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Weekend to include steam show, design expo

By Josette Keelor

This weekend, see a movie, enjoy a concert, visit a museum, take in an art show, laugh at a comedy night, hike a trail, celebrate at a festival or a fun day, go to a home and design show or get an early start on your holiday shopping.

Music and festivities will kick off Friday night with the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival in Shenandoah County, the 46th annual Steam Show in Clarke County, the Bluemont Concert Series in Winchester, and Art in the Barn in Frederick County.

Performing for the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival's second weekend on the stage behind The Virginia House in Orkney Springs, the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra will present a collection of love songs based on music from the 1940s, in a concert titled "I'll Be Seeing You."

The night will include show tunes and swing music, said music festival executive director, Dennis Lynch.

Then Saturday, the orchestra will return with "A Civil War Portrait" of music performed by the National Broadway Chorus, a 16-member choir, under the direction of principal pops conductor Luke. S. Frazier.

Friday and Saturday's concerts will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $29, and performances will be held rain or shine.

Sunday, the festival will present a free 2 p.m. concert by the U.S. Air Force Strings, light classical music with strolling strings players also performing pop music, favorites and event some country, Lynch said.

"We got everything covered there," he said. "Should be fun."

Information: 540-459-3396, http://www.musicfest.org.

The "Pageant of Steam" steam show in Berryville will run Friday through Sunday and will feature steam engines, gas engines, threshers, oil pulls, balers, a saw mill and shingle mill, flea markets, crafts and a 9 a.m. Sunday church service. A 6:30 p.m. Friday tractor pull will include an entry fee and antique vehicles only. Noon parades will take place Saturday and Sunday, and music by the Back Creek Valley Boys will take place after the 6 p.m. Saturday horse pull. Children will enjoy a Kids Barrel Train Ride, a Kiddie Pedal Tractor pull at 2 p.m. each day, steam and gas models and an Old Time Blacksmith Shop. Refreshments by a new, larger variety of food vendors will include steam cooked bean soup.

Gates open at 7 a.m. each day. Tickets are $7 on Friday and Saturday and $5 on Sunday. Children younger than 12 get in free, and parking is also free. Information: 540-664-7406, http://www.svsgea.com.

Also Friday:

• 6:30 p.m. Friday, Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown will host its Art in the Barn event, featuring a silent auction of art by local artists and music by bluegrass band Five of a Kind in Belle Grove's 1918 barn. Tickets are $25 per person and include wine, beer and hors-d'oeuvres. Information: 540-869-2028, http://www.bellegrove.org.

• 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday in Winchester, the Bluemont Concert Series will feature Irish-American band Solas at the Old Frederick County Courthouse along the Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall. Tickets, available at the concert, are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and Bluemont Friends, and $2 for children younger than 12. Information: 540-955-8287, http://tiny.cc/61cijx.

Saturday

Saturday, head to Winchester for a design show, comedy night or Christmas in July in Winchester, Front Royal for music and a community fun day, Woodstock for an outdoor movie, Harrisonburg for a bicycle festival in Harrisonburg, Boyce for an outdoor movie night or local West Virginia for an Appalachian Trail event in Harpers Ferry.

The Inside & Out Home and Design Expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday on the Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall, offering a premier showcase of the latest in interior and exterior home design. Talk with landscapers, contractors, builders, home finance experts, real estate professionals, and material and project supplier.

Activities will include an architectural walking tour of Old Town Winchester, product demonstrations of home automation and solar energy and informative workshops of interior painting techniques, design fundamentals and landscaping dos and don'ts.

Information: 540-665-0365, http://tiny.cc/x3cijx.

• 7 a.m., Saturday, Our Community Place will host the 23rd Annual Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Festival, with three scenic rides: 100-mile, 50-mile and 25-mile rides. All rides begin at 17 E. Johnson St., Harrisonburg. Registration of $40 includes lunch and an event T-shirt. Showers are available and proceeds go to the Our Community Place nonprofit. Information: 540-908-9706, http://tiny.cc/l5cijx.

• 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, the Round Hill Ruritan, 164 Poorhouse Road, Winchester, will hold Christmas in July with crafters, vendors and yard sale items. Breakfast and lunch by the Ladies of the Rescue Mission will benefit the mission. Information: Call Cyndi at 540-514-5746 or Laura at 540-877-3260

• 10-11:30 a.m., Saturday, the Wildlife on the Appalachian Trail educational program will take place at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Visitor Center, 799 Washington St., Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Information: 304-535-6331, http://www.appalachiantrail.org/events.

• 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Fun Day at Front Royal Church of the Brethren, 1-6 W. 13th St., Front Royal, will feature music, food, games, face painting, prizes, a cake walk and a moon bounce. Information: 540-635-2378, fhttp://www.frontroyalbrethren.com.

• 1-9 p.m., Saturday, proceeds from the Phoenix Project Music Benefit at the gazebo on Main and Chester streets will go to the Phoenix Project, a United Way effort to re-establish services in Front Royal to help victims of sexual and domestic violence. Information: 540-635-3636, http://www.frontroyalunitedway.org

• 8 p.m., Saturday, outdoor movie night at Long Branch Plantation in Boyce will present the movie "ET," rain or shine. Other movies this summer will be "The Princess Bride" on Aug. 2, "Red Dawn" on Aug. 9 and "National Lampoon's Vacation" on Aug. 16. Information: 540-837-1856, http://www.visitlongbranch.org.

• 8:30-11:30 p.m., Saturday, comedians Tina Giorgi and Sonya King will perform at the Bright Box Theater, 15 N. Loudoun St., Winchester. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Information: 540-665-2878, http://www.brightboxtheater.com.

Sunday

• 2-5 p.m., Sunday, the Fort Valley Museum will host an ice cream social at the Old Brick Church on the museum grounds, adjacent to Trinity Church. The day will include a bake sale, craft sale, artisan exhibits, a pottery display, food and beverages, music by the Sweetwater String Band, museum displays by local churches in Fort Valley and an updated Civil War exhibit. Information: 540-933-6332, http://www.fortvalleymuseum.org

• 5-7 p.m., Sunday, the band Wilkins, Wilkins and Vaughn will perform inspirational folk guitar and vocals with bass and percussion at the Strasburg Hometown Park. The concert is free. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Information: 540-465-3252, http://tiny.cc/abdijx



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