Community News & Events: Oct. 4

Fall Fest

Crums United Methodist Church in Berryville will host a Fall-Fest Truck Cruise-In from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Featured will be barbecue, raffles, giveaways and music.

A freewill donation upon entry will benefit the United Methodist Men’s Mission Fund. Rain date is Oct. 14. Information: 703-209-9049 or 571-271-6442.


Master Gardener Paula Brownlee will present the monthly “Adventures in Gardening” program at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Shenandoah County Library in Edinburg.

The topic will be “Bring Your Containers Indoors! Grow Fresh Herbs, Greens, and More for Winter.”

The program is free and no registration is required. Information: 984-8200.


Samuels Public Library in Front Royal will host a ladder stitch wrap bracelet beading workshop for adults from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday for beginner and experienced beaders. Registration required by calling 635-3153.


Hites Chapel United Methodist Church will hold a pulled pork barbecue dinner from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at 150 Chapel Road, Middletown.

The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Carry out dinners available.


Stony Creek Church of the Brethren will hold a country ham potpie supper from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at 6381 Crooked Run Road, Mount Jackson.

A freewill offering will be accepted. Takeouts available. Information: 856-8430.


The Fort Valley Volunteer Fire Department will hold a ham and oyster supper from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

The cost is $17 for adults and $7 for children 10 and under. Dessert donations welcome. The last supper for the year will be held Nov. 18. Information: www.fortvalleyfiredepartment.com.


James Wood High School classes of 1974, 1975 and 1976 will hold a combined picnic reunion at 4 p.m. Saturday at the home of Kimberly Hoover Campbell. Information: 877-0886 or email jwhs1976@yahoo.com.


Linden United Methodist Church will hold a Fall Harvest turkey and pork tenderloin dinner and blind auction at 5 p.m. Saturday at 13466 John Marshall Highway, Linden.

An offering will be accepted.


The Col. James Wood II chapter of the Sons of American Revolution will hold a grave-marking ceremony for Patriot John Sonner at 11 a.m. Saturday in Riverview Cemetery on East Afton Place, Strasburg. The color guard will render a musket salute.


St. John Bosco Church in Woodstock will hold a pancake breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sunday.

Open house

The Woodstock Fire Department will hold an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday in recognition of Fire Prevention Week.

There will be special appearances by Smokey Bear and Sparky the Fire Dog as well as children’s finger printing, fire truck rides, fire safety displays, face painting, blood pressure checks and refreshments.

Music Festival

The Shenandoah Valley Music Festival honored volunteer William Ballance, of Woodstock, with the Fishburn Award on Sept. 21 during the Music Festival Guild luncheon at Cave Ridge Vineyard.

Ballance is a former president and member of the guild, which is a fundraising arm of the music festival.

The award, established in 1987, is named after John Fishburn, who served as the festival’s resident manager/executive director from 1973-1977 and as president from 1978-1980.

In its history, the guild has raised more than $210,000 for the festival. In Ballance’s three terms as president, he has raised more funds than any other guild president.

In addition to Ballance’s service to the festival, he is also known for his work as a pastor at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Mount Jackson and St. James Lutheran Church at Hudson Cross Roads in the 1970s and 1980s. In his retirement, he was involved with a tent-making ministry and served at various Lutheran churches in Shenandoah County. He also worked part time as a waiter for several area restaurants.

Blessing Box

Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Woodstock has a new Blessing Box on its lawn. The mini pantry is a perpetual source of non-perishable food items, paper products and other usable items for anyone who needs them.

The box was built by church member Freddie Hunt and was financed with “seed money” available through Thrivent, a Lutheran financial institution.


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