Community News & Events: May 15


A card shower is planned for Shirley Spitler, who will celebrate her 80th birthday Saturday. Cards can be sent to 43 Lodge Hill Road, Mount Jackson, Virginia 22842.



The annual TRIAD Conference for Shenandoah County senior citizens will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Friday at the Woodstock Moose Lodge.

Speakers include Shenandoah Sheriff Timothy C. Carter, who will talk about scams and drugs in the county, Mitch Vernazza on critical first aid and Bryan Katcher will talk about C-PHI Air medical.

Lunch will be provided. TRIAD is a partnership with the Virginia Office of the Attorney General and local law enforcement and senior service providers.


St. John’s Lutheran Church will hold a Mocha and a Message contemporary worship service with coffee and desserts at 6 p.m. Saturday at 3623 Back Mountain Road, Winchester. Bingo will be played after the service.



First Church of Columbia Furnace will be selling barbecued pork starting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at 305 Back Road, Edinburg.

The cost is $12 per pound. Proceeds benefit building fund.

Preorder deadline: noon Wednesday by calling 540-35-4500 or 540-325-8166.



The Rouss Center for the Arts in New Market will hold auditions from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday for its production of “The Locker Next 2 Mine” by Jonathan Dorf.

Auditions will be cold readings. The cast includes 13 women and seven men. Information: 888-341-7313 or email rouss.center@gmail.com.


Grace United Methodist Church in Middletown will hold a baked potato supper starting at 4 p.m. Saturday. A free-will offering accepted.


Living Water Christian Church will host Danny Figgins, ‘The Singing Policeman,’ in concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 72 N. Lake Ave., Front Royal. A free-will offering accepted.


Winchester Fire Fighters and Paramedics Local 3401 will host a breakfast from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday at the South End Fire Company, 17 W. Monmouth St., Winchester.

The breakfast will benefit Harper Gochenour, who has been diagnosed with Upstream Binding Transcription Factor, a rare neurodegenerative condition. A free-will offering will be accepted.



An outdoor music concert to benefit Alex’s Warriors Relay for Life Team will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Bob and Flo Coverstone’s Farm, 13172 Fort Valley Road, Fort Valley.

Local bands performing include Spirit Filler, and the Browntown Boys & Jeff Fletcher. There will also be a pie, cake and bread auction. Information: 933-6271.



Mickey Depre, an international award-winning quilt artist, will present a program on hexie quilts at the meeting of the Shenandoah Valley Quilters Guild at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Asbury United Methodist Church in Harrisonburg. Those attending should enter through the door facing the Virginia Quilt Museum.

Dupre will also give an afternoon workshop. Registration, information: email 2018-programs@svqg.org.


Dinner, auction

First Baptist Church will host a dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday followed by a silent auction at 116 Lakeview Drive, Woodstock.

Proceeds benefit the church’s Relay for Life Team. Information: George Brinkley 540-335-2545 or 459-2507.



Samuels Public Library in Front Royal has announced the following programs will be held:

  • Introduction to fly tying: canceled for Saturday.
  • Aspiring Artists (ages 7-11): 2 p.m., Saturday.

Information: 540-635-3153.


College news

Jacob Voorhis, of Fort Valley, has been named to the dean’s list for the spring term at Chadron State College.

Mallory Moore, of Maurertown, has been named to Who’s Who Among Students at Gardner-Webb University. She is a senior English major.


Bird Haven

Zach Hottel, archivist at the Shenandoah County Library in Edinburg, presented a program May 5 at the New Market Area Library on his research of Bird Haven in Basye. In the late 1920s, Bird Haven was home to the Shenandoah Community Workers, a group that provided workers with jobs based on their woodworking skills. The group ran a mail-order business for hand-crafted wooden products that included toys, furniture, kitchen bowls and utensils, until it closed in the early 1960s.

The research project, which includes 14 oral history interviews related to the area, was sponsored by the library, James Madison University’s Public History Program and Bird Haven Farms.

Arbor Day

The Town of New Market and the New Market Area Library hosted an Arbor Day celebration April 29 at the library.

The program included a talk by Shenandoah County Forester Clint Phegley and a proclamation by Mayor Douglas Bradley. The grand prize of a dogwood tree was won by Jennifer Davis-Wampler.



VECCA, Valley Educational Center for the Creative Arts, has named the  winners of its student art show. The show, featuring artwork from public, private and home-schooled students, was on display at the Shenandoah County Government Center.

Winners are:


Meadow Henry, award of excellence, eighth grade, Signal Knob Middle School.

Carmen Thayer, award of excellence, eighth grade, Signal Knob Middle School.

Hannah Conley, award of excellence, eighth grade, Signal Knob Middle School.

Makayla Dodson, award of merit, seventh grade, Peter Muhlenberg Middle School.

Tiffany Cach, award of merit, eighth grade, Signal Knob Middle School.


Elijah Stith, award of excellence, ninth grade, Stonewall Jackson High School.

Kyle Rodrigue, award of excellence, 11th grade, Strasburg High School.

Austin Getz, award of excellence, 12th grade, Strasburg High School.

Jennifer Moore, award of merit, 12th grade, Central High School.

MacKenzie Oliff, award of merit, 12th grade, Central High School.

Anahi Ramirez, award of merit, 11th grade, Stonewall Jackson High School.

To see the artwork, visit www.tinyurl.com/ycjuhzkf.



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