All proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Friends Wilderness Center.  We would greatly appreciate any contributions you would be willing to offer and hope that you will take time out to enjoy this world class performer making a rare appearance in the Washington, DC area.
 
 
 
 

 
Saturday July 15th
 

10 AM - 2 PM
 
Writing In the Midst of Nature




 
 
 
See entry for May 13th for details.

 
 
Saturday August 12th
 
Program to be announced.




 
Due to scheduling issues we are sorry to say that the Traveling Theater Ensemble will not be able to entertain us this year at FWC.  We are seeking another family-oriented program for this date.  Check back for details.

Saturday September 16th
 
 
Program to be announced.





 
 
We are exploring some exciting options for programs on this Saturday. Check back for details.

Saturday October 7th
 
 10 AM-4 PM
 
Fall Work Day
 





 
Come and help us complete some needed chores in the Niles cabin, yard, and on the nearby trails. Enjoy the special fellowship that is part and parcel of shared work. Donate your time and effort and receive in return a great home-cooked lunch (free of charge) and the special gifts of the Blue Ridge beauty in Fall. Please RSVP to Sheila Bach to assist her in meal planning. Note: If this will be your first time visiting FWC, please be sure to read the introductory material at the top of this page AND the Directions Page on this website to avoid getting lost or arriving later than intended.


Saturday October 21st
 
Program to be announced.




Due to unforeseen changes, we have had to cancel our annual 'Andy Day' program but are working to find another program that will draw upon your natural creative instincts and talents.  Check back for details.

Saturday November 11th
 
10 AM-2 PM
 
 
Finding and Telling Your Stories
 
 





Join Lisa Libowitz, a Towson State University professor and professional storyteller, for an experiential workshop that delves into the power of story, more specifically the power of the stories we each carry within. Through storytelling exercises and discussion, this workshop will help you understand the structure of all great stories and learn to recognize and share the dramatic stories in your life. This program will remind those who attend that each of us carries stories that when told with candor, clarity and feeling can be empowering to both the teller and the listener by reinforcing our common bonds of humanity through the sharing of our stories. For a more detailed description of the program CLICK HERE. Note: If this will be your first time visiting FWC, please be sure to read the introductory material at the top of this page AND the Directions Page on this website to avoid getting lost or arriving later than intended.

November 25th
 
11 AM-3 PM
 
 
The Annual Cold Turkey Family Hike
 





Come join the Benson Family from Annapolis Meeting for one of our best family events of the year:  the Annual Cold Turkey hike.  Whether you want to escape (shopping; post-election moping and angst; crowds), enjoy some quality time in the outdoors, or just connect with other Friends and/or make new friends, this is a great way to do all of that plus walk off a few of the calories from your Thanksgiving feast.  We would love to have you and your family and friends come out to join us.  Please RSVP to Sheila Bach to assist her in meal planning. Note: If this will be your first time visiting FWC, please be sure to read the introductory material at the top of this page AND the Directions Page on this website to avoid getting lost or arriving later than intended. For program details, click here.

Thursday December 28th
 
1-4 PM
 
Annual FWC Reflection Hike





Join FWC Board Member, Jonathon Glass, on this annual reflection hike on the trails around the Niles Cabin. Take time out to ponder the joys and sorrows of the year past and to welcome in the possibilities of the year to come. Share fresh air, fellowship and the joys of being beneath an open sky with a brand new, magical year ahead. Please RSVP to Sheila Bach so we know who is coming and can plan accordingly. Note: If this will be your first time visiting FWC, please be sure to read the introductory material at the top of this page AND the Directions Page on this website to avoid getting lost or arriving later than intended.