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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 ...

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 ...

Organizations to host Women’s Health Forum Saturday

FRONT ROYAL – The Front Royal Women’s Resource Center and The Laurel Center are hosting a Women’s Health Forum at Samuel’s Public Library at 10 a.m. Saturday. A panel discussion lead by midwife Samantha Dooley, clinical mental health professional Rebecca Vaughan, Episcopal priest the ...

Strasburg skatepark receives grant from Kiwanis

STRASBURG – The town's growing skateboard community is one step closer to getting a place to ride in memory of Trent Williams due in part to a $5,000 grant from Capital District Kiwanis Foundation. Lorie Crabill, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Strasburg Board of Directors, recalled Trent ...

A sweet gig: Woodstock teen entrepreneur starts cupcake business

WOODSTOCK – When Emily Burner opened her baking business, she had a little more than spending money on her mind. She’d set forth a plan to share her love of baking with her town, while hopefully setting aside funds for college. What she didn’t expect was to fall in love with helping her ...

Pros and cons of buying a historic home

STRASBURG – Homeowners looking to buy a historic property are typically thrilled by its charm and architecture. It’s a chance to own a piece of history and to live with beautiful craftsmanship every day. However, unlike traditional or more modern homes, historic homes need endless care ...