Things to see and do...

Apr. 24, 2014 at 9:00 AM : Private greenhouse shopping at Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va.

Advance reservation required. Natives, exotics and cultivars perennials, shrubs, and trees, with $50 minimum purchase required. April 21 through Oct. 15.  For more information, call 540-568-3194, or visit www.jmu.edu/arboretum


Edith J. Carrier Arboretum
MSC 3705
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
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The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum is the only active, arboretum on a Virginia state-supported university campus. It is located on the James Madison University campus and features native plant species of the mid-Appalachian region. Trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes.

Apr. 25, 2014 from 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM : 87th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival kickoff in Winchester, Va.

Historic Old Town Winchester. Uncork the Bloom. April 25 from 3 to 10 p.m. April 27 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. ales of unopened bottles and cases will be available until close each day. 20 of Virginia wineries, two stages with live music. Street artisans and vendors. Tickets: $20.


Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival
135 North Cameron St.
Winchester, VA 22601
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A series of more than thirty events including band competitions, dances, parades, circus, a 10K Race, the Coronation of Queen Shenandoah, Firefighters' events, and celebrities, The Bloom draws more than 250,000 visitors each April.

Apr. 25, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM : Friday Night Vibe festival in Staunton, Va.

Every fourth Friday, from April through October, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Downtown businesses open late, music and family activities on the streets. Stroll, shop, eat. For more information, visit stauntondowntown.org.


City of Staunton
116 W. Beverley St.
Staunton, VA 24401
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Staunton is the birthplace of U.S President Woodrow Wilson and the home of the Statler Brothers. The Blackfriars Playhouse, Frontier Culture Museum, and other visitor attractions are there, along with a beautiful downtown area with a number of historic districts that include the restored Stonewall Jackson Hotel.

Apr. 26, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM : Historic Garden Week Tour in Clarke County, Va.

Hosted by Winchester-Clarke Garden Club and the Little Garden Club of Winchester. April 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and April 27 from 1 to 5 p.m. Long Branch Plantation which will serve a complimentary tea both days from 1 to 4 p.m., The Barn House, 163 Greenfield Lane, White Post, Mount Prospect, 233 Swift Shoals Rd., Boyce, Swift Shoals, 2060 Swift Shoals Road, Boyce, and Fox Spring Woods, 695 Clay Hill Road, Millwood. Tickets at www.VAGardenweek.org or at locations in Clarke and Frederick Counties. Advance tickets: $25. Tour day: $30 for adults, single site, tour $15. Ages 6-12, half price and ages under five admitted free. Credit card sales available at Long Branch Plantation the day of tour. For more information, call 540-837-2465.


Berryville, Virginia
23 E. Main St.
Berryville, VA 22611
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Chartered in 1798, Berryville is the county seat of Clarke County and is about an hour drive from Washington, D.C.  The historic town that played a role in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Berryville is listed on the Virginia Landmark Register and the National Register of Historic Places.

Apr. 26, 2014 at 3:00 PM : Cooking class and dinner at Wades Mill in Raphine, Va.

55 Kennedy Wades Mill Loop. Dining at Monticello. All classes require advance reservations and payment. $50 for class and dinner. $45 for dinner only. For more information, call 540-348-1401 or visit www.wadesmill.com.


Wades Mill
55 Kennedy Wade Mill Loop
Raphine, VA 24472
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The 1750 working Wades Mill is a working flour mill interior and workings are authentic, with a 21-foot water wheel. One of the few remaining flour mills that still produces flours exclusively on mill stones and on the National Register of Historic Places.

Apr. 30, 2014 at 7:30 PM : Orchestra and chorus concert at Shepherd University

W. H. Shipley Recital Hall, Frank Arts Center.  Shepherd Preparatory Orchestra and Preparatory Chorus final concert of the season. $5 general admission. For more information, call 304-876-5555 or visit www.shepherd.edu/musicweb.


Shepherdstown War Memorial Building
102 East German St.
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
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The historic War Memorial Building is owned by the Shepherdstown Men's Club. It is used by the community for civic events, cultural activities and social gatherings. The first floor includes a newly-restored hall that can accommodate 100 people. The second floor includes a grand ballroom. (Image by Stowngent, courtesy Panoramio.com)

May. 2, 2014 at 8:00 AM : Weekend-in-the-Park festival in Winchester, Va.

Event is part of the Apple Blossom Festival. Cruise-In Car Show, Boat and RV Show, Kids Fun Day, Dr. Lori Show mixes comedy and antiques appraisal, Weekend-in-the-Park Midway with over 50 units of food and game vendors on Sunday, May 4th. The Robbie Limon Show and craft Show. Admission: $5 per adult per day for full access. Two-day access badge, $7.50. Ages under 12 admitted free to all event activities.


Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival
135 North Cameron St.
Winchester, VA 22601
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A series of more than thirty events including band competitions, dances, parades, circus, a 10K Race, the Coronation of Queen Shenandoah, Firefighters' events, and celebrities, The Bloom draws more than 250,000 visitors each April.

May. 2, 2014 at 10:00 AM : Friday luncheon series at Wades Mill in Raphine, Va.

55 Kennedy Wades Mill Loop. Le Boscarecce. All classes require advance reservations and payment. Class and luncheon: $30, luncheon only: $17.50. For more information, call 540-348-1401 or visit www.wadesmill.com.


