51st Fisherville Antiques Expo
through Oct. 14
51st Fisherville Antiques Expo. Oct. 12 - 14. Virginia's most exciting antiques event. Over 400 exhibitors. One of the greatest gatherings of dealers and collectors in the mid-Atlantic. Call or check website for details. Expoland, Fisherville. 434-846-7452. www.heritagepromotions.net.
through May. 31
Rappahannock Creates. Apr. 6 - May 31. Artistic talent abounds in Rappahannock County. Following in the foot steps of the successful Artists of Rappahannock Studio and Gallery Tour in November, this spring exhibit is meant to bring attention to the artists who create paintings, sculpture, fine craft and furniture here in the county. Jiried by Mark Staples. River District Arts, Sperryville. 703-783-0124. www.riverdistrictarts.org.
NSLM Exhibit Munnings: Out in the Open
through Sep. 15
Sir Alfred Munnings (1878 - 1959), British
The National Sporting Library & Museum, in Middleburg, Virginia, exhibition, Munnings: Out in the Open, includes over fifty masterworks by the renowned English artist, Sir Alfred Munnings (1878 - 1959), some never before exhibited in the United States. Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Closed Monday, Tuesday.
A second exhibition, Munnings in Print, will be on view in the Library. Library Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday. Closed federal holidays. Free. Middleburg.
Civil War Sites Today
through May. 31
Civil War Sites Today. May 1 - 31, Opening reception May 5, 4 - 6 p.m. An Exhibit of Paintings by the Loudoun Sketch Club. On display in the Oatlands’ Carriage House, Leesburg. 703-777-3174. www.oatlands.org.
Dare to Dance: An Artist's Interpretation of Joy, Quilt Exhibit
through Jun. 13
@ 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Dare to Dance: An Artist's Interpretation of Joy
Where quilters gather, art quilts will happen. These quilts may reflect basics in structure and characteristics of traditional quilts, but with the freedom of artistic interpretation and use of contemporary techniques, anything is a go. Through the joy of creating, by needle and thread and in all manner of surface design, hand stitching and embellishment, “Dare to Dance” makes a debut. Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory/Merchant Gallery, Old Town Manassas.
Ninth Annual “The Art of Recovery” Exhibit
through May. 26
PONSHOP Studio and Gallery 712 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401
PONSHOP Studio and Gallery is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the
Ninth Annual “The Art of Recovery” art show organized by The Rappahannock Area
Community Services Board (RACSB). This is the third year that PONSHOP is hosting
the exhibit. The opening reception will be Friday, May 3, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. to
9:00 p.m. The exhibit features original artwork created by adults with mental illness.
This annual art show is organized by members of Kenmore Club, a psychosocial
rehabilitation program operated by RACSB. The exhibit coincides with National Mental
Health Month and will be on display through May 26, 2013.
May is National Mental Health month. It seeks to promote mental health and wellness
awareness. PONSHOP and RACSB wish to celebrate mental health through art and
creativity, and we encourage you to show your support.
through Jun. 27
@ 7-9 p.m.
Learn techniques for landscape drawing - composition, perspective, value & scale. From your photos or, weather permitting en plein air. Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory - 3rd floor, Old Town Manassas.
Frank Ruppert at the Art Guild
@ 1-4 p.m.
Greene County Library
Frank Ruppert explores Franz Schubert’s Piano Trio in B Flat D 898, Spring 1828
through Jul. 07
Petite. June 19 - July 7. Small Works of Art. Opening Artists Reception June 22, 5 - 8 p.m. Live An Artful Life, The Plains. 540-253-9797. www.liveanartfullife.com.
8Th Annual Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour
through Jun. 23
8TH Annual Western Loudoun Artists Studio Tour. Jun. 22 - 23, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Visit the working studios of over 50 amazing artists and enjoy paintings, jewelry, fiber arts, pottery, glass and much more! Talk personally with the artists, purchase artwork, view demonstrations, take part in hands-on activities (kids too!) or win a door prize. Watch a bowl form from a lump of clay, a bead from a tube of glass, or fabric from a network of threads. 540-338-7973. www.WLAST.org.
