Heritage Day, vaudeville start weekend

This photo of the William Wood Glass family was taken on the front porch of Winchester's Glen Burnie House in 1895. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is hosting a free genealogy event Saturday. Photo Courtesy: Museum of the Shenandoah Valley.

The weekend offers a chance to research your family tree as well as exchange the seeds of a tree, at events scheduled throughout the area.

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley invites area residents to research their family histories at Shenandoah Valley Heritage Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

This free genealogy event will include two lectures by professional genealogist Sharon Hodges, research assistance from experts at the Shenandoah Valley Genealogical Society and information tables from nine genealogical and historical societies.

Lectures at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. will focus on how migration routes and work records can be used in researching family history.

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is located at 801 Amherst St. in Winchester. For more information, call 540-662-1473.

People can swap seeds, plants, roots and cuttings at the Blandy Experimental Farm’s annual seed exchange from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Annuals, perennials, ornamentals, vegetables and other plants not listed as invasive are welcome, and plants native to Virginia are especially encouraged.

Master gardeners will lead demonstrations and answer gardening questions, hourly door prizes will be awarded and a book and magazine swap will also be held.

The fifth annual seed exchange is free and open to the public.

The Blandy Experimental Farm and State Arboretum of Virginia is located at 400 Blandy Farm Lane in Boyce.

For more information, call 540-553-2981.

The Bright Box Theater hosts a night of vaudeville entertainment starting at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The January Heat Vaudeville Revue features music by the Dirty Bourbon River Show and The Judy Chops, and performances from burlesque dancer Deanna Danger and sideshow artist Buster Britches.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

The Bright Box Theater is located at 15 N. Loudoun St. in Winchester. Call 1-800-838-3006 to purchase tickets.

Other events include:

“Middletown” book signing — Middletown Mayor Charles Harbaugh and Councilman Jeff Pennington will sign copies of their book, “Middletown,” at the Wayside Inn. // 7783 Main St., Middletown; Noon-2 p.m. Saturday; Free; 540-869-1797

Drymill Road release party — The Winchester bluegrass band performs at The Blue Fox as a release party for its new album, “Give and Take.” // 1160 Millwood Pike, Winchester; 8 p.m. Saturday; $10; 540-665-2114

World of the Piano — Award-winning pianist Nikolay Khozyainov performs at the Shenandoah Conservatory. // 1460 University Drive, Winchester; 3 p.m. Sunday; $10-$20; 540-665-4569

Soup Saturday — Get cozy at North Mountain Vineyard with a bowl of shrimp and corn chowder and a warm fire. // 4374 Swartz Road, Maurertown; Noon-4 p.m. Saturday; $8; 540-436-9463

The Bumper Jacksons — This six-piece folk band plays jazz and country tunes at the Barns of Rose Hill. // 95 Chalmers Court, Berryville; 8 p.m. Saturday; $15-$20; 540-955-2004

The 24 Hour Project — All types of performances, including music, drama, comedy, dance, poetry, film and performance art, fill a 24-hour block from this evening to Saturday evening at the Court Square Theater. // 41-F Court Square, Harrisonburg; 5 p.m. today to 5 p.m. Saturday; $10; 540-433-9189

Luray Comedy Night — Comedians Robert Mac and Kevin Whelan entertain audiences at the Performing Arts Center of Luray. // 1 E. Main St., Luray; 7:30 p.m. Saturday; $8-$15; 540-743-3311

In the mood for a drive? Here are some road trip ideas:

Gun Show in Fishersville — The Augusta Expo hosts the C&E Gun Show this weekend. // 277 Expo Road, Fishersville; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; $8; 540-943-3976

Souper Bowl in Lexington — Sample soups from various Lexington restaurants, with proceeds benefiting Washington and Lee University’s Backpack Program. // 204 W. Washington St., Lexington; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday; $10-$40 suggested donation; 540-458-4669

Radio Hour in Waynesboro — The Wayne Theatre brings back the magic of the early radio days with this serial-style show. // 601 W. Main St., Waynesboro; 7:30 p.m. today; Pay what you will; 540-943-9999

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rcornell@nvdaily.com