This Weekend: April 20

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

Garden Week

Five locations will be featured at the Historic Garden Week Tour on Saturday in Winchester and Clarke County.

Tickets are available at the Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center, 540-542-1326 or visit www.vagardenweek.org.

Discovery Museum

The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum will hold its 22nd anniversary party featuring entertainers, activities for all ages and a new exhibit opening from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 19 W. Cork St., Winchester. Information: 540-722-2020.


Block party

Rally in the Alley, a free block party featuring live music, food, beer and wine, crafters and fun activities for kids, will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday on Indian Alley in Old Town Winchester. Information: www.rallyinthealley.com.




Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester will host the following performances this weekend:

  • “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” winner of the Tony and Dram Desk Awards for Best Book, will be performed at 8 p.m. today and Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 7 p.m. Sunday at Glaize Studio Theatre, 620 Millwood Ave. Tickets: $15.
  • Little Big Band kicks off a 24-hour jazzathon and celebrates the legacy of Winchester’s own John Kirby starting at 8 p.m. today at Bright Box Theater, 15 N. Loudoun St., Winchester. Tickets are $15. Information: 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.com.
  • Wind Ensemble presents “Plugged In” at 8 p.m. Saturday in Armstrong Concert Hall, 702 University Drive. Tickets: $12.

Information: 540-665-4569, www.su.edu.




Strasburg High School will present “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, the Musical” at 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students in advance and $7 and $5 at the door. Information, tickets: email shs.shenandoah.k12.va.us.



Demolition derby

The Toms Brook Volunteer Fire Department will host a demolition derby at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds in Woodstock.

Featured will be a kid’s PowerWheels derby and compact and full-size cars.


Piccadilly House

The following performers will be at the Piccadilly Public House & Restaurant this weekend at 125 E. Piccadilly St., Winchester:

  • Today: Dave Elliot on piano at 6:30 p.m.; Ritchie Fields Fogg at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday: Rob Yeakle on piano at 6:30 p.m.; Raised on Analog at 8 p.m.

Information: 540-535-1899 or www.piccadillypublichouse.com.

Bright Box

Driftwood will perform at 9 p.m. today at Bright Box Theater, 15 N. Loudoun St., Winchester.

Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at door. Information: 540-665-2878, www.brightboxwinchester.com.



The Virginia Opera’s Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists Program will perform arias and musical theater show tunes at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Performing Arts Luray at the Plaza in downtown Luray.

Tickets range from $8 to $15. Information, tickets: 540-743-3311 or www.performingartsluray.org.


Star-gazing party

Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park will host a stargazing party and viewing of the Lyrid meteor shower at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Thoburn Redoubt property on Bowman’s Mill Road in Warren County.

Information: 540-869-3051 or visit www.nps.gov/cebe.

Garden Week

The State Arboretum at Blandy Farm in Boyce will be the headquarters for Garden Week tours of private homes and gardens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets: $30 in advance and $40 Saturday. Information: 540-837-1758, 804-644-7776 or www.winchester@vagardenweek.org.


Arbor Day

Luray’s annual Arbor Day ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Modern Woodmen shelter at Lake Arrowhead.

The program will feature presentations by: Alan Williams, an ecologist with the Shenandoah National Park; Jon Perry, of the Virginia Department of Forestry, who will talk about native dogwoods; Mark Kilby, director of the Luray Zoo, about birds of prey. Tree seedlings will be given and there will be a community tree planting.

The ceremony will be held rain or shine. Light refreshments.

R-MA concert

Randolph-Macon Academy will present its spring concert featuring the band, chorus and handbell choir at 4 p.m. Sunday in Boggs Chapel. Information: Ed Richards at 540-636-5339.

Sky Meadows

Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane will hold the following activities this weekend:

  • Earth Day celebration: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Sunday. Stop by the Explorer Outpost to learn about water conservation practices or meet at the Valley Trail Head at 10 a.m. to help remove old fencing.
  • Lyrid meteor shower: 8:30 p.m.-5 a.m., Sunday. Arrive between 8:30 and 11:30 p.m. Cost is $25 per car. Registration required at www.tinyurl.com/y9n9utm9.

Information: 540-592-3556 or

www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks. Parking ranges from $3 to $4.