At the half-way point in July, this weekend offers a much needed break from the heat. With an abundance of outdoor activities this weekend, temperatures will remain in the eighties with sunshine through Sunday. So seize the opportunity before the dog days of August set in and enjoy the great outdoors in Clarke County. Here’s what’s in the line-up this weekend.
Get off to an early start as the Barns of Rose Hill holds its first live music event Friday evening. The First Barns Blues Bash featuring The Millwood Blues Week All Stars: Danny Knicely, Scott Ainslie, Ralph Gordon, Danny Gotham, and Rob Soper will be held Friday July 15 at 7:00 pm in the Great Hall. Admission is $20. This is the 14th year that Chip Schutte has hosted the Millwood Blues Week. Instructors and students come from all over the country, as far away as California and Iowa, to participate. The concert will be an eclectic mix of Blues, Jazz, and Bluegrass. Seating is limited and reservations are encouraged by calling The Barns of Rose Hill at 540-955-2004.
The John H. Enders Fire and Rescue Company Yard Party and Auction will be held all day Saturday. This annual fundraising event is a summer highlight as the community gathers to enjoy a huge yard sale followed by a spirited auction of donated items. Kids can enjoy free fire truck rides throughout the day. Great home cooking prepared by volunteers will fuel the afternoon activities with BBQ Chicken, Country Ham, Chicken Salad, “Famous” Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Drinks & Homemade Desserts. Meals cost $10 for Adults, $5 for Children and Kids Under 6 Eat Free. The Yard Sale starts at 8:00 a.m., meal starts at 4:30 p.m., and the Auction starts at 5:30 p.m. For more information please call, 955-1110. Come out and enjoy an old fashioned yard party and support the men and women who help keep our county safe!
Also across the street from the Yard Party at Broy’s Pump Service, Boy Scout Troop 34 is having a fundraising car wash. Money raised will help replace camping equipment and fund Troop activities. Get your ride sparkling and support our local scouts.
Further down Crowe Street the Clarke County Farmers Market will be opening at 8:00 A.M. offering all manner of local fare.
Just outside of Clarke the folks at Sky Meadow Park are ushering in the Dog Days of Summer with a canine event. Find out about “man’s best friends” and what they need from local pet lovers & Middleburg Humane Foundation. Activities include: informational booths & demonstrations, dog obedience classes, pet games & toys, and much more. Bring in a can of dog food and get a free raffle ticket. Sky Meadows State Park is located on Route 17 in Delaplane, VA. Cost of the event is $4.00 per vehicle. For more information visit: www.virginiastateparks.gov
Cap off the weekend with a terrific buffet style meal at the Blue Ridge Fire & Rescue. Join the volunteers for a lunchtime feast. Enjoy a meal at the firehouse with friends and neighbors or buy meals for carry-out. All You Can Eat Meal includes: Grilled Chicken, Italian Sausage, Hot Dogs, Fresh Corn (courtesy Nalls Farm Market), Summer Salads and Sides, Desserts & Ice Cream. Buffet costs $9 for Adults, $5 for Children 5-12 yrs and kids 4 & under eat FREE.
While you are there enter a raffle for a Patriotic Spinner Lap Quilt 48 X 60. Chances are $ each or 7 for $5. The drawing will be held at 2PM but you need not be present to win. For more info call 955-4000.
So enjoy the great activities in the county and support our local volunteers by attending some really great Clarke county traditions.