The Clarke Weekender – June 29, 2012 – The Heat Wave Edition

Make plans to keep cool because the heat is definitely on this weekend. This summer we have seen some of the finest June days in recent memory, but this weekend will stand in stark contrast to those weather gems.

We start the weekend Friday with a heat advisory. The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory, effective from 11AM to 9PM. Humidity will increase today, and Heat Index values are forecast to meet or exceed 105 degrees. The high temperature is expected to be in the upper 90s to 100 and this will be the trend for the next few days.  Currently, high temperatures are forecast to approach 100 Friday – Sunday, and then remain between 95 and 99 from Monday – Wednesday.

With that much heat and humidity in the forecast, plan on confining your outdoor activities to the early morning and the evening. So, start Friday evening with some music in the park. As the heat winds down, grab a cooler and a blanket and head over to the gazebo Friday June 29 to enjoy the “Greg Lloyd – Pop, Folk, Original, & Harlan Springs Band!”  This broad collection of talented artists includes musicians playing the fiddle, accordion, banjo and more! Bluegrass, Country and Rock selections will entertain any age or taste. Music starts at 6:00 and runs through 8:00 PM.

Saturday morning hit the Clarke County Farmer’s Market early and get assorted fruits and vegetables as well as homemade cakes, pies, breads, and much more. Market opens at 8:00 a.m. and runs through 12 noon. Also just in, the Pumpkin Lady, aka Mary Nagelvoort, will be at the Market on Saturday, June 30, 9-12, to give free pumpkin plants to children. First come, first served as the supply is limited.

Later in the day enjoy an uplifting presentation at Johnson Williams Middle School as St. Luke Baptist Church presents their “Kingdom Building Gospel Program” It will feature The Women’s Ecumenical Choir of Alexandria, VA. The event starts at 3:30 PM at the Johnson Williams Middle School, 200 Swan Avenue, Berryville, VA. For more information please call 540-955-1883.  All are welcome.

Saturday evening get a great meal and support great cause as Crums United Methodist Church holds a “Spaghetti Dinner & Community Hymn Sing.” Dinner is served from 4:00 – 6:00 PM. Hymn sing runs from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and will feature traditional and contemporary music. Visit Crums United Methodist Church at 2832 Crums Church Road, Berryville. A free will offering will be accepted to support the Crums Church Africa Mission Team. For more information, call (540) 664-9569

Sunday, how about a movie in a nice air conditioned theater? The new releases this weekend are pretty weak with Magic Mike, People Like Us, and Ted, but there are still some films in theaters that are well worth the price of admission.

Brave – The latest Pixar release is about a princess determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse. A mashup of many fairy tale traditions the beautifully designed world of Brave creates a a compelling environment for Pixar to tell this entertaining story.

Marvel’s The Avengers – The tale of a collection of comic book heros who band together to save the Earth topped $600 million in ticket sales this week. It is an entertaining and raucous ride of effects and characters if you are looking for some punch in your movie going experience.

If theaters aren’t your thing why not rent a DVD or watch a new release On Demand?

The Artist was released to DVD this week. The film enjoyed critical acclaim as the “Best Movie of the Year,” at the Oscars but failed to capture any box-office magic. It is the story set in 1927 Hollywood . George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a silent movie superstar. The advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), it seems the sky’s the limit — major movie stardom awaits. ‘The Artist’ tells the story of their interlinked destinies.

If you still can’t cool off, the Clarke County Pool is open from 12 Noon – 6:00 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

Whatever you do this weekend stay cool, stay hydrated, and enjoy what Clarke County has to offer.


  1. Clarke County Annie says:

    From the news reports east of the mountain looks like, for the most part, we were lucky.
    Some areas of Clarke I hear, do have trees down and lots of limbs.

    East of our county, off Rt. 7, last night power went off four times and browned down many times but suprise, we still have power!

    Glad the power contractor thats been trimming is still in the area. That should help with the “clean up”. At least till the next set of storms that may hit this evening.

  2. Power went off in town shortly after the first of the winds hit about 9:45ish; back on this morning. Many limbs and trees of various sizes down in town and Berryville Public Work Crew out with a truck. No power at Dr Henke’s office just north of town at 11:00; a couple of significant trees laying on wires near Atoka on Rt 50, though power on in Middlleburg. Hopefully this will be THE Derecho of 2012, but stay tuned, as storm potential for this evening as well.

  3. Shenfarm says:

    Well as long as we’re concerned about heat and fires someone could take care of all the illegal fireworks going off on Howellsville..

  4. Illegal fireworks in Pine Grove last night…went on for over half an hour! Large fireworks like Berryville puts off. Should have been stopped after 15 minutes and that’s giving a reasonable response time.

    We don’t need to be in the news for a fire like the one outside of Front Royal. And the 4th is not even here yet.