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Violins and Fifths Festival

The Fiddles & Fifths Festival, a tribute to the Appalachian tradition of bluegrass music and Virginia bourbon, will be held Friday and Saturday at the Old Town Mall in Winchester.

Music by African-American string band Ebone Hillbillies and New Jersey septet Railroad Earth, as well as local opening bands Dunlap & Mabe and Low River Express.

All performances on the main stage are free to the public. Other additions to the festival will include food and drink specials, a cocktail contest, a jam session and local street performers. For show times and more information, go to https://tinyurl.com/579sdf85.


The Shenandoah Valley Museum will host MSV the night at 5 p.m. Friday at 901 Amherst St., Winchester. The event will feature live music from “Appalachian Folk Queen” Sally Mae Foster, origami artist Arlene Butler, textile artist Norma Fredrickson, and access to the Origami in the Garden exhibit. Food, wine and beer will be sold.

Admission is free for MSV members and ages 4 and under; all others: $15, $10 for ages 13-18 and 60 and over, and $5 for ages 5-12. Tickets: 540-662-1473 or www.themsv.org.

Hupp’s Hill Historical Park

A ranger will speak about who felt the physical, economic and emotional effects in the Shenandoah Valley of its many Civil War campaigns and battles from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Saturday at Hupp’s Hill Historical Park, 33229 Old Valley Pike, Strasbourg.

Seven Bends State Park

Seven Bends State Park in Woodstock will host the following activities this weekend:

• Saturday: 8 am to 10 am, wildflower walk led by Christine Jorgensen with the Northern Virginia Shenandoah Master Gardener Association. Registration: https://tinyurl.com/efp29vnt.

• Sunday: 4pm-5.30pm, introduction to orienteering for 10 year olds and over, meet at the Lupton picnic shelter. Registration: https://tinyurl.com/ts34x434.

Cedar Creek Battlefield Tour

The Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation will host a two-hour caravan driving tour, covering the Battle of Cedar Creek on October 19, 1864, with stops at five to six key sites. Meet Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Museum & Visitor Center, 8437 Valley Pike, Middletown.

Car/Truck Show

Amvets Post 18 will host a car and truck show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Newtown Commons on Main Street, Stephens City. Registration begins at 8 a.m. There will also be music, crafts, a bouncy house, a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction. The Ladies Auxiliary will have a booth.

horseshoe tournament

The Virginia Horseshoe Pitchers Association will hold its state tournament beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Jim Barnett Park in Winchester. Eli Sullivan, World Cadet Horseshoe Thrower Champion, will show off his skills. Spectators welcome.

Shenandoah County Fair

This year, the Shenandoah County Fair will be held Saturday through September 3 at the Woodstock Fairgrounds.

Entertainment includes a modified truck and tractor on Sunday, demolition derbies on Monday and Tuesday, Neal McCoy on September 1, 38 Special on September 2, For King + Country on September 3. Tickets, information: www.shencofair.com.

Wine Festival

Belle Grove Plantation, south of Middletown, will host its annual Wine Fest featuring 10 area wineries, distilleries and cider houses, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

The festival features live music from Spam Risk from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Bill Vaughn and Friends from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., 30-minute cooking demonstrations at 12:15 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and a special guest from North Carolina Furniture. Jerome Bias, who has just started a month-long artist residency at Belle Grove. There will also be vendors and food trucks

Tasting tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. General admission is $15 for visitors who do not wish to do tastings, which includes two complementary soft drinks. Tickets are on sale at www.bellegrove.orgin the museum shop and at the Winchester Frederick County Visitor Center.

Dino J. Dotson