Around Clarke County in Nov/Dec

November

21/22 Grace Church Holiday Bazaar

Friday 10am-3pm and Saturday 9am-2pm. Grace Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall. 110 North Church Street, Berryville. Featuring beautiful handmade crafts & gift items, attic treasures and delicious baked goods.  A Turkey Luncheon will be served on FRIDAY ONLY from 11:30am – 1 pm. Cost of the meal is $10 and includes Roast Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Gravy, Green Bean Cassarole, Dinner Roll, Dessert & Drink.  Take-out available. Please contact the Church Office, 540-955-1610, for additional Information.

22 Turkey Trot Races

The 36th edition of the Berryville Turkey Trot Races will begin at 10am with registration from 9 to 9:45 at Clarke County High School. Race distances are 2, 4, or 6 miles for area runners and walkers on Clarke County Park’s fitness trail. Overall awards and age group winners will be recognized after the races along with random drawings for frozen turkeys. Entry fee is $10 for students. All others, $15. The races benefit the high school cross country and track teams. For information call 540-247-6475 or email the race director, at nspecht@comcast.net.

22Gingerbread Workshop

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. 1- 4 pm. 12 and under. Class size limited. $15 (includes materials) Instructors – Mary Ann and Emily Nalls.For information contact director@barnsofrosehill.org or visit www.barnsofrosehill.org.

23 Pancake Day

John H. Enders Fire and Rescue. 9 South Buckmarsh Street, Berryville. 7am – 12 noon. Come Support your fire and rescue squad and enjoy the finest Pancake Breakfast in the area! Pancakes, Sausage, Eggs, Sausage Gravy, Baked Apples, Coffee, Milk, Hot Tea, Apple & Orange Juice. Adults $8. Children $4. Children under six eat for FREE. For Information Call 540-955-1110 or visit www.endersfire.com.

28/29 Holiday Festival

and Homebrew Competition. Backroom Brewery. 150 Ridgemont Road (off Reliance Road), Middletown. 10am-8pm. Our greenhouses will be filled with artisans and crafts to help you start your Christmas shopping and the air filled with great music and the aromas of delicious food! There will be homebrew demonstrations and the results of our first annual Backroom Brewery homebrew competition. This competition is a sanctioned event and will be judged by AHA/BJCP certified judges. Vendor and homebrew contest applications may be obtained by emailing BRBfestivals@gmail.com or calling 540 869-8482. For information Contact Billie Clifton or Christy Dunkle. BRBfestivals@gmail.com. 540-869-8482. www.backroombreeweryva.com.

29 Shop Small Saturday

All Day. Everywhere. 5th annual Small Business Saturday is the answer to “Black Friday” and it encourages folks to kick off their holiday shopping season in local, small, “bricks and mortar” businesses.

29 Jewelry Demonstration

and Trunk Show. Fire House Gallery. 23 East Main Street, Berryville, VA 22611. Put More Bling in YOUR Jing-A-Ling. Jewelry artists will be showing and selling their creations on four consecutive Saturdays before Christmas.  One-of-a-kind items will be available for sale for every taste and pocketbook. Custom card markers will be joining the jewelers on December 6th and 13th creating and selling holiday cards, which they will gladly personalize. For more information call 540-955-4001.

29 Book Signings

11am – 4m. Winchester Book Gallery. 185 North Loudoun Street, Winchester. 11-1 Michael Lee Pope’s “Wicked Northern Virginia”. Behind the bucolic plantation estates of Northern Virginia lies a history of scandal. The region has a rotating cast of greedy supervisors, vain senators, bullying occupiers and party bosses. The Aryan Nations once flooded the streets of Arlington. Infamous floating brothels once sailed the Potomac. Even George Washington’s death at his historic estate outside the capital is shrouded in mystery. 2-4pm E. Brady Robinson’s “Art Desks” features photographs of the desks and working spaces of artists, curators, art dealers and critics throughout the East Coast. Her subjects include collector Mera Rubell, historian David Ward and photographer William Christenberry.

 

December

2 Long Branch Book Club

Meets First Tuesday of Each Month. 830 Long Branch Lane, Millwood. Meet inside of the historic home at 7pm. December’s book: A Christmas Carol (1843) by Charles Dickens. Membership is free and new members are always welcome! For information visit www.visitlongbranch.org or call 540-837-1856.

5 Community Band Concert

Johnson Williams Middle School. 200 Swan Ave, Berryville. 7pm. Free Admission but a Free Will offering to benefit the Chain of Checks will be taken. The Band is sponsored by The Clarke County Board of Supervisors, The Virginia Commission for the Arts, and The National Endowment for the Arts.

6 Student Art and Gingerbread Exhibit

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Through Jan. 4th. Opening Reception Friday, Dec. 5th, 7pm (After Tree Lighting in Rose Hill Park).For information contact director@barnsofrosehill.org or visit www.barnsofrosehill.org.

6 Madrigal Songs

of Loyalty, Light, and Love. 8pm. Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Performed by The Clarke County High School Chamber Choir. For information contact director@barnsofrosehill.org or visit www.barnsofrosehill.org.

6 Community Band Concert

Armstrong Theater at Shenandoah University. 702 University Drve, Winchester. 6:30pm. Free Admission but a Free Will offering to benefit the Chain of Checks will be taken. The Band is sponsored by The Clarke County Board of Supervisors, The Virginia Commission for the Arts, and The National Endowment for the Arts.

7 December Dance Selections

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. 2pm. Performed by SCAA Jr. & Sr. Dance Ensembles. The SCAA Jr. & Sr. Dance Ensembles currently include 27 students ages 10-18 from the Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy of Shenandoah University. The SCAA was founded in 1977 to provide enrichment opportunities and pre-professional studies in the fine arts for students of all ages and abilities. For information contact director@barnsofrosehill.org or visit www.barnsofrosehill.org.

13 The Woodshedders

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:30. Known for fun, danceable shows that swerve between different genres to create exciting original sounds, The Woodshedders bring together the diverse influences of American Country, Rhythm & Blues, Old-Time, Bluegrass, and Gypsy Jazz. Advance $15. Door $20. For information contact director@barnsofrosehill.org or visit www.barnsofrosehill.org.

13 Ornament Workshop

Historic Long Branch. 830 Long Branch Lane, Millwood. 1-4pm. This holiday season celebrate “Christmas on the WWII Home Front” at Long Branch Plantation. Get into the holiday spirit by attending our  make-your-own 1940s ornament workshop. For information visit www.visitlongbranch.org or call 540-837-1856

15 Christmas Tour & Open House

Historic Rosemont Manor. 6 Rosemont Manor Lane, Berryville.  5 – 8pm. Come tour one of the most prestigious estates in the Shenandoah Valley this Christmas season. Refreshments will be served and gift items will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit The Clarke County Education Foundation.$10 for adults. $5 for students through college age. Children under 5 free. www.rosemont1811.com.

20 Film “Museum Hours”

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. 7:00pm Doors open 6:30. When a Vienna museum guard befriends an enigmatic visitor, the grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum becomes a mysterious crossroads which sparks explorations of their lives, the city, and the ways artworks reflect and shape the world. In German with subtitles and in English. NR; 106 minutes. $8 – Barns of Rose Hill and Magic Lantern members $5. For information contact director@barnsofrosehill.org or visit www.barnsofrosehill.org.

20 Live Music

Caroline Ferrante & The Whole Magilla. 7:30 – 9m. Winchester Book Gallery. 185 North Loudoun Street, Winchester. Passionate Vocals, three octave range, and the signature twelve-string sound…Americana, Roots/Blues, Singer Songwriter! Native Chicagoan, Caroline broke into the Metro DC music scene in 2011. Her unique blend of originals are interspersed with hootenanny Americana, gritty Chicago blues, lyrical contemporary folk, eighties covers, and light jazz. She loves to interact with the crowd, and always entertains!

20/21 Christmas Open House

And Nutcracker Tea. Historic Long Branch. 830 Long Branch Lane, Millwood. This holiday season celebrate “Christmas on the WWII Home Front” at Long Branch Plantation. Christmas Open House: December 20 & December 21 from 1-5pm. Nutcracker Tea: Both Days, 2 – 5pm, in Long Branch’s historic dining room. For information visit www.visitlongbranch.org or call 540-837-1856.

21 Holiday Reception

Historic Long Branch. 830 Long Branch Lane, Millwood. 6-8pm. Following Old Bethel’s candlelit Christmas Service, guests are invited to a WWII Home Front Holiday Reception at Long Branch Plantation. For information visit www.visitlongbranch.org or call 540-837-1856.

Around Clarke in October & November

October

17–18 Octoberfest

5pm–11pm Friday, noon–8pm Saturday in Old Town Winchester. This two-day event will celebrate German heritage and bring herren und frauen to the Old Town walking mall. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample German inspired food, music, beer, and wine. Everyone is invited to compete in the Best Dressed Lederhosen and Dirndl Contest on Friday night. Kids can enjoy free face painting, marionettes, puppet shows, and more. Entertainment, Beer and wine listings will be posted as they become available a few weeks prior to the event. For information visit www.oldtownwinchesterva.com.

 

17 Riding Through History Exhibit

Riding Through History: Exploring Clarke’s Colonial Roads is a new exhibit presenting maps, documents, artifacts, and contextual history on some of Clarke County’s earliest transportation routes at Historic Long Branch, 6–8pm. Led by Matthew Mackay-Smith, this years-long project comes to fruition in an informative and attractive display co-curated by the Clarke County Historical Association and Long Branch Plantation. Opening reception will celebrate Mackay-Smith’s contributions to local history; refreshments will be provided by Locke Store. For information, call 540-837-1856 or visit www.longbranch.org.

 

17–19 Civil War Reenactment

The 150th Commemoration of the Battle of Cedar Creek, Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park. Middletown. Witness one of the most exciting battle reenactments in the country. This unique opportunity also includes a children’s activities tent, Sutler Row shopping area, a luminary commemoration service, and night firing of cannons. Guided group tours are available and include grandstand seating for the reenactments. For information visit the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation at http://ccbf.us/.

 

17 Elke Baker and Ken Kolodner

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Doors open at 7:30pm. Show starts at 8pm. An evening of traditional music form Scotland, Ireland, Appalachian, Quebec and beyond with Elke Baker, U.S. national Scottish fiddle champion, and Ken Kolodner, one of today’s most accomplished, musical hammered dulcimer artists. $15 in advance, $20 at the door, free for ages 12 and under accompanied by an adult. For information contact director@barnsofrosehill.org or visit www.barnsofrosehill.org.

 

18 Clarke County Animal Shelter

10th anniversary celebration. Noon—3pm. 225 Ramsburg Lane, Berryville. Rabies clinic 1—3pm. $10 each for dogs and cats. Free BBQ, pony rides, petting zoo, games, and live music. For information call the shelter at 540-955-5104.

 

1 Fabulous Fibers for All

Opening reception for a new show through November 8, 6–8pm at the Firehouse Gallery, 23 East Main Street, Berryville. One of the gallery’s most popular exhibits, this year’s show features more fiber art than ever before to adorn yourself or your home. Featured artists include: Joyce Badanes, Norma Colman, Chantal Gabard, Sue Groundwater, Karen Kimble, Marilyn Jeltes, Neena Jhaveri, Jane Radford, Barbara Runkle, and Lauri Sisney. Hundreds of stunning items to see and buy ranging from felted bags to painted table runners to cotton tea towels to cashmere scarves. Weaving, knitting, and spinning demonstrations are held on Saturdays during the show’s run, part of the gallery’s ongoing Art of Making Art educational series. Open Tuesday–Thursday, and Saturday 11am–3pm; Friday 11am–5pm. For information call 540-955-4001.

 

18 “Le Weekend”

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Presented by Magic Lantern. Doors open at 6:30pm. Film starts at 7. In this British comedy-drama, a couple travels to Paris hoping to reanimate their marriage, but encounter a mix of old resentments, rekindled passions, and antic adventures. Rated R; 93 minutes. $8 per person, $5 for Barns of Rose Hill and Magic Lantern members For information contact director@barnsofrosehill.org or visit www.barnsofrosehill.org.

