The Clarke Weekender – 7/13/2012 – Friday the 13th Edition

Get your bat fix early with “A Celebration of Bats”

This weekend starts on Friday the 13th, but have no fear, the wealth of good things happening in the county will prevail over any superstitious concerns and should add-up to another great break from the work week in Clarke. Temperatures have dropped and will be far more comfortable than the heat wave we endured last weekend, but the possibility of thunderstorms persists through Monday. If you haven’t signed up for the new Code Red warning system that Clarke County implemented, you can do it here. It’s a great new way to know if there is anything perilous afoot in the county. Barring the passing t-storm or two, the weather will cooperate and provide 80° temps today and near 90° through Saturday and Sunday. So, get out there and have some fun in Clarke County. Here’s some things to consider:

Friday July 13

Music is in the air in Millwood– A concert will be held at 7:00 pm at Snow Fielding’s (The Lower Mill) in Millwood VA.  This concert is open to the public and refreshments will be provided. There is a $10 suggested donation. Call Stuart:540 398 1206 for directions or more information.

Blues Week All Star Line Up at Barns of Rose Hill” kicks off on the Clarke County Rotary Club stage at 8:00 PM Friday night. For fifteen years running, the village of Millwood has hosted “Blues Week,” a musical teaching and performance workshop that, true to its name, lasts for a whole week, and centers around that great American musical idiom, the Blues! The week is based on various performers teaching students of all ages (17-70+ this year) in various derivations of Blues music, including jazz, country, and pop. For the second straight year, Barns of Rose Hill is proud to host one of the high points of the week, the Teacher’s Concert. For this second annual Blues Week Performance,  the ‘Blues Week All-Stars’ will feature Scott Ainslie, from Vermont, a touring traditional acoustic blues performer with an incredible voice; and Tom Mitchell, of Baltimore, who has been the guitar player for ‘Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks”, a retro-swing band that has toured nationally for years. Also appearing will be perennial local favorites Danny Knicely and Ralph Gordon, on mandolin and bass, respectively, and Rob Soper, a guitarist from California who has performed and taught at Millwood for an incredible 13 straight years, and who is a dynamic player and performer.  Tickets are $10.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door For more information please call the Barns of Rose Hill at 540-955-2004

Saturday July 14

Saturday morning hit the Clarke County Farmer’s Market. Tomatoes are starting to come in, so get there early to get the best selection while they last. 8:00a.m. through 12 noon at the town municipal parking lot on South Church Street.

Enjoy some old-fashioned country fun at the “Christ Church Country Fair,” 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. This annual event provides fun for all ages with a giant yard sale, moonbounce, pony rides, delicious Bake Sale, and lunch. The Valley Health mobile health van will be on hand providing free health screenings. There will also be Dog Agility Demonstrations at 11:30 AM and an open-to-all Pet Show at 12:30 PM. Call 540-837-1112 for information. Located at 809 Bishop Meade Road in Millwood.

The Dark Knight Rises comes out next weekend, but you can get your bat fix early with “A Celebration of Bats” from 5:00 – 9:00 PM. at the Blandy Library and Courtyard. Join a celebration of Virginia’s bats co-sponsored by FOSA and the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center. Have a picnic at Blandy, then enjoy a program and an evening walk in search of bats in flight.
5-7 p.m. Displays, information, live bats for viewing
7-8 p.m. “White nose syndrome and other threats to Virginia’s bats,” with wildlife veterinarian Belinda Burwell of the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center
8-9 p.m. Walk on grounds in search of bats
$10 FOSA and BRWC members, $15 nonmembers, children under 16 free. Space is Limited! Please call 540-837-1758 Ext. 224 or email to register.

Sunday July 15

Don’t miss the “SUNDAY BUFFET” from 11:00 AM –2:00 p.m. at the Blue Ridge Vol. Fire & Rescue Co (131Retreat Road, north of Rte. 7, east of Shenandoah River). All You Can Eat Meal includes: Grilled Chicken, Italian Sausage, Hot Dogs, Fresh Corn (courtesy Nalls Farm Market), Summer Salads ~ Sides ~ Desserts & Ice Cream. Adults ~ $9; Children 5-12 yrs ~ $5; Age 4 & under ~ FREE. Eat In or Carry Out. Quilt Raffle: Bambi Quilt  54” x 72”, $3 each or 2/$5. For more information please call: 540-955-4000 or visit their website at All proceeds go to support the Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire and Rescue.