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.

 

19

/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.

Around Clarke County, July-August ’13

July

15 Seeing Trees Nature Camp

July 15–19. Blandy Experimental Farm, Boyce. 9am–noon. For children in grades 2 to 4. Outdoor exploration, observation, crafts, and more! $90 for FOSA members; $100 non-members. Register on-line at www.blandy.virginia.edu or call 837-1758, ext. 224.

15 Explore and Discover Nature Walk at CraftWorks

Join master birder Joette Borzik for a family-friendly guided walk on the trails at CraftWorks. 7:30–9:30am. Sign up at wvcraftworks.org.

16 Drum Circle at Craftworks

A free musical jam session led by Tracy Steffers. Open to all ages and skill levels. 6:30–9pm. Sign up at wvcraftworks.org.

17 Free Concert, Cross Winds.

Rose Hill Park, Berryville, 6–9pm. Contact Clarke County Parks & Recreation for more info, 955-5140.

19 Peopling of the Valley

History at Sunset series at Blandy Experimental Farm, Boyce. 7–8pm. Eric Campbell, National Park Service, presents history highlights of the Shenandoah Valley up to the eve of the Civil War, including natural forces, Native American tribes, Euro-American settlement, agriculture, and more. FOSA members $8; non-members $10; family $20. Register on-line at www.blandy.virginia.edu or call 837-1758, ext. 224.

19 Music in the Park

Rose Hill Park, Berryville. 6:30–8pm. Free. Nita and Friends – traditional folk and gospel. Bring a picnic and your friends! Visit Berryville Main Street’s website at www.berryvillemainstreet.org or call 955–4001 for more info.

19 The Blues Week Allstars Bash

Barns of Rose Hill. Doors open at 7:30pm, show at 8. $20. The Millwood Blues Week All-Stars, featuring Danny Knicely, Mary Flower, Tom Mitchell, John Previtei, and Rob Soper, will culminate their week of teaching and playing with this fabulous jam. Purchase tickets at www.barnsofrosehill.org or 955-2004.

20 Summer Trail Rides

Hindon Hill Farm, 488 Lockes Mill Road, Berryville. 9am. Rides are 1–2 hours, all levels of horse and rider are welcome, English or Western. Negative Coggins and protective headgear required. Rain date is Sunday. Check Hunt Monitor at 540.837.1820 for last minute changes in time or location. $20/person, includes continental breakfast. For more info, call Jenny at 202-664-4664 or Linda at 837-1577.

20 Drawing and Painting Group at CraftWorks

A monthly workshop led by Rebecca Jones for artists who draw or paint. All levels welcome. 2–5pm. Register at wvcraftworks.org.

20 The Town Pants

Barns of Rose Hill. Doors open at 7:30pm, show at 8. $15 advance, $20 at door. Back by popular demand, this Celtic rock band returns from Canada for another night of high jump dancing and great drinking songs! Purchase tickets at www.barnsofrosehill.org or 955-2004.

21 Earthstrong

Barns of Rose Hill. 2pm. Free. An acoustic Rastafarian celebration! www.barnsofrosehill.org.

21 The Green Boys

Barns of Rose Hill. Doors open at 7:30pm, show at 8. $12 advance, $15 at door. Led by brothers Sean and Ryan Green, this band flirts with many genres including bluegrass, folk, and honky-tonk, with harmonious melodies. Purchase tickets at www.barnsofrosehill.org or 955-2004.

22 Eco-Explorers Nature Camp

July 22–26. Blandy Experimental Farm, Boyce. 9am–noon. For children in grades 5 to 8. Campers will learn about nature, collect and analyze data, and present to family and friends. $90 for FOSA members; $100 non-members. Register on-line at www.blandy.virginia.edu or call 837-1758, ext. 224.

22 Stewards of the Farm Camp

July 22 & 23. Oak Hart Farm, 822 Shepherd’s Mill Road, Berryville. 8am–4pm. Ages 6–11. $160. Farm life is about more than simply growing vegetables, and these campers will spend their time cultivating the ideals of “green living.” Activities will help campers understand the importance of all living things on the farm, and provide them with ideas and time to create art from recycled materials. Register at www.oakhartfarm.com or call 540-533-3096.

22 Architecture Tools & Art Camp

July 22–26. Opus Oaks West, 2330 Crums Church Road, Berryville. 9am–noon. Ages 8–14. $190/child. Learn how to build a structure you design! Led by Gale Bowman Harlow and Lindsey Perrault, students will explore the technical drawing tools and techniques needed to render an architectural drawing of a structure. During the building phase, students will learn how to use hand tools and power tools safely. Call 955-5140 or register on-line at www.opusoaks.org.

22 Watercolor Workshop

July 22–26. Opus Oaks East, 109 First Street, Berryville. 9:30–noon. Ages 15–adult. Taught by Stephanie Woshner, learn watercolor techniques such as color mixing, washes, glazing, texturing, and brush strokes. Learn about different papers, masking, and composition. Beginner or Intermediate. Call 955-5140 or register on-line at www.opusoaks.org.

22 Figure Drawing Workshop

July 22–26. Opus Oaks East, 109 First Street, Berryville. 1–3:30pm. Ages 15–adult. $150. Taught by Eric Cherry. Using a variety of media such as charcoal, ink wash, graphite, and color, learn to visually measure proportions, muscles, and the anatomy of the figure, as well as techniques to create light and tone. Model fee included. Call 955-5140 or register on-line at www.opusoaks.org.

