Things to do...
Nov 27--Youth Art exhibition at James Madison University
Nov 27--Family-friendly running competition in Lexington, Va
Nov 27--Blue Ridge Hunt horse event at Long Branch Plantation in Millwood, Va.
Nov 27--Blue Ridge Hunt Stirrup Cup at Long Branch Plantation in Millwood, Va.
Nov 27--Holiday Art and Craft Market at Berkeley Art Works in Martinsburg, W.Va.
Nov 27--Blandy Book Club at Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce, Va.
Nov 28--Annual Coats for Kids at Virginia Safari Park in Natural Bridge, Va.
Nov 28--Valley Ukulele Players regular weekly rehearsals in Bridgewater, Va.
Nov 28--Wreath display in Martinsburg, W.Va.
Nov 28--Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
Nov 28--Holiday food cooking class and luncheon at Wades Mill in Raphine, Va.
Nov 28--Guided walking tours in downtown Lexington, Va.
Nov 28--Weekly Wine Tasting in Lexington, Va.
Nov 28--Christmas holiday festival in Lexington, Va.
Northern Gateway to the Shenandoah Valley: Orchards, Civil War, and an Old Railroad Station
John Brown’s body, Civil War destruction, a view “worth a voyage across the Atlantic,” and a very early steamboat
Log, limestone, and brick--a microcosm of early Valley architecture
Clarke County, “The most English county in the Valley”
Over the river and through the woods...
Up and over Great North Mountain (not for the faint of heart)
Ancient roads, old mills, a musical village, and mountain vistas
Heart of the Shenandoah Valley
A hidden valley, scenic drives, a rolling river, a dramatic cavern
Historic homes, Shakespeare, a folk life museum, and an inventor’s farm
Maple syrup, sheep, mineral spring baths, and no stop lights
Jefferson’s stone bridge, an old canal, and two historic colleges
Southern Gateway to the Shenandoah Valley: A preserved 1800s village, an abandoned canal, and two C&O railroad towns
Fishing the Shenandoah in November: Not too late to do it right
Harry Murray has been a pharmacist for decades, but he's been fishing the Shenandoah River his entire life.
His office is located at the rear of a small pharmacy that also doubles as his fishing shop. It overlooks the picturesque Stoney Creek, as it threads its way through the town of Edinburg, Virginia to meet up with the North Fork of the Shenandoah River, less than a mile away.
He describes himself as “half pharmacist and half fisherman-advisor.” His shop combines an appealing atmosphere of ourdoorsy Americana with prudent, small-town sensibility.
Murray, who has long been regarded nationally as a fishing expert, says that one of the best things about fishing the Shenandoah is its long season. “We get fairly good action from March all the way through nearly November. The Shenandoah River itself may be getting a little cold by late October, early November, but the trout fishing in the mountain streams surrounding Edinburg gives us good fishing throughout the season.” More...
So, it may not yet be time to stow the rod and pack away the tackle box for the season. Murray says that its still possible to fish for bass in November, particularly in the deeper areas of the river. Beyond that, he says, it all depends on how cold the nights get and how quickly the streams get cold. When conditions finally do get too cold for the river, Murray says, there is always the trout fishing in surrounding mountain streams.
Those smaller streams are good for mountain brook trout all season long . “They're not real big trout but they're beautiful trout and they're a lot of fun to catch and, for fishing enthusiasts, you can catch them on dry flies. And that's very exciting,” Murray said.