The Clarke Weekender – Father’s Day 2012

Father’s Day is Sunday and dear old dad will have a picturesque weekend to enjoy some much deserved relaxation. Forecasters are calling for mostly sunny skies and high temperatures just over 80 degrees all weekend long.

The first celebration of Father’s Day was in Spokane, Washington on June 19, 1910. Sonora Smart Dodder is attributed with founding the day in honor of her father, a Civil War veteran who was a single parent to his six children. The story goes that after hearing a sermon about Mother’s Day in 1909, Sonora told her pastor that fathers should have a similar holiday honoring them. She suggested June 5, which was her father’s birthday, but the pastors couldn’t put together their sermons in such a short period of time. So, the celebration was deferred to, and forevermore celebrated, on the third Sunday of June.

If you are spending some time with dear old dad on this third Sunday in June, take the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful weather and some of the great activities in Clarke County this weekend. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Friday music is in the air as the outdoor concert series continues in Rose Hill Park. Bring a blanket, a friend, a cooler, and your dancing shoes.   You won’t need money – the shows are free!   Music starts at 6:30pm. This week enjoy Blues tunes along with 50’s and 60’s rock and roll performed by Mike and the Cyclones.

The music continues with a little bit of N’awlins in Berryville as “Night Dirty Bourbon River Show” comes to the Barns of Rose Hill Friday at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $10. This group of touring artists from New Orleans describe their performance as New Orleans Gypsy Folk Circus Rock Music. For more information or to reserve seating call: 540-955-2004. Or phone producer Cheryl Ash 540-323-0888.

Saturday morning, the Clarke County Farmer’s Market opens at 8:00AM sharp so stop by early and get the best pickings. Keep dads healthy with all the wonderful fresh offerings from local vendors. The market runs through 12 noon.

St. Luke Baptist Church will hold a car wash Saturday morning from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Broy & Sons Pump Services on Buckmarsh Street in Berryville.  Get dad’s car sparkling and help the folks at St. Luke’s raise some much needed funds. Donations accepted.  All are welcome.

The big event for the weekend starts Saturday and runs through Sunday as the “Shenandoah Riverside Festival at Watermelon Park” kicks off. This 2 day family-friendly event features live music and events and will help raise funds for the Shenandoah River Conservation program, Earth Korps. Enjoy educational programs, workshops, great food and some of the very best in the Bluegrass including Iron Horse, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Dry Mill Road, Yarn, and more!! Tickets are  $55 for the Weekend Pass, with free tent camping included! Kids 12 and under are free. Purchase your tickets at: or

Enjoy the beautiful weather on Saturday with a leisurely bike ride on “A Bicycle Tour of Blandy.” This 3-mile bicycle tour of Blandy’s Loop Drive is being held from 10 a.m. to noon. The slow paced ride is designed with frequent stops to enjoy the sights.  Bring your bicycle, helmet, and water, and dress for the weather.  Please note that The Loop Drive is gravel; no training wheels or dogs please. Cost is $8 for members of the Foundation of the State Arboretum, $10 for nonmembers, and $20 for the whole family. Reservations are required. For more information or to make reservations call 540-837-1758 Ext. 224, or visit online at

At 3:00 p.m. on Saturday join veterans and Clarke residents as they observe the U.S. Army Birthday Celebration. Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Post 9760 in Berryville will host an open house and celebration to recognize the 237th birthday of the United States Army. The event will be held Saturday, June 16th. The Post, located just south of Berryville on U.S. Route 340, and will be open to the public from 11:00 A.M. until closing. The formal celebration will begin at 3:00 P.M.

Then on Sunday celebrate by giving dad an “all-he-can-eat” breakfast. Join the volunteers at Shenandoah Farms Volunteer Fire and Rescue as they host an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. The event will be held in the fire hall and runs from 8:00 a.m. through 12 noon. $7.00 for adults, $4.00 for children ages 4 – 12, and children 3 years old and younger eat free.