The Clarke Weekender – 9/21/2012

I love this time of year. The crisp clear air, the colors, great apples, and here in Clarke County another weekend packed with great activities. From music to steeple chases there is an abundance of fun for the whole family.

However the beautiful weather we have enjoyed may not make it into the weekend as summer makes a last gasp at the Autumnal Equinox. Highs on Saturday will be around 84° with a chance of showers so make sure you bring your umbrellas for outdoor activities.

So here’s my list of things to do in Clarke County this weekend. Welcome fall and enjoy what Clarke County has to offer.

Friday September 21

Watermelon Park Fest 2012” – The three day Americana Roots Music Festival started Thursday night and will continue through Saturday. The festival includes artists like The Del McCoury Band, Tim O’Brien, Larry Keel, Furnace Mountain, and 20+ other bands. There are also contests workshops, camping, kids activities and more. Located alongside the Shenandoah river at Watermelon Park. Tickets are $40 a day. Kids under 12 are FREE. For more details visit:

Enjoy a free evening of fine acoustic music in town as Local Flavor Featuring folk singer Bill Johnston performs at 6:30 pm. at the Barns of Rose Hill.  Free Admission.

Clarke County vs. Strasburg. The Clarke County Varsity Football  Team takes on arch-rivals Strasburg in their first district game of the season at The Felt. Kickoff is at 7:30 PM.

The “Calcutta Dinner, Dance & Auction” will be held at 6:00 PM at Woodley Farm in Berryville. Enjoy the sunset over the rolling hills of Woodley Farm, sipping cocktails, enjoying fine dining and live music from Soul Expressions, a 7-piece band playing funk, rock, jazz and today’s hits. To find out more or to reserve your seats, visit: or call: 540-536-2387. This year’s beneficiaries of the Blue Ridge Fall Races are the Youth Development Center and the Winchester Medical Center Foundation Angel Fund.

Saturday September 22

Start your morning at the Clarke County Farmers Market and pick up some of the great apples and fall vegetables that are in season. The market runs from 8:00 AM though 12:00 noon in the municipal parking lot on South Church Street.

After the market stroll on over to the  Fire House Gallery on East Main Street for the “Art of Making Art — Watercolor Demonstration with Julie Read” 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.Berryville. for more information call 540-955-4001 or visit:

Blue Ridge Fall Races”. The annual running of the Blue Ridge Fall Races will take place at Woodley Farm in Berryville, VA on Saturday.  Enjoy a relaxing day in the countryside with excellent views of the scenic race course. There is also a great schedule full of family friendly activities including a children’s area with pony rides, face painting and moon bounce plus great shopping in vendors row. Gates Open 11 a.m. — Post Time 1 P.M. For more information visit: or call: 540-536-2387

HOOT for WILDLIFE!”  5:00 – 10:00 PM. Enjoy great food, drink, and dance music under the big tent after the Blue Ridge Fall races at Woodley Farm.  Proceeds benefit the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center.  Tickets are $40 at the gate. For more information, call 540-539-6150, visit

Enjoy free “Music for a September Evening”  Saturday at 7:30PM at the Barns of Rose Hill
Featuring: Francis Lapp Averitt, Flute, Elizabeth Temple. Piano, Melissa Chavez. Soprano, David Chavez , Piano. Jeff Luksik. Baritone
Admission is free but donations are appreciated.

Exploring the Night Sky by Telescope” 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. at Blandy Experimental Farm. Members of the Shenandoah Astronomical Society will guide participants in a search of stars, constellations, planets, and more.  Bring binoculars if you have them. FOSA members $8, nonmembers $10, families $20. For more information or to register for this event, call 540-837-1758 ext 224.

Sunday September 23

Worship at Christ Church” Millwood at 8:30 AM & 10:30 AM; Christian Education at 9:00 a.m.  Christ Church is located at 809 Bishop Meade Road.  Please call 540-837-1112 for more information.

Saint Luke Baptist Church will observe its Annual Women’s Day” 11:00AM at 17 Liberty Street, Berryville, VA. Minister Daniesha White, from Angels Ministries, will be the guest preacher at the 11:00 AM worship service. Please call 540-955-1883 for more information.