Remembering Mary Brisco and Lawrence Wilson

By Jennifer Welliver

The people on Liberty Street in Berryville have suffered a great loss this month. Indeed, so has our entire community. In less than a week two dearly loved neighbors have died.

Mary Brisco passed away on Friday, August 2 and then on Monday, August 05, 2013 Lawrence Wilson followed. They were two incredible,  unique individuals with one thing in common: their faith. Both were completely devoted to their churches and to sharing their faith with others through service and love. More than anyone else I have ever known, they always managed to teach by example more than by their words. Somehow in their presence I would always feel closer and more connected, even when religion was not in the conversation. Each of them exemplified the teachings of Christ and their lives revolved around service to others.

Spinning Wheels

Mr. Wilson would sit for hours on his front porch, enjoying the warm days, getting his “vitamin D,” and greeting folks as they walked by with his big hello, his signature laugh, and a sincere blessing. He knew everybody’s voice, and maybe even their footstep.

Every time I came or went, he would hear my front door close and as I walked to my car, he would say, “Hellooooo Jennifer, you spinnin’ your wheels again?”

“Yeah Mr. Wilson, I’m spinnin’ my wheels,” I’d say. He had me pegged. But he was one to talk.

Mr. Wilson lost his eye sight a few years back, overnight, forcing him to stop spinning his wheels, but before that he was always going. His fast pace was different, though. He was always on the run in service to others. He drove anyone who needed a ride wherever they needed to go. People would call, and he would take them.

He was a member of the Kiwanis club and the Masonic Lodge. He served 17 years on the Berryville Board of Zoning Appeals and 12 years on the Town Planning Commission. He served on the Board of the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging, and was a founding member of Help with Housing. Most of his adult life before retirement he worked two jobs and, along with his wife, Margretta, put six kids through school.

As one can imagine, such a sudden change is a hard adjustment. One day you are running and doing, and the next you can’t see. That would be maddening, depressing, frustrating. It might destroy many of us, but not Mr. Wilson. Just as soon as he could, he reemerged, different physically, but not in spirit. That same man was back, just as soon as possible, brightening the days and lifting the spirits of everyone he came across.

Gifts from Across the Fence

“Jenny, can you come meet me by the fence? I got something for you,” Mary would call.

Mary Brisco was well known for her catering. She cooked for many people throughout Clarke and Frederick counties. She even used to cater the Queen’s Dinner each year at Apple Blossom. The backyard smelled so good when Mary was cooking—and we were often the beneficiaries of samples of her creations.

She was such a giving person. You never needed to ask Mary for anything. If you needed something, she was there and knew how to help. When my son graduated from high school, we had planned a big party in the backyard with lots of guests. I had plenty of food in the house for the event, but nothing was set up prior to the graduation. With a brief but heavy storm at the end of the graduation, things got a bit chaotic. Mary and our neighbor Diane fell right in and would not let me help. “Go outside with your guests. We can handle this.” And they did.

Mary also served the community as a volunteer in many ways. She volunteered with Hospice and the Salvation Army, working in their thrift stores. She was honored by St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital for her giving there. She spent a lot of time visiting sick and disabled people bringing them care packages and sitting by their bedsides. I know there was a great deal more that I am not even aware of because Mary was not one to talk about herself or her deeds.

In her later years, she was trying to reduce her work, but she never could quite retire as long time clients would call and ask her to do just one more party. She was blessed, though, to have her son and her daughters to help out because saying “no” was not her nature.

 

Mary Brisco and Lawrence Wilson both touched so many lives, and were well known throughout the community for their spirit, their character, and their service. I am grateful that they have been part of the foundation of my adult life and the lives of my children.

Community News: CCHS Class of ’63

Dispatch from Class of ‘63

By Alice Hummer

The class of 1963 celebrates 50 years since graduating from Clarke County High School. The Class Reunion celebration and dinner will be on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 6:00 pm at John H. Enders Fire Hall. To kick the day off, the class will be touring the elementary schools and high school, then end the morning with a class picture at the Bell Tower on the hillside behind our old high school.

