Barns Of Rose Hill Looking To The Future

Endowment challenge grant targets $1 million by 2021

In the heart of Berryville’s historic downtown area, with Rose Hill Park on one side and the Berryville-Clarke County Government Center on the other, sit two barns joined together to make a single striking facility. Around 5,000 people a year seek out the beautifully restored 1920s-era barns for their many activities as a center for the arts, education, and community serving the northern Valley and Piedmont region.

“We’ve been active more than five years now,” said Diana Kincannon, chair of the Barns board of directors. “More than 20,000 visitors have experienced programs that enlighten, educate, and entertain. We’re very proud of that, and of the quality of programs we offer. Whether it’s a documentary film such as “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise” or a fun Bluegrass and BBQ event, the full houses have been gratifying. We welcomed more than 1,300 people in the first six weeks of the New Year.”

Many in Clarke County and the region know the Barns story. In 1964 Horace Smithy donated the land and buildings to the Town of Berryville. Attempts were made to restore the old structures for community service, but to no avail. Then, in 2004, Downtown Berryville, Inc. (now Berryville Main Street) decided it would be best to form a 501(c)(3) devoted solely to the restoration project. The successful capital campaign raised over $2 million in public and private funding over six years. Carter + Burton Architecture worked with the group, a public bidding process identified H&W Construction of Winchester, and the Barns of Rose Hill opened in September 2011.

As a flexible-use facility, the Barns offers every kind of live music, films, art and photography exhibits, workshops, expert and author presentations, theater arts, poetry and prose readings, open mic sessions for young people and adults, and jam sessions. A new website for the public has just gone live, allowing better depth of programming detail and interactivity.

Feedback from artists and performers has been enthusiastic. “It is one of the most unique and intimate venues for both the performers and the audience, not to mention one of the friendliest,” Will Robinson, a Nashville-based songwriter, said. Maria Nicklin, an illustrator and designer, agreed. “Through an innovative program, Barns of Rose Hill provided a unique experience, allowing for the interconnectivity of a student workshop, an art exhibit, a concert and some fundraising. Thank you, Barns of Rose Hill.”  New Zealand musician Catherine Bowness wrote, “Barns of Rose Hill is a truly special place.”

The Barns organization is looking to the future while noting the importance of sustaining an active calendar of events. On March 22, the organization announced a $500,000 five-year challenge grant from the Eugene B. Casey Foundation to build a $1 million endowment fund by 2021. The grant will match gifts received for the Barns endowment on a dollar-for-dollar basis. “This is an extraordinary opportunity to double the value of gifts while helping to ensure the future of excellent arts and education programming for Clarke County, the northern Valley, and the Piedmont region,” Kincannon said. To be matched, a gift must be restricted to the endowment fund and can’t be used for any other purpose.

The first year of the challenge grant ends August 31, 2017. Gifts and pledges from the board and other private contributors have reached more than $68,000 toward a $100,000 target for the first year of the grant period. The board is reaching out to friends and supporters now to close the gap and gain the maximum match by that August deadline.

Meanwhile, ongoing programming relies on sustaining gifts and memberships. Kincannon said “We keep our doors open and these wonderful programs coming through unrestricted gifts from those who feel as we do – that the arts, education, and community are strong positive values, and that the Barns of Rose Hill is contributing to the greater good through what we do.”­­

Another way businesses and private donors help is through program sponsorships. “Sponsors are recognized in all our print and electronic media over a six- to eight-week promotion period,” Kincannon said. “It’s a great way for businesses to expand public awareness and gain new customers in the markets they serve, and private Sponsors support the kind of programs that mean the most to them.”

The schedule for 2017 is filling up. There are live music concerts and art exhibits in April and May. Acting classes for kids are in April and for adults in early May.  Everything can be found on the Barns website, The public is invited to offer program reviews and suggestions. Susi Bailey, who serves on the board and has been involved in the Barns story from the beginning, said “We are fortunate to have such a landmark in the center of our town. Barns of Rose Hill has certainly become an inviting site for the arts and education and especially for our community.”

