Tailgate party, Civil War events highlight weekend

By Ryan Cornell

Usher in the return of football season with a visit to Winchester’s Downtown Tailgate party, or head over to Edinburg for a pool party with Fido — being bored this weekend shouldn’t even be an option.

Held today and Saturday, Old Town Winchester’s Downtown Tailgate takes the tailgating straight from the FedEx Field parking lot and plops it down on the Loudoun Street walking mall with a beer and wine festival, live concerts and broadcast college football games.

The event will feature more than 30 different craft and domestic beers as well as more than 15 wines.

The Alex Hilton Band and Bugsy Cline and the Blue Devils will perform music today, while Crosswinds and Souled Out take the main stage on Saturday.

Four large-screen TV viewing areas will show a series of college football match-ups, including 14th-ranked University of Southern California taking on 13th-ranked Stanford on Saturday afternoon and 7th-ranked Michigan State challenging 3rd-ranked Oregon on Saturday evening.

Shenandoah University’s football head coach and team captains will introduce themselves at the tailgate, as well as the school’s pep band, The Buzzin’ Dozen.

The Downtown Tailgate will also feature a variety of contests, including a cornhole tournament, a Madden 25 video game tournament and a contest for the best-dressed “craziest fan.”

A kid’s zone set up on the walking mall will offer inflatables, a hockey shoot, a soccer shoot and an obstacle course.

Admission is $5 to the event, and $5 packages of three tastings are available for purchase. A selection of beer and wine will be available by the glass for $5 per serving.

For more information, including a full list of available beer and wine, visit http://tiny.cc/8iznlx.

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley launches its latest exhibition with a preview party from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

The exhibit, “Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art,” opens for regular viewing on Sunday and features works from nearly 300 artists around the world who were challenged to transform discarded hubcaps into works of art. This is the first time these works will be on public display.

Artists include Boris Bally, Synthia Saint James, Mary Edna Fraser and Donald Gialanella. More than 20 of the artists featured in the exhibit are expected to attend Saturday’s preview party.

Admission to the event is $15 for the general public and free for museum members. Purchase tickets online at http://www.theMSV.org or by calling 540-662-1473, ext. 217.

The Edinburg Town Pool will host the Edinburg Doggie Paddle from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Dog owners are invited to bring their furry friends for a leisurely swim in the pool before it’s cleaned for the season.

Activities include “Paint Your Own Doggie Portrait” and contests such as a doggie bone hunt and costume contest.

Admission is free, but donations of paper towels, peanut butter, laundry detergent, dog food, bleach and toys for the Shenandoah County Animal Shelter are asked.

Dog owners, who must have their dogs on a leash except when in the pool, are asked to bring a current rabies certificate.

Clarke County will mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Berryville with a Civil War Sesquicentennial Weekend held at various locations from Friday through Sunday.

Lectures include “Those who have born the battle: The aftermath of the Valley Campaign” at 7 p.m. today, “The Battle of Berryville and its context” at 10 a.m. Saturday and “U.S. colored troops and the Civil War” at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

A traveling exhibit from the Virginia Historical Society will be stationed at the Long Branch Plantation in Boyce all weekend, and a Civil War history mobile will be at Clarke County High School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

A bonfire featuring Civil War stories and songs is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at the Clermont Farm in Berryville.

All programs for the Civil War Sesquicentennial Weekend are free. For more information, call 540-869-0300.

The Town of New Market also will pay homage to its Civil War history with its annual parade of cadets from the Virginia Military Institute on Sunday.

Each year, the freshman class of VMI charges across the Field of Lost Shoes at the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park before beginning their academic classes.

The cadets will then parade down Congress Street in town at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Other events include:
John Richards and the Virginians
The Woodstock ROCS outdoor concert series concludes with new and classic country songs and ’70s and ’80s rock hits performed by John Richards & the Virginians at the W.O. Riley Park Ruritan Shelter in Woodstock from 7 to 9 p.m. today. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://tiny.cc/5mznlx or call 540-459-3621.

The Loving Family Exhibit
The Strasburg Museum unveils its latest exhibit, showcasing the work of the Loving Family, including woodworking from Ray Loving, Indian dolls and painted gourd ornaments from Glenna Loving, napped spear points, arrow heads and knives from Monty Loving and art game boards and document frames from Mark Loving. The exhibit runs from Saturday through Sept. 28. Admission into the Strasburg Museum is $3 for adults, $1 for teenagers and 50 cents for children. For more information, visit http://tiny.cc/goznlx or call 540-465-3175.

Contouring the Dimensions
An art show reception for Christina Williams and her exhibit, “Contouring the Dimensions,” will be held at The Art Group Gallery in Mount Jackson from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday. The reception will include light refreshments and a demo reel of various 3D animations.

Five of a Kind
Hailing from Pot Town, this band plays “straight up old-time bluegrass music,” and will perform a free concert at the Strasburg Hometown Park from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit hometownstrasburgva.com or call 540-465-3252.