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.

Around Clarke County April-May

Maggio & McCagg

A show featuring artists Tia Maggio and Winslow McCagg runs through April 27 at the Duvall Designs Gallery in Millwood, with a closing reception on the 27th, from 4pm till 6pm. Maggio works with pastels and Winslow with oil paint on canvas. Both have been musing and applying themselves in their work on the complexities, colors, light, patterns, and abstractions inherent in nature around them. Both artists have been painting and drawing in this area for over 20 years. Check them out Fridays–Sundays, noon till 5pm—and be sure to attend the closing.

April

20, Operation Inasmuch

Berryville Baptist Church is organizing Operation Inasmuch, a day devoted to helping people in the community. At least 80 congregants and friends are teaming up to help, based on the scripture Matthew 25:40: “Inasmuch as you did it to the least of these, you did it to me.” There will be a “free for all” yard sale, a visit to residents at Washington Square apartments and sharing “we care” bags filled with first-aid items; windshield washing at the gas station on Triple J, Berryville; “Sunshine baskets” filled with fruit, nuts, and baked goods at the Senior Center; sing-alongs at Johnson Williams apartments, Godfrey House and Greenfield; litter clean up along Senseny Road off Rte. 340, and more. If you want to help in some way, call Rose Staples at 540-303-2199.

19, Choral Concert

Clarke County H.S. Chorus at Grace United Methodist Church in Middletown.

20,Conservation Film Festival

American Conservation Film Festival presents ‘ACFF Best of Fest’ in the multipurpose room of American Public University’s Finance Center, 393 North Lawrence Street, Charles Town, W.Va. Starting at 1pm, three of the top films from the 2012 film fest will be shown: Bidder 70, Cape Spin, and The Last Iceman of Chimborazo. Tickets are $10 per person, with student, senior and military discounts available at $8. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance via the ACFF website www.conservationfilm.org.

19, The Tempest

At the Barns April 19–21. The Sixth Annual Spring Shakespeare Emerging Artists’ production for Wayside Theatre will be The Tempest in cooperation with Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville. In this fantastical comedy, the sorcerer and rightful Duke of Milan, Prospero, and her daughter Miranda, have been exiled on a tropical island for 12 years. When Prospero’s enemies make the mistake of sailing too close to the island, she and her faithful spirit-servant, Ariel, summon a terrible storm to make sure that they make amends for their past actions—and have fun playing matchmaker for Miranda while they’re at it. For info: www.barnsofrosehill.org.

20, Arboretum Tour

At Blandy Farm, 10am till noon. By mid-April, the Arboretum shows off its glorious display of flowering trees, shrubs, and wildflowers. Learn about your State Arboretum and take a guided tour through our gardens. Tour is free, but reservations required.

21, Laura Cortese

There is nothing timid about Laura Cortese (cor-TAY-zee). She wields a fiddle like a rocker slings his guitar, and sings with even more swagger. A native San Franciscan, Cortese moved to Boston to study violin at Berklee College of Music and has since immersed herself in the city’s vibrant indie music scene. She has made appearances with Band of Horses, Pete Seeger, Patterson Hood and Michael Franti, and Jocie Adams of the Low Anthem. Showtime 7:30pm; tickets $10; $15 at the door. Barnsofrosehill.org or 540-955-2004.

22, Watercolors

First meeting for a Monday workshop at Opus Oaks, 10am till noon, April 22–June 3, ages 12 and up. With instructor Gale Bowman-Harlow, at Studio East (109 First Street). $85. Bring your own materials or pay an additional $50 for a beginning set at the first class. Bring your own pictures and ideas. Beginners will start with the basics: color mixing, composition, layering color, experimenting, brush techniques, washes, and materials. The instructor is there to help with artistic decisions and to introduce new techniques to students. 6 classes. www.opusoaks.org.

22, Acrylic & Oil Painting

First meeting of a workshop meeting Mondays at Opus Oaks, 1–3:30pm, April 22–June 3, ages 12 and up. With instructor Gale Bowman-Harlow, at Studio East (109 First Street). $100, plus $15 materials fee. Learn techniques in composition; focal point, abstract verses descriptive, depth of field, and canvas prep. Explore color mixing and theory, light source, brush techniques, layering paint, glazing, and style. Continuing students work on their own paintings. Please bring an 18×24 canvas/canvas board/masonite and 6 pictures of things to paint. 6 classes. www.opusoaks.org.

23, Stained Glass

First meeting of a workshop meeting Tuesdays at Opus Oaks, 4:30–6pm, April 23–May 28, ages 12 and up. With instructor Sheryl Reid at Studio East (109 First Street). $85, plus $15 materials fee. You will be guided through choosing a pre-made pattern or designing your own stained glass project. Learn basic techniques of foiling, soldering, and finishing while making light catchers and decorative hangings. Continuing students will work on more advanced projects. 6 classes. www.opusoaks.org.

23, Acrylic Painting

First meeting of a workshop at Opus Oaks for ages 6 and up, Tuesdays, April 23–May 28, 5–6:30pm. With instructor Gale Bowman-Harlow, at Studio East (109 First Street). $85, plus $15 materials fee. Students will learn basic painting techniques: color-mixing, building with color, mediums, color theory, light, and composition. Bring an 18 x 24 canvas/canvas board and pictures of things you want to paint. Returning students will work on their own paintings. 6 classes. Opusoaks.org.

23, Oil Painting

First meeting of a workshop for ages 15 and up, two class choices. Tuesdays, 6:30–9:30pm, April 23–May 28 with Eric Cherry, or Saturdays, 10am–12:30pm, April 20–June 1 with Gale Bowman-Harlow. At Studio East, 109 First Street, Berryville. $125, plus $15 materials fee. Students will learn the Old Masters technique of oil painting and glazing. Instruction includes: laying out your palette, canvas prep, color theory, grey scale color mixing, composition, and mediums. Bring your own paints or use our studio paints, an 18 x 24 canvas or board, and 5 photos. 6 classes. Opusoaks.org.

24, Full Moon Hike

At Blandy Farm, 7:30-9pm. Explore the Arboretum under the full moon. Bring a flashlight, wear comfortable shoes, and explore the natural world at dusk and after dark. Perfect for the family, but no dogs please. FOSA members $8; nonmembers $10 Bring the whole family for $20. Reservations required—space is Limited. State Arboretum of Virginia, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, www.blandy.virginia.edu, or call 540-837-1758 Ext. 224 for information.

24, Woody Pines

At the Barns, showtime 7:30pm; tickets $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Ragtime, boogie, viper jazz, lightning speed folk. Full of stomp and swing, and jump and jive. It’s old-time feel-good music done by a young master who clearly understands that this kind of music was always about having a great time. http://www.woodypines.com. Info and tickets: Barnsofrosehill.org or 540-955-2004.

24, Fused Glass

First meeting of an Opus Oaks workshop, ages 13 and up, 12:30–3:30pm Wednesdays. $125. Fusing glass in a kiln creates 2D and 3D art pieces with luminous colors, decorations and shapes. Learn to develop a design, cut, assemble, decorate and fuse art glass. Stingers, frit, confetti, glass paint, noodles, rods, and strips to enhance your piece and a brief intro to jewelry making will be presented. 6 classes. Opusoakes.org.

25, Watercolors

First meeting of a workshop meeting Thursdays at Opus Oaks, 6:30–8:30pm, April 25–May 30. With instructor Gale Bowman-Harlow, at Studio East (109 First Street). $85. Bring your own materials or pay an additional $50 for a beginning set at the first class. Bring your own pictures and ideas. Beginners will start with the basics: color mixing, composition, layering color, experimenting, brush techniques, washes, and materials. The instructor is there to help with artistic decisions and to introduce new techniques to students. 6 classes. www.opusoaks.org.

25, Fundamentals of Drawing

Workshops meets at Opus Oaks Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm, with instructor Doug Pifer. $85 plus $10 material fee. Students will explore line quality, composition, perspective, lights/darks, building forms and shapes, shading and developing visual acuity skills with different drawing instruments such as graphite, charcoal, and inks. Students will draw from plaster models and still life. 6 classes. Opusoaks.org.

25, Landscape Painting

For students ages 12 and up: Learn about laying out your palette, canvas prep, color theory, grey scale color mixing, composition, and mediums. The first class will involve mixing a palette with landscape colors, preparing the canvas and a composition discussion. Dress comfortably and bring your own oil paints, an 18 x 24 board, folding chair, and outdoor easel. 6 classes, $125 plus material fee. Workshop meets Thursdays, 10am–12:30pm. See opusoaks.org.