National Sporting Library and Museum Annual Book Fair
National Sporting Library and Museum Annual Book Fair. May 25, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Book Fair is a part of the 54th Hunt Country Stable Tour on Memorial Day weekend. The Book Fair is free and open to the public. Nationally-known authors speak and sign books. National Sporting Library and Museum. Middleburg. 540-687-6542. www.nsl.org.
National Sporting Library & Museum Book Fair
@ 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Showcases Best Selling Equestrian Authors: Rita Mae Brown, Dorothy Ours and Jan Neuharth. http://www.nsl.org/press
Library of Congress’ 2013 National Book Festival
through Sep. 22
This annual celebration of reading and literacy co-chaired by President Obama and Mrs. Obama, occurs September 21 & 22 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Now in its 13th year, the two-day festival has already announced a handful of impressive authors participating, including:
· Khaled Hosseini – Author of The Kite Runner, a novel that had a lengthy run as a best-seller that drew on his experiences as a child in Afghanistan. He has since written A Thousand Splendid Suns and his latest novel, And the Mountains Echoed.
· Terry McMillan – Author of The New York Time’s Bestseller, Waiting to Exhale, and novel-turned-movie How Stella Got Her Groove Back.
· A. Scott Berg – Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer, he has written books about aviator Charles Lindbergh (Lindberg), Katharine Hepburn (Kate Remembered) and his newest biography of Woodrow Wilson (Wilson) will be published this September.
· Kay Bailey Hutchison - Former United States Senator from Texas and New York Times bestselling author, published her latest book in April, Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas.
· Ayana Mathis – Author of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, her debut novel, was the second book selected for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0, a revived version of Oprah’s original book club with online elements.
The Library of Congress’ 2013 National Book Festival—the 13th annual celebration of books, reading and literature co-chaired by President Obama and Mrs. Obama. This DC tradition gives book lovers of all ages a rare opportunity to interact with and get their books signed by their favorite authors.
9/22: 10am – 5:30pm
9/23: Noon – 5:30pm
The National Mall, between 9th & 14th Streets
Concerts and Theatre
Culpeper Third Thursdays
through Jul. 18
@ 5-9 p.m.
Join us in historic downtown Culpeper directly in front of the Depot for the kick-off concert of the 3rd Thursday Summer Concert Series, brought to you by Culpeper Renaissance, Inc., a downtown development organization dedicated to enhancing, celebrating, and enriching Culpeper’s Downtown.
The summer concert series begins on May 16, 2013, with The Blue Tips Rhythm Revue. Blending oldies with today's hits - these guys keep the dance floor packed by breathing new life into classic soul and Motown favorites, music that every generation knows and loves. Their charm is due in large part to their relative youth when compared to the style of music they play, and their exuberant live performances reflect both their love of this music and their skill in playing it.
June 20, 2013, will feature The Worx, voted best local band in Harrisonburg, Va., and Lynchburg, Va. The Worx perform modern and classic rock-n-roll covers as well as original material with such energetic enthusiasm that everyone will be on their feet for this exciting show.
The festivities continue on July 18, 2013, with 10 Spot. Seamlessly combining classic hits from the Temptations and Marvin Gaye into set lists with songs by the Black-Eyed Peas and Gnarls Barkley, 10 Spot has emerged as the must-have band that can do it all. This is one concert you will not want to miss!
Join us for our final concert of the summer on August 15, 2013, with Band of Oz, a Carolina Beach Band. The Band of Oz is one of the most successful groups in the Southeast, featuring a full horn section and a dynamic eight-member group. The entire family will enjoy the last sounds of summer during this classic beach music celebration!
Be certain to join us from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM, directly in front of Depot on Commerce Street in downtown Culpeper, a 2012 Great American Main Street winner, for great music and an enjoyable evening for the entire family!
