Weekend Events

The following are some of the area events that will be held this weekend:

Newtown Heritage Festival
The Newtown Heritage Festival will be held this weekend in Stephens City.

The event will kick off today with a free open-air concert by Crosswinds at 6 p.m. and Souled Out at 8 p.m. at the Newtown Commons stage. Saturday starts off with a 5K fun run at 9 a.m. Enjoy museums, crafts, wagon rides, music, food, children’s activities and fireworks.

A dedication of the War Memorial at the old Stephens City School will be held at 11 a.m. A parade will start at 2 p.m. Entertainment includes the Sherando High School Jazz Band performing at 11:30 a.m., the Singing Historian at 1 p.m., Bulls Eye at 3:30 p.m., Happy Feet Cloggers at 5:45 p.m. and The Boxcars at 7 p.m.

Information: Tootie Rinker at 540-247-8038 or the town hall at 540-869-3087.

The Strasburg High School String Ensemble will perform at 7 p.m. today at the Strasburg Christian Church.
The program will include works by Vivaldi and Schubert, song arrangements by the students and an original composition by String Orchestra Director Joel Ross.

Arts showcase
North Fork Middle School will hold a fine arts showcase at 7 p.m. today and Saturday.

The seventh grade theater arts group will present “The Bishop’s Candlesticks: Scenes from Les Miserables” on Friday and the eighth grade musical theater group will present “Disney’s Aladdin Kids” on Saturday. There will also be an art show featuring student art. Tickets, which will be sold at the door, are $5 for adults, $2 for students or free for children under 4.

Irish folk concert
Leo & Anto of the Irish rock band The Saw Doctors will perform at 8 p.m. today at the Bright Box Theater, 15 N. Loudoun St., Winchester. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance or $22 at the door.

Featured at 8 p.m. on Saturday will be alternative rock band Melodime, Paul Pfau, a contestant on season eight of “The Voice,” and JD Eicher & the Goodnights performing pop-rock.

Doors open at 7 p.m. The show is all standing. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door.

Selah Theatre
Selah Theatre Project will close out the 2015 season with Robert Harling’s comedy-drama “Steel Magnolias” today through Sunday at 30 E. Eighth St., Front Royal.

Directed by La Tasha Do’zia-Earley, the play focuses on the camaraderie of six Southern women who talk, gossip, needle and harangue each other through the best of times and comfort and repair one another through the worst.

Performances will be held at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12. Information: 540-686-5185 or http://www.selahtheatreproject.org.


The Woodstock Farmers’ Market has partnered with the Town of Woodstock to offer “Kids ROCS the Market” at 10 a.m. Saturday at Fort Valley Nursery featuring a magic show, children’s crafts and face painting.

Strawberry Festival
Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane will hold a strawberry festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Featured will be hayrides, old-fashioned field games, dancing, music, magic, storytelling, crafts, petting farm, antique car show, bake sale, hikes in the shadow of the Appalachian Trail, face painting, cake walking, corn hole tournament, a monkey and much more.

Admission is $20 per vehicle in advance or $25 at the gate. Information: http://www.delaplanestrawberryfestival.com.

Warren Rifles UDC
The Warren Rifles chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy will lead Front Royal’s Confederate Memorial Day commemoration laying flowers on the graves of over 270 Confederate soldiers at 11 a.m. Saturday at Prospect Hill Cemetery’s Soldiers Circle.

The guest speaker will be Teresa Roane, archivist of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in Richmond.

Arc event
The Arc of Northern Shenandoah Valley, a group that supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, will hold a wine and auction event from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Valerie Hill Winery, 1687 Marlboro Road, Stephens City.

Tickets are $25 each and include a glass of wine, appetizers, live music and an art auction. Information: http://thearcofnsv.net.

Trout rodeo
The Virginia Wheelin’ Sportsmen, a group that provides people with disabilities an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, will sponsor a trout fishing rodeo from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Grace family farm at 259 Graceland Drive, Broadway.

Experienced fly-fishing instructors will be on hand. If handling a fly rod is too difficult, regular lightweight tackle will be available or you may bring your own fishing gear. Participants must catch-and-release, but will be allowed to keep one. Water and soft drinks will be available all day and lunch will be provided.

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Information: Robin Clark, 434-249-6154.

Lafayette Swiger collection
Dennis and Karen Kellison will present a program on the Lafayette Swiger collection from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Kernstown Battlefield.

Swiger, a member of the 14th West Virginia Infantry and ancestor of the Kellisons, was killed at the 2nd Battle of Kernstown. Many of his possessions, including his signed rifle, will be on display.

Information: Gary Crawford at 540-931-4033 or Sue Golden at 202-302-9129.

Music concerts
Listen to music from the 1930s through the 1960s from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Big Meadows Lodge, Mile 51, Skyline Drive, Luray.

Admission is free. Information: 877-847-1919 or www.goshenandoah.com.

Loudoun Street Mile
Loudoun Street Mile, the annual fitness walk and run on the Loudoun Street Mall, will be held on Monday.
There will also be a children’s 100-yard Tot Trot. Prizes awarded. Information: 540-665-8394.

Battle of Winchester
Warren Heritage Society Executive Director Patrick Farris will lead a historical overview and a car caravan tour of the First Battle of Winchester on Monday at the Winchester-Frederick County Convention Camp Visitors Center, 1400 S. Pleasant Valley Road, Winchester.

The historical overview will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. and the tour will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Tickets for the tour are $10 and can be purchased at the event. Information: 540-542-1326 or www.visitwinchesterva.com.