“From those derelict old barns has come something vital and valuable,” Kincannon said. “It just demonstrates the good things that can happen when people come together. It’s really quite exciting.”


Berryville Main Street: Happy Birthday and Many Happy Returns

Berryville’s Booster-in-Chief Turns 25

Berryville’s commercial scene has changed a lot in the last decade. I remember visiting the town when working on a travel guide to the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area. I remember thinking, “Cool, what a nice place.”

It was actually a functioning downtown. You could still come to Berryville to buy things you need — an almost extinct phenomenon in
America’s small towns.

Today, Berryville is more than a functioning town; it’s a truly awesome place. You can still buy things you need: eyeglasses, prescription drugs, flowers, electronics, appliances. All that good stuff. But now you can find things way beyond the everyday. Experiences that make life a little better, like galleries, gift shops, and locally sourced eateries.

There is much credit to recognize. Good planning, the Barnes of Rose Hill, and incredible community financial support for a town of this size, to name a few.

Let’s also give credit to the work of Berryville Main Street, a nonprofit booster for downtown that recently celebrated his 25-year anniversary.

The group has brought amazing energy to create an atmosphere hospitable to locals and tourists alike — and one which has attracted several businesses that have relocated to Berryville in the past few years.

There is an old saying. “Bad things happen through neglect. Good things happen only through intention.” When you look at all the wonderful things about Berryville, you see that the Main Street miracle is part inspiration and a heck of a lot of perspiration. It’s intentional.

Much hard work, most of its volunteer, has gone to create the charming yet still practical small town å is Berryville. It’s nice to know that Berryville Main Street is not resting on its laurels. Instead, Main Street is looking ahead to the Town of Berryville in the next 25 years.

Local Doctor Attends Climate and Health Meeting in Atlanta

Public Health in the Climate Change Equation

Story and photo by Jennifer Lee

Nick Snow has dedicated his professional life to helping people as a practicing gastroenterologist in Winchester for the last 22 years. For over a decade he has become increasingly concerned about the effects of climate change on public and planetary health.  “I began to realize that carbon pollution was beginning to affect my life and would most certainly affect the lives of my children,” he said. “As a gastroenterologist, I was caring for one patient at a time.  However, the health of the planet would impact not only my patients, but the health of all of us.”

Dr. Snow began reading scientific journals on climate change, taking online courses, and attending seminars on the effects of climate change — and solutions to it, including a three-day climate-change course sponsored by the
Climate Reality Project. (#CRPinFla).

This training, combined with his role as a physician, garnered him an invitation to attend the Climate and Health Meeting in Atlanta, February 16.  This meeting replaced a multi-day Centers for Disease Control and Prevention meeting that had been canceled shortly after the inauguration in January. Sponsors of the meeting included the American Public Health Association (APHA), the Harvard Global Health Institute, The Climate Reality Project, the Global Health Institute of the University of Wisconsin, and the Center for Health and Global Environment at the University of Washington.

He told us more about his interest in and commitment to this issue in a recent interview.

Q.  What is your background and what prompted your interest in climate change and associated issues?

A.  I have always had an interest in the health of the earth. I grew up in Ohio near a river that had repeatedly caught fire because of pollution. After the EPA was created, I saw this area become clean and vibrant again. In college, I studied quantum chemistry before going to med school.

Q.  What did you learn at the recent Climate and Health Meeting?

A.  2017 is the year of climate change and human health, according to the American Public Health Association. This meeting was not about the science of climate change, but more about how it is affecting our health now and how it will affect our health in the future.
Gary Cohen, president of Health Care without Harm, stated that, “Our addiction to fossil fuels . . .  is killing more people than AIDS, malaria and TB combined.”

Dr. Kim Knowlton of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia said that there are already 65,000 additional emergency room visits a year nationwide due to heat. This is only going to increase as our earth warms.

Dr. Mark Keim, Founder of DisasterDoc, laid out the effects of how rising sea levels will lead to food insecurity and displacements of millions of people. In fact, a quarter of the world’s sovereign nations are at risk of disappearing because of sea level rise.