26, Banana Express

At the Barns, 8pm. Tickets $10. A bluesy, jazzy and all around, hard-driving musical experience. Barnsofrosehill.org or 540-955-2004.

27, Spaghetti Dinner

Fundraiser for Clarke County Choral Department at Clarke County High School, 5pm. $10 ($5 for children 10 and under). Build-your-own pasta bar. Ice cream sundae bar for dessert. Entertainment by choir students.

28, Kids acting classes

At the Barns, 10am, with Sarah Douglas. Theatre Fundamentals for ages 5–8, 11am–1pm.
Participants build basic theatre skills through acting games, creative movement,
and story dramatization. Acting and Playmaking for ages 9–12, 2–5pm. Participants explore acting and storytelling techniques though theatre exercises and games. Barnsofrosehill.org or 540-955-2004.

30, Trillium Hike

Sponsored by Blandy Farm at the Thompson Wildlife Management Area 9am–12:30pm. Join the annual field trip to one of the region’s most spectacular wildflower displays, featuring a sea of trilliums. Meet at the Blandy library and carpool. FOSA members $8; nonmembers $10; reservations required. State Arboretum of Virginia, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, www.blandy.virginia.edu, or call 540-837-1758 Ext. 224 for information.

30, Aberdeen Green

At the Barns, 7:30pm. Tickets $10. Carley’s gritty, raw vocals are the culmination of her influences – folk artists such as Joni Mitchell, Patty Griffin, and Bob Dylan and blues singers like Keb Mo and Eva Cassidy. Listen to the lonesome sound coming out of Amanda’s stellar set of pipes, and it’s no surprise to learn she grew up on the tunes of artists like the Dixie Chicks, Allison Krauss, and Bonnie Raitt. Put these two together, and the result is something truly magical. And it’s easy to get hooked on their cool, Americana vibe. Barnsofrosehill.org or 540-955-2004.

May

2, Miss Tess & The Talkbacks

At the Barns, 7:30pm; tickets $10. Modern vintage is the sound from former Boston and now Brooklyn-based chanteuse Miss Tess. She’s jazzy, retro, cabaret-esque, sweet, sassy, old-timey, enchanting, sometimes a little folky, and sometimes she’s got the blues. Barnsofrosehill.org or 540-955-2004.

3, Last Ham Standing

At the Barns, 8pm. A hilarious show full of laughs for the entire family. A group of talented performers take suggestions from the audience to create wacky scenes and funny improv games. If you like Whose Line Is It Anyway? you’ll love Last Ham Standing . . . the other comedy meat. Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Barnsofrosehill.org or 540-955-2004.

10, Yamomanem

At the Barns, 8pm. Yamomanem features a repertoire rooted in the 20s and 30s hot jazz styles, with electric guitars and funky congas. Not really a brass band, not really a Dixieland band. It’s like old New Orleans music at the root of it all, but with many branches. They’ll explore them all. Tickets $10. Barnsofrosehill.org or 540-955-2004.

11, Garden Fair

May 11 and 12, it’s Mother’s Day weekend and the Virginia Arboretum’s Garden Fair, 9am–4:30pm. Garden Fair is a huge plant and garden supply sale, and also features an entire weekend of free events, including guided tours, activities for the whole family (family events are 12–2pm Saturday and Sunday), food, and more. Admission is $10 per car; all activities and events are free. The Foundation of the State Arboretum is a nonprofit organization, and the Garden Fair is the foundation’s largest annual fundraising event. Proceeds support programs at the State Arboretum. Rte. 50 in Clarke County. For more information call 540-837-1758 or visit www.blandy.virginia.edu.

16, Myth, Magic & Medicine

At Blandy’s Herb Garden, 2¬4pm. Learn about spiritual and medicinal uses of herbs in Blandy’s Herb Garden. Wear comfortable shoes. FOSA members $8; nonmembers $10 Reservations required—space is limited. State Arboretum of Virginia, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, www.blandy.virginia.edu, or call 540-837-1758 Ext. 224 for information.

24, Full Moon Hike

At Blandy Experimental Farm, 7:30–9:00pm. Explore the Arboretum under the full moon. Bring a flashlight, wear comfortable shoes, and explore the natural world at dusk and after dark. No dogs please. FOSA members $8; nonmembers $10. This hike is for those 14 and older. Reservations required. State Arboretum of Virginia, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, www.blandy.virginia.edu, or call 540-837-1758 Ext. 224 for information.

