Around Clarke County November ’19

13 Mid-week Meditation Series

Sanctuary Wellness Center. 208 N. Buckmarsh St. Berryville. Join meditation guide Mercia deMelo for a time of learning how to quiet our minds and open up space for creation and inspiration. $40 for four sessions, drop-ins $15 per session. 7:30–8:30pm. 540-550-3898. 
www.sanctuaryberryville.com.

15 Brazilian Strings Trio

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Three of the most innovative instrumentalists on the contemporary Brazilian musical scene. 8–10pm. $15 in advance, $20 at door, 12 and younger free. www.barnsofrosehill.org
540-955-2004.

16 Bingo Fundraiser

John H. Enders Fire Hall. 9 S. Buckmarsh St. Berryville. 14 games with Vera Bradley, Premier Designs and Thirty-One prizes. Raffles for grand prize, 50/50 and themed baskets. Food and beverages available. Proceeds benefit Blue Ridge Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship and will provide scholarships for students with special needs and funds to help care for therapy horses and ponies. Doors open at 12pm, Bingo at 1pm. $20 in advance, $25 at door. 540-533-2777. 
nov2019bingo.
brownpapertickets.com.

16 Thanksgiving Cooking Demonstration

Four Forces Wellness. 424 Madden St. Berryville. Christine Kestner, MS, CNS, shows how to make festive, whole food plant based dishes. Take home samples and recipes. $20 with registration by November 14, $25 at door. 1–3pm. 571-277-0877. www.4forceswellness.com
www.sanctuaryberryville.com.

16 Brian Ganz Concert

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. One of the leading pianists of his generation performs, joining vivid music making with warmth and intimacy onstage. 8–10pm. $20 in advance, $25 at door, 12 and younger free.
www.barnsofrosehill.org
540-955-2004.

17 The Power of 8    Healing Group

Sanctuary Wellness Center. 208 N. Buckmarsh St. Berryville. Mercia deMelo will demonstrate how to use the power of intention to open our hearts and heal ourselves. The second of a four week session. $45. 4–5pm. 540-550-3898. www.sanctuaryberryville.com.

17 Fall Film Series: “Free Solo”

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. National Geographic presents a stunning, intimate and unflinching portrait of free soloist climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to achieve his lifelong dream of climbing El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without a rope. Rated PG-13. 4–6pm. Barns members $5, nonmembers $8. 
www.barnsofrosehill.org
540-955-2004.

22 Holiday Bazaar and Turkey Luncheon

Grace Episcopal Church. 110 N. Church St. Berryville. Attic treasures, bake sale, holiday decor and more. Roasted turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, homemade gravy, dessert and drink will be served 11:30–1pm for $12. Bazaar is 10am–3pm. 
540-955-1610.

22 Emi Sunshine      Concert

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Jordan Springs BBQ will be selling their award winning BBQ at 7pm. The exceptional talents of the critically-acclaimed teen music prodigy have captured the nation’s attention. $20. 8–10pm. 
www.barnsofrosehill.org
540-955-2004.

23 Chris Timbers Band

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. A Northern Virginia native, singer/songwriter Chris Timbers draws inspiration from soul music, contemporary jazz, blues, rock and country. A soulful, rootsy singer with earthy acoustic songwriting, he made his mark on the Virginia music scene with the band Less Traveled. 8–10pm. $15 in advance, $20 at door. 
www.barnsofrosehill.org
540-955-2004.

26 Community Meal

Boyce Volunteer Fire Company. 7 S. Greenway Ave. Free meal prepared by county churches on the fourth Tuesday of every month. 5:30pm. Contact Eleanor Lloyd at 
540-247-6311.

26 Community Thanksgiving Service

St. Mary’s Memorial Church. 106 N. Buckmarsh St. Berryville. The Clarke County Ministerial Association invites all to attend the service of Holy Eucharist with the Rev. Justin Ivatts, Clarke Parish’s priest-in-charge, serving as celebrant, along with clergy from other area churches. 7pm. 
540-955-1610.

28 Soul-Full Community Meal

Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church. 210 E. Main St. Berryville. 13 local churches get together to provide a meal open to all in the community the fourth Thursday of each month. Free. Meal normally held at 5:15, call for Thanksgiving Day time. 540-955-1264.

30 Norman Fine Book Talk and Signing

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. In “Blind Bombing,” Norman Fine tells the relatively unknown story of radar’s transformation from a technical curiosity to a previously unimaginable offensive weapon. We meet scientists and warriors critical to the story of radar and its pressure-filled development and implementation.7–8pm. Free. www.barnsofrosehill.org
540-955-2004.

30 Advent Services

St. Mary’s Memorial Church. 106 N. Buckmarsh St. Berryville. Each of the four Saturdays of Advent, Taize services, an ecumenical, contemplative type of worship that originated in 1940 in France, will be held. All are welcome. 5pm. 540-955-1610.

December

2 Homeopathic First Aid Class Series

Sanctuary Wellness Center. 208 N. Buckmarsh St. Berryville. Certified homeopath Kathy Miller, RN, teaches how to use homeopathic remedies for common ailments throughout all stages of life. $150 fee includes first aid curriculum. Contact Kathy for more information or to register. 1–3pm. kmillerhomeopath@gmail.com
www.sanctuaryberryville.com.

3 Trivia Night

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Clarke County Historical Association and Clarke County Library team up the first Tuesday of each month to bring live team trivia. Categories include History, Movies, Literature, Science and more. Prizes donated by local businesses. Barn doors open at 6:30pm, trivia begins at 7pm. Free. 540-955-2004. www.barnsofrosehill.org.

4 Wellness Wednesdays

Sanctuary Wellness Center. 208 N. Buckmarsh St. Berryville. Kathy Miller, RN, provides homeopathic remedies and information each Wednesday. 3–6pm. 540-877-4303. 
kmillerhomepath@gmail.com
www.sanctuaryberryville.com.

6 Christmas Tree  Lighting

Rose Hill Park. Main St. Berryville. Live music and announcement of parking meter contest winners. Free admission. 6pm. 540-955-4001. 
info@berryvillemainstreet.org.

6 Clarke County Community Band Christmas Concert

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. The band performs Christmas favorites 7pm. 540-882-3232.

7 Christmas Parade

Begins at east end of Main St. Berryville. After the parade, Santa Claus will be at the John Enders Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company. 12pm. 540-514-5730. 
info@berryvillemainstreet.org.

7 “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Film and Concert

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Kick off the holidays on a fun musical note by bringing the family to this special showing of the beloved “Charlie Brown Christmas” followed by the Eric Byrd Trio playing Vince Guaraldi’s classic jazz soundtrack from the show. Refreshments included. Sponsored by Bank of Clarke County. 4pm and 7pm. Free. www.barnsofrosehill.org. 540-955-2004.

7 A Tally-Ho Christmas Gala

Long Branch Historic House and Farm. 830 Long Branch Lane. Boyce. Begin your holiday celebrations with the annual Gala, a festive cocktail reception featuring wonderful food, fun and friendship, a silent auction, music and surprises. Enjoy all this and see the elegant home decorated in festive finery created by local garden clubs. Tickets are $100 per person and must be purchased in advance. 6–9pm. 540-837-1856, info@visitlongbranch.org or www.visitlongbranch.org.

8 Christmas Tree Lighting Party

Burwell Morgan Mill. 15 Tannery Lane. Millwood. Santa will give goody bags to children, the Clarke County High School choral group will present a brief program and lead attendees in carols. Refreshments, including hot chocolate, and handmade “critters” for sale. All invited. Free. 5–7pm. 540-837-1790.

13 Blue Ridge Singers Christmas Concert

Front Royal Presbyterian Church. 15 Luray Ave. Front Royal. Harmonic language through the music of Gerald Near. Free; suggestion donation $10. Refreshments included. www.blueridgesingers.org.

14 Cookies With Santa Event

Long Branch Historic House and Farm. 830 Long Branch Lane. Boyce. Bring the kids to visit with Santa and help them enjoy decorating a cookie to take home. $5 per person at door and free for ages 10 and younger. 10am–12pm. 540-837-1856. 
www.visitlongbranch.org.

15 Clarke County Community Band Christmas Concert

Shenandoah University’s Armstrong Hall. 1460 University Drive. Winchester. Chain of Checks Christmas Concert. 3pm. 540-882-3232.

