Going Out: Long weekend to emphasize free events

By Josette Keelor

This weekend, libraries and theaters will be the place to be for fun events, most of which are free. Also, area schools and organizations will host events in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday when the curtain rises at Shenandoah University’s Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre in Winchester, “Collage Concert” will feature faculty, students and ensembles performing a collection of music, theater and dance that the university has called an “unforgettable” event. Also unforgettable is the price — free. For information, call 665-4569.

If you’re looking for brain workout this weekend, head to Handley Library, 100 W. Piccadilly St., Winchester, at 11 a.m. Saturday for the two-hour American Artist Lecture with scholar Nicholas Powers, who will speak for the program “Frederick Kemmelmeyer: From Hessian Soldier to American Artist.” Sponsored by the Winchester-Frederick county Historical Society and Friends of Handley Regional Library, this, too, is free.

For information, call 662-9041 orvisit www.handleyregional.org/handley/default.asp

But wait, there’s more that’s free:

The Friends of Handley Regional Library and Magic Lantern Theater have teamed to sponsor author Mike Canning for a talk about his book “Hollywood on the Potomac,” which features a lecture, a look as film clips and a question/answer time all beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday. Books will be available for purchase.

At 871 Tasker Road in Stephens City, Bowman Library will host Penguin Appreciation Day from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, with stories for children and fun facts about penguins.

From 2 to 3 p.m. that day, the library will kick of its three-part series “It’s Classic!” with the program Mingling with Mythology. For middle school participants interested in learning about ancient Greek goddesses Athena and Arachne, the program will let children paint their own Greek-style pottery. The program is free but limited to 20 participants. Pre-register with Donna Hughes at 869-9000 ext. 215 or at dhughes@handleyregional.org.

The next two programs will be “Roaming with the Romans” on Feb. 15 and “Working Out with Words” on March 8.

Comedy and drama will star on local big screens in Berryville and Winchester.

At the Barns of Rose Hill, 95 Chalmers Court, Berryville, The Magic Lantern Theater will show the film “The Attack” from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, and the Alamo Theater, 181 Kernstown Commons Blvd., Kernstown, will show Charlie Chaplin’s 1931 film “City Lights” at 3 p.m. Sunday.

“The Attack,” rated R, tells what happens when an Arab surgeon in Tel Aviv discovers a dark secret about his wife in the aftermath of a suicide bombing. The movie text is in Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles. Tickets are $8, or $5 for Magic Lantern and Barns of Rose Hill members.

The feel good comedy “City Lights” follows a destitute man (Chaplin) who quickly rises from poverty to wealth when he wakes up inside a millionaire’s house after a night of drunken chaos. According to information on the Alamo’s website, it’s a film that makes people happy. Tickets are $6 for children and $7 for all others.

At 3 p.m. Saturday, in honor of King’s birthday, The New Market Area Library will hold the free program “The Martin Luther King You Never Knew,” with guest speaker Fred Gibson, who will share personal stories from his experiences with King. For information, call 335-5396 or email bsbutter7@gmail.com.

In Winchester and Berryville Sunday, the Winchester and Clarke County NAACP will hold programs in celebration of the King’s life, with a 3 p.m. program at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, 1317 South Pleasant Valley Road, Winchester, and a 4:30 p.m. program at Zion Baptist Church, 10 Josephine St., Berryville.

Monday at the Goodson Chapel and Recital Hall, 1400 L.P. Hill Drive, Winchester, in Winchester, a service of remembrance will begin at 3 p.m. and feature guest speaker Marcus Briggs-Cloud of the Maskoke Creek Nation, a scholar, activist and international lecturer. Shenandoah’s Harambee gospel choir will sign. The free event is open to the public. For information, call 535-3546 or email spirituallife@su.edu/upcoming-events.

In Middletown Monday at Lord Fairfax Community College, a celebration of King’s life will take place from noon to 1 p.m. at the Thompson Conference Center in the Corron Development Center and will include student performances, a presentation of awards for the MLK Essay Contest and the awarding of the 11th annual “Walking King’s Talk” Award. The free event is open to everyone. For information, call 868-7000 or visit www.lfcc.edu

The Warren and Page County NAACP will hold a Monday event at the Warren County Community Center, 538 Villa Ave., Front Royal, with lunch at noon and a praise and worship service at 1 p.m., with pastor Rev. Carlton Roman officiating and guest speaker Rev. Ludwell Brown, pastor of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Haywood and president of the Culpeper Branch of the NAACP. For information, call Suetta Freeman at 636-2130.

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