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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 ...

Front Royal Elks Lodge hosting annual Flag Day ceremony

Members of the Front Royal Elks Lodge 2382 will recognize Flag Day at 6 p.m. Thursday with a ceremony  at the town gazebo on Main Street. Dennis Henline, exalted ruler, said this is the second year the Front Royal Elks Lodge has hosted the public event, which is co-sponsored by the Town of ...

2018 GardenFest a blooming success

The Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association hosted its 15th annual GardenFest on June 2 with over 800 attendees and 2,500 plants. Lynn Hoffmann, master gardener and event organizer, said the event was a huge success not only because they lucked out and it didn’t rain but ...

Strasburg farmers market set to open Saturday

STRASBURG – The Downtown Strasburg Farmers Market is set to begin its third season on Saturday morning. Produce vendors and artisans are expected to peddle their wares at the market, which will open at 9 a.m. Patti Mullin, the market organizer, said the Strasburg farmers market is a place ...

(Shop Local) Fire up that grill with these hot tips for summer

Master the grill with these tips from Seth McManigle, manager at Solenberger Hardware in Winchester and self-proclaimed grill enthusiast. “A great dinner prepared on a grill doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive,” McManigle said. “You just have to know how to work those ...

Belle Grove continues archaeological investigations at slave quarter sites

MIDDLETOWN – Archaeology at the slave quarter sites on the property of Belle Grove Plantation will continue throughout the summer under the leadership of returning archaeologist Matthew Greer. Field research began in late May and is scheduled to continue through Aug. 10. Work will include ...