Around Clarke in Dec/Jan


20 “Museum Hours”

95 Chalmers Court, Berryville. 7pm. Doors open at 6:30. When a Vienna museum guard befriends an enigmatic visitor, the grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum becomes a mysterious crossroads which sparks explorations of their lives, the city, and the ways artworks reflect and shape the world. In German with subtitles and in English. NR; 106 minutes. The 2014 Fall Film Series is presented by Barns of Rose Hill and Magic Lantern Theater. $5.00 for Magic Lantern and BORH members, $8.00 for non-members. For information email, or visit

21 Duvall Designs

Holiday Open House. 2053 Millwood Road, Millwood. Noon – 5pm

21 Long Branch Holiday Reception

6–8pm. Following Old Bethel’s candlelit Christmas Service, guests are invited to a WWII Home Front Holiday Reception at Long Branch Plantation. 830 Long Branch Lane, Millwood. 540-837-1856.

22 Red Cross Babysitter Training

Clarke County Parks and Recreation. 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville. 9am-3:30pm. This course has a unique interactive, educational format that challenges youth. It is designed for 11-15 year olds and can help participants care for children and infants, be a good leader and role model, make good decisions and solve problems, keep the children you baby-sit and yourself safe, handle emergencies such as injuries, illnesses and household accidents, write resumes and interview for jobs and much more! Participants learn by doing. There will be a half-hour lunch break, bring a packed lunch. Successful completion of final tests is required for certification. 1 class. Instructor: Mary Veilleux. Ages 11-15. $81.

24 Christmas Eve Service

Christ Church Millwood. 809 Bishop Meade Road, Millwood. 5pm Candlelight Communion with Children’s sermon. 8:30pm Carol Singing. 9pm Candlelight Communion Service. See Advertisement for more information.

24 Christmas Eve Service

Grace Episcopal Church. 110 North Church Street, Berryville. 5pm and 11pm at Grace Church. Carols begin at 4:30 and 10:30.

27 Live Music

M.L. Flenner. Winchester Book Gallery. 185 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester. 7:30-9:30pm. M.L. Flenner is an indie/folk/pop musician from Inwood, West Virginia. Continue to enjoy your holiday weekend by watching M.L. Flenner perform a mix of both covers and originals at the Winchester Book Gallery.

29 DoTerra Oils

Clarke County Parks and Recreation. 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville. 6:30-8:45pm. Ages 16 and up. A New Year, a new you – We’ll explore the business opportunity that DoTERRA CPTG Essential oils has to offer you.  Restore your mind, body, and wallet – it all starts a drop at a time.  1 class. Instructor: Lorrie Roberts $4 per person.

31 First Night Winchester

Various locations throughout Old Town Winchester. The largest, safest, family-friendly, non-alcoholic, budget-friendly, non-profit New Year’s Eve celebration in the Shenandoah Valley. Offering entertainment for nearly every age and taste: musicians, dancers, arts and crafts, magicians, comedy, and more. Events kick off at 10 am and culminate at midnight with the Apple Drop and a spectacular Fireworks display. One button is good for access to all First Night events. $10 each for the first two buttons; $8 for each additional button. Children 10 yrs & under are FREE. Visit for more information and locations where buttons are being sold.


3  Free Try Fitness Day

Clarke County Parks and Recreation. 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville. 10am-9pm. This is your chance to try before you buy! Our instructors will be onsite demonstrating Zumba, Tone & Sculpt, Various Yogas, Total Fit, FITT Forever, Fluid Motion, Sit & Get Fit, Kempo/Self Defense so you can find the class(es) that fit your needs! See the schedule online at or call 540-955-5140 for class schedules and more information.

