Weekend Events

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

Battle of Cedar Creek
Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown will commemorate the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek on Saturday and Sunday.

Spectator tickets for the reenactment include all living history activities and tours of the Manor House. Tickets are $12 each day for adults or $6 each day for seniors, retired and active military with identification and students 7 to 17. Children 6 and younger are admitted free. Information, tickets: 540-869-2028 or www.ccbf.us.

Bright Box
Bright Box Theater will hold the following activities this weekend at 15 N. Loudoun St., Winchester:
• Today: 3 p.m., Four State Slasher Con, a horror convention with a rock festival twist, celebrity signings, vendors, burlesque performances, charity auction, sideshow entertainment, live music from horror-themed bands and film screenings. Tickets range from $20 to $65.
• Saturday: noon, Four State Slasher Con.
• Sunday: 6:30 p.m. “Small Medium At Large” murder mystery dinner theater. Tickets are $48 which includes dinner and show.

Information: 540-665-2878, www.brightboxwinchester.com.

OctoBeer Fest
The third annual OctoBeer Fest will be held today and Saturday along Old Town Winchester’s walking mall on Shenandoah University’s Feltner parking lot at the corner of Loudoun and Boscawen streets and the front lawn of the Old Court House Civil War Museum. Activities include:
• Today: live music by a Bavarian polka band and the Park High German Band the Taylor Pavilion and along the pedestrian mall. Yamni Arts will perform a LED light show with hoola hoops and juggling at 7:30 p.m.
• Saturday: The Park High German Band will perform, a D.C. dance troupe will perform authentic Bavarian dance with an Alpine horn and accordionists, the Wonderment Puppet Theater will offer two performances at 1:30 and 4 p.m. at the Taylor Pavilion, performance by Irish dancers and the FLASH MOB by Rhythm Studio. A costume contest will begin at 4:15 p.m. with the winner awarded an overnight stay at the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

General admission tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the gate. A special tasting package is $10, which includes admission, four tastings and a commemorative glass. Extra tasting tickets are available onsite for $5 per three tastings. Big Brothers Big Sisters will be selling most wines and beers by the glass for $5.

Tickets can be ordered online at www.oldtownwinchesterva.com
or sold at Espresso Bar & Café, Old Town General Store, Total Image and Workingman’s Store and Tri-State Nissan.

Family Fun Fest
The Shenandoah Valley Coalition for Christ will hold a family fun fest for Christ from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Central High School in Woodstock.

The event includes a benefit car show and spirit ride from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Halloween sweet treat lane for treating from 3 to 4 p.m. (costumes encouraged), blood drive, door prizes, food and entertainment. Nonperishable food items will be collected for the Restore Hope House food pantry. Food will also be available for purchase to benefit Boy Scouts.

Admission is free.

The Front Royal Volunteer Fire Department will hold a fundraising dance featuring the band Cazhmiere from 9 p.m. to midnight on Saturday.

The cost is $15 per person. Doors open at 8 a.m. Those attending must be 21 to enter and present valid identification. Information: 540-635-2540, weekdays 9 a.m.-noon.

Taste of Shenandoah
The Shenandoah Forum, a group that works to promote adherence to the Shenandoah County Comprehensive Plan, will host Taste of Shenandoah, a farm-to-table food and wine event, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Cave Ridge Vineyards in Mount Jackson.

Randy Black and Pat will provide music. The cost is $25. Information: 477-2585 or www.shenandoahforum.org.

Discovery Museum
The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum will host “Stories ALIVE!” featuring readings by area storytellers from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at 19 W. Cork St., Winchester.
Admission is $8 for museum members or $10 for nonmembers. Information: 540-722-2020.

Sky Meadows
Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane will hold its Fall Farm Days event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Enjoy festive food, live music, pick-your-own pumpkins, a corn maze, historical tours, blacksmith demonstrations and a children’s play area.

Visitors will also learn about forests, fields, watersheds, plants and animals of Northern Virginia. Park rangers will be joined by experts from several conservation organizations to present guided hikes, wildlife presentations and hands-on informational activities.

The event is free although parking is $4. Information: 540-592-3556 or skymeadows@dcr.virginia.gov.

