Things to see and do...

Aug. 23, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM : Shenandoah Valley TasteFest at Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Va.

901 Amherst St. Cooking demonstrations and samplings, sale of fresh local products and food-related items, lectures about heirloom vegetables and edible flowers, children`s activities garlic hunt and tomato relay race, and a display of antique tractors coordinated by the Massanutten Antique Tractor and Gasoline Engine Club. Free admission to all TasteFest activities. Regular MSV admission fees apply. For more information, call 540-662-1473 or visit www.themsv.org.


Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
901 Amherst St.
Winchester, VA 22801
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The regional Museum of the Shenandoah Valley interprets art, history, and culture. There's an eighteenth century house, six acres gardens, and a museum building designed by noted architect Michael Graves. A number of daily museum tours are offered open year-round; the house and gardens are open March through November.

Aug. 23, 2014 at 2:00 PM : Downtown Restaurant festival in Harrisonburg, Va.

Rocktown Bites! walking tours begin at 2 p.m. every Saturday, approximately 2.5 hours. Guided tours of seven restaurants, food shops, and local businesses. Sample food, drink including craft beer and Virginia wines, special dishes from restaurateurs and chefs.


Downtown Harrisonburg, Va.
212 S Main St.
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
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Downtown Harrisonburg is located on historic Route 11 (South Main Street). Stop by the Visitor's Center at the historic Hardesty-Higgins House at 212 South Main Street for more information. There's parking in the rear of the building on Bruce Street.

Aug. 23, 2014 at 2:00 PM : Tea at Historic Rosemont Manor in Berryville, Va.

Tea events must be booked no later than two days prior to the desired tea date. For more information, call 540-955-2834 or visit rosemont1811.com.


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.

Aug. 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM : The Art Group artist exhibition at Bowman-Shannon Gallery in Mt. Jackson, Va.

Miriam A. Kilmer: The Character Of The Shenandoah Valley, A Photographic Essay. Exhibition runs Aug. 1  Aug. 30. Meet the artist on Aug. 30, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.theartgroup.org.


 

Aug. 26, 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.

Aug. 28, 2014 at 7:00 PM : Summer Swing Series at George Washington Hotel in Winchester, Va.

Series schedule continues on Aug. 28 and Sept. 25. Tickets: $20 per person, $35 per couple.
Doors open 6:30 p.m., music at 7 p.m. Advanced tickets available or in cash at the door.


George Washington Hotel
103 E. Piccadilly St.
Winchester, VA 22601
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The deco style of George Washington Hotel dates from 1924, with marble floors, soaring ceilings, and the original front desk. Fully restored in 2008 it features modern accommodations with jazz lounge and indoor pool and grand ballroom.

Aug. 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM : Patsy Cline Musical Festival in Winchester, Va.

First-ever Patsy Cline Musical Festival, coincides 82nd birthday. Free block party at the Patsy Cline Historic House, 608 S. Kent St. at 10 a.m. Liz Ruffner, Springfield Exit, an Elvis impersonator, and other perform until 3 p.m. Craft vendors, souvenirs, and food. House tours every half hour: $5 per person. Bring your own chair to block party. Rivers Edge Band at 7 p.m., former Statler Brother, Jimmy Fortune at 8 p.m., both at Bridgeforth Field in Jim Barnett Park. Advance tickets: $25 for adults, $20 for active military, $10 for ages 12 and under accompanied by an adult. Gate Tickets: $30. For more information, call 540-662-5555 or visit www.celebratingpatsycline.org.


Patsy Cline House
608 South Kent Street
Winchester, VA 22601
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Patsy Cline, was born in Winchester, Virginia. She rose to national fame in 1957 as a country music singer. She died in a plane crash in 1963 and is in the Country Music Hall of Fame.  Her girlhood home at 608 South Kent Street in Winchester, not open to the public as of January, 2010, will soon become a museum.

