By Josette Keelor -- firstname.lastname@example.org
This weekend, dance to classic rock and reggae music, take a spin around a vintage car show, revisit history or just kick back with the family at a community-wide cookout.
Three days of battle reenactments of the 150th Battle of Manassas/Bull Run will begin Friday, at the Cedar Creek battleground with an evening reenactment of the Battle of Brawner's Farm, timed to end just after sunset, like the actual battle 150 years ago.
On Saturday the reenactment continues with the "Attack on the Railroad Cut," where Southern troops will defend themselves with foam rocks against attacking Yankees after running out of ammunition. In the afternoon, a Civil War Fashion Show will take place. Living historians portraying historic figures will also be present.
Hosted by the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation, the weekend includes living history and camp life, educational programs, historic crafts, weapons demonstrations, a variety of Civil War collectibles and memorabilia for sale, music and food. The Foundation will give away free souvenir medals to the first 500 students who arrive Saturday and Sunday. Proceeds benefit preservation of the Cedar Creek Battlefield.
Tickets for Friday's event are $8 for adults and $4 for students aged 7 to 17. For Saturday or Sunday tickets for adults are $12, and for students are $6. Children 6 or under get in free. The family rate is a maximum of $36 for vehicles containing fewer than 10 people. Group rates also are available. The event takes place at 8437 Valley Pike in Middletown. For more information, call 869-2064 or visit cedarcreekbattlefield.org.
In Winchester, the weekend will begin with Community Fun Day, providing a day of fun for families with inflatable playgrounds, fire trucks, crafts for kids, a cake walk, food, Chinese auctions and more, from 2 to 7 p.m. at Round Hill Ruritan Club, 164 Poorhouse Road. Star 94.3 will host a free community-wide cookout.
For more information, call 877-3260 or visit www.roundhillruritan.webs.com.
Front Royal's Friday night Gazebo Gathering begins at 7 p.m. on Main and Chester streets and will feature Vinyl Tracks, formerly Glass Onion and The 8 Tracks, playing a mix of 60s, 70s and 80s music. The free event is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Arts Council.
The Familyland Summer Concert Series will take place at Jim Barnett Park in Winchester, with music for adults and a playground for children. All concerts are free. Remember to bring a blanket or chairs. Snacks will be available for purchase. 662-4946.
In Front Royal, Jack Evans Chevrolet's Annual Car Show will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. at 125 S. Royal Ave. and will provide a look at classic vehicles, live entertainment and refreshments. Proceeds from food and refreshments will benefit the Front Royal Softball Association.
In downtown Winchester at Island Delights, where the 2nd annual Island Delights Caribbean/Reggae Festival will take place. Featuring Reggae star Carl Malcolm, The Jamaican Zumba Dancers, Clive Powell, DJ Malakhi and The Joe Herbert Project, the festival will offer food, gift and souvenir vending and an after party. The free event at 821 N. Loudoun St. in Winchester, runs from 1 to 8 p.m.
For more information, call 722-5006 or visit Island Delights Restaurant/Bar on Facebook.