15 Blue Ridge Singers Christmas Concerts

First Baptist Church. 205 W. Piccadilly St. Winchester. Harmonic language through the music of Gerald 
Near. Free; suggested donation $10. Refreshments included. 
www.blueridgesingers.org.

Ongoing

Master Caricaturist and Illustrator Exhibit and Sale

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Throughout November, the superb work of Mike Caplanis, master caricaturist and illustrator who has contributed to the Washington Post, Oxford-American magazine and many more, will be on exhibit and for sale. 
540-955-2004.

“TALLY-HO!” Art Exhibit

Long Branch Historic House and Farm. 830 Long Branch Lane. Boyce. View all new original works by Gail Guirreri Maslyk. Exhibit will be in Long Branch’s galleries through February 2020. Free. 540-837-1856. www.visitlongbranch.org.

Tai Chi with Chai Tea

Sanctuary Wellness Center. 208 N. Buckmarsh St. Berryville. Join Tai Chi instructor Adrian VanKeuren Wednesday evenings to practice this ancient Chinese healing movement and meditative martial art. Registration ahead is appreciated. Arrive early to socialize over Chai tea. 6–7pm. taichiAVK@gmail.com. 540-931-6507. www.sanctuaryberryville.com.

Genetic Mutations Support Group

Sanctuary Wellness Center. 208 N. Buckmarsh St. Berryville. NLWGM members meet the first Tuesday of each month to offer support, resources and help to each other. Free and open to the public. 6:30 –8pm. www.sanctuaryberryville.com.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Tuesdays, 8:15–9:15pm. Grace Episcopal Church. N. Church St. Berryville.  AAVirginia.org. 540-955-1610.

FISH Clothing Bank and Food Pantry

Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9am–12pm. 36 E. Main Street. Berryville. 540-955-1823.

Bingo

Boyce Fire Hall. 7 S. Greenway Ave. Thursdays at 7pm, Sundays at 1:30pm. Proceeds benefit the volunteer fire department. 540-837-2317.

Around Clarke County

April

Around Clarke County

12 Irish Music Concert

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. The Alt, three masters of Irish music, perform. 8pm. $20 in advance, $25 at door, 12 and younger free. Visit www.barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004 (12–3 pm Tuesday
to Saturday).

13–15 “The Little Mermaid” Musical

Clarke County High School auditorium. 627 Mosby Blvd.Berryville. Students will bring to life the Disney musical based on the beloved animated movie. 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, 2:30pm Sunday. Adults $12, children $8.
brewerc@clarke.k12.va.us.

14 Tastefully Simple Open House

Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church. 210 E. Main St. Berryville. All welcome to stop by and sample products. Proceeds benefit Clarke County Relay Team Razmataz. 1–4pm. 540-323-0097.
patsyburner1948@gmail.com.

14 Downtown Berryville Yard Sale

Various locations in downtown Berryville. Begins at 8am. Contact Berryville Main Street for details at 540-955-4001.

14 Family Dance Party and Silent Auction

D.G. Cooley Elementary School Lower Campus. 240 Westwood Road. Berryville. DJ, concessions, silent auction, glow store, dessert bar and more for elementary students and families. $1 admission. 6–9pm.www.pantherspto.org.

14 An Evening with Elvis and Conway

John Enders Fire Hall. 9 S. Buckmarsh St. Berryville. Join the Stone’s Chapel Memorial Association at a special benefit concert featuring tribute artist Kevin Booth. First half features Conway Twitty and second half Elvis Presley. All proceeds benefit the ongoing restoration of the historic Stone’s Chapel. 7pm. Tickets sold at door only. Adults $10, students $5.
540-955-1110.

14 Mount Bleak House Tours

Sky Meadows State Park. 11012 Edmonds Lane. Delaplane. Walk through history by touring historic Mount Bleak House and hear the stories of the many owners of the 1840s house. Free, $5 parking fee. 11am–4pm. 540-592-3556. skymeadows@dcr.virginia.gov.

14 Astronomy for Everyone

Sky Meadows State Park. 11012 Edmonds Lane. Delaplane. Hear about the importance of dark skies and light conservation, and look at deep space objects through telescopes. Free, $5 parking fee. 7:30–10:30pm.540-592-3556.skymeadows@dcr.virginia.gov.

15 Desegregation Retrospective Roundtable

Boyce United Methodist Church. 8 Old Chapel Ave. Boyce. CCHA and the Josephine School Community Museum will partner together for a discussion with former teachers and students with firsthand experiences from Johnson-Williams High School and Clarke County High School 2pm. 540-955-2600.

15 Meet the Beekeepers

Sky Meadows State Park. 11012 Edmonds Lane. Delaplane. Meet with local apiarists Doug and Ramona Morris and discover the art of beekeeping. Free, $5 parking fee. 1–3pm. 540-592-3556. skymeadows@dcr.virginia.gov.

17 Wildflower  Identification Workshop

Blandy Experimental Farm. 400 Blandy Farm Lane. Boyce. Two day event also held April 19 uses Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide and the Flora of Virginia app to identify spring wildflowers in the lab and field. Bring lunch, a 10x ocular, and books and app if available. 9am–2pm. FOSA and VNPS members $35, nonmembers $40. Reservations required. 540-837-1758.

18 Live Trivia

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. CCHA and the Clarke County Library team up to bring live team trivia with categories including history, movies, literature, science and more. Prizes donated by local businesses. 7pm. Free. 540-955-2600.

21 Spaghetti Dinner

Boyce Fire Hall. 7 S. Greenway Ave. Boyce. All you can eat dinner with food, fun and fellowship to benefit Boyce United Methodist Ministries. Takeout trays available. Free will offering. 4–7pm. 540-336-3585.

21 Conservation Event

Llangollen Farm Horseshoe Barn. 21515 Trappe Road. Upperville. Numerous speakers will hold a conversation about the future of our landscape and our communities. Free, but RSVP is requested. 9am–12pm. 540-687-6681. www.mosbyheritagearea.org.

21 Earth Day Celebration

Sam Michael’s Park. 235 Sam Michael’s Lane. Shenandoah Junction, W.Va. Local artists, musicians, food vendors, environmental organizations, kids’ activities. Free. 11am–7pm. 240-520-7058.

21 Garden Tour

Headquartered at Blandy Experimental Farm. 400 Blandy Farm Lane. Boyce. Tour four local properties featuring beautiful views and architecture. Hosted by Winchester-Clarke Garden Club. $30 ahead, $40 onsite, single site admission $20. 10am–5pm. Visit vagardenweek.org for details.

22 CCHS Band Fundriaser

Clarke County Band Assoc. is hosting a fund-raising event for the CCHS Band programs.  Touch a Truck.  There will be several types of trucks for all to see and touch. (NO rides) There will also be a Petting Zoo, classic cars, kids games, bake sale and a Basket Raffle. Sunday 11am to 3pm. (No rain date) Admission: $5 at the gate, age 2 & under free. Event is located at Clarke County High School, 627 Mosby Blvd, Berryville, VA. Any question please email ccba_prez@yahoo.com.

22 Lularoe and Perfectly Posh Fundraiser Open House.

6 Spring House Lane. Berryville. Browse a large selection of clothes in sizes for most body types, as well as body pampering products. Drop in anytime, children welcome, refreshments provided. A portion of proceeds benefits the MS Society. 3–6pm. 540-664-0670. sm1day@yahoo.com. www.facebook.com/groups/LuLaRoeSheilaShriver.

22 Blue Ridge Hunt Point to Point Races

Woodley Farm. 590 Woodley Lane. Berryville. First race at 12pm. Stick horse races for children and other activities. $25 per car, $150 for VIP tailgate parking. 540-631-1919. diana.perry@viasatinc.com.

27 Patron’s Night Art at the Mill

Burwell Morgan Mill. 15 Tannery Lane. Millwood. Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres as you preview and purchase art. 6–9pm. Tickets are $65 a person and available at
clarkehistory.org or 540-955-2600.

27 Arbor Day Celebration

Blandy Experimental Farm. 400 Blandy Farm Lane. Boyce. Outdoor workshops, panel discussion, Foundation of the State Arboretum annual meeting and social with refreshments. 2–7pm. FOSA members free, nonmembers $15. Reservations required. 540-837-1758.

28 Art at the Mill

Burwell Morgan Mill. 15 Tannery Lane. Millwood. Runs through Sunday, May 13. 250 artists display for sale over 1000 works of art in a historic 18th century, operating mill. Saturdays 10am–6pm, SundayFriday 12–5pm. 540-837-1799.