 

18–19 Fall Farm Festival

Sky Meadows State Park. 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 10am–5pm. Wildlife & Habitat-themed weekend. Celebrate the fall harvest all month at the Mount Bleak Farm. Live music, concessions, interpretive programs, living history demonstrations, house tours, corn maze & pick-your-own pumpkin patch. For information call 540-592-3556.

 

18–19 Civil War Reenactment

9am–4pm. 150th Commemoration of the Battle of Cedar Creek. Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park. 8437 Valley Pike, Middletown. Witness one of the most exciting battle reenactments in the country! Reenactments, living history demonstrations, and more! Purchase general admission tickets at ccbf.us or join the “150 Club” for a VIP experience, details at www.bellegrove.org.

 

19 Blackwood Legacy Quartet

7pm. Church of New Beginnings, 110 North Church Street, Berryville. A special concert from Nashville. The Mansion Entertainment artists link the best of Southern Gospel’s traditional sound with today’s newer Country gospel and worship music. Admission is free and an offering will be received. For information call New Beginnings Chruch. 540-931-7167 or visit www.BlackwoodLegacy.com.

19 Homecoming Service

Boyce United Methodist Church, 8 Old Chapel Ave., Boyce. Worship service begins at 11:15am with Rev. Dr. John (Jack) T. Martin, Jr., pastor. A perfect time of year to gather to see old friends or make new ones. Everyone is invited to stay for a potluck lunch following the service. There will be a table of scrapbooks for reminiscing. Bring pictures or scrapbooks of previous church events to share. For information call Diana Fulton at 540-837-1235 or Joan Triplett at 540-722-2165. Or visit www.bmwchargeumc.org.

 

19 5K and Fun Run

Wayside Farm. 5273 Harry Byrd Highway, Berryville, beginning at 8am. Register for the inaugural Wayside Farm Fun 5K and Fun Run to enjoy some farm fun while raising money to support families affected by breast cancer. Start the morning with a 5K cross-country trail run/walk through the fields of Wayside Farm Fun. Registration is $25 for 5K and $10 for Fun Run. Then celebrate your achievement with a treat from Great Harvest Bread and other goodies while picking out your Pink Porcelain pumpkin, a rare variety of pumpkin grown by the Wegmeyers to support breast cancer research.

End the day by using your free admission pass for hours of fun on the farm with pig races, LEGO Superhero corn maze, the Barnyard Playground, and plenty of other fall activities. Children under ten are invited to participate in the Fun Run obstacle course around the Barnyard Playground. All proceeds will be donated to the Cherry Blossom Breast Cancer Foundation, an organization that provides support to local women living with breast cancer. For information Email: info@waysidefarmfun.com, call (540) 539-3276, or visit www.waysidefarmfun.com.

 

23 Quilting Bee

Clarke County Parks and Recreation. 255 Al Smith Circle, Berryville. 9am–12pm. Apple Valley Needle Threaders Quilting Bee. These quilting clubs are open to ALL skill levels. Planned monthly programs, presentations and socializing with others who share a love of quilting make these clubs wonderful ways to spend a few hours each month. The Quilting Bee is an opportunity for beginners to observe, practice and ask questions while continuing crafters work on their projects. 1 meeting. Fee $1. Leader: Linda Hammond. For information call 540-955-5140.

 

24/26 Art in the Foothills

This juried show and sale features over 50 artists working in a variety of media; at the A. James Clark Lodge at Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness (BCR), 18370 Bluemont Village Lane, Bluemont. The lodge is a beautiful venue and boasts amazing views. Sponsored by BCR and Friends of Bluemont, a nonprofit preservation organization. Admission is free. Hours: Friday through Sunday, 10 am–5 pm. A welcoming reception will be held Saturday, 3–5 pm. For information call 703-407-5695 or visit www.friends-of-bluemont.org and www.ArtInTheFoothills.org.

 

24 CCHS Football

7:30pm. William Feltner Stadium. Clarke County vs Manassas Park. Last Home Game.

24 Drum Circle

7pm. My Neighbor and Me in their new location! 15 East Main Street, Berryville. This free event is open to anyone. Some drums provided.

 

25 Steak Dinner

Featuring live music by Bobby Will and the Bordello Bandits, 5pm–11pm. Hosted by the Blue Ridge Eagles, 120 O Street, Purcellville. $15 in advance, $20 day of, $5 cover only after 7 pm for the band. For information visit www.blueridgeeagles.com or call 540-751-1435.

 

25 Enchanted Pumpkin Patch

Clarke County Parks and Recreation. 255 Al Smith Circle, Berryville. 11am–1pm. Ages 3–10. This delightful play area and party will get youngsters excited about Halloween! There will be plenty of Halloween themed activities, games, prizes, music, candy, and decorations for everyone to enjoy. Youngsters are encouraged to wear a costume. Fee $5.

 

25 Turkey Dinner and Silent Auction

John Enders Fire Hall. Berryville. 4–7pm. Sponsored by Marvin Chapel United Methodist Church. Menu includes turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, rolls, and pie for dessert. Adults $10 and children $5.

 

25–26 Fall Farm Festival

10:00 a.m–5:00 p.m. Sky Meadows State Park. 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. History-themed weekend. Celebrate the fall harvest all month at the Mount Bleak Farm. Live music, concessions, interpretive programs, living history demonstrations, house tours, corn maze & pick-your-own pumpkin patch. For information call 540-592-3556.

 

25 CCHA 75th Anniversary

CCHA Museum. 32 East Main Street, Berryville. 5:30–9:30pm. Celebrate the 75th anniversary of Clarke County Historical Association! Join us for an evening of unlocking the past. Treasures from our collection will be on view, a noted Historian will speak, a fabulous dinner and many more surprises are in store! For more information call (540)955-2600.

 

26 103rd Annual Homecoming

11am. St. Mary’s Memorial Church. 106 N. Buckmarsh Street, Berryville. will celebrate its 103rd Anniversary & Homecoming with a service of Holy Eucharist with the Rt. Rev. Dwight L. Brown. The service will be followed by a delicious ‘Homecoming Feast. With Special Guest Rev. Gilbert Mack, Jr., Senior Pastor at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, Winchester.

 

29 Meet the Artist

5pm. Barns of Rose Hill, 95 Chalmers Court, Berryville. Artist, Todd Butler will be at the Barns of Rose Hill to discuss his new lego sculpture that will be on display, “Obsidian Castle 2”. Great for all ages! Free admission. For information contact director@barnsofrosehill.org or visit www.barnsofrosehill.org.

30 Saving the Bees

Special Program at Shenandoah U. Department of Environmental Studies “Bees: How They Live, Current Threats, and Why We Should Care”. 7–8:30pm. T’ai Roulston, Blandy Experimental Farm. Bees pollinate most of our crops and many wild plants. More than 900 bee species are found in the eastern U.S., many of which play out their lives in our yards and gardens. T’ai Roulston will explore the diversity of bees, their importance, their habits, and threats to their existence. Stimpson Auditorium, Shenandoah University. FOSA members $10, nonmembers $12, SU students and staff free. Register through Blandy. For more information or reservations call 540-837-1758 Ext. 224, or register online under Programs & Events at http://www.blandy.virginia.edu.

 

31 Haunting Halloween Dance

Barns of Rose Hill, 95 Chalmers Court, Berryville. Doors open at 7:30pm, dance starts at 8. Join us for an evening of dance, costume, and general ghoulishness! The Barns of Rose Hill and Berryville Main Street are teaming up to put the fun back in fundraiser! It’s a BYOB (bring your own broom) event! We strongly encourage costumes! Fun Prizes! Cash Bar and ghoulish goodies if you dare! Music by Special Occasions Entertainment $20 in advance, $25 at the door, 12 and under, accompanied by an adult, free. For information contact director@barnsofrosehill.org or visit www.barnsofrosehill.org.

 

31 Halloween Block Party

21st Street, Old Town Purcellville. 5–9pm. Free Admission. Loudoun County’s largest Halloween Party. Live music by Swell Daze. Costume and other scary Contests with $1500 in cash prizes including a $500 grand prize for best overall costume. For more information visit purcellvillehalloween.com or call 540-751-0707.

 

November

1 Antiques Appraisal & Crafts Fair

10am–4pm at Belle Grove Plantation, 336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown. Bring a collectable or heirloom for appraisal and bring the family to see traditional crafts demonstrations. Admission $5 for adults and children 7 and older. Free admission for Belle Grove Members. Appraisals $10 per item or $25 per 3 items. More information at www.bellegrove.org.

1 Mystery Dinner Party

Clarke County Parks and Recreation. 255 Al Smith Circle, Berryville, VA. 6–9pm. It’s the James D. Murder High “Totally 80’s” Reunion! You’ve come a long way over years and so have your classmates. It’s time to reunite with your old friends (and enemies) to see what everyone’s become. Unfortunately for one of you…it is a murderer who is destined to strike. You’ll have but one night to figure it out and bring the killer to justice. Get ready for a night of mystery and mayhem intertwined with rivalries from the past that spill over to the present. At Murder High, it’s not only what you were, but what you’ve become. It will be a reunion you won’t forget…if you live to tell about it! Don’t forget to dress in your best 80’s fashions. This is an interactive event including a catered dinner. Ages 16 and up. Fee $30. Minimum Enrollment Required by 10/24.

 

3 Dementia and Alzheimer’s Care

Planning and Preparation for the Road Ahead. 8am – 12pm Winchester Medical Center Conference Center. 1840 Amherst Center, Winchester. Free Event for families and family caregivers of loved ones with dementia. Physician and other authorities on various aspects of dementia: “The 9 Types of Dementia”. Activities to promote engagement between caregivers and loved ones, etc. Breakfast provided! Space is limited. Please register online at www.dutchhavenassistedliving.com/Events or RSVP Linda 540-327-3083. Event sponsored by Valley Health Behavioral Health and Dutch Haven Assisted Living & Memory Care.

 

4 Long Branch Book Club

First Meeting. 7pm. 830 Long Branch Lane, Millwood. Meet inside of the historic home at First book: The Help, by Kathryn Stockett. Membership is free and new members are always welcome! For more information call 540-837-1856 or visit www.visitlongbranch.org

 

5 Cabin Fever

A Texas Tragicomedy. 7:30pm. Winchester Little Theater. 315 W Boscawen St, Winchester. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served before show and during intermission. Cost $25 per person. All proceeds benefit Help With Housing. Purchase tickets online at www.helpwithhousing.org.

 

5 STEM Festival

Clarke County High School, 627 Mosby Blvd., Berryville. 5:15–8pm. Clarke County Public Schools invites you to participate in the 2014 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Festival, which brings together students, community members, and businesses to showcase STEM and its application in our everyday lives. This year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is partnering with CCPS on all activities and speakers. From 5:15­6:50pm the festival features an action-packed fair with experiments, hands-on activities, food, music, and fun. From 7–8pm a presentation on underwater exploration including expeditions to the RMS Titanic. Events are open to the public and admission is free. For information contact Debbie Biggs, STEM Teacher Leader 540-955-6130 x7462.

7 Crums Christmas Bazaar

9am–8pm. Enders Fire Hall, Berryville. Crums Church Annual Christmas Bazaar features a huge Bake Sale & Handmade Crafts. Lunch & Dinner are served from 11am to 6pm.The menu includes Turkey Salad sandwiches, Sloppy Joes, Hotdogs, Homemade Vegetable and Bean Soup, Pies, Coffee, Tea, and Soda. Pre-order your fresh local evergreen wreaths.

 

7 Boots $ BBQ

5–8pm. Clarke County Ruritan Building at the Clarke County Fair Grounds in Berryville. SAAA’s Fall Fundraiser- the Fourth Boots & BBQ Event. Take-out Available although we’ll be having lots of fun there. Tickets are now available at your local Active Living Center and the SAAA Main Office. Dinner Served from 5 PM– 7 PM, Musical Entertainment begins at 6pm, Boots Contest at 6:30, Silent Auction Opens for Bids at 5pm and Closes at 7:15. For more information call 540-635-7141 or visit www.shenandoahaaa.com.