Q.  Have you seen examples of how climate change is affecting the planet in your travels?  How so?

A.  I have seen the effects of climate change already. For one of my courses, I analyzed freezing temperatures for our local area and showed that over a 30-year time span, spring came more than a week earlier and fall more than a week later.  The last three years have been the warmest on record.

I was shocked this February by the unprecedented warm weather across the United States. High temperature records exceed cold temperature records by more than 100 to 1 this month.  In my travels, I have talked with a 27-year-old trail guide in the Andes who said he has witnessed significant glacier loss from the mountain peaks in his lifetime and this is confirmed by scientific measurements.

There is increased global demand for food, and climate change affects both the quality and quantity and location of where food is produced. This is because of increased CO2, increased temperatures, and changes in precipitation. Climate change affects pests, pathogens, and pollinators.  Because of decreased food, there is increased reliance on international trade.

Q.  What do you say to people who resist the science on climate change and that human activity is contributing to it?

A. We live in a country where denial of climate change and our burning of fossil fuel as the cause of it are common. Global climate is complex, though the physics of greenhouse gases is simple. In fact, scientists have predicted the observed warming since the 1800s. There is near universal consensus among scientists that carbon pollution is warming the planet faster than any other period in history.  All the major scientific groups in the world are in agreement. And 195 countries signed an agreement in 2015 to try to combat carbon pollution and resultant climate change.

Q.  With the proper tools and intention, do you think we as a society can combat climate change and avoid the
predicted disasters?

A.  We have the tools to combat climate change, but every year we waste, pollution increases in our atmosphere and the cost of adaptation increases. Encouragingly, the cost of green energy, wind, and solar has continued to come down. Presently, they are competitive with natural gas. Green jobs are the fastest growing segments of our economy, while fossil fuel jobs are decreasing, mainly because of automation. Green energy is a win-win-win.  It provides safe renewable energy and jobs that cannot be outsourced while improving human health.

While many people agree that climate change and its resultant effects are posing one of, if not the, greatest issues of concern of our time, Dr. Snow remains optimistic and committed to continuing to learn about solutions and sharing his knowledge with others.  “There are a number of things that people can do to improve their health and the health of their planet. The first is to merely become aware of the energy you use on a daily basis, whether for transportation, comfort, or food.  This is a global problem and will likely require global solutions.”

For more information about the conference and resources on climate change and public
health, visit:

Hometown Girl Returns with Detroit Band

Art Exhibit by Winslow McCagg Accompanies

Story and photo by Jennifer Lee

A vibrant, thought-provoking, and hip-shaking show is coming to the Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville on March 25, when paintings by local artist Winslow McCagg will provide a colorful backdrop for the eclectic and upbeat sound of Detroit-based band, The Sugar Clouds.

Missie Bradley Hoenstine grew up in Clarke County and, at 25, moved to the Detroit suburbs in 1993 because, as she says, “there was a really hot job market here and gainful employment was easy to find.” The live music scene was also a draw and she says you could find live music any night of the week if you were willing to venture out to find it.

This scene, offering a plethora of cover bands as well as original local musicians, inspired Missie and her then husband Greg Hoenstine to take their combined talents of songwriting, singing, and musical chops to collaborate with professional musicians and create a band called the Hosts in 2005. “Aside from me, all the other band members are, or have been, in other bands. They are a great and very active group of musicians,” she says. The band plays mostly “dive bars,” events such as the Pop Overthrow, The MetroTimes Blowout, and the CityFest, as well as occasional private events. One of their songs was used in an independent film in a California film festival.

While Missie writes, sings lead and back-up vocals, and plays small percussion, Greg is the primary songwriter and plays rhythm guitar, keyboard, and also sings lead and back-up vocals. Jim Faulkner is a sought-after Detroit drummer, Paul Einhaus plays lead guitar, and Todd Breadon plays bass. “I always have a bit of a hard time categorizing our musical style. We are heavily psychedelic-60’s inspired with folk and pop rock influences. We actually have a couple of songs that smack of good ol’ country and some straight up rock’n’roll. Maybe you can tell us what we are,” she invites.