Culpeper Downtown 3RD Thursday Summer Concert Series
through Jun. 20
Culpeper Downtown 3RD Thursday Summer Concert Series. May 16, and Jun. 20, 5 - 9 p.m. Join us in historic downtown Culpeper directly in front of the depot for the 3rd Thursday Summer Concert Series, brought to you by Culpeper Renaissance, Inc., a downtown development organization. Enjoy great live music! Advance tickets $5, season passes available for $15, under 21 free. Commerce Street, Culpeper. 540-825-4416. www.culpeperdowntown.com.
La bohème at Ash Lawn Opera
through Jun. 19
Whether this is your first or the fiftieth La bohème, be prepared to be swept away by Puccini’s timeless masterpiece, featuring artists who have performed at the Metropolitan Opera and other prestigious theaters. With its soaring melodies, all too human characters, and touching love story, it’s no surprise La bohème is one of the most frequently performed operas worldwide. Ash Lawn Opera’s production, set in the Paris Latin Quarter at the turn of the century, features a superb cast, beautiful set and costumes, full-orchestra, and lots of local children at the elegantly restored Paramount Theater. Performances of La bohème? will be sung in Italian with English surtitles. There are only four performances from July 12 – 19, so get your tickets now!
Tchaik This Out!
Tchaik This Out! Jun. 16, 3 p.m. We bring our 2012-2013 Season to a thunderous close with a triple play of some of Tchaikovsky's most celebrated works, and welcome back violinist Amy Beth Horman for her second appearance with the PSO. .Rice Theatre, Highland Center For The Arts, Warrenton. 540-878-2700. www.piedmonysymphony.org.
Summer Sounds Concerts-Washington Scottish Pipe Band
Bagpipes and Celtic Dancers to melt a Celtic heart at the Center for the Arts' SummerSounds Concert -
Each year, the Center for the Arts, in partnership with Micron Technology Foundation, the City of Manassas, and the Harris Pavilion offers a series of free concerts. The popular concerts are scheduled on alternate Saturday evenings throughout the summer. Bring your chairs, blankets, and picnics to enjoy these free concerts with your friends and neighbors! Bring your chairs, blankets, and picnics to enjoy these concerts with your friends!
June 22, 6:30-8pm at the Harris Pavilion, 9116 Center St., Manassas
Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy
through Aug. 04
Each year, the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy is built around a theme that serves to inspire and unite a vast array of programming. The 2013 Festival, IN MY MIND'S EYE – Image, imagery and imagination in the arts, will include more than 200 performances and events in 28 days (July 8-August 4). What sparks the imagination of a creative genius, and how do we perceive his or her work? How do our individual "mind's eyes" shape our own understanding and enjoyment of the arts? Expect another thrilling roller coaster ride as the 2013 Festival unfolds. The Dunlop Pavilion (formerly the Evans Center), Wintergreen. (434) 325-8292. www.wintergreenperformingarts.org
Carousel at Ash Lawn Opera
through Aug. 11
Named the Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, and the Best Musical of the Twentieth Century by TIME, Carousel’s “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, “If I Loved You”, and “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over” will be brought to life by artists from the Metropolitan Opera and other prestigious theaters. If you fell in love with the 1956 film adaption, there is nothing like a live performance with a full orchestra, beautiful set and costumes, prestigious cast, and talented local children at the elegant Paramount Theater! Don’t miss your chance to see one of the five performances between August 3 – 11!
Prince WIlliam Community Band
@ 6:30-8 p.m.
Prince William Community Band performs patriotic American Music -presented by the Center for the Arts' SummerSounds Concert Series- Aug. 31, 6:30-8pm at the Harris Pavilion, 9116 Center St., Manassas
Each year, the Center for the Arts, in partnership with Micron Technology Foundation, the City of Manassas, and the Harris Pavilion offers a series of free concerts. The popular concerts are scheduled on alternate Saturday evenings throughout the summer. Bring your chairs, blankets, and picnics to enjoy these free concerts with your friends and neighbors!
Middleburg Film Festival
through Oct. 27
The Middleburg Film Festival will bring the best in independent films, world-renowned filmmakers, actors, and film industry experts to unique venue on Oct. 25-27, 2013.
