Going Out: Weekend events signal start of thaw

By Josette Keelor

Events this weekend will bid farewell to January and focus instead on Saturday and Sunday, culminating in Super Bowl XLVIII between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks, starting at 6:30 p.m. Sunday on Fox.

Also starring this weekend is the kickoff to Black History Month and the celebration of Groundhog Day — when, despite the welcome end of a cold front sandwiched between two artic vortexes, Americans will hope to learn when the valley might finally thaw.

• The 13th Black History Month Celebration at the Shenandoah Arts Council, 811 S. Loudoun St., Winchester, will begin Saturday and continue through Feb. 26, featuring the works of Joseph Jones of Washington, D.C., and Tim Giles of Northern Virginia. An opening reception will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

• In Washington, the Smithsonian’s Black History Month Family Day Celebration will offer a day of music and drama performances, arts and craft activities and other themed fun at the American History Museum Saturday. Museum Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, at 14th Street and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington. For more information, call 202-357-2700

• In Front Royal, February means a start to the Winter Reading Club from 10 to 11 a.m. at Samuels Public Library in recognition of children’s reading efforts throughout the month. Also that day, the teen book discussion group will meet from 2 to 3 p.m. to discuss “The Book Thief.” Children 12 and older are invited, with pre-registration.

For more information, visit the library at 330 E. Criser Road, Front Royal, call 540-635-3153 or visit www.samuelslibrary.net.

• Think January’s snow, ice and freezing temperatures were bad? Imagine having to repeat any of those cold days over and over and over again.

With temperatures expected to be warmer Sunday, groundhog fans and Bill Murray fans alike can head to the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Kernstown and breathe sighs of balmy 40 degree relief while laughing at weatherman Phil Connors’ seemingly endless winter of discontent in the 1993 hit comedy “Groundhog Day.”

With the comic timing and mastery of writer/director Harold Ramis, the laughs will begin at 1:30 p.m. and keep on going. For more information, call 540-313-4060 or visit drafthouse.com/index.php?/winchester/

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