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Halloween happenings: Enjoy some spooky and sweet events this month

From haunted trails and ghost walks to costume contests and corn mazes, here are some ways to start celebrating  Halloween around the valley: Shenandoah County • The Strasburg Heritage Association will sponsor ghost/graveyard walking tours from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 28 starting at Hotel ...

This Weekend: Oct. 20

The following are some of the area events that will be held this weekend: Kid’s Trail The Super 8 Film Club, which encourages children to learn about cinema, will show a family friendly film at 11 a.m. Saturday at Alamo Drafthouse in Winchester. Tickets are $5 per person. Information: ...

VIPs hold Fall Craft and Vendor Show

WINCHESTER – Winchester Police Department's Volunteers in Policing's fourth annual  Fall Craft and Vendor Show is Saturday. Anthony Funkhouser, a member of Volunteers in Policingm, is looking forward to this year’s event, more so than usual. “Everything we raise from this event goes ...

All aboard for Train Day at Strasburg Museum

STRASBURG – The Strasburg Museum is hosting Train Day on Saturday. Hope Brim, publicity chair for the museum, wants visitors to come out and learn about local railroad history and its association with the town of Strasburg. “It’s a fun event for all ages,” Brim said. “We enjoy ...

Stomp some grapes at Rock the Grapes! festival

BERRYVILLE – Celebrate Virginia Wine Month with Veramar Vineyard’s Rock the Grapes! Festival on Saturday in Berryville. Coy Ferrell, marketing director for the Bogaty Family Wine Group, said the highlight of the festival is the chance to stomp grapes, just like that famous scene in the "I ...

Native Americans to gather for Harvest Festival

BERRYVILLE – Native American Indians from across Virginia are traveling to Berryville to celebrate The Gathering: a Native American Harvest Festival this weekend. Rene White-Feather, a participant in this year’s event, described the Saturday and Sunday gathering as a unique event for the ...

Oktoberfest returns to Old Town Winchester

WINCHESTER – The 5th annual Oktoberfest returns to Old Town Winchester today and Saturday. Jennifer Bell, downtown manager, said this year's event is bigger than in past years. “It keeps growing in popularity," Bell said. "So, this year we decided to fully embrace the Oktoberfest ...

Museum hosts evening for special needs families

WINCHESTER – The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum is hosting its third Special Night for Special Needs beginning at 6 p.m. today. Ryan Hall, marketing and membership organizer for the museum, said he is glad the museum is able to offer unique events like this to the local community. “We ...

This Weekend: Oct. 13

The following are some of the area events that will be held this weekend:   MSV The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley will host the following programs this weekend at 901 Amherst St., Winchester: • Today: 7-9 p.m., reception to open an exhibit by members of the Virginia Watercolor ...

Watercolor exhibit opens at MSV

WINCHESTER – The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is opening a new contemporary art exhibit on Saturday. The Virginia Watercolor Society'S 38th annual exhibition will run through Jan. 7. MSV Director of Exhibitions Coryn Garmen is extremely proud of this exhibit. “It offers a wide variety ...

Local chef shares pork belly recipe

WINCHESTER – After opening its doors in 2011, Bonnie Blue Southern Market and Bakery has become a  landmark in the city. Known for its Janis Joplin posters, Texas-style barbecue, and made-from-scratch cakes, visitors flock to the 1920s restored Esso station for local and fresh ...

Get a taste of the valley on Saturday

MOUNT JACKSON – Shenandoah Forum and Cave Ridge Vineyard are hosting the Taste of Shenandoah on Saturday. Vicki Ruckman, event coordinator for the Taste of the Shenandoah, expressed the importance of bringing awareness to the farm-to-table movement. “This used to be a small event,” she ...

Enjoy barbecue and music at AutumnFest

WOODSTOCK – The 7th annual Shenandoah AutumnFest returns to the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds beginning at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Sharon Baroncelli, executive director of the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce,  said AutumnFest is a great time to showcase what Shenandoah County has to ...

Celebrate autumn at ArborFest

The State Arboretum of Virginia at Blandy is celebfrating autumn with its annual  ArborFest this weekend. This festival and plant sale offers a wide variety of vendors including Pine Knot Farms, Bees & Beetles, Edible Landscaping and Winchester Ciderworks. Food vendors include Up in ...

Local chef shares popular shrimp bowl recipe

WINCHESTER – Fresco’s Kitchen is known for its nutritious, fresh and creative cuisine. “We do everything fresh, everyday,” said Barbara Hineline, owner and chef of the restaurant that has been in business on the Old Town Winchester pedestrian mall for over six months. Hineline likes ...

Parade, music and more on tap for Festival of Leaves

FRONT ROYAL – The 47th annual Festival of Leaves returns to downtown Front Royal on Saturday. Susan Jeffery, business manager for the Warren Heritage Society, said she’s really looking forward to this year’s festival. “We have over 140 vendors participating, with many of them being ...

Strasburg gets ready for Harry Potter event

STRASBURG – Calling all witches and wizards: there's a Harry Potter festival in Downtown Strasburg beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. Debbie Ritenour, organizer of the event, is a fan of the Harry Potter books and wanted to share her love and enthusiasm with her local community. “A lot of ...

Celebrate the hunter’s moon

WINCHESTER –  James Charles Winery & Vineyard celebrates hunter’s moon night at 8 p.m. today. Coy Ferrell, of the Bogaty Family Wine Group, said this event is a way to bring the community together and have a fun, laid-back evening enjoying the night sky. The hunter’s moon, ...