 

8 Pasado De Moda

Barns of Rose Hill, 95 Chalmers Court, Berryville. Doors open at 7:30pm. Show starts at 8. Whether it’s Bulgarian Dance music, East African Mbria music, or Brazilian Forro, their innovative arrangements and compositions are manifesting a new acoustic music sound. Most members are from different nationalities and backgrounds, bringing with them their own unique rhythms, instrumentals, varieties, and ideas. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 12 and under, accompanied by an adult, free. For information contact director@barnsofrosehill.org or visit www.barnsofrosehill.org.

8–9 Fall & Holiday Craft Show

Clarke County Parks and Recreation. 255 Al Smith Circle. Berryville. Saturday 8th 9am–5pm. Sunday 10am–3pm. For information call 540-955-5147.

 

11 5k Run for Warriors

Supporting the Wounded Warrior Project. Sky Meadow State Park. 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane, VA. 10am–2pm. Walkers and Hikers welcome. $25 prior to October 24th. $30 after October 24 until the day of the event. To register visit On the Run Sports at www.otrsports.com or call 540-592-3556.

 

11 Community Band Performance

7pm. Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Court, Berryville. Clarke County Community Band’s Veterans’ Day performance. Free.

14 Scrapping Time

Clarke County Parks and Recreation. 255 Al Smith Circle, Berryville. 6–8:45pm. Calling all scrap bookers! This is a fun and unstructured gathering of scrap bookers of all levels for some uninterrupted time to work on individual projects. Please bring your own materials. This is also an opportunity to meet and socialize with others who share a love of scrap booking. $4 fee. For information call 540-955-5140.

 

14 Casino Night

7–11pm. Hosted by the Blue Ridge Eagles. 120 O Street, Purcellville. Includes Black Jack, Roulette, Craps, Texas Hold ‘Em. $40 advance tickets. $50 at the door. For more information visit www.blueridgeeagles.com or call 540-751-1435.

 

16 The Lunchbox

Barns of Rose Hill, 95 Chalmers Court, Berryville. Doors open at 3:30pm. Film starts at 4. A charming, bitter-sweet Indian film about two lonely people who strike up an unexpected pen-pal relationship through a misdirected lunchbox delivery. In Hindi with subtitles and in English. Rated PG; 104 minutes.$8.00 per person $5.00 for Barns of Rose Hill and Magic Lantern members. For information contact director@barnsofrosehill.org or visit www.barnsofrosehill.org.

 

21–22 Grace Church Holiday Bazaar

Friday 10am–3pm and Saturday 9am–2pm. Grace Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall. 110 North Church Street, Berryville. Featuring beautiful handmade crafts & gift items, attic treasures and delicious baked goods. A Turkey Luncheon will be served on FRIDAY ONLY from 11:30am – 1 pm. Cost of the meal is $10 and includes Roast Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, Gravy, Green Bean Cassarole, Dinner Roll, Dessert & Drink. Take-out available. Please contact the Church Office, 540-955-1610, for additional Information.

Around Clarke in July/August

July

 

18

On This Day

Cool Spring Anniversary Tour, 4pm. Join Jonathan Noyales and National Park Service Ranger Shannon Moeck for a tour of the Battle of Cool Spring. Meet at the gift shop at Our Lady of the Holy Cross Abbey. 901 Cool Spring Lane, Berryville, Virginia.

 

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/20 2nd Battle of Kernstown

150th Commemoration of the Second Battle of Kernstown. Admission Free. Kernstown Battlefield, 610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester. Guided battlefield walking tours, guided tours of the antebellum Pritchard House, live period music, period fashion shows and featuring living history demonstrations with sharpshooters and cavalry units. Light refreshments will be available for purchase. Visitor Center and gift shop open daily. Other activities include a day-long motorcoach tour on July 19 with author/historian Scott Patchan Saturday and Sunday, July 19-20, 2014 9am–5pm. For information visit http://www.kernstownbattle.org.

 

19-26 Little Mermaid, Jr.

Winchester Little Theater, 315 W Boscawen St, Winchester. Based on the Hans Christian Anderson story and the Disney version. Call 540-662-3331 or visit www.wltonline.org for more information.

 

19

Exhibit Opening

“Brother James Sommers, Artifacts of Cool Springs,” 11am–4pm. Artifacts from the Battle of Cool Springs collected by Brother James Sommers of Holy Cross Abbey will be on display. Exhibit will be open by appointment throughout the summer. 1400 Parker Lane, Bluemont, Virginia. For more information or appointments call 540-955-2600.

 

20

Author, Marc Leepson

4pm Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville. Journalist, historian, and author, Marc Leepson will give a lively talk on his new book, “What So Proudly We Hailed: Francis Scott Key: A Life”, the first full-length biography of the author of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in more than seventy-five years. The event is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the talk.

 

20

Sunday Buffet

11am–2pm.Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire Department. 131 Retreat Road, Bluemont.

 

20

VHSA Horse and Pony Hunter Show

Sandstone Farm, 3805 Millwood Road, Millwood, Virginia www.sandstonefarm.com. For information call 540-837-1261.

 

21

General Foolishness

Presented by Handley Library 10:30am Barns of Rose Hill, Paul Hadfield brings on a zany, fast-paced Clown Theater program combining a broad array of circus skills, music, and physical comedy. The General’s self-importance magnifies his foibles to hilarious proportions. The show includes juggling, slapstick comedy, and lots of audience participation.  Since 1985, General Foolishness has been performed at hundreds of schools, theaters, and festivals, including the National Theatre in Washington, D.C., the International Children’s Festival at Wolftrap, and the China Children’s Festival in Taiwan. www.thefunnyguy.com. Free.

 

23

Mary Poppins

Through August 3. Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre 620 Millwood Avenue, Winchester,  For information call 540-665-4569 or visit www.shenandoahsummermusictheatre.com.

 

23

Winchester Royals

vs. Strasburg Express 7-10pm Jim Barnett Park, Winchester. Bring the family and come out to enjoy a good old fashioned night at the ball park. General Admission Ticket Prices: $5.00 Adults, $3.00 Senior Citizens (60 & Over), $2.00 Youth (6 To 12 Years), Free under 6 years of age .

 

25

Bluemont Concert Series

Solas, traditional Irish super group, 7:30 Loudoun Street Mall, Winchester. Admission: $5 per person, $4 Bluemont Friends & Seniors, $2 kids under 12. Solas is one of the most popular, influential, and exciting Celtic bands to emerge from the United States. The band is deeply rooted in Irish traditional music while incorporating new rhythms and syncopation, counterpoint melodies, and original arrangements. For information visit bluemont.org/Concerts/Winchester or call 540-955-8287.

 

25

Fly-by-Night Creatures

7-9 pm Blandy Experimental Farm, Boyce. Up Close and Personal with Bats, Owls & Swifts with Dr. Belinda Burwell, from the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center. They will have live bats and owls to see, and with luck the swifts will entertain everyone overhead. End with a night walk in search of these creatures and more. FOSA Members $10, nonmembers $12, family $20 Presented by Blandy Experimental Farm and the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center www.blandy.virginia.edu or 837-1758 Ext. 224

 

26

Jazz and Jambalaya

The Josephine School Museum presents A New Orleans Inspired Evening. 7-10pm Millwood Country Club, 340 Country Club Ln, Boyce, VA The theme is New Orleans complete with music and the food of New Orleans. The dress is business casual. Tickets are $50 per person or 2 for $80 Call the Museum at 540-955-5512 to purchase tickets. for more on The Josephine School Museum visit www.jschoolmuseum.org.

 

26

Furnace Mountain

8pm Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville. The music of Furnace Mountain is at times lively and raucous, with spirited fiddle melodies weaving in and around the powerful rhythms of the bass and bouzouki. It is at other times poignant and poetic, with sublime vocal harmonies beautifully interpreting some of the oldest songs ever written. For tickets call 540-955-2004, or stop by. $15.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door, 12 and under free.

 

26

ET

Outdoor Movie Screening of ET. Historic Long Branch, Boyce. Gates Open at 6:30 pm. Movie begins at 8pm. This is the first of four quintessential ’80s films that will be shown this summer in the Natural Outdoor Amphitheater at Long Branch. Bring blankets or chairs, and snacks. Movie concessions will be available for purchase. Rain or Shine (Movies held indoors if it rains). $5.00 per person. Ages 10 & under free. For more information contact Cassie Ward at cward@visitlongbranch.org or 540-837-1856 or visit www.visitlongbranch.org/events

 

28

Great Big Faces

Presented by Handley Library, 10:30am, Barns of Rose Hill. Paul Merklein uses cartooning to draw audiences into the world of storybook characters, entertaining everyone in the process. In a one hour program, Paul can draw 10–12 giant faces and interact with the crowd while doing so. He has entertained at Chicago Bulls games, Milwaukee Irish Fest, Harvard University, colleges and special events around the country. Free.

 

29

A Cook’s Herb Garden

Blandy Experimental Farm, Boyce 2-3:30 p.m. with Billie Clifton, from Sunflower Cottage Farm. Herbs add tremendously to gardens, landscapes, and meals. Learn how to grow and use herbs from a full-time herb grower and nursery operator. FOSA members $10, nonmembers $12 www.blandy.virginia.edu or 837-1758 Ext. 224.

 

30

Robbie Limon

6– 9pm Chet Hobert Park, sponsored by: Bank of Clarke County & Berryville and True Value Hardware. In inclement weather, the concert will move inside. See http://www.clarkecounty.gov/parks 540-955-5140.

 

31

Introduction to Mindfulness

7-9 pm. Blandy Experimental Farm, Boyce. Shell Fischer, Insight Meditation Instructor. Mindfulness meditation can help reduce pain and stress, and increase well-being. Learn mindfulness meditation through discussion, guided meditation, and other exercises. FOSA members $10, nonmembers $12 For those 16 and older www.blandy.virginia.edu or 540-837-1758 Ext. 224.

 

August

 

1

Bluemont Concert Series

Jimmy Gaudreau & Moondi Klein’s acoustic country. 7:30pm Loudoun Street Mall, Winchester. Admission: $5 per person, $4 Bluemont Friends & Seniors, $2 kids under 12. For more information visit bluemont.org/Concerts/Winchester or call 540-955-8287.

 

2

The Princess Bride

Outdoor Movie Screening at Historic Long Branch. Gates Open at 6:30pm. Movie Begins at 8pm. Second in a series of 80s films that will be shown this summer in the Natural Outdoor Amphitheater at Long Branch. Bring blankets or chairs, and snacks. Movie concessions will be available for purchase. Rain or shine (movies held indoors if it rains). $5 per person. Ages 10 & under free. For information contact Cassie Ward at cward@visitlongbranch.org or 540-837-1856 or visit www.visitlongbranch.org/events.

 

6

Bitter Liberals CD Release

8pm Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville. The Bitter Liberals is a band of focused concentration and joyful collaboration, encompassing many years 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. Join us for one of our favorite local bands as they release their second recording! For tickets call us at 540-955-2004, or stop by. $15.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door, 12 and under free.

 

8

Bluemont Concert Series

Martinsburg Jazz Orchestra – jazz and swing . 7:30 Loudoun Street Mall, Winchester. Admission: $5 per person, $4 Bluemont Friends & Seniors, $2 kids under 12. A 16-piece big band ensemble, which has been performing at a variety of venues in the Shenandoah Valley region for more than 20 years. For more information visit bluemont.org/Concerts/Winchester or call 540-955-8287.

9

Duvall Gallery

Art Opening: Kathy Dansie, 5-7pm 2053 Millwood Road, Millwood, VA. The gallery is located across from historic Burwell Morgan Mill & next to Locke Store. Dansie is a respected mixed media artist and painter currently living in Winchester whose process is active and ever exploring the color, texture and layers in her vision. Her work is abstract yet engaging with a recognizable presence that divulges further over time. http://www.duvalldesignsgallery.com/#!kathy-dansie/c1b46.

