Things to see and do...

Sep. 2, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM : Harrisonburg Farmers Market in Harrisonburg, Va.

Turner Pavilion, 228. S. Liberty St. Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Virginia Horse Center
487 Maury River Road
Lexington, VA 24450
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The Virginia Horse Center is a 600-acre facility includes a 4,000-seat indoor arena, eight barns that can accommodate 1,200 horses, 19 show rings, two additional indoor arenas, cross-country and combined driving courses, restaurants, campgrounds and shops. It operates as a non-profit organization for equestrian competition, education and recreation.

Sep. 2, 2014 at 8:00 AM : Bluegrass music festival at Grand Caverns in Grottoes, Va.

29th annual Bluegrass in the Park. Sept 4-6. Primitive camping is available. Campground officially opens at 8 a.m. on Sept. 2. Lonesome Highway, Little Mountain Boys, The Hillbilly Gypsies, The Travelers, Solid Rock, The Country Gentlemen Tribute Band, The Virginia Ramblers, Special Consensus, Jerry Butler and the BJs, The Carolina Rebels, Dark Hollow, The James King Band, and Goldwing Express. Co-hosted by Shenandoah Valley Shriners, Waynesboro, Hillbillies, Va. clubs, benefits Shriners hospitals for children. Family-friendly event. For more information, visit www.bluegrassingrottoes.com.


Grand Caverns
Dogwood Ave.
Grottoes, VA 24441
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Grand Caverns opened for commercial tours in 1806 and today guided tours seven days a week throughout the year. Other activities include hiking, biking, picnicking, and mini golf. During the Civil War, and the cave was visited by both Confederate and Union soldiers.

Sep. 2, 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.

Sep. 2, 2014 at 11:30 AM : Belle Grove in a Box at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park

Front lawn at Belle Grove Plantation. Interactive 30 minute program about history and settlement of the Valley, the Battle of Cedar Creek and the impact of the Civil War. Surrounding landscape features are represented by props in a way that provides geographic orientation. Appropriate for all ages. Sept. 2-6, Sept. 8-12, Sept. 15-20, Sept. 22-27 and Sept. 29 and 30 at 11:30 a.m. Sept 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 2:30 p.m.


Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historic Park
8708 Valley Pike
Middletown, VA 22645
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The National Park Service works with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Belle Grove, Inc., Shenandoah County, Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation and the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation manage and preserve the 3,700-acre "Partnership Park" and its resources. Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP is also a park still in development.

Sep. 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM : War Comes to the Valley event at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park

To Battlefield and Beyond War Comes to the Shenandoah Valley The Civil War is 45-minute program that inteprets the drastic physical, economical and emotional impacts upon the Valley and its residents, and examines the many military campaigns that occurred here and their effect upon the local communities. Meet at the Hupps Hill Civil War Park. Sept. 2, 6, 12, 13, 14, 16, 20, 26, 28 and 30at 1 p.m., Sept. 4 at 2 p.m., Sept. 9, 23 and 27 at 12 p.m. For more information, call 540-869-3051.


Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historic Park
8708 Valley Pike
Middletown, VA 22645
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The National Park Service works with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Belle Grove, Inc., Shenandoah County, Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation and the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation manage and preserve the 3,700-acre "Partnership Park" and its resources. Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP is also a park still in development.

Sep. 2, 2014 at 5:00 PM : Bingo games at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va.

Every Tuesday and Thursday. Doors open at 5 p.m., games begin at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $1 to $25 for a bingo card. For more information, call 540-464-2950.


Virginia Horse Center
487 Maury River Road
Lexington, VA 24450
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The Virginia Horse Center is a 600-acre facility includes a 4,000-seat indoor arena, eight barns that can accommodate 1,200 horses, 19 show rings, two additional indoor arenas, cross-country and combined driving courses, restaurants, campgrounds and shops. It operates as a non-profit organization for equestrian competition, education and recreation.

Sep. 2, 2014 at 7:00 PM : Blandy Photo Club meeting at Blandy Arboretum in Boyce, Va.

Arboretum of Virginia, on Route 50 in Clarke County.  Held in the library every first Tuesday of the month. The club is open to anyone with an interest in photography, and photographers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Meetings are open to the public at no charge; membership costs $20 per year and members can participate in photo exhibits and other club activities. For more information on the Blandy Photo Club, call Tim Farmer at 540-837-1758 Ext. 226.


