Going Out: Walks, talks enliven weekend

By Josette Keelor

This weekend, take a hike, walk through time with visiting speakers, sneak into literature’s beloved hidden garden or see if you can keep up with nature’s own winter olympics.

It all starts Friday when the cast of the musical “The Secret Garden” will take the stage at Shenandoah University’s Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre, 620 Millwood Ave., Winchester. Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, the musical tells what happens when 10-year-old Mary Lennox moves in with her uncle and cousin after her parents’ death and discovers a hidden garden and a new identity.

Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for non-S.U. students, who will get complimentary tickets with an S.U. ID. Information: 665-4569, www.su.edu

• In Staunton, the Winter Wine Festival will be at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and feature a chance to taste more than 15 different wines and sample food from local artisans. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Information: 540-885-7676, www.historicstaunton.org

• A program for children at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Boyce — “Blandy Winter Olympics” — will ask participants if they can move as silently as an owl, run more quickly than a fox or hop farther than a rabbit. The program for fourth to sixth graders is $22, or $20 for groups of four or more. Pre-registration is required. Register at 540-837-1758 or at blandy.virginia.edu/our-foundation/online_payments.

• From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Long Branch Plantation in Millwood, The Created Equal Movie Series will present “Slavery by Another Name,” based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Douglas Blackmon, followed by a guided walk and talk tour focused on the Reconstruction era in the Shenandoah Valley. Information: 540-837-1856, www.visitlongbranch.org

• A Soul Food Dinner will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Lucy Simms Auditorium, 620 Simms Ave., Harrisonburg, offering an evening of musical entertainment, socializing and samples of traditional soul food dishes made by the Northeast Community’s lifelong residents. Admission is free. Information: 540-433-9168

• Also serving up fun that night will be the band Town Mountain, performing for the Bluegrass & BBQ Series at the Barns of Rose Hill, 95 Chalmers Court, Berryville. Barbecue will be provided by the Jordan Springs Market, on sale throughout the show. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

• At 2 p.m. Sunday in Front Royal, two-time Appalachian Trail thru-hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis will speak at Samuels Public Library, 330 E. Criser Road, about how she hiked the 2,181-mile trail in 46 days, becoming the fastest person to hike the trail and the first woman to set the mark. Information: 540-635-3153

• In Strasburg from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, the Strasburg Community Library will hold an artist’s reception for featured artist Diane Labadie of Toms Brook.

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