By Josette Keelor
Chase away the rain this weekend with summertime events around the valley, spending festive days in the sun and evenings with music under the stars.
Woodstock ROCS will jam out at the second weekend of its summer series, with The Acoustic Burgoo out of Round Hill offering its unique blend of American music, blues, bluegrass, old-time, country and jazz.
From 7 to 9 p.m. at W.O. Riley Park, visitors are welcome to bring a chair and a picnic for the concert. All concerts are free. The next concert will be the "Just 4 Fun" band on July 19.
Winchester's three-part Friday Night Live series of musical events will begin this weekend with June Divided as the main event performing at the parking lot stage on Hable Street. Purcellville alternative rock band Swell Daze will warm up the crowd for synth-drive dance-rock quartet Dance for the Dying, which will open for June Divided.
As part of the block party atmosphere, a second stage with rock and pop music will be at the Cork Street Parking Lot stage. The bands Lost Indian, The Judy Chops and Everett Rae will perform there throughout the night, and acoustic players will roam throughout the event.
"It's going to be a really great event," said Jennifer Bell, downtown manager for the Old Town Development Board in Winchester, and "continue all the exciting energy we've had in Downtown Winchester since the old town mall opened following its revitalization project."
Tickets are $10 for adults in advance or $15 within 24 hours of the event. Children 12 and under get in free with a paying adult. Food vendors and alcoholic beverages will be on site. Other upcoming performances will be July 12 and Aug. 9. For more information, call 540-722-7576 or visit www.showclix.com/event/FridayNightLIVE or www.oldtownwinchesterva.com/friday-night-live/.
In Front Royal, summer Friday night Gazebo Gatherings also will kick off this weekend, with Chordwood playing acoustic country and rock favorites at the Gazebo at the Village Commons, 414 E. Main St. June through August, the concerts from 7 to 9 p.m. are free. For information or weather updates, visit www.facebook.com/BlueRidgeArts.
New Market will kick off summer this weekend with its Summer Celebration, sponsored by the New Market Fire and Rescue Department. The event continues through Saturday night with something different each day.
Friday's plate lunch special will be pork tenderloin and Saturday's is three-piece fried chicken, said John Blosser, company president.
"We have music here Friday and Saturday night," he said. The Rinard family of Edinburg will play a mixture of gospel and country, and Bobby Grubb of Woodstock will perform mostly country music with his band Saturday night, Blosser said.
Evening events begin with a carnival at 6 p.m. each night, followed by food, rides, games and music. Saturday's entertainment will culminate with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Free parking will be available at the Fire and Rescue building, the town park and along the street. Each night, dinner specials will offer tastes of the valley.
For more information, call 540-740-8904 or email Blosser at email@example.com.
Flint Hill's Backyard Festival in Warren County will offer tastings from several local vineyards and seven area breweries. Visitors are invited to bring quilts or lawn chairs and enjoy country music from the Shenandoah Travelers from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., The Speakeasy Boys from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. and Gold Top Country Ramblers from 6 to 9 p.m.
Tickets are $20 online or $30 at the door -- or $10 for music only. For more information, call 540-675-1700 or visit www.flinthillva.com/backyard-festival. In the case of inclement weather, the festival will be held June 16.
The 4th Annual Shenandoah Riverside Festival will take place Friday and Saturday at Watermelon Park Campground, 3322 Lockes Mill Road in Berryville.
Music by Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out, the Hackensaw Boys, The Woodshedders, Lonesome Highway, Drymill Road, Banana Express and many more will keep the tunes going all weekend at a family-friendly event that over the years has catered to the crowd it draws, said organizer Beau Morgan.
"We're expecting quite a crowd," he said. There used to be more variety of musical styles, he said, but "we wanted to make it more family-friendly." The crowd wanted country and bluegrass -- what he refers to as "newgrass," American and country folk -- so that's what they'll get, he said.
There also will be "Tons of food and craft vendors."
Bring a lawn chair, tent or even an RV to spend the days under the sun and the evening under the stars. Weekend passes are $55. Saturday passes are $35 and all RV campsites are $25 for Friday and Saturday. Tickets are available at the event, and children under 10 get in free. No pets allowed.
All proceeds go to Earth Korps for a fundraiser to benefit the Shenandoah River Conservation.
"In the past they have removed more than 60,000 pounds of pollution from the Shenandoah River," he said -- "And rising."
For more information, call 540-335-8144 or visit www.shenandoahriversidefestival.com.
Also this weekend:
• American Flag Retirement Ceremony in Winchester -- Bring tattered or torn American flags to The Fort Loudoun chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution event Friday, at 2210 Valor Drive, Winchester.
• Books and Barks in Front Royal -- From 10:10 to 12:10 p.m. Saturday at Samuels Public Library, developing readers can read with a trained therapy dog for 30 minutes at a time, at 10:10, 10:40, 11:10 or 11:40.
• Shenandoah Neighbors' Day -- Beginning at noon Saturday, Shenandoah National Park will waive entrance fees for residents in neighboring counties. The free event is held every third Saturday in June.
• Relay for Life event in Front Royal -- At 6 p.m. Saturday, members of participating teams will begin walking the track at Skyline High School, 151 Skyline Vista Drive. Food, games and activities will provide entertainment and fundraising for cancer research and education. For more information, visit www.frwcrelay.org.
Contact Community Engagement Editor Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137, ext. 176, or firstname.lastname@example.org