28 World Tai Chi and Qi Gong Day Event

Sanctuary Wellness Center. 208 N. Buckmarsh St. Berryville. Qi Gong instructor Marisol Mayell will lead the event open to all fitness levels, with no previous experience necessary. 10:30–11:45am. Free. Pre-registration appreciated, walk-ins welcome. 540-227-0564. info@sanctuaryberryville.com.

29

Methylation Mutants Presentation

Sanctuary Wellness Center. 208 N. Buckmarsh St. Berryville. Dr. Susan Fidler will present current strategies for navigating genetic mutations and cellular pathways associated with complex health issues. 4–5:30pm. Pre-registration recommended. 540-227-0564. info@sanctuaryberryville.com.

29 Spring Fever 5K

Sky Meadows State Park. Parking at Turner Pond. 1111 Winchester Road. Paris. Beautiful course followed by music and prizes. Pre-registration is $35. 9–11am. 540-592-3556. runsignup.com/race/va/paris/springfevertrail5k.

May

1 Bird Conservation: Past, Present, Future

Brewbaker’s Restaurant, back room. 168 N. Loudoun St. Winchester. Dr. Eric Kershner shares conservation successes of the past 100 years and explores challenges for the next 100. Free; food and drinks available for purchase throughout. 7–8:30pm. Free. Reservations required. 540-837-1758.

4–5 Reiki Training Level 1 Workshop

Sanctuary Wellness Center. 208 N. Buckmarsh St. Berryville. Training will prepare students to practice Reiki on themselves, their family, friends, pets and surroundings. Friday 5–9pm, Saturday 2–5pm.Pre-registration recommended. 703-244-4427. www.amyhopegentry.com.

6 Homeopathy for Children

Sanctuary Wellness Center. 208 N. Buckmarsh St. Berryville. Certified Classic
Homeopath Kathy Miller will speak about  one of the easiest and safest forms of wellness treatments for children. 2–3:30pm. Pre-registration recommended. 540-877-4303. kmillerhomeopath@gmail.com.

6 Meet the Artists at the Mill

Burwell Morgan Mill. 15 Tannery Lane. Millwood. Enjoy the 1000 pieces of displayed art for sale and meet the artists in a historic 18th century, operating mill. 2–5pm. 540-837-1799.

17 Walking Tour of  Arboretum

Blandy Experimental Farm. 400 Blandy Farm Lane. Boyce. Come see glorious displays of flowering trees, shrubs and wildflowers. 1–2:30pm. Free. Reservations required. 540-837-1758.

26 Annual Strawberry Festival

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. 219 N. Buckmarsh St. Berryville. The public is invited to enjoy delicious fried chicken lunches, homemade ice cream, scrumptious strawberry shortcake and fantastic baked goods. Enter to win prizes including a $100 gas card, restaurant gift cards or a plant. Lunch is $10; all proceeds benefit St. Mary’s outreach projects. 11am–2pm. 540-955-4617 or 540-837-2374.

Ongoing

Al-Anon

Tuesdays, 8:15–9:15pm. Grace Episcopal Church. N. Church St. Berryville. For friends and families of alcoholics.  If someone else’s drinking bothers you, please join us. 540-955-1610.

FISH Clothing Bank

Saturdays, 9am–12pm. Old Chapel Road and Route 340 south of Berryville. Also new location at 36 E. Main Street. Berryville. 540-955-1823.

Hippity, Hoppity, Rabbits on Their way

By Claire Stuart
Winchester Medical Center’s popular animal assisted therapy program has been around for over 20 years. Most people are familiar with therapy dogs, but bunny rabbit therapy isn’t as well known.
Rabbits come courtesy of Tom and Lynn Miller of Berryville, who became involved with rabbits in the 1990s when their now-grown children were in the 4-H rabbit program.
Lynn Miller has raised rabbits for 15 years and shown them since 2004. Her rabbits are fancy breeds like French Lops, Angoras and Lionheads, in all colors, shapes and sizes. Some are not even immediately recognizable as rabbits!
Rabbits have been with the hospital’s animal-assisted therapy from almost the beginning. Lynn Miller explained, “In the second year of the program, they had a lady who volunteered with a rabbit. It was successful, so they wanted more.”
That same volunteer approached the Miller children at the county fair and asked them to become junior volunteers. However, an adult had to accompany them, thus bringing their parents into the program. When their children reached high school and became interested in other activities, their parents continued with the hospital visits.
Cindy Newcomb of Berryville is one of the volunteers with the rabbit therapy program. Anyone who grew up in Clarke County probably knows Newcomb, who retired several years ago after teaching at Clarke Elementary for 40 years. She taught three of the Miller children and reconnected with Tom Miller in a Bible study class, and he asked her if she’d like to volunteer. Other volunteers are Gary Paulson and Lois Hitchcock.
The volunteers visit different parts of the hospital. Once a week, Newcomb comes to the hospital and visits the 4th floor.
“We put the rabbits on carts and take them around,” she said. “They have their own volunteer identification badges with their names and pictures. The rabbits are the most docile animals I’ve ever been around, and they love the attention of the patients.”
Newcomb reported that the rabbits wore Santa hats for Christmas, and that they have some costumes that they wear for various holidays. The rabbits are rotated so that the same ones do not visit every week. A group of new rabbits will be certified in June.
“Tom hopes to get more volunteers, since he has plenty of rabbits,” she said. “Right now, we visit one day a week.”
With additional volunteers, they could add more days and/or expand the amount of territory they cover in the hospital, including Rehabilitation Services on Cork Street.
Patients, both adults and children, love the rabbits. “And the nurses do, too. They know them by name. The nurses fight over them,” laughed Newcomb. “They need therapy, too!”
Newcomb is not bound by any time limit for a visit with a patient, and patients can have rabbits on their beds. “Some patients just want to pet the rabbit for a few minutes, others want more time,” she said. “I spent about 15 minutes in two rooms last night. I don’t pace myself or just see so many. “
Tom Miller explained that the rabbits have to be tested for temperament and get checked by a veterinarian. Most of the rabbits they use are French Lops, a very large breed.
“Our contacts in the rabbit show world allow us access to about half a dozen different rabbit breeds, where we can pick the rabbits with the best personalities,” he said. “I’ve never had a problem with a rabbit.”
He went on to say that nurses alert the volunteers when a patient has some special needs. “The patient might be blind or might not speak English, or might be depressed and need some cheer. Some people get few visitors and they enjoy the company. The volunteers talk with them. We’ve even been invited into a room when a patient has passed away and the family is there. The rabbits seem to be able to offer comfort and distraction.”
And, as Lynn Miller noted, “Some people, especially children, are afraid of dogs, but everybody loves bunny rabbits.”
Newcomb related a funny experience she had while taking a rabbit into a room. “A little boy was watching from a doorway across the hall where he was visiting his grandmother. I heard him tell her that he was going to go across the hall and pet the rabbit. The grandmother told him, ‘You stay right here. You know that there are no rabbits in a hospital!’  Boy, did we surprise her!”
Added Newcomb, “What touches me the most is when people say, ‘This is the best thing that happened to me today. It made me smile.’ People are so appreciative of the rabbits. This is as rewarding to me as it is for the patients. I come home every Monday evening glad that I went!”

Around Clarke March and April

March

17 Crazy Cash Party

John H. Enders Fire Company. 9 S. Buckmarsh St. Berryville. Doors open at 5:30pm, barbecue chicken and beef dinner at 6:30pm, first number drawn at 8pm. $1500 grand prize and only 275 tickets sold at $25 each. To purchase tickets call 540-955-1110 or email travis.sumption@gmail.com.

18 Long Branch Speaker Series

Long Branch Historic House and Farm. 830 Long Branch Lane. Millwood. Sarah Cohen, creator of Route 11 Potato Chips, presents “So, You Want to Start a Business.” $25 for one event, $80 for four part series. Reserve tickets ahead. 6pm.540-837-1856.

18 Film Series: “Frantz”

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. French and German film depicts the aftermath of World War I. 4pm. Members $5, nonmembers $8. Visit www.barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004(12–3 pm Tuesday to Saturday).

18 Autoimmune Disorders Class

The Sanctuary Wellness Center. 208 N. Buckmarsh St. Berryville. Susan Fidler, MCPP, ND, RH (AHG) leads “Methylation Mutants: Rising Above Autoimmune Disorders, Autism, Mysterious Health Issues and Beyond.” 3–4:30pm. Registration required. 540-227-0564. www.sanctuaryberryville.com.

