Weekend events include dancing, crafts, history

Daily Staff Report

Events around the area this weekend will spark fun and excitement with dancing, singing, crafts and history.

Dancing Downtown will take place in Front Royal from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday in the gazebo area on Main and Chester streets. Deejay Mike Bailey will present an “American Idol”-style singing competition Front Royal Idol during the evening.

Alcohol will be available for sale with ID verification. The event is sponsored by Downtown Front Royal. For more information, visit frontroyalva.com

In Middletown, The Master Gardeners of the Northern Shenandoah Valley will present the 10th Annual GardenFest at Belle Grove Plantation, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Classes on canning and preserving, composting and firewise landscaping will take place, with garden and craft vendors available to talk about their products and wares. For more information, call 540-869-2028.

In Winchester, “The Gathering of Civil War Eagles” will present an interactive “first-person” educational seminar hosted by 50 members of “Lee’s Lieutenants” and the “Federal Generals Corps.”

A phenomenon beyond any other Civil War educational opportunity, it will express to spectators the thoughts, emotions and experiences of battle-hardened generals who felt the brunt of the war.

The event will take place at the Old Court House Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun St. For more information, call 540-542-1145.