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Music and theater will dominate weekend entertainment in the valley, with youth shows in Front Royal and a main stage comedy in New Market, the Front Royal Volunteer Fire Department Fireman's Carnival in Warren County, The Boundless Bazaar in Winchester and Friday night music to kick off a weekend of fun for all ages.
Independence Day events are beginning early this year, starting Thursday with Winchester's Rockin' Independence Eve event, Front Royal's Independence Day celebration and Harrisonburg's Summer Jam at Massanutten Resort. Other area celebrations will be on Friday and Saturday.
Cookie Burgess is used to seeing praying mantises prance about and nearly cover the side of her Maurertown house.
This weekend, tug a truck at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds, hog up at the Frederick County Fairgrounds, escape into a local theater or rock out to Berryville's River and Roots Festival and Winchester's Sundown Indie & Folk Festival.
STRASBURG -- With the opening of two new area doughnut shops this past month, it's clear the doughnut craze has officially hit the Shenandoah Valley.
Beginning in the depths of a Spanish prison and ending on the rooftops of London, the Shenandoah Summer Music Theater plans a show-stopping summer of musicals.
Woodstock author Chastity Harris gave in to the voices 3 1/2 years ago when they became too loud to ignore.
• First Friday -- Special gallery events, musicians playing in restaurants and cafes, and many shops open later. Information: 667-5166.
This Sunday, the Shenandoah County Tourism office will present Gardens, Galleries and Grapes, an all-day countywide event that will stretch from Strasburg south to New Market.
A look at fall foliage on Skyline Drive. Photos by Rich Cooley
The spirits of Wayside Inn were active on Saturday, to the delight of paranormal investigators who met there to learn more about the inn's hauntings as well as a chance to work with Dustin Pari of SyFy's "Ghost Hunters" and "Ghost Hunters International."
Trent Williams likes pandas, playing football, riding his bicycle, and other activities typical for 6-year-old boys. But Trent faces a long road to recovery in his fight against an aggressive form of brain cancer.
For many people, singing at the White House is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Singing there for the third time, then, must mean a charmed existence for a choir of local teens.
Thanks to an array of healthy turkey alternatives, a traditional Thanksgiving feast no longer has to be a famine for people who do not eat meat.
CROSS JUNCTION -- Hundreds of small, square boxes are stacked on shelves in a storage room at Timber Ridge School. More boxes sit on a shelf in Troy Newbraugh's office at the school.
WOODSTOCK -- Cecilaine and Steve Hecker have quite a story or two to tell every holiday season. Their Christmas stories are not what others might expect; they often change from year to year and they are not family stories.
TOMS BROOK - What do Patsy Cline, the Civil War's Battle of Toms Brook and, for that matter, half the residents of the Northern Shenandoah Valley have in common?
MIDDLETOWN -- Thousands of dog lovers -- along with 150 well-trained dogs and 650 sheep -- will descend upon Belle Grove Plantation in the coming week for the National Sheepdog Finals.
FRONT ROYAL -- From bringing in authors and food demonstrations, to simply offering a place to buy new bestsellers in Front Royal, Main Street Book Co. is looking to fill more than one niche on the street from which it takes its name.
STRASBURG -- Anyone who has ever had difficulty finding healthy food that caters to their food allergies is in for a sweet treat.
WINCHESTER -- Early eye care is more important than many parents realize, according to David B. Miller, an optician who recently published his first book, a children's story that stresses the importance of good eyesight.
The tale may take place 150 years ago, but the author is using the latest method to get his book to readers.
WINCHESTER - When Stephanie and Brice Duvall designed their home on Handley Avenue more than five years ago, there were two things Mrs. Duvall says she had to have in it -- a kitchen area that was open to the family room and a large island in the kitchen's center.
WINCHESTER -- What's the secret of comedy? Timing ... and doors. As the cast and crew of Winchester Little Theatre begin their 81st season, they intend for their first play, "Out of Order," to draw laughs from the audience in classic British farce style.
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