22 Full Moon Walk

Blandy Experimental Farm. 8–9:30pm. Wear comfortable shoes, bring a flashlight, and explore the natural world of sights, sounds and smells at dusk and after dark at the State Arboretum! FOSA members $8; non-members $10; family $20. Register on-line at www.blandy.virginia.edu or call 837-1758, ext. 224.

26 The 2013 Pageant of Steam Show

July 26–28. Clarke County Ruritan Show Grounds, 890 W. Main St., Berryville. Celebrate the preservation and restoration of antique and vintage steam and gas engines relative to vintage farm tractors and farm equipment at this annual event. Visit www.svsgea.com for more information.

26 Music in the Park

Rose Hill Park, Berryville. 6:30–8pm. Free. Mike Confrey and Friends – blues and rock & roll. Bring a picnic and your friends! Visit Berryville Main Street’s website at www.berryvillemainstreet.org or call 955-4001 for more info.

26 The Jazz Lounge featuring the Bob Larson Jazz Trio

Barns of Rose Hill. Doors open at 7:30pm, show at 8. $15 advance, $20 at door. Enjoy smooth jazz in our Great Hall, converted into a lounge experience for the night, with The Pink Panther as the signature drink. Purchase tickets at www.barnsofrosehill.org or 955-2004.

27 Summer Trail Rides

Aurum, 9132 Lord Fairfax Highway, Boyce. 9am. Rides are 1–2 hours, all levels of horse and rider are welcome, English or Western. Negative Coggins and protective headgear required. Rain date is Sunday. Check Hunt Monitor at 540.837.1820 for last minute changes in time or location. $20/person, includes continental breakfast. For more info, call Jenny at 202-664-4664 or Linda at 837-1577.

27 Environmental Studies Workshop

July 27–28. Island Ford Farm, Front Royal. 10am–3pm. Ages 8–adult. $80. Led by Doug Pifer, explore the sights and sounds of wetland plants and animals to create a sketchbook of what you discover. An interdisciplinary experience combining art and science. Call 955-5140 or register on-line at www.opusoaks.org.

27 Tom Principato

Barns of Rose Hill. Doors open at 7:30pm, show at 8. $15 advance, $20 at door. Tom Principato is a unique and highly-acclaimed guitarists around, combining his rich blues background with high-energy rock and a highly-charged, expressive delivery. Purchase tickets at www.barnsofrosehill.org or 955-2004.

28 Polymer Clay & Mixed Media at CraftWorks

A free monthly gathering for folks working with polymer clay and/or media mixed. Bring your own project and supplies. 11am–4pm. Sign up at wvcraftworks.org.

29 The Pioneer Way Camp

July 29 & 30. Oak Hart Farm, 822 Shepherd’s Mill Road, Berryville. 8am–4pm. Ages 6–11. $160. Campers will explore all the farm has to offer in the same ways the pioneers of old would have. Activities will focus on fostering the ideals of a pioneer life, simplicity, making more with less, and sustainable, natural living. Register at www.oakhartfarm.com or call 540-533-3096.

29 From Printmaking to a Book Workshop

July 29–August 2. Opus Oaks East, 109 First Street, Berryville. 10am–3pm. Ages 15–adult. $150. Taught by Patience Wyman, students will create multi-layer block prints inspired by nature, create color layers, carve printing blocks, and print using traditional materials and processes. Call 955-5140 or register on-line at www.opusoaks.org.

August

2 Rotary Golf Tournament

The 9th Annual Clarke County tourney at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club. 8am. Registration deadline is July 26. Benefits the Free Medical Clinic of the No. Shenandoah Valley. Golf, lunch, and awards for a great cause! Contact Brad Snowden at 304-264-6166 or bsnowden@su.com for more info.

2 Music in the Park

Rose Hill Park, Berryville. 6:30–8pm. Free. Matt Szechenyi & Cornelius Conway – electric guitar, jazz, feel-good music. Bring a picnic and your friends! Visit Berryville Main Street’s website at www.berryvillemainstreet.org or call 955-4001 for more info.

 

3 Summer Trail Rides

Kildere, 1117 Salem Church Road, Boyce. 9am. Rides are 1–2 hours, all levels of horse and rider are welcome, English or Western. Negative Coggins and protective headgear required. Rain date is Sunday. Check Hunt Monitor at 540.837.1820 for last minute changes in time or location. $20/person, includes continental breakfast. For more info, call Jenny at 202-664-4664 or Linda at 837-1577.

3 Shape Note Singers

No. Shenandoah Valley Shape Note Singers at Millwood Community Center, 1610 Millwood Avenue, Boyce. 4–8pm. Potluck dinner at 6pm. For more info, visit www.shenandoahharmony.com or call John or Kelly at 955-2660.

3 Vagabond Opera

Barns of Rose Hill. Doors open at 7:30pm, show at 8. $15 advance, $20 at door. Another great act back by popular demand, this group does a little bit of everything: cabaret, vintage Americana, belly dance and burlesque, neo-classical opera, hot jazz, swing, tango, and more to deliver a one-of-a-kind experience. Purchase tickets at www.barnsofrosehill.org or 955-2004.

5 Trompe L’oeil Workshop

August 5–7. Opus Oaks East, 109 First Street, Berryville. 10am–2:30pm. Ages 15–adult. $135. Taught by Doug Pifer. Trompe L’oeil uses acrylic paints and glazes to paint objects realistically with shadows so they “fool the eye” into thinking it’s an actual object. Prior painting experience advised. Bring an object or picture of object you want to paint, as well as your lunch. Call 955-5140 or register on-line at www.opusoaks.org.

