Living history events slated

By Ryan Cornell

This weekend will delight both history buffs and beer drinkers alike, with events ranging from the annual Cedar Creek reenactment weekend — set to be the most impressive one yet — a film screening with World War II veterans and Winchester’s second annual Octobeer Fest.

Thousands of reenactors and spectators are flooding into Middletown this weekend for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek.

A full schedule of events from Friday to Monday is planned for the battlefield, Belle Grove Plantation and surrounding historical sites.

Reenactments on Saturday will commemorate the Battle of Toms Brook at 11 a.m. and the Battle of Third Winchester at 3 p.m. The Battle of Cedar Creek will be reenacted at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Admission to the battlefield is $18 for adults and $9 for seniors, students and active or retired military. Admission is free for children younger than 6.

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The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Winchester hosts a special screening of the new release “Fury” this weekend.

The movie stars Brad Pitt as a World War II tank commander behind enemy lines in Germany.

Three World War II veterans will attend a showing at 6:15 p.m. Saturday and participate in a question-and-answer session with the audience after the film.

The theater will also collect donations for the Honor Flight Network, a nonprofit that arranges trips for veterans to visit memorials in Washington, D.C.

The website for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is at

The Old Town Winchester walking mall hosts its own “Octobeer Fest” celebration on Friday and Saturday.

More than 25 beers, including Paulaner from Munich, Germany, will be available at tasting stations.

The event also includes kielbasa and pretzels as well as traditional Biergarten oompah music from the Edelweiss Band.

A Bavarian dance troupe will perform on Saturday, and a strolling accordion player will provide music on both days.

The festival will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and noon to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is $5 the day of the event, with $5 packages of three tastings available for purchase. A selection of beer and wines will be available by the glass for $5 a serving.

Advance tasting packages are available for $10, and include admission, a souvenir 4-ounce glass and four tastings.

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In Harrisonburg, James Madison University’s Edith J. Carrier Arboretum celebrates its Children’s Harvest Festival.

From 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, kids are invited to meet Gus the JMU Duke Dog, create arts and crafts and watch dancers and musicians perform.

Admission is free, and horse-drawn wagon rides are $2.

The arboretum is located at 780 University Blvd. in Harrisonburg.

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Other events include:

Dan Davis — The author of the Civil War books, “Blood Autumn” and “Hurricane from the Heavens,” Dan Davis will be at the Winchester Book Gallery for a book signing and discussion. // 185 N. Loudoun St., Winchester; 4-6 p.m. Friday; Free;

Halloween happenings — Clearbrook Park gets into the Halloween spirit spirit Saturday with trick or treating from 5:15 to 6 p.m., haunted hayrides from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m. and activities such as pumpkin painting and games. // 3300 Martinsburg Pike, Stonewall; 5:15-9:15 p.m. Saturday; $5 for kids 8 and older, $3 for kids ages 4-7, free for kids younger than 3; 540-665-5678;

Apple Festival — Richard’s Fruit Market celebrates the harvest season with a large variety of apples, food and childrens activities. // 6410 Middle Road, Middletown; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; Free; 540-869-1455;

Elke Baker — The Barns of Rose Hill features music by U.S. national champion Scottish fiddle player Elke Baker and nationally-acclaimed hammered dulcimer artist Ken Kolodner. // 95 Chalmers Court, Berryville; 8 p.m. today; $15 in advance, $20 at the door; 540-955-2004;

Books and Barks — The monthly program partnering beginner readers and trained therapy dogs returns to the Samuels Public Library. // 330 E. Criser Road, Front Royal; 10 a.m.-Noon Saturday; Free; 540-635-3153;

Roaring Twenties Prohibition Party — The George Washington Hotel transforms into a speakeasy tonight for the ChildSafe Center’s inaugural decade gala fundraising event. // 103 E. Piccadilly St., Winchester; 7-10 p.m. today; $65; 540-665-2733;

Riding Through History – The Long Branch Plantation invites visitors to view its latest exhibit, “Riding Through History: Exploring Clarke’s Colonial Roads,” at a preview night today. // 830 Long Branch Lane, Boyce; 6-8 p.m. today; Free; 540-837-1856;

Friends of the North Fork Fish Fry — The Woodstock Moose Club hosts the 10th annual fish fry dinner and art auction benefiting the Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River. // 152 Moose Road, Woodstock; 6-9 p.m. today; $45; 540-459-8550;

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