20 Plants That Eat Animals Educational Event

Blandy Experimental Farm. 400 Blandy Farm Lane. Boyce. Steve Carroll teaches which plants “eat” animals, how they manage, and the costs and benefits. FOSA members $10, nonmembers $15; member family $20, nonmember family $25. 540-837-1758.

23 Mink’s Miracle Medicine Concert

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Raw, earthy sonic minimalism country music. $15. 8pm. Visit
barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004 (12–3 pm Tuesday
to Saturday).

24 Relationships and Conflicts Class

The Sanctuary Wellness Center. 208 N. Buckmarsh St. Berryville. Renowned speakers and award-winning authors Kelly Dorfman, MS, LND and David Mercier, MS, Lac offer “The Way of Wholeheartedness: A Course in Relationships.” 9am–4:30pm. Register with Eventbrite or at davidmercier.com. 540-227-0564.
www.sanctuaryberryville.com.

24 Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny

Clarke County Recreation Center. 255 Al Smith Circle. Berryville. Ages 1–2 11 am, 3–4 11:20am, 5–7 11:40am. $3. 540-955-5140.

25 Martha Washington Talk

Burwell-Morgan Mill. 15 Tannery Lane. Millwood. Historian Steven Campbell gives a lively talk on the first First Lady. CCHA members $10, nonmembers $15. 2–3:30pm. 540-837-1799.

25 Classical Concert

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. 27 Good Shepherd Road. Bluemont. “Moonlit in the Sun,” a string trio of violin, cello and viola, will present beautiful music by Mozart, Beethoven and Dohnanyi. Free will offering will benefit FISH of Clarke County. 3pm. 540-955-2600.

25 “At the Fork” Film

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Filmmaker and omnivore John Papola, together with his vegetarian wife Lisa, offer up a timely and refreshingly unbiased look at how farm animals are raised for our consumption. 4pm. $5. Visit barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004 (12–3 pm Tuesday to Saturday).

25 Ayurveda Self-Care Workshop

The Sanctuary Wellness Center. 208 N. Buckmarsh St. Berryville. Join Ayurvedic Health Counselor Kimber Hyatt for self care strategies. 2–4pm. Register by emailing kimber.barefoothealth@gmail.com or visit www.sanctuaryberryville.com. 540-227-0564.

29 Invasive Plant Identification and Management

Blandy Experimental Farm. 400 Blandy Farm Lane. Boyce. Learn to identify and manage invasive species during the spring season. 1–5pm. FOSA members $20, nonmembers $25. Reservations required. 540-837-1758.

29 Maundy Thursday Service

Crums United Methodist Church. 2832 Crums Church Road. Berryville. 7pm. 540-955-1852.

30 Ken and Brad Kolodner Concert

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Dynamic father and son duo perform on hammered dulcimer, banjo and fiddles. 8pm. $20 in advance, $25 at door, 12 and younger free. Visit www.barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004 (12–3 pm Tuesday to Saturday).

31 Easter in the Park

Rose Hill Park. Main Street. Berryville. Egg hunt, storytelling, bouncy house, drama, games, crafts, music and more. Free. 11am–1pm. Provided by Emmaus Church. www.emmausofclarke.com.

31 Full Moon Walk

Blandy Experimental Farm. 400 Blandy Farm Lane. Boyce. Explore the arboretum under the full moon. Wear comfortable shoes and bring flashlight. 7:30–8:30pm. FOSA members/UVa alumni $10, nonmembers $15; member/alumni family $20, nonmember family $25. Reservations required. 540-837-1758.

31  Community Easter Egg Hunt

Historic Long Branch. 830 Long Branch Lane. Boyce. Hayrides, bouncy castles, flowering spring garden, carriage rides and professional photographer. Jordan Springs barbecue for purchase. Adults $5, children free. 12–3pm.540-837-1856.

April

1 Pancake Breakfast

John H. Enders Fire Company, Berryville. 7am–12pm. Pancakes, sausage, eggs, sausage gravy, baked apples, coffee, milk, hot tea, apple and orange juice.
Adults $8, children $4, children under 6 eat free. 540-955-1110.

1 Easter Services

Crums United Methodist Church. 2832 Crums Church Road.. Berryville. Sunrise service 6:30am, contemporary service 8:45am, traditional service 11:15am.540-955-1852.

6 Bluegrass and Barbecue

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Bud’s Collective performs bluegrass. 8pm. $15 in advance, $20 at door, 12 and younger free. Visit www.barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004 (12–3 pm Tuesday to Saturday).

7 Barbecue Chicken  Dinner and Auction

Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds. 890 W. Main St. Berryville. Prepared by Clarke County Ruritans. Silent auction 4:30–6:30pm, live auction 7pm. Proceeds benefit Clarke County Relay for Life. Adults $15, children 8 and younger $10. 540-323-0097. patsyburner1948@gmail.com.

7 Make ‘n Take Air Plant Terrarium

Blandy Experimental Farm. 400 Blandy Farm Lane. Boyce. Let your creativity grow and discover the fascinating life of air plants. Price includes all materials. 10–11:30am. FOSA members $25, nonmembers $30. Reservations required. 540-837-1758.

7 Piano Concert

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Award-winning pianist Petronel Malan performs. 8pm. $20 in advance, $25 at door, 12 and younger free. Visit
www.barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004 (12–3 pm Tuesday to Saturday).

12 Walking Tour of  Arboretum

Blandy Experimental Farm. 400 Blandy Farm Lane. Boyce. Come see glorious displays of flowering trees, shrubs and wildflowers. 1–2:30pm. Free. Reservations required. 540-837-1758.

12 Irish Music Concert

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. The Alt, three masters of Irish music, perform. 8pm. $20 in advance, $25 at door, 12 and younger free. Visit
www.barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004 (12–3 pm Tuesday to Saturday).

13–15 “The Little  Mermaid” Musical

Clarke County High School auditorium. 627 Mosby Blvd. Berryville. Students will bring to life the Disney musical based on the beloved animated movie. 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, 2:30pmSunday. Adults $12, children $8.
brewerc@clarke.k12.va.us.

14 Tastefully Simple Open House

Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church. 210 E. Main St. Berryville. All welcome to stop by and sample products. Proceeds benefit Clarke County Relay Team Razmataz. 1–4pm.540-323-0097. patsyburner1948@gmail.com.

14 Family Dance Party and Silent Auction

D.G. Cooley Elementary School Lower Campus. 240 Westwood Road. Berryville. DJ, concessions, silent auction, glow store, dessert bar and more for elementary students and families. $1 admission. 6–9pm. www.pantherspto.org.

14 An Evening with Elvis and Conway

John Enders Fire Hall. Berryville. Join the Stone’s Chapel Memorial Association at a special benefit concert featuring tribute artist Kevin Booth. First half features Conway Twitty and second half Elvis Presley. All proceeds benefit the ongoing restoration of the historic Stone’s Chapel. 7pm. Tickets sold at door only. Adults $10, students $5. 540-955-1110.

15 Desegregation Retrospective Roundtable

Boyce United Methodist Church. 8 Old Chapel Ave. Boyce. CCHA and the Josephine School Community Museum will partner together for a discussion with former teachers and students with firsthand experiences from Johnson-Williams High School and Clarke County High School 2pm. 540-955-2600.

18 Live Trivia 

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. CCHA and the Clarke County Library team up to bring live team trivia with categories including history, movies, literature, science and more. Prizes donated by local businesses. 7pm. Free. 540-955-2600.

21 Spaghetti Dinner

Boyce Fire Hall, Boyce. All you can eat dinner with food, fun and fellowship to benefit Boyce United Methodist Ministries. Takeout trays available. Free will offering. 4–7pm.540-336-3585.

21 Earth Day Celebration

Sam Michael’s Park. 235 Sam Michaels Lane. Shenandoah Junction, W.Va. Local artists, musicians, food vendors, environmental organizations, kids’ activities. Free. 11am–7pm.240-520-7058.

22 Blue Ridge Hunt Point to Point Races

Woodley Farm. 590 Woodley Lane. Berryville. First race at 12pm. Stick horse races for children and other activities. $25 per car, $150 for VIP tailgate parking. 540-631-1919. diana.perry@viasatinc.com.

Ongoing

Al-Anon

Tuesdays, 8:15–9:15pm. Grace Episcopal Church. N. Church St. Berryville. For friends and families of alcoholics.  If someone else’s drinking bothers you, please join us. 540-955-1610.

