Lifestyle

‘Fandemonium’ returns to museum

WINCHESTER – Children and adults will be able to celebrate their favorite fandoms this evening at the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum’s second annual “Fandemonium.” Participants will enjoy activities throughout the museum related to their favorite fandoms including "Dr. Who," "Star ...

Hoyle Garber photo viewing party is Saturday

The Mount Jackson Museum and the Shenandoah County Library will  hosting  “Through the Lens of Hoyle Garber: A Photograph  Viewing Party” at the Mount Jackson Town Hall on Saturday. Zach Hottel, archivist for the Shenandoah County Library System, said this event is not only rich in ...

Recipes: Soup is good for the soul

Stay warm from the inside out these with hearty soups submitted by local chefs and restaurants: CREAMY BROCCOLI & CHEESE SOUP 8 tablespoons butter (salted or un) 1 cup all-purpose flour 6 cups whole milk 4-5 cups Hangouts chicken stock or other brand 2 pounds fresh broccoli 4-5 ...

Pet of the week: Meet Missy, the real-life Garfield

WINCHESTER – Lazy but fiercely independent, Missy gets along with other cats just fine but can’t handle too much direct love, whether that’s holding or hugging. As adoption agent Billie Guidry put it, she’s “more of a fixture in your home.” “She has that wonderful personality, ...

New author: ‘Nothing is impossible if you have a passion for it’

STRASBURG – Author Kim Bishop found her love for writing fiction, especially novels on church politics and world governance sitting in her home office in Aurora, Colorado, over 20 years ago. But, her passion for writing originally began as a child. “As a young girl I wrote little stories ...

Feed the birds: Cold weather makes it difficult for wild birds to find food

Winter is the perfect season for feeding birds all across the Northern Shenandoah Valley. From cardinals and blue jays, to redheaded woodpeckers and barn swallows, Virginia is a nesting ground for a wide variety of bird species. Bruce Johnson, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited in Winchester, deals ...

Nature news

Bruce Johnson, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited, shares what’s happening in nature around the Northern Shenandoah Valley during the month of January: • Now through late March is a difficult time for birds. Providing food and an open source of water is important. Place a heated birdbath on the ...

Learn how to be a master gardener

WINCHESTER - The Virginia Cooperative Extension in Frederick County is accepting applications for its 2018 master gardeners training class. Bob Gail, class coordinator, said the mission of the course is to educate individuals looking to expose and broaden their horticultural knowledge in all ...

Local artist shares his passion for imagination

STEPHENS CITY – For artist Nick Johnson, 33, of Stephens City, standing in front of an easel or over a drawing table is his idea of normality. “For as long as I can remember, I’ve always drawn,” Johnson said. “All through school I was in an art class or two.” As a child, Johnson ...

United Way NSV celebrates 2017 with conclusion campaign

WINCHESTER – United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley celebrated a successful 2017 with community members and businesses across the Valley Friday evening at the conclusion of its annual campaign. Susan Brooks, 2017 campaign chair and senior vice president of Contact Center Operations at ...

Weekend Events: Jan. 13

The following are some of the area events that will be happening this weekend: Alamo Drafthouse The Alamo Drafthouse, 181 Kernstown Commons Boulevard in Winchester along with the Shenandoah Valley Equine Rescue Network are presenting “Back to the Future Part III” at 11 a.m. Saturday. ...

Running series continues with poker theme

FRONT ROYAL – Shenandoah Valley Runners invites runners of all ages to their “Poker Run 5 Miler” at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Bowling Green Country Club South Clubhouse. Vern Heavner, president of Shenandoah Valley Runners, said this weekend’s race is part of their winter series. “Each ...

Filmmakers to discuss making of their film ‘An Outrage’

WINCHESTER – In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Shenandoah University and the Alamo Drafthouse Theater will host screenings of the award-winning documentary film "An Outrage" on Monday. The screenings will feature a question and answer session with the directors, who are on a 22-state ...

Pet of the Week: Calm DaVinci is looking for a home

FRONT ROYAL — DaVinci, a black cat at the Humane Society of Warren County, has no plans to paint the Mona Lisa or become the first cat to design an airplane. He’s too laid back for all that work. But he would like to find a new home. The 4-year-old cat has been at the Humane Society since ...

Recipes: Stay cozy and warm with a latte

These sweet, creamy and caffeinated drink recipes submitted by local restaurants and coffee shops are perfect for those who love a cup of Joe with a sweet twist. ORGANIC MAPLE SYRUP LATTE 2 shots of espresso, “Destroyer” roasted by Ceremony Coffee Roasters out of Annapolis, Maryland ¾ ...

Beat the winter blues with a cruise or tropical destination

Travelers looking to escape the snow and below freezing temperatures often find themselves daydreaming of warmer weather and some fun in the sun only need two tools: imagination and a travel agent. Beth Drummonds, the inside travel planner for Alpha Voyages Travel in Winchester, has a passion ...

Community and Club News & Events: Jan. 9

Holiday closings • Shenandoah County offices will be closed Friday in observance of Lee-Jackson Day and also on Monday in observance of Martin Luther King Day. • Samuels Public Library in Front Royal will be closed Jan. 15 in observance of Martin Luther King Day. The library will reopen ...

Caring for a poinsettia after Christmas

For homeowners who love poinsettias a question arises when the holiday season ends: should it be kept or trashed? According to Peter Weber, of Weber’s Nursery in Winchester, keeping a poinsettia after the Christmas season is possible, it just needs a little bit of tender loving care. These ...

Millennials love their house plants

Houseplants add beauty to any space with their green leaves or colorful petals. For many, the cold, blustery winter days are a welcome excuse for indoor gardeners to bring life inside. Whether it’s an air plant, spider plant or English ivy, there is a plant for every personality and ...

Local Ruritan club disbands, goes out giving

STRASBURG – The Powhatan Ruritan Club has served the public since 2002 by providing fellowship, goodwill and community service. Its 26 members voted at the end of 2017 to disband the club with one final act of generosity. Lorraine Shelton, club treasurer, and Eleanor Camarata, secretary, ...