This Weekend – for Oct. 27

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

Walking tours

The Strasburg Heritage Association will sponsor ghost/graveyard walking tours from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 28 starting at Hotel Strasburg.

Tours leave every 15 minutes and the last tour leaves at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets, which are available at the hotel, are $3 in advance or $5 on Oct. 28 and free for ages 13 and younger.

A special bus tour for those with disabilities will be held at 3 p.m. Oct. 28 starting at the BB&T parking lot. Registration is required by Saturday for the bus tour by calling 540-325-4397. Information: www.strasburgvaheritage.org.

Ghost Walk

The first Stephens City “Ghost Walk” will be held Oct. 27 and 28 starting at Trinity Lutheran Church, 819 Fairfax St., Stephens City. Walks will be held at 8 p.m. Oct. 27 and 8 and 10 p.m. Oct. 28.

Costumed guides will lead walkers on a 40-minute “visit” with many of the town’s original residents and conclude with refreshments in the parking lot of Jones Funeral Home.

Admission is $5 per person at the door. Not suitable for children under 7. Proceeds benefit Just4Kidz, an after-school child-care program sponsored jointly by Trinity Lutheran, Stephens City Mennonite and Stephens City United Methodist churches. Information: 540-869-4019.

Lantern tours

The Virginia Museum of the Civil War will host the Spirits of New Market Lantern Tours from 7 to 8:45 p.m. Saturday.

Tours leave every 15 minutes. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6 to 17 and free for children 5 and under. Tickets can be purchased Saturday at the Museum.

Information: 866-515-1864 or www.vmi.edu/newmarket.

Old Town

Old Town Winchester will celebrate Halloween Saturday with two activities:

• A Halloween Spooktacular will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: 540-535-3660.

• An expert guide will lead haunted history ghost tours at 6 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 540-542-1326.


The Mount Jackson Apple Harvest Festival will be held today and Saturday downtown.

• Today: 7-8:30 p.m., Amanda Wilkins, Doc Shelton and Bill Vaughan will perform.

• Saturday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., art and craft vendors, food vendors, bouncy houses, face painting and apple butter. The Fly Birds will perform from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and Bud’s Collective will perform from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the Joseph A. Williams Memorial Gazebo. The Rock Bottom Band will perform from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Beer Garden.

The annual Mayor-a-Thon 5K walk/run will begin at 8:30 a.m. Registration is $20. Proceeds benefit Shen-Paco Industries. Information: Heather at 477-2121 or email townclerk@mountjackson.com.


Theatre Shenandoah will present Agatha Christie’s mystery, “The Mousetrap” at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at 107 Center St., Edinburg.

Tickets, which are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and students, may be purchased at the Edinburg Mill, online at www.theatreshenandoah.org or by calling 984-3972 and leaving a message.


Performing Arts Luray will host performances of the comedy “Nana’s Naughty Knickers” at 7:30 p.m. today, 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at 1 E. Main St., Luray.

Tickets range from $13 to $38. Information, tickets: 540-743-3311 or www.performingartsluray.org.


Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester will host its annual Bach-Handel Festival this weekend featuring the following concerts:

• Today: 7:30 p.m., “Music from the Reformation” featuring the Conservatory Choir at Grace Evangelical Church.

• Saturday: 7:30 p.m., “Totally Teleman” featuring early music collective Mountainside Baroque at Christ Episcopal Church.

• Sunday: 3 p.m., “Abendmusiken” featuring student winners of the 2017 Bach-Handel Festival competition and Shenandoah Conservatory faculty in Goodson Chapel Recital Hall.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for senior citizens and $5 for non-Shenandoah University students. Information: 540-665-4569 or boxoffice@su.edu.

Rouss Center

Rouss Center for the Arts will present “Family Ties and Little White Lies” today through Sunday and Nov. 3-5 at 9357 N. Congress St., New Market.

Information: 540-705-0313 or email rouss.center@gmail.com.

Arts Council

Arts Council of the Valley will host a performance by Special Consensus Bluegrass Band from 8 to 10 p.m. today at Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg.

Tickets are $13 in advance and $16 at the door. Information: 540-801-8779, 540-433-9189 or visit www.valleyarts.org.


The Fort Valley Museum will celebrate Christmas in October from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at 8361 Fort Valley Road at the intersection with Dry Run Road.

Featured will be the Museum’s annual historic series of pewter ornaments featuring the “Old Oak Tree” and copies of the book “Welcome to Fort Valley.” There will also be unique gifts to buy, a cider press demonstration and local craft vendors. The museum’s exhibit of World Wars I and II will be open.

Information: 933-6332 or visit www.fortvalleymuseum.org.

Barns of Rose Hill

The Barns of Rose Hill will present Joe and Sam Herrmann, David McLaughlin and Marshall Wilborn in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday at 95 Chalmers Court, Berryville.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and free for children 12 and under. Information, tickets: 540-955-2004 or visit www.barnsofrosehill.org.

Bright Box

Bright Box Theater will have the following performances this weekend at 15 N. Loudoun St., Winchester:

• Comedians Scott Bruce and Mike Stankiewicz will give three shows at 8 p.m. today and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $15-$20.

• Jazz trumpet artist Craig Fraedrich along with Trilogy and Friends will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday. The concert and silent auction benefit AIDS orphans and other at-risk children in South Africa through the organization 25:40. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at door.

Information: 540-665-2878, www.brightboxwinchester.com.


Cooter’s Place will hold several activities this weekend at 4768 U.S. 211 West, Luray:

• Saturday: 1 to 3 p.m., Cooter’s Garage Band will give a free performance; 3:15 to 4:15 p.m., meet Ben “Cooter” Jones.

• Sunday: 2 to 4 p.m., the Page County Ramblers will give a free concert of bluegrass music.

Touch a Truck

The Shenandoah County 4-H Exchange Club will hold a Touch A Truck event from 2 p.m.  to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Shenandoah County Park in Maurertown.

Featured will be fire trucks, tractors, dump trucks and more. There will also be hayrides and trunk-or-treat. Children are encouraged to come dressed in costume. A free-will donation will be accepted for both entrance and hayrides. Proceeds will benefit the club’s next trip out West.