Gardens, Galleries and Grapes: A weekend tour of Shenandoah County

There will be plenty to sip, see and sample during the fourth annual Gardens, Galleries and Grapes tour this Saturday and Sunday.

Sixteen artists, gardeners, vintners and farmers – all members of the Shenandoah County Artisan Trail – are participating in the self-guided tour, which runs from Toms Brook to New Market. Some of the activities are only scheduled for one day of the weekend.

“Each stop is going to be something different that you would not find on a normal weekend there,” said Shenandoah County Tourism public relations and marketing assistant Kary Haun, who is also one of the scheduled stops along the tour. “There’s no cost. You show up like you would at any regular business.”

Previous tours have included more than 20 stops, but this year’s is more manageable, she said.

The tour is the perfect event to mark early spring, according to Haun.

“I kind of like to think of it as the kind of event where you have artisans and people who make and grow food, and everybody kind of comes out of the woodwork after being inside over the winter,” she said.

There are five stops in the Toms Brook area on the Gardens, Galleries and Grapes tour. These include Country Gardens, at 1043 Country Brook Road, where heirloom chicks and homemade chicken coops will be sold, as well as different activities on each day of the tour; Laughing Orange Studio, at 3397 Hillcrest Drive, which will include pottery and fairy garden items; Wolfgang Neudorfer Fine Art, at 3147 Mt Olive Road, which will include turned-wood items, as well as oils, water colors and pen-and-ink paintings; Posey Thisisit Llamas, at 754 Harrisville Road, will have llama shearing, lead rope making and tours ; and Natural Art Garden Center, at 27358 Old Valley Pike, which will have music, treats, beekeeping demos, photography and more.

In Maurertown, North Mountain Vineyards, 4374 Swartz Road, will have tours, and on Saturday, there will be music.

Woodstock features four trail stops: 7 East Gallery, 123 S. Main St., which will have demonstrations of textile weaving and painting; Mowery Orchard, 24247 Senedo Road, a farm stand that will have basket weaving demonstrations on Saturday; Kary Haun Studio, 100 E. North St., an 18th-century log house converted into a studio and gallery that will feature a blacksmithing demonstration; and All Things Virginia at the Farmhouse, 125 N. Main St., which will include clay sculpture demonstrations.

In Edinburg, Apple Gallery Deja Vu, 201 S. Main St., will have door prizes and refreshments; Penelope’s Café, 305 N. Main St., is a gallery with homemade pastries, breads, soups and lunches; Far Ridge Ceramics; 2218 Headquarters Road, has handmade tiles and more; and Swover Creek Farm, 4176 Swover Creek Road, will have sausage, bread, demonstrations of beer grains, local artists and a barefoot horse trimming demonstration.

In Mount Jackson, Third Hill Winery at DeMello Vineyard, 2110 Quicksburg Road, will have music on Saturday.

Finally, in New Market, Chickadees Artist Gallery & The Village Potter, at 9299 N. Congress St., will have pottery wheel demonstrations, cookies and drinks.

For more information, visit http://www.opendoortour.org/2017/04/14/2017gardensgalleriesandgrapes/.

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