The Clarke Weekender – 7/20/2012

The theme this weekend may very well be “a chance of showers and thunderstorms.” The weather system that rolled in Thursday night with drenching rains will linger throughout the weekend giving us a chance of showers and thunderstorms from Friday through Sunday. While we need the rain, it certainly has the potential to put a damper on some local activities but fortunately Clarke County is full of options.

And speaking of rain, have you noticed the how green the lawns are in our area? Usually by this time of year lawns are an even shade of brown dried up stubble. This year we seem to be blessed with just enough rain and mild temps to sustain the lawns. Good news for aesthetics, bad news for those tasked with mowing.

So as you dodge the storms and finish your mowing, here are some great activities to consider in Clarke County this weekend.

Friday July 20

Music in the Rose Hill Park makes a return after a one week hiatus with “Local Flavor – Robin Braithwaithe & Robert Friedensen – Rock and Soul.” Music begins at 6:30 and continues through 8:00 PM. Bring a blanket, cooler and maybe an umbrella. Enjoy!

Get green over at the Blandy Experimental Farm Library where they will be showing “The Clean Bin Project” from 7:30-9:00 p.m. Friday night.  The movie features Jen and Grant who challenge each other to see who can produce less trash over an entire year?  You may be surprised by their uplifting and often humorous rivalry.  Expect to leave inspired and determined!  The cost is $8 for members of the Foundation of the State Arboretum, $10 for nonmembers, and $20 for the whole family. For more information or reservations call 540-837-1758 Ext. 224, or visit online at

Saturday July 21

Start your Saturday with some local shopping at the Clarke County Farmer’s Market. Tomatoes are in full swing this week some get there early for a great selection. Also new this week is Aunt Sue’s Zucchini Relish which sold out last year. Peaches, berries and too much more to list. Market runs from 8:00 to 12:00 noon at the municipal parking lot on S. Church Street.

The big event of the weekend is the “62nd Annual Firefighters Yard Party & Auction” at John H. Enders Fire Co. in Berryville. This is a big yearly fundraiser for our local fire department and is a full day of family fun including FREE FIRE TRUCK RIDES. The Yard Sale full of donated items starts at 8:00 a.m.  and a special list of items will be auctioned off staring at 5:30 p.m. Don’t miss the homemade meal featuring BBQ Chicken, Country Ham, Chicken Salad, “Famous” Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, Drinks & Homemade Desserts, starting at 4:30 p.m.

Meal: Adults – $10, Children $5, Kids Under 6 Eat Free.
For more information please call: 540-955-1110.

Let your artistic side come out in Berryville with the “Art of Making Art — Acrylic Painting Demonstration with Josie Tilton. 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Fire House Gallery; 23 East Main; Berryville; 540 955-4001;

Sunday July 22

Enjoy a special “Gospel Program sponsored by the St. Luke Baptist Church’s Senior Choir.” Program starts at 3:00 p.m. at Saint Luke Baptist Church, 17 Liberty Street, Berryville, VA.  For more information, please call 540-955-1883.  All are welcome.

Looking for some family fun? How about the 2012 Family Olympics at the Clarke County Fairgrounds.   Sponsored by Apple Valley Baptist Church, the event is designed to strengthen families with the opportunity to reconnect and have fun with each other. The fun begins at 4pm with families competing in Olympic styled games.  Together, each family team will race through the “Eagle Relay Race” and tackle the challenging “Berryville Obstacle Course.”  Before an overall winner is declared, the teams will have to survive the “Route 7 Dodge Ball” and the “Bigfoot in Clarke County” game. Also enjoy a free hot dog meal.

Families may register early at  Early check-in at the fairgrounds will begin at 3 pm.  Families may come early and construct their own family flag (materials will be supplied).  For additional information, you may call the Family Olympic Chairman at 703.554.9681.



  1. Robin Braithwaite says:

    Thanks to all our Local Flavor fans who braved the threat of inclement weather to join us in Rose Hill Park this evening! A great time was had by all!