Events usher in harvest season

By Ryan Cornell

It’s hard to imagine how you might react if your house and property were suddenly taken away from you.

But that’s exactly the situation hundreds of local families found themselves in as the government worked to establish the Shenandoah National Park in the 1920s and ’30s.

A trio of speakers will present varying perspectives of the national park’s creation at a special event held at the New Market Area Library at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Folksinger Madeline MacNeil will begin the program by performing several musical pieces on her dulcimer.

Claire Jennings Comer, who has worked in the Shenandoah National Park for the past 28 years, will discuss the history of the park.

Kenneth Shifflet, who was 5 years old when his family was ordered to leave their 300-acre farm, will speak about the displacement of families from the land that would become the park.

The program is free and open to the public. No registration is needed.

For more information, call 540-740-8650.

Berryville’s Veramar Vineyard celebrates the return of harvest season with its Rock the Grapes Festival.

Visitors and oenophiles are invited to stomp grapes, listen to live music and taste wines from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Crafters and food vendors will also be in attendance.

The vineyard is located at 905 Quarry Road in Berryville.

For more info, visit http://www.veramar.com or call 540-955-5510.

The artworks filling the Edinburg Mill this weekend are anything but run of the…mill.

More than 40 Shenandoah Valley artists will display nearly 200 original artworks starting Saturday for the 4th annual Art Show at the Edinburg Mill.

Art media for sale includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, pottery, etchings, photography, wood carvings, wood turning, wearable art, glasswork and hooked and quilted small wall hangings.

A portion of each sale will go toward the Edinburg Heritage Foundation’s Save The Mill Fund.

The show runs through Oct. 19 in the mill’s ground floor banquet rooms.

An opening night reception with the artists is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

For more info, visit http://www.goo.gl/Esj6Qo or call 540-984-8400.

If you’ve got a fever, and the only prescription is more apples, then Marker-Miller Orchards’ Apple Harvest Festival is sure to satisfy.

Featuring apple cobbler, apple cider slushee drinks and 20 different apple varieties to choose from, even the most demanding appleholics will be pleased.

The festival is held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The orchard is located at 3035 Cedar Creek Grade in Winchester.

For more info, visit http://www.goo.gl/ImrWVB or call 540-662-1980.

Other events include:

Festival of Leaves — Celebrate the leaves changing color with a parade, live music, vendors and a variety of living history demonstrations and tours at the Warren Heritage Society’s annual fundraiser. // Downtown Front Royal; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; Free; 540-636-1446; http://www.bit.ly/10lKdQI

Music and Harvest Festival — Local food vendors, crafters, artisans and musicians pack the park by Mount Jackson Town Hall for two straight days. // Downtown Mount Jackson; Saturday and Sunday; Free; 540-975-1622; http://www.bit.ly/1wVt4YO

ArborFest — The area’s farms and nurseries gather at the State Arboretum of Virginia this weekend to sell their fall perennials, small trees, native plants and items for the home and garden. // 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce; 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; $10 per car; 540-837-1758; http://www.goo.gl/LQT5Qe

America’s Wilderness — A day of film screenings and a drama performance highlight the Barns of Rose Hill’s salute to wild spaces and the Chesapeake Bay. // 95 Chalmers Court, Berryville; 3:30 p.m. Sunday; Free; 540-955-2004; http://www.goo.gl/OtwQn0

Page County Heritage Festival — The 45th annual festival returns to the Page County Fairgrounds with a steam and gas engine show, children’s activities and all-day crafting demonstrations. // Collins Ave., Luray; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; $3 for adults, $1 for children; http://www.goo.gl/zpuOSm

Sunday Jazz — Old Town’s jazz series concludes with one final concert showcasing music by Duke Ellington and Count Basie as well as other tunes from the bebop style and New Orleans Dixieland. // 125 N. Loudoun St., Winchester; 1-3:30 p.m. Sunday; Free; http://www.goo.gl/SKP329

Kimberly’s for a Cause — Kimberly’s of Winchester celebrates its 25th year in business with a tailgate fundraiser benefiting the Winchester Medical Center Cancer Center. The event features live music, a cornhole tournament, children’s activities and a broadcast of the Baltimore Ravens game. // 135 N. Braddock St., Winchester; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday; Free; http://www.kimberlys.biz

Puss in Boots — The Virginia Youth Ballet Theatre presents its take on the fairy tale classic. // 20 W. Cork St., Winchester; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; $7; 540-665-0343; http://www.goo.gl/8zAE4g