During Strasburg’s Tomato Soup Festival on Nov. 3, the Shenandoah Museum of Contemporary Arts hosted an event that drew residents together to create a community poster.

Evergreen wreaths are traditional holiday decorations that will welcome your guests into your home. Ashley Miller/DailyStart decorating after Thanksgiving, from the outside in. Ashley Miller/Daily

Keep your party simple. Serve hors d’oeuvres. Ashley Miller/DailyDecorate your table with holiday colors. Use edible bowls to hold dips. Ashley Miller/DailyAn hors d’oeuvres party allows for more mingling and socializing among guests. Take take advantage of the cheese/deli department at a lo…

Rupert Ravens, director of the Shenandoah Museum of Contemporary Art, stands inside this group of art pieces that are part of “The River Between Us” exhibit at the East King Street Museum in Strasburg. Rich Cooley/DailyNina Levy’s piece titled “Toss” (2006) hangs from the ceiling inside the …

Morris, a 3-year-old orange tabby, is available for adoption. Donald Lambert /DailyWheeler, a 6-year-old brown tabby, is available for adoption. Donald Lambert /Daily

Thalia, a German shepherd-hound mix, is having a hard time finding a long-term home. The hyperactive 2-year-old came to the SPCA of Winchester in July and has bounced around since then.

Jerry Brown and Django visit with spectators during the Ole Time Edinburg Festival parade on Saturday. Alex Bridges/DailyDan Pinnell stops at an ATM before he, Rich Schroeder and Jay Tennant, not pictured, portraying members of the 4th Virginia Cavalry, ride in the Ole Time Festival parade S…

NEW MARKET – Diners with old-fashioned, home-cooked meals are destinations for travelers, critics and connoisseurs. Southern Kitchen in New Market reaped the benefits of traditional fare last week when the restaurant was featured in an online food program.

Ellen Taylor, of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation, discusses the difference between a racing sulky and a training cart during youth camp about harness racing at Shenandoah Downs in Woodstock recently. Susan St. Amand/For The Northern Virginia DailyEllen Taylor discusses safety gear used by…

When Fall Bridal Fashion Week wrapped up, Morgan Lee Beachler, the owner of The Valley Bride in Winchester, knew it was going to be a dazzling upcoming season, not because of the new collections that walked down the runways but because brides will continue to be spoiled with a ride range of …

When Jessica Hollifield, owner of Lemon Tulip Cakes, is not homeschooling her two children or running around chaotically in her flip flops nine months out of the year, she’s whipping up beautifully designed wedding cakes of all sizes, shapes and colors in her home-based kitchen in Strasburg.

Not everyone can say they’ve married a couple through Skype, but Mary Kim Waddell, marriage officiant, can. For over 14 years, Waddell has married couples all over the Northern Shenandoah Valley. She has a passion for love and the commitment it stands for.

Wagon Wheel Ranch nestled outside of Stephens City creates the same grandeur of a large wedding venue with the same special details any bride or groom would want to create the perfect intimate atmosphere for their big day but on a smaller scale. Instead of inviting 200 guests, Wagon Wheel Ra…

Printed sign messages for indoors and outdoors are still a trend. Ashley Miller/For The Northern Virginia DailySeasonal pillows bring the season indoors. Ashley Miller/For The Northern Virginia DailyBring the color of the season indoors. Pumpkins can be used to decorate your home both outsid…

Enjoy live music, local brews, food and camping at the first Peak Leaf Music and Brewers Festival Oct. 20 in Middletown.

The Festival That Must Not Be Named  – formerly known as the Harry Potter Festival – returns to downtown Strasburg beginning Oct. 12 for an expanded weekend full of magical events for witches and wizards of all ages.

A child has her face painted at the 2017 River Valley Festival. Courtesy photo by Spiering PhotographyThe River Valley Festival will offer many family friendly events when it returns to Front Royal on Sept. 29. Courtesy photo by Spiering Photography

Carolyn and Jim Fisher, of Maurertown, and JoAnn Feathers, of Toms Brook, enjoy a hot day at the fair. Debbie Fadeley/DailyBrothers Mike Wilkins, of Woodstock, and Paul Wilkins, of Winchester, attended the fair to watch harness racing on Wednesday. Debbie Fadeley/DailyCousins Barbara Dyke Ku…

Conley Jett, the son of Britanee and Jeffrey Jett of Maurertown, poses for a photo at the fair. Courtesy photo by Britanee Jett.Nyelise Harris, 6, of Edinburg, Briana Monserrat, 6, of Woodstock, and Jalani Harris, 7, of Edinburg, pose with painted faces. Debbie Fadeley/DailyEnjoying fair foo…

Lilli Mantz and Charlie Kitner, both of Fort Valley, ride a horse on the carousel at the fair on Monday. Debbie Fadeley/DailyClara Hansen, of Middletown, Cece Shaffer, of Winchester, Russ Hansen and Sam Shaffer try out a John Deere on Monday. Debbie Fadely/DailyThe Mowery and Adams families …