By Sally Voth -- firstname.lastname@example.org
This weekend is packed tight with events around the Northern Shenandoah Valley, including the United Bank Bloomin' Wine Fest on the Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall in Winchester as the official kick-off of the 85th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.
Event hours are today from 3 to 10 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
But the 85th Apple Blossom Festival isn't the only choice Northern Shenandoah Valley residents have when it comes to getting out this weekend.
Tonight, the Masterworks Chorus of the Shenandoah Valley will present "The Titans," at 7:30 p.m. at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 127 E. High St., Woodstock. The chorus will sing again 3 p.m. Sunday at Reformation Lutheran Church, 9283 N. Congress St., New Market.
Tickets are $15 for adults, and half-off for children 12-18. Children under 12 are free. For tickets, call 459-2024, or visit www.masterworkschorus.com.
Those interested in a little mystery with their dinner -- all while contributing to a good cause -- can go to a murder-mystery dinner Saturday at Shenandoah Caverns' American Celebration on Parade.
Presented by the New Market Rotary Club and the Schultz Theatre, "Murder Under the Big Top," is the groups' second annual murder-mystery fundraiser.
Proceeds are benefiting the Lord Fairfax Community College Shenandoah County Scholarship Fund, according to the Rotary Club's website.
A silent auction starts at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $38 each, according to the website. For more information and tickets, call Kevin Cannon at 740-3964.
A short distance away, the zip line at Bryce Resort is scheduled to open Saturday, and be open Saturdays until Memorial Day, after which it's on its regular schedule, although weekday trips can be booked, according to the resort's website.
For reservations, email email@example.com. For more information, call 856-2121, ext. 229.
In Woodstock, Safety Day 2012 will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the DuPont Community Credit Union. There, residents can shred documents, turn in unused prescription drugs, get their child seats inspected and have their children fingerprinted, among other activities, according to the town's website.
A little farther north in Strasburg, prescription drugs will be properly disposed of if brought to the Town Hall 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, according to the town's website. Also on Saturday, the Powhatan Ruritan Club is sponsoring a shredding day as well, at the town lot behind the fire department, according to the site.
Front Royal has numerous activities going on Saturday. Arbor Day will be celebrated from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., near the caboose on Main Street, according to the town's website.
At 9 a.m. on Main Street, Downtown Front Royal is putting on a second-hand clothing fashion show using items from Main Street businesses, according to the website.
And, from 1 to 4 p.m., there will be a trout rodeo for children at the Izaak Walton League in Browntown, it says.
Families with youngsters might want to head over to Warren County Middle School between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday for Celebrate Kids Day.
Sponsored by the Warren Coalition, there will be a moon bounce, pony rides, games, a petting zoo and more, according to the coalition's Web page.