FISH Clothing Bank

Saturdays, 9am–12pm. Old Chapel Road and Route 340 south of Berryville. Also new location at 36 E. Main Street. Berryville. 540-955-1823.

Around Clarke February/March 2018

February

22 Soul-Full Community Meal

Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, 210 E. Main St. Berryville. All are welcome to partake in the meal provided by St. Luke’s Baptist Church and Zion Baptist Church. Free. 5:15pm. 703-477-8940.

24 Cash Party

Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company. 131 Retreat Road. Bluemont. Buffet dinner, snacks, beverages, cash prizes from $20 to $1000 and silent auction. $25 per person, all proceeds benefit the company. 6pm. 540-323-0551.

24 CCEF Cornhole  Tournament

291 Grand View Lane. Berryville. First annual event will raise funds for Clarke County Educational Foundation. Teams must pre-register and the rules will be reviewed at the beginning of the tournament. $100 for teams of two. Email
ccefinc.berryville@gmail.com for additional information and registration form, or
call 540-955-6103.

24 Soup and Sandwich Lunch

Boyce Fire Hall. 9 S. Greenway Ave. Boyce. Hosted by the Stepping Stones Community Action Team. Freewill donation at the door for community outreach. 11am. 540-327-2384.

25 Long Branch Speaker Series

Long Branch Historic House and Farm. 830 Long Branch Lane. Millwood. Jonathan Noyalas, director of Shenandoah University’s McCormick Civil War Institute, discusses healing the war’s wounds in the Valley. $25 for one event, $80 for four part series. Reserve tickets ahead. 6pm. 540-837-1856.

25 Homeopathy and the Flu

The Sanctuary Wellness Center. 208 N. Buckmarsh St. Berryville. Kathy Miller, RN, CCH, will explore safe and simple methods of managing health and wellness. 2pm. 540-227-0564. www.sanctuaryberryville.com.

March

2 Bluegrass and Barbecue

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Award-winning original and traditional bluegrass. Barbecue from Jordan Springs Market on sale at 7pm, concert at 8pm. $15 in advance, $20 at door, 12 and younger free. Visit www.barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004 (12–3 pm Tuesday to Saturday).

3 Ham and Turkey Dinner

Boyce Fire Hall. 9 S. Greenway Ave. Boyce. All you can eat, carryout available. Country and gospel music provided by Heavenly Notes. Benefits White Post United Methodist Church. Freewill donation. 540-327-2384.

3 Conifer Identification: Tips and Tricks

Blandy Experimental Farm. 400 Blandy Farm Lane. Boyce. Mary Olien of Fairfax County Park Authority guides hands-on activities and a walk through the conifer collection. FOSA members $10, nonmembers $15. 540-837-1758.

4 Long Branch Speaker Series

Long Branch Historic House and Farm. 830 Long Branch Lane. Millwood. Chuck Downs, Deputy Director of the Pentagon’s East Asia office, will focus on what to expect from Kim Jong Un after the Olympics. $25 for one event, $80 for four part series. Reserve tickets ahead. 6pm. 540-837-1856.

5 Fertility Support Group

The Sanctuary Wellness Center. 208 N. Buckmarsh St. Berryville. Five weeks of Monday classes offer holistic methods of intervention to support fertility. Registration recommended. 5:15–6:45pm. 540-227-0564www.sanctuaryberryville.com.

7 Dervish Concert

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. World-renowned Irish music paired with storytelling. 8pm. $25 in advance, $35 at door. Visit www.barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004 (12–3 pmTuesday to Saturday).

11 Sunday Wellness Series: Allergy Season

The Sanctuary Wellness Center. 208 N. Buckmarsh St. Berryville. Registered medical herbalist Geo Giordano teaches simple strategies for improving allergies. 2–4pm. 540-227-0564. www.sanctuaryberryville.com.

17 Crazy Cash Party

John H. Enders Fire Company. 9 S. Buckmarsh St. Berryville. Doors open at 5:30pm, barbecue chicken and beef dinner at 6:30pm, first number drawn at 8pm. $1500 grand prize and only 275 tickets sold at $25 each. To purchase tickets call 540-955-1110 or email travis.sumption@gmail.com.

11 Long Branch Speaker Series

Long Branch Historic House and Farm. 830 Long Branch Lane. Millwood. Clarke County’s John Lewis focuses on some of his renowned world photography. $25 for one event, $80 for four part series. Reserve tickets ahead. 6pm. 540-837-1856.

18 Long Branch Speaker Series

Long Branch Historic House and Farm. 830 Long Branch Lane. Millwood. Sarah Cohen, creator of Route 11 Potato Chips, presents “So, You Want to Start a Business.” $25 for one event, $80 for four part series. Reserve tickets ahead. 6pm. 540-837-1856.

20 Plants That Eat  Animals Educational Event

Blandy Experimental Farm. 400 Blandy Farm Lane. Boyce. Steve Carroll teaches which plants “eat” animals, how they manage, and the costs and benefits. FOSA members $10, nonmembers $15; member family $20, nonmember family $25. 540-837-1758.

Ongoing

Al-Anon

Tuesdays, 8:15–9:15pm. Grace Episcopal Church. N. Church St. Berryville. For friends and families of alcoholics.  If someone else’s drinking bothers you, please join us. 540-955-1610.

FISH Clothing Bank

Saturdays, 9am–12pm. Old Chapel Road and Route 340 south of Berryville. Also new location at 36 E. Main Street. Berryville. 540-955-1823.

Around Clarke County

October

12 Corn Potato String Band Concert
Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Traditional American fiddle and banjo music. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. $15 in advance, $20 at door, 12 and younger free. Visit www.barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004 (12–3 pm Tuesday to Saturday).
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13-22 Art Show 
The Mill at Carter Hall. 2611 Millwood Rd. Variety of work presented by Duvall Designs Gallery. 12–5pm.
540-336-9631.
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13-15 American Conservation Film Festival
Various locations in Shepherdstown, W.V. Six day festival is also held Oct. 20–22 and includes discussions with visiting filmmakers and environmental experts, films for kids, a filmmaker workshop, special free screenings and festive parties. Students 18 and younger receive free admission to all films. Visit
conservationfilm.org for details.
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14 Clarke County Education Foundation Celebration
Shenandoah Valley Golf Club. 134 Golf Club Circle. Front Royal. Silent and live auctions, music, dancing, photo both, appetizers, salad, plated dinner, dessert and complimentary beer/wine. Benefits Clarke County Education Foundation. 6–11pm. www.ccefinc.org.
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14 Roaring Twenties Casino Night
Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Drinks, hors d’oeuvres, funny money and silent auction to benefit the Independent School of Winchester. Roaring twenties attire encouraged. 6–10pm. $35. meghan@iswva.org.
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14–15 Art at the Mill 
Burwell-Morgan Mill. 15 Tannery Lane. Millwood. Twice-yearly art show sponsored by the Clarke County Historical Association (CCHA) features more than 900 pieces of original art available for purchase created by regional artists in a wide range of media.  A portion of the proceeds goes to help support the CCHA and maintenance of the historic mill. 12–5pm. $5. 540-955-2600.
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14–15  Fall Farm Days’ Nature Weekend
Sky Meadows State Park. 11012 Edmonds Lane. Delaplane. Celebrate the beauty and diversity of the park through a variety of programs, demonstrations and activities. Free with $5 parking fee. 10am–5pm. 540-592-3556. www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/sky-meadows#general_information.
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15 “The Eagle Huntress” Movie Screening
Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Critically acclaimed 2016 documentary portrays the first female in generations to hunt with eagles in Mongolia. 4pm. $8, $5 for MLT/MSV/Barns members. Visit www.barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004 (12–3 pm Tuesday to Saturday).

