Weekend to feature music, books and fundraisers

By Josette Keelor

Musical events, children’s activities, a carnival and two benefits for the Habitat for Humanity of Winchester/Frederick County are on tap for family entertainment this weekend.

Beginning Friday evening, music will rise from the valley with Evenings on Main in Luray and Gazebo Gatherings in Front Royal.

In Luray, local band Little Walter and Convictions will headline this Friday’s concert, with Every Day People scheduled to play on July 19 and Nighthawks on July 26. Shows are at 7 p.m. at the Ruffner Plaza. For more information, call 540-743-7700.

In Front Royal, Gazebo Gatherings will continue its summer season with Fiery Run offering harmony-driven folk rock music from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Gazebo at Village Commons, 414 E. Main St. There is no admission charge. For more information or weather updates, call 540-635-9909 visit www.facebook.com/BlueRidgeArts.

Also Friday, the Front Royal Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department’s annual carnival will start its third of 11 days of summer fun dating back to its conception in 1887 when, according to the fire department’s Facebook page, it started as a bazaar, a Spring Fling and Jubilee, a Horse and Pony Show and a lawn party. The first official Fireman’s Carnival was held in 1928. The carnival has been held at the Bing Crosby Stadium grounds since 1968.

The carnival, one of the fire department’s biggest yearly fundraisers, will continue through July 20, from 6 to 11 p.m. each day except for Sunday, when the carnival will be closed.

Next Wednesday will be the festival fireman’s parade at 6 p.m. Fireworks are scheduled for Thursday evening.

Susan Wagoner, who is charge of the carnival this year, said they have the “famous fireman’s relish” ready to go.

“And we’re selling T-shirts to go along with the relish,” she added.

T-shirts will be $15, and entry to each day of the carnival will be $20.

For more information, call the fire department at 540-635-2540 or visit www.frontroyalfire.com.

Children learning to read can start their Saturday morning at Samuels Public Library’s Books and Barks program. They will be matched up with trained therapy dogs to hear them read in a nonjudgmental atmosphere.

Reading sessions will take place in 30-minute increments from 10:10 a.m. to noon. The library is located at 330 E. Criser Road, Front Royal. For more information, call 540-635-3153 or email gcriger@frontroyalva.com.

In Woodstock on Saturday, Amanda and Rick Wilkins will perform for Kids ROC, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Ruritan Shelter at W.O. Riley Park. Audience participation will be encouraged, and the entire family is invited to come for singing and dancing. For more information, call 540-459-3621 or visit www.townofwoodstockva.com.

In Winchester, the 14th Annual Blues House Festival will benefit Habitat for Humanity with two events Saturday: a Poker Run and Bike Show at Groves Harley Davidson, and musical performances at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Club Aerie No. 824.

The Poker Run and Bike Show also will benefit Habitat for Humanity. Participants should sign in at 8:30 a.m. at 140 Independence Drive, Winchester, to travel a prescribed course with designated stopping points where riders will pick up playing cards. The last bike allowed out will be at 10 a.m. Door prizes, music and food will take place at the end of the run, from noon to 7 p.m., and the person with the best and worst poker hand will win a cash prize.

Participation fees, $25 per rider and $20 per passenger, include admission to the Blues House event.

Music will kick off with Charlee Allman singing the National Anthem, followed by the Ori Naftaly Band from Israel, Skyla Burrell Blues Band, Skinny Velvet, Terry Oates and the Mudcats with special guest Ron Holloway on saxophone. The concert lineup will feature the Pat Travers Band.

Admission is $10 in advance or $15 at the gate, at 700 Baker Lane. The event will be held rain or shine, and no pets, coolers or tents are permitted. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 540-662-7066 or visit winchesterblueshouse.com/poker-run/.

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