 

9

Red Dawn

Outdoor Movie Screening at Historic Long Branch. Gates Open at 6:30 pm. Movie Begins at 8:00 pm. Third in a series of 80s films that will be shown this summer in the Natural Outdoor Amphitheater at Long Branch. Bring blankets or chairs, and snacks. Movie concessions will be available for purchase. Rain or shine (movies held indoors if it rains). $5.00 per person. Ages 10 & under free. For information contact Cassie Ward at cward@visitlongbranch.org or 540-837-1856 or visit www.visitlongbranch.org/events.

 

10

The Poetry of Earth

7-8:30 pm Blandy Experimental Farm, Boyce. Revel in the beauty and transforming power of nature through the written and spoken word. Three performers—Kristin Zimet, Jerry Tracy, and Nancy Ticknor—bring to life poems that celebrate, respond to, and advocate for the natural world. FOSA members $10, non members $12, family $20. www.blandy.virginia.edu or 837-1758 Ext. 224.

 

10

VHSA Horse and Pony Hunter Show

Sandstone Farm, 3805 Millwood Road, Millwood; www.sandstonefarm.com For information call 540-837-1261.

 

10

/16 Clarke County Fair

60th Annual. Ruritan Fairgrounds, Berryville. A collection of livestock exhibits, carnival rides, farm, garden and other exhibits. These events convey the county’s love of agricultural and home interests and define and unite us as a community. Carnival Rides provided by Cole Shows Amusement Company, Inc. For admission rates and schedules visit http://www.clarkecountyfair.org.

 

12

Reading Trees

An Introduction to Tree Identification 9-11:30 am Blandy Experimental Farm, Boyce. Carrie Blair, Virginia Native Plant Society will teach you how to identify trees using simple keys, books, and memory tools she has developed. Wear comfortable shoes, and bring cameras, notebooks, field guides, hand lenses, and a mystery branch or leaf. FOSA members $10, non members $12 www.blandy.virginia.edu or 540-837-1758 Ext. 224

 

15

Bluemont Concert Series

Hard Swimmin’ Fish- blues. 7:30 Loudoun Street Mall, Winchester. Admission: $5 per person, $4 Bluemont Friends & seniors, $2 kids under 12. 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. For information visit bluemont.org/Concerts/Winchester or call 540-955-8287.

 

16

The Rolling Coyotes

7:30pm Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville (Doors open at 6:30) Thirteen-year-old Evan Frank of Harpers Ferry wants to raise money to have 100 clean water wells drilled in South Africa. Steve Warner and The Rolling Coyotes want to help him with this mission by performing a concert in which 100 percent of their proceeds go to Evan’s cause. Their style is Americana acoustic-based music that touches on many genres—folk, country, string band, swing, jazz and rock. The event will also feature local magician, Ernie Benner, performing parlor magic for everyone. Ernie is also donating his talent to the cause. $12.00 in advance, $15.00 at the door, 12 and under free.

 

16

National Lampoon’s Vacation

Outdoor Movie Screening at Historic Long Branch. Gates Open at 6:30pm. Movie Begins at 8pm. Last in a series of 80s films that will be shown this summer in the Natural Outdoor Amphitheater at Long Branch. Bring blankets or chairs, and snacks. Movie concessions will be available for purchase. Rain or Shine (Movies held indoors if it rains). $5 per person. Ages 10 & under free. For more information contact Cassie Ward at cward@visitlongbranch.org or 540-837-1856 or visit www.visitlongbranch.org/events

 

18  First Day of School

 

 

Current & Ongoing

 

BINGO at the Boyce Fire Department Community Hall. 1 South Greenway Avenue, Boyce, VA Every Thursday at 7pm and Every Sunday at 1:30pm.

Clarke County Board of Supervisors meetings are held at 101 Chalmers Court in Berryville on the 2nd floor in the main meeting room from 1-5pm on the third Tuesday each month.

Clarke County School Board meetings are held at D.G. Cooley Elementary School, 34 Westwood Road, Berryville, at 6:30pm and are open to the public.

 

A wide variety of classes and activities is offered through Clarke County Parks and Recreation. See complete schedule at www.clarkecounty.gov/parks.

 

Opus Oaks offers several upcoming classes, workshops, and specialty summer camps for all ages in painting, drawing, stained glass, jewelry design, photography, sculpture, and more. See complete schedule at www.opusoaks.org.

 

Clarke County Farmers’ Market 8am–noon every Saturday, May through October.

The Blandy Photo Club, first Tuesday of the month, 7pm in the library at Blandy Experimental Farm, the State  Arboretum of Virginia, on Route 50 in Clarke County. The club is open to anyone with an interest in photography, and photographers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Meetings are open to the public at no charge. For more information call Tim Farmer at 540-837-1758 Ext. 226 or email timfarmer@virginia.edu.

 

The Middle Potomac History Researchers, every third Tuesday of the month, focuses on local  history and genealogy research on the North Central Potomac River watershed. Meets at Josephine School Community Museum, 4–6pm. The region includes the Virginia counties of Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William, Fauquier, Clarke and Frederick; the West Virginia counties of Jefferson, Berkeley, Morgan, Hampshire, and Hardy; and the Maryland counties of Carroll, Frederick, Washington, and Allegany. We have particular interest in African American history. The purpose of the group is to share our knowledge and enthusiasm and to learn more from one another. The group is modeled after the central Virginia History Researchers, which meets monthly in Charlottesville. For information contact JSCM at 540-955-5512.

 

The Apple Valley Needle Threaders meet every second Thursday at 9:30am at the Clarke County Parks & Recreation Center. $1 is collected from each attendee. Everyone is welcome . . . beginners and advanced quilters. For information, call (540) 955-5140.

 

Clarke County Calendar information. For additional Clarke County happenings visit clarkecountyvacalendar.weebly.com. Thanks, Susi Bailey!

Don’t Miss the 60th Annual Clarke County Fair

Story by Victoria Kidd, photo by Jennifer Lee

There’s a time of the year when the summer solstice has passed and the days start to get shorter. Each August promises one more month of summer indulgences before September bridges the season’s retreat with the advance of autumn. Essentially, it’s a perfect time to enjoy the Clarke County Fair at the Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds in Berryville, Virginia, August 10-16.

This year marks the 60th annual Clarke County Fair, and the Ruritan Club has been hard at work to make this a year to remember. The club is a service organization that participates in a number of community service projects each year. They are most widely recognized as the presenters of the annual fair, a weeklong celebration of the county’s rich heritage.

The club spends significant effort planning and preparing for fair week. Their event webpage expresses their desire to “give back” by presenting this event year after year for the enjoyment of county residents and neighboring friends. This year’s event, scheduled August 10–16, includes some long-standing favorites and exciting entertainment.

The opening ceremony takes place Sunday the 10th—a busy and lively day at the fairgrounds, as livestock owners ready their cows, sheep, goats, and hogs for exhibition. The day concludes with the Junior Miss Clarke County Fair Contest and the Miss Clarke County Fair Scholarship Pageant.

Monday brings an opportunity to enjoy the legendary beef and chicken barbecue (complete with sauce prepared by the Ruritan Club) that locals wait for all year. Once attendees have satisfied their cravings, they can head over to the area where R.C. Cole Shows operates carnival rides to excite the thrill seekers among the crowd.

For some, Tuesday may bring a cotton candy hangover. For others, the day will be filled with livestock judging, more barbecue, the King BMX Sports Stunt Show, and a night of rock & roll, as the HTH Kiss Tribute Band fills the evening with music.

 

Wednesday is special to both senior citizens and children, as it’s the day when individuals falling within certain age ranges enjoy free admission. Those attending will have the opportunity to enjoy a puppet show at the fairground’s grandstand or the SAWJAC show—an event that is equal parts chainsaw and artistic expression. The Dragon MotorSports Truck and Tractor Pull rounds out evening activities, offering attendees a chance to enjoy an event that could be considered “quintessentially Clarke County.”

All active-duty armed forces personnel and military veterans are invited to enjoy Thursday without admission fees. While the day brings another chance to enjoy the truck and tractor pull, it also affords the opportunity to witness the sheep and goat Olympics and the bunny carrot-eating contest for those who seek the softer side of the fair.

Friday rounds out the weekday happenings with more livestock-related activities, a tractor-driving contest, and a children’s fair day camp. Attendance swells on Friday, with fairgoers flooding in to enjoy the professional bull riding and rodeo event. This beloved event is one of the most exciting of the entire week.

All good things must come to an end, and Saturday, August 16 marks the last day of the fair. The day is truly the crescendo of the weeklong celebration of Clarke County life, as fairgoers get their last taste of carnival treats and excitements before settling in to watch the demolition derbies. Some attendees will spend the day purchasing the animals that were shown throughout the week. Others will take in the sights and sounds before presenting their tickets to see Tyler Farr—a country music singer who has signed with Columbia Records. His debut album includes the popular “Whiskey in My Water” and “Redneck Crazy” songs, which he will assuredly share with the audience.

The close of the fair is always bittersweet. After all, an entire year will pass before fairgoers will have another chance to experience all the week has to offer. Yet, there is something special about the event’s infrequency. Essentially, it is a week that many look forward to every year, even if it marks one of the last chapters of the summer’s tale.

Be sure to include the fair among your August plans, and mark your calendars to enjoy all that the Ruritan Club’s 60th Annual Clarke County Fair has to offer. For information (or to obtain tickets), visit www.clarkecountyfair.org or call 540-955-1947.

Around Clarke County in March/April

Throughout March

Winslow McCagg Exhibit at Duvall Designs Gallery, 2053 Millwood Road, Millwood. Gallery open Fridays–Sundays, noon to 5pm. Featuring the colorful, dreamy, psychedelic paintings of prolific local artist Winslow McCagg, as well as furniture by Jay Duvall and wood sculptures by Gary Smith. Visit www.duvalldesignsgallery.com for more info.

March

20 Women Soldiers in the Civil War

Cabin Fever Speaker Series at Historic Long Branch, 830 Long Branch Lane, Millwood. 6–9pm. $5. Dr. Audrey Scanlan-Teller and Tracey McIntire will discuss some of the fascinating women who fought disguised as men during the Civil War and what motivated them to fight. Drinks & light fare offered. For information, go to www.visitlongbranch.org or call 540-837-1856.

21 Fire House: Art from the Good Earth

Wood, Clay, Glass, through April 12. Fire House Gallery, 23 E. Main St, Berryville. Opening reception on 3/21 from 6–8pm with light refreshments. The exhibit features more than 75 pieces of art across three mediums created by nine gallery artists. Curated and installed by professional exhibit designer Jeanne Krohn, the show will help visitors gain a deeper appreciation for the challenges of working with each material and insight into why each artist has chosen it as the preferred medium. Call 540-955-4001 for more info.

22 Summer Camp Fair

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 181 Kernstown Commons Blvd, Winchester. Free. Learn about a variety of local and regional summer programs available for children. Win a family fun pack that includes free admission to local pools and museums, movie tickets, river tubing passes, camp discounts and more. For info, contact Ashley Yowell at 540-955-5149 or tpitcock@clarkecounty.gov with CC Parks and Rec.

22 Hope Through the Lens

Historic Jordan Springs, 1160 Jordan Springs Road, Jordan Springs, VA. Noon to 3pm. Hope Through the Lens Photography Showcase and Sale is a creative artistic event to benefit The Red Wagon Ministry, a nonprofit diaper ministry. Proceeds will be used to purchase disposable diapers/wipes for babies in need and for the agencies that the ministry serves. These organizations are Congregational Community Action Project (CCAP), Frederick County Department of Social Services and FISH of Clarke County. More info at www.theredwagonministry.com or call Judy Stephenson at 540-955-0949.

22 Drawing & Painting Group

Join Rebecca Jones for a monthly workshop at CraftWorks.  Each session includes a demo, inspirational talk, studio time and critique. 2-5pm, register at wvcraftworks.org.

