Weekend Events

Mary DeMott, of Gore, stands in front of a quilt that will be raffled off at the Northern Shenandoah Valley Quilt Show that opens this weekend at the Clarke County Parks and Recreation building, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville. Courtesy photo

The following events are scheduled this weekend:

Pifer exhibit
Long Branch Plantation in Millwood will exhibit the works of local artist Doug Pifer from April through August.

A preview event will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today.

Over the last 30 years, Pifer’s illustrations have been featured in numerous books, with pieces currently residing at Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh and the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art in Millersburg, Pennsylvania.

In addition to preview night, Pifer’s pieces will be available to view on the weekends when Long Branch opens for the season on Memorial Day. Viewings are available other times by appointment. Information: 540-837-1856 or www.visitlongbranch.org.

JMU concerts
The James Madison University Brass Band will share the stage with the Massanutten Youth Band for a concert at 8 p.m. today in the Concert Hall at Forbes Center. Tickets are $8-$10.
The JMU Symphony Orchestra will accompany the winners of the School of Music concerto competition in concert at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Concert Hall at Forbes Center. The JMU Chorale will also perform composer Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria.” Tickets are $14-$15.
Information: www.jmuforbescenter.com.

Choral concert

The 27-member Blue Ridge Singers choir, which is based in Front Royal, will give three performances of “An American Choral Cross Section: American Choral Works from the 1800s Through Present Day.”

Concerts are at 7:30 p.m. today at Front Royal Presbyterian Church, at 4 p.m. Sunday at Opequon Presbyterian Church, 217 Opequon Church Lane, Winchester, and a 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at All Saints Catholic Church in Manassas.

American spirituals, folk songs and choral music will be performed under Artistic Director and Conductor Dr. Jeffrey Alban, who will be accompanied by Dan Miller.

Alban is music director and organist at Saint John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Front Royal and adjunct professor of music at Christendom College.

Miller is pianist for Shenandoah University’s Conservatory Choir, coach/accompanist for the Washington National Opera Institute and organist and choirmaster at St. David’s Episcopal Church, Ashburn.

Admission to the concerts is free, although a suggested donation of $10 is requested.

Quilt show
Over 200 quilts made by local quilters will be featured at the Northern Shenandoah Valley Quilt Show that opens this weekend at the Clarke County Parks and Recreation building, 225 Al Smith Circle, Berryville. This year’s theme is Batiks.

Today and Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. A $5 donation is requested at the door.

The featured quilter this year is Mary DeMott, of Gore, who specializes in batik fabric quilts. Several of her quilts will be highlighted at the show.

Each day offers free demonstrations, a silent auction, vendors, free door prizes, several raffle quilts and a boutique of handmade items. Over 40 door prizes will be given away. Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire and Rescue will sell food.

The show is sponsored by the Apple Valley Needle Threaders, Shenandoah Piecemakers and Skyline Quilters of Strasburg. Information: www.nsvquiltshow.com.

Arbor Day
The Edith Johnson Carrier Arboretum at James Madison University will celebrate Arbor Day with a tree and native plant sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and Saturday at the Frances Plecker Education Center parking lot.

Information: 540-568-3194 or www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

Schultz Theatre
Schultz Theatre will perform the comedy “An Unspeakable Triumph of Supreme Brilliance” at 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at 9357 N. Congress St., New Market. Tickets, which are $13 for adults and $11 for seniors/students, are available at the door or online at www.schultztheatre.com. Information: 740-9199.

Middleburg races
Middleburg spring races, featuring the nation’s top steeplechase horses, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Glenwood Park, Middleburg.

Included will be face painting, best tailgate competition and best hat competition.

General admission: $30 on race day. Tent reservations and discounted advance tickets are available. Gates open at 11 a.m. Parking and advance seating: 540-687-6545 or www.middleburgspringraces.com.

The Strasburg American Legion will hold a silent auction and dance to benefit Donna Williams on Saturday.

The silent auction and bake sale will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. and the dance with DJ Chilly Willy will be held from 7 to 10 p.m.

Admission is $5. Information/auction donations: Justina Davis at 335-0553 or Val Spiker at 335-5474.

LFCC variety show
Lord Fairfax Community College will hold its annual spring variety show with performances at 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday and 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday in McCoy Theatre at the Middletown campus.

The show includes music, dance and skits by performers of all ages. Russell Rinker of Blue Man Group is musical director and Barry Lee from WINC Radio will serve as emcee.

Tickets are $2 each, and include a pre-performance event with free ice cream, a cake and candy walk, face painting, live music and food for sale in the Corron Community Development Building.

To reserve tickets call 540-868-7216 or visit lfcc.edu/springshow.

Scholarship tea
Liz’s Tea, a fundraiser for the Liz Kleese Scholarship Fund, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Strasburg. Silent auction and door prizes. Tickets: $12 at the door.

Literacy Day
Family Literacy Day will be celebrated from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Douglas Learning Center, 598 N. Kent St., Winchester.

Activities will include story sharing from the giant chair, table displays from area agencies, as well as appearances from youth agencies such as Head Start, Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Literacy Volunteers and others.

Information: Donna Hughes, 540-869-9000, ext. 215 or dhughes@handley regional.org.