The bell tower was the gift the class left the high school to house two bells, one a bell from the old Boyce Agriculture High School and the other a gift from a prior class. The bells have since been moved to the newer high school and used upon different occasions and celebrations.

The bell tower remains after 50 years and still stands strong overlooking the old high school (now JWMS).There is a peaceful and serenity to the site. Class of ’63 classmates worked around the bell tower on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, and the bond we shared so many years ago still remains. We lunched on peanut butter sandwiches and water and remembered our high school years and teachers. The participating classmates were Betty Mercer Wiley, Alice Hough Hummer, Mary Hawkins Carter, Kenny Willingham, David Hough, Rosalind Fuller Longerbeam and Steve Hummer (class of 1962) Thanks So Much! Alice Hummer.

National Night Out in B’ville

The Berryville Police Department, Clarke County Sheriff’s Office, John H. Enders Fire & Rescue, and other community services will have representatives on hand—their equipment on display—for the Seventh National Night Out, August 6, from 6–8pm in rose Hill Park. Come meet with those serve in the public safety sector of local government, and have a fun time, too. There will be a moon bounce for kids, music, and hotdogs and drinks for everyone. For information, contact the Berryville Police Department at 540-955-3863 or policeadmin@berryvilleva.gov.

Summer Is Time For Arts

The Clarke County Summer Arts Academy is a four-day visual and performing arts camp for students from elementary to high school, August 5–8 at Clarke County High School. Each day at the camp is divided into a morning session, 8–11:30am, and an afternoon session, noon till 3:30pm.

At the end of the Academy, a celebration of the students’ work will be showcased.

Areas of study include:

  • Select choir, grades 6–8, with repertoire ranging from madrigals to musical theater.
  • Concert choir, grades 9–12, with repertoire consisting of madrigals, jazz, modern, and contemporary concert literature, both secular and sacred.
  • Creative performance, grades 1–6; students will play instruments including drums and other percussion, sing and create artwork, perform and create many types of movement and dance.
  • Band, grades 6–8, for middle school band students.
  • Band, grades 9–12, for high school band students.

There will also be workshops for percussion, beginning color guard, advance color guard, and fine arts classes in sculpture, painting, mask making, glass art, and collage.

Performing arts classes in theater include acting and improvisation.

There is a $20 registration fee for the camp. Registration materials are available at edline.net/pages/Clarke_County_Public_Schools; click on Summer Arts Program.

Down On Main Street

Joyce Badanes: The Art of Making Art

 

Fiber artist Joyce Badanes will be demonstrating one of the more interesting ways to create pattern on silk scarves using three  Japanese shibori techniques on Saturday, July 20th from noon till 2pm at Berryville Main Street’s Fire House Gallery.

Badanes has mastered many types of fiber art ranging from quilting to batik to tie-dying. Using the skills she has developed over the past three decades, Badanes turns out everything from stunning scarves imprinted with her original designs to intricately patterned quilts. Inspiration comes from many sources ranging from Native American art to Japanese and Chinese watercolors to antique posters. Experiments in creating fabrics by dying, over-dying and painting are some of her latest interests.

Badanes’ presentation is part of the gallery’s ongoing Art of Making Art educational series featuring live demonstrations by area artists.  The program, which launched in 2012, was created to increase awareness about different forms of art and appreciation for the knowledge and skill involved in mastery of these forms.

The Fire House Gallery is located at 23 East Main Street, Berryville. Gallery hours are 11am–3pm, Wednesday through Saturday. For more about Badanes rich and varied background visit the firehousegalleryandshop.com. Contact the gallery at 540 955-4001.

Get Your Main Street Mugs

Berryville Main Street’s Fire House Gallery has just received a new shipment of their best-selling signature mugs featuring the Main Street streetscape, designed and created by Bluemont resident and graphic artist Jeanne Krohn. The mugs cost $10, with proceeds supporting the programs of Berryville Main Street. If you have previous mugs, you’ll want to add the new one to complement your set. Never had a Berryville Main Street Mug? Now’s your chance. Get them while they last!