22 Circa Blue Bluegrass & BBQ

Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville. Doors open at 7:30 pm, show starts at 8. $12 advance, $15 at door. Tight vocal harmonies, clean instrumentation, and creative arrangements keep audiences tapping their toes and dancing in their seats with this quartet of bluegrass musicians. BBQ available for sale from Jordan Springs Market. For more information and tickets, visit www.barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004.

23 Polymer Clay & Mixed Media

A free monthly gathering at Craftworks.  Bring lunch and a small project and enjoy time networking with other artists.  11am-4pm, sign up at wvcraftworks.org.

25  Intro to Herbalism

Blandy Experimental Farm, Boyce. 2–3:30pm. $10 for FOSA members, $12 for non-members. Learn of various cultures’ historic and modern uses of herbs, then walk out to Blandy’s herb garden with Phoebe Reeve of the Shenandoah Herb Society. Register at www.blandy.virginia.edu or call 540-837-1758, ext. 224.

25 Herbs: Grow, Eat, and Heal

A two-evening class led by Margaret Smith at CraftWorks.  6:30-9pm, register at wvcraftworks.org.

27 Regenerative Medicine for Horses

Cabin Fever Speaker Series at Historic Long Branch, 830 Long Branch Lane, Millwood. 6–9pm. $5. Veterinarian Jennifer Barrett will describe the basics of regenerative medicine and stem cell biology as they relate to horses and how stem cell therapy is being used to treat equine injuries and illness. Drinks & light fare offered. For information, go to www.visitlongbranch.org or call 540-837-1856.

28 Community Band “Peace” Concert

The Clarke County Community Band performs at Johnson-Williams Middle School, Berryville. 7pm. Free. Weaving together pieces like Fanfare Prelude, The New World Symphony, and the Star Spangled Banner with selections of prose and poetry, this concert celebrates the men and women who serve in the military, with the hope that there will someday be a time when all who are abroad will return safely home. The concert presents literature and music that brings home the call for peace in the world. For more information , contact Chris Shipe at 571-439-6496 or chris.shipe@loudounmutual.com or Larry Correll at larryg.correll@gmail.com.

29  Sustainable Landscaping

Blandy Experimental Farm, Boyce. 10am–noon. Free but reservations required. Co-hosted by the Piedmont Environmental Council, this workshop addresses sustainable lawn and garden care, habitat creation, use of natives, protection of pollinators, and how you and the environment can both benefit. Final 20 minutes spent outside. Register at www.blandy.virginia.edu or call 540-837-1758, ext. 224.

29  Babysitter Safety Course

Taught by Brian Kearney at Craftworks.  Learn sitter basics, safety, injury prevention, first aid and CPR. For ages 11-15, 9am-1pm, register at wvcraftworks.org.

29  Pet Safety & First Aid

Taught by Brian Kearney at Craftworks.  Learn the basics of pet nutrition, safety, first aid and disaster planning.  For pet owners and caregivers, 2-5pm, register at wvcraftworks.org.

April

3 Brown Bag with Books

Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville. Noon. Free. A monthly book discussion during the lunch hour led by Laurine Kennedy, Clarke County Library branch manager. April’s selection, Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo, is a 2012 National Book Award winner. The stories reveal the hopes and dreams of India’s poorest people who live in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement near the airport in Mumbai. For more information, contact Laurine at lkennedy@handleyregional.org, or call 540-955-5144.

3  Fatamouta Diawara

Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30. $15 in advance, $20 at door. Tall, superbly poised and elegant, with an iridescent smile, this sometime star of African film draws elements of jazz and funk into an exquisitely sparse contemporary folk sound – refracting the rocking rhythms and plaintive melodies of her ancestral Wassoulou tradition through an instinctive pop sensibility. For information and tickets, visit www.barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004.

4 The Assad Family

Bright Box Theater, 15 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. $25. Famous for their performances with Yo-Yo Ma, guitartists Sergio and Odair Assad are joined by their sister and daughters on vocals to perform hauntingly beautiful and sublime classical and Brazilian repertoire. More information and tickets at www.brightboxtheater.com.

5 Grand Walking Day

Blandy Experimental Farm, Boyce. 10am–noon. Free. Ribbon cutting at 10:15. Blandy will dedicate four walking trails designed to encourage walking for exercise and improved physical and mental health. Trails range from 3/4 to 2 miles in length. Walk begins at main parking lot. Call 540-837-1758, ext. 224 for info.

5 Rotary Casino Night

Rotary Club of Clarke County’s fun night at Boyce Volunteer Fire Co. Social Hall. Doors open at 5:30pm, games begin at 6pm. $40. 17 games including craps, roulette, blackjack, and more. Gourmet heavy hors d’oeuvres and cash bar with beer and wine. Proceeds go to support many Rotary service projects. For tickets sponsorship & prize donations, contact: Dale Coumes 540.955.2722 or dalecoumes@e-elec.com or Eric Wright 703.999.3395 or ericwright@e-elec.com. For information & tickets, contact Rieman Royston, rroyston@hnfunkhouser.com.

5 Johnny Neel, with The Outpatients.

Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30. $12 advance, $15 at door. All the way from Nashville, don’t miss a rockin’ good time with this award-winning blues singer-songwriter-keyboardist who has played with The Allman Brothers Band, John Mayall, Dickie Betts, and many others in addition to producing eight solo albums. Local faves The Outpatients open up. Information and tickets, visit www.barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004.

6 Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire, and the Birth of an Obsession

Blandy Experimental Farm, Boyce. 1:30–3pm. $25 for FOSA members, $30 for non-members. Reservations required. In this illustrated talk, author Andrea Wulf tells the tale of six 18th century naturalists who made England a nation of gardeners. Ms. Wulf is an award-winning historian and author who speaks worldwide on horticulture and history. Book signing and reception to follow co-hosted by Colonial Dames of America, Chapter XXIII. Register at www.blandy.virginia.edu or call 540-837-1758, ext. 224.

7 The Teetotallers

Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30. $15. Three giants of the Irish traditional music scene—fiddler Martin Hayes, virtuoso multi-instrumentalist Kevin Crawford, and guitarist John Doyle—converge to bring amazing playing and fine vocals to their audience. For more information and tickets, visit www.barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004.

11 LUNAFEST

Bright Box Theater, 15 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester. A traveling film festival of award-winning short films filled with stories of reflection, hope, and humor. Prior to the films, a pre-screening reception will take place featuring live music, food and drink, and a Silent Auction of Adirondack chairs painted by local artists. All proceeds are donated to charity; 85 percent to benefit Girls on the Run of the Shenandoah Valley, 15 percent to the Breast Cancer Fund. Tickets are $50. Pre-screening reception starts at 6:30pm. More information and tickets at www.brightboxtheater.com.

12 Polymer Clay Bracelet with Mona Kissel

A comprehensive one-day workshop at CraftWorks.  Create a reversible cuff bracelet in this intermediate class.  Supply list will be provided after registration. 8:30am-5:20pm, register at  wvcraftworks.org.

12 Clarke County Little League Spaghetti Dinner & Auction

Blue Ridge Fire Hall, 131 Retreat Road, Bluemont. Doors open at 4:30, dinner served from 5pm to 8pm. Adults $10, children 6–10 $5, children 5 and under free. Silent auction from 5pm to 7:30pm, live auction at 7pm. For more info, call Peanut Wright at 540-550-6100.

12 Cornhole Tournament Fundraiser

A benefit for Relay for Life at the Ranson Civic Center, W 2nd Avenue, Ranson, WV. 5pm–10pm. Ages 14 & up. $50 for team registration, spectators are free. Go out to support a good cause and play to win cash prizes. Register your 2-person team by contacting Teresa Williams at 304-728-1486 or twilliams@apus.edu.

12 Grand Ole Ditch Bluegrass & BBQ

Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville. Doors open at 7:30 pm, show starts at 8. $12 advance, $15 at door. From western Maryland, this contemporary bluegrass band has a style steeped in Appalachian musical tradition and storytelling. Local barbecue available from Jordan Springs Market, voted best in the valley for four years running. For more information and tickets, visit www.barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004.

12 Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band

Performing with People’s Blues of Richmond Bright Box Theater, 15 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester. $10 in advance, $15 at door. The Booty Band’s sound is a mix of deep funk, high energy rock, plus a little old school rap and soul thrown in for good measure. People’s Blues of Richmond (PBR) has been taking the country by storm with their psychedelic circus rock, mixing the classic sounds of Led Zeppelin, the gypsy punk of Gogol Bordello, and just a dash of indie rock via Modest Mouse. Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Doors open at 7pm. Happy hour from 7pm – 8pm. Show starts at 8pm. Tickets at www.brightboxtheater.com

13 Aeolus Quartet Plays Andriessen

Bright Box Theater, 15 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester. Doors open at 2pm, show starts at 3pm. Bright Box Theater and Shenandoah University celebrates the 75th birthday of iconic Dutch composer Louis Andriessen with Aeolus Quartet, Juilliard’s Quartet-in-Residence. Praised by Strad Magazine for their “high-octane” performance, the Aeolus Quartet is among the finest young string quartets performing today. More information and tickets at www.brightboxtheater.com

14 Full Moon Walk

Blandy Experimental Farm, Boyce. 7:30–9pm. $10 for FOSA members, $12 for nonmembers, $20 for family. No dogs, please. Reservations required. Explore the Arboretum under the full moon! Wear comfortable shoes, bring a flashlight, and experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the natural world at dusk and dark. Register at www.blandy.virginia.edu or call 540-837-1758, ext. 224.

15 CraftWorks Drum Circle

A free musical jam session for all ages/levels.  Beginners arrive at 6:30, 7-9pm.  Sign up at  wvcraftworks.org.

18 Melodime w/ NELO

Bright Box Theater, 15 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester. Happy hour at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. $10 in advance, $15 at door. Musically addictive indie-rock bursting with emotion, imagination, inspiration, and energy! Each band tells stories from the deepest recesses of their hearts and souls, and seamlessly blend the musical past with the sounds of the future. More information and tickets at www.brightboxtheater.com

18 & 25 Flora of Virginia

Blandy Experimental Farm, Boyce. 9am–3pm. $30 for FOSA members, $35 for nonmembers. Reservations required. Marion Lobstein leads lab and field sessions using the Flora of Virginia, recognizing plant families, and more. Bring lunch, a 10x ocular, and the Flora book if you can, and dress for the weather. Register at www.blandy.virginia.edu or call 540-837-1758, ext. 224.

19 Community Easter Egg Hunt

Historic Long Branch, 830 Long Branch Lane, Millwood. Noon–3pm. Free. Hop on down for the Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt! Egg hunts, prizes, hayrides, face painting, local barbecue, gardens, museum exhibits, and more. Rain or shine.

21 Watercolor Class

Opus Oaks Studio East, 109 First Street, Berryville. Ages 12+ $85. Six classes on Mondays 10–12 or Thursdays 7–9pm. Bring your own materials or pay $50 for a beginner set. Color mixing, composition, layering color, brush techniques, and washes will be introduced by instructor Gale Bowman-Harlow. For more information and to register, contact www.opusoaks.org or call 540-955-4226.

22 Journaling for a Thousand Reasons

Join Sherri Philpott at CraftWorks for a creative outlet to more fully express yourself. Based on the Journal to the Self curriculum, the emphasis is on expression, not on writing skills or grammar.  7-9:30pm, register at  wvcraftworks.org.

22 Earth Day Tours of Arboretum

Blandy Experimental Farm, Boyce. 10am–noon. Free, reservations required. Offered in both English and Espanol. See glorious displays of spring’s flowering trees, shrubs, and wildflowers. Co-hosted by Winchester Parks & Rec. Register at www.blandy.virginia.edu or call 540-837-1758, ext. 224.

23 Fused Glass

Opus Oaks Studio East, 190 First Street, Berryville. Ages 13+. $125. Six classes. Experienced or prior students welcome. Fusing glass in a kiln creates wonderful 2D and 3D art pieces with luminous colors, decorations, and shapes. Led by instructor Gail Gramprie. For more information and to register, contact www.opusoaks.org or call 540-955-4226.