Garden party
The Fauquier Historical Society will hold a cocktail and garden party from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Fauquier History Museum, 10 Ashby St., Warrenton.

The Fauquier County Master Gardeners will be available to talk about their organization and a winery will provide wine tastings.

Information: 540-347-5525.

Literacy Day
Bowman Library in Stephens City will celebrate Family Literacy Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Area authors will greet visitors and the morning story-time program will feature puppets, MakerSpace books, bookmarks and family word games.

Information: Donna Hughes, 540-896-9000, ext. 215 or dhughes@handleyregional.org.

More than 80 community health and wellness agencies will participate in the Community Safety & Wellness Expo sponsored by Warren Memorial Hospital from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Warren County High School.

Included will be a variety of free screenings for adults as well as a number of activities for children, including the Teddy Bear Clinic where children can bring in their favorite furry friend for a check up or receive a new stuffed animal (while supplies last). Information: 540-636-0325 or www.valleyhealthlink.com/wellnessexpo.

Children’s fair
The Family Youth Initiative will host a children’s resource fair from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at W.W. Robinson Elementary School in Woodstock.

The fair is geared toward families with children from infants to fifth grade. Area nonprofit organizations will be on hand and child care centers will share activities for parents to build stronger family relationships. Information: www.shencofyi.com.

Library anniversary
Clarke County Library in Berryville will celebrate its 30th anniversary from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Featured will be book signings by local authors, refreshments, balloons and books for children. Information: 540-955-5144 or lkennedy@handleyregional.org.

Rock festival
Fourteen groups will perform at the Rockin the Valley rock festival from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds in Woodstock.

Featured will be Ten Years, Puddle of Mudd, Saving Abel, Stuck Mojo, Blood Stained Revolution, Tantric, Another Lost Year, Elisium, Kaleido, Bellusira, Failure Anthem, New Day Dawn, Saturate and Dead Horse Trauma.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the gate. Information: 459-3867 or www.shencofair.com.

Garden Week
Alexandria’s historic garden week tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Old Town.

The tour will offer a peek behind the brick walls into some of the most handsome residences in the historic district with flower arrangements created by members of the Garden Club of Alexandria and Hunting Creek Garden Club.

Full ticket price includes admission to five private homes and gardens, one private garden, refreshments at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and nearby historical public properties, the Carlyle House Historic Park, Lee-Fendall House Museum and Garden, George Mason’s Gunston Hall and George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate and gardens.

Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 on Saturday and $25 for single-site. Information: 703-838-5005 or www.vagardenweek.org.

Free Park Days
Virginia National Parks will have free admission Saturday and Sunday. Included will be Appomattox Court House National Historical Park, Assateague Island National Seashore, Colonial National Historical Park, George Washington Memorial Parkway’s Great Falls Park, Manassas National Battlefield Park, Petersburg National Battlefield, Prince William Forest Park and Shenandoah National Park.

The fee waiver includes entrance, commercial tour and transportation entrance fees. Information: 540-999-3500.

Leesburg Festival
Over 150 vendors, children’s entertainment and crafts will be featured at the Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in downtown Leesburg.

Admission is $3 per person or free for children under 6. Information: 703-777-1368 or www.visitloudoun.org.

Redbud Festival
Browntown will hold its Redbud Festival on Saturday.

The community center will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for family activities including an auction, the annual Gooney Creek duck race, live music, herb and plant sale, photography contest and food vendors.

Admission is free. Information: 540-635-3736.

4-H Community Day
The Northern Virginia 4-H Center in Front Royal will hold a free community day starting at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Featured will be a 4-K run/walk, 4-mile run/walk, relay event, picnic lunch at noon, zip line, climbing wall, tie dye (bring a white pillowcase), Gau-Gau tournament, face painting, moon bounce and wagon rides.

Information: 540-635-7171 or www.nova4h.com.

The Kernstown United Methodist Church Symphonic Winds will perform its spring concert at 7 p.m. Sunday at 3239 Valley Pike, Winchester. There will be a free will offering to benefit C-CAP. Information: 540-667-7298 or www.kernstownumc.org.

Jazz concert
The Bridgewater College Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Christine Carrillo, assistant professor of music and director of instrumental music, will give a free performance at 3 p.m. Sunday in Cole Hall.

The program features works by jazz legends Chick Corea, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Thelonious Monk and Lee Morgan.

Featured soloists are graduating seniors Taylor Cox on tenor saxophone, Miranda L. Fitzgerald on baritone saxophone and Will Gaulden on guitar. Other soloists include Philip Meador on alto saxophone, Zachary Squires on trumpet, Phillip Stone on trombone, Matthew Wampler on piano, Jonathon Wilson on drums and John D. Zook on trumpet.

Scout camporee
More than 1,600 Scouts and adult volunteers from across the National Capital Area Council and beyond are expected to participate in a special spring camporee Friday through Sunday in New Market.

The event will feature a re-enactment of the Battle of New Market and commemorate the opening of the Shenandoah Valley Campaign in May 1864.  Scouts will visit the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, walk the battlefield, visit the Bushong farm, participate in a “grand review” in which each Boy Scout unit will be announced and parade in front of a reviewing stand and re-enact the battle. Rehearsals for the grand review and battlefield re-enactment will take place on Saturday with actual events, open to the public, scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday.