Newest Shenandoah Valley Civil War Battlefield Visitor Center opens
There are 20 Civil War battlefields in the Shenandoah Valley. And each of them can be explored within a region officially designated as the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District. Right now, that adds up to about 4,500 acres.
The district's battlefield lands are managed by the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. Other important SVBF concerns: Protect more and more tracts of historic battlefield land from development, as well as interpret their history and provide tourism information for Shenandoah Valley visitors.
For years the SVBF has maintained a visitor information center at its headquarters in New Market, Va., the site of another significant Civil War battle that was partially fought by teen-aged military cadets, and recently popularized in the film, Field of Lost Shoes.
This past September a second SVBF battlefield visitor center was opened just outside of Winchester, Va. at the more recently-established Third Winchester Battlefield Park.
The Battle of Third Winchester was the largest battle ever fought in the Shenandoah Valley, says Dan Reinhart, Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District Director of Resource Management.
The Valley is a four-season destination. Even as the days get shorter and colder, there's always plenty to see and do here. More and more outdoor decorations pop up all over the region. Holiday celebrations, community festivals, concerts, theater, museum programs, gift-giving. The good life is warm and bright in the Shenandoah Valley!
Opera Studio concert at Shenandoah University
Goodson Chapel Recital Hall, 1400 L.P. Hill Drive. Shenandoah Conservatory Studio Opera performs. Free admission. For more information, visit ShenandoahPerforms.org.
Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.
10 S. Market St. The Santaland Diaries. Admission: Pay-what-you-will. For more information, call 1-877-682-4236 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com.
Holiday light show at Clearbrook Park in Clear Brooke, Va.
3300 Martinsburg Pike. Walking in a Winter Wonderland. Runs now through Jan. 8, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Eve. Lights out at 10 p.m. Admission: Ages 12 and over: $5. Ages 2-11: $3. Agest one and under: Free admisison. For more information, visit frederickcountyva.gov/departments/o-z/parks-recreation.
Book Club Meeting at Long Branch Plantation in Millwood, Va.
830 Long Branch Lane. New members welcome, free membership. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier Club meets first Tuesday of every month. OK to bring a snack or dinner. For more information, call 540-837-1856 or visit www.visitlongbranch.org.
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Buena Vista, Va.
Buena Vista City Hall 2039 Sycamore Ave. \Annual tree lighting celebration, music and refreshments.