Things to see and do...

Jan. 4, 2015 at 4:30 PM : Magic Lantern Theater film at the MSV program at Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Va.

901 Amherst St. 2014 American comedy, Land Ho! Rated R. Doors open thirty minutes early, refreshments available. General admission: $8, Magic Lantern Theater, Barns of Rose Hill and MSV members: $5. For more information, call 540-678-0963 or visit  www.magiclanterntheater.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.

Jan. 4, 2015 at 7:00 PM : Downton Abbey Season 5 Premiere Party at Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg, Va.

41-F Court Square. VIP social at 7 p.m., public screening at 9 p.m. Beer and wine tasting, light food available. Admission to VIP event: $25 per person. Free admission to screening. Period dress and costumes encouraged. For more information, call 540-433-9189 or visit valleyarts.org.


Court Square Theater
61 Graham St.
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
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Court Square Theater is located in the Arts and Cultural center of Harrisonburg, Virginia. The 250-seat Court Square Theater is operated by the Valley Arts Council, a non-profit group whose mission is to offer a wide range of live performances as well as an independent and foreign film series.

Jan. 6, 2015 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.

Jan. 6, 2015 at 7:00 PM : Long Branch Plantation Book Club meeting at Long Branch Plantation in Millwood, Va.

Historic Long Branch, 830 Long Branch Lane. Meets first Tuesday of Each Month. Free membership. For more information, call 540-837-1856 or visit www.visitlongbranch.org.


Historic Long Branch
830 Long Branch Lane
Millwood, VA 22646
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Since the early 18th century, the Long Branch Historic House and Farm estate has been owned by a series of famous men. A young George Washington helped to survey the property. The exquisite rooms at Long Branch Historic House and Farm contain a collection of 18th and 19th century furnishings.

Jan. 7, 2015 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.

Jan. 9, 2015 at 7:00 PM : Blues guitar music concert at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.

15 N. Loudoun St. Tom Principato, blues and rock guitarist. Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. For more information, call 1-800-838-3006 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.com.


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.

Jan. 9, 2015 at 7:30 PM : Musical variety show at Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, Va.

95 Chalmers Ct. 9 Songwriter Series, a touring live music event based in Washington, D.C. Variery of artists and music. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Admission: $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 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.

Jan. 9, 2015 at 7:30 PM : Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.

10 S. Market St. Much Ado about Nothing. For more information, call 1-877-682-4236 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com.


The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center
10 South Market Street
Staunton, VA 24401
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The Blackfriars Playhouse is the world’s only re-creation of a Shakespearean indoor theatre. The 300-seat theatre stages performances based on how Shakespeare's company originally performed plays at the original Shakespeare theatres. Performances are staged as a rotating repertory with the same actors in each of several concurrently-running plays.

Jan. 10, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM : Young Naturalist Program at Blandy Experimental Farm in Boyce, Va.

Saturday program series for youth. Theme-related investigative activities, crafts, games, and snacks. CSI: Solving Crimes with Nature. How animal teeth marks, footprints, plant parts, fingerprints, and other evidence from nature are used in solving crimes and other mysteries. Programs are led by Blandy and volunteer educators, with support from the Virginia Master Naturalists. Alternate Saturdays beginning in January: 1st-3rd graders participate from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., 4th-6th graders from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Advance registration required. For more information, call 540-837-1758, extension 224 or  or visit www.Blandy.virginia.edu.


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.

Jan. 10, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM : Fly Fishing Workshop at Murrays Fly Shop in Edinburg, Va.

121 S. Main St. Mastering Spring Creek Trout Fishing. Taught by Harry Murray. Two-hour workshop. For more information, visit www.murraysflyshop.com/fly-fishing-workshops.


Murrays Fly Fishing Shop
121 S. Main Street
Edinburg, VA 22824
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Harry Murray is a native of Edinburg, Virginia,on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River.  He has published numerous articles in national fly fishing magazines and eight books.   His seminars at Murray's Fly Shop in Edinburg include fly fishing for trout and smallmouth bass, and fly tying.

Jan. 10, 2015 at 2:00 PM : Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.

10 S. Market St. The Taming of the Shrew. Admission: Pay-what-you will. For more information, call 1-877-682-4236 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com.


The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center
10 South Market Street
Staunton, VA 24401
website   •   Map

The Blackfriars Playhouse is the world’s only re-creation of a Shakespearean indoor theatre. The 300-seat theatre stages performances based on how Shakespeare's company originally performed plays at the original Shakespeare theatres. Performances are staged as a rotating repertory with the same actors in each of several concurrently-running plays.

Jan. 10, 2015 at 7:00 PM : Americana music concert at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.

15 N. Loudoun St. The Woodshedders. American country, rhythm and blues, old-time, bluegrass, and Gypsy jazz music. Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. For more information, call 1-800-838-3006 or visit www.brightboxwinchester.com.


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.

Jan. 10, 2015 at 7:30 PM : Music Faculty Artist Series at Eastern Mennonite University

Martin Chapel in Seminary building.  Musica Harmonia. Chamber music works by Mark O`Connor, Dvorak and Johann Strauss. Open to the public. Admission: Free, donations accepted. For more information, call 540-432-4225.


Eastern Mennonite University
1200 Park Rd.
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
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Founded in 1917 by the Mennonite Church. Over the years EMU has grown from a small Bible academy into a fully-accredited university with over 1,600 students in more than 35 undergraduate programs, seminary and five graduate programs.

Jan. 10, 2015 at 7:30 PM : Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.

10 S. Market St. The Taming of the Shrew. Admission: Pay-what-you will. For more information, call 1-877-682-4236 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com.


The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center
10 South Market Street
Staunton, VA 24401
website   •   Map

The Blackfriars Playhouse is the world’s only re-creation of a Shakespearean indoor theatre. The 300-seat theatre stages performances based on how Shakespeare's company originally performed plays at the original Shakespeare theatres. Performances are staged as a rotating repertory with the same actors in each of several concurrently-running plays.

Jan. 11, 2015 at 2:00 PM : Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.

10 S. Market St. The Taming of the Shrew. Opening night performance. Admission: Pay-what-you will. For more information, call 1-877-682-4236 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com.


The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center
10 South Market Street
Staunton, VA 24401
website   •   Map

The Blackfriars Playhouse is the world’s only re-creation of a Shakespearean indoor theatre. The 300-seat theatre stages performances based on how Shakespeare's company originally performed plays at the original Shakespeare theatres. Performances are staged as a rotating repertory with the same actors in each of several concurrently-running plays.

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