Weekend Events

Garden fest
The Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Association will hold a garden fest from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown.

The Shenandoah County Extension Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer home horticultural questions. Activities include plant sales, garden tool sharpening, hands-on workshops and more.

The Children’s Trail, a series of garden-related activities for children, will be offered at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., however, pre-registration is required at: childrensgardenfest2015@gmail.com. Information: www.nsvmga.org or www.bellegrove.org.

Music series
The Town of New Market will hold a Cross Roads Music Fest with the Martin Brothers and Aspen Run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at Rebel Park. Information: www.newmarketvirginia.com.

Joseph Hott and the Short Mountain Boys with special guest Con Burch will perform inspirational bluegrass music from 7 to 10 p.m. today at the Bowman Shannon Cultural Art Center at 5998 Main St., Mount Jackson.

Information: 477-4131 or www.theartgroup.org.

Wine and Trotter Festival
The Wine and Trotter Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds in Woodstock.
Harness races will be held from noon through 4 p.m. There will also be music, food, crafters and wines from 10 area wineries.

Admission is $20 for wine tastings and races, $10 for the races only and $2 for ages 16 and younger. Information: 459-3867.

First Friday Winchester
Old Town Winchester will play host to artists with special gallery events, musicians playing in restaurants and cafes and many shops staying open later for the First Friday program from 6 to 9 p.m. today on the Old Town Mall. Information: www.oldtownwinchesterva.com.

Gazebo Gatherings
The Blue Ridge Arts Council Gazebo Gatherings concert series will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. today at the Town Commons in Front Royal.
Information: 540-635-9909 or www.blueridgearts.org.

Spring concert
Strasburg High and Signal Knob Middle schools will present a strings concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in the old gymnasium at the high school.

Colt/horse show
The Upperville Colt and Horse Show, which raises funds to benefit the churches of Upperville Outreach and Upperville Volunteer Fire Department among other area charities, will be held today through Sunday at Grafton Farm in Upperville.

Gates open daily at 8 a.m. Tickets are $10 or free for children under 12 when accompanied by an adult. Information: 540-687-5740 or www.upperville.com.

Night Skies
Join amateur astronomers from 9 to 11 p.m. today at Big Meadows (Mile 51) in Luray as they present an overview of America’s vanishing night skies and tips on controlling light pollution.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Telescopes provided for stargazing. Inclement weather cancels the program. Information: 877-847-1919 or 540-843-2100 or www.goshenandoah.com.

Children’s Theatre
The James Madison University Children’s Theatre Playshop Players will perform “Upside-Down Fairy Tales,” a funny take on traditional fairy tales from “The Princess and the Pea,” “Reckless Red,” “Little Gray Wolf” and “The Princess and the Frog.”

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. today, 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Studio Theatre. Tickets are $10 each. Information: 540-568-7000 or

Theatre Shenandoah
Theatre Shenandoah will present the complete works of William Shakespeare (abridged) at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at 107 Center St., Edinburg.

Three actors will perform an irreverent fast-paced romp through Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies and historical epics, portraying both male and female characters.

Tickets, which are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students, can be purchased at the Edinburg Mill, online at www.theatreshenandoah.org or at the theatre box office. Information: 984-3972, leave message.

Blues/rock concert
Tom Principato, with special guest Tommy Lepson, will perform blues-rock music at 8 p.m. today at the Bright Box Theater at 15 N. Loudoun St. on the Winchester Old Town Mall.

Principato was the leader of the band Powerhouse and has since worked with Danny Gatton, Billy Price and the Keystone Rhythm Band.

Tickets are $18. Seating is on a first-come first-served basis. Information: 540-665-2878 or www.brightboxwinchester.com.

Civil War Eagles
“A Gathering of Civil War Eagles” will feature the nation’s most prominent impressionists of Lincoln, Grant, Custer, Davis, Lee, Stuart and many others discussing Lincoln’s assassination and its effect on Southern reconstruction in an interactive first-person educational seminar today through Sunday at the Old Court House Civil War Museum, 20 N. Loudoun St., Winchester.

Information: 540-542-1145 or www.civilwarmuseum.org.

Meditation workshop
A free meditation workshop, Falun Dafa, a traditional meditation practice based on the universal principles of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Samuels Public Library in Front Royal.

Registration is requested by calling 202-630-3416.

Access Independence
Access Independence will hold its annual Roll Your Own fundraising event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Millwood Fire Department bingo hall at 252 Costello Drive, Winchester.

