Brews, bonfire fill turkey weekend

Whether it’s patronizing local stores for Small Business Saturday or a friendly game of touch football out on the front lawn, the weekend offers a turducken-sized variety of events and activities to shake off the post-tryptophan malaise.

The Backroom Brewery in Middletown hosts a holiday market and homebrew competition from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The brewery’s greenhouses will fill up with craft and food vendors, live music and homebrewing and cheesemaking demonstrations.

Brewery owner Billie Clifton said there will be about 10 varieties of craft beer offered, ranging from blonde and amber ales to Indian Pale Ales and stouts, all brewed from their own hops and herbs.

One special variety released for the event is the holiday market ale, brewed from their farm-grown rosemary and orange zest.

She said people can purchase growlers of beer at the event and buy bottles to take home.

Visitors can also purchase bowls of their “famous chuckwagon chili” and brats and sauerkraut.

A number of artisans will sell crafts at the holiday market, including Christmas ornaments, candles, baskets, rugs and jewelry.

Clifton said the event offers shoppers an alternative from the harried Black Friday frenzy.

“Come out here and get some fresh air, stroll around to the music, eat, drink, shop and relax,” she said.

Backroom Brewery is located at 150 Ridgemont Road in Middletown.

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Bryce Resort in Basye bids farewell to last year’s ski season and welcomes in the new one with a celebration bonfire from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Guests are invited to bring any ski- and snowboard-shaped wood to throw into the fire as a sacrifice to UIllr to ensure a great season, and can show off their best pagan-style dance moves around the fire.

A second, smaller bonfire will be used for toasting s’mores.

The bonfire celebration follows the Holiday Craft Show and Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the resort restaurant.

Bryce Resort is located at 1982 Fairway Drive in Basye.

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The Blue Ridge Dog Training Club holds three days of dog agility trials at Body Renew Fitness in Winchester.

From Friday to Sunday, people can come and watch dogs of all breeds and sizes compete in different obstacles, including jumps, tunnels and dog walks.

The trials, sanctioned by the American Kennel Club, are held on the fitness center’s turf arena.

Admission to watch is free. Body Renew Fitness is located at 221 Commonwealth Court in Winchester.

Other events include:

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving — The Bowman Library screens the holiday classic as part of its family picnic and movie program. // 871 Tasker Road, Stephens City; 1 p.m. Sat.; Free

The Polar Express — In addition to watching the Tom Hanks children’s movie, film goers can pay $5 for an optional package that includes hot cocoa, holiday cookies, coloring sheets and a commemorative ticket. // 181 Kernstown Commons Blvd., Winchester; Nov. 30-Dec. 11; $3

Walking in a Winter Wonderland — Frederick County’s annual light show returns to Clearbrook Park. // U.S. 11, five miles north of Winchester; Nov. 28-Jan. 4; $3-$5

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or

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