Weekend Events

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

Festival of Leaves
The Warren Heritage Society will hold its annual Festival of Leaves from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday on Chester and Main streets in Front Royal.

Featured will be food vendors, crafters, artists, local organizations, entertainment on two stages, parade at 10 a.m., historical and living history demonstrations and a children’s corner at the E. Wilson Morrison Elementary parking area. The Shenandoah Leaf Peeper half marathon and 10K run will be held starting at 7:30 a.m. at Skyline High School. Apple butter will be prepared and sold onsite at the Heritage Square.

Open houses will be held at the Ivy Lodge Museum, Belle Boyd Cottage, Balthis House and the Warren Rifles Confederate Museum.

Music & Harvest Festival
Mount Jackson’s Music & Harvest Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday.
Featured will be crafters, children’s activities, apple butter making, wine tasting, petting zoo, trolley rides and antique and peddle tractors. Performing will be the Rinard Family, Chad See, Timber Ridge Boys, Brian Buchanan and Pam Napier-Uhl.

On Sunday the 10th annual car show will be held at the Food Lion Shopping Center benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network. Information: 477-3275.

‘The Miracle Worker’
The true story of Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan, is brought to life in Theatre Shenandoah’s new production of “The Miracle Worker” by William Gibson at 107 Center St., Edinburg.

Performances will be held 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Additional performances will be held Oct. 16-18.

Admission: $15 or $12 for seniors and students. Tickets: available at the Edinburg Mill, the box office or online at www.theatreshenendoah.org. Information: 984-3972.

Bright Box Theater
Two bands will perform this weekend at the Bright Box Theater, 15 N. Loudoun St., Winchester.
• Today: 8-11 p.m., The Fox Hunt old-time country, bluegrass, string band with punk influences. Tickets: $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
• Saturday: 8-10:30 p.m., Grammy-winning band Reckless Kelly and Southern rock band The WeatherVanes. Tickets: $18 in advance or $22 at the door.
Information: 540-665-2878, www.brightboxwinchester.com.

Strasburg Museum
Members of the Shenandoah Valley Decorative Painters will display their artwork during October at the Strasburg Museum. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A small admission fee is charged.

Boo at the Zoo
The Arc of Northern Shenandoah Valley will hold its inaugural Boo at the Zoo event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Wilson’s Wild Animal Park, 985 W. Parkins Mill Road, Winchester.

Admission: $12, or free for children 2 and younger. Ticket price includes zoo admission, popcorn, face painting, story time, raffles, games, hay maze, wagon ride, take home pumpkin and crafts.

Information: Niki at 540-665-0461. Rain date: Oct. 17. Proceeds benefit the group’s programs and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Discovery Museum
The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum will hold the following programs this weekend at 19 W. Cork St., Winchester.
• Saturday: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Visiting Artists Series, drawing with Lia Mendez. Admission: $8 for members or $10 for nonmembers.
• Sunday: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., First Find Scavenger Hunt. Free admission.
Information: 540-722-2020.

‘Beauty and the Beast’
The Virginia Youth Ballet, a nonprofit local dance company, will perform “Beauty and the Beast” at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Vostrikov’s Academy of Ballet in Winchester (across from the Discovery Museum). Tickets: $7 per person. Information/tickets: 540-665-0343.

Barbecue and Bluegrass
The Fort Collier Civil War Center will host a “Barbecue and Bluegrass” fundraiser to benefit the restoration of the historic Millband House from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at 922 Martinsburg Pike, Winchester.

Music will be by The Beauregards and Circa Blue. Cost: $20 for adults or $10 for children 12 and younger. Tickets: 540-323-0221 or www.fortcollier.com.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Northern Shenandoah Valley, will hold a walk-a-thon at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. at the Smith Library at Shenandoah University. There is no registration fee. Information: 540-533-1832 or naminsv@live.com.

Fall Farm Days
Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane will celebrate Fall Farm Days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The theme is “Life on the Farm” celebrating corn.

Those attending can wander through a corn maze, try grinding corn, taste cornbread cooked over the hearth and make a corn husk doll. There will also be farm animals, beekeepers and more. Information: 540-592-3556 or skymeadows@dcr.virginia.gov.

Arbor Fest
The state Arboretum at Blandy Farm in Boyce will hold its Arbor Fest fall festival and plant sale from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

There will be guided arboretum tours, hayrides, scarecrow making, pumpkin crafts and games, pet the alpacas, plastic pot recycling, fall bulb sale and tree climbing demo.

Linda Lay & Springfield Exit will perform from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in the Amphitheater.

Admission: $10 per car. Information: 540-837-1758.

Home & Design Expo
The Inside & Out Home and Design Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on the Old Town Winchester Mall.

Exhibitors will showcase the latest in home design ideas and there will be demonstrations and informative workshops. Admission: free. Information: 540-409-5252.


Eisenhower Dance
Eisenhower Dance, Detroit’s premier contemporary dance company, returns to the Forbes Center at James Madison University in Harrisonburg at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to perform a collection of repertory by nationally known guest choreographers at the Mainstage Theatre.

This year’s New Dance Festival also features JMU’s award-winning dance faculty members Ryan Corriston, Suzanne Miller-Corso, Shane O’Hara and Kate Trammell. Tickets: $16-$18. Information: 540-568-7000 or order online at www.jmuforbescenter.com.