Barns of Rose Hill
The Barns of Rose Hill will hold several events this weekend at 95 Chalmers Court, Berryville.
• 1 p.m. opening of an art exhibit exploring facets of the Native American Three Sisters (maize/corn, pole beans and winter squash/gourds). Exhibit runs through Nov. 21. Admission is free.
• 2 p.m., documentary film “It’s a Good Day to Die” and presentation by Native American Leader Dennis Banks. Tickets are $25 in advance or $35 at the door. Children 12 and younger admitted free.
• 7 p.m., authentic Native American harvest meal.
• 8 p.m., Dark Water Rising concert. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Children 12 and younger admitted free.
• 2 p.m., Brian Peters and Jeff Davis present a special multimedia show and concert featuring a collection of songs and music made by Cecil Sharp and Maud Karpeles in the Southern Appalachians over three summers in 1916, 1917 and 1918. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Children under 12 admitted free.

Information: 540-955-2004 or www.barnsofrosehill.org.

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley will continue its exhibit of Cut! Costume and the Cinema exhibit from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday and children 4 and older can design a mask for their own costume at 901 Amherst St., Winchester.
Admission is $3 for museum members or $5 for nonmembers. Information: 540-662-1473 or themsv.org.

The annual Shenandoah Autumnfest will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds in Woodstock.

Featured will be two bluegrass bands, 40 barbecue competitors, arts and crafts, log splitting competition, food vendors, beers and local wineries.

Tickets are $7 for general admission and $12 for wine tastings. Information: www.shenandoahcountychamber.com/autumnfest.

Zombie 5K
A Zombie 5K race will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday starting at  Clear Brook Park. Afterward, the movie “Monster House” will be shown. Information: 540-665-5678.

Selah Theater 
Selah Theater Project will present “All I Really Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten,” based on Robert Fulghum’s best-selling books, at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at 30 E. 8th St., Front Royal.

Tickets are $12 for adults or $10 for students. Information: 540-686-5185.

‘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.

The last weekend of performances will be held 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is $15 or $12 for seniors and students. Tickets are available at the Edinburg Mill, the box office or online at www.theatreshenendoah.org. Information: 984-3972.

Aldie festival
Aldie will hold its annual festival from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Awarded Visit Loudoun’s 2010 Best Event, the festival celebrates the area’s rural heritage and provides local and nonprofit organizations an opportunity to showcase their work.

Vendor tents will line the village from one end to the other along U.S. Route 50 with vintage treasures, special antiques, food, jewelry, arts and crafts. Visitors can also visit the historic Aldie Mill and see the waterwheels grind corn. The famous Aldie Duck Race winds up the day at 4 p.m.

Information: 703-389-1485 or www.villageofaldie.com.

Harvest festival
The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum & Botanical Gardens at James Madison University will hold a children’s harvest festival on Saturday at 780 University Blvd., Harrisonburg.

There will be dance exhibitions and lessons, crafts, singers, musical instrument performances and demonstrations, Gus Bus story time, trail tours, snacks and seed collecting trail activity. Free horse-drawn wagon rides are available for the whole family with a ticket purchase of $2.

Information: 540-568-3194 or www.jmu.edu/arboretum.

Art at the Mill
Burwell-Morgan Mill in Millwood will hold its Art at the Mill art show Saturday and Sunday.

Around 300 artists display over 1,000 pieces of art of all descriptions and media including paintings, sculptures, fine woodworking and pottery. Information: 540-837-1799 or www.burwellmorganmill.org.

Waterford festival
Waterford will hold a crafts and art festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Explore three floors of locally made crafts in the Old Mill, wildcrafting items and dried flowers at the Bond Street Barn, special pieces by juried artisans at the Corner Store, art at the Art Mart in the Schooley Mill Barn and see winners of the annual art and photography exhibit. Food will be sold.

Admission is charged. Information: 540-882-3018.

Oatlands festival
Celebrate autumn at Oatlands Historic House and Gardens in Leesburg from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Featured will be music by the Shenandoah Travelers, food, theatre by Theater Palooza, bake sale, antiques, hayrides, crafts and games. Beer, wine and hard cider will be available to purchase.

Admission is $20 per family or $10 for individual tickets. Information: 703-777-3174 or www.oatlands.org.

Book signing
Jess Wysopal, a teacher at Clarke County High School, will be at the Winchester Book Gallery from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday to sign copies of her recently published book “Green Girl” under the pseudonym Sara Mariam TaGalbi.

Swing dance
Stephanie Nakasian and the Hod O’Brien Trio will perform swing music at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Theatre at Washington, 291 Gay St., Washington, Virginia.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students under 18. Reservations, information: 540-675-1253, info@TheatreWashingtonVA.com or www.theatre-washington-va.com.