Aug. 30, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM : Poetry Workshop, hike and stargazing programs at Friends Wilderness Center in Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

Poems and Planets. Share poems, 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. BYO picnic supper or make reservations for dinner. Followed at 6:45 p.m. by a guided tour of the celestial dome observing constellations and planets with astronomer Kevin Boles, of Morgan County Observatory in Berkeley Springs, W.Va. The poetry portion for ages 12 and up, sky watching for ages 6 and older. Participate in one or both parts of the program. Telescope or a good pair of binoculars and a reclining lawn chair recommended. Overnight accommodations possible. Cost: $10 for dinner, $5 for those under six. RSVP required. $10 suggested donation for the poetry/stargazing program, family rate: $25. For more information, call 304-728-4820


Friends Wilderness Center
305 Friends Way
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
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The Friends Wilderness Center is located on the Appalachian Trail, along the Blue Ridge Mountains in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. The Wilderness Center was established 30 years ago to spiritually enjoy nature, and to promote environmental preservation.

Sep. 1, 2014 at 8:00 AM : Annual Labor Day Festival in Buena Vista, Va.

Glen Maury Park. 5K Run. at 8 a.m.  Parade at 9:30 a.m., live music, fireworks, vendors, and more. For more information, call 540-261-7321.


Town of Buena Vista, Va.
2039 Sycamore Avenue
Buena Vista, VA 24416
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Buena Vista became a city in 1892 after the location had experienced industrial growth, including the railroad, during the 19th century. It is located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains along the scenic Maury River.  It also is an access point for the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Sep. 4, 2014 at 12:00 PM : Brown Bags with Books program at Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, Va.

95 Chalmers Ct. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, by Carson McCullers. Bring your own lunch. For more information, call 540-955-5190. For more information, visit www.barnsofrosehill.org.


Barns of Rose Hill
64 Chalmers Ct.
Berryville, VA 22611
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The Barns of Rose Hill are two early 20th-Century dairy barns that were part of a farm estate donated to the Town of Berryville in 1964 and was established as a four-acre park to serve as a central focus of community activities, including culture and the arts events.

Sep. 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM : Civil War history program at Washington, Va.

Visitor`s Center just outside little Washington, right on Rt. 211 next to the Rappahannock Co. library.Civil War parade on Sept. 6 at 2 p.m.,  Valley Pike Fife and Drum Corps, a Shenandoah Valley group, to participate as well. The skirmish will be held on Sept. 7 at 1 p.m.


Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation
298 W. Old Cross Rd.
New Market, VA 22844
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The Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation provides a downloadable visitor's guide that interprets Civil War history at 10 battlefields located in the Shenandoah Valley National Historic District. Driving tours help visitors explore the Civil War battlefields in the Shenandoah Valley. Tours can run from a couple of hours or longer.

Sep. 6, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM : Outdoor Hymn Sing in Shenandoah, Va.

Shenandoah River Park. Free admission. For more information, call 540-652-6155.


Town of Shenandoah, Virginia
426 1st Street
Shenandoah, VA 22849
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The town of Shenandoah was founded in 1837 in an area rich natural resources. The first post office was known as Shenandoah Iron Works. The town played an instrumental role in the Civil War, and today is located near attractions including Luray Caverns, Massanutten Resort, and the Shenandoah National Park.

Sep. 7, 2014 at 12:30 PM : Discussion group series at Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, Va.

95 Chalmers Court. Death Cafe. Safe and open exploration of the topic of death. Every first sunday in September, October and November. Further info at www.deathcafe.com. Reservations requested. For more information, call 540-955-4720 or visit www.barnsofrosehill.org.


Barns of Rose Hill
64 Chalmers Ct.
Berryville, VA 22611
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The Barns of Rose Hill are two early 20th-Century dairy barns that were part of a farm estate donated to the Town of Berryville in 1964 and was established as a four-acre park to serve as a central focus of community activities, including culture and the arts events.

Sep. 12, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM : Second Friday Poetry Reading at the Berkeley Art Works in Martinsburg, W.Va.

116 North Queen St. Sign in at 6:30 p.m. Readers present in the order of registrated, time may be limited. Free admission and open to the public, donations benefit Art Works. For more information, call 304-620-7277.


The ARTS Centre, Inc.
300 West King St.
Martinsburg, WV 25401
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A community-based arts organization in Martinsburg,W.Va., providing an educational resource cultural gathering place serving a quad-state audience and the Eastern West Virginia panhandle region.

Sep. 13, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM : Town Wide Yard Sale in Berryville, Va.

Rain date: Sept. 20. For more information, call 540-313-7467.


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.
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