5 Comics & Sequential Art

August 5–9. Opus Oaks East, 109 First Street, Berryville. 10am–3pm. Ages 15–adult. $150. Taught by Eric Cherry. Reflecting on the history of comics and fantasy stories, students will create a storyboard and work on plot, illustrations, layout, characters, and color. Call 955-5140 or register on-line at www.opusoaks.org.

6 Tour the Arboretum

Blandy Experimental Farm, Boyce. 10am–noon. Steve Carroll leads a walking tour of the State Arboretum to learn about its trees, flowers, gardens, and more. Free, but reservations required. Call 837-1758, ext. 224.

6 Visita guiada del Arboreto

Blandy Experimental Farm, Boyce. 1–3pm. Bob Vazquez – con una visita guiada a pie, se puede aprender del Arboreto de Virginia, de sus arboles, y de la flora de la zona. La visita es gratuita, pero se necesita reserve. Llame al 540-837-1758, ext. 224.

7 Geological Saga

The story of the Shenandoah Valley at Blandy Experimental Farm, Boyce. 1–2:30pm. Callan Bentley presents Virginia’s dynamic geological past which has included colliding continents, ancient seas, mountain uplift, and a varied climate from tropical to frigid. Prepare to be surprised! FOSA members $8; non-members $10; family $20. Register on-line at www.blandy.virginia.edu or call 837-1758, ext. 224.

8 Pathfinders on the Farm

August 8 & 9. Oak Hart Farm, 822 Shepherd’s Mill Road, Berryville. 8am–4pm (& overnight). Ages 8–12. $180. The farm will become an engaging classroom with activities designed to inspire the adventurous spirit. These campers can spend Thursday night on the farm, putting into practice many of the ideals and lessons explored during the day. Register at www.oakhartfarm.com or call 540-533-3096.

8 The Island President

A Magic Lantern Theater presentation at the Barns of Rose Hill. 7:30pm. $5. This documentary follows the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting the survival of his country and everyone in it when confronted with a rising sea level that would submerge the 1200 islands. Purchase tickets at www.barnsofrosehill.org or 955-2004.

9 Music in the Park

Rose Hill Park, Berryville. 6:30–8pm. Free. Max Honn – folk and pop. Bring a picnic and your friends! Visit Berryville Main Street’s website at www.berryvillemainstreet.org or call 955-4001 for more info.

9 The Nine: Singer

A Songwriter Showcase at the Barns of Rose Hill. Doors open at 7:30, show at 8. $10 advance, $15 at door. This regional show features nine solo singer/songwriters performing in rotation and often sitting in with each other, providing audiences with a rich, intimate, varied listening experience. A multi-layered, unique musical experience. Purchase tickets at www.barnsofrosehill.org or 955-2004.

10 Summer Trail Rides

Gordonsdale, 741 Lewisville Road, Berryville. 9am. Rides are 1–2 hours, all levels of horse and rider are welcome, English or Western. Negative Coggins and protective headgear required. Rain date is Sunday. Check Hunt Monitor at 540.837.1820 for last minute changes in time or location. $20/person, includes continental breakfast. For more info, call Jenny at 202-664-4664 or Linda at 837-1577.

11 Wickliffe Church Homecoming

Wickliffe Church, Wickliffe Road, Berryville. 11am. This year’s annual service will be officiated by Rev. Dwight Brown and followed by a covered dish picnic outside beneath the shade of the old oak trees. Everyone is invited to attend the Morning Prayer service and luncheon at this historic and beautiful setting.

11 Blair Crimmins & The Hookers

Barns of Rose Hill. Doors open at 7:30pm, show at 8. $15 advance, $20 at door. From Atlanta Georgia and the Berklee College of Music, Blair Crimmins is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist fronting a 6–piece band that celebrates the sounds of ragtime and traditional New Orleans jazz with their own original spins and lyrics. Purchase tickets at www.barnsofrosehill.org or 955-2004.

12 Felting Workshop

August 12–16. Opus Oaks East, 109 First Street, Berryville. 9am–4pm. Ages 10–adult. $190. Taught by Gale Bowman-Harlow & Aryana McDonald. This class will teach needle felting to make life-size animals using a drum carder, sheep and llama wool, dyed roving, and felting needles. Students will also learn “wet felting” to make a “painting in wool.” Call 955-5140 or register on-line at www.opusoaks.org.

17 Summer Trail Rides

Callendar, 1830 Annfield Road, Berryville. 9am. Rides are 1–2 hours, all levels of horse and rider are welcome, English or Western. Negative Coggins and protective headgear required. Rain date is Sunday. Check Hunt Monitor at 540.837.1820 for last minute changes in time or location. $20/person, includes continental breakfast. For more info, call Jenny at 202-664-4664 or Linda at 837-1577.

17 Gone With The Wind

Enjoy a night under the stars for an outdoor movie screening of the American film classic at the Historic Long Branch Natural Amphitheater. Historian and author Nicholas Redding will provide a brief introduction about how the historical understanding and interpretation of the 19th century American South has changed since the release of the film. Moviegoers will receive a “Historian’s Toolbox Playbill” that will provide the tools and facts to become critical historians for the night. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets or chairs, and snacks. Venue opens at 6:30pm. Enjoy a picnic with family and friends. Movie concessions will be available for purchase. The movie will start at 8:00pm. Rain or Shine. Admission $8 per car. 540-837-1856 or nredding@historiclongbranch.com for info. 830 Long Branch Lane, Millwood.

18 A Day for Grace

Barns of Rose Hill. 7pm. $20 advance, $25 at door. Berryville’s very own Doug Vincent has written and stars in this powerful, poignant piece that recounts the adventures of a father-to-be chasing parental shadows to find the light for his unborn child. Doug and roots rock legend Sam Llanas (formely of BoDeans) share the stage in this inspiring autobiographical tale with original music. Purchase tickets at www.barnsofrosehill.org or 955-2004.

20 Full Moon Walk

Blandy Experimental Farm. 8–9:30pm. Wear comfortable shoes, bring a flashlight, and explore the natural world of sights, sounds and smells at dusk and after dark at the State Arboretum! FOSA members $8; non-members $10; family $20. Register on-line at www.blandy.virginia.edu or call 837-1758, ext. 224.

23 Music in the Park

Rose Hill Park, Berryville. 6:30–8pm. Free. Mike’s Music Studio Student Jam – rock and blues. Bring a picnic and your friends! Visit Berryville Main Street’s website at www.berryvillemainstreet.org or call 955-4001 for more info.

31 Dirty Bourbon River Show

Barns of Rose Hill. Doors open at 7:30pm, show at 8. $15 advance, $20 at door. The prodigal sons of New Orleans return to their adopted second home at Barns of Rose Hill to wow us with their special combination of New Orleans Circus Brass Rock, complete with a march from the park to the Barns in true NOLA style. Purchase tickets at www.barnsofrosehill.org or 955-2004.

Around Clarke County June 2013

15 The Shenandoah Riverside Festival

Watermelon Park. This family-friendly event and fundraiser for Shenandoah River conservation features award-winning bluegrass artists, including Russell Moore & III Tyme Out, the Lonesome River Band, The Hackensaw Boys, Lonesome Highway, Dry Mill Road, The Woodshedders, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Circa Blue, Porch Picker’s Brigade, Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band, and the Banana Express Band. Tickets and info at shenandoahriversidefestival.com.

 

15 Summer Trail Rides

Salter Hill, 154 Clay Hill Road, Boyce. 9am. Rides are 1–2 hours, all levels of horse and rider are welcome, English or Western. Negative Coggins and protective headgear required. Rain date is Sunday. Check Hunt Monitor at 540-837-1820 for last minute changes in time or location. $20/person, includes continental breakfast.

15 Roaring Twenties Party

At the Barns of Rose Hill to benefit Help With Housing. 7–10pm. $50/person. Music, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and hooch! Come as a flapper or come as you are. Dress as a gangster or silent screen star. Its going to be fun no matter the dress; just bring yourself and plan to have fun. For tickets and info, email helpwithhousing@verizon.net or call 955-1706.

15 Firefly Festival

Blandy Experimental Farm, Boyce. 7–9:30pm. FOSA members, $8; nonmembers-, $10; family, $20. Fireflies are one of the natural world’s most fascinating creatures. How do they make their light? And why do they do it? Starting with an illustrated talk and activities, the Blandy staff and volunteers will show how to monitor fireflies in your own yard, then lead a walk to see them in action. Call 837-1758 or visit www.blandy.virginia.edu for info.

16 Father’s Day Brunch

Enjoy classical piano at the Barns of Rose Hill on Father’s Day. Doors open at 12:30, brunch at 1pm. Adults, $30, children under 13, $10, children 5 & under are free. Enjoy a Viennese-themed celebration of fathers, food, and music with pianist Amanda Gessler as she explores the relationships of Mozart, Beethoven, and other classical composers with their fathers through live piano performance. Viennese brunch and chocolate bar. Tickets at www.barnsofrosehill.org or 955-2004.

 17 Comic Book Camp

June 17–21 at Opus Oaks East, 109 First Street, Berryville. Ages 8–14, 9am–1pm. $105. Taught by Patience Wyman & Anna Rogers. Arrive ready to write and create comic book strips. The lessons introduce students to character development, plot flow, and scene design within a simple comic strip. Each student should bring ideas to write his/her own story. Info at www.opusoaks.org or 955-4226.

 17 Environmental Studies & Art Camp

June 17–21 at Island Ford Farm, Front Royal. Ages 8–14, 9am–1pm. $105. Taught by Doug Pifer. Explore sights and sounds of wetland plants and animals and create a sketchbook journal of what they discover. Subjects include outdoor sketching in various media, learning about nature in a wetland environment, and the value of wetlands for everyone. An interdisciplinary experience combining science and art. Info at www.opusoaks.org or 955-4226.

 18 Drinking Water Testing

A workshop at Boyce Fire Hall, 7 S. Greenway Ave., 7–8:30pm. Does your water come from a well, spring, or cistern? Do you want to learn more about the quality of your water? At this informational meeting, you will get a sample kit and instructions on how to collect your household water sample. For information, contact the Virginia Cooperative Extension office at 955-5164.

 17 Blacksmithing Workshop

June 17–21 at Opus Oaks West, 2330 Crums Church Road, Berryville. Ages 16–adult, 9am–4pm. $275. Led by Phil Travis, this is for those with little or no experience interested in learning basic blacksmithing techniques. Work with a coal forge, hammer, and anvil to make a set of forge tools among other things. Info at www.opusoaks.org or 955-4226.

 19 The Defibulators

Barns of Rose Hill. Doors open at 7:30, show at 8. $10/advance, $15 at door. The Defibulators are one of the most engaging live acts from the thriving roots scene in Brooklyn, NY, melding bluegrass, rockabilly, classis country, and punk into their own eclectic honky-tonk sound. Tickets at www.barnsofrosehill.org or 955-2004.

 21 Music in the Park

Rose Hill Park, Berryville. 6:30–8pm. Featuring Greg Lloyd and Friends. Free! Call Berryville Main Street at 955-4001 for info.

 21 The Acoustic Burgoo

Barns of Rose Hill. Doors open at 7:30, show at 8. $10/advance, $15 at door. Since 2006, this local favorite has been playing a unique blend of Americana, blues, bluegrass, old-time, country, and jazz styles to create a sound all its own. Tickets at www.barnsofrosehill.org or 955-2004.

 22 Stone Points & Jewelry

Early history & demonstration of stone points and jewelry at Blandy Experimental Farm, Boyce. 1–4pm. FOSA members, $8; nonmembers, $10; family, $20. Led by Will and Laura Shiflett, this indoor and outdoor program includes sample rock types, stone points, and jewelry, a demonstration of Native American percussion flaking and stone drilling. Call 837-1758 or visit www.blandy.virginia.edu for info.

 22 Summer Trail Rides

The Clearing, 516 Clay Hill Road, Boyce. 9am. Rides are 1–2 hours, all levels of horse and rider are welcome, English or Western. Negative Coggins and protective headgear required. Rain date is Sunday. Check Hunt Monitor at 540-837-1820 for last minute changes in time or location. $20/person, includes continental breakfast.

 22 Longaberger Basket Bingo

Stepping Stones Community Action Team, Clarke County Senior Center at Clarke County Parks and Recreation. Doors open 5:30, games start at 7pm. Tasty food and drink, 20 bingo games with Longaberger prizes, door prizes, raffle drawings, and more. Ticket books are $20; additional books, $10. Special raffle for pre-sale ticket holders. Proceeds benefit the Clarke County Senior Center. For info and tickets, call Kathy at 540-327-2384 or Kitty at 955-2612.

 22 Plein Air Watercolor Workshop

June 22–23 at Island Ford Farm, Front Royal. Ages 15–adult. 10am–3pm. $120. Taught by Doug Pifer. Learn tips on painting on location, treatment of tree foliage and water in a beautiful setting along the Shenandoah River. Info at www.opusoaks.org or 955-4226.

 23 Millwood Community Picnic

Burwell-Morgan Mill Meadow, 5:30pm. Admission: bring a dish to share. Free grilled hotdogs and burgers, fixings, and tea. Bring chairs, blankets, beverages; enjoy live local music from David Banks and Burke Daugherty, Chip Schutte and Caleb Nei, and Lee King and The Spiritual Descenders. A brief live auction of unique items will raise money for the Millwood Community Association. Call 837-2252 for info.

 24 No BS! Brass Band

Barns of Rose Hill. Doors open at 7pm, show at 7:30. $10/advance, $15 at door. No BS! Brass Band is a powerful brass band that embraces the spirit of New Orleans into its original East Coast modern funk. Their danceable arrangements draw inspiration from funk, jazz, klezmer, calypso, and Led Zeppelin. Tickets at www.barnsofrosehill.org or 955-2004.

 24 Fun with Horses

June 24–28, an adaptive recreational day camp at Blue Ridge Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship (BRCTH), 420 Russell Rd, Berryville. Children ages 7 to 12. 9am–1pm daily. $300/child. Activities include small group instruction in therapeutic riding, basic horse care skills and knowledge—plus art. Staff includes certified instructors, trained volunteers and an art teacher experienced in teaching children with disabilities. Enrollment contingent upon instructor assessment and evaluation. Contact Margie Youngs at 540-533-2777 or at brcthinc@hotmail.com.

 24 Painting Big & Small

A camp meeting June 24–28  at Opus Oaks West, 2330 Crums Church Road. Ages 8–14. 9am–4pm. $190. Taught by Aryana McDonald & Gale Bowman-Harlow. Students use different size canvases to learn techniques for painting on large and small scales. Paint a magical bus mural! Info at www.opusoaks.org or 955-4226.

 24 Fashion Design Workshop

June 24–28 at Opus Oaks East, 109 First Street, Berryville. Ages 15-adult. 9am–4pm. Taught by Rachel Rogers-Rodgers and Anna Rogers. This workshop includes a short history of dress design and fashion before you start designing a dress of your own. Each student will make a pattern and sew it together. Hand and machine sewing techniques will be taught. Info at www.opusoaks.org or 955-4226.

 26 SOULED OUT

A free concert sponsored by Parks & Rec at Rose Hill Park, Berryville. 6–9pm. Put on your dancing shoes to groove and sway to these long-time local favorites, playing soul, R&B, and funk. Visit www.clarkecounty.gov/parks or call 955-5140 for info.

 27 EcoHistory of the Shenandoah

Learn the history of the Shenandoah Valley at Blandy Experimental Farm, Boyce. 3–4:30pm. FOSA members, $8; nonmembers, $10; family, $20. Led by Hayden Matthews. Learn of the events and forces that shaped the Valley from a back-road explorer and historian who weaves together the area’s topography, geology, climate, wildlife, and more. Call 837-1758 or visit www.blandy.virginia.edu for info.