Around Clarke County

February

13, 23

Two Parents, Two Homes

Sponsored by Home Service of Clarke County Parenting Education Center, 10am–2pm. Open to all individuals going through divorce, separation, child custody and visitation related difficulties. Would you like to improve your communication skills and learn techniques to assist you in keeping your child out of adult conflict? The “Two Parents Two Homes”  program is right for you. This 4-hour class meets approval for individuals needing to fulfill a requirement. The cost of the class is $35. Registration forms are available online at www.homeserviceofclarkecounty.com or stop by the office to pick up a registration packet. Now located at 15 East Main Street Berryville Virginia.

16

Black History Dramatic Reading Contest

The ninth annual! The program begins at 1:30pm at the Josephine School Community Museum, 303 Josephine Street, Berryville, VA. This is a reading competition open to Clarke County third, fourth and fifth grade children. The readers will read from a selection of black literature and authors. Awards will be given out for each level. This event is free and open to the public. For more information go to jschoolmuseum.org or call 540-955-5512.

16

Free Tax Preparation

AARP TAX-AIDE is an organization that prepares and eFiles Federal & Virginia tax returns at no charge for senior citizens and low to moderate income taxpayers. Tax-Aide will prepare returns in Berryville at the new Senior Center in Chet Hobert Park on 2/16.  Taxpayers will be processed on a first come, first served basis.  Sign in and return preparation will begin at 10:30 AM.  Sign in ends at 2:30 PM or when capacity is reached, whichever comes first.  If married, both taxpayers must be present in order to eFile a return that day.  Tax-Aide is also preparing returns at the War Memorial Building in Jim Barnett Park in Winchester (1001 E Cork Street), with sign in from 9:00 – 3:00 on Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, from 9:00 – 12:30 on Fridays and from 9:30 – 1:30 on three Saturdays (2/9, 3/9 & 3/23).

16

Valentine’s Dance

8pm till midnight at Blue Ridge Fire Hall, $15 or $25 for a couple. Electric Blues by The I, IV, Vs. Ticket price includes heavy appetizers and a chocolate fountain. Fun will include a live auction, raffles, a dollar dance, champagne glasses for sale, a cash bar, and a rose and truffle sale. All proceeds will go to The Horseshoe Curve Benevolent Association’s scholarship for a Clarke County graduate and High Five Sports Camp for children at risk. Romantic Attire is Requested! All Credit Cards will be accepted.

16

4H Spaghetti Dinner

Clarke County 4H Leader’s Association’s dinner and silent auction featuring Mackintosh Fruit Farm’s homemade apple crisp topped with ice cream. The evening includes silent and live auctions, with items like gift certificates, sporting goods, collectables, Longaberger baskets, live trees, farm equipment and more. $6 for adults; $4 per child under 10. Dinner at 5pm; auction starts at 6:30. Clarke County Fairground Ruritan Building. All proceeds benefit 4H programs of Clarke County.

16

Where’s Aubrey

A fundraiser for the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center at the Barns of Rose Hill. Where’s Aubrey has played together since 1985, writing and performing all original music since the turn of the millenium. Rhine Singleton’s original songs, cloaked and hooded by Gary McGraw’s improvisation on the fiddle and mandolin, range from old timey folk music through modern jazz. $15 advance; $20 door. Showtime, 7:30pm. For information, www.barnsofrosehill.org call 540-955-2004; Email: info@barnsofrosehill.org.

16

Young Nature Artists

Join Teaching Artist Annie Young for Wonderland Snowy Impressions, ages 6-9. Bundle up to explore the trails as children gather natural materials for their weekly projects.  Other sessions include: Bird Finders & Feeders, 2/23; and Stick & Yarn Snowflakes, 3/2.  www.wvcraftworks.org.

18

Tai Chi Chuan

Mondays at Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire Department. Start with week 2 in a 6-session course (first session was Feb. 11), 6:30-730PM Shih Fu Lacy Colley. Tuition: $55 per person, includes a $5 donation to the Fire Company. Blue Ridge V.F.D. 131 Retreat Rd. Bluemont. Limited enrollment to ensure individual attention. For information, email Please email the instructor (lacycolley@live.com) for registration or more information.

21

 A Cappella Group

Join choral director Mark Parsons in this new group of a cappella singers. CraftWorks at Cool Spring.  www.wvcraftworks.org. 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, W.Va.

