By Josette Keelor
The heat of summer was short lived this season. Now cooler days are making an early appearance, and it feels like summer is packing up for an early retreat into fall's eager embrace. But school hasn't started yet and, officially, summer doesn't end until Sept. 21.
This weekend food, music and laughter will light up the northern valley with fun for all ages. So get out there and enjoy the temperate days; there's still plenty of summer to go around.
• Taste of Downtown, Harrisonburg -- Completing its bi-annual restaurant week Sunday, Taste of Downtown includes 25 downtown restaurants offering specials on food for breakfast, lunch, dinner, sweets and weekend brunch. Information: 540-432-8922, downtownharrisonburg.org.
• Backyard Barbecue and S'mores, Luray -- In honor of August's National S'mores Month, Skyland Resort at mile 41.7 on Skyline Drive will host a s'mores barbecue from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday for children and adults and their pets too.
Enjoy smoked pork, pork barbecue and barbecue ribs, roasted corn on the cob and more, with wine tasting, pony rides, children activities and live entertainment. Information: 877-847-1919.
• Page County Fair -- Also in Luray this weekend, the Page County Fair will begin its week of shows, contests, entertainment, rides, livestock awards and sales, food, games and more. Look for the following events:
Saturday: Youth and open horse show
Sunday: Gospel music and lawn mower racing
Monday: Southside professional wrestling and a circus
Tuesday: Interstate Truck and Tractor Pullers show
Thursday: Wine garden, and the band Souled Out performs
Friday: The demolition derby
Saturday: A rodeo will close out the fair
• Peach festival, Middletown -- Richard's Fruit Farm in Middletown will host a peach festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, with hay wagon rides, barrel train rides, children's games, face painting, music and a petting zoo will offer fun for all ages. But that's all secondary to the peaches, which will take form as peach ice cream, milk shakes, sparkling cider, smoothies, pies, muffins and more. Fresh from the Farm food will be for sale, including burgers and other treats, at 6410 Middle Road in Middletown. Information: 540-869-1455, www.richardsfruitmarket.com/festivals.html.
• Greek Festival, Winchester -- Saturday and Sunday at the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 1700 Amherst St., everyone can be Greek for a day. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, enjoy great fun for the whole family, live Greek music and a variety of vendors. Free admission and parking. Information: 540-667-1416 or dormition.va.goarch.org/GreekFestival/.
• Jacob Bushong's Birthday Party, New Market -- From 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, New Market Battlefield State Historical Park will host an event with costumed volunteers interpreting birthday traditions of the 19th century and showing how members of the neighborhood came together to celebrate with the Bushong family. Information: 866-515-1864, 540-740-3101.
Contact Community Engagement Editor Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137, ext. 176, or firstname.lastname@example.org