Gardens, Galleries and Grapes showcases artists, vineyards, gardeners this weekend

The fifth annual Gardens, Galleries and Grapes, promoting artists, gardeners and chefs throughout the Shenandoah County Artisan Trail, kick off their signature spring event on Saturday with tours of artist studios, demonstrations, farm tours, wine tasting and shopping.

Susie Wilburn, organizer and owner of Laughing Orange Studio, said this event is a great time to explore what the Shenandoah County Artisan Trail has to offer. Over 20 vendors are participating.

Events include:

• Shenandoah Museum of Contemporary Arts, 411 East King St., Strasburg.  Explore over 500 works from artists up and down the East Coast.

• Poesy Thisisit Llama Farm, 754 Harrisville Road, Toms Brook, will have over 25 llamas available for play and education.

• North Mountain Vineyard, 4347 Swartz Road, Maurertown, will offer Fine Shenandoah Valley new wine releases and wine by the glass specials.

• 7 East Gallery, 123 S Main St., Woodstock, will showcase local artists Laurel Vaughan – sidewalk painting, Kohrs Bagpipes, and Sarah Kohrs – pottery demo.

• Kary Haun Studio, 101 E. North St., Woodstock, will host a spring open host where guest artists Tom Rodriguez of Birdhouse Engineering will sharing his handcrafted cedar birdhouses, custom patio furniture and a variety of cutting and service boards from locally sourced wood.

• Sustainability Matters, Riley Park, 540 Park Ave., Woodstock, will host a plant swap on Sunday. Event organizer Sari Carp said people could bring what they can and take what they need.

“It’s more than a plant swap; it’s a day of food, fun and plants, she said.”

Cristina’s Café will be on site with its Sexi-Mexi Truck along with Penelope’s Café. There will also be garden advice and information by the Department of Forestry, bug and plant ID by Virginia Cooperative Extension and sustainable land practices by Lord Fairfax Soil & Water Conservation District. Animals will be available for adoption and door prizes. The Plant Swap is co-sponsored by Sustainability Matters.

• Laughing Orange Studio owned by Susie Wilburn, 3397 Hillcrest Drive, Toms Brook, will be open to the public. She will share her pottery and offer demonstrations. Wilburn is also part of the Toms Brook Community Garden, St. Peter Lutheran Church, 3343 S Main St., in Toms Brook, where demonstrations and exhibits on gardening will be held both Saturday and Sunday along with safety demonstrations by company 9 Toms Brook Fire Department. County Rhoades Farm will offer locally grown meat products for purchase.

• Third Hill Winery at DeMello Vineyards, 2110 Quicksburg Road, Quicksburg, will present have spring tunes by Lee Blanton.

If You Go

When: Saturday and Sunday

Where: Shenandoah County Artisans Trail

Admission: None

More information:  https://tinyurl.com/ycsyfvok