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.

 

 
 
Saturday
Jan 13th
 
10 AM - 5PM

Crafts in the Cabin


  

Looking for a chance to reconnect with the simplicity of nature after the Holiday rush? Come to Friends Wilderness Center on January 13th for a day of arts and crafting in a cozy cabin in the woods. Bring your own project or come and learn a new skill. There will be plenty of room for sewing, spinning, knitting, crocheting, drawing and painting.  Featuring spinning wheel and weaving demonstrations, as well as knitting and crochet lessons. Event starts at 10am and ends at 5pm. Accommodations are available for those wishing to stay the night.

Costs: Program fee is by donation (suggested donation $15 to cover materials); Lunch costs $10. Please RSVP to Sheila Bach to reserve a spot for this program and let her know at that time if you would like to have a prepared 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.

 
 
Saturday
February 17th
6PM - 9PM

Night Sky Program with astronomer Kevin Bowles
 
 
PROGRAM RE-SCHEULED FOR MAY 19th due to inclement weather. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
 
Weather permitting (i.e. no rain, snow, thick 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. The skies this night will bring into view the great Orion Nebula, the double star Castor in the constellation Gemini, the Andromeda Galaxy, the double cluster in Perseus, the Beehive cluster in Cancer, and even the small crescent moon. 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 10th
 
10 AM -3 PM
 
Poems In
The Cabin


FWC Board Member, Hayden Mathews, and published poet, Tom Donlon will be co-facilitating 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.  A $10 donation is requested to participate but any amount (less or more) will be appreciated.  Please RSVP to Sheila Bach and when doing so indicate whether you would like to have a home-cooked lunch (for an additional $10).   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 14
 
10 AM-2 PM
 
Finding and Telling Your Stories
with Lisa Libowitz
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



Program ContentSharing stories can be a deeply spiritual experience. Our ancestors’ earliest attempts to preserve our history and explain our interactions with nature came through oral storytelling. Each of us carries stories that when told with candor, clarity and feeling can be empowering to both the teller and the listener through reinforcing our common bonds of humanity and shared experience through the sharing of stories.Lisa will guide participants through the creation and sharing of personal stories, by helping them explore the elements and structure of stories, and the power of language to express them. With the forest and pond around the Niles Cabin both bursting with the energy of new life, a fine lunch and fellowship of fellow storytellers, this will be a wonderful way to usher in spring. Feel free to hike the trails following the program or even spend the evening to extend your stay at the Friends Center.

A $10 donation is requested to participate but any amount (less or more) will be appreciated. Please RSVP to Sheila Bach and when doing so indicate whether you would like to have a home-cooked lunch (for an additional $10). 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 28th
 
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 May 19th
 
CANCELLED DUE TO LIKELY RAIN 
 
Night Sky Program with astronomer Kevin Bowles
 
6:00 - 9:00 PM 
 
 



 

Weather permitting (i.e. no rain, thick 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. The skies this night will bring into view the crescent moon, the planets Venus and Jupiter (and its moons), double star Castor and M35 open cluster in Gemini, the Hercules globular cluster, the Beehive cluster in Cancer, and much more!. 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 June 16th
 
10 - 4:00 PM
 
 
Wilderness Center Open House and Family Activities
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
                 RESCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY AUGUST 11TH 
 
 
Sunday
July 8th - Tuesday
July 17th
 
 
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.

 
 
 
 
 
Saturday July 14th
 
10 AM - 3 PM 
 
 
KID'S DAY
 
AT THE FWC 
 


 
 

Bring the kids out to the Niles Cabin at the FWC and take a guided Nature Hike around the FWC's ponds and nearby trails, play lawn games, do nature crafts, and just enjoy a wonderful Summer Day outside on the lovely Blue Ridge.  There will even be a special opportunity to meet rehabilitated birds that had been injured and nursed back to health and are now makeing appearances as feathered ambassadors for the Great Outdoors.  Good food, fellowship, and a chance for young and old alike to just kick back and have fun.  RSVPs are essential to planning this event, so please contact Sheila Bach if you plan to attend and let her know how many will be in your party.  Also if this is your first visit to the FWC, PLEASE MAKE SURE you visit our DIRECTIONS page and print out the directions since you cannot always rely on mobile apps to guide you to the front door.

 
 
 
  
 
 
Saturday
July 14th
7 - 10 PM
 
 
 
Star-gazing with Kevin Boles
 
 
 
 
   
Weather permitting (i.e. no rain, thick 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. The skies this night will bring into view the moon which will be a thin crescent in the West after sunset.  Along with Venus, it will set a couple hours later.  Jupiter and its moons will be visible all night.  Saturn and Mars will be rising in the east at sunset, clearing the haze an hour or so later. If conditions allow, we will also be able to see the double star Albireo in the constellation Cygnus the Swan;  the globular cluster M13 in Hercules, and perhaps the Ring Nebula. A laser pointer tour of the constellations along with some of their mythology will fill out the program.  So not only can you see some wonderful objects in the sky but you can learn a lot of entertaining lore from Kevin as well.
 
Meet at the Niles Cabin. A home cooked dinner is available at 7:00 PM if you make a reservation with Sheila by July 12th (Thursday) ($10 for ages 7+; 5$ for children under 6). The program will begin at around 9:00 PM 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
 
August 11th
  
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 several easy forest hikes, free food and non-alcoholic beverages. If you want to find out what FWC has to offer,  to learn how it might be of service to you, and sample the peaceful grace of our Blue Ridge forest please stop by for a visit. 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
 
Sep 8th
 
10 AM - 4 PM
 
Annual Regional Meetings Picnic
 
 


 
 
 
Members of four regional Meetings (Hopewell Center, Shepherdstown, Goose Creek and Frederick) will gather at FWC to share fellowship, food, spiritual concerns amid the extraordinary beauty of the Blue Ridge.
 
 
Saturday
 
October 13th
 
Program to be announced.
 
 


 

 
 At present we are working toward developing a family friendly Nature-oriented hike and program. Check back for further details as the program is developed.
 
 
 
Saturday October 27th
 
 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 November 10th
 
10 AM-3 PM
 
 
Poetry in the Cabin with Tom Donlon 
 
 




 
 

Published poet and co-leader of prior FWC poetry programs, Tom Donlon, will lead this program that will explore the power of poetry to enrich our lives. The poems to be shared may be your own creations or those written by others that carry a special emotional resonance for you. As part of this program, Tom will share poems that he wrote after filling in as a Verizon lineman during strike duty and after touring Israel. The personal insights he received from these poems illustrate how our travels can also be our Muses and a mirror in which to see our inner selves. Absolutely NO prior experience in reading or writing poetry is necessary - only a desire to explore the richness of the human heart using the lens of poetry and to listen to the words as they are read with an open heart.  A $10 donation is suggested to participate but any amount (less or more) will be appreciated.  Please RSVP to Sheila Bach (snbach@earthlink.net) and indicate whether you would like to have a home-cooked lunch (for an additional $10).   Note: If this will be your first time visiting FWC, please read the Directions Page on our website – www.friendswilderness.org -  to avoid getting lost or arriving later than intended.

 
 
 
 
November 24th
 
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 27th
 
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.