The Clarke Weekender – June 8, 2012

School is out and at the top of the list of things to do this weekend is the Clarke County High School commencement ceremony. Parents and friends will gather on Sunday afternoon to launch another graduating class into the world. As if on queue, after a week of gorgeous weather, temperatures will climb into the 90’s just in time for the two o’clock ceremony. However, if visions of heat stroke and thunderstorms are flashing before your eyes, have no fear. The students and faculty of CCHS have designed a streamlined commencement program this year that promises to be inspiring and brief. So as you enjoy another weekend in Clarke County take a moment to congratulate one of the senior class and wish them well as they celebrate the beginning of the next chapter of their young lives.

Here’s some other great things going on in the county over the weekend to occupy and entertain. Enjoy!

The weekend gets off to an early start as the Clarke County High School’s Lady Eagles travel to Radford University to play Graham High School in the girls soccer state semi-final game. The game starts at noon. GO Eagles!

Clarke teens will be chilling out and showcasing their talent at the Teen Coffee House & Music Fest at the Barns of Rose Hill. All students are invited to attend this FREE concert. Support your friends, do some dancing, and have some fun! The event starts at 6:30 p.m.

Rolling into Saturday, bring out your inner Locavore at the Clarke County Farm Market. See what’s in season this week and enjoy some of the best home-grown products that Clarke County has to offer. Market opens at 8:00 a.m. and runs through 12 noon in the municipal parking lot in downtown Berryville.

Not finished shopping? Head on over to the Animal Shelter for their Yard Sale fundraiser. The event will include yard sale items donated to the shelter as well as a wide selection of home-baked goods that will be for sale during the event. Festivities start at 9:00 a.m. at Clarke County Animal Shelter located at 225 Ramsburg Lane, Berryville.

Looking of something different to do on Saturday night? Go “Where the Wild things Are” and enjoy Blue Ridge Performing Arts Studio’s junior company production at Millbrook High School. Presented on June 9th at 7:00 p.m. and June 10th at 2:00 p.m.

Close out Saturday with dinner and dancing Berryville style with Rockin’ the Blues at the Barns of Rose Hill. Enjoy $3.00 BBQ platters featuring local pulled pork with homemade roll, potato salad, baked beans and coleslaw from STILL SMOKING BBQ! Wash it down with a selection of local microbrews at the bar, then head into the great hall for some tunes and dancing as Olds Kool kicks off the show with high energy vocals and searing guitar licks. Veteran bluesman Terry Oates and his Mudcats will follow up with big band sounds, blues classics and a little classic rock thrown in the mix. Dance the night away! Dinner served form 6:30-8:30. Music starts at 7:00 p.m. and runs through 10:30 p.m. Tickets are  $15 at the door and dinner platters are $3.00.

Sunday is the big day for seniors at Clarke County High School. Join parents students and faculty at 2:00 p.m. for CCHS commencement ceremonies at Wilbur Feltner Field.

So enjoy the wealth of things to see and do this weekend. Abraham Lincoln once said, “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count.  It’s the life in your years.” So, be safe and add some life to your years in Clarke County.


  1. Stonebroke says:

    Just another long list of stupid things done in Clarke County. Why not have this in the evening when the temperatures are not sweltering down on everyone? Can anyone give me the logic behind the decision to start having graduation at this time?

    • Kate May says:

      Get over yourself and quit complaining about things. It’s a high school graduation, it can be held whenever they want. You want to change it then become active, don’t spend your time on the couch complaining and never working toward the change you want to see.

  2. Your other story says they lost in the semifinals and so if you drive to Radford won’t you see George Mason?

  3. hhmmm... says:

    I totally agree with you! Having those poor graduates sit out there in the hot sun in dress clothes n a hot gown is silly.

  4. Stonebroke says:

    Don’t need to change it Kate May, I won’t be there, so have fun in the heat! Take some water along for the ceremonies!

  5. I totally agree with Stonebroke, think of the older people there (grandparents) to watch their graduate….. That part of the day is to hot…..why not earlier or later? Why 2 o clock in the afternoon????

  6. Stonebroke says:

    Gonna be a hot one out there today @ 2pm! Wear your sunscreen and drink plenty of fluids! (Still think it’s a dumb time to have graduation ceremonies) You might even want to bring along your beach ball! Haha!