Musical influences for the band range from Stevie Nicks to Elvis to the White Stripes and to the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Brian Jonestown Massacre “and all sorts of modern underground indie rock and electronica,” Missie explains. And her hometown has certainly had its influence, too. “Berryville has provided plenty of content for some of my more personal stories. Unlike on TV, the names have not been changed…”

Art Meets Music

On one of their trips to Berryville to visit Missie’s family about 14 years ago, Missie met Millwood-based artist Winslow McCagg; there was an instant synchronicity. “I could not stop thinking about his art, and eventually I asked Winslow if he would create two pieces for me that could hang side by side but would lose nothing of their meaning if they hung separately,” she remembers.

This directive was motivated by the fact that Missie and Greg were headed for divorce, and she wanted each of them to have a piece when they found separate homes. “In a nutshell, Greg and I started the band while divorcing. After playing many months together, our bandmates at the time had no idea we were soon to be unmarried. Greg and I used writing and music-making as a way to express our feelings, and saved the money we would have spent on therapy to record our first CD by our then name, The Hosts. Winslow’s pieces turned out so perfectly that when we recorded our first CD, there was no question as to what the cover art would be,” she explains.
Winslow’s complex, intellectual, and psychedelic art, full of meandering shapes, vibrant colors, and mysterious stories, seems almost made for album cover art. “Over many visits, I saw them (Missie and Greg) evolve from dormant musicians to allowing in the Muse, and eventually forming The Sugar Clouds. I have been honored to have my artwork grace their two album covers: a bucket list desire for an artist, at least this artist,” Winslow says.

Finding a Stage Together

The idea of the collaborative show came about when Winslow was asked by the Barns of Rose Hill to hang an exhibit and he suggested that The Sugar Clouds play the opening night. Everyone was on board.  “When we decided to record the second CD, we sought out Winslow immediately to do our cover art again, so naturally when he asked us to play his art opening, we were all too happy and honored to do so,” Missie says. Called ‘One More Round,’ Winslow says this art exhibit is “a continuation of the visual conversation I have with this beautiful place wherein we live.”

When asked how she feels about playing for her hometown crowd, Missie says “nervous, excited, privileged. I’m proud to bring my bandmates and friends to my home. I can’t wait to introduce them to my family and friends and show them the river and the mountains and my family’s farm.”

The pleasure should be all ours as we celebrate the arrival of spring with some fantastic original music and art, rousing fun and playing in
harmony together.


The Sugar Clouds: March 25 at Barns of Rose Hill, Berryville. Opening reception begins at 7pm, music starts at 8pm. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

One More Round: Paintings by Winslow McCagg opens March 25 with reception at 7pm, and runs through
April 20.

Tickets at

Cruise In: A Great Berryville Bash

News from Berryville Main Street

Photos by Sandy Williams

On Saturday, August 26th, over 200 cars rolled into Berryville to enjoy Berryville Main Streets first annual Summer’s End Cruise In. There were specials all over town for lunch and coupons for retail businesses that stayed open late for the event.

Mitzie Myers, owner of Jane’s Lunch said, “I have never seen so many people in my restaurant and downtown enjoying themselves.” Many folks also commented on how great the music was, provided by D.J Bret Fuller, owner of Big Daddy’s Automotive. Berryville Main Street would like to thank the many businesses in town that helped to sponsor the event, especially Bank of Clarke County, Blossman Gas and Trip’s
Auto Sales.

Along with business sponsorships, local police officers and a dedicated team of volunteers dove in and helped springboard this first time event. One name in particular needs to mentioned: Mary Liz McCauley who has set up many Cruise Ins and car shows. A Berryville resident who works for the Bank of Clarke County, Mary Liz jumped in with both feet at the first phone call and showed us how it’s done!

We also had Peoples Choice Awards for first, second, and third place prizes for the most popular car. First place went to the owners of Family Run Trash Service who had a Shelby Mustang named Jack Pot.

