Lifestyle

Locals share importance of portraying Santa at Christmas

Wayne Sealock of Front Royal stumbled into becoming a professional Santa Claus after a bit of trouble as a junior in high school. “I went to the military high school here in town,” Sealock said. “Instead of marching for five hours straight with a rifle, I dressed up as Santa Claus for ...

Pet of the Week: Nahla is all bark and no bite

WINCHESTER -- Nahla, an 8-year-old pitbull-mix, might scare shelter’s visitors with her loud bark, but she couldn’t be more of a sweetheart, caretakers say. She walked around the lobby of the Frederick County Esther Boyd Animal Shelter with a green squeaky ball in her mouth, ready to go ...

Christmas star shines bright for town residents

FRONT ROYAL – Residents know the holiday season is upon them when a bright star shines in the sky at the southern end of town. More than 50 years have passed since the star first went up in the Front Royal Plaza. Ronald Rossi, 92, a longtime resident of Front Royal, is known as the “man ...

Readers share favorite Christmas cookie recipes

From sugar cookies to gingerbread men, date treats to brownie cookies, try these sweet Christmas cookie recipes submitted by Northern Virginia Daily readers: SUGAR COOKIES 4 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 2 cups sugar 2 sticks unsalted butter 2 teaspoon vanilla ...

Holiday gift idea at MSV: Unique wood carvings of Santa

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley has a wide selection of wooden Santas hand-carved by local craftsman Ed Bender. Museum gift shop manager Bonnie Barr said Bender, of Frederick County, is a unique, one-of-a kind artist. “He’s incredibly humble about his talent,” Barr said. “He ...

Give a gift from Belle Grove

Give the gift of history this holiday season. From the amateur to the professional, curate the perfect holiday gift by shopping at a local museum gift store or gallery. Kristen Laise, executive director of Belle Grove in Middletown, encourages locals and visitors alike to support Belle Grove's ...

Turning something old into something new this Christmas

Everyone loves a new piece of furniture, whether it’s gently used or brand new. For Monica Chaney and Angela Williams, owners of Rustic Reply in Winchester, they breathe fresh life into used furniture, providing customers with creative gift ideas while helping them decorate their homes and ...

Local consignment shop offers all things Christmas

Nothing is more exciting than finding that perfect, hand-picked holiday gift for every loved one on that Christmas gift list. But sometimes shopping for people who have different personalities and tastes can be challenging. Sarah Bowling, owner of ETC Consignments in Winchester has a solution: ...

Save money, save lives at local SPCA thrift shop

Those looking for the perfect way to give back to the animal community this holiday only need to look to one place in Winchester, and that’s the SPCA Thrift Store at 2225 Valley Ave. Heather Rogers, the newest store manager of the  store, believes in giving back to the four-legged ...

The Total Image and Workingman’s Store: A one-stop shopping destination

Winchester locals remember the famous slogan “big and tall, short and small, we’re the store that’s got it all.” For the holiday season, it’s a perfect description of The Total Image and Workingman’s Store in Winchester. From the city girls to the country boys, Total Image is a ...

WMC provides holiday shopping for staff, community alike

The two gift shops at Winchester Medical Center do more than serve the community with a great selection of unique gifts for every occasion. For many of its staff, it’s an oasis, a calm in their busy day that allows them to leave the operating rooms, intensive care units or nurseries to pick ...

Beth El Congregation comes together to celebrate Hanukkah

WINCHESTER –  Rabbi Peter Grumbacher is hoping many people accept his invitation to join him today at Beth El Congregation as he leads Erev Shabbat Services, including prayer, singers and fiddle music. Ellen Zimmerman, First Vice President of Beth El Congregation encourages the community to ...

Laurel Center invites supporters to first Snow Ball

WINCHESTER – Celebrate an evening of merriment at "The First Annual Snow Ball" event benefiting The Laurel Center’s new building at 402 N. Cameron St. t0day. Isaac Modlin, with the help of Jason Reynolds, Derek Tucker and Jeff Fortune co-organized this semi-formal event to help raise ...

Locals use crafting skills to create holiday gifts

Shopping malls and big box stores aren’t the only place in the valley to buy great holiday gifts. A lot of people looking for unique or homemade gifts head to local bazaars and craft shows where they find artists and crafters offering up custom-made wreaths, ornaments and even holiday ...

Holiday concert series returns to MSV this weekend

WINCHESTER – The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley’s annual Holiday Concert series returns with singer Jackson Caesar and the seven-piece band Dixie Rhythm this weekend. Enjoy a Saturday afternoon of beautiful music as tenor Jackson Caesar returns to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley for a ...

Singing Christmas tree comes to life at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ

WOODSTOCK – St. Paul’s United Church of Christ invites music lovers of all ages to their annual ‘Singing Christmas Tree’ event on Saturday evening. The event is free and open to the public. Becky Lytton, Secretary at St. Paul’s, explained this is a time-honored tradition dating back ...

Maurertown resident shares her blue ribbon relish

MAURERTOWN – For Kimberly Ebbert, of Maurertown, her newly acquired passion for canning won her double blue ribbons at both the county and state levels for her relish. Ebbert is not a Shenandoah county native, so the county fair was a new experience for her. “I’m from Cape Coral, ...

Edinburg Holiday Homes Tour returns

EDINBURG – Shenandoah County welcomes the return of its Holiday Homes Tour after a six-year absence. Nine homes and historic buildings have been festively decorated for the tour beginning on Friday. Mayor Dan Harshman and his wife, Sue, of Edinburg, have been collecting items since they ...

Strasburg’s Holiday House Tour

STRASBURG – Step inside historic homes and get into the holiday spirit this weekend with the Strasburg Holiday Heritage Homes Tour. This year’s tour showcases six beautifully decorated homes throughout the town. Barbara Plitt of Strasburg, a retired Navy veteran and floral enthusiast ...