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Weekend offerings inspired by family

By Josette Keelor -- jkeelor@nvdaily.com

Music, astronomy and family camping will make the weekend memorable for fun-loving families around the area.


  • Friday night, the free Gazebo Gathering concert series will continue at Main and Chester streets in Front Royal. Sponsored by the Blue Ridge Arts Council, Fiery Run will perform harmony-driven, folk rock songs of today and yesterday from 7 to 8 p.m.
  • In Winchester, The Taters will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Old Frederick County Courhouse on the Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall as part of the Bluemont Concert Series. The band offers a mix of classic rock, pop, country, skiffle and old-time country rockabilly. Tickets are $5 per person, $4 for Bluemont Friends and Seniors, $2 for children under 12. There are no advance ticket sales; tickets are available at concert. For more information, call 955-8186 or visit www.bluemont.org/Concerts/Winchester.html
  • Shenandoah National Park will host area amateur astronomers at 8:30 p.m. at the Big Meadows area inside the Rapidan Gate (mile 51.2) with an overview of America's vanishing night skies and tips on controlling light pollution Friday evening at dusk. Telescopes will be provided for stargazing following the program. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and discover the heavenly lights. The program will be canceled in the event of inclement weather. For more information, call 888-896-3833.
  • In Luray, Evenings on Main will offer music, food and family fun at the Ruffner Plaza, with local blues and rock bank Nighthawks performing Friday and Rhythm Project performing on July 27. Music starts at 7 p.m. Friday. For more information, call 743-5511.


  • Pasture Palooza Music & Arts Fest will take place at.339 Minniewood Lane in Berryvile on Saturday and Sunday. The annual weekend festival and camp will include live music, camping, eating and good times.
  • The Fireman's Carnival, which opened Wednesday, will take place from 3 to 11 p.m. daily through July 21 except for Sundays at Bing Crosby Stadium at Crosby Road and 8th Street in Front Royal.
  • On Saturday, the 13th Annual Winchester Blues House Festival will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Winchester Eagles Club Aarie 824 "Outdoor Pavilion" at 700 Baker Lane in Winchester. Rick Derringer will headline the volunteer-run event, and other performances will include Jumptown, Stacy Brooks, The Hard Swimmin' Fish and Little Ivory Blues Band. Gates open at 11 a.m. and music begins at 11:30 a.m. Proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Winchester-Frederick County. For more information, call 662-7066 or 667-7558, or visit winchesterblueshouse.com.

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