A carefully curated selection of narrative and documentary films will screen in an intimate theatre environment, followed by thoughtful and lively conversations with world-renowned filmmakers and actors, film subjects, and opinion leaders.
Special guests already confirmed include Director Lee Daniels (Precious, The Butler); Vanity Fair special correspondent Maureen Orth; former U.S. Senator and now CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Chris Dodd; and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell.
Official festival venues include the soon-to-be-open Salamander Resort & Spa (opening in August 2013), Boxwood Estate Winery, the Hill School, the Middleburg Community Center, the historic Red Fox Inn, and the Middleburg Country Inn.
For more information visit www.middleburgfilmfestival.org
The Bluemont BBQ Bash and Blackberry Bonanza
through Jul. 27
July 26 4-9 p.m.: Competitor Dinner and wine tastings at Bluemont Vineyard
July 27 9-6 p.m.: KCBS state certified BBQ competition & Blackberry Dessert Contest. Admission Only-Food NOT Included $10/child $12/adult BBQ Tasters Ticket (LIMITED AVAILABILITY)- Chance to judge 5 competitors! $22/person
Open 9am-6pm $10/child & $12/adult
The 3rd annual Bluemont BBQ Bash and Blackberry Bonanza hosted by Great Country Farms on July 27 has quickly become a key step toward national prominence for BBQ enthusiasts and their fans. This official KCBS (Kansas City Barbecue Society) State Certified BBQ Competition is one of only a few Virginia events where competitors can qualify for the top national contests. Dan Hixon of 3 Eyz BBQ was named KCBS 2012 Team of the Year, a feat made possible by the team’s pivotal Bluemont BBQ Grand Championship. Dan explains, “Every year we plan our schedule and strive for consistent execution. The Bluemont event is flawless and attracts top competitors that push us to cook our absolute best.” Friends and fans can purchase tokens to preside at the People’s Choice Competition which donates the proceeds to feed the hungry via Loudoun Interfaith Relief.
Fairs and Festivals
Fauquier SPCA Adoption Events
through Jun. 30
Fauquier SPCA Adoption Events. Ongoing. Come meet someone who loves you. The Fauquier SPCA holds many adoption events throughout the year at many location throughout the county. For more information about upcoming event visit our website. 540-788-9000. www.fauquierspca.com.
Memorial Day Weekend
through May. 27
Memorial Day Weekend. Memorial. May 24 - 27. We welcome summer with a fun-filled weekend in the mountains. On Saturday, Blues & Brews is the theme with music being the highlight. We'll top it off with a micro-brew festival, an arts & crafts fair, block pary and a day at the Lake. Sunday brings the Virginia Wine & Food Festival presented by Wintergreen Performing Arts. Lake Monocan opens for the season! Wintergreen Resort, Wintergreen. 434-325-2200. www.wintergreenresort.com.
Annual Delaplane Strawberry Festival
through May. 26
Annual Delaplane Strawberry Festival. May 25 26, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. In addition to having delicious, gourmet-sized strawberries for sale, the festival offers a 4-H petting zoo, hayrides, The Raptor Conservancy of Virginia education station, face-painting and a “discovery tent” with music, magic, storytelling and demonstrations geared toward families with young children. On Saturday, there will be an antique car show, as well as family field games and a corn hole tournament. Call or check website for ticket information. Sky Meadow State Park, Delaplane. 540-364-2772. www.delaplanestrawberryfestival.com
19th Annual Manassas Heritage Festival
19th Annual Manassas Heritage Festival. Jun. 1, 10 a.m. - 4 p m. Connect with the rich railway history in Old Town Manassas, VA and discover what unfolded here 150 years ago at the annual Manassas Railway Festival. Take a scenic train ride aboard the Virginia Railway Express, enjoy live performances and stroll through the model train displays and merchandise. Part of the nation's first military railroad, Manassas Junction played a key role in both the battles of First and Second Manassas. Old Town Manassas. 703-361-6599. www.visitmanassas.org.
