The Clarke Weekender – Labor Day 2012

It’s Labor Day Weekend! The last gasp of the summer means a three-day weekend for most of us and a welcomed break to enjoy some recreation. There are a handful of things going on in Clarke this weekend, but for the most part it looks like a quiet weekend in the county. So, we have included a few “beyond our border events,” we have enjoyed in the past that may be just the ticket for a long weekend. Happy Labor Day!

Friday August 31, 2012

Tonight the Clarke County Eagles take on the Warren County Wildcats in an away game, so the lights will be out at the Felt, but there will be music in the park to enjoy in downtown Berryville. The Brogue Rogues will being playing a selection of Celtic Music from 6:30 till 8:00 PM. A perennial crowd favorite, the Brogue Rogues are a high-energy, audience-involving band performing traditional Celtic Music with a Blue Ridge Mountain flair only those bold Berryville lads can provide, featuring JimBuck, John Friant & Todd McDonald .

Saturday September 1, 2012

Saturday start your morning with stroll through the Clarke County Farmers Market and peruse lots of fresh produce and great products made right here in Clarke County. The market is located on South Church Street in the municipal parking lot from 8:00 AM through 12:00 noon.

Close out the summer season with a visit to Clarke County’s own Watermelon Park. Enjoy the beautiful Shenandoah River while camping, tubing, canoeing, and much more! New to the park is Watermelon Park Hand Dipped Ice Cream shop. It is now open, so stop by for a treat.

Just over the mountain in Bluemont, visit Great Country Farms for their annual Pancake Breakfast and Potato Harvest. Start the day with pancakes hot off the griddle! Pile them high on your plate and then top with delicious fruit syrups. Juices and coffee included in the All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast until 11:30am included with admission. Then jump on a hayride and hunt for potato treasure in their u-pick field. Open September 1 & 2, 2012 9am-6pm Cost is $10/child & $12/adult

In Berryville, The Northern Shenandoah Valley Sacred Harp & Shape Note Singers will gather from 4:00 till 8:00 PM. Saturday afternoon at the Josephine Street Museum. Potluck supper at 6 p.m.; there is no kitchen at the museum so plan dishes accordingly and bring lawn chairs or blanket for outdoor eating. Call John or Kelly for more information at (540) 955-2660.

Also Saturday enjoy Allan James Live at The Battletown Inn from 7:30 till 9:30 PM. Allan will play several new songs from his upcoming CD to be released in Dec. Enjoy dinner, drinks and original music on the outside patio while the weather is still nice! Reservations recommended, seating is limited. For more information and reservations: (540-955-4100).

No big plans for the long weekend? Here’s a couple of regional ideas.

Virginia Scottish Games and Festival at Great Meadow. Saturday Sep 1 and Sunday Sep 2 from 9am-6pm enjoy highland athletics, piping & drumming, highland dance, fiddling, traditional & contemporary celtic music and the gathering of the clans among many other activities throughout the Labor Day weekend. Visit for more information.

Sunday, Septmeber 2, 2012 visit the Flying Circus in Bealton for their Labor Day Airshow. This is always fun for the whole family. Watch daring expert pilots perform stunts in vintage biplanes. Enjoy a picnic lunch as a parachute jumper opens the show and a wing-walker hangs upside down from a biplane’s wing. Cost is $15 adults; $5 children 3-12; children under 3 are free Gates open at 11am Show begins at 2:30 PM.

Get Medieval at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. The annual festival in Crownsville Maryland is the second largest Renaissance Festival in the country and has more than 1,300 participants and 280,000 guests per season. The English Tudor village is 25 acres of woods and field that transport patrons to an era of chivalry, bawdiness, and good fun. There are more than 130 craft shops displaying many wares handmade by the village artisans. Forty-two food outlets provide a feast of foods rarely seen at other festivals. The festival is open from 10:00am – 7:00pm weekends through October and will be open for Labor Day as well. For complete info visit