Berryville Main Street News

Reprinted from Berryville Main Street News. BMS is a not-for-profit founded in 1988 to promote and support downtown Berryville as the retail, commercial and cultural center of Berryville and Clarke County. Here are a few excerpts from the recent newsletter. Learn more at


New Manager For Fire House Gallery 

Berryville Main Street’s board of directors has named Amy Barley manager of the Fire House Gallery on Main Street in Berryville.

As the Gallery celebrates five years of offering local talent an outlet to showcase their work, Amy is ready to share her extensive knowledge and ideas. She will also serve as assistant to the Director of Berryville Main Street.

Amy comes to the gallery from The Shenandoah Arts Council where she served as Interim Executive Director. Amy has been involved with the local “arts” for some 20 years including Barns of Rose Hill and Powhatan School theater projects among others. She and her husband live on a farm in Clarke County on the Shenandoah River with their younger son (17), while her eldest son is at college at New York University.

She has chickens, horses, dogs, cats and a peacock. Amy takes pride in her personal art collection, including several pieces by local artists, and is delighted to be working in Berryville focused on supporting local artists and artisans.

We would love to offer more OPEN hours for the gallery but this is contingent on our volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering just 1 day a month, or even part of a day – please let us know. High school students welcome!

Call Amy at 540 955 4001, or email us at


Music in the Park

As we enter into the 20th year of Music in the Park (MIP), I want to take a moment to personally thank, on behalf of Berryville Main Street and the community, Bill Johnston for his tireless efforts in helping to bring this to our community every year. Bill took the directorship on in 2002. He is not only a key part of MIP but is also responsible for getting a Marion Park Lewis Foundation Grant which funded the sound system. He is also a man of many hats….

• Roots of American Music – Director

• Barns of Rose Hill Board –Vice Chair, Development Chair

• Clarke County Lions – Vision Screening Co-Chair

• Clarke County Kids Voting Vice president, treasurer, technical support

• Volunteer Teacher – Folk Music class for Clarke County Public Schools

• Volunteer Instructor Regional Jail GED classes

In case you didn’t know (as he is hesitant to toot his own horn) music has been his passion for many years. It started with the folk revival of 1960’s. This stirred his interest in folk music and he continued to play casually for many years. When house hunting in Clarke County in 2000, he saw the Music in the Park sign and knew he wanted to be a part of it and the rest is history. Other things of note: Began Roots of American Music series in 2004; Asked to do folk music program for Cooley and Boyce elementary schools in 2001 and continues to do so; Began playing more and formed the ElderBerrys and William and Mary groups. His ask of the community is to spread the word about Music in the Park—Fridays at 6:30 from June to September—and to come appreciate and support our local talent. Bill we thank you!


Win A Refrigerator and Help A Great Cause!

Help Golden LivingCenter – Rose Hill in the fight to end Alzheimer’s. Join us Saturday, June 27th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for a pasta dinner at John E. Enders Fire Hall located at 9 South Buckmarsh St. in Berryville. The dinner will raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association to help fight the battle against this cruel disease. In addition to the dinner, there will be a silent auction and a chance to win a 29 cub. ft. Whirlpool french door refrigerator with ice and water dispenser from their Black Ice Collection.

The refrigerator was generously donated by Cabinet and Appliance Center Inc. in Berryville. Tickets for the dinner and chances to win the refrigerator can be bought prior to the dinner at Golden LivingCenter – Rose Hill located at 110 Chalmers Ct. in Berryville, or may purchased at the event. Chances to win the refrigerator may also be purchased at Cabinet and Appliance Center Inc. located at 112 W. Main St. in Berryville. The winner will be drawn at 6 p.m.