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Fourth of July: Region celebrates with fireworks, parades, music, more

Strasburg STRASBURG – The town's long-standing Fourth of July community celebration kicks off at 5 p.m. Wednesday with food, live entertainment and children's activities. Amy Keller, the town's office and human resources manager, said the traditional family friendly event draws in residents ...

(Shop Local) Daytripping in Winchester

WINCHESTER - For over 250 years the City of Winchester has been a commercial center, welcoming visitors since its inception in 1744 by Col. James Wood. It remains one of the oldest cities in the commonwealth west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. With over 28,000 residents, Winchester provides an ...

North Warren Fire and Rescue to host Community Appreciation Day

FRONT ROYAL– The North Warren Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department will host its Community Appreciation Day 10 a.m. Saturday. Fire and police department demonstrations, kids activities, and a car and motorcycle show will go on throughout the morning. A free lunch of grilled hot dogs and ...

Pet of the Week: ‘Very affectionate’ Alexa awaiting a home

EDINBURG – Alexa, a 2-year-old domestic short hair cat, was scooped up as a stray two weeks ago, and she’s now awaiting her next home while biding her time at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter. Holly Helsley, an animal caretaker at the facility, recently described Alexa as a “very, ...

Gardening traditions: Historic gardens continue to influence modern designs

MIDDLETOWN – Sari Carp, of Woodstock, discovered an interest in historic gardening when she lived abroad. But her interest in history began when she was a little girl. It wasn’t until later in life that she combined the two, discovering her newfound interest in the history behind ...

Creating a modern historic garden

MIDDLETOWN – Sari Carp, of Woodstock and co-founder of Sustainability Matters, said she believes recreating a historic garden requires good judgment in construction, historical knowledge and skill in planting. "The idea is to create a modern take on a historic, living, working, productive ...

Art in the Valley gallery reception set for today

A reception will be held 5 p.m. today at Art in the Valley on Main Street in Front Royal to celebrate the gallery's opening. Tiffany Budzisz said the event would begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a reception with hors d'oeuvre and wine. "Our theme for the evening is "Meet the ...

Kiwanis hosts pool party tonight

STRASBURG - The Kiwanis Club of Strasburg is hosting its second pool party of the season at 6 p.m. today at the Strasburg Pool and Park. Kiwanis member Lorie Crabill said the event is a great way for the club to give back to its community while rallying support for other club activities and ...

Legion to host country music tribute show Saturday

Shenandoah Post 77 of the American Legion of Strasburg will host a country music tribute show at 4:30 p.m. Saturday honoring Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and Hank Williams at the American Legion River Lot. Organizer Steve Spence said that over the years the American Legion of Strasburg has tired ...

Local teen paints Front Royal’s newest mural

FRONT ROYAL - Motorists traveling down Commerce Avenue may have noticed that murals have begun to bloom in the downtown area. Over the weekend, Jacqui Ris, 18, a recent Warren County High School graduate, created a vibrant three-piece floral mural on the exterior walls of Fussell Florist ...

Art at Belle Grove show underway

MIDDLETOWN- Roughly 75 paintings, by three local artists, Wayne Laws, Sally Veach and Kelly Walker, are on display for Belle Grove’s annual Art at Belle Grove show and sale. Kristen Laise, executive director, said while the plantation barn is undergoing renovation, the show and sale will ...

Sustainability Matters hosts plant swap every third Thursday

WOODSTOCK – Sustainability Matters Virginia is now hosting a monthly community plant, seed and produce swap every third Thursday through the growing season at Riley Park in Woodstock. Sari Carp, group co-founder, said the success and turn-out from the spring plant swap inspired the group to ...

Cheers to cherry season: Sweet summer treat is ready to eat

STRASBURG – Cherries are officially in season. Greta Liskey, of Woodbine Farm Market, said this year's crop is small but is sweet and juicy. “Cherries are a good kickoff to summer,” Liskey said. “Once you get past strawberries but before peaches, cherries are a good transition to get ...

Cross Roads Fest kicks off with live music tonight

New Market will host its fourth annual Cross Roads Fest at Rebel Park this year, with the first concert scheduled for this evening. Amber Smoot, events and marketing director, said the summer concert series is a great opportunity for the community to come together and have a good time. ...

Front Royal Gospel Fest celebrates best of the valley Saturday

The fourth annual Greater Joy Baptist Church Gospel Fest on Saturday in Front Royal will include traditional as well as contemporary gospel music. Sharon Howard, event organizer, said the event was started over four years ago by her husband as a church fundraiser. “His dream is to see it ...

Celebrate Father’s Day at the Fish Fry Float

STRASBURG - The Town of Strasburg and the Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River will celebrate Shenandoah Valley fathers on Saturday with a Fish Fry Float. Olivia Hilton, the town's event coordinator, said the free event was designed to not only celebrate dad but to educate the ...

Woodbine offers Market Movie Night under the stars today

STRASBURG – Woodbine Farmers Market is hosting a free family friendly movie night on Friday. The featured film is "Ferdinand," a film for kids of all ages. Greta Liskey, event organizer, said this is the first time the farmers market has brought the big screen to its customers and she's ...

Pet of the week: Close-knit bunnies look for a home

WINCHESTER — Cocoa and Cream, a close-knit pair of 7-year-old bunnies, are looking for a new place to call home. Billie Guidry, an adoption agent at the Winchester SPCA, said that Cocoa, a velveteen male bunny, and Cream, a dwarf female bunny, came to the Winchester SPCA within the past few ...