Memorial Day Weekend Events and Happenings in Clarke County

The unofficial beginning of summer is upon us and with a three day weekend, Clarke County offers a wealth of interesting things to do and see. The National Weather Service is predicting the possibility of a few thunderstorms to start the weekend, but skies will clear Sunday and it appears that we will be off to warm and sunny launch to the summer season. To help you plan your weekend, here are some great events happening in and around Clarke County.

Start your weekend off Saturday morning with the Clarke County Farmer’s Market. Last week added a few more vendors and the event will continue to see seasonal favorites pop-up, so stop by and enjoy some great local fare.

Also in town Saturday morning starting at 10:00 AM, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church on   N. Buckmarsh St. will hold its annual Strawberry Festival. This wonderful community event features fried chicken lunches for $8.00, homemade ice cream, strawberry shortcakes, a bake sale, and lots of plants. Stop by and enjoy all things strawberry, but come early because these spring treats are gone before you know it.

After your morning shopping beat the heat and take a dip in the community pool. The Clarke County Public Pool opens for the 2011 season Saturday at noon.   Hours throughout the weekend are noon til 6:00PM. A current fee schedule is available here.

Smoke will be flying as our friends at the Horseshoe Curve Benevolent Association will be cooking barbecue and selling it for charity.   Buy it by the pint or enjoy sandwiches, and dinner platters with corn, slaw and beans. Stop by Nalls’ Farm Market on Route 7 between 11:00AM and 5:00PM on Sunday and Monday to enjoy a great meal. All proceeds will go to help local charitable causes.

The folks at Crums Church will be walking to raise funds for a mission trip to Botswana, Africa in July. The “Walkin’ and Rockin’ Festival” includes a 1 mile walk that will take place at 2:00 PM on Saturday in Winchester at Jim Barnett Park. The festival will include games, crafts, food and music. Bring the kids for a day of fun and help the Crums Church Mission Team raise needed funds for their trip. For more visit the event page here.

Remember the reason for the holiday and join your friends and neighbors at the he annual Clarke County Memorial Day Service. The event will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 29th, at Rose Hill Park.   The program will include patriotic music, military salutes, prayers, and speeches. This year Vice  Admiral Norbert R. Ryan, Jr., USN (Retired) has agreed to share some brief remarks with the citizens of Clarke County.   He currently serves as President of the Military Officers Association of America.

Limited seating will be available so bring lawn chairs and/or blankets.   Parking for elderly and handicapped guests will be available in the parking lot adjacent to the Dollar General Store.   In case of inclement weather, the service will be held at Johnson-Williams Middle School.

So enjoy the holiday and as the summer vacation driving season begins, let’s be safe out there.

VFW flags fly over Berryville, Virginia - Photo Edward Leonard