By Josette Keelor
The beginning of January will bring with it several First Friday events around the area, as entertainment venues gear up for a fun start to 2013.
In Mt. Jackson, the Art Group Gallery will host a First Friday event from 7 to 10 p.m. with the band The Mash, featuring blues music by musicians John Sites, Jeremy Fidler, Chad White and Bill Kinkead, at 5998 Main St.
For more information, call 436-8234 or 477-4131
The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, at 54 S. Loudoun St. in Winchester, will offer free admission for its First Friday event from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
For more information, call 722-2020.
City Manager Dale Iman and community leaders will kick off the Old Town Winchester renovation project with a First Friday Dig at 4 p.m. The dig will take place alongside the 1840 Old County Courthouse on Rouss Avenue and give Iman and other community leaders an opportunity to smash existing bricks at the corner of Rouss and Loudoun streets.
The event will support the Old Town Development Board and downtown businesses as they remain open during the construction project. Businesses will benefit from the renovation as it attracts existing city patrons and new visitors to the area upon completion.
For more information, call 722-8700.
Later in the weekend:
The Winchester Bridal Expo will showcase more than 40 exhibitors with wedding-related products and services from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Shenandoah Valley Golf Club, 134 Golf Club Road north of Front Royal. Prizes include a free wedding gown, a tuxedo giveaway and a free wedding cake.
For more information, call 800-894-7901 or visit www.winchesterbridalexpo.com.
On Saturday and Sunday, Veramar Vineyards in Berryville will hold its Ring in the New Year event with wine and a hot, locally baked bread freshly prepared bowl soup from noon to 4 p.m. for $15 per person. Advance reservations are suggested.
For more information, call 955-5510 or visit www.veramar.com.
North Mountain Vineyard & Winery, at 4374 Swartz Road in Maurertown, will begin its January Soup Saturdays with Tuscan Minestrone soup from noon to 4 p.m. Soup Saturdays will continue through Jan. 26, with a different soup each week -- Shrimp and Corn Chower on Jan. 12, Bavarian potato soup called Kartoffelsuppe on Jan 19, and French Provincial Beef, Mushroom and Barley Soup on Jan. 26.
For more information, call 436-9463.
In Berryville, on Saturday the Josephine School Community Museum in a Celebration of Freedom will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation at the Clarke County High School Auditorium.
The public is invited to join the program that will consist of historical reenactments, spoken word and interpretive dance intertwined with African American History.
The program is sponsored by Josephine School Community Museum/Clarke County African American Cultural Center.
The snow date will be Jan. 12. For more information, call Dorothy Davis at 304-229-4710 or visit www.jschoolmuseum.org.
Contact Community Engagement Editor Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137, ext. 176, or firstname.lastname@example.org