News From Berryville Main Street

Budding Artists Through June 22

There is still time to stop by Berryville Main Street’s Fire House Gallery at 23 East Main Street to see the Budding Artists exhibit, hosting in partnership with Heritage Child Development
Center. About 80 pieces are on
display, all created by children—some as young as three months old.

Gallery Welcomes Watercolor Artist

Andrea Burke has been painting since 2000. While living in Sad Diego, she had take a watercolor class in 200 at the San Diego Art Museum. Since moving to Martinsburg, W.Va., in 2003, the Montana native has quickly become part of the regional artists community.

In addition to being the newest member of the Fire House Gallery and Shop in Berryville, Burke is a member of Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative in downtown Charles Town, the Potomac River Artists Guild, and a juried member of the West Virginia Watercolor Society.  She also is a member of the Valley Art Association and the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts (WCMFA) in Hagerstown, Md., and the Randolph County Community Art Center in Elkins, W.Va.

A self-professed “education junkie” — Burke’s resume includes a Ph.D in Metaphysics — Burke has  continued to work on her craft through studies with such local artists as Anna Hogbin, Leia Wood, and Kent Roberts as well as nationally known ones such as  Karlyn Holman and Laurie Goldstein-Warren.

Among her awards is an Honorable Mention in the 2012 West Virginia Water Color Society show.

Art of Making Art

The Fire House Gallery’s education series on the Art of Making Art continues July 21 with fiber artist Norma T. Colman. The series showcases live art demonstrations of every form—from sculpture to photography, and from stained glass to fiber. Visitors to the gallery are invited to watch artists work, asking questions about the materials or technique being demonstrated as they occur. By seeing as well as hearing about each medium’s unique requirements, program planners hope community members of all ages and backgrounds will gain a deeper understanding of what it takes to make a work of art. And why it’s worth doing so.

Colman creates visual images with fabric using traditional quilting methods of piecing and applique.  She also discharges dye, paints, and embroiders to enhance her design work which has been influenced by years of garment construction and alteration. In addition to wall hangings, Norma makes garments, accessories for wardrobe and home, and church banners to adorn people, places, and sacred spaces.

Her primary sources of inspiration are rural landscapes, daily life with family and friends, and stories of faith which springboard her work with just a word, quotation, or song.  Then she picks up the scissors, and the cutting begins.

The Fire House Gallery and Berryville Main Street are located at 23 East Main Street, Berryville. Gallery hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday 11am–3pm; and Friday 11am–5pm. For up to date information on gallery programs, visit www.firehousegalleryandshop.org.

For information on Berryville Main Street, see www.berryvillemainstreet.org.

Builders Workshop Focuses On Energy

net Plus Energy School For Builders

A new energy-efficiency educational program for builders gets launched April 22 and 23 at the Inn at Charles Town, with the first 20 builders who sign up receiving free admission. The net Plus Energy program has been assembled by Professor Andrew McCoy of Virginia Tech and Al Cobb, who runs the Structural Insulated Panel building firm Panelwrights and SIPs School—a training program on the SIPs building techonology.

“We all follow or are involved with design and build projects that are some shade of green,” said Cobb. “net Plus Energy School is the convergence of building science, project management, and best practices necessary to succeed in making low-energy, high-performance buildings.”

Cobb says many builders have watched trends in building, and are likely keen on the advancement of low-energy, high performance construction. Many may have attained certification for projects through Energy Star, EarthCraft, the NAHB’s ICC Green Standard, or Passive House.

Many also may know about the new launch of DOE’s Challenge Home: Zero Net-Energy Ready. “With interest or experience in programs like these, builders want to know how they are similar and different, how they compare on a common scale, how they might be integrated,” said Cobb. Specific to their projects, builders want to assess different enclosure assemblies such as double-stud walls, Larsen trusses, SIPs, ICFs, and OVE.

“A lot of builders have wondered about the comparison of the energy impact of products A to B, or system Y to Z, as well as the material and labor costs associated with each,” said Cobb.

So Cobb, partnering with McCoy, has crafted what he says is a clear, practical, and comprehensive curriculum, packed with solid take-aways that can be applied in the field.

