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Weekend festivals, concerts use autumn as theme

Joshua Dinges, left, and Melissa Matthes, both 9, get a front row seat while listening to the band Trash and Hollar during last year’s Music & Harvest Festival in Mt. Jackson. The festival will take place again this Saturday. — Andrew Thayer/Daily file

Crowds pack Main Street in Front Royal last year to view arts and crafts during the Festival of Leaves. The festival will take place again this Saturday. — Andrew Thayer/Daily file

By Josette Keelor

Festivals, parties and concerts around the area this weekend will use autumn as a theme to inspire a fun time for all ages.


On Saturday, the Warren Heritage Society will offer its 42nd annual fundraiser, the Festival of Leaves on Chester and Main streets. The day of crafts, food and entertainment will begin with a hometown parade at 10 a.m at the intersection of Stonewall Drive and Luray Avenue.

For more information, call 636-1446.

The Humane Society of Warren County will host the inaugural Tails & Ales event from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Front Royal Moose Lodge. The fundraiser will feature live entertainment, karaoke, a silent auction and more. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, include a collectible souvenir pint glass and are available at the Humane Society, The Front Royal Visitors Center and Shear Elegance. All proceeds will benefit the local animal shelter.


This weekend, the Shenandoah Valley Wine and Music Festival at Long Branch Historic House and Farm in Boyce will feature pumpkin chunking.

The family-friendly event, which will take place Friday through Sunday, will raise money for Habitat for Humanity while offering wine tasting, live musical entertainment, a beer garden with micro brews and domestic beers, hayrides and all-day children's activities.
This year's introduction of a pumpkin chunking exhibition, the first competition of its kind in Virginia, will involve four nationally renowned teams squaring off to sling pumpkins over 1⁄4 of a mile.

Tickets will be $5 per person Friday, $20 per person Saturday and $15 per person Sunday, with discounted tickets available in advance. Tickets including wine tasting will be $20 per person Friday and $30 per person Saturday and Sunday. Weekend passes will be available. Children 12 and under will be admitted free.

For more information, visit www.historiclongbranch.com.

ArborFest will take place Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., rain or shine, at Blandy Experieminal Farm.

A FiddleFest will kick off ArberFest from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday. Advance tickets will be $25 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

The event will include a fall plant sale, guided tours and hay rides. Alpacas, story times, artwork by Blandy Sketch Group members and bluegrass music also will entertain.
The cost will be $10 per car.

For more information, call 837-1758, ext. 0.


On Saturday, the fifth annual Worldwide Photo Walk will travel to Old Town Winchester.

Beginning at the Old Court House Civil War Museum, the event, from 1 to 4 p.m., will be part of a larger worldwide social event, where people in over 1,000 cities will gather to take pictures and share them at the end of their walk. The walk will end at the Daily Grind on Loudoun Street, and the best photos will be chosen and prizes awarded. The event will be free and open to photographers of all levels.

Sign up ahead of time at www.worldwidephotowalk.com.

In the evening, the Fall for Jesus benefit concert will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at Grace Community Church, at 2333 Roosevelt Blvd in Winchester, and will benefit Eukarya Christian Academy in Winchester. Local bands Grace 101, Agnus Dei and Seven X will perform with special guest emcee, author Jay Foreman. The event will include fellowship, music, food and lots of fun. Tickets at the door are $5 and include door prizes.

The Coalition for Racial Unity will host a Latino Fest at Brewbaker's Restaurant from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday to celebrate 2012 National Hispanic Heritage Month at Brewbaker's Restaurant, at 168 N. Loudoun St. in Winchester. The event will include Latino Dance Lessons, a Celebrity Dance Competition and live music.

Local Latin band Tierra Firme will perform, and community celebrities will compete to be the Latino champions in Latin dancing. Money raised will go to the Coalition for Racial Unity. Live dances in native costume also will take place.

Tickets will be $30, with discounts for two or more. Food and music will be included with ticket purchase.

For more information, call 535-0111.

On Sunday, Old Town Winchester will celebrate Indian Alley's face lift with its Rally in the Alley Block Party, from 1 to 5 p.m. Food and music will provide entertainment, with vendors including Village Square, Village Market and Bistro, Cristina's Cafe, 147 North, and the Espresso Bar and Cafe. Performers will be Don't Look Down, Surfer Kilgore, Acoustic Burgoo and the Burning Dirty Band.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/rallyinthealleywinchester.


The Music & Harvest Festival
will be held in downtown Mt. Jackson on Saturday and Sunday and will include fine crafters, food and live entertainment. There will be children's activities, a petting zoo and even a Shenandoah Trolley Ride from one end of town to the other.

For more information, call 477-3400.

On Sunday, the 7th Annual Classic Car & Truck Show will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Food Lion Shopping Center. The rain date will be Oct. 21.

Dash Plaques and goody bags will go the first 100 entries, with door prizes, a 50/50 drawing and a Chinese auction too. Participants' Choice Trophies will go to 20 winners, and Best in Show will go to one car and one truck, by the Mt. Jackson Fire and Rescue Department.

The registration fee will be $10 the day of the show.

Proceeds will benefit the Children's Miracle Network.

For more information, call 477-2715 or 335-8683.

Farmers and Merchants Bank in Woodstock will host a Kids' Fiesta from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at 161 S. Main St. Activities will include refreshments, games, prizes and fire department and sheriff's department information. The bank also will collect cardboard to recycle as a fundraiser for the local Boy Scouts of America.
For more information, call 459-3707.

Contact Community Engagement Editor Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or jkeelor@nvdaily.com

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