By Josette Keelor
This weekend, follow the yellow brick road to three days of fun around the valley that includes theater, outdoor music, county fairs and festivals.
Today will kick off with the final Friday Night Live of the summer in Old Town Winchester, featuring musical styles ranging from reggae to rock and roll on the streets of Old Town Winchester from 5 to 11 p.m. in its final summer event. The event on the Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall will feature Route 61 performing country and rock hits, including songs to honor Winchester legend Patsy Cline, and The X-Factor semi-finalist Colton Pack, starting at 5:30 p.m.
Beer and wine will be on sale for visitors 21 and older with some funds going to benefit the Big Brother Big Sisters of Winchester, Frederick and Clarke. Tickets for the main stage are $5 in advance or $10 at the door. Advance tickets are available online at http://www.OldTownWinchesterVA.com or in person at the Espresso Bar and Café or Old Town General Store, both on the walking mall, the Community Federal Credit Union at 1700 S. Loudoun St. and at Jim Stutzman Chevrolet-Cadillac at 2700 Valley Ave.
This weekend, the Clarke County Fair will end and the Page Valley Fair will begin.
Today's events in Berryville will include a 6:30 p.m. Lawn Mower Race, a 6:30 p.m. Bunny Hop and an 8 p.m. Professional Bull Riding & Rodeo on the track. Gates and building exhibits open at 10 a.m. and carnival rides open at 6 p.m.
Saturday, carnival rides will have reduced rates from 2 to 5 p.m. The night's entertainment will feature musician Tyler Farr at 8:30 p.m. in the grandstand, with opening act Joey Hyde. Track seats are $25 and grandstand seats $20.
Admission to the Clarke County Fair, at 890 W. Main St., Berryville, is $7 for adults and $2 for children 5 to 15. Information: 540-955-3755 or http://www.clarkecountyfair.org/eventsschedule.php
The Page Valley Fair, at 15 Fairlane Drive, Luray, begins Sunday with Lawn Mower Racing at 2 p.m. and Food Pantry Bingo at 4 p.m. Gospel music will be in the pavilion from 6 to 9 p.m. Grandstand admission on Sunday is $3 for adults, $1.50 for children 6 to 12 and free to younger children.
The week will feature Redneck Night on Thursday with fun and games for nonprofits. Fair tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children 6 to 12. Information: 540-843-3247 or http://www.pagevalleyfair.org/events.html
• The Schultz Theatre in New Market will present the musical "The Wizard of Oz" in its first of three weekends. Directed by Michael Gwin and produced by special arrangement with Tams-Whitmark Music Library Inc. in New York City, the performance tells the story of Dorothy Gale, a teenager from rural Kansas, who is transported by twister to the magical land of Oz, where, accidentally enraging the Wicked Witch of the West, she must make it safely to Emerald City before she and her little dog Toto are toast.
The Schultz Theatre is located at 9357 N. Congress St., New Market. Performances will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15-30. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Information: 540-740-9119
• Gazebo Gatherings in Front Royal will feature The Moonlighters performing traditional blues, jazz, oldies and swing at 7 p.m. today at the gazebo on Main and Chester streets. Admission is free. Information: 540-635-9909, www.blueridgearts.org, http://www.facebook.com/BlueRidgeArts
• Woodstock ROCS in Woodstock will host The Handley Regional Library Master Puppeteers presenting "Paws, Claws, Hoofs, Fins and Wings to Read" at 10 a.m. Saturday at the W.O. Riley Park Ruritan Shelter. Bring a chair or picnic blanket. Admission is free. Information: 540-459-3621, http://www.townofwoodstockva.com
• In Luray, Evenings on Main at Ruffner Plaza will feature music by Mirage at 7 p.m. today. Admission is free. Information: 540-743-7700 or 540-743-5511
• The 9th Annual Blue Ridge Mountain Music Festival will present music by The Virginia Ramblers from noon to 5 p.m., mandolin player Sierra Hull and her band from 1 to 4 p.m. and Nothin' Fancy from 2 to 5 p.m. at Wintergreen Resort in Wintergreen. Appalachian string band Kim and Jimbo Cary and Pete and Ellen Vigour will take the stage at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for students 6 to 17 and free to younger children. Information: 434-325-2200 or http://www.wintergreenperformingarts.org
• The New Market Battlefield State Historical Park will host Jacob Bushong's Birthday Party at 11 a.m. Saturday, with costumed volunteers interpreting birthday traditions of the 19th century. A period menu will offer treats including hand-cranked ice cream, and period songs and games will add to the festivities. All summer programs are free with paid park admission of $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $6 for youth age 6 to 12. Younger children get in free. Information: 540-740-3101 and www.vmi.edu/newmarket
• In Winchester, the Annual Greek Festival will celebrate Feast Day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 1700 Amherst St., with traditional Greek fare, music and dance, vendors and informal guided tours of the church. Questions about the faith and traditions are welcome. Admission and parking are free. Information: 540-667-1416 and http://dormition.va.goarch.org/greek-festival
• The Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville will present "Water for Life with The Rolling Coyotes," with music by Steve Warner and The Rolling Coyotes performing acoustic Americana with touches of folk, country, swing, jazz and rock beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The program, organized by 13-year-old Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, resident Evan Frank, will raise money to have 100 clean water wells drilled in South Africa. Local magician Ernie Benner will perform parlor magic for the cause.
Doors open at 7 p.m. at 95 Chalmers Court, Berryville. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Ages 12 and younger get in free. Information: 540-955-2004, http://www.barnsofrosehill.org