22

Film: Safety Not Guaranteed

At the Barns of Rose Hill, a smart comedy-drama from the producers of Little Miss Sunshine, this film boasts a fine ensemble cast and won Best Screenplay at the Sundance film fest. Three Seattle reporters investigate an unusual classified ad and wind up in a time travel adventure. “Casts an enchanting spell from its opening scene” (USA Today). Rated R. Tickets, $5; showtime, 7:30pm. For information, www.barnsofrosehill.org call 540-955-2004; Email: info@barnsofrosehill.org.

22

The I, IV, Vs

At the Horseshoe Curve Benevolent Association, 1162 Pine Grove Road, Bluemont. Info: 540-554-8291.

23

Bob Fox and Friends

At the Horseshoe Curve Benevolent Association, 1162 Pine Grove Road, Bluemont. Info: 540-554-8291.

23

Town Pants

At the Barns of Rose Hill: With a decades’ worth of headlining Roots and Celtic festivals to selling out nights at rock venues The Town Pants own brand of Celtic roots rock rebel spans five albums so far, backed up with a legendary live show that’s garnered them fans internationally from New York to Norway. $10 advance; $15 door. All tickets are general admission. Showtime, 8pm. For information, www.barnsofrosehill.org call 540-955-2004; Email: info@barnsofrosehill.org.

24

Barbara Martin Trio

At the Barns: One listen to jazz and blues singer-songwriter Barbara Martin and you will believe what the critics say about her. Witty. Intelligent. Sultry. Down-to-earth. Insightful. Ironic. Polished. Slice-of-life. Sensitive. Provocative. The list goes on. Barbara Martin is the real deal; a true renaissance woman in genres prone to stereotypes and pigeon-holes. Barbara’s soulful voice and skillful songwriting reveal the essence of her life experience, her creativity and her joie de vivre. And in that very honest and open place, Barbara Martin doesn’t just entertain us; she helps us remember how to dream. Tickets $10 advance, $15 door. Showtime, 8pm. All tickets are general admission. For information, www.barnsofrosehill.org call 540-955-2004; Email: info@barnsofrosehill.org.

24

Polymer Clay & Mixed Media Swap Meet

A FREE monthly gathering at CraftWorks for community artists working in polymer clay/mixed media.  Bring what you aren’t using and swap for something you really want! www.wvcraftworks.org. 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, W.Va.

March

1

Last Ham Standing

At the Barns: Don’t miss this hilarious show full of laughs for the entire family. A group of talented performers take suggestions from the audience to create wacky scenes and funny improv games. If you like Whose Line Is It Anyway? you’ll love Last Ham Standing…the other comedy meat! Tickets $10.00 in advance $15.00; at the door. Showtime, 8pm. All tickets are General admission. For information, www.barnsofrosehill.org call 540-955-2004; Email: info@barnsofrosehill.org.

1

Shortness of Breath

At the Horseshoe Curve Benevolent Association, 1162 Pine Grove Road, Bluemont. Info: 540-554-8291.

 2

The Carroll Brothers

At the Horseshoe Curve Benevolent Association, 1162 Pine Grove Road, Bluemont. Info: 540-554-8291.

2

David Troy Francis, Piano

At the Barns: David Troy Francis is best known for his steadfast championing and performance of contemporary American music. Now living in Asheville, North Carolina, he is an esteemed concert pianist and recording artist as well as a respected composer, arranger and accompanist. His critically acclaimed CD, The Americans, features compositions of living American composers including the world premiere recorded performance of Eight Etudes by two time Pulitzer Prize winning composer Ned Rorem. Tickets $15 in advance;  $20 at the door. Showtime, 7:30pm. All tickets are general admission. For information, www.barnsofrosehill.org call 540-955-2004; Email: info@barnsofrosehill.org.

3

Inheriting the Trade

2pm at the Josephine School Community Museum, “Inheriting The Trade” is Tom De Wolf’ s powerful memoir of a journey in which ten family members, descendants of the most successful slave-trading family in United States history, retrace the steps of their ancestors. The trip, recorded in the documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story of the Deep North, takes the family through the Triangle Trade, from New England to West Africa to Cuba. With searing candor, De Wolf tackles both the internal and external challenges of his journey and our nation’s need for healing. The documentary  is an urgent call for meaningful and honest dialogue. This event is free and open to the public. For more information go to jschoolmuseum.org or call 540-955-5512.

