Apple Blossom Festival events begin today
The 88th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival kicks off this weekend with carnival rides, a wine festival, an oldies dance and orchard tours and cider tastings.
Powers Great American Midways will open its rides from 5-11 p.m. today, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday. The carnival is located behind Ward Plaza off of Valley Avenue.
Also starting today is the Bloomin’ Wine Fest, which is sponsored by United Bank. The event will be held from 3-10 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in Old Town Winchester.
The Oldies Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance, sponsored by Sunrise Medical Laboratories and presented by Yesterday’s Cruisers, will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Winchester Moose Lodge, 215 E. Cork St., Winchester. Featured performers are Rick K and the Allnighters. Tickets are $25 per person.
Winchester Cider Works, located at 2502 N. Frederick Pike, will offer half-hour guided apple orchard tours and cider tastings afterward from 11:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday for $10 per person.
For more information about festival events and tickets, visit www.thebloom.com
Salvation Army dinner
The Salvation Army will hold its annual dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club in Front Royal.
There will be an awards program, musical entertainment, live auction and trivia contest.
Individual tickets are $50. Information: 540-635-4020.
Harrisonburg Garden Week
Historic Garden Week in Harrisonburg will be held today and Saturday. It will feature older homes filled with antiques, newer ones with bold colors and trendy décor, as well as a boxwood garden.
Tour ticket prices vary by location and range from $15 to $50 per tour. Discounted advance tour tickets may be purchased online or at local outlets. The tour will be held rain or shine.
Information: 540-432-8935 or www.harrisonburgtourism.com.
Luray bike race
A bicycle race in and around Luray and Page County will be held this weekend.
Events start today with twilight street sprints (drag racing for bikes) in Shenandoah, a road race on Saturday and the Luray Caverns Time Trial on Sunday. The weekend will culminate with the Downtown Luray Criterium.
Information: 202-365-0186 or www.bikereg.com/tour-of-page-county.
Magic Lantern Theater
The Magic Lantern Theater will screen the American documentary “Inequality for All” (rated PG) at 7 p.m. today at the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Shenandoah Valley, 6380 Valley Pike, Stephens City.
A discussion and reception will follow. Suggested donation is $5 per person. Information: 540-678-0963 or www.magiclanterntheater.org.
Masterworks Chorus of the Shenandoah Valley will present a concert, “Come On and Hear,” at 7:30 p.m. today at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Strasburg and at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Woodstock United Methodist Church.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $7.50 for children 12-18 and free for children under 12. Information/tickets: 740-3248 or www.masterworkschorus.com.
5K, Kid’s Fun Run
Lord Fairfax Community College in Middletown will host a 5K run/walk and Kid’s Fun Run at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
Entry fee: $25. Awards will be presented to top runners in various age groupings. Information: Stacy at 540-868-7176 or www.lfcc.edu/5k.
Artisan Trail event
Over 20 partners will be participating in Shenandoah County’s Artisan Trail Event celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Meet artisans and tour their art studios, demonstrations, tour farm markets and vineyards, explore local unique lodging.
The cost is free although fees may apply for wine tastings at the vineyards. Information: 459-6227 or 888-367-3965 or www.opendoortour.org.
The Garden Club of Warren County will hold a driving tour of a historic church and three private homes and their gardens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Advance tickets: $25 at Front Royal Visitors Center, 540-635-5788 or online at VAGardenWeek.org.
Art at the Mill
Over 300 artists will display their works at an art show sponsored by the Clarke County Historical Association Saturday through May 10 at the Burwell-Morgan Mill in Berryville.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Information: 540-955-2600.
The Warren Coalition will sponsor Celebrate Kids Day from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Warren County Middle School.
The Hero Medal awards ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the gymnasium. Local community organizations will offer free activities indoors beginning at 11 a.m. Outside activities start at 11 a.m.
Admission is free but bracelets for the games and rides will be sold at the gate for $5 and $10. Information: facebook.com/warrencoalition.
Our Town series
Samuels Public Library in Front Royal will host a series of public information seminars titled “Our Town” from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday.
Guest speakers will be Dr. Glenn Burdick, executive director of St. Luke’s Community Clinic, who will discuss health care issues, and Scott Terndrup, in-person assister for the Affordable Care Act and a member of the Shenandoah Community Health Clinic.
The second seminar is tentatively scheduled for 11 a.m. to noon May 30 to discuss the issue of heroin in our community.
Information: Linda Allen, 540-635-4111.
James Madison University will hold the following concerts in the Concert Hall at Forbes Center:
• The JMU Marimba Orchestra, Brass Band and Madison Singers will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday. They will be joined by faculty guest artist Dr. Andrew Connell. There will also be a special intermission performance in the Grand Lobby by the Steel Drum Band, a Brazilian-style street parade, and popular hits from years past including songs made famous by Chuck Mangione and tunes from “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Tickets are $14-$15.
• The Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8-$10.
• The Concert and University bands will perform at 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8-$10.
The Woodstock Rotary Club will hold a shrimp and catfish dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Woodstock Moose Lodge.
There will also be a silent auction, raffle and 50/50 drawing.
Service projects that will benefit from the dinner include the Edinburg Little League, Coats for Kids project, Christmas baskets, dictionaries for school children and a Woodstock Park project.
Adults: $30, children: $15. Kids also have a choice of chicken nuggets. Tickets available from Rotary members or at the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce office in Woodstock.
The Clarke County Young Farmers will host the Interstate Truck and Tractor Pull from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Berkeley County, West Virginia, Fairgrounds.
Gates open 4 p.m. Cost is $12 or free for children under 12. Proceeds go toward scholarships and local charities. Information: Rick at 540-303-3336, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.clarkecountyyoungfarmers.com.
Dr. Richard McPherson will perform Francis Poulenc’s “Concerto at the Arts Chorale of Winchester” spring concert “From Heaven to Earth” at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Winchester.
The Chorale will perform Ola Gjeilo’s “Sunrise Mass” and in May they will perform at the Washington National Cathedral.
Admission is by donation although $10 per adult is suggested. Information: www.artschoralewinchester.org.
More than 60 beers will be available for tasting at the Rocktown Beer & Music Festival from 2:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday in downtown Harrisonburg.
Admission is $34 in advance. Information: 540-432-8922 or www.rocktownfestival.com.
Over 70 different craft beers will be available to sample at the Gnarly Hops & Barley Fest from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday in downtown Culpeper.
Admission is $25 in advance. Information: 540-825-4416 or www.gnarlyhops.com.
The Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville will host a concert of folk, country and roots rock music by the Glass Brothers, Steve and Mike, singer/songwriters from Eastern Virginia, at 8 p.m. Saturday.
They will be accompanied by Ben Owen on fiddle and mandolin and Matt Boon on stand up bass.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance until 3 p.m. Saturday or $15 at the door. Children 12 and younger are free when accompanied by an adult.
Information: 540-955-2004 or www.barnsofrosehill.org.
Classical Music Series
Corda Nova Baroque will present Continental Confections: Music of 17th Century France and Germany at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville as part of its spring classical music series.
Featured will be Edmond Chan on baroque violin, Amy Domingues on viola da gamba and baroque cello and Anthony Harvey on theorbo/baroque lute.
Doors open at 3:30.Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Student tickets are $8 or $10 [current student ID required]. Children 12 and younger are free when accompanied by an adult.
Information: 540-955-2004 or www.barnsofrosehill.org.