 28 Music in the Park

Rose Hill Park, Berryville. 6:30–8pm. Featuring M.T. Pockets and Loose Change Pickers. Free! Call Berryville Main Street at 955-4001 for info.

 28 Miramar’s Middle Eastern Dance

Barns of Rose Hill. Doors open at 7:30, show at 8. Miramar and her dancers put on a spectacular, sensual show of cabaret belly dancing and Tribelle Chic dance as well as traditional folklore from various countries. Tickets at www.barnsofrosehill.org or 955-2004.

 29 Summer Trail Rides

Trelawny Farm, 2055 Springsbury Road, Berryville. 9am. Rides are 1–2 hours, all levels of horse and rider are welcome, English or Western. Negative Coggins and protective headgear required. Rain date is Sunday. Check Hunt Monitor at 540.837.1820 for last minute changes in time or location. $20/person, includes continental breakfast.

 29 Jake and the Burtones

A CD release party at the Barns of Rose Hill. Doors open at 7:30, show at 8. $10/advance, $15 at door. Influenced by Old Crow Medicine Show and the Grateful Dead, these four young men bring mandolin, guitar, banjo, bass, harmonica, and washboard to their vocals. Tickets at www.barnsofrosehill.org or 955-2004.

 29 Blacksmithing Workshop

June 29–30 at Opus Oaks West, 2330 Crums Church Road, Berryville. Ages 16-adult. 9am–4pm. $165. Led by Phil Travis, this is an abbreviated version of the 5-day course where basics of blacksmithing will be taught. All materials and tools provided. Info at www.opusoaks.org or 955-4226.

 30 John Rolfe Gardiner

At the Barns, a reading with John Rolfe Gardiner with special guests Fiddlin’ Dave & Morgan. Doors open at 2:30pm, show at 3. $10 advance, $15 at door. Gardiner will read two of his short stories, accompanied by the melodies of Fiddlin Dave and Morgan Morrison of Furnace Mountain, followed by a Q & A session. The author of five novels and three short story collections, Mr. Gardiner is a Lila Wallace Award winner. Tickets at www.barnsofrosehill.org or 955-2004.

 30 Jazz Alibi

Sunday Afternoon Jazz at the Barns,  featuring Caleb Nei on piano, Lydia Lewis on drums, and Charlie Himel on bass. 3–5pm. $10 adults, $5 for students. Pianist Caleb Nei plays jazz standards with his friends—one never knows where it will go! Cheesecake and coffee. Tickets at www.barnsofrosehill.org or 955-2004.

JULY

 1 Hot Potatoes

A kids’ cooking class at Oak Hart Farm, 822 Shepherd’s Mill Rd, Berryville. Children ages 6–12. 5pm–7:30pm. $25/child. The delicious potato is the star of this dinner! You won’t realize how many ways you can prepare a spud! Each class will include culinary skills, food safety and sanitation, background knowledge of the night’s meal, a farm fresh meal, beverage, and dessert. Sign up for 4 or more classes and receive a $10 discount. Register at www.oakhartfarm.com or call Shawna at 540-533-3096.

 1 Field to Fork Summer Camp

July 1–2 at Oak Hart Farm, 822 Shepherd’s Mill Rd, Berryville. Children ages 6–11. 8am–4pm. $160/ child includes lunch and snacks every day (including fresh produce, harvested and prepared by the campers), all materials and supplies for camp art and projects, and an Oak Hart t-shirt. Any good farmer knows that the best part of the harvest is the eating! Campers experience all of the steps of food cultivation, from planting to harvesting, prepping to chowing down. Parents invited at camp’s end to enjoy the vegetables of their labors. Register at www.oakhartfarm.com or call Shawna at 540-533-3096.

  1 Fused Glass Workshop

July 1–2 at Opus Oaks East, 109 First Street, Berryville. Ages 16-adult. 9am–2pm. $145. Taught by Gail Gramprie. Overview of how to fuse glass and the basic skills needed to design a finished art glass panel. All glass & materials provided. Bring lunch. Info at www.opusoaks.org or 955-4226.

  1 Sculpting Heads in Clay

July 1–3 at Opus Oaks East, 109 First Street, Berryville. Ages 13–adult. 10am–3pm. $190. Taught by Gale Bowman-Harlow. Learn how to build an armature and sculpt a head using water-based clay. Work with a live model to learn the anatomy and structure of the skull and facial features. All materials included. Bring lunch. Info at www.opusoaks.org or 955-4226.

 1 Landscape Oil Painting

July 1–3 at Island Ford Farm, Front Royal. Ages 13–adult. 10am–1pm. $120. Taught by Eric Cherry. Learn how to create an eye-pleasing composition and set up your palette using a gray scale and Old Masters techniques. Bring your own oil paints, an easel, walking shoes, a chair, rain coat, several canvases and brushes, and lunch! Info at www.opusoaks.org or 955-4226.

 6 Shape Note Singers

Northern Shenandoah Valley Shape Note Singers at Josephine Street School Museum, Berryville. 4–8pm. Potluck supper at 6pm. Call John or Kelly at 955-2660 or visit www.shenandoahharmony.com for info.

  6 Market Lamb and Goat Show

Clarke County Fairgrounds. For all 4-H and FFA members enrolled with a lamb or goat project. Registration due by June 21, 2013 to the Clarke County Extension Office. For information call 540-955-5164 or visit www.tinyurl.com/clarkecountyva4h.