Farm and Garden
Saturdays in the Garden with the Loudoun County Master Gardeners
through Jul. 20
@ 10 a.m. to noon
Come on out for free expert advice on vegetable gardening at the Loudoun County Master Gardeners' “Saturday in the Garden” program Saturday, June 1st with a talk on “Summer Vegetable Garden Maintenance". The program is held at the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden at Ida Lee Park, Leesburg, 10am to noon. The July 20th talk is “Managing Insects in the Vegetable Garden”. Each talk will be followed by a question and answer session with experienced Master Gardeners.
The award winning Loudoun County Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden is a practical organic garden that is open to the public to visit and learn about chemical-free gardening. The approximately 1/3 acre garden includes raised beds and small space vegetable areas, a Heritage garden highlighting some plants from Virginia’s past, a Children’s garden featuring child-friendly plants and activities, a Shade garden created under beautiful pine trees, bulb and drought tolerant gardens, a Butterfly garden and a fruit tree area. All produce grown is donated to Interfaith Relief Food Pantry. For more information about the Loudoun County Master Gardener program, please visit www.loudouncountymastergardeners.org
Saturdays in the Garden with the Loudoun County Master Gardeners
through Jun. 20
Come on out for free expert advice on vegetable gardening at the Loudoun County Master Gardeners' “Saturday in the Garden” program which begins on May 4th with a talk on “Preparing the Garden for Summer Vegetables.” The program is held at the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden at Ida Lee Park, Leesburg, 10 a.m. to noon. The June 1 talk will be “Summer Vegetable Garden Maintenance,” and the topic on July 20th is “Managing Insects in the Vegetable Garden.” Each talk will be followed by a question and answer session with experienced Master Gardeners.
The award winning Loudoun County Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden is a practical organic garden that is open to the public to visit and learn about chemical-free gardening.
For more information about the Loudoun County Master Gardener program, please visit www.loudouncountymastergardeners.org or call the Loudoun Extension Office at 703-777-0373.
Free Gardening Lecture – Counting on Pollinators
@ 7 p.m.
Master Gardeners know that bees are the most important pollinator of food plants in the northeast and they are in decline. “Counting on Pollinators: The Banshee Reeks Bee Inventory ” is the topic for the free at the Rust Library, 380 Waterford Road NW, Leesburg. In the context of pollinators and their importance to plant and biodiversity conservation, and to the overall health and function of the global ecosystem, Ms. Elizabeth Sellers will provide an introduction to bees as pollinators and to the Banshee Reeks Bee Inventory. Ms. Sellers will discuss living with, gardening for, and conserving pollinators, as well as opportunities and resources available for learning more about and working with pollinators. 703-777-0373. www.loudouncountymastergardeners.org
Edible Landscaping Annual All About Fruit Day
Edible Landscaping Annual All About Fruit Day . June 15, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Come visit us and tour the orchard, taste Juneberries, blueberries, mulberries, blueberries, red and black raspberries and strawberries and more. Learn about horticultural techniques, take advantage of a plant sale, bring a box lunch and picnic. Guest speakers, grafting, pruning demo and pest control information. Fun, music and more. Afton. 434-361-9134. www.ediblelandscaping.com.
Thomas Jefferson Gardener Talk
Thomas Jefferson Gardener Talk. June 15, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Learn about Jefferson's interest in horticulture in a talk by Jefferson garden expert Peter Hatch. Hatch will also sign copies of his exceptional book on the Monticello Vegetable Garden, "A Rich Spot of Earth": Thomas Jefferson's Revolutionary Garden at Monticello. Guided garden tours, informal workshops, and family-friendly garden activities will also be offered. A wide selection of heritage and native plants will be for sale in our nursery, many of them the types grown by Thomas Jefferson. Free, no registration required; Tufton Farm. 434-984-9822. www.monticello.org.
History - Museums
USMC Museum Family Day
@ 12-3 p.m.
