The Weekend in Clarke County

The first official weekend of the summer is upon us and the weather forecast looks fantastic. Sunny skies wit a few passing clouds and temps in the low to mid-eighties means it will be perfect weather to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Here’s what’s happening in and around Clarke County.

Start off Saturday with a trip to the Clarke County Farmer’s Market. More summer fruits and vegetables are appearing each week. Some favorites that are available this week are fresh beets, boysenberries and and summer squash. Stop by and get something good. Market runs from 8:00AM to 12 noon.

Travel a short distance over the state line and enjoy Shepherdstown Street Fest 2011. Festivities start at 10 am and the event is free and open to the public. Features include kids activities all day and lots of live musical performances including Clarke County’s own, Golden Butter Band. For more information, check out their website at

Take part in the Great American Backyard Campout at Sky Meadows State Park this weekend. Once a year, they open the Historic Mount Bleak backyard to campers so don’t miss this unique opportunity!   Celebrate nature and the great outdoors for 24 hours.   Activities will begin at Noon and run throughout the day and into the evening.   For more information call 540-592-3556 or visit

Help With Housing, Inc., a non-profit housing agency that assists low-income homeowners in the Northern Shenandoah Valley with emergency home repairs and accessibility modifications, is having a fundraiser to help with the cost of these services. “Black Tie from the Waist High”, will be held Saturday evening from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. at the Burwell-Morgan Mill in Millwood, Virginia. Attire for the event is formal from the waist up, and casual from the waist down. That’s right, casual from the waist down so have fun dressing for the event.

Tickets for the event cost $50.00 per person. Please join Help with Housing for an enjoyable evening of fun with drinks, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, and outstanding auction items. For more information call 540-955-1706.

Sunday is the Annual Senior Social at Blue Ridge Vol. Fire & Rescue Co. Clarke County Residents age 60 and over can enjoy a buffet lunch, music and conversation from   12:00 Noon in 2:00 PM. The fire hall is wheelchair accessible. RSVP to Louise McClaughry (540) 554-8422 or (540) 554-8544.