 6 Summer Trail Rides – Evening Ride

Glendale Farm, 1318 Old Charles Town Road, Berryville. 5pm. Ride and dinner for $25. Non riders invited for dinner after 6:30 for $20. RSVP required to 955-1995. Checks payable to Blue Ridge Hunt. All levels of horse and rider are welcome, English or Western. Negative Coggins and protective headgear required. Check Hunt Monitor at 540.837.1820 for last minute changes in time or location

 7 Stainken & Schmitt

Mercedes Kerr Stainken & Joan Schmitt opening receptions, Barns of Rose Hill. 3pm. Free. Stainken is an abstract expressionist whose 3D and 2D work hints at Rauschenberg’s assemblages. Her use of color, collage, and materials is certain to provoke thought in the viewer. Schmitt is also an abstract expressionist whose watercolors serve as a modern day Rorshach test. Light refreshments. Exhibits run from July 7 to August 3.

  8 50’s Diner Fare

Kids’ cooking class at Oak Hart Farm, 822 Shepherd’s Mill Rd, Berryville. Children ages 6–12. 5pm–7:30pm. $25/child. A kickback to the fun and happening 50’s diner (farm fresh style). Register at www.oakhartfarm.com or call Shawna at 540-533-3096.

  8 Tomatoes, Snails & Fairy Tales

July 8–10, summer camp at Oak Hart Farm, 822 Shepherd’s Mill Rd, Berryville. Children ages 3–5. 9am–1pm. $160/child includes lunch and snacks every day (including fresh produce, harvested and prepared by the campers), all materials and supplies for camp art and projects, and an Oak Hart t-shirt. Our youngest campers spend 3 days immersed in the magical world of the farm. Whether they’re looking for fairies or creating magic of their own, these children will really get a sense of how much wonder a farm can hold. Register at www.oakhartfarm.com or call Shawna at 540-533-3096.

 8 – 12 Art Around the World

July 8–12, junior art camp at Opus Oaks West, 2330 Crums Church Road, Berryville. Ages 4–7. 9am–12pm. $80. Taught by Aryana McDonald. Campers will explore painting, sculpture, drawing, fibers, and collage using color, texture, movement, and play to stimulate imagination, self-expression, and confidence. Info at www.opusoaks.org or 955-4226.

 8 Copper Forging & Wood Sculpture

July 8–12 camp at Opus Oaks West, 2330 Crums Church Road. Ages 8–14. 9am–4pm. $190. Taught by Steve Clegg & Gale Bowman-Harlow. Design and create a sculpture combining hardwood and forged copper pieces. Proper use of power tools, forging copper, and soldering techniques will be taught. Wear cotton clothing. All equipment provided. Info at www.opusoaks.org or 955-4226.

 8 Fused Glass Workshop

July 8–12 workshop at Opus Oaks East, 109 First Street, Berryville. Ages 13–adult. 9am–1pm. $175. Taught by Gail Gramprie. Learn how to cut, assemble, decorate, and fuse glass for sun catchers, art glass, and jewelry. All materials included. Bring lunch. Info at www.opusoaks.org or 955-4226.

 8 Batik & Silk Workshop

July 8–12 at Opus Oaks East, 109 First Street, Berryville. Ages 15–adult. 9am–4pm. $190.

Taught by Angela Renner & Stephanie Woshner. Explore the ancient art of batik, a wax-resist hand-painted dyeing technique with cloth or paper. Students will create a fabric hanging and hand-painted silk piece. Bring a sketchbook and lunch. Info at www.opusoaks.org or 955-4226.

11 The Ghost Writer

Barns of Rose Hill. 7:30 pm. $5. A Magic Lantern Theater production, this film is about a ghostwriter hired to complete the memoirs of a former British prime minister exposing secrets that put his own life in jeopardy. Roman Polanski. PG-13, 128 minutes. Tickets at www.barnsofrosehill.org or 955-2004.

 13 Bag It

Is Your Life Too Plastic? Find out at Barns, July 13 at 12:30pm, July 14 at 5pm. $5. Leslie Moran hosts the documentary Bag It while collecting signatures to outlaw the use of plastic bags in the shops and stores of Berryville and Clarke County. In the film, Jeb Berrier explores the effects of plastic bags, opting to stop using them as his wife enters pregnancy. Among other things, he highlights the Great Pacific Garbage Patch where plastic fragments are found to outnumber plankton 40-to-1 and contribute to around 100,000 marine animal deaths every year. Tickets at www.barnsofrosehill.org or 955-2004.

13 The Manhattan Project

Barns of Rose Hill. Doors open at 7:30pm, show at 8. $10 in advance. $15 at the door. Since exploding on to the scene in 2010, The Manhattan Project has become one of the hottest electronic duos in the Northeast, with influences from house, dub, techno and lounge. Armed with an arsenal of keyboards, synths, electronic and acoustic percussion. Live visuals by NGB and epic light shows bring the concert experience to a new level. Purchase tickets at www.barnsofrosehill.org or 955-2004.

13 Celebration of Bird Song

At Blandy Experimental Farm, Boyce. 6–7:30pm. FOSA members, $8; nonmembers, $10; family, $20. Co-sponsored by Northern Shenandoah Valley Audubon. For all bird lovers, beginners to experts! Led by Wil and Donna Hershberger, this program explores Virginia’s birds through beautiful photographs and recordings of songs. Call 837-1758 or visit www.blandy.virginia.edu for info.

