This Weekend: Sept. 15

The following are some of the area events that will be held this weekend:


Samuels Public Library in Front Royal will hold its third annual SamiCon, the library’s comic convention, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. This year’s theme is Star Trek.

There will be gaming, geek crafts, prizes, a maker space by Conquest Technologies and performances by Mirandum Pictures and local musician Sally Mae Foster. Children are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite character for a costume contest at 3 p.m. Special appearances by Batman, Robin, the Joker, Harley Quinn, the Ghostbusters Tri-State Division, the 501st Legion and Garrison Tyranus.

Information: 540-635-3153 or visit www.samuelslibrary.net.


The Sandy Hook Elementary School PTO will hold a back-to-school carnival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the school in Strasburg.

There will be food, an inflatable slide, book swap, games, and prizes for only $5 per child.

Cookout, exhibit

The Balthis House will hold a cookout and open the exhibit “Communications: Getting the Word Out in Warren County” from 6 to 9 p.m. today at 101 Chester St., Front Royal.

Enjoy colonial games for children in the backyard and tours of the house and kitchen building. Information: 540-636-1446 or visit www.warrenheritagesociety.org.


The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley will hold the following programs this weekend at 901 Amherst St., Winchester:

• Reception: 7:30-9:30 p.m., Saturday for Shenandoah Valley artist Radford Wine in the Glen Burnie House.

• Garden Theatre: 4-7:30 p.m., Sunday featuring a Civil War twist on Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.” Tickets: $5-$15.

Information: 540-662-1473 or www.themsv.org.


Bowman Library in Stephens City will host a free showing of the family film “Sky High” and will hold a picnic from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Those attending are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and blanket. Library teens will serve popcorn and lemonade. Information: 540-869-9000.

‘Gerry Rigged’

Magic Lantern Theater will sponsor a free showing of the film “Gerry Rigged: Turning Democracy on Its Head” at 7 p.m. today at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Shenandoah Valley in Stephens City.

History at Sunset

Ranger Jeff Driscoll will follow in the footsteps of the 8th Vermont and 12th Connecticut regiments during their famous charge on Sept. 19, 1864 at 6 p.m. today. Meet at the Sheetz store at 1683 Berryville Pike, Winchester.

The program will conclude at the Winchester National Cemetery where many of the soldiers of these two regiments are buried. Information: www.nps.gov/cebe.


The Winchester Little Theatre will present “Breath of Spring” at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at 315 W. Boscawen St., Winchester.  Future performances will be held Sept. 21-23.

Tickets: $15.50 to $19.75. Information: 540-662-3331 or Valerie O’Keefe at 540-336-2357 or www.wltonline.org.

Pup pool party

The Town of New Market will hold a summer’s end pup pool party from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the community pool.

There will be homemade dog treats, information stations and door prizes. Proof of current rabies vaccinations is required.

Admission is $3 per dog. Pre-registration is required at www.newmarketvirginia.com.


Bright Box

Bright Box Theater will host a performance by Street Corner Symphony at 8 p.m. today at 15 N. Loudoun St., Winchester.

Tickets are $15 on advance and $20 at the door. Information: 540-665-2878, www.brightboxwinchester.com.


Party on the Plaza

The Luray-based Eva Weber Group will perform at the Party on the Plaza at 7 p.m. today at Performing Arts Luray on Main Street. Admission is free.

Forbes Center

The Forbes Center for the Performing Arts at James Madison University has announced the following performances will be held this weekend:

• Boston Brass concert: 8 p.m., today in the Concert Hall. Tickets are $32-$34.

“Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again:” 8 p.m., today and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in Studio Theatre. Tickets: $8. For mature audiences.

• New Bartok String Quartet: 7 p.m., Sunday in the Recital Hall. Tickets: $8-$13.

Information: www.jmuforbescenter.com.

Barns of Rose Hill

Pianist Brian Ganz will perform at 8 p.m. today at the Barns of Rose Hill, 95 Chalmers Court, Berryville.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and free for children 12 and younger. Information: 540-955-2004 or www.barnsofrosehill.com.



The Virginia Quilt Museum will open the exhibit Celebration of Modern Quilting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 301 S. Main St., Harrisonburg.

An artists’ luncheon will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at Asbury Methodist Church (next door to the museum) followed by a lecture by Violet Craft titled “Design is Everywhere.” The cost is $40. Reservations required by calling 540-433-3818 or visit www.vaquiltmuseum.org.