Weekend Events

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

Harvest Gathering
Dennis Banks, cofounder of the American Indian Movement, will be the master of ceremonies for the Harvest Gathering today through Sunday at the Clarke County Fairgrounds in Berryville.

The Gathering is a traditional indigenous outdoor harvest dance, partnered with the Virginia Gourd Festival, combining living history exhibitors, conservancy of environment, preservation of history and understanding of Native ways.

Banks founded AIM in 1968 in Minnesota to address racism and police brutality and treaty rights of Native Americans. He is best known for leading the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee by traditional Indians where, 83 years before, U.S. troops had slain a band of Lakota men, women and children. He is the only living leader of the last American Indian vs. U.S. government armed conflict. Today he leads the “Longest Walks” across the nation to raise awareness and reverse diabetes.

Burwell-Morgan Mill
Burwell-Morgan Mill in Millwood will host a paranormal workshop with friends from Ghost Tours of Old Town Winchester from 7:30 to 10 p.m. today.

The event will include a discussion about the life of Gen. Daniel Morgan followed by an as-seen-on TV interactive paranormal experience with the use of paranormal equipment. Wine and refreshments included.

Tickets: $29 for Clarke County Historical Association members or $35 for nonmembers. Information: 540-837-1799, 540-955-2600 or www.burwellmorganmill.org.

Horror Film Festival
The Virginia Independent Horror Film Festival will be held today through Sunday at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Winchester.  The festival will feature nine full-length films, a Homegrown Horror Showcase of independent short films and a midnight screening of a well-known horror feature film.

Tickets range from $5 per screening or $50 for the weekend. Information: 540-313-4060 or www.vahorror.com.

Bright Box Theater
The Bright Box Theater will have two events this weekend at 15 N. Loudoun St., Winchester.
• Today: 8 p.m., Hillbilly Halloween with the Highballers and the Hello Strangers featuring twangy electric guitars and roots rockin Americana. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.
• Saturday: 9 p.m., Night of the Yellow Dubmarine, an original take on the beloved catalog of the boys from Liverpool, and Sono Lumini, a five-piece funk/jazz/jam band from Winchester. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
Information: 540-665-2878, www.brightboxwinchester.com.

‘Frankenstein’
The Schultz Theatre will present “Frankenstein” at 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at 9357 N. Congress St., New Market.

Tickets are $13 for adults and $11 for students and seniors. Information: 740-9119 or www.schultztheatre.com.

Halloween Fun Fest
The Stonewall Jackson High School After-Prom Committee will hold a Halloween Fun Fest from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the school.  Activities include trunk or treat, haunted house, straw ball maze, costume contest, face painting, games and pictures will be taken. Drinks and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Admission is $5. Non-perishable food items will be collected for Luke’s Backpacks and local food pantries.

Heritage Day
The Clarke County Historical Association will sponsor its annual Heritage Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Burwell-Morgan Mill in Millwood.

The event will offer demonstrations on how people in the colonial era did fundamental activities such as food production (milling wheat and corn), woodworking, spinning and cooking. There will also be kids games, a book signing by historian Arthur Pope, apple and pear cider and encampment of Revolutionary War re-enactors from the Second Virginia regiment.

Those attending are encouraged to dress warmly and wear sturdy shoes. Admission is free. Information: 540-837-1799.

“Timbuktu” screening
The Magic Lantern Theater will host two screenings of “Timbuktu,” which portrays a community facing an Islamic fundamentalist invasion.

Screenings will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St., Winchester, and 4 p.m. Nov. 15 at Barns of Rose Hill, 95 Chalmers Court, Berryville.
The movie, rated PG, is in Arabic and Bambara with English subtitles. Admission is $8 or $5 for MSV and BRH members.  Information: 540-678-0963 or www.magiclanterntheater.org.

Long Branch
Long Branch Plantation in Boyce will host special nighttime tours of the 1811 plantation house at 8 p.m. today.

Guests will be taken on a guided tour of the home by candlelight while their tour guide explains how people in the 19th century understood and experienced death. Guides will discuss superstitions, death rituals and how people spoke and wrote about death. Real life stories taken from the Long Branch archives will provide a backdrop for many of the topics.

Attendance is limited. Registration, information: 540-837-1856.

Halloween Hospital Horrors
The Ben Lomond Historic Site in Manassas will have tours of a Civil War hospital from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at 10321 Sudley Manor Drive, Manassas.

Hear spooky stories and tales of ghostly encounters, tour the house and grounds where the dead of First Manassas are rumored to walk the earth to this very day. Apple cider and cookies provided.

Tours leave on the hour with the last tour departing at 9 p.m.  Admission is $10 per person and free for children 6 and younger. Information: 703-367-7872 or www.pwcgov.org/historicpreservation.

Alexandria ghost tours
Follow an 18th century costumed guide by lantern light through the streets of Alexandria’s Old Town historic district starting at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and every Friday and Saturday in November.  Hear ghost stories, legends and folklore, unsolved mysteries, tales of romance and angry ghosts looking for revenge.

Each tour is a one-hour, six-block walk. This weekend’s tour will begin at the Burke & Herbert Bank across from the Ramsay House Visitor Center on the corner of King and Fairfax streets. November tours will begin at the Visitor Center.

Appropriate for ages 9 and older. Admission: adults $13, ages 7-17 free. Military, law enforcement and senior discounts offered.  Information, reservations: 703-519-1749, www.alexcolonialtours.com.

JMU events
James Madison University will have two programs today:
• The Madison Singers and Chorale will perform at 8 p.m. in the Forbes Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $8-$10.
• DanceShare: faculty and students from the dance programs at JMU and Radford University come together to perform. Tickets are $12.
Information: 540-568-7000 or www.jmuforbescenter.com.

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