Farm to Fork Fondo

Farm to Fork Foundation is an organized bicycle ride where riders get to choose the distance best for them and stop for chef-prepared bites at farms along the way. Its mission is to highlight and support the symbiotic relationship between cyclists, farmers, and beautiful landscapes. The rides promote physical activity in a fun and supportive environment, create achievable challenges for people of all ages and abilities, and result in social good.

The Farm to Fork Fondo rides are held throughout the spring, summer, and fall in eight locations throughout the country. Belle Grove is delighted to warmly welcome them back for 2019.

Civil War History Trolley Tour

This non-stop 22 mile trip will take you on a tour of the battlegrounds of six major battles fought in and around the City of Winchester. Ride through the city and into the countryside where over 140,000 Confederate and Union soldiers met on the area’s battlefields during the four year period of 1861-1865. The remains of many of those brave soldiers are resting in the Mt. Hebron Stonewall Confederate Cemetery and the Winchester National Cemetery. Meet your guide and the trolley at the Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center, located at 1400 S. Pleasant Valley Road.

Fee: $10.

Register by August 20 by calling Winchester Parks and Recreation, (540) 662-4946.

Outdoor Movie at the Amphitheater

2019 FREE MOVIE NIGHTS in Jim Barnett Park
June 7 – Mary Poppins Returns
July 12 – Hotel Transylvania
August 2 – Incredibles 2

Bring seating, snacks, picnic and enjoy free movies under the stars. Movies are shown in the Jim Barnett Park Amphitheater, which can be accessed from the lower parking area by the playgrounds in Christianson Familyland.

Movies begin at dusk.

Second Battle of Kernstown Anniversary

On Wednesday, July 24th, the actual date of the Second Battle of Kernstown, the Battlefield will be open from 10 am to 4 pm.

KBA docents give tours of the Battlefield, the 1854 Pritchard House, the Museum and the Artillery Annex collections.

Free and open to the public.

kernstownbattle.org

Middletown Heritage Day

The Middletown Heritage Society invites you to the first Heritage Day in Middletown. This free family event will include numerous activities at a variety of venues throughout Middletown.

Log House Antiques (7868 Main Street)
will host Live Music 10 to 11:40 am with Sweet Nola’s Po Boys

Larry Johnson LIBERTY MAN will be speaking
Meet him 1:30 to 2:30

John Flood BIG LEGENDS talks about Buffalo Bill & more
Noon & 2:45

Free Hot Dogs while they last!
Finger Painting Face Painting ALL DAY
Scavenger Hunt

Wayside Inn (7783 Main Street)
Please join us for a ceremony of appreciation for Prof. Jonathan Noyalas, Shenandoah University and others and a blessing for Mount Zion’s 1801 Cemetery
at 1pm. Tours of the historic cemetery weather permitting.

Next door to the Wayside Inn at 7793 Main Street, there will be a Free Escape Room! Step Back in Time!
Call 540-535-9416 for reservations, sessions will be held every 30 minutes. (Ages 8 to adult)

FREE TOURS!
Aunt Caroline’s Cabin, 7805 Church St
The Hoffman House, 7827 Main St
Free Box Tour at Belle Grove Plantation (336 Belle Grove Road), 11:30 am

Spottswood Poles Night at Bridgeforth Field

Winchester resident, Spottswood Poles, was a very talented Negro league baseball player and was often referred to as the “Black Ty Cobb”. He also was a decorated WWI veteran who served in France.

After many efforts to recognize Poles, city officials and the Valley League’s Winchester Royals baseball team will unveil an interpretive historical marker and the naming of a road for him in Jim Barnett Park, at the Winchester Royals home game against the Woodstock River Bandits. Enjoy an evening of baseball and a tribute to a local hero.

A special dedication program will take place at 6:15pm sharp at the central concessional stand, a short distance to the left of the entrance to Bridgeforth Field.

Program will include:
Special remarks from Winchester Mayor John David Smith, Jr., family members, and acquaintances of Spottswood Poles
Unveiling of a new interpretive historical marker
Opportunity for media images and interviews
Special acknowledgments of Spottswood Poles at the Winchester Royals game following the ceremony

This event is part of the 275th anniversary celebration.

Baseball Game Ticket Price:
$5.00 (adults), $3.00 (seniors), $2.00 (child 6-12)

winchesterva.gov/275th-anniversary

Second Battle of Winchester Anniversary

The Kernstown Battlefield Association will commemorate the 156th anniversary of the Second Battle of Winchester, which began with a skirmish at Kernstown.

Special tours featuring the Second Battle of Winchester will be given all day, as well as tours of the battlefield, 1854 Pritchard House, Museum and Artillery Annex. The gift shop will be open.

The battlefield will be open from 10am-4pm.

kernstownbattle.org

 

Sightseeing Express Trolley Tour

UPDATE: This event is SOLD OUT.

60 sites in 60 minutes! Hop aboard the trolley for a one-hour sightseeing excursion of Winchester. Your professional tour guide will entertain you while pointing out historical sites, museums, and other attractions as the trolley travels the same streets that George Washington, General Stonewall Jackson, General Phil Sheridan, Rear Admiral Richard Byrd, and the legendary Patsy Cline traveled.

Meet your guide and the trolley at the Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center located at 1400 S. Pleasant Valley Road. The tour has no stops. Fee: $10.

Participants must register in advance (by June 3). Call Winchester Parks & Recreation to register at (540) 662-4946.

 

 

Comedy Hypnotist

Comedy hypnotist Gary Conrad has performed in 49 states and 9 other countries for the last 25 years.

Nationally, Gary was last seen on ABC-TV’s “THE VIEW”, and has been on air with Danny Bonaduce, FOX-TV’s Mancow Muller, Opie & Anthony, Crook & Chase, Don & Mike, Dr. Dre & Ed Lover, Rick & Bubba, Big D and Bubba and many more TV and radio stations.

He has also shared the stage with Tony Bennett, Cher, Barbara Walters, Lenny Kravitz, Ron White, Bill Engvall, and even the late, great, Tiny Tim!

DUE TO MATURE CONTENT THIS SHOW IS 18+.

Twilight Hike

While Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park was specifically established in 2002 to preserve and interpret the area’s cultural history, the Shenandoah Valley is rich in natural features, wildlife, and vegetation, including wildflowers.These twilight hikes, offered on May 25th (6:30 p.m.) and September 28th (5:00 p.m.) will not only explore the natural side of the park, but also discuss and practice the basics of hiking and backpacking, along with the equipment usage techniques of these hobbies.

Both programs will be led by Ranger Rick Ashbacker and begin at the Claven Lane parking area (2262 Claven Lane, Middletown, Virginia), the back entrance to the park’s “Morning Attack Trails” trails system, which includes the 8th Vermont monument. Each walk will last approximately 90 minutes, over moderate terrain. Proper walking shoes and water are recommended.