The band Sundown will provide live music and Chris and Rosie with Shenandoah Country Q102 will be there with a live remote. There will be games for children, food and over $1,000 worth of raffle items.

Information: 540-662-4452 ext. 103 or Erin at ext. 107.

Motorcycle ride/fundraiser
The School Dude Riders will hold a motorcycle ride/fundraiser from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday to benefit the special needs playground at NREP at Senseny Road School in Winchester.

The event will begin with registration at 9 a.m. at the Frederick County Public Schools administration building. The ride will start at 10 a.m. going through parts of Shenandoah and Page counties and ending around 1:30 p.m. with a light meal at Shenandoah Park.

A donation of $20 per bike and $5 for each additional rider is requested. Information: Dennis Grove at 540-974-0551, Randy Cornwell at 540-247-6990 or Dave Fanning at 540-974-0547.

Animal wellness clinic
The Humane Society of Warren County will hold a wellness clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Julia Wagner Shelter, 1245 Progress Dr., Front Royal.

Rabies and distemper shots, microchip implantation, flea treatment, deworming, nail clipping and ear cleaning will be offered. Dogs must be on leashes, cats in carriers. Owners who sign up to have their pet spayed or neutered receive $10 off the fee.

Flag Day
The Blue Ridge Young Marines will present flags during the Flag Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Elks Lodge at 4088 Guard Hill Road, Front Royal.

Pig roast
Maurertown Brethren Church will hold a pig roast starting at 4 p.m. Saturday to benefit the Bread of Life Food Pantry. Lion of Judah will provide entertainment from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. There will also be homemade ice cream.

Confederate Memorial Day
The Turner Ashby chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy will hold its annual Confederate Memorial Day service at 2 p.m. Saturday at Stonewall Cemetery located within Mt. Hebron Cemetery, 305 E. Boscawen St., Winchester.

The speaker will be award-winning author John J. Fox. His topic will be “The Gray Line and Their Ladies.” The Tuscarora Brass Band, under the direction of Dana Schoppert, will play period music.

Confederate Memorial Day

Re-enactors from the 13th Virginia Volunteer Infantry will join the Sons of Confederate Veterans Camps 284 and 2249 and the Hampshire County, West Virginia, Historical Society to observe Confederate Memorial Day on Saturday. They will be placing flags and flowers on Confederate graves throughout the county.  A luminary service will be held at 8:30 p.m. tonight at Indian Mound Cemetery in Romney, West Virginia. The re-enactors will march thorugh Romney at 2:30 p.m. Saturday to the Confederate Monument in Indian Mound Cemetery.  A ceremony will follow at 2:45 p.m.

Barns of Rose Hill
The Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville will hold the following events:

The Moto Moto Marimba Band will perform Shona songs from Zimbabwe at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Children 12 and younger are admitted free.

The Clarke County Historical Association will co-sponsor historian Terry Alford, who will discuss his new book “Fortune’s Fool: the Life of John Wilkes Booth,” from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
Information: 540-955-2004

Watershed hike
Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane will hold a Clean the Bay Day and Watershed Hike from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Backcounry Trailhead.
Join a park ranger for a hike along Gap Run. Participants will also collect trash along the way. Participants should wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Information: (540) 592-3556.

Food festival
The Arc of Northern Shenandoah Valley, an organization made up of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, will hold its annual International Food Festival from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at Sona Restaurant, 2900 Valley Ave., Winchester.

Tickets are $25. Children 10 and younger are admitted free. Admission includes a sampling of international cuisine from participating restaurants, as well as international music, children’s activities, photo booth, face painting and more.
Information: visit www.thearcofnsv.net.

Chicken/ham dinner
The Browntown chapter of the Izaak Walton League will hold a barbecue chicken and ham dinner from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Izaak Walton Park, 3364 Gooney Manor Loop, Browntown.

Tickets, which will be sold at the door, are $10, or $5 for ages 5 to 11.

Baby animal shower
The Blue Ridge Wildlife Center, a nonprofit organization that focuses on the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife, will hold a shower for baby wildlife orphans from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Long Branch Plantation, Millwood.

Those attending will be able to meet wild animals up close. There will also be games, a silent auction, raffles and more. Bring a gift for a wildlife orphan such as baby food (sweet potatoes, turkey, banana), birdseed, puppy/kitten dry or canned food, bleach, gift cards or monetary donations.

Information: 540-837-9000. Wish list items may also be found on their website at www.blueridgewildlife.org.

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