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21 Crazy Cash Party
John H. Enders Fire Company and Rescue Squad. 9 S. Buckmarsh St. Berryville. Barbecue chicken and beef dinner with $1500 grand prize. Doors open at 5:30pm and first number is drawn at 8pm. $25 per person. 540-955-1110. secretary@endersfire.com.
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21 Survey Day
Clermont Farm. 801 E. Main St. Berryville. Talk will highlight the history of land surveying and farming in the county. A hayride will follow immediately after. 2–4pm. $10 for CCHA members, $15 for nonmembers. 540-955-2600.
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21–22 Native American Harvest Festival
Clarke County Fairgrounds. 890 W. Main St. Berryville. The Gathering event will bring Lumbee Indians and other Native American Indigenous people from four directions to converge in the Shenandoah Valley, along with thousands of visitors to celebrate the fall harvest with dance and music through community. $7 admission, children 6 and younger free. harvestgathering.org.
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21  Astronomy for Everyone
Sky Meadows State Park. 11012 Edmonds Lane. Delaplane. Evening of space exploration begins with half hour Junior Astronomer program followed by a presentation. Free with $5 parking fee. 6:30–9:30pm. 540-592-3556. http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/sky-meadows#general_information.
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21–22 Fall Farm Days: Rest and Rejuvenation Weekend 
Sky Meadows State Park. 11012 Edmonds Lane. Delaplane. Celebrate the beauty and diversity of the park through a variety of programs, demonstrations and activities. Free with $5 parking fee. 10am–5pm. 540-592-3556. http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/sky-meadows#general_information.
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21 Bryan Shepherd Performance
Boyce Fire Hall. 7 Greenway Ave. The Stepping Stones Community Action Team presents a performance to benefit the Clarke County Senior Center. $10 for music only, $20 for music plus pulled pork barbecue dinner. Doors open at 5pm, meal at 6pm and show at 7pm. 540-837-1123.
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21 Paws for Reading
Clarke County Library. 101 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Kids of all ages are welcome to come and practice their reading skills. 1pm. Free.
540-955-5190.
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21 Sustainability in the Garden Talk
Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Barns in partnership with Clarke County Library host Elaine Specht from the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association for a talk, “Happy Soil, Happy Plants.” 2–3pm. Free. Visit www.barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004 (12–3 pm Tuesday to Saturday).
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22 Community Hymn Sing
Berryville Baptist Church. 114 Academy St. Berryville. Choirs from a number of Clarke County churches will sing one or two selections each followed by a joint rendition of “How Great Thou Art.” A freewill
offering will be collected to benefit Stone’s Chapel. Elevator is available to second floor sanctuary. 540-955-1423.
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22 Trick or Treat 5K and Family Fun Run
Sky Meadows State Park. 11012 Edmonds Lane. Delaplane. Halloween-themed trail race promises fun and adventure for everyone. Costumes encouraged and five fun stations to enjoy and receive a voucher for a free pumpkin from the park’s patch. 2–4pm. $30 registratrion. 540-592-3556. www.dcr.virginia.gov/
state-parks/sky-meadows#general_information.
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28-29 Fall Farm Days: History of  Sky Meadows
Sky Meadows State Park. 11012 Edmonds Lane. Delaplane. Step back in time and see history come to life with living historians, live music, children’s play, refreshments for sale and pick your own pumpkin patch. Free with $5 parking fee. 10am–5pm540-592-3556. www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/sky-meadows#general_information.
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29 Live Outdoor Raku Pottery Firing
Althouse Pottery Studio/Gallery. 1320 Chilly Hollow Rd. Berryville. Watch and learn how pottery is raku fired by taking red hot pieces out of a kiln, placing into a can of sawdust and allowing flames to decorate. Firings and open gallery sales will take place 12–7pm. Free. www.althousepottery.com.
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29 Sounds of the Blue Ridge
Franklin Park Arts Center. 36441 Blueridge View Lane. Purcellville. Furnace Mountain Band performs to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with a reception.
www.friendsofblueridge.org.
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November

4 Heritage Day Burwell-Morgan Mill.

15 Tannery Lane. Millwood. 7th annual event sponsored by the Clarke County Historical Society with fun activities for the whole family. 11am–4pm. Free. 540-955-2600.

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4 Farmer’s Forge and Settle’s Kettle
Sky Meadows State Park. 11012 Edmonds Lane. Delaplane. Watch blacksmiths fashion iron into helpful tools and kitchen items used on the farm, and follow your nose to the Log House to see what tasty treats are cooking on the hearth. Free with $5 parking fee. 12–3pm. 540-592-3556. www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/sky-meadows#general_information.
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5 FISH Hymn Sing
Marvin Chapel United Methodist Church. 1955 Shepherds Mill Rd. Berryville. A wide variety of music is planned for the evening and a freewill offering will be taken to benefit those in need. 6:30pm. For information or to volunteer at FISH, call 540-955-1823.
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7 Election Day
Various polling locations throughout Clarke County. Call 540-955-5168 or visit http://clarkecounty.gov/government/votingelections.html to learn about registering to vote and where your voting location is. 6am–7pm.
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7 Historical Book Discussion
Clarke County Historical Assocation. 32 E. Main St. Berryville. After going to the polls on Election Day, come discuss “Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine, and the Murder of a President” by Candice Millard. 6–7pm. Free.
540-955-2600.
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11 Veteran’s Day Concert
Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Clarke County Community Band performs. 7pm. Free. Visit www.barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004 (12–3 pm Tuesday to Saturday).
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11 Veteran’s Day 5K Run/Walk 
Sky Meadows State Park. 11012 Edmonds Lane. Delaplane. Help honor our veterans with a race with 15 percent of proceeds benefiting Boulder Crest Retreat, a nonprofit rural wellness center in Bluemont for veterans and their families. $35 registration. 10am–12pm. 540-592-3556. www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/sky-meadows#general_information.
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17 Timothy Chambers  TED Talk, Book Signing and Reception
Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Evening with accomplished local portrait and landscape painter, founder and teacher of Iguana Art Academy and author, Tim Chambers, as he shares his TED Talk given in Chicago as well as his latest book, “Seeing Beautiful,” followed by a book signing. Chambers’s landscape paintings of Clarke County will be on display throughout the month of November. 7:30–9pm. $8 in advance, $10 at door. www.timothychambers.com.
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23 Soul-Full Community Thanksgiving Meal
Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church. 210 E. Main St. Berryville. 13 local churches get together to provide a meal open to all in the community. Free. 540-955-1264.

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25 Ornament Glazing Event
Althouse Pottery Studio/Gallery. 1320 Chilly Hollow Rd. Berryville. Glaze a free ornament for the holidays. Ornament pickup is Dec. 10 during the studio’s Christmas sale event. 12–7pm. Free. www.althousepottery.com.

Around Clarke County April–May 2016

15

Rhythm Future     Quartet

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Court. Berryville. The acoustic jazz ensemble, Rhythm Future Quartet, has a straightforward agenda: to keep the spirit of Gypsy jazz alive and expanding in today’s musical universe. The virtuosic foursome, named for a Django Reinhardt tune, offers up a newly minted sound, influenced by the classic Hot Club of France, yet wholly contemporary. Led by violinist Jason Anick and guitarist Olli Soikkeli, the quartet performs dynamic and lyrical arrangements of both Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions that draw upon diverse international rhythms and musical idioms. With Max O’Rourke on second guitar and Greg Loughman on bass, Rhythm Future is dedicated to expanding the boundaries of a vital musical genre. Doors open at 7. Show starts at 8. $15 in advance. $20 at the door. 12 and under free. For more information visit www.barnsofrosehill.org.

 

15

Mindfulness in Nature

Guided Walking Meditation. Led by Shell Fischer of Mindful Shenandoah Valley. Blandy Experimental Farm. 6:30—8:30pm. Slow down and draw on nature through guided meditation, silent walking, and personal reflection. Dress for the weather. 16 and older. $10 FOSA members, $12 nonmembers. Reservations required. For information call 540-837-1758 ext. 224 or visit www.blandy.virginia.edu.

 

16

Cash Party

John Enders Fire Hall. 9 South Buckmarsh St., Berryville. Doors open at 5:30. Crazy Cash Party and BBQ Dinner. Grand Prize $1500. Only 275 tickets. Call 540-955-1110 or email secretary@endersfire.com.

 

 

16

Clarke County Rotary Casino Night

Boyce Volunteer Fire Company Social Hall.  Funds will be used for the new Rotary Picnic Shelter at Clarke County Parks and Recreation.  Doors open at 5pm. Food served from 5:30­–6:30. Gaming starts at 5:30. Tickets: $40 donation.

 

17

Michael Chapdelaine

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Court. Berryville. From New York’s Lincoln Center to the Cactus Cafe in Austin, from Milano to Bangkok, Michael continues to enchant, dazzle and surprise audiences and critics alike as he redefines the modern acoustic guitar with his amazing technique. His performances, played on both steel string and classical guitars, include musical styles ranging from blues to Bach to country to rhythm n’ blues as he wins his audiences’ hearts with breathtaking technique and the poetic magic of his original musical portraits and landscapes. Doors open at 3. Show starts at 4. $15 in advance. $20 at the door. 12 and under free. For more information visit www.barnsofrosehill.org.

