Around Clarke County May-June 2016


Happening Now!
Thru the Garden Gate at Barns of Rose Hill through May 28th. Everyone is invited to step thru the wrought-iron gates to enjoy this lovely collection of garden-related art by sixteen mostly-local artists. Natural Composition and Natural Attraction by Stephens City artist Ron Heath adorn the gates.

Stepping thru the gates takes one past watercolor peonies and roses by Julie Read and Janie Caspar’s Redbud Time. Ed Cooper’s Country Garden and Summer Garden occupy the top of the path. Proceeding clockwise brings into view two watercolors by watercolorist Allene Fraser of Edmonton, Kentucky: The Blue Door and the Pott Home Place.

Coming into view next are Blue Bench with Hydrangeas and Thru the Garden Gate, both by Cheryl Voytek.
A stroll around the outside perimeter features Blooming Places, a triptych in lovely pastel colors by Winchester artist Don Black and an abstract series entitled Sanctuary, The Glade and Small Pond, by Bob Black, of Millwood.

Works by C. B. Fisher, Michele Frantz, Janet Hansen Martinet, Jill Perla, Cari Sherwood, DeeDee Volinsky and Robert Whitacre are also represented.
Most of the paintings may be purchased.

Memorial Day Service
May 29, Rose Hill Park in Berryville. 2pm. Sponsored by VFW Post 9760 and American Legion Post 41. The theme of this year’s service is “Clarke County’s Honor Roll: A Tribute to Our Fallen Heroes. Clarke County High School’s Band and Choir will perform at the service. Major General Hugh “Bugs” Forsythe, USAF (Retired), will deliver the Memorial Day message.

A U.S. Air Force Academy graduate, General Forsythe is a highly qualified pilot and experienced, professional leader. He has more than 35 years experience flying high performance fighters, including combat missions in Southeast Asia and Iraq. General Forsythe currently serves as the Director of Marketing for Potomac Air Charter, managing a King Air in Leesburg. He also serves as Chairman of the Board for Loudoun Volunteer Caregivers, a non-profit organization assisting those in need. Following the service, a social event and luncheon will take place at VFW Post 9760 at 425 South Buckmarsh Street in Berryville. The luncheon is free and open to the public. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place at the Barns of Rose Hill.

14 World Fair-Trade Day
My Neighbor and Me. 15 East Main Street. Berryville. 11am-1pm Jona Masiya & Friends will be playing live music on Djembe and Marimba on the sidewalk. 2pm Storyteller Larry Lee Fickau with live illustrator Norasack Pathammavong. For information call 540-955-8124.

14 Kidz Fest
Old Town Winchester. Loudoun Street Mall. A day full of fun and education featuring more than 60 interactive exhibits highlighting education, art, music and sports. Free activities and engaging exhibits ranging from musical instrument demonstrations to gymnastics will line the Mall. For information contact Jennifer Bell at 540-535-3660 or

15 VHSA Jumper
Sandstone Farm. 3805 Millwood Road, Millwood. Free admission to all events. Breakfast and lunch available. For Information 540-837-1261 or e-mail See schedule for times and details at Free.

15 Spaghetti Dinner and Auction
Clarke County High School. 627 Mosby Boulevard. Berryville. 3–7pm. Clarke County High School Chamber, Concert, and A Cappella Choirs will sing for you while you enjoy a Spaghetti Dinner. Proceeds will benefit the student singers’ future performances and their choral education. Donate for your dinner. There will be a silent auction following the meal. For information, contact Michelle Suling at or Teresa (TC) Miller Welch at

20 Budding Artists Exhibit Opening
Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. We are excited to join forces with Heritage Child Development Center to showcase children’s art in a delightful exhibit—Budding Artists. The children spend months making individual and collaborative pieces to proudly display for family, friends and the public. While the younger children focus on tactile exploration and development of gross motor skills and visual acuity, the older groups explore a world of creative invention through a multitude of mediums. Doors open at 5pm. Exhibit starts at 5:30. Free. For information visit

20 Student Writers Open Mic Night
Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Come out to read your original poetry and stories in a creative and supportive atmosphere! Arrive between 7 and 7:30pm to add your name to the list of readers. Reader slots are limited to five minutes. Participants must be middle-school through high-school students. Home schooled students are encouraged to participate. Local writers will serve as emcees. Doors open at 6. Readings start at 7:30. Free event. For information visit

21 Muse Art and Craft Festival
Loudoun Street Mall. Old Town, Winchester. 11am-6pm. Woodworking, printmaking, painting, collage, ceramics and ! aMuse Art & Craft Festival is Winchester’s only festival dedicated to the arts. With a committee of local arts professionals, we are community driven and proud to host artists from across the region to our charming little town. For information visit

21 Charm City Junction
Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. From dance inducing Old Time rhythms and foot stomping Irish melodies to hard-driving Bluegrass, Baltimore-based Charm City Junction creates a fresh soundscape that keeps listeners on the edge of their seats wondering where they’ll go next. The band is comprised of four of the most talented and promising acoustic roots musicians in the country. Doors open at 7:00, Show starts at 8:00. $15.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door, 12 and under free. For information visit

21 Job Hunting 101
Workshop for teens and young adults, Clarke County Parks & Recreation Center, 225 Al Smith Circle. Berryville . 1–2:30pm. Suggested donation is a can of food for FISH. To register by email contact Patty Maples at or register directly on Eventbrite. at

22 VHSA Horse and Pony Hunter show
Sandstone Farm. 3805 Millwood Road, Millwood. Free admission to all events. Breakfast and lunch available. For Information 540-837-1261 or e-mail See schedule for times and details at Free.