Second place went to Dickie and Sally Wolfe for a 1933 Dodge Sedan Delivery Car. Third place went to Wayne Armbrust for a 1966 Ford Cobra.

Great food, toe tapping music, and of course pristine classic and antique cars were a winning formula for a great day in downtown Berryville. Thanks to all who came, and if you missed it, see you next year for Berryville Main Streets, second annual Summer’s End
Cruise In!


Around Clarke County September October 2016


 Music in the Park

Rose Hill Park. Downtown Berryville. ElderBerrys/Folk, Blues, Celtic, Pop. 6:30–8pm. Bring a picnic and join us for great music. For information call 540-955-4001.


/17 Nothin’ Fancy

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Come out to celebrate the induction of Nothin’ Fancy Bluegrass into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame! We are delighted to be working with local legend Frank Jurney to host their Hall of Fame tour with two dates at Barns of Rose Hill. Jordan Springs Market will have their delicious BBQ for sale at both shows! Doors open at 7pm. Show starts at 8. $25 per person. 12 and under free. For information visit


Student Art            Workshop

Acrylic Painting with Robert Ballard. Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Free Art Workshops for middle & high school students! This is a great opportunity to learn from a working artist plus ask questions about embarking on a
career in the arts. Workshop runs from 12–3. For information visit


/18 Bluemont Fair

47th Annual. Rt. 734, Snickersville Turnpike, Bluemont, VA. 10am–5pm Saturday and Sunday. Rain or Shine. Old fashioned family fun at a “Green” Country Fair featuring traditional crafts (juried),  local art & authors, craft & farming demonstrations, music: traditional, blues & country, 10k race, free Children’s Fair, farm animals, Llamas & Alpacas, Quilt Display, Colonial Blacksmith, homemade food, NEW!! Interactive Indian Village ($3 donation), pie-baking/pickle-making contest, antiques & collectables, local wine-tasting, breweries & gourmet treats, Historic Slide Show, bee-keepers & hives, model railroad display & antique caboose, pre-Civil War Country Store, Farmer’s Market, and more, set in this historic village in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. No Pets! $5 Adults. Under 10 Free. Free Parking. For information or call 540-554-2367.


Writers and Writing

Blandy State Arboretum of Virginia. 400 Blandy Farm Ln. Boyce. 1:30–3:30pm. The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh. Author Kathryn Aalto leads us on a literary and cultural journey through A.A. Milne’s Hundred Acre Wood, where Christopher Robin and friends shared so many adventures. Book signing and refreshments follow. $25 FOSA Members and UVa Alumni. $30 nonmembers. $45 Member and Alumni family. $50 nonmember family. For information and to register visit or by phone at 540-837-1758 Ext. 287.


/25 Watermelon Park Fest

3322 Locke’s Mill Rd, Berryville. Watermelon Park Fest is a family-friendly music festival created by Shepherds Ford Productions that is located on the Shenandoah River just outside of Berryville, VA. Festivities include Concerts, Dances, Workshops, Band & Pickin’ Contests, Kid’s Activities, Open Jams, Food & Craft Vendors, and more! Featuring David Grisman, Sam Bush, The O’Connor Band, Town Mountain, and many others. For tickets and information visit


–25 Art Exhibit

Duvall Designs Gallery. 2053 Millwood Rd. Millwood. The final weekend to view the work of internationally exhibited artist CMDupre’. For more information visit or call (540) 336-9631. 24 Stone’s Chapel Gathering 4138 Crums Church Road. 11am. 6th annual Fall Gathering and Open House at historic Stone’s Chapel. The Gathering will begin with a short program in the Chapel sanctuary, then will continue with a covered dish luncheon. The Stone’s Chapel Memorial Association will provide meat and beverages. Everyone else is invited to bring a side dish,
salad or dessert to share. For information visit


Zombie 5k Chase

Clarke County Parks and Recreation. 255 Al Smith Circle. Berryville. 4pm. Zombies Wanted. Open to the first 200 Participants. Awards to Top 3 Male and Female Racers. Prizes for Costume Contest and Zombies. Don’t Miss the Zombie Parade. For information  call 450-955-5140.