Wades Mill
55 Kennedy Wade Mill Loop
Raphine, VA 24472
website   •   Map

The 1750 working Wades Mill is a working flour mill interior and workings are authentic, with a 21-foot water wheel. One of the few remaining flour mills that still produces flours exclusively on mill stones and on the National Register of Historic Places.

May. 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM : Cooking class and luncheon at Wades Mill in Raphine, Va.

55 Kennedy Wades Mill Loop. Bread Baking Basics. All classes require advance reservations and payment. $40 for class and luncheon. $35  for luncheon only. For more information, call 540-348-1401 or visit www.wadesmill.com.


Wades Mill
55 Kennedy Wade Mill Loop
Raphine, VA 24472
website   •   Map

The 1750 working Wades Mill is a working flour mill interior and workings are authentic, with a 21-foot water wheel. One of the few remaining flour mills that still produces flours exclusively on mill stones and on the National Register of Historic Places.

May. 17, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM : Virginia Wine and Craft Festival in Front Royal, Va.

28th Annual event in historic downtown Front Royal offers shopping, live music, delicious food and wine tasting. Activities and live entertainment, 18 Virginia wineries, vendors, artists and crafters spread over seven blocks. Bluegrass and funk-rock bands perform on the courthouse lawn from 12 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Admission: $25 in advance, $30 at the gate for for wine tasting. Otherwise, free admission. Advance tickets online or at downtown locations. For more information, call 540-635-3185 or visit www.wineandcraftfestival.com.


Front Royal Visitors Center
414 East Main Street
Front Royal, VA 22630
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Front Royal is a little more than an hour's drive from the Washington D.C. metro area, is the northern gateway to Shenandoah National Park and has been officially named the Canoe Capital of Virginia. The two main forks of the Shenandoah River meet here.

May. 30, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM : Fridays Alive concert series in Lexington, Va.

Davidson Park. Doors open at 6 p.m., show 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free admission. For more information, call 540-460-2656.


Lexington, Virginia
106 East Washington Street
Lexington, VA 24450
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Lexington, Virginia is the home of the Virginia Military Institute and Washington & Lee University. The historic downtown area is one of the places where you can feel like you are stepping back into the past, yet the atmosphere as an exciting cosmopolitan edge. It's the home of the legendary Civil War General, "Stonewall" Jackson, and Robert Lee is buried at the University bearing his name. The Virginia Horse Center is a huge indoor complex featuring events and pageants from across the U.S. It's all just minutes from the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway, at the southern junction of Interstates 81 and 64.

Jun. 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM : Friday luncheon series at Wades Mill in Raphine, Va.

55 Kennedy Wades Mill Loop. Slow Foods aka Locavore and Whole Grains. All classes require advance reservations and payment. Class and luncheon: $30, luncheon only: $17.50. For more information, call 540-348-1401 or visit www.wadesmill.com.


Wades Mill
55 Kennedy Wade Mill Loop
Raphine, VA 24472
website   •   Map

The 1750 working Wades Mill is a working flour mill interior and workings are authentic, with a 21-foot water wheel. One of the few remaining flour mills that still produces flours exclusively on mill stones and on the National Register of Historic Places.

Jun. 27, 2014 at 9:00 AM : River and Roots Festival at Watermelon Park in Berryville, Va.

River awareness programs. Tube and canoe rentals. Dinner with food raised by local vendors, artisans and music, including Steep Canyon Rangers, Cedric Watson, The Woodshedders and Furnace Mountain. Workshops and demonstrations, including river stewardship, cheese making, and a farmer`s forum. For more information, visit www.riverandroots.com.


Watermelon Park Campground
3322 Lockes Mill Rd.
Berryville, VA 22611
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Watermelon Park Campground was once a watermelon field along the Shenandoah River near Berryville, Virginia, until 1940, when people started  gathering regularly to play bluegrass music. By 1965, a three-day bluegrass festival was held. Now offering primitive tent camping next to the river, RV camping, river tubing, kayaking and canoeing.

Jun. 28, 2014 at 3:00 PM : Cooking class and dinner at Wades Mill in Raphine, Va.

55 Kennedy Wades Mill Loop. Entertaining on the Grill. All classes require advance reservations and payment. $40 for class and dinner. $35 for dinner only. For more information, call 540-348-1401 or visit www.wadesmill.com.


Wades Mill
55 Kennedy Wade Mill Loop
Raphine, VA 24472
website   •   Map

The 1750 working Wades Mill is a working flour mill interior and workings are authentic, with a 21-foot water wheel. One of the few remaining flour mills that still produces flours exclusively on mill stones and on the National Register of Historic Places.

Jul. 3, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM : Independence day festival in Winchester, Va.

Old Town Winchester Loudoun St. Mall, fireworks near Kent St., between Piccadilly and Boscawen. Live music, free activities for children, food, and a beer and wine garden. Bring your own seating. Fireworks at 9:20 p.m. Fireworks rain date: July 5. For more information, visit www.Winchesterva.gov/parks.


City of Winchester, Va.
1001 East Cork St.
Winchester, VA 22601
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Winchester is home of the annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, drawing approximately 250,000 visitors to the area. There are parks, a historic downtown walking mall and centuries-old architecture.  The city has an extensive Civil War history, changing hands many times during the War.
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