Here is the curriculum:

Key Learning Objectives, Day 1

  • Understanding ‘Low-Energy’ Programs in Context: Energy Star, Passive House, Builders Challenge, NZE.
  • Compare & contrast using a common scale; Prioritizing Core Concepts of High-Performance Buildings.
  • Identify / Specify Materials & Assemblies suitable to Low-Energy, High-Performance building.
  • Utilizing a Designers Build Report to assess project plan sets and ensure complete specifications.
  • Clarifying project roles and responsibilities to establish authority and set appropriate expectations.
  • Discussing project bidding and contractual concerns.
  • Examining moisture and heat flows through common assemblies, identifying likely problem areas.
  • Assessing whole-assembly R values & permeance.
  • Understand framing factors for assemblies.
  • Analyzing strategies for eliminating thermal bridges.
  • Differentiating the language: barriers and retarders.
  • Evaluating air-tightness metrics: know what the target should be, why, and how to achieve it.
  • Mastery of Details: Fenestration.
  • Applying performance factors to buildings.

Key Learning Objectives, Day 2

For information on the net Plus Energy workshop, contact Al Cobb at al@sipschool.org.

Long Branch Hosts Vintage ‘Base Ball’ Doubleheader

DC Area “Ballists” will recreate an early version of America’s pastime as “Cranks” cheer them on!

Historic Long Branch will host a vintage base ball (originally two words) doubleheader May 11, from 10am until 2pm. Visitors to the event will take a step back in time as they watch the Chesapeake Nine of Baltimore take on the Old Dominions of Virginia in a series of games played by the 1864 rulebook. Cranks (1860s term for fans) will feel as though they have returned to the late 19th century to see the ballists (baseball players), outfitted in old-style uniforms, recreate the game by playing by the rules and customs of the 1860s, which include the ability to tag out opposing players by hitting them with the ball. The lingo, uniforms, and equipment will provide cranks with a great show as well as a history lesson.

“We are ecstatic about hosting base ball games at Historic Long Branch exactly as they would have been played throughout America in the late 19th century,” said Nicholas Redding, executive director of Historic Long Branch. “The fact that Hugh Nelson, Sr., a resident of Long Branch in the late 1800s, was himself involved with the “Old Guard,” the local Millwood baseball team of that era, makes this event that much more exciting.”

This family friendly event will be held in one of Historic Long Branch’s spacious pastures. Fans coming to the event are encouraged to bring a blanket or a chair to enjoy the historic match. The entry fee is $5 per carload, and there will be food and entertainment available in between the games. Representatives from the Barns of Rose Hill, the Clarke County Historical Association, and other community organizations will be onsite to provide additional information and opportunities about upcoming activities in Clarke County.

For information, visit historiclongbranch.com or facebook.com/LongBranch1811.

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.

Walk Through Grief To Begin Nature Walks

A new community service organization called Walk Through Grief meets every Saturday for hour-long nature walks using the trails in Franklin Park. The weekly schedule will alternate between a widow’s group and a general participation group. In addition to the nature walks a series of seasonal events will be offered and volunteers are welcome.
The mission of this self-help group is to create an ongoing schedule of upbeat activities to help counter the effects of grief in healthy, natural ways while creating an outlet for grief-expression. Physical exercise, enjoying the outdoors, meeting friends, and smiling is important for everyone, but especially for those of us who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Group members will be able gain new insights by listening to the experiences of others and will be given ample opportunity to share their personal grief experience as well.
Walk Through Grief is the brainchild of local resident, Nancy Mumm, who felt the community was underserved in the area of social and activity groups for those in grief recovery. To her, the answer was obvious. Start one. After considering what healthful activity would have the broadest appeal the obvious answer was a year-round schedule of outdoor walk and talks.
This group is not intended to be used in place of physical therapy or grief counseling where individuals would be guided by professionals. Walk Through Grief is for those who are beyond the initial six month grieving period and feel ready for supportive socializing but community residents willing to support and mentor newer members are always welcome, regardless of when they lost their spouse, significant other or family member.
For information visit www.WalkThroughGrief.com.