Around Clarke County in July/August


19 Riding for a Cure

Winchester Livestock Exchange. 1995 Northwestern Pike. Winchester. 10am. Spring Arbor Assisted Living in Winchester is hosting a Motorcycle Poker Run; cost is $25 per motorcycle. There also will be a 50/50 raffle. All proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association. Alzheimer’s disease affects millions people each year and currently has no cure. Every memory should last a lifetime, help us make that happen! Contact Jennifer Gochenour at 540-662-6883 for information.


20  ATC Ceremony

Rose Hill Park gazebo in Berryville. 5:30pm. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), along with the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC), invite the public to attend the official designation of Berryville and Clarke County as the newest Appalachian Trail Community. Honored guests and speakers at this event include Wendy Janssen, superintendent of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail; Ron Tipton, executive director of the ATC; Mayor Wilson Kirby, Berryville; Board Chair Supervisor David Weiss; Joe Mantano, staff from U.S. Senator Kaine’s office; Delegate Randy Minchew, Virginia House of Delegates; ATC Reg. Director Karen Lutz; Dick Hostelley, Potomac Appalachian Trail Club President; David LaRock, Virginia House of Delegates. A reception immediately following the ceremony will be provided by the Barns of Rose Hill.

23 Music Man

Through August 2; Shenandoah Summer Music Series. Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre. 1460 University Drive, Winchester. Performances at 8 pm Thursday through Saturday. Matinees at 2:30 pm Saturday and Sunday, and every second Wednesday. For tickets and information visit


24  Steam Show

Through 7/26. Clarke County Fairgrounds. 890 West Main Street. Berryville. The 2015 Pagent of Steam. Featuring Steam Engines, Gas Engines, Threshers, Saw Mill, Old Time Blacksmith Shop, Consignment Sale, Flea Market, and more! Antique Tractor Pull on Friday night, Horse Pull on Saturday night, Sunday morning church service. Admission $7 Friday and Saturday and $5 on Sunday. Children under 12 enter free. For information visit


25  Old School for the Old School

Millwood Country Club. 7–10pm. Hosted by the Josephine School Community Museum/Clarke County African-American Cultural Center. An evening of Motown and more featuring the Riseband and Show. This annual fundraiser helps support the operation of the museum and programs such as the Dramatic Reading Competition, historical lectures, other programs and exhibits, and scholarships to African-American graduates of CCHS. Don’t miss this summertime-fun chance to support JSCM. Tickets are $50 per person, or $80 per couple and include live music, a dinner buffet and dancing, along with a complimentary “Jazzy Drink,” and a silent auction.  To become a Sponsor, to purchase tickets or reserve a table, contact the Museum at 540-955-5512.


25 Caleb Nei Jazz Quartet

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct., Berryville. Caleb Nei and his quartet bring a program of jazz standards including tunes from the Golden Age of jazz such as “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” and “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” as well as original compositions. Doors open at 7:30. Performance begins at 8. $15 advance (until 3:00 day of show). $20 at the door. For information visit

25/26 Flower Show

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. 901 Amherst Street. Winchester. 1-5pm. Beautiful floral arrangements along with seasonal horticulture displays and educational exhibits. There will be entries from among the nearly 200 members of Winchester’s six federated garden clubs and others. Special educational exhibits will include “Happy Honey Bees” presented by The Beekeepers of the Northern Shenandoah, Frederick County 4-H’s informational “Head, Heart, Hand and Health” and the simple steps of nature’s purest form of recycling by composting. Youth exhibits will be entered by local students from age preschool through 18. Admission to the flower show is FREE, although contributions are welcome. To visit the museum’s exhibit areas normal admission rates apply. For more information, please contact the Flower Show Chairman, Mary Stickley-Godinez at 434-953-6661.