26  Sequential Art Immersion

Opus Oaks Studio East, 190 First Street, Berryville. Ages 11+. $85 + $10 materials fee. Six classes. An exploration into the work of comics and fantasy stories, this class takes a look at the history and trends while asking “What story will we tell today?” Each person will create a story board and work on illustrations, layout, logos, characters, and color. Led by instructor Eric Cherry. For more information and to register, contact www.opusoaks.org or call 540-955-4226.

Current & Ongoing

Clarke County School Board meetings are held at D.G. Cooley Elementary School, 34 Westwood Road, Berryville, at 6:30pm and are open to the public. Upcoming meetings are on March 24, April 28, and May 19.

A wide variety of classes and activities offered through Clarke County Parks and Recreation. See complete schedule at www.clarkecounty.gov/parks.

Opus Oaks offers several upcoming classes, workshops, and specialty summer camps for all ages in painting, drawing, stained glass, jewelry design, photography, sculpture, and more. See complete schedule at www.opusoaks.org.

Around Clarke in February/March

February

 

154-H Volunteer Leaders Spaghetti Dinner & Auction

Clarke County Ruritan Building. 5pm-7pm. Featuring Apple Crisp dessert from Mackintosh Farms and a live auction at 6:30. Funds from this event will support 4-H camp scholarships, educational competitions, higher education scholarships, community service projects, workshops, livestock clinics and achievement recognition programs. Contact Teri Gordon at 540-955-5164 for more info.

 

15 Barbara Frank book signing

Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville. Doors open at 5pm, event starts at 5:30. Free admission.  Barbara Frank is the author of the three books of the Princess Series, Anna of Corotoman, Aggy of Zion, and Ferolene of Tincup, historical fiction novels that tell the stories of three remarkable young women in recreations of 18th- and 19th-century Virginia, and rural Georgia during the early days of the Civil Rights movement in the American South.  Ms. Frank now lives on a farm in Warren County.  For more information, visit www.barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004.

 

16 HSCBA Polar Plunge

Shenandoah River and Blue Ridge Fire Hall. 2pm. Plunge into the river and help send at-risk children to High Five Sports Camp!  Warm up afterwards at the Blue Ridge Fire Hall with good food and great music from Drymill Road.  Presented by the Horseshoe Curve Benevolent Association. Contact Tracee at 540-554-8291 for more information.

17 Power of the Spiritual

Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville. Doors open at 2:30 pm, show starts at 3 pm. A show for all ages. $12 in advance, $15 at door, $8 for students, 12 & under free. Amanda Kemp and violinist Michael Jamanis blend African American history and poetry to introduce intergenerational audiences to the beauty and significance of spirituals. The production celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.  For more information and tickets, visit www.barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004.

21 The Bitter Liberals

Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Show starts at 8. $12 advance, $15 at door.  The Bitter Liberals is a band of focused concentration and joyful collaboration, encompassing many years of musical experience. The Bitter Liberals plays 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. For more information and tickets, visit www.barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004.

22  Blandy Winter  Olympics program for Kids

Blandy Experimental Farm, Boyce. 12:30-3pm. For kids in grades 4 to 6. $22 or $17 for FOSA members. Can you move as silently as an owl? Run faster than a fox? Hop farther than a rabbit? Join us as we investigate, watch, and simulate animals in winter at the “Blandy Winter Olympics.” Reservations required. For program details, call Steve Carroll at 540-837-1758 Ext. 287.  Register at www.blandy.virginia.edu or call 540-837-1758, ext. 224.

 

22  Hands on History discussion

Clarke County Historical Association, 32 E. Main Street, Berryville. 11am-12:30pm. $5 admission. Learn about and discuss the new additions to the CCHA Archives. Featured items will include newly acquired aerial photographs of the county and the Historic Green Hill Cemetery records. For more information, visit www.clarkehistory.org, email outreach@clarkehistory.org or call 540-955-2600.

 

22 Slavery By Another Name

Historic Long Branch Plantation, Millwood. 1pm – 3pm. Walk & Talk tour from 3:30-4:30pm. Free and open to public. “Slavery By Another Name” is based on the Pulitzer-prize-winning book by Douglas Blackmon and reveals how, from the late 1870s through the mid-20th century, thousands of African-American men were arrested and forced to work off fines by serving as unpaid labor to businesses and provincial farmers. The movie will be followed by a tour of a site that experienced the effects of the Reconstruction Era first-hand. Visit www.visitlongbranch.org or call 540-837-1856 for details.

 

22 Painting & Drawing Group

Join Rebecca Jones for this monthly workshop at CraftWorks. Each session includes a demo, studio time and critique. Register at wvcraftworks.org.

 

22 Bluegrass & BBQ

Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville.  Doors open at 7:30, show starts at 8. $12 advance, $15 at door. Come hear top notch Bluegrass and eat BBQ! The BBQ, provided by Jordan Springs Market, has been voted best in the valley for 4 years in a row, and will be on sale for the duration of the show. Born out of the all night jam sessions and fertile picking scene of Western North Carolina, Town Mountain has emerged as one of America’s premiere young bluegrass bands.  For more information and tickets, visit www.barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004.

23 Polymer Clay & Mixed Media Group

A free gathering of artists at CraftWorks. 11am-4pm, sign up at wvcraftworks.org.

27 Todd Reynolds: “Still Life with Microphone:

Bright Box Theater, 15 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. $10 for adults, $8 for students. Todd Reynolds is known as one of the founding fathers of the hybrid-musician movement and is the violinist of choice for Steve Reich, Meredith Monk, Bang on a Can, and a founder of the string quartet Ethel. Strings magazine called Reynolds’ music a “charming, multi-mood extravaganza, playful like Milhaud, but hard-edged like Hendrix.” Purchase tickets at www.brightboxwinchester.com.

 

28  When The Saints Go Marching In: The W.E.S. group featuring Corcoran Holt

Bright Box Theater, 15 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. $18 advance, $22 at door. Ring in Mardi Gras with the W.E.S. group paying homage to “Jazz Saints” John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Miles Davis, and more. Corcoran Holt, a Shenandoah University alum, has become one of the most sought after bass players on the NY jazz scene. Purchase tickets at www.brightboxwinchester.com.

March

1 Taarka

Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Show starts at 8. $12 advance, $15 at door.  Taarka brings flavors of folk, jazz, rock, bluegrass, gypsy, and more and puts their unique modern spin on them, with mandolin, guitar, violin, bass, and soaring vocals. San Francisco Weekly calls them a “collision of Django Reinhardt and David Grisman.” For more information and tickets, visit www.barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004.

 

7 Duvall Designs Gallery

Re-opening for 2014 season.  Save the date for reception March. 15, 5-7pm.

 

8 Sounds of Spring

Blandy Experimental Farm, Boyce. 7-8:30pm. $10 for FOSA members, $12 for non-members, $20 for family. Explore spring through images and recordings of frogs, insects, birds, and more with Wil Hershberger.  Then walk down to Lake Georgette to hear the spring peepers. Register at www.blandy.virginia.edu or cal 540-837-1758, ext. 224.

 

8 Tom Principato

Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Show starts at 8. $15. Legendary blues and rock guitarist Tom Principato has spent the last 40+ years entertaining audiences in Washington, DC, and around the country. He was leader of the band Powerhouse in the 1970s and has played with Geoff Muldaur, Big Mama Thornton, and The Assassins with Jimmy Thackery. For more information and tickets, visit www.barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004.

 

9 Bill Whiting Wrap-Up Party & Auction

Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville. 3-5pm. Free.  Three paintings by the late Bill Whiting, a renowned Shenandoah Valley artist, will be auctioned off, with a minimum starting bid of $500.  Auction starts at 4pm. For more information, visit www.barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004.

13 Apple Blossom’s Got Talent – Try-Out #2

Bright Box Theater, 15 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester. 6pm. Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival is looking for the most talented performers in the area to try out for the opportunity to win a $5,000 cash prize plus other gifts and perks, to be awarded at the Festival Tent Party on May 3. For rules of participation, entry forms, and participant entry fees, visit www.thebloom.com.

 

16 “Monsieur Lazhar” Magic Lantern movie

Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville. 3-5pm. $8. In this Oscar-nominated film, a Montreal elementary school teacher from Algeria must deal with the healing of his class after a tragic death as well as with echoes of the former life. “Leaves you hopeful and exhilarated,” said the Miami Herald.  In French with English sub-titles. For more information and tickets, visit www.barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004.

 

16  St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Starring RUNA and Chamomile & Whiskey at Bright Box Theater, 15 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester. Doors open at 3pm show starts at 4pm. $20 advance, $25 at door. Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day with live music from internationally-acclaimed Celtic Roots band RUNA and Central VA’s Chamomile & Whiskey, a full Irish tea bar, Irish cheese and soda bread bar, and plenty of other tasty libations. Purchase tickets at www.brightboxwinchester.com.

22 Summer Camp Fair

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 9:30am-1pm.  Clarke County Parks and Recereation invite families to meet representatives from several area camps.  For infomation call 540-955-5140.

 

22 Hope Through the Lens.

Historic Jordan Springs, 1160 Jordan Springs Road, Jordan Springs, VA.  Noon to 3pm. Hope Through the Lens Photography Showcase and Sale is a creative artistic event to benefit The Red Wagon Ministry, a 501(C)(3)non-profit diaper ministry. The proceeds from this event will be used to purchase disposable diapers/wipes for babies in need and for the agencies that the ministry serves. These organizations are Congregational Community Action Project (CCAP), Frederick County Department of Social Services and FISH of Clarke County. More info at www.theredwagonministry.com or call Judy Stephenson at 540-955-0949.

 

22 Circa Blue Bluegrass & BBQ

Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Show starts at 8. $12 advance, $15 at door. Tight vocal harmonies, clean instrumentation, and creative arrangements keep audiences tapping their toes and dancing in their seats with this quartet of bluegrass musicians. BBQ available from Jordan Springs Market. For information and tickets, call 540-955-2004 or www.barnsofrosehill.org.

 

25 Introduction to Herbalism

Blandy Experimental Farm, Boyce. 2-3:30pm. $10 for FOSA members, $12 for non-members. Learn of various cultures’ historic and modern uses of herbs, then walk out to Blandy’s herb garden with Phoebe Reeve of the Shenandoah Herb Society.  Register at www.blandy.virginia.edu or call 540-837-1758, ext. 224.

 

Current & Ongoing

Clarke County School Board meetings are held at D.G. Cooley Elementary School, 34 Westwood Road, Berryville, at 6:30pm and are open to the public.  Upcoming meetings are on February 24, March 24, April 28, and May 19.

A wide variety of classes and activities is offered through Clarke County Parks and Recreation.  See complete schedule at www.clarkecounty.gov/parks.

Opus Oaks offers several upcoming classes and workshops, beginning in early March and running through early April, for all ages in painting, drawing, stained glass, jewelry design, photography, and sculpture.  See complete schedule at www.opusoaks.org.

Around Clarke County Jan/Feb

January

11 Young Naturalist Program

Five Saturdays through March 8. Blandy Experimental Farm, Boyce. Students grades 1 through 6. $22/session with discounts for multiple class enrollments and FOSA members. Topics include EcoArt, Cold-weather Carnivores, Frozen Feathers, Blandy Winter Olympics, and Signs of Spring. Pre-registration is required. Register online at http://blandy.virginia.edu, call 540-837-1758 Ext. 224, or download a registration form at www.blandy.virginia.edu.

14 Bill Whiting Retrospective

Through March 9, 2014. A show of the late artist of the Shenandoah Valley at the Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville, including 60 paintings by this well-loved artist who captured the beauty of the Valley. A signed, framed print of his painting, Along the Shenandoah, will be raffled off on the last day of the exhibit. Raffle tickets sold at the Barns. For information, visit www.barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004.

17 Winter Full Moon Walk

Blandy Experimental Farm, Boyce. 7pm-8:30 pm. $10 for FOSA members, $12 for non-members, $20 for whole family. Weather permitting, join them for a guided walk under the full moon to explore the winter world after dark. Meet in the Blandy library, dress warmly, bring a flashlight. Hot chocolate and snacks, too! Reservations required. Call 540-837-1758, ext. 224 or register on-line at www.blandy.virginia.edu.