Family Day -- Civil War/Battlefield Medicine
Build a Civil War Battlefield Medicine kit and learn how it was used. Free admission, free parking. Museum store and restaurants are available. www.usmcmuseum.org
Lectures and Workshops
CAMP HURRAH. Helping Us Remember, Renew And Heal is a free one-day camp for children ages 6 to 14 along with their adult caregiver(s) who are grieving a family member or friend’s death. The children will enjoy games, crafts and other activities with supportive discussions to help them learn to cope, relieve their isolation and build trust and self-esteem. Adult caregiver(s) can refresh their spirit and find comfort among others who have also experienced loss. The camp is held at the peaceful grounds of Verdun Adventure Bound in beautiful Rixeyville. A delicious lunch, provided by Chick-FilA, snacks, provided by Buckland Farms and drinks, provided by Giant of Culpeper help round out the day. It’s a day of caring and sharing, combined with fun and creativity. CAMP HURRAH is provided by the joint efforts of Hospice Support of Fauquier County, Spiritual Care Support Ministries and Hospice of the Rapidan. Pre-registration is required. (540) 347-5922.
Word Choreography & Writing Triage with Vera Pastore
@ 1-4 p.m.
Editor Vera Pastore will be at the Culpeper County Library to provide a free program to help you improve your writing.
Everyone can write, but not everyone is a writer. So if you are creating a document or book of any size, enjoy the process of getting your thoughts down on paper, do your best, and then meet with an editor to polish it into a professional text. Meet with writing and editing consultant Vera Pastore in a private one-on-one session for a quick, 30-minute review of your resume, book manuscript, or any type of writing project from business sales letters and websites to short stories and songs.
Time and space is limited, so registration is required. Please call the Culpeper County Library at(540) 825-8691 to reserve your time with Vera Pastore.
The Communities Conference at Twin Oaks
through Sep. 02
The Communities Conference at Twin Oaks is a chance for people interested or involved in intentional communities and other community-oriented projects or businesses to share ideas, network, and enjoy a weekend together. There are formal workshops, open space, as well as many informal opportunities to cross-pollinate with other community minded folks. Held Labor Day Weekend, Aug 30 - Sept 2, 2013. Basic registration fee range is $75 - $175, depending on accommodations. Camping and indoor accomadations are both available. Prices go up June 1st!
On facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CommunitiesConference
How to get here: http://www.communitiesconference.org/info/how-to-get-here/
This year's theme is Community vs. Uncertainty
What role can community play in preparing for an uncertain future? How can cooperation and resource sharing be leveraged to create equitable, sustainable and satisfying solutions to local and global crises?
Free Family Camp
through Jun. 01
@ 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hospice of the Rapidan, Hospice Support of Fauquier County, and Spiritual Care Support Ministrieswill co-host a free one-day Family Camp for children ages 6 to 14 along with their parent(s) or caregivers who are grieving the death of a family member or friend. The camp will be held at Verdun Adventure Bound in Rixeyville.
Children will enjoy games, hiking and other activities in a supportive atmosphere designed to help them learn to cope with their loss. Adults will also find comfort among others who have experienced loss.
For registration and more information, please contact Craig Wilt, Hospice of the Rapidan Director of Grief Care Services, at 540.825.4840; by email email@example.com; or visit our website at www.hotr.org for a camp registration form. The camp is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required and children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.
Virginia Renaissance Festival
through Jun. 10
@ 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Virginia Renaissance Faire will open for its 12th year on Saturday, May 11 for five weekends of historical fun and merriment. Set on the grounds of beautiful Lake Anna Winery, 5621 Courthouse Rd., Spotsylvania, VA, the Faire is open on Saturdays and Sundays May 12 to June 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is $9 and free for children five and under. This season will feature a new young Queen Elizabeth in the mid-16th Century and focus on the earlier part of her reign as she visits her New World colonies. Our Village of Stafford features period costume, shopping, music, hands-on historical crafts and re-enactments, archery, and jousting displays for children and adults, as well as food and drink.
