Family friendly events fill Super Bowl weekend

Although much of the weekend will be spent preparing for Sunday’s big game, people can “run out the clock” until kickoff at some of these area events and celebrations.

A new series of family friendly vaudeville acts is coming to Winchester starting Saturday morning.

“Variety and Vaudeville a la Winchester” will feature comedian and juggler Rich Potter, who has appeared on “The Late Show” with David Letterman and has toured China and Europe. Magician Kevin Owens will host and emcee the show.

The variety show will be held in the Old Post Office at 200 N. Braddock St. in Winchester. Each of the next five Saturdays will feature acts, including comedy routines, skits and magic.

Doors open at 10 a.m. and the show starts at 10:30 a.m.

Tickets are $7 at the door and $5 in advance. Tickets can be purchased at Bon Matin Chez Leroy bakery and Steamy’s Cafe or online at

The Copper Kettle Bar and Lounge at Bryce Resort invites football fans for its Super Bowl Sunday Celebration at 5 p.m. Sunday.

The restaurant hosts light appetizers, happy hour specials and a broadcast of the Patriots-Seahawks game on each of its TVs.

Bryce Resort is located at 1982 Fairway Drive in Basye. For more information, visit or call 800-821-1444.

Groundhog songs, crafts, stories and races, as well as an official weather prediction and ice cream feature in the Groundhog Day Celebration at the Bowman Library from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Kids of all ages are invited to celebrate in the festivities before Monday’s official Groundhog Day.

The Bowman Library is located at 871 Tasker Road in Stephens City.

Other events include:
Artist Reception — The Shenandoah Arts Council highlights Black History Month with an artist reception featuring the works of Loretta Allison, Anne Bouie, Carmen Crawford, Ray Crawford, Caliph Green, Ray Hart and Joseph Jones. // 811 S. Loudoun St., Winchester; 3-5 p.m. Sunday; Free;

Brokedown Hustlers — Cristina’s Cafe presents a concert by this Americana band from Berkeley Springs. // 219 W. King St., Strasburg; 7 p.m. Friday; $5

Chess Tournament — The Shenandoah Valley Chess Club hosts a chess tournament at Handley Regional Library. // 100 W. Piccadilly St., Winchester; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

Comedy Night — Comedians Mike Burton and Cerrome Russell come to the Bright Box Theater to perform two nights of stand-up. // 15 N. Loudoun St., Winchester; 8:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday; $15-$18

Love is Strange — The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley’s Magic Lantern Theater presents this film about a long-united gay couple forced to live apart, starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina. // 901 Amherst St., Winchester; 4:30 p.m. Sunday; $5-$8; 540-678-0963

Shenandoah Valley Heritage Day — The museum’s free genealogy event, rescheduled from last weekend due to inclement weather, helps area residents research their family trees. // 901 Amherst St., Winchester; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; Free; 888-556-5799

Stickman’s Tandem 5K — Runners’ times in this 5K race will be combined with their teammates to determine the winners. // 687 Sandy Hook Road, Strasburg; 9:30 a.m. Saturday; $2-$10; 540-336-2827;

In the mood for a drive? Here are some road trip ideas:
Disc Golf Fundraiser in Harrisonburg — The Westover Park Disc Golf Course hosts a round of 21 holes, with all donations benefiting the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. // 305 S. Dogwood Dr., Harrisonburg; 11 a.m. Saturday; $25; 540-433-2474

Social Knit Night in Waynesboro — Knitters, crocheters and cross stitchers are welcome to chat and work on their projects at Mariah Amine Couture. // 112 S. Wayne Ave., Waynesboro; 3-6 p.m. Friday

The Taming of the Shrew in Staunton — Part romantic comedy and part outlandish farce, the Blackfriars Playhouse presents this beloved Shakespearean play. // 10 S. Market St., Staunton; 2 p.m. Saturday; $14-$37; 540-855-1733

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

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