13 Summer Trail Rides

Swift Shoals Farm, 2054 Swift Shoals Road, Boyce. 9am. Rides are 1–2 hours, all levels of horse and rider are welcome, English or Western. Negative Coggins and protective headgear required. Rain date is Sunday. Check Hunt Monitor at 540.837.1820 for last minute changes in time or location. $20/person, includes continental breakfast.

 15 Cowboy Chuckwagon

A kids’ cooking class at Oak Hart Farm, 822 Shepherd’s Mill Rd, Berryville. Children ages 6–12. 5pm–7:30pm. $25/child. An adventure to the Old West on plates! Traditional cowpoke recipes from an 1800’s cattle drive! Register at www.oakhartfarm.com or call Shawna at 540-533-3096.

 15 Jewelry Workshop

July 15–17 at Opus Oaks East, 109 First Street, Berryville. Ages 10–adult. 10am–1pm. $105. Taught by Rachel Rogers-Rodgers. Learn about the basic tools, materials, and techniques for wire work and beading while making your own designs in jewelry. All materials provided. Info at www.opusoaks.org or 955-4226.

 15 The Mystery Mask

July 15–19 Junior art camp at Opus Oaks West, 2330 Crums Church Road, Berryville. Ages 5–7. 9am–12pm. $80. Led by Lindsay Perrault. Campers will explore painting, sculpture, drawing, fibers, and collage using color, texture, movement, and play to stimulate imagination, self-expression, and confidence. Info at www.opusoaks.org or 955-4226.

 15 – 19 Painting on Location

A July 15–19 camp. Meet first day at Opus Oaks East, 109 First Street, Berryville. Ages 8–14. 9am–1pm. $105. Taught by Patience Wyman. Campers will learn basic painting techniques, color mixing, color theory, and composition while studying landscapes, architecture, water, farm scenes, and flowers. Bring a 5-gallon bucket, drinking water, and snack. Info at www.opusoaks.org or 955-4226.

 17 Cross Winds

A free Parks & Rec concert in Rose Hill Park, Berryville. 6–9pm. Visit www.clarkecounty.gov/parks or call 955-5140 for info.

19 History at Sunset

Peopling of the Shenandoah Valley, at Blandy Experimental Farm, Boyce. 6–7:30pm. FOSA members, $8; nonmembers, $10; family, $20. Eric Campbell of the National Park Service highlights the history of the Shenandoah Valley up to the eve of the Civil War. Call 837-1758 or visit www.blandy.virginia.edu for info.

 22 Farm Sushi Rolls

Kids’ cooking class at Oak Hart Farm, 822 Shepherd’s Mill Rd, Berryville. Children ages 6–12. 5pm–7:30pm. $25/child. Sushi “Sticky Rice” will be served farm style—no fish will be used. Chefs will prepare their own roll, with the protein and veggies of their choice! Register at www.oakhartfarm.com or call Shawna at 540-533-3096.

 22 Full Moon Walk

Blandy Experimental Farm, Boyce. 6–7:30pm. FOSA members, $8; nonmembers, $10; family, $20. Explore the State Arboretum under the full moon. Wear comfortable shoes, bring a flashlight, and explore the natural world at dusk and after dark. Call 837.1758 or visit www.blandy.virginia.edu for info.

 22 – 26 Architecture Tools & Art

A camp July 22–26 at Opus Oaks West, 2330 Crums Church Rad, Berryville. Ages 8–14. 9am–4pm. $190. Led by Gale Bowman-Harlow & Lindsey Perrault. Learn how to build a structure that you design! Explore technical drawing tools and techniques needed to render an architectural drawing of a structure. Students will also learn how to use hand tools and power tools safely. Info at www.opusoaks.org or 955-4226.

28 4-H Summer Camp

July 28–August 1. Registrations now accepted for the Clarke/Warren 4-H Summer Camp for youth ages 9–13 at the Northern VA 4-H Center in Front Royal. This overnight camp includes activities like archery, swimming, canoeing, horsemanship, arts & crafts, high & low ropes, outdoor sports and more. Cost is $260 and includes all meals. 4-H membership not required. Open to youth in Clarke & Warren counties; registrations due by June 28. For information call the VCE-Clarke County at 540-955-5164 or the VCE-Warren County at 540-635-4549.

 

Wildlife Discovery Camp

at the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center every Tuesday, 9:30am–2:30pm from June 11 to August 20. $25 per session. Children ages 7–12 are invited to hike and explore the forest, meet wild animals face to face, participate in scavenger hunts, make bird houses and feeders, and much more. Register for one or all sessions.

June 11: Groundhogs, Kings of the Underground and Ancient Opossums

June 18: On Silent Wings: Owls

June 25: Critters of Our Ponds & Creeks: Crayfish, Frogs, and Turtles

July 2: Feathered Friends and Their Nests

July 9: Butterflies and Birds: Creating a Backyard Sanctuary

July 16: Squirrely Squirrels and Romping Raccoons

July 23: Bees and Other Not-So-Scary Bugs

August 6: Rocking Reptiles: Turtles and Snakes

August 13: Hawks Eyes, Amazing Hunters

August 20: Bats, Our Flying Heroes

 

Register by calling 540-837-9000 or visit www.blueridgewildlife.org. The Blue Ridge Wildlife Center is located at 930 Tilthammer Mill Road, Boyce.