Midsummer weekend to star music, theater events

By Josette Keelor

Music and theater will dominate weekend entertainment in the valley, with youth shows in Front Royal and a main stage comedy in New Market, the Front Royal Volunteer Fire Department Fireman’s Carnival in Warren County, The Boundless Bazaar in Winchester and Friday night music to kick off a weekend of fun for all ages.

The Fireman’s Carnival started this week and will run through July 19. Closed Sundays, the carnival will offer food, entertainment and its famous fireman’s relish from 3 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Bing Crosby Stadium, 50 Stadium Drive, Front Royal.

A parade on Wednesday will march along Commerce Avenue from Stonewall Drive to the carnival grounds on East 8th Street, according to the carnival Facebook page. Fireworks next Thursday will begin at dusk. For more information, call the fire department at 540-635-2540, email frvfddbb@comcast.net or visit www.frontroyalfire.com.

Friday in Woodstock, Winchester and Front Royal, music will announce the weekend with jazz, instrumental music and shades of rock and Americana.

From 7 to 8 p.m. at the gazebo on Main and Chester Streets in Front Royal, Gazebo Gatherings will host Intrepid Jazz performing contemporary but timeless acoustical jazz.

From 7:30 to 10 p.m., the Bluemont Summer Concert Series will feature the Clarke County Community Band performing music by John Philip Sousa on the steps of the 1840 Frederick County Court House, 20 N. Loudoun St., Winchester, on the Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for Bluemont Friends and seniors or $2 for children younger than 12. For more information, visit oldtownwinchesterva.com.

From 7 to 9 p.m. at W.O. Riley Park in Woodstock, the Riley Outdoor Concert Series will present Chamomile & Whiskey, “a high energy, passionate, unique group of performers that come from different musical backgrounds to meld familiar songs into a new sound — shades of rock, Americana, Irish, Gypsy and old-time bluegrass,” a news release from the Woodstock Enhancement Committee states.

Both concerts are free. For more information, call the Town of Woodstock at 459-3621 or visit www.townofwoodstockva.gov; or call the Blue Ridge Arts Council at 635-9909 or visit www.facebook.com/BlueRidgeArts.

Stage performances this weekend will feature the Selah Theatre Project’s original play “It’s Not Easy Being a Teen,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 30 E. 8th St., and a second show, “Once Upon a Pandora’s Box,” from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday at Samuels Public Library, 330 E. Criser Road.

“Being a Teen” seeks to deviate from the usual summer musical by presenting a full-length show written by six young actresses conveying the challenges and victories of teenage life. The play, at 30 E. 8th St., Front Royal, is appropriate for ages 13 and older. Tickets are $5. For more information, call 686-5185 or email info@selahtheatreproject.org.

In the clever comedy “Once Upon a Pandora’s Box,” learn what happens when a brother and sister in New York City accidentally let fairy tale villains escape from a mysterious box. The free program will be in the Samuels Public Library’s White Meeting Room.

At The Schultz Theatre in New Market, the comedy “Monkey’s Uncle,” by Roger Karshner, will combine a love of apes and a collection of leaves with two fun-loving Chinese checker players who get caught up in a whirlwind of blackmail, madness and misunderstandings. The play, which runs through July 20, will be at 9357 N. Congress St. at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $13 for adults and $11 for students and seniors. For more information, call 740-9119 or visit www.schultztheatre.com.

The Boundless Bazaar in Winchester is “Not Your Grandma’s Craft Fair.” From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the Loudoun Street Pedestrian mall, the bazaar will host interactive activities, demonstrations and exhibitions outside and in adjacent venues. Enjoy soap making, sand casting, oil painting and more. The fair is free and will prevail rain or shine. For more information, call 409-5252 or visit boundlessbazaar.com.