17 The Woodshedders

With opening act Tabasco Bustelo at the  Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville. 7:30pm. $15 advance, $20 at door. Bringing together diverse influences of country, R&B, old-time, bluegrass, and gypsy jazz, this band of five brings high energy and excellent musicianship to their audiences and keeps the crowd on their feet. Shepherdstown-based rock band Tabasco Bustelo opens the show for a fantastic night of music. Purchase tickets at www.barnsofrosehill.org. or call 540-955-2004.

18 Film: The Attack

Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville. 3pm. $8/person or $5 for Magic Lantern and Barns of Rose Hill members. An Arab surgeon in Tel Aviv discovers a dark secret about his wife in the aftermath of a suicide bombing. The LA Times called it “a subtle and disturbing film about love, loss, and tragedy.” In Hebrew and Arabic with English sub-titles. Rated R, 102 minutes. Purchase tickets at www.barnsofrosehill.org. or call 540-955-2004.

19 Cahalen Morrison & Eli West

Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville. 3pm. $10 advance, $15 at door. Hailing from Seattle, Morrison and West put a modern, edgy spin on their original songs with an old country and bluegrass influence and have received national acclaim from top roots musicians. Stopping in Berryville as part of their east coast tour. Purchase tickets at www.barnsofrosehill.org. or call 540-955-2004.

 20 Film: Freedom    Riders

Historic Long Branch, 830 Long Branch Lane, Millwood. 5pm. Free. Long Branch Plantation honors Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a film screening of Freedom Riders. This film screening is part of the National Endowment for the Humanities Program, Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle. Freedom Riders tells the terrifying, moving, and suspenseful story of a time when white and black volunteers riding a bus into the Deep South risked being jailed, beaten, or killed, as white local and state authorities ignored or encouraged violent attacks. See www.visitlongbranch.org or call 540-837-1856 for more info.

 25 FOSA Seed Exchange at Blandy

Blandy Experimental Farm, Boyce. 10am-3pm. Free. Gardeners will gather in the library to exchange seeds, roots, cuttings, and discover new additions for their gardens. No invasive species allowed. (Check arboretum’s list of invasives at http://blandy.virginia.edu, then navigate to invasive plants. Native plants are encouraged. For info, call Donna Downing at 540-667-3778.

25 Snap, Crackle, and POP

Veramar Vineyard, 95 Quarry Road, Berryville. Noon-5pm. Live music and prizes accompany your wine-tasting experience. For info, call 540-955-5510 or visit www.veramar.com.

25 Bright Box Comedy Night

Bright Box Theater, 15 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester. 7:30pm. $12 advance, $15 at door. Kaleidoscope Comedy presents two shows: Kelly Terranova, former radio talk show host, culls his material from the day’s headlines, from pop culture to NASCAR and is known as “a skilled comedian who features playful audience interaction, making each show unique.” Jay Szech’s stories about college, the working world, and life after graduation have thrilled college crowds across the country. For info and tickets, visit www.brightboxtheater.com.

 27 Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Workshops

Blandy Experimental Farm, Boyce. 6:30-pm-9pm. Insight Meditation instructor Shell Fischer leads an eight-week series of Mindful Based Stress Reduction workshops on Monday evenings beginning January 27. For information and to register, visit www.mindfulvalley.com.

31 Riley Baugus and Dirk Powell

Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville. 7:30pm. $15 advance, $20 at door. A must-see for anyone interested in old-time music. Dirk Powell plays fiddle and has recorded with artists Jack White, Joan Baez, T-Bone Burnett, and Loretta Lynn, among others, bringing his Appalachian heritage to a fresh mix of bluegrass, old-timey, and folk music. Riley Baugus brings his banjo and powerful singing voice. Purchase tickets at www.barnsofrosehill.org. or call 540-955-2004.

February

 1 River Whyless w/MINK

Bright Box Theater, 15 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester. 8pm. $10 advance, $15 at door. River Whyless’s sound is described as folk-rock, nature-pop, and baroque-folk and since 2009 the band has played hundreds of shows coast to coast. MINK is fronted by Melissa Wright, formerly of Acoustic Burgoo, and includes Daniel Zezeski on drums and Erik Burnham on upright bass. “Known for soulful vocals, electrifying stage presence, and thoughtful songwriting, MINK is bound to make you laugh and cry, hope and sigh, and after all, dance.” Presented by Dancing Beagle Events. For info and tickets, visit www.brightboxtheater.com.

2  Groundhog Day Celebration

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 181 Kernstown Commons Blvd, Winchester. 12:30 pm.  Join Barry Lee of WINC to see what the groundhog’s forecast is for spring’s arrival then come inside for a silent auction and more fun to benefit local wildlife rehabilitation nonprofit Valley Wildlife Care.  The movie Groundhog Day will show at 1:30pm. Movie tickets available at www.drafthouse.com/winchester.

2 Film: Stories We Tell

From Magic Lantern at the Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville. 3pm. $8 for non-members, $5 for members. This award-winning documentary from Sarah Polley explores the elusive nature of truth and memory in the history of one family. Rated PG-13, 108 minutes. Purchase tickets at www.barnsofrosehill.org. or call 540-955-2004.

 8 Rhythms Round the World

Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville. 11am-12pm. $10 per child. A musical tour of Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Asia invites the audience to play along with dances from around the world and incorporates a wide variety of exotic instruments. Purchase tickets at www.barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004.

8 Paul Pfau

Bright Box Theater, 15 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester. 8pm. $10 advance, $15 at door. Pfau’s music combines British blues and New Orleans funk rhythms with hook-laden pop melodies. Performing over 180 dates a year, Pfau has gained a large and loyal following across the region and in 2011 was nominated as Best New Artist by the Washington Area Music Association. For info and tickets, visit www.brightboxtheater.com.

 9 Harlem Wizards  Basketball Benefit

It’s the Harlem Wizards vs. Clarke in Motion basketball game at Clarke County High School, 627 Mosby Boulevard, Berryville. 3pm. Students $9, Adults $11 in advance, Students $12, Adults $15 on game day. Children under 5 free. The Harlem Wizards take on Clarke In Motion, a team comprised of CCPS faculty and coaches and community leaders. Proceeds benefit Clarke County Education Foundation. Pre-sale tickets available at all CCPS schools and Bank of Clarke County in Berryville from Jan. 17 to Feb. 7. For information, call 540-955-0430.

 9 “Colored Troops” in the Civil War

Bob O’Connor is the author of eight Civil War books and presents an authentic first-person living history portrayal of Ward Hill Lamon, Abraham Lincoln’s bodyguard. Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville. 1pm. Free. Sponsored by the Clarke County Library.

14 The Larry Keel Power Trio

Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville. 7:30pm. $15 advance, $20 at door. Keel is described by some as the most powerful, innovative, and exhilarating acoustic flatpicking guitarist performing today. Joining him are Will Lee on soulful, bluegrass style banjo and lead vocals, and Jenny Keel on vocal harmony. Purchase tickets at www.barnsofrosehill.org. or call 540-955-2004.

 14 Of Love & Mischief

A Valentine’s Day Celebration with Caravan of Thieves, Bright Box Theater, 15 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester. 8pm. $25 advance, $30 at door. Two floors of music, chocolates, special love potions, and theatrical, delightful fun with the Caravan of Thieves, a gypsy, jazzy trio. Presented by Dancing Beagle Events. For more info and tickets, visit www.brightboxtheater.com

 16 HSCBA Polar Plunge

Shenandoah River and Blue Ridge Fire Hall. 2pm. Plunge into the river and help send at-risk children to High Five Sports Camp!  Warm up afterwards at the Blue Ridge Fire Hall with good food and great music from Drymill Road.  Presented by the Horseshoe Curve Benevolent Association. Contact Tracee at 540-554-8291 for more information.

 17Power of the Spiritual

Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville. 3pm. Playwright/performer Amanda Kemp and violinist Michael Jamanis blend African American history and poetry to introduce intergenerational audiences to the beauty and significance of spirituals. The production celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. For more info, visit www.barnsofrosehill.org. or call 540-955-2004.

22 Bluegrass and BBQ

With Town Mountain at the Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville. 8pm. $12 advance, $15 at door. Come hear top-notch bluegrass from North Carolina and enjoy delicious BBQ for sale from Jordan Springs Market. Award-winning Town Mountain has emerged as one of America’s premier young bluegrass bands with original songwriting, tight harmonies, big stage presence, and instrumental expertise. Purchase tickets at www.barnsofrosehill.org. or call 540-955-2004.

Current & Ongoing

School Board

Clarke County School Board meetings are held at D.G. Cooley Elementary School, 34 Westwood Road, Berryville, at 6:30pm and are open to the public. Upcoming meetings are on January 27, February 3, February 10, February 24, March 24, April 28, and May 19.

Parks & Rec

A wide variety of classes and activities are offered through Clarke County Parks and Recreation. See complete schedule at www.clarkecounty.gov/parks.

Opus Oaks

Opus Oaks offers several upcoming classes and workshops for all ages in painting, drawing, stained glass, jewelry design, photography, and sculpture. See complete schedule at www.opusoaks.org.

Around Clarke County in December

December

17 Drum Circle

A free musical  jam session at CraftWorks where the focus is on fun, recreation and community.  It’s improvised and incorporates all ages and all levels of skill. 7-9pm.  Sign up at wvcraftworks.org.

18 Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

Blandy Experimental Farm, Boyce. 6:30-8:30pm. $15. Led by Shell Fischer. Mindfulness meditation can be helpful in dealing with stress, pain, and illness. Learn techniques of mindfulness meditation through discussion, guided meditation, and other exercises. This workshop will also provide information on an 8-week workshop beginning in January. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and layers for temperature, and bring pillows for comfort; chairs provided. For those 16 and older. Reservations required, space limited. For more information or reservations call Mindful Shenandoah Valley at 540-542-6139 or visit online at www.mindfulvalley.com.

 21 Historic Long Branch Christmas Open House

December 21 & 22. Historic Long Branch, 830 Long Branch Lane, Millwood. 11am-5pm. Area Garden Clubs decorate the historic house following the theme of “An 1850s Christmas.” Go to www.visitlongbranch.org or call 540-837-1856 for more info.

22 Christmas at Old Bethel

Old Bethel Church, Swift Shoals Road, Millwood. 5pm. Free. Enjoy a truly old-fashioned candlelight service with music, friends, and joy. Dress warmly. For more info, call Ian Williams at 540-667-1266.

 22  Holiday Cheer at Historic Long Branch

Following the holiday service at Old Bethel Church near Millwood, Historic Long Branch invites guests for light fare and warm drinks. Guests will also be asked to participate in the first-ever “Historic Long Branch Viewer’s Choice Art Competition.” Go to www.visitlongbranch.org or call 540-837-1856 for more info.

28 Drawing/Painting Group

Join Rebecca Jones at CraftWorks for this monthly workshop which includes a demo, individual instruction and critique.  All levels welcome.  2-5pm. Register at wvcraftworks.org.

29 Polymer Clay/Mixed Media Group Holiday Luncheon

Bring your favorite project and a dish to share to CraftWorks to celebrate the season.  Free. 11am-4pm. Sign up at wvcraftworks.org.

 Through December 

Visit the Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville for tons of holiday cheer! The Toy Shoppe has many handmade toys, ornaments, and ceramics for sale. Students from Opus Oaks, Powhatan School, FFA, and area 4-H clubs have contributed festive decorations of all kinds. The Town and Country Garden Club has wrapped the place in greenery and Nalls Farm Market donated nine window wreaths. Regular hours of the Barns are Tuesday – Sunday from noon to 3pm. www.barnsofrosehill.org

January

4 Andrew McKnight and Chatham Street

Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville. 7:30pm. $15 advance, $20 at door. Award winning folk and Americana musician McKnight reflects the genre and style of Guthrie and Dylan and is joined by Chatham Street, who calls their sound “New Americana,” with influences from gospel, bluegrass, rootsy folk, and contemporary rock and pop. Purchase tickets at www.barnsofrosehill.org. or call 540-955-2004.