The Virginia Renaissance Faire is filled with craftsmen, food purveyors and, of course, spirits in the town Pub or Wine Garden. For more detailed information, a list of weekend themes and directions, visit the website at www.VaRF.org or call 703-508-5036.
through Sep. 07
Twilight Polo. Every Sat. starting May 18 - Sept. 7, gates open at 6:30. Spectators may purchase food on site or bring their own picnic. The atmosphere is casual and family friendly. No dogs. $30 per car. Great Meadows, The Plains. 540-353-5001. www.greatmeadows.org.
54 Annual Hunt Country Stable Tour
54 Annual Hunt Country Stable Tour, May 25. The Upperville and Middleburg areas are home to many of the country's premier Thoroughbred breeding farms, show hunter barns, fox hunting barns, and country estates. Owners open the doors of their exquisite grounds, magnificent stables and extensive training facilities to visitors. Spend a day touring by car with your friends and family. Trinity Episcopal Church, Upperville. 592-3711. www.visitloudoun.org.
Celebrate Birds and Butterflies during Free Hikes on the Chapman DeMary Trail
@ 10 a.m.
Join us Saturday, June 1 at the Chapman DeMary Trail for two free nature hikes led by local experts. The two hikes will start at 10 a.m. One will feature butterflies, led by Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy President and monarch enthusiastic, Nicole Hamilton. The other will focus on birds and will be led by raptor expert and Loudoun Valley High School Environmental Explorations teacher, Liam McGranaghan. 355 North Hatcher Avenue (behind the building at 205 East Hirst Road) in Purcellville, Virginia 20132. These hikes, held as part of American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day®, are great for families, teachers, students, scout groups, and all who are interested! The Chapman DeMary Trail is located behind the building at 205 East Hirst Road in Purcellville, Virginia. It is part of a sustainable education partnership among the Nature Generation (NatGen), Loudoun Valley High School, the Piedmont Environmental Council, and the Town of Purcellville. To learn more about the Chapman DeMary Trail, visit www.NatGen.org.
Celebrate National Trails Day at Shenandoah National Park
Luray, Virginia: Celebrate National Trails Day in Shenandoah National Park on Saturday, June 1. In partnership with Shenandoah National Park, the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC) invites new hikers and experienced backpackers to learn new trail skills at PATC Trail Patrol’s “Beyond the Trailhead” event at Byrd Visitor Center (milepost 51 on Skyline Drive) from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Come join guided hikes and hands-on demonstrations throughout the day.
With over 500 miles of trails, Shenandoah is a hiker’s paradise. There are trails for every goal, from a stroll on the Limberlost Trail to an excursion on the Appalachian Trail. Enjoy the rewards and challenges of hiking to mountain summits and cascading waterfalls, while reconnecting with family, friends and yourself.
Upperville Colt & Horse Show Celebrates 160 years
through Jun. 09
@ 8 a.m.
Since 1853, equestrians, horse breeders and spectators have gathered under the Grafton oaks in Upperville to admire some of the nation’s most talented horses and riders. The Upperville Colt & Horse Show (UCHS) is the oldest horse show in America. It was founded to encourage better breeding of horses.
What began as a one-day show, with only a few breeding classes, has grown into a week-long tradition with classes for children, adults and families. Each year beneath the oaks at Grafton Farm, more than 2,000 horse and rider combinations compete throughout the week. The show raises funds for the Upperville Volunteer Fire Department and other area charities.
The week culminates with the $75,000 Upperville Jumper Classic, which draws top riders from across the nation. The Jumper Classic will be held on Sunday, June 9 at 2:30 pm.
Prior to the Jumper Classic, the Pedigree Country Fair will take place on Sunday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm with pony rides and games for the kids. Other entertaining events include the Jack Russell Terrier races, Basset Hound demonstrations, and horse drawn carriages. Plan to bring the family, be entertained, browse and shop the food and retail vendors – just spend the day in some of Virginia’s most beautiful countryside.
Gates open at 8 am throughout the week. Admission is $10 per person. Children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult.
CulpeperFest Car Show Invitational
@ 4-8:30 p.m.