26 Lockheed Blackbird Lecture

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct., Berryville. Retired United States Air Force (USAF) Colonel Adelbert W. “Buz” Carpenter flew the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird from 1975 until 1981, as both a pilot and an instructor. He will tell stories about the famous plane and give an insider’s perspective on the Blackbird. Doors open at 2:30pm. Lecture begins at 3. Free event. For information visit

27 Kidz Native  American Cultural Immersion

Children of all ages are invited to hear Native American flute and pow wow music; listen to Native American oral histories; touch a Native American drum, talking stick and furs; SEE Native American sacred fans; and SMELL Native American sacred herbs. The Clarke County Library in partnership with implementors for The Gathering, are offering children of all ages this mini-harvest gathering July 27 at 10:40 inside the Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville, Va. This FREE preview event prepares children, families and teachers to register early for the Kidz Harvest Fest, a special school day event being held Friday, Nov. 30 during The Gathering an educational celebration of agri-culture at the Clarke County Fairgrounds. More about these nonprofit events visit


27 Winchester Royals  vs Strausburg  Express

7pm. Bridgeforth Field. 1001 East Cork Street, Winchester. Bring the family and come out to enjoy a good old fashioned night at the ball park. General Admission: $5 adults, $3 senior citizens (60 & Over), $2 youth (6 To 12 years), Free for kids under 6. See advertisement in this section or visit for home game dates and information.


31 Bluemont Concert Series

The Flaming Shillelaghs. Loudoun Street Mall. Winchester. The Flaming Shillelaghs first performed for the Bluemont Concert Series in the 1980s for First Night Leesburg. Since then, they have delighted audiences with their spirited renditions of traditional Irish dance music, haunting ballads and infectious humor. Their performance will also feature traditional Irish step-dancing. Bluemont concerts are held outside if possible. In bad weather concert will be held at the First Presbyterian Church. 116 South Loudoun Street. $5 per person, $4 Bluemont Friends & Seniors, $2 kids under 12. Tickets available at concert.


31  Trivia NightClarke County Historical Association.

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct., Berryville. How smart do you think you are? For those of you who love games like Jeopardy and Trivial Pursuit, this event is for you. Gather your friends and team up for CCHA’s first ever live trivia challenge at Barns of Rose Hill. Categories will include history, literature, science, virginia, and movies. Fun team names are encouraged! Prizes will go to the top three teams Doors open at 6:30pm. Games begin at 7. $5 for BORH and CCHA members. $8 for non-members. For information visit


24 Steam Show

Through the 7/26. Clarke County Fair Grounds. 890 West Main Street. Berryville. Featuring some of the finest restored farm tractors, restored farm equipment, a working steam-powered belt-driven saw mill, demonstrations of a vintage belt-driven threshing machine and hay baler, and a tractor pull featuring only vintage stock farm tractors. Find a wide assortment of “vintage toys” like gas-powered Maytag washing machines, several collections of early rotary and self-propelled lawnmowers, vintage outboard motors, and more. Also, a flea market offering everything from used, hard-to-find parts for old engines and equipment to new and used tools, T-shirts, ball caps, antique collectables, crafts and leather goods. Admission Friday and Saturday $7, Sunday $5. Children under 12 are admitted free. Visit for information.


31 Full Moon Walk

Blandy State Arboretum of Virginia. 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce. 8-9:30 p.m. Explore the Arboretum under the full moon. Wear comfortable shoes, bring a flashlight, and explore the natural world at dusk and after dark. Who knows what we might see, hear, or smell! FOSA members $10, nonmembers $12 Member family $20, nonmember family $25 Reservations Required. Call 540-837-1758 Ext. 224.



2 Victorian Tea

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct., Berryville. Don your finest millinery and sashay into the Great Hall for a Victorian Tea complete with music by a harpist and  tussie mussies. Local author Millie Curtis will talk about her book The Milliner and a local milliner will lead a discussion about hats. Doors open at 1.:30. Tea begins at 2. $15 in advance $20 at the door. For information visit


4 Morning Walk at Blandy

Blandy State Arboretum of Virginia. 400 Blandy Farm Lane. 9–10am. Start your day with a walk on Blandy’s trails. Distance approximately 1 1/2 miles. Pace will be leisurely with stops along the way. Wear comfortable shoes. FREE but reservations requested. No dogs please. Call 540-837-1758 Ext. 224.