3

Drawing & Painting Group

Join Judy Bradshaw for a monthly workshop of CraftWorks’ community of artists who draw or paint. All levels welcome; no experience necessary! www.wvcraftworks.org. 1469 Lloyd Road, Charles Town, W.Va.

6

Brown Bag with Books

The Clarke County Library which takes place at the Barns, the first Wednesday of every month at noon. This edition is The Widowers Tale by Julia Glass, The idea behind these is an open discussion, and all are welcome.Bring your lunch, and enjoy! April 3 the discussion focuses on Midnight Rising by Tony Horwitz.

8

Forum for Rural Innovation

The 9th annual Forum for Rural Innovation, 8am–4pm at the Best Western Lee-Jackson Motor Inn & Conference Center in Winchester will showcase new and exciting projects and programs that enhance farm or rural business profitability. The theme of this year’s Forum is “Innovative Crops, Funding, and Public Relations for Farm Sustainability.” Speakers discuss innovative agri-education programs and share ideas on how to maximize production by creating value added products. Five area farms will be highlighted. Registration fee of $40.00 includes the forum program, morning refreshments, and buffet lunch.  Registration information at www.LoudounFarms.org or 703-777-0426. Pre-registration by March 1 required.

8

Mary Flower

At the Barns, Says Acoustic Guitar magazine of Mary Flower: With her warm contralto and dazzling skills as an instrumentalist and arranger, Mary Flower has cemented her status as one of the most dynamic performers on the acoustic blues circuit. Flower is deep in the pocket of the country blues and there are few musicians in the genre bringing as much creative spark and low-key mojo to this century-old music. Tickets $10. Showtime, 8pm. For information, www.barnsofrosehill.org call 540-955-2004; Email: info@barnsofrosehill.org.

8

Half Past 3

At the Horseshoe Curve Benevolent Association, 1162 Pine Grove Road, Bluemont. Info: 540-554-8291.

9

Steve Warner and His Plan B

At the Horseshoe Curve Benevolent Association, 1162 Pine Grove Road, Bluemont. Info: 540-554-8291.

February At Opus Oaks

Opus Oaks isn’t just about summer art camps and classes for kids. There are plenty of teen and adult classes and workshops going on all year long. Register online now at www.opusoaks.org or call Clarke County Parks and Recreation at 540-955-5140. Or call Opus Oaks at 955-4226 for more information.  Location  for all classes and workshops, unless specified otherwise, is 111 First Street, Berryville.

Here’s what’s available just for the month of February:

Painting

Watercolors with Gale Bowman-Harlow (Age 12+)

Mondays 2/25-4/8 (no 3/25) 10AM-12PM

Thursdays 2/28-4/11 (no 3/28) 7-9PM

Bring your own pictures and ideas. Beginners will start with the basics: color mixing, composition, layering color, experimenting, brush techniques, washes, and materials. The instructor is there to help with artistic decisions and to introduce new techniques to continuing/experienced students. $85.00 Bring your own materials or pay the instructor $50 for a beginner set.

 

Acrylic and Oil Painting with Gale Bowman-Harlow (Age 12+)

Mondays 2/25-4/8 (no 3/25) 1PM-3:30PM

Learn techniques in composition; focal point, abstract versus descriptive, depth of field, and canvas prep before beginning a painting. Then explore color mixing and theory, light source, brush techniques, layering paint, glazing, and style. Continuing students work on their own paintings. Bring 18×24 canvas & 6 pictures to paint. $100 plus $15 materials fee.

 

Oil Painting with Eric Cherry (Age 15+)

Tuesdays 2/26-4/9 (no 3/26) 6:30-9PM

Learn the Old Masters technique of oil painting & glazing, including laying out your palette, canvas prep, color theory, gray scale color mixing, composition, and mediums. Bring your own paints or use our studio paints, an 18 x 24 canvas or board, and 5 photos. $125 plus $15 materials fee.

Drawing

Portrait Drawing with Eric Cherry (Age 12 +)

Thursdays 2/28-4/11 (no 3/28) 10AM-12PM

Students will work with a live model to do a portrait; being sensitive to form, emotion, skin values, textures, and light. $85 plus $10 for materials and $25 model fee.

