Community News & Events: Sept. 19

Brandi Dysart


A card shower will be held for Retha “Fern” Ryman, who will celebrate her 90th birthday Monday. Cards can be sent to 172 Maurertown Mill Road, Maurertown, Virginia 22644.


The Winchester Area Newcomers Club, a social club for women, will meet at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Opequon Presbyterian Church in Kernstown.

The meeting will be held in the memorial sanctuary while the fellowship hall is being renovated. Information: winchesterareanewcomersclub@gmail.com or www.winchesternewcomersclub.org.


Warren County High School classmates of 1958 and 1959 will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Front Royal Cracker Barrel.


Barns of Rose Hill will show the American Conservation Film Festival Audience Choice Award winner “SEED: The Untold Story” from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at 95 Chalmers Court, Berryville.

In addition to the film, the evening will feature a reception from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., screening of three selected trailers from films that will be at the 2017 festival and a question and answer period.

Tickets: $5 in advance, $8 at the door and free for ages 12 and younger. Information: Jennifer Lee at 549-539-6150 or visit www.barnsofrosehill.org.


The Strasburg Chamber of Commerce will host Women In Business, a mid-day marketing luncheon, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the chamber office, 132 W. King St.

The guest speaker will be Jennifer Morrison, executive director of Response Inc. Chamber membership is not required. The cost is $10.

Information, registration: 465-3187 or strasburgcoc@gmail.com.


A member of Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s staff will hold open door community office hours on Thursday to meet with citizens to discuss any problems they might have with the federal government or to hear their views or current issues before Congress at the following locations and times:

• Woodstock: 9:30-11 a.m., Town Hall, 135 N. Main St.

• Strasburg: noon-1 p.m., Town Hall, 174 E. King St.


Shenandoah Valley Golf Club in Front Royal will host “Meet the Candidates” from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Attending will be Delegate Sam Rasoul and Peter Volosin, a candidate for the 6th Congressional District seat in the House of Representatives.

Reservations required by calling Linda Allen at 540-550-0110.


Bowman Library in Stephens City will hold a meeting of the Teen Writer’s Guild from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday for ages 12 to 18.

Teens will be able to hone their skills, share their works and publish in the Bowman Teen newsletter and online. Information: 540-869-9000.

Shenandoah Alliance

Shenandoah Alliance for Shelter will hold its annual meeting at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Mt. Olive United Methodist Church at the corner of Mt. Olive and Back roads, Toms Brook. Information: Sheila at 459-3212.

Food distribution

The Bread of Life Food Pantry in Woodstock will distribute food from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday. Appointments can be arranged by calling 459-1928.


The Winchester Brain Injury Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Brain Injury Services, 150-A Creekside Lane, Winchester.

Information: Kathleen Mancini at 540-650-1969 or TBI@mindspring or Betty Friant at 540-550-1784.


Lea Justice with Vine Ripe Farm will be the guest speaker at the meeting of Womangathering, a networking group for women, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at 213 E. Main St., Front Royal.


The Strasburg Women of the Moose Lodge 1319 will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at 572 Red Bud Road, Strasburg. Meetings are held the first and third Thursday of each month.


The annual Watermelon Park Fest will be held Thursday through Sunday at Watermelon Park, 3322 Lockes Mill Road, Berryville.

Featured performers include the Del McCoury Band, Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives, Seldom Scene and local favorites Furnace Mountain and the Woodshedders. Other activities include a variety of workshops, activities for children and contests.

A four-day pass including camping is $120 or day passes available for $70. Proceeds benefit Friends of the Shenandoah River. Tickets, information: 540-955-1621 or www.watermelonparkfest.com.


The Strasburg Library will hold a preschool story hour from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday. The theme will be about Fall.


Samuels Library in Front Royal will host the following programs:

• Vibe in the Libes: 12:30 p.m., Friday featuring musician Bobby Graves. Those attending should bring a bag lunch.

• Swords & Rockets Book Discussion Group: 2 p.m., Saturday. The novel to be discussed will be “Dragonflight, Dragonquest and the White Dragon” by Anne McCaffrey.

• World of Legos (ages 5-up): 11 a.m., Saturday.

• Chess and More (ages 6-up): 11 a.m., Saturday.


“Celebrating Silver Linings” is the theme for the 25th anniversary of Response’s benefit Wit ‘n’ Waiter Wahoo dinner and auction at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Woodstock Moose Lodge. The organization provides help for people dealing with domestic abuse.

Greg Mercer will serve as master of ceremonies.

Silent auction items include painted furniture by Donna Bean, dance lessons for two from Lee and Peggy Santos, novelty quilts, an overnight stay at Wayside Inn, sports memorabilia and local crafts.

Live auction items include a week’s stay at Feather Cabin on the Russian River near Guerneville, California; a mini-vacation at Skyland Resort or Big Meadows Lodge; dinner for eight prepared by Chef Paje Cross in Woodstock; and hand-crafted painted pie safe made by Kenn Nilsen of Shenandoah Second Wind.

Tickets are $50. Sponsorships are $120 with two tickets, $250 with four tickets, $500 with eight tickets and $1,000 with 12 tickets.  Reservations can be made by calling 459-5599 or visiting www.responseva.org.


The Mountaintop Church at Skyline will host a lasagna dinner and silent auction from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Front Royal Fire Department, 221 N. Commerce Ave.

The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 3-10 and free for children under 2. An alternate meal for children will be chicken nuggets. Proceeds will be used for the upcoming mission trip to Guatemala.

Information: 540-692-4531.


The Round Hill Ruritan Club will hold a community yard sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 164 Poorhouse Road, Winchester.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided by the Ladies of the Rescue Mission. Spaces, which are $10, can be reserved by calling Cyndi at 540-333-2851.


Barns of Rose Hill and the Handley Regional Library will host two free writing workshops led by David Hazard, an author and founder of Ascent, at 95 Chalmers Court, Berryville.

• Saturday: 1-2:30 p.m., Writing a Top-Selling Novel.

• Sept. 30: 1-2:30 p.m., Writing a Top-Selling Memoir.

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


The Virginia Quilt Museum will open the exhibit Celebration of Modern Quilting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 301 S. Main St., Harrisonburg.

An artists’ luncheon will be held from noon to 3 p.m. at Asbury Methodist Church (next door to the museum) followed by a lecture by Violet Craft titled “Design is Everywhere.” The cost is $40.

Reservations required by calling 540-433-3818 or visit www.vaquiltmuseum.org.


The annual New Market craft show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Community Center.

The youth of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church will be selling breakfast and lunch.


The Ira and Rebecca Ryman family will hold a reunion at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Edinburg Park. Those attending are asked to bring a covered dish.


A flapjack fundraiser to support the students of the Blue Ridge Educational Center will be held Saturday at Applebee’s, 45 Riverton Commons, Front Royal. The cost is $10.


Woodstock Mayor Jeremy D. McCleary met with members of the Narrow Passage chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution on Sept. 12 to sign a proclamation on the observance the 230th year of the drafting of the U.S. Constitution for Constitution Week Sept. 17-23.

The DAR initiated the observance in 1955 and it was signed into law a year later by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Scholarship awarded

Brandi Dysart, a paraprofessional at North Fork Middle School, has received a $1,000 scholarship from the Shenandoah County Retired Teacher’s Association.

Dysart is finishing her degree in special education at Old Dominion University. (Courtesy photo by Bob Figgins)


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