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Winter wonderlands

December 19th, 2014

NEW MARKET — Although Joe and Linda Whetzel might not have the same string of cars lining Woods Chapel Road to view their Christmas lights as in previous years, the New Market couple sure haven’t stopped trying.

Rogers to perform at Handley

The Sixth Annual Patsy Cline Classic will feature country music star Kenn Rogers on stage at Handley High School on March 7.

December 18th, 2014

WINCHESTER — Country singer Kenny Rogers has been chosen to headline the sixth annual Patsy Cline Classic.

Bountiful sweet treats

Laureen Unger holds a plate of her gluten-free granola bars inside Laureen's Bakery and Cafe in Edinburg.  Rich Cooley/Daily

December 16th, 2014

EDINBURG — One local treat could change everything you thought you knew about granola bars.

Hoppy holidays

Tim Arndt drinks a barrel-aged kilt  clasher. Courtesy photo

December 16th, 2014

Searching for a beer to match the Christmas cheer?

Book reveals Middletown stories, photos

MIDDLETOWN BOOK

December 10th, 2014

MIDDLETOWN — A new book released next month reveals the history of Middletown, along with a collection of “never before seen” photographs.

Paying it forward

Max Bowen hands back a debit card and receipt at the Stephens City McDonald's. Bowen, who has been with the company off and on for the past 34 years, said she has seen many customers "pay it forward" -- buying breakfast for motorists in the car behind them at the drive through. Photo by Henry Culvyhouse

December 9th, 2014

STEPHENS CITY — Before the daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. grind commences, many people will stop by their local McDonald’s for a quick cup of coffee, a hash brown and a bacon, egg and cheese biscuit. Creeping along a drive-through line snaking around the brick golden arches, they give their order through a call box and then cruise around to the first window.

Seasonal pastry delights

Rachel Boyer, 30,  pastry chef at Woodstock Cafe and Shoppes, adds red icing to a cookie to make a peppermint design. Rich Cooley/Daily

December 9th, 2014

WOODSTOCK — If you’ve ever eaten any of the delicious desserts at the Woodstock Cafe and Shoppes, chances are they were the handiwork of Rachel Boyer.

Churches team up to perform Christmas musical

December 4th, 2014

In coordination with the Columbia Furnace Church of the Brethren in Edinburg and Greater Joy Baptist Church in Front Royal, the Riverton United Methodist Church hosts the musical, “The Heart of Christmas,” at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

A holiday tradition

Steve Rhoades strolls through a line of White Spruce trees on the left and Norway Spruce trees on the right  as he walks through the maze of Christmas trees on his cut your own Christmas tree operation at  Mountain View Farm in Edinburg.  Rich Cooley/Daily

November 30th, 2014

December is Virginia Christmas Tree month, according Gov. Terry McAuliffe. For local Christmas tree farmers in the Shenandoah Valley, 2014 is another year to provide a popular holiday tradition.

Festivals welcome holidays

November 27th, 2014

Towns herald the approach of the winter holidays with a full slate of celebrations, parades and tree lighting ceremonies.

Brews, bonfire fill turkey weekend

November 27th, 2014

Whether it’s patronizing local stores for Small Business Saturday or a friendly game of touch football out on the front lawn, the weekend offers a turducken-sized variety of events and activities to shake off the post-tryptophan malaise.

‘Family Ties’ actor to visit Drafthouse

Marc Price, the actor who played "Skippy" on the 1980s television hit comedy show "Family Ties," will appear at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on Dec. 4 in Winchester.   Courtesy photo

November 27th, 2014

Actor and comedian Marc Price, best known as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman from the ’80s sitcom, “Family Ties,” is headlining a live comedy show at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema next week.

Tour to highlight artist studios

November 27th, 2014

Three ceramics artists are opening their studios to the public for the Shenandoah County Artisan Trail’s holiday studio tour next weekend.

Wayside hosts gingerbread house competition

November 23rd, 2014

The Middletown Garden Club invites gingerbread house builders to submit their creations in an inaugural competition held at the Wayside Inn next month.