Take Advantage of an Extra Hour in Clarke County This Weekend

Time to dust off the alarm clocks and find the manuals for the appliances as it is once again time to fall-back an hour for the end of daylight-savings time. At 2:00 A.M., Sunday, November 6, 2011, we officially “fall back” to standard time. Fortunately, that extra hour couldn’t come at a better time as there are plenty of things to do in and around Clarke County this weekend. Here’s a round-up of what’s going on.

Friday November 4th


The Barns of Rose Hill is holding an Art Reception at 5:00 PM Friday evening for two art exhibits showcasing the talents of local artists. The public is welcome to attend this free event.

Also the Clarke County Public Schools kicks off its three day run of “Twelve Angry Jurors. This co-ed version of “Twelve Angry Men” features a cast of 14 talented middle and high school students under the direction of Theatre teacher Christine Brewer. Follow the deliberations as 12 strangers gather to decide the fate of a young man accused of murdering his father. Watch as they re-enact the crime and fight it out. You won’t want to miss this wonderful display of local acting talent!Performances will be at Williams Auditorium. Admission is $10.00 Adults, $5. 00 Students. Show time is 7:00 PM.

Saturday November 5th


Stop by the parking lot across from Dollar General and make a contribution to the Clarke County Food Drive. FISH of Clarke County has been conducting a food drive for the past week and will have a collection point available Saturday from noon until 6pm. This is the last day of the drive so help FISH help your neighbors and donate generously.

Get a head start on your Christmas shopping at the Holiday Crafts Sale at Blue Ridge Fire & Rescue, Saturday November 5th  9am- 3pm at the fire hall located at 131 Retreat Rd Bluemont, VA. See a wide variety of crafts for purchase then enjoy lunch served by Church of the Good Shepherd.

Humans aren’t the only ones that have weekend opportunities in Clarke. Visit the Clarke County Animal Shelter at 225 Ramsburg Lane in Berryville for a fun, family-oriented event with live music, pony rides, dog agility demonstrations, and free BBQ sandwiches (Courtesy of Mr. B’s BBQ) from noon to 3 p.m.  A rabies clinic for dogs and cats will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at a cost of $10 per pet.

Swing through Millwood and spend some time at Heritage Day at the Burwell-Morgan Mill. Those looking for a beautiful place to visit on a fall day, can enjoy a cookout, fresh-pressed cider, and terrific old-time music, and experience the ways of yesteryear with colonial milling, cooking, woodworking, and weaving. Don’t miss Heritage Day at the Burwell-Morgan Mill on November 5 from 11 to 5.

While you’re in Millwood, enjoy performance by the Northern Shenandoah Valley Sacred Harp & Shape Note Singers at the Millwood Community Center at  1610 Millwood Road. A Potluck supper will be held at 6 p.m.

Another option when dinner time rolls around, is to head over to Faith Fellowship Church at 371 Kimble Road in Berryville for a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser. The event starts at 4:00 pm. Adult meal is $6.00, children 5 and under $3.00 and carryout is available.

Round out the day with the second performance of the CCPS Drama “Twelve Angry Jurors” at Johnson Williams Middle School. Showtime is at 7:00 PM.

Sunday November 6th


Catch a matinee and the final performance of the CCPS Drama “Twelve Angry Jurors” at 2:30 PM at Johnson Williams Middle School.

Take the day off from cooking dinner Sunday night and support a great cause. Enjoy a enjoy a home cooked meal, including dessert at  Enders Fire/Social Hall, 9 S. Buckmarsh St. Berryville.  All proceeds go to St. Bridget’s Hobert Hall building fund.  Cost at the Door: –  ADULTS/Age 12 and up – $8.00, Youth – Ages 5 thru 11 – $4.00 and Ages 4 and under are FREE.




  1. I believe that there is a public book discussion at Josephine Museum at 3PM on sunday. [redacted] the book topic is about U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East. The author is an African American and the museum has interesting local history. In the past, I have been to these Josephine Museum book discussions that were led by Dr. Helen Bond, a professor at Howard University. By listening, you can learn even if you have not read the book. In the past, I heard great Josephine Museum book discussions about Barack Obama, Colin Powell, Condolesa Rice and Clarence Thomas.

  2. On saturday morning, Dwight Brown led a trip to Washington, D.C. to see the King James Bible exhibit at Folger Shakespeare Library. At 11AM, the female tour guide showed us around and shared interesting details. I also enjoyed seeing The Library of Congess. Luckily, I made it back to Millwood by 4:30PM to hear some music at the Heritage Celebration at Burwell-Morgan Mill and to sample some of Jimmy Harp’s delicious homemade apple cidar. On sunday morning, the weather was great, so I did some day hiking in Shenandoah National Park and the view from Hogback Overlook at milepost 21 on the Skyline Drive was gorgeous. I was tempted to hike all day, but I am glad I got back to Berryville on time at 3PM to hear the fascinating guest speaker at the Josephine Museum. He is a Black Muslim American who is from Flint, Michigan and a professor at Howard University. He read to us passages from his book of fiction and gave insight to how muslim countries overseas feel threatened by our US foreign policy. As usual, Dr. Helen Bond led a thought stimulating discussion and the author gave great answers to questions asked by the audience. This book discussion increased my cultural diversity awareness.