The Shenandoah Jamboree will be at Shenandoah Caverns/Yellow Barn. Featuring Lisa Meadows, Shenandoah Jamboree cast and local performers. Ben “Cooter” Jones will be making special appearances with the “General Lee”. The featured guest is Nadine of Larry’s Country Diner and she will perform approximately the second half of the show. Doors open 6pm and show starts at 7pm. 540-477-3080.
1st Blue Ridge 10 Miler at Coyner Springs Park starting at 8am. This is an out-and-back course with beautiful mountain views. You will get a performance gender-specific shirt, a finisher medal, a post-race party with live music, an awards ceremony and food (for purchase). Rain date is the 2nd. To register call 540-207-9393 or info on their web site at www.corkscrewracing.com/10-miler.html.
Are you looking for fun in the country? Come to Wayside Farm, 5273 Harry Byrd Highway, from 10am-6pm. Enjoy our famous Angry Bird corn maze and “get lost” as you weave your way along the paths. We have pig races, barnyard animals, hayrides, u-pick pumpkins, yummy food and lots and lots of activities for the the whole family. Admission fee. Active military members with ID are admitted free to the farm. 540-539-3276.
Shenandoah Crafters 47th Annual Craft Show and Sale at Page County Middle School, 198 Panther Drive. This is where you will find quality workmanship of handmade craft items. Also lots of delicious food available. Proceeds of this event will benefit the Volunteer Fire Company/Rescue Squad or other needy community organizations. 540-652-8404 or 540-249-3263.
November 1–Montpelier Station.
80th Running of the Montpelier Hunt Races, 11407 Constitution Highway, held rain or shine. There will be activities for the whole family that will begin with terrier races and end with seven exciting horse races. Also the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at Montpelier presents the 1st Art at the Races event that will benefit the thoroughbred horses we care for at Montpelier. 540-672-0027.
Bring your family treasures and heirlooms to Belle Grove’s Annual Antiques Appraisal and Traditional Crafts Fair from 10am-4pm. 540-869-2028.
14th Annual Open Studio at Solace, 193 W. Spotswood Ave. There will be gift certificate giveaways, weekend specials, wine tasting by Wisteria Vineyards, light edibles by Bowl of Good. This event starts at 10am and ends at 5pm on both days. 540-298-5222.
Virginia Lovers’ Gourd Society presents their 13th Annual Virginia Gourd Festival at Richards Fruit Market. You’d be out of your gourd to miss this free festival that includes an auction of gourd art, great gourd crafts and gourd supplies to make your own crafts. 540-869-1455.
Augusta Expoland events: Indoor Market and Yard Sale on the 1st; Christmas Art and Craft Show on the 8th-9th; Diva Night Christmas on the 22nd. 540-943-3976.
Events at Virginia Horse Center: Fall VA Horse Trials on the 1st-2nd; Southwest VA Hunter Jumper Assoc. Finals on the 7th-9th; VA Horse Shows Assoc. Championships on the 13th-16th; Winter Tournament on the 29th. call 540-464-2950.
Calling all ladies who like to sing! Valley Harmony Chorus is hosting a Guest Night at 7:00 pm. Bring a friend and come on out to hear the chorus, learn more about ladies' barbershop singing, and join in and sing some fun barbershop songs with other ladies who love to sing! VHC is a prospective chapter of Sweet Adelines International. This event will be held in the Forum at Wilson Middle School. For more www.informationvalleyharmonychorus.org or call 540-414-8634. Free event.
ShenanArts presents “Tuesday Morning” at the nTelos Theatre, 300 Churchville Ave. Script by Diane Hahn and original music by Richard Adams. Admission fee. 540-712-0001.
The Shoppes at Mauzy will celebrate their 16th Annual Holiday Open House. Just south on Route 11 at Exit 257, I-81. Join us for refreshments, special drawings, lots of holiday decor and gift ideas. Browse in the General Store, Stage Coach Inn and other buildings. Bring a friend. Open 10-6 daily and 12-5 Sundays. 540-896-9867.
November 8–Shenandoah Caverns.
