By Josette Keelor
The Cedar Creek Battlefield will host an anniversary reenactment of the 1864 Battle of Cedar Creek, Saturday and Sunday, at 8437 Valley Pike in Middletown.
The reenactment commemorates where the U.S. Army of the Shenandoah, under Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan, defeated Lt. Gen. Jubal A. Early's Army of the Valley, in the largest engagement fought in the Shenandoah Valley during the war. Historians credit the Union victory with guaranteeing the reelection of President Lincoln.
Planners expect over 2,500 reenactors to attend this year's event, which will include two days of camp life, educational programs, historic crafts, weapons demonstrations and musical performances. A Commanders' Reception and Candlelight Tour will take place Saturday evening. Modern food concessions will be available for purchase.
A special School Day will take place Friday, and souvenir medals will go to the first 500 students who arrive on Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets range from $12 for a single day adult pass to $6 for students age 7 to 17. Children age 6 and under will be admitted free. Tickets for the candlelight tour are $5. The Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation will offer a family rate, with a maximum $36 for vehicles containing fewer than 10 people. Group rates also will be available.
For more information, call 569-2064 or visit www.ccbf.us/spectators/.
Those who wish to make use of the cooler autumn weather by working out for a good cause, might sign up for the Warren County Middle School's Counseling Office's Halloween Hustle 5K Run/Walk, which will take place Saturday from 9 to 11:45 a.m. at Skyline High School, at 151 Skyline Vista Drive in Front Royal. The cost is $25, or $20 for a student with ID, and proceeds will go to Weekend Fuel, a food assistance program for the school's disadvantaged students. For more information, call 635-2194, email Patty Hite at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://circlepad.com/WeekendFuelWCMS.
For some fall family fun, area festivals and early Halloween happenings will offer something for anyone.
In Woodstock, AutumnFest will be held rain or shine Saturday and will feature a barbecue contest. Entertainment will include bluegrass bands, a business expo, arts and crafts, a corn hole tournament and a belt sander contest. Admission is free, but no pets allowed. For more information, call 459-2542.
Also this weekend:
Strasburg Hometown Harvest Festival and Ghost Tours
Activities will include crafters, music, face painting, pumpkin decorating and costume contest, and food will be available for purchase.
Where: Strasburg Town Hall parking lot
When: Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Town Hall parking lot, with Ghost Tours beginning at Hotel Strasburg at 6 p.m.
Contact: 465-9197, www.HomeTownStrasburgVA.com
Fall Farm Festival Colonial Weekend
Celebrate fall with live music, interpretive programs, living history demonstrations, the Ghosts of Mount Bleak House Tours, a children's play area and a pick-your-own-pumpkin patch.
Where: Sky Meadows State Park, at 11012 Edmonds Lane in Delaplane
When: Saturday and Sunday, 11 to 3 p.m. every weekend in October
Contact: 592-3556 or http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/
Halloween Happenings featuring the Field of Screams
Age-appropriate games and activities and a haunted hay ride. Cost is $5 for ages 8 and up, $3 for ages 4 to 7 and free for ages 3 and under
Where: Clearbrook Park, in Clear Brook
When: Saturday, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Annual Fall Festival at Creekside Station
Special events will feature a presentation on hawks and owls from the Wildlife Center of Virginia and a street ballet performance by Italia Performing Arts. The BB Wolf Band will perform throughout the day, and children's games, food and wine tasting will take place.
A $5 donation includes a free glass of wine, to benefit NW Works.
Where: Creekside Station, on Valley Avenue south of Winchester
When: Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Contact: Ben Weber at 662-0852
Howl-O-Ween Dog Walk and Costume Contest
A benefit for the Humane Society of Warren County, the event will include a 1.5 mile walk and costume contest. Cost is $25 for walker registration, a doggie bag to the first 150 people, entrance to the costume contest, a raffle ticket, water and snacks.
Where: Beginning at the Front Royal gazebo on Main Street
When: Sunday, 1:30 p.m.
Contact: Lavenda Denny, 635-4734, ext. 226; www.humanesocietywarrencounty.org.
Leslie Fox Keyser Elementary School Fall Festival
Fun for the family will include a cake walk, a silent auction, activities and a pie in the face at 1:30 p.m. Tickets for games are 50 cents each.
Where: LFK Elementary, 1015 Stonewall Drive, Front Royal
When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Halloween Costume Party
An evening of games, arts and crafts, stories and goblin guests will excite guests. Cost is $6 per child, and children under the age of 6 must have a parent present.
Where: 15th Street School, 600 W. 15th St. in Front Royal
When: Saturday, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Richard's Fruit Market's apple harvest event
Music and fun will entertain all ages, with a canine demonstration, bluegrass, hay wagon rides, a petting zoo, tasting tent of samples from the market, wine tasting, crafters.
When: Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Shenandoah Valley Coalition for Christ will offer a Christian environment with free adult and children activities, rides, games, prizes, entertainment and food. Food also will be for sale.
Where: Central High School, 1147 Susan Ave., Woodstock
When: Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, with concerts both nights
Children's Harvest Festival
Enjoy educational exhibitions in dance, song and musical instrument performance, crafts, a story time, trail tours and seed collecting activities for children. The event is free.
Where: Edith J. Carrier Arboretum at James Madison University, Harrisonburg
When: Saturday, from 1 to 5 p.m.
Contact Community Engagement Editor Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137, ext. 176, or email@example.com