Weekend Events: Sept. 22

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

Brew & Blues Festival

Over 50 beers will be featured at the Brew and Blues Festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Village Commons on Main Street, Front Royal. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate or free for general admission.

Also featured will be music by local blues band Fresh Cracked Pepper from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Virginia Beer Museum, celebrating its first anniversary, at 16 Chester St. Information: 540-313-1441.

Belle Grove

Belle Grove Plantation, south of Middletown, is partnering with the Smithsonian and other museums by offering free admission from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Tour the Manor House, grounds and slave cemetery, watch the blacksmith at work and enjoy two National Park Service programs at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Information: 540-869-2028 or www.bellegrove.org.


Shenandoah University in Winchester will have two concerts this weekend in Armstrong Concert Hall:

• Today: 8 p.m., the Jazz Ensemble will perform compositions by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Tickets: $12.

• Saturday: 8 p.m., the Symphony Orchestra featuring Julian Schwarz on cello will perform. Tickets $12.

Information, tickets: 540-665-4500.


The Colonel John S. Mosby Camp Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold a commemoration ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Mosby Monument located in Front Royal’s Prospect Hill Cemetery.

The guest speaker will be McKim Symington, a decorated two-tour Vietnam War infantry veteran, retired CIA case officer and a descendant of prominent Union and Confederate officers.

On Sept. 23, 1899, the monument was erected by the survivors of Mosby’s command in memory of their seven comrades executed near the spot while prisoners of war. Refreshments will follow.

Hispanic Festival

Celebracion of Winchester, a free family oriented festival celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the Old Town Walking Mall in Winchester.

Activities include a children’s art activity tent, Latin dancing lessons, dance performance by a Mexican children’s dance troupe, an instrument petting zoo overseen by Shenandoah Conservatory music education students, artisan tents and food vendors.

Held rain or shine. Free admission.


The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley will present its Garden Theatre performance of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” with a Civil War twist from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Glen Burnie Gardens.

Tickets: $5-$15. Information: 540-662-1473 or www.themsv.org.


The annual Watermelon Park Fest will be held through Sunday at 3322 Lockes Mill Road, Berryville.

Featured performers include the Del McCoury Band, Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives, Seldom Scene and local favorites Furnace Mountain and the Woodshedders. Other activities include a variety of workshops, activities for the children and three contests.

Passes range from $70 to $120, which includes camping. Proceeds benefit Friends of the Shenandoah River.

Tickets, information: 540-955-1621 or www.watermelonparkfest.com.


The Winchester Little Theatre will present “Breath of Spring” at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday at 315 W. Boscawen St., Winchester.

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



The Area 13 Special Olympics annual cash party, Battle of the Jerseys, will be held Saturday at the Greenwood Fire Hall and Event Center, 809 Greenwood Road, Winchester. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The cost is $30 per ticket for ages 21 and older. The grand prize is $2,000. Proceeds benefit Special Olympic athletes in Winchester and Frederick and Clarke counties.

Tickets, information: Samantha Adato at 804-218-0831 or area12fundraising@gmail.com.



Book signing

Author Jeffrey Hunt, director of the Texas Military Forces Museum, will sign copies of his book “Meade and Lee After Gettysburg: the Forgotten Final Stage of the Gettysburg Campaign, from Falling Waters to Culpeper Court House, July 14-31, 1863” at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Warren Rifles Confederate Museum, 95 Chester St., Front Royal.


Bright Box

Bright Box Theater will hold the following shows this weekend at 15 N. Loudoun St., Winchester:

• Saturday: 8 p.m., Caressing Steel (RUSH cover band) with 8up. Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at door.

• Sunday: 2 p.m. and dinner show at 6 p.m. featuring Life on the Ropes, tales of professional wrestling with World Champion Tony “Mr. USA” Atlas. Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at door.

Information: 540-665-2878, www.brightboxwinchester.com.


Forbes Center

The following events will be held this weekend at James Madison University’s Forbes Center in Harrisonburg.:

• Step Afrika: 8 p.m., today in Wilson Hall. Tickets: $31-$39.

• Art of the Great Depression exhibit: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays through Oct. 6 in Lisanby Museum. Free admission.

• Picturing Harrisonburg-Visions of a Shenandoah Valley City Since 1828 exhibit: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday through Oct. 13 in Duke Hall Gallery. Features 150 paintings, postcards, maps and photographs. Free admission.

• ‘Who Wore What Here:’ 9 a.m.-4 p.m., weekdays through Oct. 26 in Roop Hall. Part of the Picturing Harrisonburg project. Features garments worn between 1865 and 1965. Free admission.

Information: www.forbescenter.com.


Appraisal show

Antiques expert John Lineberger and his team from Fairfax and Page Estate Sales will be appraising antiques, collectables, family heirlooms and vintage finds from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Hawksbill Trading Co. on Virginia Avenue, Luray.

Proceeds benefit hurricane pet rescue and relief provided by Animal Rescue Corp. Appraisals are $5 per item, no limit. Information: 540-743-1819.

Car/truck show

Mount Carmel Christian Academy will hold its annual car and truck show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 2331 U.S. Highway 340, Luray.

Door prizes, food, music, silent auction, bake and yard sale.

The fee to enter vehicles is $15 per vehicle. Information: 540-743-9558, 540-778-2339 or 540-778-4646.


OrthoVirginia, the state’s largest provider of orthopedic and therapy care, will attempt to pull an 82-ton plane on Saturday as part of the heaviest fundraiser supporting Special Olympics Virginia.

The Dulles Day Festival and Plane Pull will take place on the tarmac at the Washington Dulles International Airport. In addition to the Plane Pull competition, the event will offer kids an opportunity to pull a real dump truck 12 feet as well as a chance for 2,500 participants to run the flattest 5K and 10K races in the region.

Information: 804-503-9231.