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In muddy conditions, athletes compete at Kernstown Highland Games

KERNSTOWN — John Jans was gunning for a world record. The Highland Games athlete had just recently aged up to the senior master’s category — for competitors 60 years and older — and was hoping that, even in muddy conditions, he could beat the previous world record in an event or ...

Artists, visitors come together at Strasburg art museum event

STRASBURG — Terry Ward was in a room inside an old Strasburg water treatment plant, trying to repair a broken ceramic mug with glue and string. The mug was part of Yoko Ono’s “Mended Cups” piece in the Shenandoah Museum of Contemporary Art’s latest exhibit, “The River Between ...

Pet of the Week: Lovable Doogie is looking for a home

EDINBURG — Doogie, a 5-year-old short-haired domestic cat, is looking for a home. Emily Gochenour, who serves as a caretaker at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, said Doogie was brought into the shelter at the beginning of October as a stray. “[Doogie] is very calm and easy-going,” ...

Strasburg poster event brings residents together

During Strasburg's Tomato Soup Festival on Nov. 3, the Shenandoah Museum of Contemporary Arts hosted an event that drew residents together to create a community poster. Master artist Steve McKenzie created a 100-footprint to coincide with the theme of the museum’s current exhibit, “The ...

Shenandoah Caverns hosts Shenandoah Uncorked on Saturday

Shenandoah Caverns will host the ninth annual Shenandoah Uncorked from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature wine, food, crafts and a variety of activities for kids. Jessica Sager, director of marketing for the caverns, said the size of the event is one of its selling ...

Belle Grove to host African-American living history event

Belle Grove Plantation will host a living history event commemorating the plantation’s African-American history from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Titled “Inalienable Rights: Free and Enslaved Blacks Crafting a Life in the Shenandoah Valley,” the event will cover how slaves contributed to ...

Pet of the Week: Take big, loveable T-Bone home

WINCHESTER — Boxer T-Bone is available for adoption. Kamryn Dixon, an animal caretaker for Esther Boyd Animal Shelter in Winchester, said that T-Bone came into the shelter on July 3 as a stray. Dixon didn’t know the dog’s exact age, but the shelter guessed that he was between 8 and 10 ...

Caterer: Keep your holiday party realistic – and delegate

Therese Brown, of Downtown Catering in Front Royal, took a break from her busy catering season to share her thoughts on successful holiday entertaining because, as she sees it, with a little forethought and planning, one can avoid falling into some of the usual entertaining stress that often ...

Tips for making holiday decorating easy and merry

Just in time for the holiday hosting season, Olivia Hilton, owner of Olivia Rose Event and Design in Front Royal, shares her tips and tricks for stress-free and merry décor and entertaining strategies. “The magic of Christmas was instilled in me from a young age,” Hilton said. “My mom ...

This year’s Christmas trend: Traditional as well as multiple shades of color

Holiday trends are like the weather, they come and go. But decking those halls for the holiday season is something Brenda Miller, owner of The Miller House in Stephens City, loves to do. “A lot of people don’t know it, but Christmas trends really do exist,” she said. “The largest ...

Strasburg art museum unveils new exhibit

STRASBURG — The Shenandoah Museum of Contemporary Art has opened its newest exhibit. Titled “The River Between Us,” this new exhibit is serving as the museum’s first “biennial," which is an art show that is held every two years. The exhibit features paintings, photos, sculptures ...

Strasburg Film Festival slated for next weekend

Local film buffs will have a busy weekend when the first Strasburg Film Festival starts Nov. 9. Hosted by the Shenandoah Film Collaborative, the three-day festival will feature 220 short and feature-length films from filmmakers from around the world. Several venues around Strasburg, including ...

Belle Grove hosts Antiques Appraisal Fair

Belle Grove Plantation will hold its 20th annual Antiques Appraisal Fair this weekend. The fair will feature expert appraiser Sandra Perry giving verbal evaluations on items that are brought in. Kristen Laise,  Belle Grove executive director, said that Perry will evaluate any type of antique, ...

Pleasant weather in forecast for trick-or-treaters

Families won't have to worry about a cold Halloween this year when out trick-or-treating. According to National Weather Service meteorologist Kyle Pallozzi, today's high will be near 72 degrees. As parents prepare their kids for trick-or-treating tonight, the temperatures will dip into the 60s ...

Pet of the Week: Boudreaux is a super friendly dog

WINCHESTER — Boudreaux, a 5-year-old hound mix, is available for adoption. Billie Guidry, who serves as the adoption agent at the SPCA of Winchester, Frederick and Warren counties, said that Boudreaux was brought in a few weeks ago. “[Boudreaux] was brought in by his former owner because ...

Pet of the Week: Sweet Pea is looking for a home

FRONT ROYAL — Sweet Pea, a pit bull terrier mix, is up for adoption. Anthony Rozanski, an animal caretaker at the Warren County Humane Society, said they don’t have an exact age for Sweet Pea, but they she’s between eight and 10 years old. Rozanski said the dog was brought in as a stray ...

New Market general store opens drive-by gallery

NEW MARKET — Jon Henry’s General Store on North Congress Street is offering a unique way to view work by area artists. A drive-by gallery opened in March so that artwork can be viewed by a visitor's car.  Henry said his store is operated out of a former BB&T bank building with a ...

Pet of the Week: Carbon is up for adoption

EDINBURG —  Carbon, a 14-week-old short-haired domestic cat, is looking for a new home. Grace Canzurlo, who serves as a part-time caretaker at the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter, said that Carbon arrived at the shelter in August. “He was part of a litter that was brought in, along ...

Pet of the Week: Bonded pair are up for adoption

WINCHESTER — Morris, a 3-year-old orange tabby, and Wheeler, a 6-year-old brown tabby, are looking for a new place to call home. Kamryn Dixon, an animal caretaker at the Fredrick County Esther Boyd Animal Shelter in Winchester, said Morris and Wheeler are usually friendly around people ...