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Take a stroll through the valley this weekend

By Josette Keelor - jkeelor@nvdaily.com

This weekend, events around the Northern Shenandoah Valley will have residents dancing through Woodstock, traveling back in time and ending up on the streets of downtown Winchester for a stroll down an aisle of wedding-inspired affairs.

Beginning Friday night will be the Vintage Woodstock Festival, promising good music, good food and wine, and good times, according to its website, www.townofwoodstockva.com.

Friday, from 5:30 to 10 p.m., Court Square in Woodstock will be laden with food vendors, a wine garden, music, dancing, artisans and crafters, children's activities and a magic show.

The event will feature The Worx, whose five members play cover songs and original material to inspire and evening of fun for the whole family.

On Saturday, "War Comes to Winchester" and will continue its march through the area this summer.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in Winchester, a devastating time that affected not only families of soldiers who died in battle, but also the streets and homes who survived daily attack.

Saturday and Sunday will bring an array of programs to remember what the website www.shenandoahatwar.org calls a remarkable time in history. Programs will focus on Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson's 1862 Valley Campaign.

Events include:

  • A book signing by local author Jerry Holsworth, who will be at the Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center, at 1400 Pleasant Valley Road in Winchester, with his book "Stonewall Jackson and Winchester, Virginia," from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday. For more information, contact 542-1326 or info@visitwinchesterva.com.
  • The Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation's program, "Following the Plume: Confederate Cavalry Living History Program," from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Cedar Creek Visitor's Center at 8437 Valley Pike in Middletown. The event will be free. For more information, call 465-2884 or 869-2064.
  • Clermont Farm's "Life During the Civil War: Slaves, Free Blacks, and the Impact of War: Presentation and Slave Quarters Tour," which will take place from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Saturday at 801 E. Main St. in Berryville. The historic site will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 955-0102.
  • The Kernstown Battlefield - Pritchard-Grim Farm's self-guided battlefield tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and guided tours of the Historic Pritchard House, hourly from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 610 Battle Park Drive in Winchester. For more information, contact 869-2896 or gcrawford@kernstownbattle.org.
  • Also offering tours or events will be the Newtown History Center, the Stonewall Jackson Headquarters Museum, Rose Hill Farm at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Belle Grove Plantation and the Old Court House Civil War Museum.

    For tickets and information, call 542-1326 or email coates@visitwinchesterva.com.

    On Sunday, The Old Town Winchester Strolling Bridal Show will take place downtown and include caterers, photographers, florists and wedding planners from around the area.

    Brides should register at Kimberly's at 135 N. Braddock St, between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and then stroll the Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall to meet wedding professionals of all types. At the last stop - Bluebells, at 6 West Boscawen St. - brides can turn in a stamp card to be eligible for prizes.

    As part of the event, The George Washington Hotel will host a fashion show from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

    For more information, visit the page for Old Town Winchester Strolling Bridal Show at Facebook.com.

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