If you have a nice car and are coming to CulpeperFest anyway, why don’t you bring your street rod, hot rod, custom, modified, classic or antique car for all to enjoy. We’d love to see it too! “For Chamber Members to show off their Pride & Joy” **First 25 Entries will receive a Dash Plate Commemorating their Appearance at CulpeperFest 2013
Father's Day Weekend At Wintergreen Resort
through Jun. 16
Father's Day Weekend At Wintergreen Resort. Jun. 14 - 16. Father’s Day Weekend at Wintergreen Resort. This Father's Day start a new tradition and celebrate this special holiday at Wintergreen Resort. Treat your dad to a Scotch Tasting. Treat Dad to a day of rest and rejuvenation with one our our Spa's gentleman's services. 434-325-8235. www.wintergreenresort.com.
Annual Father's Day Car Show
Annual Father's Day Car Show. June 16. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Annual Father's Day tradition and growing every year. Classic and antique cars, hot rods and motorcycles line Main Street and several side streets. Family friendly, live music, plus the opportunity to take the historic walking tour and visit the Old Jail Museum. Main Street, Old Town Warrenton. 540-229-8915. www.warrentonchamber.org.
Movie Night At Veramar
Movie Night At Veramar. Jun. 21, 8 - 10:30 p.m. Movie Night at Veramar Vineyard Brought to you by the “Magic Lantern Theater”. Get ready for some great entertainment under the stars at Veramar. Bring your blankets & lawn chairs for this fun filled night. Movie starts at dusk, bring your own picnic or we will have light fare available for purchase and of course, wine!. $8. Veramar Vineyards, Berryville. 540-955-5510. www.veramar.com.
44th Annual Bluemont Fair
through Sep. 22
@ 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Old fashioned family fun at a “Green” Country Fair featuring traditional crafts (juried), local art & authors, craft & farming demonstrations, music: traditional, blues & country, 10k race, free Children’s Fair, farm animals, Llamas & Alpacas, Quilt Display, Colonial Blacksmith, homemade food, fresh & dried flowers, pie-baking/pickle-making contest, antiques & collectables, local wine-tasting & gourmet treats, Historic Slide Show, bee-keepers and hives, model railroad display and antique caboose, pre-Civil War Country Store, Farmer’s Market, and more, set in historic village in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. No Pets! Rain or Shine.
General admission: $5 adults/under 10 free! Free parking.
For more information: www.bluemontfair.org or 540-554-2367
Rt. 734-Snickersville Turnpike, Off Rt. 7
Loudoun County, Virginia
Vineyards & Wineries
Annual "Vino Dog" Celebration at Three Fox Vineyards
through Jun. 08
@ 1-4 p.m.
Calling all Vino Dogs and their humans! Join Magnolia & Posh for their Annual Vino Dog Celebration. Magnolia & Posh--wine-loving and lovable Westies--want to party with like-minded canines and their humans. Come on out and Let the Good Times--and Dog Treats--Roll! We'll have contests and prizes, including: Best "vino dog" based on costume, accessory, etc; Best Dog Trick; Fastest "Fetcher" of Wine Dog Toy; Best Owner/dog Look-alike; Guess the number of dog treats in a jar. Judging begins at 3 pm!
The Vine, The Women's Wine Club at 868 Estate Vineyards
The Vine, the Women's Wine Club at 868, meets monthly for food and wine pairings and a lively wine education seminar targeted for women. Ticket includes wine tastings, food pairings and a fabulous evening of fun with other women interested in wine. Tickets available on our web site include all wine and food pairings. Reservations required 540-668-7008. www.868estatevineyards.com/events
8th annual Wine & Arts Festival at Locust Grove.
@ 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Located in the quaint town of Walkerton, time seems to have turned back to the way life used to be. Even children will enjoy doing their own art work or riding a horse and carriage with Mom and Dad in tow. A lively Silent Auction has something for all ages to bid on. So if you like eating delicious food, tasting delectable wines, buying original artwork, riding a carriage, or listening to classical or bluegrass music, then pull up a chair next to the Mattaponi River and enjoy a fun filled family friendly festival. Music, Food, Horse and Carriage Rides, Kids’ Activities Area. 804 769-8201. www.locustgrove1665.com