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

‘The Music Man’

Signal Knob Theatre Company will present “The Music Man” at 7 p.m. today and Saturday at Signal Knob Middle School in Strasburg.

Principals Dr. Holly Rusher of Signal Knob Middle School and Annmarie Noonan of North Folk Middle School will appear on stage singing and dancing with a cast of 40.

Tickets, which are $5, are available at the door or online at

Kids ROC

The Town of Woodstock will hold its first winter Kids ROC arts and crafts event from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Woodstock Fire Department.

Chocolate Escape

Old Town Winchester will host Chocolate Escape from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Sample chocolate desserts at restaurants, enjoy special promotions, live music, and

Winchester Little Theatre

Winchester Little Theatre will hold its Stagedoor New Scripts Festival featuring five new plays in full-cast readings today through Sunday at Handley Library in Winchester.

Each reading will be followed by a moderated discussion with the playwright, director and actors. Reading dates, times, titles and authors are:

• Today: 8 p.m., “This Is What?” by Griff Thomas.

• Saturday: 2 p.m., “Alterations” by D.C. Gallant; 4 p.m., “Something Glorious” by Barbara Barrett Billings; 8 p.m., “Out in the Street” by Graham Knight.

• Sunday: 2 p.m., “Saints & Martyrs” by Betsy Arnett; 5 p.m., reception.

Full festival tickets are $20 and feature a reception. Friday-Sunday readings are $10 per ticket and Saturday afternoon readings are free. Tickets: Information: 540-535-3660.


Museum of the Shenandoah Valley will hold a reception to open an exhibit of photographs by Lewis Hine from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at 901 Amherst St., Winchester.

Admission is $20 or free for MSV members. Advance registration required by calling 540-662-1473 or

Blandy Farm

The state Arboretum at Blandy Farm in Boyce will host “Life in the Cold” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday for ages 6 and older with an adult.

The program will feature taking samples from its ponds and soil, searching under logs and leaf litter and looking for signs of life in trees and gardens.

The cost is $25 or $20 for members. Registration required by calling 540-837-1758 or visit

Barns of Rose Hill

Singer/songwriter Juliana MacDowell, with special guest Dave Hadley, will perform from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Barns of Rose Hill, 95 Chalmers Court, Berryville.

Barbecued dinners will be sold starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door and free for ages 12 and younger. Information: 540-955-2004 or