Things to see and do...

Apr. 26, 2014 at 10:00 AM : Civil War history Exhibition at Brownsburg Museum in Lexington, Va.

Valley of Virginia, A Community`s Civil War Story. Details life in the village of Brownsburg before, during, and after the Civil War. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sundays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. now through Dec. 21.  For more information, call 540-348-1600.


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.

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 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM : 12th Annual Virginia Hot Glass Festival at Sunspots Studios in Staunton, Va.

April 26 and 27, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Family-friendly exhibition of works from over a dozen visiting Virginia glass artists and full-time live demonstrations. Barren Ridge Vineyards wine tastings in the second-floor gallery. Free admission.


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.

Apr. 26, 2014 at 11:00 AM : Shenandoah Valley Music Festival play event in Woodstock, Va.

Peter Muhlenberg Middle School, 1251 Susan Avenue. Richmond-based Theatre IV performs Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory. Family-friendly program of Civil War music. An O Shenandoah county artisan trail weekend event. Two shows, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free admission, open to public. For more information, visit Shenandoahtravel.org.


Shenandoah Valley Music Festival
221 Shrine Mont Circle
Orkney Springs, VA 22845
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One of the longest-running family-friendly outdoor music events in the mid-Atlantic region, held at the Orkney Springs Hotel on the grounds of the Shrine Mont Camp and Conference Center a National Historic Landmark property. Concerts run from June through September each summer.

Apr. 26, 2014 at 1:00 PM : Planetarium program series at James Madison University

John C. Wells Planetarium, Miller Hall. Microcosm: The Adventure Within at 1 p.m. and Dawn of the Space Age at  2:15 and 3 p.m. Seating 10 minutes before show on first-come, first-seated basis. Discussion period follows. Free admission. For more information, visitwww.jmu.edu/planetarium/index.shtml.


James Madison University
800 S. Main St.
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
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James Madison University is the only university in America named for U.S. President James Madison. Established in 1908, the university offers a broad range of the liberal arts programs. The university has been a coeducational institution since 1966.

Apr. 26, 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. April 26 at 2 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.

Apr. 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM : Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.

10 S. Market St.10 S. Market St. Othello performance. The Merry Wives of Windsor performance at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 1-877-682-4236 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com.  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.

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. 26, 2014 at 3:00 PM : Choir music concert in Lexington, Va.

Lexington Presbyterian Church. Third Annual Rockbridge Area Honor Choir concert, with the Rockbridge Youth Choral. For more information, call 540-458-8637.


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.

Apr. 26, 2014 at 5:00 PM : Outdoor running event at Southern Virginia University

Main Hall. Knight Run, 5k Run/Walk. Sunset 5k run, walk through downtown Buena Vista. Followed by refreshments and live music at Stooard Activity Center. Hosted by Southern Virginia University and the City of Buena Vista. Register by April 25. For more information, call 540-261-8400.


Southern Virginia University
1 University Hill Dr
Buena Vista, VA 24416
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Founded in 1867 and renewed in 1996, Southern Virginia is one of 50 top All-American Colleges chosen by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. Set in the majestic Shenandoah Valley at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Southern Virginia University rests atop a tree-shaded hill in Buena Vista, Virginia.

Apr. 26, 2014 at 7:00 PM : Masterworks Chorale concert at Shepherd University

Franks Arts Center. Masterworks Chorale peforms Bach: Mass in B Minor. Soloists: Brooke Evers, soprano. Melanie Regan, mezzo soprano. Joe Regan, tenor. Rob Tudor, baritone. and the Shepherd University Chamber Singers. Admission: 20 general, $18 for seniors, university staff. $10 for students 18 and under. For more information, call 304-8765765 or visit www.sufom.org.


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)

Apr. 26, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM : Ladies Night at Veramar Vineyard in Berryville, Va.

905 Quarry Road. Line dancing paired with wine and light appetizers. Admission: $25 per person, reservations required. For more information, call 540-955-5510 or visit www.veramar.com.


Veramar Vineyards
905 Quarry Rd.
Berryville, VA 22611
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Veramar Vineyard is a family-run winery on a 100-acre private estate and winery about an hour from Washington D.C. Full-bodied Virginia wines featuring Virginia Terroir.

Apr. 26, 2014 at 8:00 PM : Custin Jazz Series concert at the Gateway theater in Waynesboro, Va.

329 W. Main St. Kathy Kosins: Live By Request. Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door. For more information, call 540-943-9999 or visit www.wtagateway.com.


Wayne Theatre
533 West Main St.
Waynesboro, VA 22980
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First opened in 1926, the Waynesboro Theatre had a neo-classical facade, fashionable interior, and mighty organ. The city eventually took ownership and and in 2000 the the Wayne Theatre Alliance was created to revitalize the property to promote the economic vitality, educational opportunities and cultural life of Waynesboro, Virginia.

Apr. 27, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM : Antique bottle show and sale in Harrisonburg, Va.

Rockingham County Fairgrounds, U.S. RT. 11 South, Exit 243 off of Interstate 81. 43rd Annual Antique Bottle and Collectibles Show and Sale, presented by The Historical Bottle Diggers of Virginia. Historical displays, food available. For more information, call 540-434-1129.


Rockingham County Fair
4808 S. Valley Pike
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
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The Rockingham County Fair is held during the middle of August and offers motocross, tractor pull, grandstand entertainment and more.

Apr. 27, 2014 at 2:00 PM : Honors Symphony Concert at James Madison University

Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts. JMU Symphony Orchestra accompanies School of Music Concerto Competition winners. Tickets: $14 to $15.


James Madison University
800 S. Main St.
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
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James Madison University is the only university in America named for U.S. President James Madison. Established in 1908, the university offers a broad range of the liberal arts programs. The university has been a coeducational institution since 1966.
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