 

Tickets to Adventure with Norma Colman (Age 15+)

Thursdays  2/28 – 4/11(no 3/28) 6:30-8PM

Explore and investigate your own process of creativity by generating small projects in  and out of class each week based on a prompt or technique and then shared with the creative company. This approach was designed for visual artists, but is also adaptable to writers, musicians, bakers, candle makers, and you. A small journal or sketchbook is recommended. $65

Glass

Stained Glass with Sheryl Reid (Age 12+)

Tuesdays 2/26-4/9 (no 3/26) 4:30-6PM

Sheryl will guide you to choose a pre-made pattern or your own design for a stained glass project. Learn basic techniques of foiling, soldering, and finishing while making light catchers and decorative hangings. Continuing students will work on more advanced projects. $ 85 plus  $15 materials fee.

 

Fused Glass with Gail Gramprie (Age 13+)

Wednesdays 2/27-4/10 (no 3/27) 12:30-3:30PM

Fusing glass in a kiln creates 2D and 3D art pieces with luminous colors, decorations and shapes. Learn to develop a design, cut, assemble, decorate and fuse art glass. Stingers, frit, confetti, glass paint, noodles, rods, and strips to enhance your piece and a brief intro to jewelry making will be presented. $125 plus $55 materials fee.

Jewelry

Jewelry Design with Rachel Rogers-Rodgers (Age 14+)

Thursdays 2/28-4/11  (no 3/28) 10 AM-12PM

Students will learn beginning/intermediate techniques for clay modeling and sculpting using air-dry clay such as tool use, joining, composition, texturing, and finishing techniques. Continuing students will work on more advanced pieces. $85 plus $25 materials fee.

Sculpture

Clay Sculpture with Gale Bowman-Harlow (Age 14+)

Wednesdays  2/27-4/10 (no 3/27) 7-9PM

Students will learn beginning/intermediate techniques for clay modeling and sculpting using air-dry clay such as tool use, joining, composition, texturing, and finishing techniques. Continuing students will work on more advanced pieces. $85 plus $25 materials fee

Workshops

Drawing Birds from Life Workshop with Doug Pifer (Age 14+)

Saturday  2/23 10AM-2PM

Learn the basics of bird anatomy; shapes, form and movement. Learn techniques for detailed drawings of heads, wings, feathers, and feet while exploring line, composition, perspective, light & dark with various drawing instruments; graphite, charcoal and ink. A live bird will be on-site from the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center.  Bring a lunch. $40 plus $10 donation to Blue Ridge Wildlife Center.

 

Copper Forging Workshop with Gale Bowman-Harlow (Age 13+)

Saturday 3/23 9AM-4PM

Participants will use metal forging, soldering, chisels and design elements to make a forged copper box of their own. Workshop includes all materials. Wear cotton clothing and bring your lunch. $75

 

Youth Classes

Acrylic Painting with Gale Bowman-Harlow (Age 6+)

Tuesdays 2/26-4/9 (no 3/26) 5-6:30PM

Students will learn basic painting techniques: color-mixing, building with color, mediums, color theory, light, and composition. Bring an 18 x 24 canvas/canvas board and pictures of things you want to paint. Returning students will work on their own paintings. $85.00 plus $15 materials fee.

 

Acrylic Painting with Aryana McDonald ( Age 6+)

Saturdays 3/2-4/13(no 3/30) 10:30AM-12PM

Students will learn basic painting techniques: color-mixing, building with color, mediums, color theory, light, and composition. Bring an 18 x 24 canvas/canvas board and pictures of things you want to paint. Returning students will work on their own paintings.

$85.00 plus $15 materials fee.

 

Clay Sculpture with Gale Bowman-Harlow (Age 8+)

Wednesdays 2/27-4/10 (no 3/27) 5-6:30 PM

Learn beginning/intermediate techniques for clay modeling and sculpting using air-dry clay such as tool use, joining, composition, texturing, and finishing techniques. Continuing students will work on more advanced pieces. $85 plus $25 materials fee

 

Fundamentals of Drawing with Doug Pifer (Age 8+)

Wednesdays 2/27-4/10 (no 3/27) 6:30-8:30PM

Explore line quality, composition, perspective, lights/darks, building forms and shapes, shading and developing visual acuity skills with different drawing instruments such as graphite, charcoal, and inks. Students will draw from plaster models and still life. $85 plus $10 materials fee.