Pat Donohue

Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Grammy winning fingerpicker Pat Donohue’s devotion to acoustic guitar has made him an American standard. Pat entertains fans with intricate finger-picking, easy wit, and nimble interpretations of old blues, swing, R&B and original tunes. Chet Atkins called Pat “one of the greatest finger pickers in the world today”; Leo Kottke called his playing “haunting.” Pat is certainly one of the most listened to finger pickers in the world. As a songwriter and guitarist for the “Guys All-Star Shoe Band” of Minnesota Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion, Pat got to show off his savvy licks and distinctive original songs to millions of listeners each week. “A masterful guitarist and talented singer-songwriter of the blues, folk, and jazz… Donohue is a natural entertainer who possesses bundles of charm and wit.” — Los Angeles Times. Doors open at 7. Show starts at 8. $15 in
advance. $20 at the door. 12 and under free. For information


Art Show

Through October 9. The Mill at Carter Hall. 2611 Millwood Road. Millwood. Featuring the art of Sara Schneidman and many others. For information call 540-837-2384 or visit


Art at the Mill

Through October 16. Burwell Morgan Mill. 15 Tannery Lane. Millwood. Sunday through Friday 12–5, Saturday 10–6. Over 1000 original works of art by 175 artists. Admission $5 adults. $3 seniors. Stud
ents free. For information call 540-837-1799 or visit


/2 Studio Art Tour

Various locations throughout Clarke County. This free event will feature 30 local artists and includes 22 stops on a self guided tour around Clarke. Studios are open from 10–5 each day. For information visit


3 VFW Membership Meeting

425 S. Buckmarsh Street. Berryville. 7pm. VFW Post 9760 will hold its monthly membership meeting. Prospective members are invited to attend and bring evidence of qualifying service. VFW Post Auxiliary meets same day at the same place and time. This is a non-smoking post. Contact phone numbers (540) 532-8015 or (540) 955-2295.


Art Opening

Duvall Designs Gallery. 4–6pm. Winchester artists Neil and Kerry Stavely whose work is becoming sought after and commissioned by collectors around the region. Their work will be in the Gallery all the month of October. For
more information visit or call (540) 336-9631.


/9 Arborfest

Blandy State Arboretum of Virginia. 400 Blandy Farm Ln. Boyce. 9–4:30. Rain or Shine. Fall festival and plant sale. Native plants and trees, hayrides, kids activities, guided tours, and more. $10 per car. For information visit or call 540-837-1758 extention 224.


9 Fire Prevention Week Open House.

John Enders Fire Department. 9 South Buckmarsh Street. Berryville. There will be refreshments, fire truck rides, and equipment displays including the helicopter from Health-Net   1–4pm.


Fall Film Series

Where to Invade Next. Barns of Rose Hill. 95 Chalmers Ct. Berryville. Presented by Barns of Rose Hill and Magic Lantern Theater. Academy Award-winning director Michael Moore’s latest film takes him to various nations in Europe and Africa as a one-man “invader,” gathering ideas and practices that the US might adopt. From Italy (generous vacations) to Iceland (strong female presence in government and business), Moore alternately informs and amuses in his usual style. Our Fall Film Series is sponsored by Hobert & Kerr PC. Rated R. 120 minutes. Doors open at 3pm. Show starts at 4. $8 per person. $5 for Magic Lantern and BORH members. For information visit