Explore Virginia wine, food and crafts at the fifth annual Shenandoah Uncorked at the Yellow Barn at Shenandoah Caverns, from 10am-4:30pm. With over 11 Virginia wineries, great food, unique crafts and a variety of kid’s activities, there’s something for everyone at this unique event. Admission is free. Wine tasting is only $15.00 and includes a souvenir glass. Also explore Shenandoah Caverns right next door, you’ll get a special discount with your festival wristband. 540-477-2432 or 1-888-4CAVERN (22-8376).
November 8, 11–Staunton.
The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum will participate in the Veterans Day parade, which will include the President’s 1919 Pierce-Arrow limousine on the 8th. Also in honor of President Wilson’s admiration of our soldiers and sailors, the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum will be pleased to allow all veterans, active military, and their family members free admission on the 11th. Those interested in more information e-mail: email@example.com or call 540-885-0897, ext. 106.
November 8, 22–Stephens City.
Join us at Bowman Library, 871 Tasker Road, for “Paws for Reading”. Read your favorite story to a willing listener, a specially trained dog. Our dogs love to listen to stories. 540-869-9000.
The Annual Veterans Day Celebration is held to honor our nation’s heroes. The parade begins at 2pm at the Rockingham County Administration Building, 20 East Gay Street and ends at the City Municipal Building. Also there will be a Veterans day ceremony and concert. For location of the other events call 540-432-8936.
November 11–National Parks.
The National Park Service has declared fee-free days in observance of Veterans Day. So get out and enjoy any National Park in the country without paying an entrance fee. Fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and those collected by third parties are not included. 540-999-3500.
Ahoy there Pirates (ages 5-12), prepare to set sail to an “Evening in Neverland” at Jim Barnett Park’s Social Hall. There will be games, crafts and a bounty of a meal awaits. Join Peter, Tink and of course, the meanest pirate, Captain Hook himself, for a fun filled evening from 6-7:30pm. Register by the 7th, use activity# 637317-01. 540-662-4946.
Wild Horse and Burro adoptions at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds, from 8am-7pm. This is a chance to care for and then own a part of America’s heritage. Many of those animals have become excellent pleasure, show, or work horses. After properly caring for an animal for one year, an adopter is eligible to receive title or ownership from the federal government. 866-468-7826 or 540-434-0005.
The Stocked Market at the Civic Center is a holiday shopping gala where merchants from across the country, bring their unique items from jewelry and gifts to sporting goods and gourmet foods. This is the primary annual fundraiser for the Junior League of the Roanoke Valley (JLRV). This nonprofit organization is committed to ensuring that children and their families have the opportunities and services they need. 540-343-3663.
The Annual Gala concert at Eastern Mennonite University is the Music Department’s opening celebration of the winter holiday season. This is their major fundraising concert. This annual event that showcases the breadth of musical talent of EMU’s Music Department. Suggested donations are $10.00 per person and will benefit the music scholarship fund. 540-432-4225.
November 15-Dec. 31–Staunton.
Art for Gifts ideal for those seeking a unique holiday gift. Art for Gifts occurs in the gallery at the Staunton Augusta Art Center. Hand-crafted gifts including jewelry, home décor, glass, sculpture, paintings, clothing, and more are available for purchase at this time. 540-885-2028.
Little Turkey Treats for ages 2+. Time to bring your “Little Turkey” to Jim Barnett park for some fun activities and treats to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday at 6:30pm. You must Register by the 17th. Use activity# 641347-01. To register call 540-662-4946.
November 21–Front Royal.
The Blue Ridge Arts Council will host the “Deck the Halls” 400 block of East Main Street. The proceeds raised from this event will support the arts council’s programs and outreach services. 540-635-9909.
5th Annual Turkey Trot 5K/10K race that starts and finishes at the Massanutten Military Academy track. All proceeds from the event will benefit Shenandoah Alliance for Shelter. To register call 540-459-2142.
November 22–Front Royal.
“Holly Jolly Saturday” at the Gazebo on Village Commons, from 11am-2pm. Featuring visits with Santa, fun holiday entertainment, activities for the whole family, and there will be some trees and wreaths available for sale. 540-635-9909.
Christmas Bazaar at the Community Center from 8am-4pm. Local crafters, bake table, and more. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will visit at noon. 540-636-3588.
