Christmas is coming and every weekend in Clarke County brings more opportunities to celebrate and get into the holiday spirit. From history to the performing arts, Clarke County has a wealth of activities to ring in the holidays.
Friday December 9 – start your weekend by giving the gift of life. The Rotary Club of Clarke County is sponsoring an American Red Cross Blood Drive from noon until 6:00 PM at Duncan United Methodist Church in Berryville. Blood supplies always dwindle during the holiday season so every donation is critical.
Saturday December 10 – Start your Saturday with a hearty meal and a little time with the big man himself. Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company will host its annual BREAKFAST WITH SANTA. Volunteers will serve pancakes, sausage, gravy, biscuits, scrambled eggs, juice, coffee and hot chocolate. Santa will be on hand throughout to visit with young and old and pose for pictures (modest donation requested for digital print) Children are also invited to “make and take” a holiday craft.
Later in the day, swing through Pine Grove and join the great folks at the Horse Shoe Curve for their annual BBQ benefit to help the elderly in Clarke County. The event runs from 4 – 10 PM. Enjoy some excellent meats from the grill and bring a side dish to share. This year the Horse Shoe Curve Benevolent Association will be auctioning an $1100 bicycle and a sleigh as well as many other great items (See items on their Facebook page here). All funds raised will go towards providing Christmas gifts for the elderly in Clarke County. Bring a friend and enjoy some great food and support a great cause. For more information call: 540-554-8291
Mix some history with your holiday festivities and visit the The Barns of Rose Hill for “The American Civil War: A Community at the Crossroads” from 6:00 – 7:30 PM. 150 years ago Clarke County entered into the Civil War, which for 4 years tore this country and our community apart. To mark this period of history the Clarke County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee is honored to present a unique event composed of period music, stories and displays. Sample period food and drink from the 1800’s. FREE ADMISSION. For more information please call: 540-955-5131. The event will feature two choirs, dramatic readings and live fiddle and hammered dulcimer music related to Christmas in Clarke County at the start of the Civil War.
View a practice session of “Ashoken Farewell” with Gary McGraw on the fiddle and Jim Buckner playing the hammered dulicmer.
Saturday evening the dance ensemble from The Blue Ridge Studio for the Performing Arts will be presenting “A Winter Dance Festival” at Millbrook High School. The show starts at 7:00 PM and will feature some of the most beloved holiday music. The Blue Ridge Studio for the Performing Arts, a non-profit organization, provides professional dance instruction to children and adults throughout the Northern Shenandoah Valley. Tickets are $15 / adults and $10 / children 12 and under. Discounts for non-profit groups and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at Sweet Pea’s Children Shop, 5 East Main Street, Berryville, Virginia. For more information, call 540-955-2919.
Also Saturday evening the “Berryville Bluegrass Series Presents Dale Ann Bradley and Michael Cleveland & The Flamekeeper” 7:00 PM in the Johnson-Williams Community Auditorium in Berryville. Doors open 1 hour before concert. Tickets are $25 at the door. The Berryville Bluegrass Concert Series is a fund raising endeavor that supports the Clarke County High School Eagle Athletic Association. For More Information or to Check For Ticket Availability Call 540-837-2187. Website: www.berryvillebluegrass.com
Take in the holiday splendor of a Greek Revival Mansion decorated with the splendor of Christmas! Twilight Tours at Long Branch start promptly at 6:00 PM. Admission is $10.00.
Sunday Deccember 11– Meet Naturalist Chris Lewis and VNPS members at Sky Meadow Park and join them on a one mile long relatively easy walk. Chris will follow the Shearman’s Mill Trail and will show you how to identify trees in winter. Meet at the horse stables in the park located in the section east of Rt. 17. Wear clothes suitable for the weather, sturdy shoes and bring water. Cost is $4 Park Admission For more details, please contact Chris firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy a matinee performance of “A Winter Dance Festival” at Millbrook High School by the The Blue Ridge Studio for the Performing Arts. The show starts at 2:00 PM and will feature some of the most beloved holiday music. Tickets are $15 / adults and $10 / children 12 and under.
So, between Christmas shopping and decorating take a break and enjoy some of the great activities in and around Clarke County.