3 Benefit Concert

“Where’s Aubrey: Benefit Concert for The Downstream Project”. Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Court, Berryville, Va. 8pm. Doors open at 7:30. Where’s Aubrey has played together since 1985, writing and performing all original music since the turn of the millennium. Rhine Singleton’s original songs, cloaked and hooded by Gary McGraw’s improvisation on the fiddle and mandolin, range from old timey folk music through modern jazz. Special Guests: The Bitter Liberals (Allen Kitselman, Clark Hansbarger, and Mike Jewell) will join Where’s Aubrey for a few songs. All proceeds from the concert will go to The Downstream Project.  $20 in advance, $25 at the door. For information email, or visit

4 Chipotle Fundraiser

CCHS Band Day at Chipoltle. 2012 S Pleasant Valley Rd, Winchester. 5¬9pm. Bring the ad in this month’s Observer to Chipotle between 5 and 9pm on Sunday, January 4, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Clarke County Band Association.


9 “The Nine”

Barns of Rose Hill, 95 Chalmers Court, Berryville, Va. 8pm. Doors open at 7:30. Founded in 2008 by singer/songwriter Justin Trawick, “The 9 Songwriter Series” is a touring live music event based in Washington, DC. The show was created with the idea of nine artists getting together and combining their talents in order to play in nicer clubs and to larger numbers of people. Each installment features nine solo singer/songwriters performing in rotation and often sitting in with each other. To date, over 60 different artists have participated in “The 9” at events in DC, Arlington, Bethesda, Baltimore, Annapolis, New York City, Richmond, Charlottesville, Charlotte, and Philadelphia. This show will feature some great artists including Justin Trawick, Melissa Wright, Kipyn Martin, Chelsea McBee, Old Man Luedecke, and others TBA. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. For information email, or visit

9 & 10 International Saxophone Symposium

Masterclasses, lectures and recitals take place throughout the day Friday from 2-7pm and Saturday from 9am-6pm at Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University (Armstrong Hall, Goodson Chapel & Ruebush Hall). All events are free and open to the public. Tickets are not required. (View Schedule in related article).

Main Stage Concerts: U.S. Navy Band Concert Band with Vincent David, James Houlik, Michael Ibrahim & the Navy Band Saxophone Quartet. Friday, Jan. 9, at 8pm, and U.S. Navy Band Commodores with guest artists Miami Saxophone Quartet, Saturday, Jan. 10. 8pm. Both performances take place at the Patsy Cline Theater at John Handley High School and are free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Tickets are required and will be available soon at the Symposium website.

10 Young Naturalist Program

Blandy Experimental Farm, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce. Grades 1-3, 9-11:30am. Grades 4-6, 12:30 to 3pm. FOSA Young Naturalist Program begins with CSI:Solving Crimes with Nature.

540-837-1758 Ext. 224 or

17 Taarka

Barns of Rose Hill, 95 Chalmers Court, Berryville, Va. 8pm. Doors open at 7:30. Taarka is a virtuosic ensemble of 5-string violin, mandolin, guitars, string bass, and vocals featuring high-energy performance & innovative, beautiful compositions and songs, weaving the sounds of old & new from world folk, Celtic, bluegrass, jazz and classical with rock energy & master musicianship. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. For information email, or visit

24 Senior Open Forum

Barns of Rose Hill 95. Chalmers Court, Berryville. 11am-1pm. Join Professionals Working 4Seniors for an open forum and discussion on the topic of growing old, how to navigate the changes and what options are available in our community that provide help to families and our elders. Call Karen Cifala for more information 303-817-9374 or email her at Light refreshments will be served. Free.

24 Bumper Jacksons

Barns of Rose Hill, 95 Chalmers Court, Berryville, Va. 8pm. Doors open at 7:30. The Bumper Jacksons are a big, fat party! Hot and sweet, their early jazz and country repertoire paints America’s story from New Orleans’ brothels to Appalachian hollers. Unafraid to scrap together new sounds from forgotten 78’s, the Bumper Jacksons boldly and elegantly balance paying homage to the traditions while fashioning their own unique, DIY style. They perform the old traditional sounds of America, heart-wrenching and youthful, and always in the spirit of raw adventure. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. For information email, or visit

24 FOSA Seed Exchange

Blandy Experimental Farm, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce. Bring seeds, plants, roots, or cuttings to exchange with other gardeners. No invasive species. 10am-2pm. For information call 540-837-1758 Ext. 224 or visit