11  Young Naturalist Program

Five Saturdays through March 8. Blandy Experimental Farm, Boyce. Students grade 1 to 6. $22/session with discounts for multiple class enrollment and FOSA members. Topics include EcoArt, Cold-weather Carnivores, Frozen Feathers, Blandy Winter Olympics, and Signs of Spring. Pre-registration is required. Register online at http://blandy.virginia.edu/our-foundation/online_payments, call 540-837-1758 Ext. 224, or download a registration form at www.blandy.virginia.edu.

12  Awesome Art Girls Club

A monthly gathering for girls ages 9-10 at CraftWorks. Participation is free, material fess may apply.  Sign up at wvcraftworks.org.

 14  Bill Whiting, Artist of the Shenandoah Valley, Art Retrospective

Through March 9, 2014. Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville. A retrospective including 60 paintings by this well-loved artist who captured the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley. A signed, framed print of his painting, Along the Shenandoah, will be raffled off on the last day of the exhibit. Raffle tickets sold at the Barns. For more information, visit www.barnsofrosehill.org or call 540-955-2004.

15  Artscape Submission Due

Submissions due for Artscape Old Town Banner program. Artists of all ages are invited to submit artwork that may be selected to appear on Old Town Winchester’s banners that grace the downtown light polls for eight months in 2014.  Sponsors for the banners are also being sought.  For more information, see the application at www.shenarts.org or call Tracy Marlatt at the Shenandoah Arts Council at 540-667-5166 or email tmarlatt@shenarts.org

17 The Woodshedders with opening act Tabasco Bustelo

Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville. 7:30pm. $15 advance, $20 at door. Bringing together diverse influences of country, R&B, old-time, bluegrass, and gypsy jazz, this band of five brings high energy and excellent musicianship to their audiences and keeps the crowd on their feet. Shepherdstown-based rock band Tabasco Bustelo opens the show for a fantastic night of music. Purchase tickets at www.barnsofrosehill.org. or call 540-955-2004.

19 Cahalen Morrison & Eli West

Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville. 3pm. $10 advance, $15 at door. Hailing from Seattle, Morrison and West put a modern, edgy spin on their original songs with an old country and bluegrass influence and have received national acclaim from top roots musicians. Stopping in Berryville as part of their east coast tour. Purchase tickets at www.barnsofrosehill.org. or call 540-955-2004.

20 Created Equal Film Screening: Freedom Riders

Historic Long Branch, 830 Long Branch Lane, Millwood. 5pm. Free. Long Branch Plantation honors Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a film screening of Freedom Riders. This film screening is part of the National Endowment for the Humanities Program – Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle. Freedom Riders tells the terrifying, moving, and suspenseful story of a time when white and black volunteers riding a bus into the Deep South risked being jailed, beaten, or killed, as white local and state authorities ignored or encouraged violent attacks. Go to www.visitlongbranch.org or call 540-837-1856 for more info.

Parks & Rec

A wide variety of classes and activities are offered through Clarke County Parks and Recreation. See complete schedule at www.clarkecounty.gov/parks.

Opus Oaks

Opus Oaks offers several upcoming classes and workshops for all ages in painting, drawing, stained glass, jewelry design, photography, and sculpture. See complete schedule at www.opusoaks.org.

Around Clarke County in November

November

 15 The Bumper Jacksons

Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville. $12 advance, $15 at door. The Bumper Jacksons are described as a big, fat party, playing tunes inspired by traditional jazz and old country and paying homage to traditions while crafting their own style. Purchase tickets at www.barnsofrosehill.org.

 16 Clarke County Little League Auction

Ruritan Fairgrounds, Berryville. 9am–3pm. Time to clean out your garage and closets and donate items to help the “Give Our Kids Light” project, providing lighting at Little League ballfields. Furniture, electronics, lawn mowers, tools and the like gratefully accepted. Lunch available. For more info, call Charles (Peanut) Wright, 540-550-6100.

16 Annual Grace Episcopal Church Bazaar

Grace Episcopal Church, Berryville. 9am-2pm. Attic Treasures sale, handmade items from the Craft Group, bake sale. Delicious turkey luncheon for $10. Call 540-966-1610 for more info.

16 Dance for Blue Ridge Fire & Rescue

Benefit Dance Party for Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co. Blue Ridge Fire Hall, 131 Retreat Road. 7pm-midnight. Dance lessons, dance competition, live & silent auctions. Sponsored by the Horseshoe Curve Benevolent Association. For details, visit www.blueridgefire.org.

18 Full Moon Walk

Blandy Experimental Farm, Boyce. 6-7:30pm. FOSA members, $8; non-members $10; family, $20. Reservations required. Explore the Arboretum under the full moon. Wear comfortable shoes, bring a flashlight, and explore the sights, sounds, and smells of the natural world after dark. Register at www.blandy.virginia.edu or call 837-1758.

 19 CraftWorks Drum Circle

Join this free musical jam session where the focus is on fun, recreation and community.  It’s improvised and incorporates all ages and all levels of skill. 6:30-9pm, Sign up at wvcraftworks.org.

19 Yin Yoga with Turi Turkel

Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville. Doors open at 5:30pm, class from 6-7:15pm. This class is the first of a five-week series on Tuesday evenings. $70 for series, $16 per class for walk-ins. Yin yoga is a slower-paced practice to nourish the whole body. For more information, email director@barnsofrosehill.org or visit the website at www.barnsofrosehill.org.

23 Remembrance and Anticipation Concert

A chorale concert at Market Street United Methodist Church, 131 S. Cameron Street, Winchester. 7:30pm. $10 suggested donation. Join the Arts Choral of Winchester to enjoy a new chorale work by American composer Donald McCullough commemorating the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s death, the season of Advent/Christmas, and the remembrance of people, places, and events. Visit www.artschoralewinchester.org for more information.

 23 Longaberger Basket/Vera Bradley Bingo for BRCTH

Longaberger Basket/Vera Bradley Bingo for Blue Ridge Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship. War Memorial Building, Jim Barnett Park, Winchester. Doors open at 1, bingo at 2. $20 in advance, $25 at door. Special games, raffles and drawings, loads of beautiful baskets and handbags. Funds raised support the BRCTH’s therapy horses and ponies through the winter and scholarships for children and adults. For tickets and information, contact Margie Youngs at 540-533-2777 or brcthinc@hotmail.com.

23 Drawing & Painting Group

Join Rebecca Jones at CraftWorks for a monthly workshop of of artists. Enjoy a demo, studio time and critique. All levels welcome; no experience necessary! 2-5pm, Register at wvcraftworks.org.

 24 Beth Greer Concert

Berryville Baptist Church, 114 Academy Street, Berryville. 7pm. Free. Join Beth Greer, a gifted bible teacher, speaker, worship leader, and vocalist for an evening of worshipful music. For information, contact Mary Sue at 540-955-1423 or online at www.berryvillebaptist.org.

24 Remembrance and Anticipation Concert

A chorale concert at Trinity Episcopal Church, 9114 John Mosby Highway, Upperville. 4pm. $10 suggested donation. Join the Arts Choral of Winchester to enjoy a new chorale work by American composer Donald McCullough commemorating the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s death, the season of Advent/Christmas, and the remembrance of people, places, and events. Visit www.artschoralewinchester.org for more information.

 24 Polymer Clay & Mixed Media

A free monthly gathering at CraftWorks for artists working in polymer clay and mixed media to work together, network and learn from each other. 11am-4pm, Sign up at wvcraftworks.org.

30 Mariana Mihai-Zoeter’s “Lucky 13”

Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville. Doors open at 6:30, show at 7pm. $12 in advance, $15 at door. This soprano singer travels back in time to the years 1613, 1713, 1813, and 1913 where she uncovers lesser-known treasures for soprano and piano. Also featuring clarinetist Garrick Zoeter and pianist Lisa Bloy. For more information, email director@barnsofrosehill.org or visit the website at www.barnsofrosehill.org.

December

3 Ornament making workshop with Amy Oliver

Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville. 4pm-7pm. $10/child. Children will sculpt, paint, and decorate holiday ornaments under the instruction of potter Amy Oliver. Ages 3-6 from 4-5pm; ages 7-10 from 5-6pm; ages 11-14 from 6pm-7pm. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.barnsofrosehill.org.

 5 Help With Housing & FISH

Help With Housing & FISH of Clarke County Open House, 36 East Main Street, Berryville. 6pm. Help warm the new headquarters of these two beneficent organizations now housed in the former Clarke County library building. Join the mayor of Berryville and the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber for ribbon-cutting, refreshments, and tour of the building. Contact Ardis Cullers at 540.955.1706 for more information.

7 Berryville Christmas Parade

Downtown Berryville. Noon. Get in the holiday spirit with a wonderful small-town parade featuring Santa, local groups, and much more! For more information, call 540-955-5187.

7 CraftWorks Holiday Potluck

Bring your favorite homemade soups, salads and bread, beverages provided. Entertainment provided by the Washington High School Chamber Choir. 5-7pm, Sign up at wvcraftworks.org.

 7 Old-Fashioned Christmas

December 7 & 8. Millwood Old-Fashioned Christmas Fair, Millwood Community Center, 1610 Millwood Road, Millwood. 9am-4pm. Holiday shoppers will find a plethora of items from regional artists and crafters, including artwork, pottery, ornaments and décor, jewelry, candles, soaps. Home baked goods and a hot meal available for purchase and served by the Goodwill Association. Christmas trees and wreaths, too! Sponsored by and benefitting the Millwood Community Association and the Goodwill Association. Crafters interested in selling at the event should contact millwoodcommunity@gmail.com or call 540-837-2252.

 7 Holiday Workshop – Wreath Making

Blandy Experimental Farm, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce. 9:30am-noon. Create a wreath with fresh, local, natural greens and adornments. 12-inch mixed evergreen wreath. $30 for FOSA members, $35 for nonmembers. 20-inch mixed evergreen wreath – $40 for FOSA members, $45 for nonmembers. Sponsored by the Virginia Boxwood Company. Register and pay online at www.blandy.virginia.edu or call 540-837-1758, ext. 224.

8 Fiber Arts Group

A free monthly gathering for folks who create with fiber-art quilts, freeform crochet, embroidery, needle felting and mixed media. Share your techniques at CraftWorks. 2-5pm, Sign up at wvcraftworks.org.

10 Amazing Art with Polymer Clay

Learn to create with polymer clay in this two evening workshop at CraftWorks. All materials provided, all skill levels welcome. Dec. 10 & 12, 6:30-9:30pm. Register at wvcraftworks.org.

 15 Holiday Cookie Swap

Share your sparkle and dazzle. Bring 4 dozen cookies, cupcakes, brownies or other sweet treats to CraftWorks. 2-4pm, Free, Sign up at wvcraftworks.org.

17 CraftWorks Drum Circle

Join this free musical jam session where the focus is on fun, recreation and community.  It’s improvised and incorporates all ages and all levels of skill. 6:30-9pm, Sign up at wvcraftworks.org.

21 Historic Long Branch Christmas Open House

December 21 & 22. Historic Long Branch, 830 Long Branch Lane, Millwood. 11am-5pm. Area Garden Clubs decorate the historic house following the theme of “An 1850s Christmas.” Go to www.visitlongbranch.org or call 540-837-1856 for more info.

 22 Holiday Cheer at Historic Long Branch

Following the holiday service at Old Bethel Church near Millwood, Historic Long Branch invites guests for light fare and warm drinks. Guests will also be asked to participate in the first-ever “Historic Long Branch Viewer’s Choice Art Competition.” Go to www.visitlongbranch.org or call 837-1856 for more info.

Current & Ongoing

For a myriad of art classes and workshops for all ages at Opus Oaks Art Studio, visit www.opusoaks.org.

For a list of all classes and events at Clarke County Parks and Recreation, visit www.clarkecounty.gov/parks or call 540-955.5140.