 

17

VHSA Jumper Show

Sandstone Farm, 3805 Millwood Road, Millwood. Free admission to all events. Breakfast and Lunch available. For Information 540-837-1261 or e-mail sandstonefarm@aol.com. See schedule at www.sandstonefarm.com.

 

19

Film: Land Rush

My Neighbor and Me. 15 E. Main Street. Berryville. One hour Why Poverty? documentary will be shown followed by discussion on tonight’s focus on land and how do you feed the world? 7pm. Free event. 540-955-8124. www.myneighborandme.com.

 

 

22

Berryville Drum Circle

My Neighbor and Me. 15 E. Main Street. Berryville. This evening’s drum circle will be lead by Jona Masiya. 7–8:30pm. Free event. 540-955-8124 www.myneighborandme.com.

 

22

Book Talk

By Lesley Lee Francis – You Come Too: My Journey with Robert Frost. Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Court. Berryville. Lesley Lee Francis, granddaughter of the beloved American poet Robert Frost, talks about her new book, You Come Too: My Journey with Robert Frost.  In the book, she combines priceless personal memories and rigorous research to create a portrait of Frost and the women, including herself, whose lives he touched. Francis’s invaluable insights into Frost’s poetry and her inclusion of previously unpublished family writings and photographs make this book essential to Frost scholarship. But You Come Too will appeal to anyone interested in this great poet’s life and work. It also reveals unforgettable stories of strong, independent women and their passion to create and share poetry. Doors open at 6. Book talk starts at 7. Free event. For more information visit www.barnsofrosehill.org.

 

23

Thru the Garden Gate

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Court. Berryville. Lower Gallery. Multimedia exhibit of garden-related art. Free. Opens at 11am. Runs through May 28th.

Oils, acrylics, watercolors, sculpture, including work of Kentucky artist Ailene Fraser. kelli.hart@borh.org. www.barnsofrosehill.org. 540-955-2004.

 

23

Artists’ Gardens

Presentation by Suzann Smith Wilson. Barns of Rose Hill. Great Hall. 11am and 1pm,  Free. Guests must be seated 5 minutes before program time to be admitted. Suzann will discuss artists and artwork featured in the book entitled Artists’ Gardens by Bill Laws. The book features twenty artists’ gardens worldwide from those of Claude Monet, Carl Milles, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth to Gertrude Jekyll, John James Audubon, Frida Kahlo and William Morris. kelli.hart@borh.org. www.barnsofrosehill.org. 540-955-2004.

 

24

Bluegrass and BBQ

featuring The Foghorn Stringband. Barns of Rose Hill. Berryville. The Foghorn Stringband is the present day shining gold standard for American string band music, with eight albums, thousands of shows, over a decade of touring under their belts, and an entirely new generation of old-time musicians following their lead. Through all this, they’ve never let the music grow cold; instead they’ve been steadily proving that American roots music is a never-ending well of inspiration. The music of The Foghorn Stringband today, revolves around four master musicians: Portland, Oregon-based Caleb Klauder (vocals, mandolin, fiddle) and Reeb Willms (vocals, guitar), and Yukon-based Nadine Landry (vocals, upright bass) and Stephen ‘Sammy’ Lind (vocals, fiddle, banjo). Each member of The Foghorn Stringband comes not only from a different part of the American roots music spectrum, but leads the pack in their field as well. Doors open at 7. Show starts at 8. $15 in advance. $20 at the door. 12 and under free. For more information visit www.barnsofrosehill.org.

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Michael Lynche and the Black Saints

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Court. Berryville. Michael Lynche is a new breed soul singer with classic influences. Undeniable charisma, well-crafted uniquely arranged songs, and a voice soaked in passion gives Big Mike the tools to bring it every night without fail. With talent so versatile he’s played jazz/blues clubs to opera halls with 100 piece symphonies backing him, Mike aims to please and doesn’t disappoint. Often compared as a new-age Luther Vandross, get ready for a night of amazing love songs from ‘The Minister of Love!’ Michael Lynche’s life has been defined by two things: love and second chances. The Florida native and devoted family man’s rise from obscurity was well documented through his riveting appearance on American Idol. Known to America as “Big Mike,” he was famously “saved” by the judges, giving him a second chance to continue through the prized competition. Doors open at 7. Show starts at 8. $25 in advance. $30 at the door. 12 and under free. For more information visit www.barnsofrosehill.org.

 

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Independent Bookstore Day

Winchester Book Gallery. 185 North Loudoun Street. Winchester. 400 Bookstores. 12 Exclusive Books & Art Pieces. One Day Only. The Winchester Book Gallery will launch Apple Blossom Saturday at 10am with hourly giveaways, a central coloring table for everyone, a bloomin’ tree upstairs, a Favorite Classics Wall, an all-day Open Poetry Mic, and a Trivia Wheel with a Grand Prize! We will also offer exclusive day-of merchandise created especially for Independent Bookstore Day by major publishers and authors. www.winchesterbookgallery.com. 540-667-3444.

 

 

May

1

April Verch

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Court. Berryville. April Verch steps, sings, and fiddles with a fresh and feisty approach to deep North American traditions. Verch’s delicate voice, energetic footwork, and stunning playing, a trifecta of talents she brings together simultaneously to jaw-dropping effect. While Verch is perhaps best known for playing traditional fiddle styles from her native Ottawa Valley, Canada, her performances extend into old-time American and Appalachian styles and beyond, for a well-rounded tour-de-force of North Americana sounds. Verch tours with world-class musicians as a trio, featuring acoustic guitar, mandolin, bass and clawhammer banjo in addition to Verch’s vocals, fiddle and foot percussion. One might suspect a performer with as many talents as Verch would pause to take a breath, or need to somewhat compartmentalize her skills during a live performance. But on stage, Verch is almost superhuman, flawlessly intertwining and overlapping different performative elements. She stepdances while fiddling. She sings while stepdancing. Sometimes she sings, steps and fiddles all at once, with apparent ease and precision. Verch is – as they say – a triple threat in performance, her live show a beautiful companion to her music: versatile, robust, and masterfully executed. Doors open at 7. Show starts at 8. $15 in advance. $20 at the door. 12 and under free. For more information visit www.barnsofrosehill.org.

3

Film: Give Us the Money

My Neighbor and Me. 15 E. Main Street. Berryville. One hour Why Poverty? documentary will be shown followed by discussion on tonight’s focus on money and how do you change the world? 7pm.  Free event. 540-955-8124 www.myneighborandme.com.

6

Bluegrass and BBQ

Featuring Bud’s Collective. Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Court. Berryville. Join us for a night of Bluegrass & BBQ with Bud’s Collective.  Bud’s Collective is a dynamic group of pickers and singers from the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. With deep roots in Bluegrass music, they are not afraid to venture off the well beaten path and play songs by Bill Withers, Tom Petty, Alabama, Django Rhinehart, Johnny Cash and many more, while maintaining an energy that is all their own. The group also features a long list of original material written by band leader and guitar player, Buddy Dunlap. What began as a “throw together group of whoever Buddy could collect,” quickly turned into one of the hottest bluegrass bands in the DC area. Since its inception in December of 2012, Bud’s Collective has played with the likes of Ricky Skaggs, Loretta Lynn, Rhonda Vincent, Sierra Hull, Larry Sparks, and Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen just to name a few. The band took first place in the 2013 DC Bluegrass Union Band Competition, and second place in the 2014 SPBGMA Band Competition in Nashville. Doors open at 7. Show starts at 8. $15 in advance. $20 at the door. 12 and under free. For more information visit www.barnsofrosehill.org.

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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 sandstonefarm@aol.com. See schedule for times and details at www.sandstonefarm.com.

Around Clarke in December & January

December 

11 Dirk Powell and Riley Baugus

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct., Berryville. Doors open at 7:30. Show begins at 8. Don’t miss two of the country’s most respected masters of old-time music! As solo performers, Dirk Powell and Riley Baugus are each superb. Together, they are an old-time music dream. $20 in advance. $25 at the door. For more information visit www.barnsofrosehill.org.

12 Art Education for the Holidays

Fire House Gallery. 23 E. Main Street. Berryville. 12–3pm. Artist and teacher Cheryl Suitor will demonstrate how to paint farm animals in her fascinating style. This event is free and open to the public. For more information visit www.firehousegalleryva.com, email info@firehousegalleryva.com, or call 540-955-4001.

