Going Out: Fall for all the fun

By Josette Keelor

It’s nearly mid-October, and area celebrations are making the most of autumn and all that the season brings.

Saturday the Warren Heritage Society’s 43rd Festival of Leaves will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Chester and Main streets in Front Royal, with craft and food vendors, bands and choirs performing, re-enactors, living history demonstrations and a parade starting at 10 a.m. at the corner of Stonewall Drive and Luray Avenue. A 5K race and fun walk will begin at Skyline High School at 8:30 a.m. Information: 540-636-1446, www.warrenheritagesociety.org/programs_festival.php

Also falling into place this weekend:
• Saturday, Strasburg — Handmade apple butter will be available for $6 a pint or $8 a quart at the Strasburg Museum. Information: 540-465-3175, 465-3728, 465-5660

• Saturday, Maurertown — North Mountain Vineyard and Winery’s Oktober Wein Festival will offer wine tasting, vendors, German food and live music from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 4374 Swartz Road, Maurertown. Admission is free. Wine tasting, $10, includes a souvenir glass. Information: 540-436-9463, www.northmountainvineyard.com

• Saturday, McGaheysville — From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Fall Festival at Massanutten Resort will have food, wine tasting, a beer garden, children’s activities, chairlift rides, live music by Full Throttle and Junk Food and more than 60 crafters. Proceeds will benefit the McGaheysville and Elkton Fire and Rescue Squads. Admission: $5 for adults in advance, $10 at the gate, children 8 and younger free; $3 for chairlift rides. Information: 540-289-9441, www.massresort.com

• Saturday and Sunday, Mt. Jackson — The Mt. Jackson Music & Harvest Festival will feature music, food, a 50/50, a Chinese auction and a classic car and truck show at the Food Lion Shopping Center, 5300 Main St. Show registration is $10, with proceeds going to the Children’s Miracle Network. The Shenandoah Caverns trolley will give free rides. Information: 540-477-3400, 540-975-1622

But it’s not all about fall:

Sunday the fourth annual Pickin’ In the Park from noon to 6 p.m. at Historic Jordan Springs, Clear Brook, will have barbecue and music. Organized with the Frederick County Parks and Recreation Department, the event will host 2012 International Bluegrass Music Awards Instrumental Group of the Year The Boxcars, as well as the Country Gentlemen Tribute Band and Circa Blue. Admission: $20 in advance, $25 at the gate, children younger than 8 free. The rain location is the Stonewall Ruritan building. Proceeds will benefit the Frederick Parks and Recreation. Alcohol not allowed. Information: 540-662-0601

In Winchester on Sunday, the second Rally in the Alley will take place from noon to 6 p.m. downtown in Indian Alley. Local bands will perform and more than 10 local restaurants will participate in the block party that begins behind Patton’s Furniture and ends at Village Square Restaurant. Admission is free, so take the kids for face painting and bring a chair to enjoy the show. Information: 540-723-9719, rallyinthealley.com

Also noteworthy:

• Saturday, Front Royal — At Amerisist Assisted Living Community, a chili cook off and car show will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 106 Westminster Drive. Cost is free. Information: 540-631-0505

• All weekend, Middletown — The National Sheepdog Trials at Belle Grove Plantation, 336 Belle Grove Road, continues through Sunday. Tickets are $9, with discounts for children and seniors. Information: 540-869-2028

• All week, Millwood — The Clarke County Historical Association’s fall Art at the Mill show continues through Oct. 20 at the Burwell-Morgan Mill, 15 Tannery Lane, with more than 300 artists featured. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and free to students. Information: 540-955-2600, www.clarkehistory.org

• Saturday and Sunday, Edinburg — The Edinburg Heritage Foundation and Town of Edinburg will present an art show from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at The Edinburg Mill, 214 S. Main St., with more than 40 artists and works including paintings, sculpture, pottery, glass, wood, metal, jewelry and photography to benefit the Save the Mill fund. Reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Information: 540-984-8400

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