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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 ...

FOR FRIDAy ENTERTAINMENT A weekend of holiday spirit

Multiple communities across the Northern Shenandoah Valley will be celebrating the holidays this weekend with events and parades for the whole family.   The town of Shenandoah illuminates its Christmas tree at Big Gem Park, 736 4th Street, Shenandoah on Saturday at 6 p.m. There will ...

Tips on taking care of a live Christmas tree

Keeping that Christmas tree healthy through the holiday season doesn’t have to difficult. Laura Wolfe, owner of Evergreen Tree Farm at Every Soul Acres in Rappahannock County, said choosing a Christmas tree can be a memory that lasts a lifetime. But it’s best to choose wisely. Some species ...

Add festive table decorations this holiday season

With Christmas quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about holiday table decorations, specifically place settings and centerpieces. Brenda Miller, owner of The Miller House in Stephens City, said she believes that holiday centerpieces and place settings are just as important as ...

Tips for holiday card etiquette

With the holidays fast approaching comes the excitement of holiday cards. Dating back to the 19th century, holiday cards have been shared between family members, co-workers, teachers and friends for over 150 years. Today, over 2 billion holiday cards pass through the U.S. Postal Service ...

The Embers help kickoff Coats for Kids drive in Warren County

FRONT ROYAL – The band The Embers, featuring Craig Woodlard, helped the Front Royal Rotary and Department of Social Services kick off their Coats for Kids drive Thursday evening at Warren County High School with holiday tunes and special appearances from Rudolph, Frosty and Santa ...

Tips on finding the perfect Christmas tree

The Christmas season has arrived, and for many that means the holiday tradition of heading out to local Christmas tree farms to select and cut down the perfect tree. For Josie Petry, 9 of Charles Town, West Virginia, cutting down a Christmas tree has been a family tradition. Her father, John ...

A very merry small town Christmas season kicks off this weekend

It’s that time of year again. Time to welcome holiday parades, tree lighting ceremonies, caroling,  twinkle lights and peppermint flavored everything. There’s nothing quite like living in a small town to usher in the holiday season properly. For many small towns throughout the Northern ...

Celebrate Christmas from a soldier’s perspective

Experience Christmas on the farm from a soldier’s perspective at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War in New Market on Saturday. Sarah Mink, supervisor of historical interpretation said this event is perfect for the whole family. Guests will have the opportunity to experience Christmas Eve ...

‘Follow the Star: A Live Nativity’ presented at battlefield

WINCHESTER – “Follow the Star: A Live Nativity,” presented by Fellowship Bible Church, returns to Kernstown Battlefield on Saturday complete with hundreds of live actors and farm animals to tell the story of Christ’s birth. Event organizer Karen Santimer wants guests to understand the ...

Rotary Club hosts lunch with Santa

On Saturday, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be stopping by Bright Box Theater in Winchester for a lunch with Santa that will be hosted by the Frederick County Rotary Club. Erika de Azagra, fundraising chair for the Rotary Club, is looking forward to the event because it encourages families to start ...

For caregivers, dealing with Alzheimer’s can be a difficult task

FRONT ROYAL — Charity Michael, a care manager at the Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging, was showing off one of her cabinets, full of pamphlets from the National Institute on Aging, which is part of the National Institutes of Health. “This is my resource cabinet — one of them — and ...

Local artisan creates second Toms Brook holiday ornament

TOMS BROOK – Susie Wilburn, a Toms Brook artist and owner of Laughing Orange Studio, has created a second ornament in her Christmas ornament series commemorating the historic town and holiday season. Last year an opportunity was given to local artists in the Shenandoah Valley to create a ...

Holiday gifts for tweens and teens

Face it, tweens and teens are the hardest to shop for when it comes to the holidays. Why? Because they have everything. A few local retailers channeled their inner teen spirit to find the top gifts for those between ages 11 and 19. Lauren Lykens, sales associate at Simply Charming in ...

Holiday gifts for teachers

Most teachers probably have plenty of mugs that say “best teacher ever” or “thanks a million.” K.P. Keyser, employee at Kimberly’s in Winchester, knows from experience teachers adore more personal gifts. “Mud Pie makes this really great Initial Canvas Tote, $21, that is not only ...

Holiday gifts $100 and under

Nibblins in Winchester offers a wide variety of culinary tools in their gourmet shop. A favorite among its employees are the cast iron and stainless cookware items by Le Creuset. The item on everyone’s wish list this year is the Rectangular Dish with Platter Lid, $100. Barbecue or bake with ...

Holiday gifts for Dad

He was the one who hung the Christmas lights on the house, cut down the tree and carried the countless shopping bags around the mall. Finding a Christmas gift for Dad doesn’t have to be hard. From a silk bow tie, to a round of golf with his buddies, or new hunting boots, Dad is sure to love ...

Holiday hostess gifts

Never go to a holiday soiree empty handed. Instead, reward the host or hostess this holiday season with a little something that says "thank you." It’ll guarantee an invite to next year’s Christmas party. Marisa Hartzel, store manager of Nibblins in Winchester, loves giving olive oil for ...