Lifestyle

Enjoy barbecue and music at AutumnFest

WOODSTOCK – The 7th annual Shenandoah AutumnFest returns to the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds beginning at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Sharon Baroncelli, executive director of the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce,  said AutumnFest is a great time to showcase what Shenandoah County has to ...

Celebrate autumn at ArborFest

The State Arboretum of Virginia at Blandy is celebfrating autumn with its annual  ArborFest this weekend. This festival and plant sale offers a wide variety of vendors including Pine Knot Farms, Bees & Beetles, Edible Landscaping and Winchester Ciderworks. Food vendors include Up in ...

Community News & Events: Oct. 11

Cheerleaders Registration to participate in the basketball cheerleading program will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 and 19 at the Warren County Community Center, 538 Villa Ave., Front Royal. Cheerleaders must have turned 5 by Sept. 30 and may not have turned 13 by Sept. 30. Proof of age, ...

Local chef shares popular shrimp bowl recipe

WINCHESTER – Fresco’s Kitchen is known for its nutritious, fresh and creative cuisine. “We do everything fresh, everyday,” said Barbara Hineline, owner and chef of the restaurant that has been in business on the Old Town Winchester pedestrian mall for over six months. Hineline likes ...

Pet of the Week: Miss Priss needs a forever home

EDINBURG -- Miss Priss, a 1-year-old domestic medium-hair cat, really lives up to her name –  even though she expects a bowl of wet food every morning, she’s not a fan of being cuddled or carried around. She came to the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter in June as one of many animals from ...

Parade, music and more on tap for Festival of Leaves

FRONT ROYAL – The 47th annual Festival of Leaves returns to downtown Front Royal on Saturday. Susan Jeffery, business manager for the Warren Heritage Society, said she’s really looking forward to this year’s festival. “We have over 140 vendors participating, with many of them being ...

Strasburg gets ready for Harry Potter event

STRASBURG – Calling all witches and wizards: there's a Harry Potter festival in Downtown Strasburg beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. Debbie Ritenour, organizer of the event, is a fan of the Harry Potter books and wanted to share her love and enthusiasm with her local community. “A lot of ...

Community News & Events: Oct. 10

Showers • A card shower will be held for Norma Doman, who will celebrate her 70th birthday Friday. Cards can be sent to 643 E. Washington St., Strasburg, Virginia 22657. • A card shower is planned for Doris Combs, who will celebrate her 85th birthday Saturday. Cards can be sent to 430 ...

County has three Virginia State Stars

  In mid-September, two Shenandoah County agriculture students traveled to Springfield, Massachusetts, to compete at the Eastern States Exposition - also known as the Big E, which combines 20 states and over 900 FFA students for two days of competition. To compete, teams and/or individuals ...

Planting Ahead: Today’s bulbs are next year’s flowers

WINCHESTER – There's still time to plant spring- and summer-flowering bulbs. “Planting in the fall allows for a jump-start to spring growth,” Peter Weber, of Weber's Nursery & Garden Center in Winchester, said during a fall bulb seminar recently. While the cooler weather helps ...

Create a festive porch this fall with pumpkins and gourds

With cooler weather comes the perfect excuse to transitioning the front porch from summer to fall. And what better way to do it than with pumpkins. Nothing quite says fall or Halloween like pumpkins. Build a pretty mixed pumpkin covered porch accented by gourds or turn a standard orange ...

Community News & Events: Oct. 7

Oktoberfest The Strasburg Chamber of Commerce will host Oktoberfest Strasburg style from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today on King and North Activities for children will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes rock painting, face painting, a balloon artist and laser tag). Crafters will be present, ...

Religion page: Oct. 7

Service Randy Fillmore will present “Bubbling in the Cauldron” at the 10 a.m. service Sunday at Unity of the Shenandoah in Stephens City. Information: 540-868-1903. Lutheran St. Peter Lutheran Church in Toms Brook will celebrate homecoming at the 11 a.m. worship service Sunday. Vicars ...

Local woman recalls 100 years in the valley

STRASBURG – In her 100 years, Iris Vann has seen 16 presidents, two world wars, and the introduction of electricity, school buses and television. She’s seen her hometown of Fisher's Hill, and, later in life,  Strasburg, grow from small farming communities to busy towns offering museums, ...

Step into the Wild West at Winchester Frontier Days

WINCHESTER – The second annual Winchester Frontier Days returns to The Homestead Farm at Fruit Orchard on Saturday. Jon Bridgan and John Flood, cofounders of Winchester Frontier Days,  wanted to bring awareness to the community about the Wild West. “After all” Bridgan said, “The ...

Discovery Museum celebrates Native American Heritage Day

WINCHESTER – The second annual Native American Heritage Day begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Shenandoah Valley Discovery  Museum. Jennifer Coleman, catalyst for learning and educational outreach for the museum, said she is excited about this year’s Heritage Day. “There will be ...

Apple festival is Saturday at Marker-Miller Orchard

WINCHESTER -- Enjoy everything apple related at this year’s Apple Harvest Festival at Marker-Miller Orchard on Saturday. Heather McKay, co-owner of Marker Miller, said the annual Apple Harvest Festival marks National Apple Month. “We’ve been hosting the event since 2001. We do it to ...

Family Fun Day event slated

FRONT ROYAL  – The third annual Relay for Life Family Fun Day  begins at 11 a.m. Saturday. Dana Lamb,  finance supervisor for Via Satellite, said her team worked hard to make this event a success. “This is our first year hosting it,” she explained. “But it’s the third year the ...

School Lunch Menu: Oct. 9

This is the Shenandoah County school lunch menu for Oct. 9-13: Monday Breakfast: French toast, fruit, juice, milk. Lunch K-5: chicken tenders, breadstick, Cajun beans, baby carrots, mixed fruit, Mandarin oranges, milk. Lunch 6-12: chicken tenders with breadstick or corn dog nuggets, Cajun ...

Community News & Events: Oct. 6

Showers • A get-well card shower is planned for Jean Short. Cards can be sent to her c/o Consulate Health, Room 224B, 803 Main St., Woodstock, Virginia 22664. • A card shower is planned for Raymond "Bud" Ritenour, who will celebrate his birthday Monday. Cards can be sent to 6233 Strasburg ...