The Grandin Village Holiday Children’s Parade starts 11 am, at the Christ Lutheran Church, and proceeds through Grandin Village. Santa’s arrival on a fire-truck and more. No registration is required to participate and children of all ages are welcome. If you’d like to enter a float, come to the parking lot of Christ Lutheran Church between 10-10:30 am. 540-777-1790.
November 24-Dec. 10–Winchester.
Leave a letter for Santa in one of his special mailboxes, with a return address and Santa will write back. Mailbox locations are the War Memorial Building at Jim Barnett Park, City Hall, Visitors Center. 540-662-4946.
November 25-Jan. 5, 2014–Staunton.
For the tenth year in a row beautiful Gypsy Hill Park’s 214 acres will be aglow with holiday lights from 5-11pm daily. You can honor a loved one, a Veteran, a friend or honor someone “just because” by placing a lighted deer in the Field of Deer for the Celebration of Holiday Lights. 540-885-4266 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanksgiving Weekend at Wintergreen Resort. Traditional feasts, family fun, the grand illumination of the courtyard on the 28th, and holiday workshops on the 28th-29th. If Mother Nature is smiling, we hope to have The Plunge and Discovery Ridge Adventure Center open for the weekend. Also the Annual Turkey Day 5K on the 26th. Then the annual Ski Swap to Support the Wintergreen Ski Patrol, buy or sell used skis, boots, and more on the 28th. 434-325-2200 or www.wintergreenresort.com/thanksgiving/.
Start a new Thanksgiving tradition with the Lexington Gobble Wobble 5K and Fun Run the whole family can participate in. 5k Run/Walk start at 9am is a scenic 3.1 mile loop course through historic downtown, starting and finishing at Brewbaker Field. Water available along the course, and food/drinks available at the finish line. Registration fee. Also the One Mile Kids Fun Run, start time 8:30am for children 10 and under. No registration required. All participating children will receive a prize. To register call 540-463-5375.
November 28–Natural Bridge.
Coats for Kids event at Virginia Safari Park, 229 Safari Lane, will open its gates from 9am-5pm and donate their entire day’s proceeds to purchase new winter coats for children in need in the area. Come pet a llama and feed a giraffe to support a great local cause. Admission fee, kids 2 and under free. 540-291-3205.
The mountain music tradition lives on at Clark’s Ole Time Music Center, 1288 Ridge Rd. Featuring mountain music, bluegrass music and dancing in a family atmosphere. Admission fee. 540-377-2490.
Annual Candlelight Processional and Community Christmas Tree Lighting begins at 5:15pm. Procession forms at Stonewall Jackson Cemetery, parades down Main Street. At 5:30pm Mr. and Mrs. Claus leads the procession in a horse-drawn carriage down to Hopkins Green where a choir leads everyone in carols. The City Mayor lights the Community Christmas tree officially ushering in the holiday season. 540-319-4181.
Backroom Brewery Holiday Festival and Home Brew Competition, (the alternative to Black Friday), Friday and Saturday, 10am to 8pm each day. Backroom Brewery is located at 150 Ridgemont Road (off Reliance Road). We will be offering artists and vendors, live music, plants, wreaths, home brew and cheese making demonstrations, local food and craft beer. Please call 540-869-8482 for additional information.
Blue Ridge Dog Training Club event at the Body Renew Fitness and Family Sports Center, 221 Commonwealth Court. Turf Arena will be occupied all weekend with exciting Dog Agility Trials. Come and watch dogs of all sizes and breeds compete in an AKC agility trial. Dogs will be running different obstacle courses including jumps, A-frame, teeter, tunnels and dog walks. Sanctioned AKC trial. Admission: Free. 540-869-0100 or visit their website at www.blueridgedogtrainingclub.com.
Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Show starting 10am-3pm at the Restaurant at Bryce Resort. You are invited to take part in this fun arts and crafts show. There is no admission charge, just come on in and find the perfect gift. 540-856-2121, ext. 220 or email@example.com.
Join us as we kick off our Holiday Celebrations beginning with the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 7pm. Activities culminate with a count down to the official lighting of the Christmas tree. Following the program, you and your family are invited to enjoy complimentary light refreshments served by Merchants in their stores along Main Street. Everyone is invited to join us. 540-254-1212.