Unbranded’s Masters Comes to Shepherdstown for Film Fest Fundraiser

Clarke County artist Kelly Heaton’s painting featured at event

An evening of great adventure film and fine food and drinks awaits visitors of the American Conservation Film Festival’s spring fundraiser on June 18 in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.  Ben Masters, lead horseman and instigator of an escapade that took four young men over 3,000 miles with 16 wild mustangs, will introduce the film and join partygoers for the festive evening, beginning at Shepherd University’s Reynolds Hall for the film screening before moving to the Town Run Brewing Company for drinks, dinner, and discussion.
Unbranded screened to a full, enthusiastic house at the 2015 American Conservation Film Festival and won several awards at festivals throughout the country.  This exciting tale highlights the complex plight of the wild American Mustang, thousands of whom inhabit public lands in the western United States.  Masters set out to prove the value and resilience of these horses as well as the importance of preserving our public parkland.
This event is generously sponsored by TDC Virginia. ( Auction items will include a few valuable and unique items, including a custom-framed oil painting of a mustang by acclaimed Clarke County artist Kelly Heaton. Tickets are $50 per person and all proceeds go to benefit the American Conservation Film Festival, while an auction item will also benefit the Mustang Heritage Foundation.
The American Conservation Film Festival is in its 14th season of presenting the most compelling and informative conservation films from around the world along with discussions and workshops with filmmakers, family programming, and engaging social events.  This year’s festival runs October 21-23 and 28-30.
For information on and tickets for the Spring Roundup with Ben Masters, visit:
Follow the event on Facebook: For information on the film festival, visit:, or contact Jennifer Lee,; 540-539-6150.

We are one with you

Getting to know your local library through quotes

By J.C. Coon

Throughout this article are a variety of quotes from books found in your local library. As you find the quotes, quiz yourself to see if you know the book and the author. Answers at the end.
In the cold of winter I ventured out to my local library in search of reading materials to warm my soul and fill my mind with plans of my summer garden. “It has been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. My mom says some days are like that. Even in Australia.” 1
While checking out my selected books I saw a small sign on the counter that said, “Volunteers wanted.” Volunteers Wanted! What? I have always wanted to volunteer at a library, with life’s schedules I had not. So I took a leap and applied for the position. “My advice is, never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time. Collar him.” 2 I got the position; it warmed my heart on that cold winter day.

The library of today is not your Grandparents’ library, (but grandparents come and embrace the changes).

Did you know that here in Clarke County at your local library…..

You have access to up to date computers?

Access to Wi Fi, eBooks, Zinio, Mango and Freading?

Ability to make copies, Black and White and Color?

Can send (for a fee) a Fax?

Can check out Movies and TV series and most Disney movies?

Sit in a private room and have a ‘Study Date’?
Oh I could go on and on.
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” 3
Oh and wait….you can check out books too!
One of the bonuses of being a library volunteer, I get great ideas of what to read next, while filing the books that patrons checked out. The library has a rich variety of books, newspapers, magazines, DVD’s and CD’s (no cassettes). If you do not see what you want, the branch is part of a much larger system. You can order an item and it is usually delivered in a day or two.
The library has expanded beyond its four walls to reaching out to the community. They have partnered with the Barns of Rose Hill on several events. Currently on the first Thursday of every month a group called the Brown Bag with Books, meet to discuss the book of the month (contact the library for a list of books). Remember– “ No two persons ever read the same book.” 4
This summer there will be movies starting on Saturday June 18th. The summer reading program “Read for the Win” will have special events at the Barns. After reading 6 hours or 360 minutes, youth and adults are eligible to receive a free book. “Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone’s hand is the beginning of a journey. At other times, it is allowing another to take yours.” 5
The library is located in the heart of Berryville, easy access to all. If you have been to the Town or County offices you have been in the same building as the library. They are located at 101 Chalmers Court-Suite C, Berryville, VA 22611. Phone: 540.955.5144. Web address: If you do not have a computer, come in and use theirs, all you need is your library card.
Don’t have your library card, yet? Not a problem, just bring in a photo ID (we all now have photo ID’s don’t we) and they will get you started. “When you see someone putting on his Big Boots, you can be pretty sure that an Adventure is going to happen.” 6
So put on your Big Boots and start on your own adventure.

Here are the sources for the quotes. If one piqued your interest and you want to know more … our local library has their books.

1 – Judith Viorst, Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
2- Charles Dickens, David Copperfield
3- Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
4- Edmund Wilson
5- Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration
6- A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh


Around Clarke County May-June 2016


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clarke County Studio Art Tour Reception

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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