Weekend Events

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

Tours, open house
Two events will be held this weekend in Front Royal.

• The Warren Heritage Society will hold holiday house tours of the Ivy Lodge, Balthis House and Belle Boy Cottage, all decorated by members of the Garden Club of Warren County, at 7 p.m. today starting at 101 Chester St., Front Royal.  Information: 540-636-1446.
• The Warren County Fire & Rescue Department will hold a holiday open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 6363 Howellsville Road, Front Royal. Bring the kids to visit with Santa. There will also be fire station tours to see the trucks and equipment, fire safety displays and popcorn and drinks.

Information: 540-636-3830.

Belle Grove
Belle Grove in Middletown will toast the holiday season with hot toddy cocktails by the fire, appetizers and self-guided tours of the Manor House by candlelight at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Holiday tours are also held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Self-guided tours of the Manor House with candlelight and music are held from 4 to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets range from $6 to $12. Information: 540-869-2028.

Santa’s headquarters
Santa will be at the Godfrey Miller Home on the Old Town Mall from 5 to 7 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 28 S. Loudoun St., Winchester. Information: 540-662-4946.

Shenandoah Conservatory
Shenandoah Conservatory returns for its annual traditional English ceremony of lessons and carols, under the direction of J. Thomas Mitts, at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Braddock Street United Methodist Church at 115 Wolfe St., Winchester. Information: 540-665-4569.

Westminster Canterbury in Winchester will hold a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today to open an exhibit titled “Young at Art” of almost 60 paintings by students of Leah Brumbeck ranging in age from the mid 50s to 100, The exhibit, which continues through Feb. 10, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Information: 540-665-5915.

Two concerts will be held at the Barns of Rose Hill this weekend in Berryville.

• Today: 8 p.m., featuring Dirk Powell and Riley Baugus. Powell has worked with Loretta Lynn, Sting, T-Bone Burnett and Linda Ronstadt. Baugus’ singing is featured on the soundtrack of the Academy Award-winning film “Cold Mountain.” Ticket are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Children 12 and younger admitted free.
• Guitarist Matt Palmer will perform from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday as part of BRH’s Classic Music Series. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door or free for children 12 and younger when accompanied by an adult.

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

Library program
Handley Library in Winchester will be participating in this year’s Holly Jolly Old Town Celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The event will include holiday-themed activities where children can make and take holiday crafts, watch a nostalgic animated holiday program and play a North Pole ring toss. Information: Aimee Gangai at 540-662-9041 ext. 16 or www.handleyregional.org.


Samuels Public Library in Front Royal will present ‘The Nutcracker’ with a twist at 2 p.m. Saturday. Music and choreography by Connect the Dots Youth Dance Ensemble. Information: 540-635-3153.

Museum activities
The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley will offer two holiday concerts this weekend at 901 Amherst St., Winchester.

• Yesterday Swing Orchestra will perform Big Band and holiday music at 1 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
• Pop inspirational singer Jackson Caesar returns for a holiday show at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $10 or free for MSV members and children under 12. Information, tickets: 901 Amherst St., Winchester, 888-556-5799

‘Christmas Carol’
Selah Theatre will present “A Seussariffic Christmas Carol,” based on Charles Dickens’ tale with a Dr. Seuss twist, at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at 30 E. 8th St., Front Royal.
Tickets, information: 540-686-5185 or www.artful.ly/store/events/7654.

Dickens’ classic
Theatre Shenandoah in Edinburg will present Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” a musical version adapted by Warner Crocker and Steve Przybylski, formerly with Middletown’s Wayside Theatre, directed by Lori Staley with a cast of 27 local actors and singers.

Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Additional performances will be held Dec. 18-20 and 26-27.

Admission is $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at the Edinburg Mill, online at www.theatreshenandoah.org or by calling 984-3972.

‘A Tuna Christmas’
Schultz Theatre in New Market will present “A Tuna Christmas” with Tim Reger and Ron Smith at 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. The play is the sequel to “Greater Tuna.”

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Recommended for audiences 10 years and older. Information, tickets: 740-9119.

Clearbrook Park
Clearbrook Park will be decorated like a winter wonderland from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. through Jan. 8.
Admission is $5 for ages 12 and older, $3 for ages 2 to 11 and free for ages 1 and younger. Information: 540-665-5678.

Bright Box
The Bright Box Theater will present two concerts this weekend at 15 N. Loudoun St., Winchester.
• Today: 6:30 p.m., Naughty or Nice-Christmas Cabaret and buffet dinner. Tickets are $49.50.
• Saturday: 8 p.m., A Blue(s) Christmas starring Terry Oates and the Mudcats will perform holiday hits. Tickets are $15.
Information: 540-665-2878, www.brightboxwinchester.com.

Long Branch
Long Branch in Boyce, with the help of local garden clubs, will be decorated as homes would be in the 1920s as part of holiday twilight tours at 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

“A Jazz Age Christmas” will also feature a reading of “T’was the Night Before Christmas.” Hot mulled cider and cookies will be served. Tickets are $10 or free for children under 10. Admission will be half price with a donation of a toy for Toys For Tots. Information: 540-837-1856 or www.visitlongbranch.org.

Arts Council

The Shenandoah Arts Council will hold a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday for the exhibit “Home for the Holiday” featuring handmade goods from over a dozen local artists at 811 S. Loudoun St., Winchester. Information: 540-667-5166.

Old Town
Old Town Winchester will hold a Holly Jolly Old Town celebration from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.
There will be caroling and free holiday wagon rides from 1 to 3 p.m. Information: 540-535-3660 or www.oldtownwinchesterva.com.

Quilt Museum
The Virginia Quilt Museum in Harrisonburg will host a Christmas tea from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The theme will be “‘T’was the Night Before Christmas in Fabric and Fable” by Del and Hal Horan.
Cost is $25 for museum members or $30 for non-members. Information, reservations: 540-433-3818.

Sky Meadows
Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane will hold holiday house tours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tours will depart each hour from the Carriage Barn. Admission is free although parking ranges from $3 to $4.

Waterford tours
The historic village of Waterford will have two days of crafts and home tours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Expore crafts on the three floors of the Old Mill and the Corner Store, meet juried artisans from the Waterford Fair, listen to carolers and have your photo taken with Santa.
Tickets for the homes tour range from $15 to $30.

Forbes Center
A dance and band performance will be held this weekend at James Madison University in Forbes Center.

* The JMU Virginia Repertory Dance Company will perform at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Mainstage Theatre. Tickets are $13-$14.
• JMU Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band will perform at 8 p.m. today in the concert hall. Tickets are $8-$10.

Information: www.jmuforbescenter.com.