22 Clark Hansbarger
And the Bitter Liberals. Mt. Zion Historical Park. 40309 John Mosby Hwy. Aldie, VA. 7pm. “Dream of a Good Death: New songs of the Old War—A Civil War Folk Odyssey”. Each song is introduced with slides and a bit of lecture to enrich the audience’s experience of the music, and then performed by Hansbarger and his band The Bitter Liberals, featuring Allen Kitselman, Mike Jewell, and Gary Mcgraw. As a special addition, the evening will also feature paintings of Civil War themes by artist Winslow McCagg. Seating is limited, but tickets can be purchased in advance at the Mosby Heritage Area Association website at Admission for the evening is $15 for adults in advance. $18 at the door. students $10. More about the show and the project can be found on Clark’s website

22 Loudoun Youth Guitars
Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. One of the finest youth ensembles in the metropolitan area, the group is comprised of talented and highly motivated guitar students from several middle and high schools in Loudoun County. They perform music by composers from various musical eras, including Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and contemporary. Dr. Miroslav Lončar conducts the orchestra and Dr. Nataša Klasinc-Lončar is the assistant. Doors open at 3pm. Show starts at 4. $5 per person. 12 and under free. For information visit

Clarke County Studio Art Tour Reception

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Court. Berryville. 7pm. All participants in The Clarke County Studio Tour which will be held on October 1st and 2nd and interested folks are invited to a gathering to learn more about the tour & pick up “Save the Date” cards. For information or an application contact Diane Harrison at

26 The Honey Dewdrops
Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish share more than most couples. As the Honey Dewdrops, they share stages from venues to festivals across North America, stretches of rolling, infinite roadway, and a lot of songs; they share one mic and a hunger to pay attention to what endures. With tight harmonies and a musical ensemble that includes clawhammer banjo, mandolin and guitars, the effect is to leave listeners with only what matters. Doors open at 7pm. Show starts at 8. $15 in advance. $20 at the door. 12 and under free. For information visit

28 Strawberry Festival
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall. 15 Barnett St. Berryville. 11am–2pm. Come enjoy delicious strawberry shortcake, homemade ice cream, scrumptious fried chicken lunches, baked goods, and much more. A gas card and a basket of cheer will be among items being raffled. Additional information is available by calling 540-955-4617. Proceeds benefit ECW Outreach projects.

28 Corn Potato String Band
Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. The Corn Potatos have delighted audiences with their driving fiddle tunes and harmonious singing across the US, Canada, Europe, Mexico, and India. They are all multi-instrumentalists dedicated to continuing the music and dance traditions of the Central and Southern US. In addition to being champion fiddlers they play banjo, guitar, bass and mandolin and deftly handle many different antiquated styles including ballads, “ho-downs,” country “rags” and southern gospel, specializing in twin fiddling and double banjo tunes. Doors open at 7pm. Show starts at 8.. $15 in advance. $20 at the door. 12 and under free. For information visit


2 Brown Bag with Books
Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Court. Berryville. 12 noon. Bring your lunch and join the Clarke County Library at The Barns of Rose Hill the first Thursday of each month to discuss the book of the month. June’s book is The Lost City of Z by David Grann. All are welcome. For information call Laurine Kennedy at 540-955-5144.

BRH Annual Hunter Horse Show
Sandstone Farm. 3805 Millwood Road, Millwood. Free admission to all events. Breakfast and lunch available. For Information 540-837-1261 or e-mail See schedule for times and details at Free.

4 The Bitter Liberals
Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. The Bitter Liberals is a band of focused concentration and joyful collaboration, encompassing decades of musical experience. They play all original music of texture and maturity, featuring rich story-telling, fine vocals, and the seasoned musicianship of Allen Kitselman, Mike Jewell, Clark Hansbarger, and Gary McGraw. Doors open at 7pm, Show starts at 8. $15 in advance. $20 at the door. 12 and under free. For information visit

5 5k Color Fun Run/Walk
Clarke County Parks and Recreation. 225 Al Smith Circle. Berryville. Clarke County Education Foundation, in partnership with CCPS and CCPR, hosts the 2nd “Color Me Clarke 5k Fun Run/Walk”. This is NOT a certified course; it’s about FUN. 7:30am checkin/packet pickup. Race waves begin at 9am. $30 in May. $35 after May 31st and day of the event. DJ, Awards, Color Finale – For information visit For online registration visit

10 Community Band
Rose Hill Park. Berryville. 6:30pm. Clarke County Community Band Spring Concert. Bring the family and a picnic and enjoy an evening of traditional band music and show tunes.

12 Safety in the Home
Berryville Baptist Church. 114 Academy St. Berryville. Sheriff Tony Roper will be giving a talk on how to stay safe in your home. A light lunch will be served at 12 noon with the presentation following. Free event. 540-955-1423.