7 Bluemont Concert

Matuto. Loudoun Street Mall. Winchester. Matuto creates a unique and inspired sound from the heart of New York City’s diverse musical culture. Employing renowned musicians across NYC’s diverse jazz, roots, and world music scenes, the band features violin, guitar, accordion, bass, drums, and various Brazilian percussion instruments. Bluemont concerts are held outside if possible. In bad weather concert will be held at the First Presbyterian Church. 116 South Loudoun Street. $5 per person, $4 Bluemont friends & seniors, $2 kids under 12. Tickets available at concert.


7 The Spinney Brothers

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct., Berryville. An evening of bluegrass music with the Spinney Brothers and BBQ from Jordan Springs Market. From the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, Canada, the Spinney Brothers are comprised of Allan Spinney, Rick Spinney, Gary Dalrymple, and Terry Poirier. Brothers Allan and Rick debuted their band in 1992, showcasing a tight brother duet vocal style that was immediately recognized for their energetic and distinctive sound. The cornerstone of the Spinney Brothers musical identity is the sound of traditional, southern-flavoured bluegrass music. BBQ will be on sale before and during the show. Doors open 7pm. Performance begins at 8. $15 advance (until 3:00 day of show). $20 at the door. For more information visit  www.barnsofrosehill


8 Historic Sewing

18th Century Pockets. 109 First Street. 12–5pm. 18th Century Pockets. Instructor: Rachel Rogers-Rodgers.  Historical Sewing: 18th Century Pockets is about sewing a single pocket or pair of pockets, an intriguing accessory from the 18th century, using patterns based upon extant pieces. An assortment of linen and printed cotton fabrics will be provided, as will tea and cookies, for a snack. Students should be comfortable with hand stitching. $60 plus a $10 materials fee payable to the instructor. Bring a light lunch. Register at Clarke County Parks and Recreation.


8 CPR & First Aid

Clarke County Parks and Recreation.  255 Al Smith Circle. Berryville. 12–5pm. Instructor: Susan Day, American Heart Association. Learn to recognize and respond to shock, cardiac and breathing emergencies for adults, children and infants, heat and cold emergencies, sudden illnesses and poisonings. First aid for cuts, scrapes, muscle, bone and joint injuries will be taught. $55. Class fee includes all materials. Bring packed lunch/snacks. 1 class


8 Route 11 Yard Crawl

Route 11 from Stephens City to New Market. 7am. Find your treasures in the 43 miles of yard sale along Rt. 11 in the historic towns of Stephens City, Middletown, Strausburg, Toms Brook, Woodstock, Edinburg, Mt. Jackson, New Market and everything in between. New this year is a Route 11 Yard Crawl Scavenger Hunt. The list and instructions will be placed on Facebook. For information call 540-459-2542.


9 Clarke County Fair

Through 8/15. 61st Annual. Clarke County Fairgrounds. 890 West Main Street. Berryville. See story page 5 and visit for information.


12 Lúnasa

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct., Berryville. Lúnasa is internationally acknowledged as the finest traditional Irish instrumental outfit of recent times, renowned for stunning shows honed by superb musicianship and a constant touring cycle. They have performed over 1,500 shows across 36 countries since the band formed in 1997. They have even been invited to appear at the White House. Doors open at 7pm. Performance begins at 8. $25 advance (until 3:00 day of show). $35 at the door. For more information visit


14 Aeroponics

Growing Vegetables Simply—and Vertically. Blandy State Arboretum of Virginia. 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce. 7–8:30pm. See a vertical aeroponic growing system and learn how you can use these on patios, balconies, rooftops, and indoors to grow vegetables, flowers, herbs, and more. FOSA members $10, nonmembers $12. For information visit


14 Bluemont Concert

Hard Swimmin’ Fish. Loudoun Street Mall. This blues quartet that has been making music together for over 15 years. The band plays a range of styles covering the country blues of Mississippi and The Piedmont, the urban blues of Chicago, and funk infused varieties with roots in New Orleans’ second line. This versatility allows Hard Swimmin’ Fish to offer either acoustic or electric performances and play any venue. Bluemont concerts are held outside if possible. In bad weather concert will be held at the First Presbyterian Church. 116 South Loudoun Street. $5 per person, $4 Bluemont friends & seniors, $2 kids under 12. Tickets available at concert.