Weekend Events

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

Main Street Berryville will host several Christmas events today and Saturday.

A tree-lighting ceremony will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at Rose Hill Park featuring music by the Clarke County Community Band and Clarke County High School Choir. Awards for the parking meter decorating contest will be given. Afterward, the Community Band will present a concert at the Barns of Rose Hill.

The Christmas parade will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

The Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society will offer free candlelight tours of area museums this weekend.

Abram’s Delight Museum, the oldest house in Winchester built in 1754, George Washington’s office and Stonewall Jackson’s headquarters museum will be open from 6 to 8 p.m. today and 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Information: 540-662-6550 or www.winchesterhistory.org.

Three historic museum buildings will be open for public holiday tours sponsored by the Warren Heritage Society at 7 p.m. today at 101 Chester St., Front Royal.

The Ivy Lodge, built in the early 1800s and headquarters of the Warren Heritage Society, the Belle Boyd Cottage, lived in by Confederate spy Isabella Boyd during the Civil War, and the Balthis House, built in 1788 and the oldest home still standing on Chester Street, have all been decorated by area garden clubs. Admission is free.

Valley Arts
The Arts Council of the Valley has announced the following programs will be held at Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg:
• The movie “Denial” will be shown at 2:15 and 7:05 p.m. today, Saturday and Monday through Thursday. Tickets range from $8 to $9.50.
• Pink Ambition-Student Spotlight: 7:30-9:30 p.m., Sunday. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
Information: 540-801-8779 or 540-433-9189 or visit www.valleyarts.org.

The Barns
The Barns of Rose Hill has announced the following programs will be held this weekend at 95 Chalmers Court, Berryville:
• Today: 6 p.m., opening night art exhibit by students in grades K-12 followed by a free Christmas concert by the Community Band. Exhibit hours are noon-3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
• Sunday: 1-5 p.m., dance performance by the Blue Ridge Studio for the Performing Arts at 1 p.m.; holiday concert by Clarke County High School Choirs at 3 p.m.; holiday concert by the Shenandoah Valley Chorus at 4 p.m.; and student art exhibit in the Lower Gallery.
Information: 540-955-2004 or www.barnsofrosehill.com.

Bright Box
Bright Box Theater has announced the following concerts and show will be held this weekend at 15 N. Loudoun St., Winchester:
• Today: 8 p.m., blues musician Tom Principato with guest Tommy Lepson. Tickets: $18.
• Saturday: 9:30 p.m., Murder Mystery Comedy Show. Tickets: $20.
• Sunday: 8 p.m., Street Corner Symphony with Andy Davis. Tickets: $15.
Information: 540-665-2878, www.brightboxwinchester.com.

Dinner theatre
The Historic Jordan Springs Estate in Stephenson will host two weekends of the dinner theatre production “It’s A Wonderful Life, A Life Radio Show” to benefit the restoration campaign for the Winchester Little Theatre.

Performances will be held at 6:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday and again Dec. 9-11. Guests will also receive complimentary tours of the historic building’s Christmas décor.

The cost is $37.50 per person, $75 per couple or $325 per table of 10.

Information: Colt Nutter at 540-667-7744 or coltnutter@historicjordansprings.com or visit www.wltonline.org.

First Friday
Uncle Dave and the Whippersnappers will perform at the First Friday concert from 7 to 10 p.m. today at the Bowman Shannon Cultural Arts Center in Mount Jackson.

This will be the final concert before The Art Group disbands and the Gallery closes. Food donations appreciated for the food table. Information: 477-4131 or www.theartgroup.org.

Long Branch
Long Branch Plantation in Millwood will hold a Christmas Gala today featuring a cocktail reception, silent auction and live music of Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and more.

Information: 540-837-1856 or www.visitlongbranch.org.

“Follow the Star” living Nativity will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Kernstown Battlefield, 610 Battle Park Drive, Winchester.

Featured will be scenes with live actors and animals, cookies, hot chocolate and caroling. Admission is free.

Shenandoah Conservatory has announced the following upcoming concerts:
• Sunday: 3 p.m., free honors chamber music recital in Goodson Chapel Recital Hall.
• Sunday: 7 p.m., free festival service of lessons and carols by Shenandoah Conservatory choirs will be held at the Braddock Street United Methodist Church, 115 Wolfe St., Winchester.
Information: 540-665-4569.

The Magic Lantern Theater will host two screenings of “Elvis and Nixon,” a  recreation of the real-life 1970 meeting between Elvis Presley and President Richard Nixon.

Show times are 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St., Winchester; and 4 p.m. Dec. 18 at Barns of Rose Hill, 95 Chalmer St., Berryville. Admission is $8 or $5 for Theater, MSVand Barns of Rose Hill members. Information: 540-678-0963 or www.magiclanterntheater.org.

Author event
Artist and author Andrei Kushnir will discuss his just-published book “Oh, Shenandoah,” featuring paintings of the communities, farmlands, forests and waterways of the Shenandoah Valley from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St., Winchester. Admission is free. Information: 540-662-1473 or www.themsv.org.
Pottery show
The Kiln Doctor will hold a reception from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday to open its annual holiday pottery and art show and sale at 100 E. 8th St., Front Royal.  Meet local artists and attend pottery demonstrations and mini workshops.

The show will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Dec. 23. Information: 540-636-6016 or www.thekilndoctor.com.

Bushong Farm
The Virginia Museum of the Civil War in New Market will present “Christmas on the Bushong Farm” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

There will be historians talking about life on the farm in 1859 on the brink of war, a military encampment, games, stories, treats, songs and a visit from a special Christmas visitor. Visitors will also be able to make ornaments to decorate and the General Store will be open for shopping.

Admission is $10 for ages 13-64; $9 for seniors 65 and older; $6 for ages 6-12; and free for ages 5 and under.
Information: 866-515-1864 or visit www.vmi.edu/newmarket.

The Brass 5 will perform “Toast to Christmas” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Performing Arts of Luray, 1 E. Main St., Luray. Tickets range from $8 to $15. Information, tickets: 540-743-1133 or www.performingartsluray.org.


Forbes Center
The James Madison Chorale and Symphony Orchestra will perform selected movements from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” along with a holiday reading by a local Harrisonburg celebrity at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, 147 Warsaw Ave., Harrisonburg.

Tickets range from $10 to $17. Information: 540-568-7000.