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(Summer in the Valley) Discover what Luray Caverns have to offer this summer

Explore the iconic Luray Caverns and discover what it means to be the largest and most popular caverns on the East Coast. From guided tours along well-lighted walkways to ceilings 10 stories high, the caverns are four centuries of history nestled in the Shenandoah Valley that are sure to wow ...

Thank mom with these local Mother’s Day gift suggestions

Nothing says Happy Mother’s Day like a token of appreciation for everything mom has done. From things that sparkle, to things that grow, treat mom to one of these nine great gift ideas. Simply Charming Boutique, 28 W Piccadilly St., in Winchester, has a wide selection of jewelry that ...

Summertime and the hosting is easy

Olivia Hilton, the owner of Olivia Rose Event and Design, loves throwing a party. Whether it’s a birthday celebration, themed party or family union, Hilton finds enjoyment in celebrating life’s grand moments. “Summer is the time of year when you can ask your neighbors to bring over ...

‘Of Ale and History’ beer festival returns to Belle Grove Saturday

MIDDLETOWN – The 23 annual “Of Ale and History” Beer Festival returns to Belle Grove on Saturday. Gates open at 11 a.m., tastings begin at noon and festivalgoers can enjoy the craft or specialty beer, ciders, food, vendors and live entertainment until 6 p.m. “Of Ale and History” has ...

Masterworks Chorus presents Mother’s Day concert Saturday

Masterworks Chorus of the Shenandoah Valley will present its annual spring concert in honor of Mother’s Day on Saturday. The Rev. Karen Van Stee, a choir member, said Mother’s Day is a great time to bring together families and celebrate their love for mom through song. “We like to ...

Family Fun Day features parade, food, vendors

FRONT ROYAL - A Louisiana-style parade at 10 a.m. Saturday in the downtown area will kick off Family Fun Day, which is expected to draw around 3,000 people. William Huck, owner of C & C Frozen Treats and event organizer, said the Louisiana-style parade will feature people in costumes, ...

Pet of the Week: Affectionate Alex is looking for a home

WINCHESTER — Alex, a 4-year-old cat at the Winchester SPCA, is an affectionate cat. Billie Guidry, an adoption agent at the animal shelter, described him as one of the few cats who like receiving belly rubs. Now, Alex is looking for a new home. Guidry said that Alex has feline ...

Local florists share winning flower tips for Mother’s Day

  Local florists say there's still time to send flowers for Mother's Day, which is Sunday. Charles Hepner, owner of Valley Flower Shop and Greenhouse INC in Woodstock, said Mother’s Day is a perfect example of an occasion to send a flower arrangement that is as special and ...

Made with love: Remembering Mother’s Day through food, traditions

Locals share their recipes and memories of food passed down through the generations in celebration of Mother's Day. APPLESAUCE CAKE Jodi Jenkins, of Woodstock, shares her great-grandmother-in-law's famous applesauce cake. Jenkins said she and her husband purchased her home after Dorothy ...

Tasty tacos: Americans crave this Mexican convenience food

Last year Americans ate over 4.5 billion tacos. That averages to over 400,000 a day.  Stephanie Webster, of Winchester, said she loves tacos not only because they’re easy to make, filling and you don’t dirty too many dishes while making them, but simply because they’re ...

Benefits of mulching: It’s more than meets the eye

WOODSTOCK – Mulching has many benefits. What started thousands of years ago when trees began dropping their leaves or needles has created a layer of organic matter that serves many functions for the soil and organisms below. Master Gardener Elaine Specht knows from experience that mulching ...

Herb enthusiasts share favorites in honor of National Herb Day

STRASBURG – National Herb Day began in 2006 to encourage herbalists, gardeners, culinarians, and the general public to come together and spread their knowledge about the many added benefits of herbs.  To celebrate National Herb Day, which is Saturday, Janet Heishman and Jim Evans of ...