State Arboretum at Blandy Experimental Farm
400 Blandy Farm Lane
Boyce, VA 22620
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Blandy Experimental Farm is a 700-acre University of Virginia research facility and the home of the State Arboretum of Virginia, displaying more than 8,000 trees and shrubs, including nearly half the world’s pine species, the Virginia Native Plant Trail, the Boxwood Memorial Garden, ginkgo trees, an herb garden and more.

Sep. 3, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM : Lexington Farmers Market in Lexington, Va.

Southern Inn Parking Lot. 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., every Wednesday. Featuring locally produced meats, produce, baked goods and more.


Lexington Farmers Market
Jefferson St.
Lexington, VA 24450
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The Lexington Downtown Farmers Market is an open-air, seasonal market operating from May through October, located on McCrum's Parking Lot, Jefferson Street, in Lexington, Va.

Sep. 3, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM : Waynesboro Farmers Market in Waynesboro, Va.

Constitution Park, 215 W. Main St., Under the Pavilion by the South River. Saturdays and Wednesdays. Saturday Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday Market from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. May 3 through Nov. 1.


Waynesboro Farmers Market
223 W. Main St.
Waynesboro, VA 22980
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The Waynesboro Farmers Market is located at the Pavilion at Constitution Park, 223 W. Main St., Waynesboro, Va., and is open on Wednesdays, April 21 through September 29 from 3 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.

Sep. 3, 2014 at 9:00 AM : Walk-Up Plant Sale at Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, Va.

Francis Plecker Educational Center, 780 University Blvd. Runs through Oct. 15. In-bloom natives, exotics and cultivars perennials, shrubs, and trees.


Edith J. Carrier Arboretum
MSC 3705
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
website   •   Map

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.

Sep. 3, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM : Live glassblowing demonstrations daily in Staunton, Va.

202 S. Lewis St., near the train station in historic downtown Staunton.  Watch artists transform hot glass into colorful vases, ornaments, paperweights and more.  Sunspots features art glass and copper designs for home and garden made in its Staunton studios, as well as Sharon Kincheloe paintings, and jewelry, handbags, and accessories by American artists.  Pandora jewelry dealer.  Hours: Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and  Sundays 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Glassblowing demonstrations until 4 p.m. most days.


Sunspots Studios
202 S Lewis St.
Staunton, VA 24401
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Sunspots Studios is a gift gallery and glass blowing studio located in a historic building in downtown Staunton, Virginia. Glassblowing studios are open 7 days a week, with live glass blowing demonstrations every day until 4 p.m. A gift shop sells art glass and copper designs made locally in the glassblowing studios.

Sep. 3, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM : Garden Walkabout tour at Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Va.

901 Amherst St., meet at the garden entrance. See what`s blooming, learn about the latest garden developments. Includes moderate walking. Wear comfortable shoes, dress for the weather. Free admission for Museum members, General admission: $10. 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.

Sep. 3, 2014 at 2:00 PM : Battle of Cedar Creek Tour at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park

Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation Headquarters. Two-hour guided car-caravan tour. Follow a park ranger vehicle along a various waypoints that interpret the Battle of Cedar Creek. Sept. 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 24, 26 and 27 at 2 p.m.


Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historic Park
8708 Valley Pike
Middletown, VA 22645
website   •   Map

The National Park Service works with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Belle Grove, Inc., Shenandoah County, Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation and the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation manage and preserve the 3,700-acre "Partnership Park" and its resources. Cedar Creek and Belle Grove NHP is also a park still in development.

Sep. 3, 2014 at 4:00 PM : On This Day Civil War anniversary program in Berryville, Va.

Clarke County Recreation Area, West Main St. On This Day Battle of Berryville Anniversary Tour. For more information, call 540-740-4545.


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.

Sep. 3, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM : Meditation program at Blandy Arboretum in Boyce, Va.

Guided Walking Meditation, presented by Shell Fischer, Insight Meditation Instructor. Learn to slow down and draw on nature through guided meditation, silent walking, and personal reflection. Dress for the weather. For ages 16 and older. Reservations required, limited availabilities. Foundation members, $10. Non-members, $12. For more information, call 540-837-1758, extension 224 or visit www.blandy.virginia.edu.


State Arboretum at Blandy Experimental Farm
400 Blandy Farm Lane
Boyce, VA 22620
website   •   Map

Blandy Experimental Farm is a 700-acre University of Virginia research facility and the home of the State Arboretum of Virginia, displaying more than 8,000 trees and shrubs, including nearly half the world’s pine species, the Virginia Native Plant Trail, the Boxwood Memorial Garden, ginkgo trees, an herb garden and more.

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