12 /13 A Jazz Age  Christmas

Historic Long Branch. 830 Long Branch Lane. Millwood. 5pm. Historic house tour. The house will be decorated in the theme “A Jazz Age Christmas”. The tour will give the history of the home while focusing on Christmas traditions of the Roaring Twenties. Hot mulled cider and cookies will be provided. We will also be a Toys for Tots drop off location throughout November and December. Admission for the tours will be $10/Adults and children under ten are free, adults will receive half off their admission if they bring a toy to donate to TOYS FOR TOTS. For more information call 540-837-1856.

12 /13 Holiday Gift Wrapping

Sweet Pea. 5 D East Main Street. Berryville. Saturday from 12–4pm. Sunday from 1–4pm. The Merchants Committee of Berryville Main Street is hosting a gift wrapping event. Gifts wrapped while you wait. Donations accepted for a local non-profit organization. Wrapping paper included. 540-955-5501.

13 Matt Palmer

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct., Berryville.  Doors open at 3:30. Show starts at 4. “Classical guitarist Matt Palmer is one of a kind. Combining the soul of an artist, the technical virtuosity of the highest caliber and a heightened sense of musicality.” — Guitar International Magazine. $15 in advance. $20 at the door. For more information visit www.barnsofrosehill.org.

13 CCHS Choirs

St. Luke’s Baptist Church. 17 Liberty Street. Berryville.

13 Candlelight Christmas Service

Historic Stone’s Chapel. 4138 Crum’s Church Road. Berryville. 6pm. Come join us for an old-fashioned candlelight service of Christmas music and readings at the historic Stone’s Chapel. For more info visit www.stoneschapel.org.

13 Classical Music Series

Matt Palmer. Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Guitarist Matt Palmer has appeared as a soloist throughout the United States, Europe, Mexico, Canada, South America, and the Caribbean. A recent recipient of the “Up and Coming Guitarist of the Year” award by Guitar International Magazine, Matt has been described by critics as “a young artist about to make a real dent in the world of classical guitar” (Premier Guitar Magazine), “highly expressive and technically virtuosic” (Modern Guitars Magazine), “a truly accomplished and refined musician” (Cleveland Classical), and “one of the world’s best guitar players” (The Royal Gazette). Performance starts at 8. Doors open at 7:30. $20 in advance. $25 at the door. For more information visit www.barnsofrosehill.org.

15 Boys Varsity Basketball

Clarke County High School. Berryville. 7:45pm. vs Madison County.

16 Advent Supper

Christ Church Millwood. 809 Bishop Meade Road, Millwood. 6pm Covered Dish Supper followed by Vespers Service. For more information call 540-837-1112.

18 Berryville Drum Circle

led by Jona Masiya. My Neighbor and Me. 15 E. Main Street, Berryville. 7pm. 540-955-8124 www.myneighborandme.com  This is a free event.

19 Blandy Bird Count & Family Festival.

Blandy Experimental Farm. 400 Blandy Farm Lane. Boyce. 1–3 pm. Come to Blandy for an afternoon of free, bird-centered activities and crafts. Learn to identify common birds, help with our count, make a bird feeder, and more. Recommended age range is 5 to 14 years, but all are welcome. Part of the time will be spent outside, so dress for the weather, and bring binoculars if you have them. No dogs please. Reservations: 540-837-1758. Ext. 224. M-F 1–5 or register online anytime.

19 A Jazz Age Christmas

Historic Long Branch. 830 Long Branch Lane. Millwood. 5pm. Historic house tour. The house will be decorated in the theme “A Jazz Age Christmas”. The tour will give the history of the home while focusing on Christmas traditions of the Roaring Twenties. Hot mulled cider and cookies will be provided. We will also be a Toys for Tots drop off location throughout November and December. Admission for the tours will be $10/Adults and children under ten are free, adults will receive half off their admission if they bring a toy to donate to TOYS FOR TOTS. For more information call 540-837-1856.

18 Girls Varsity Basketball

Clarke County High School. Berryville. 7:45pm. vs Central Woodstock.

19 Boys Varsity Basketball

Clarke County High School. Berryville. 5:30pm. vs Luray.

19 /20 Holiday Gift Wrapping

Sweet Pea. 5 D East Main Street. Berryville. Saturday from 12–4pm. Sunday from 1–4pm. The Merchants Committee of Berryville Main Street is hosting a gift wrapping event. Gifts wrapped while you wait. Donations accepted for a local non-profit organization. Wrapping paper included. 540-955-5501.

20 Film series

“Far from the Madding Crowd”. Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct., Berryville. Based on the literary classic by Thomas Hardy, Far From The Madding Crowd, is the story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance. Rated PG-13. 119 minutes. Doors open 3:30. Film starts at 4. $5 Barns of Rose Hill and Magic Lantern Theater members. $8 for nonmembers. For more information visit www.barnsofrosehill.org.

22 Boys Varsity Basketball

Clarke County High School. Berryville. 7:45pm. vs Warren County.

24 Christmas Eve Service

Christ Church Millwood. 809 Bishop Meade Road, Millwood. 5pm Candlelight Communion. 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.

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. Buttons are $10 each. Children 10 yrs & under are FREE. Visit www.firstnightwinchester.com for more information and locations where buttons are being sold.

 

January

4 Boys Varsity Basketball

Clarke County High School. Berryville. 7:30pm. vs Riverside.

6 Girls Varsity Basketball

Clarke County High School. Berryville. 7:45pm. vs Central Strasburg.

 

7 Boys Varsity Basketball

Clarke County High School. Berryville. 7:45pm. vs William Monroe.

 

7 Weekly Old Time Jam

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct., Berryville. On Thursdays starting January 7 for musicians and music lovers alike. Come and play old-time music, or just hang out and listen. This is free, family friendly event. Doors open at 5:30. Jam from 6–8. For more information visit www.barnsofrosehill.org.

 

8 Taarka

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct., Berryville. Described by SF Weekly as a “collision of Django Reinhardt and David Grisman,” Taarka is the new acoustic “supergroup” (Flagstaff Live) “presenting masterfully deep americana and gypsyjazz string band music!” Led by the husband-and-wife team of David Pelta-Tiller (mandolin, tenor guitar, vocals) and Enion Pelta-Tiller (five-string violin, vocals) Taarka fills out its unique sound with award-winning bassist Troy Robey and prodigious young guitarist Mike Robinson, Taarka is bringing their otherworldly, energetic music to venues across the US, Canada, Europe and Mexico. Doors open at 7:30 Performance starts at 8. $15 in advance. $20 at the door. For more information visit www.barnsofrosehill.org.

 

9 Girls Varsity Basketball

Clarke County High School. Berryville. 4pm. vs James Wood. Boys varsity game will follow the girls.

 

11 Girls Varsity Basketball

Clarke County High School. Berryville. 7:30pm. vs Rappahannock.

 

12 Boys Varsity Basketball

Clarke County High School. Berryville. 7:45pm. vs Rappahannock.

 

17 Donkey Basketball tournament

CCEF / CCPS Donkey Basketball Fundraiser. DG Cooley Lower Campus Elementary School gymnasium. 240 Westwood Road. Berryville. Doors open at 2.  Game at 3. The tournament will consist of four Clarke teams – Elementary, Middle School/Powhatan, Clarke County High School, and a Community team.  Also billed as the “Craziest Show on Earth”, all players will be riding donkeys inside the gymnasium while playing basketball!  Limited seating. $10 in advance and $12 at door if not sold out.

 

17  Film series

“Magician -The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles”. Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct., Berryville. Looks at the remarkable genius of Orson Welles on the eve of his centenary – the enigma of his career as a Hollywood star, a Hollywood director (for some a Hollywood failure), and a crucially important independent filmmaker. North American Premiere at the 2014 Telluride Film Festival. Doors open 3:30. Film starts at 4. $5 Barns of Rose Hill and Magic Lantern Theater members. $8 for nonmembers. For more information visit www.barnsofrosehill.org.

Every Thursday at Firehouse Gallery Lunchbox Jam Session

Fire House Gallery, 23 E. Main Street, Berryville, VA,12:00-1:00p.m. Looking for Musicians! Bring an instrument, some hands to clap, or just an ear to listen. All welcome. Regular Gallery Hours: T-F 11-4, Sat, 11-4. This event is free and open to the public. For more information see our Facebook Page or webpage: info@firehousegalleryva.com. 540-955-4001.