National Park Service Star Gazing Party

Photo: Viewing through a Shenandoah Astronomical Society Member Telescope (NPS/Buddy Secor)

Join the National Park Service with the Shenandoah Astronomical Society for 3 FREE Star Parties

As part of the National Park Service’s “Find Your Park” campaign, these programs encourage visitors to explore Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park in a variety of ways and to discover the night sky in a quiet and peaceful setting.

April 13th at 7:30 p.m.
August 10th at 8:00 p.m. (Perseid Meteor Shower)
October 26th at 6:00 p.m.

Each program will include a short introduction by a park ranger, followed by an astronomical related program given by a member of the SAS. Visitors are welcomed to bring their own telescopes, or use the ones that will be provided by the Shenandoah Astronomical Society.

The star parties will be held at the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation Thoburn Redoubt tract.

Directions to the site:

1. Just south of Middletown, from U.S. Route 11, turn left onto Water Plant Road. Proceed 1 mile to the intersection with Long Meadow Road.
2. Turn right onto Long Meadow Road. Proceed 0.1 mile.
3. Turn right onto Bowman’s Mill Road. Proceed 1.4 miles to Thoburn Redoubt.
4. The Thoburn Tract is marked by a Civil War Trails sign and some Waysides. Turn right into the property.

Scottish Highland Games

The KBA and Clan Adrenalin will host a Highland Games competition on our south field. Scottish Highland warriors competed against each other between battles. They used ordinary objects in their competitions: weights, stones, hammers and tree trunks (“cabers”).

This year our July games will be expanding to include other fun activities for the whole family. Come and see these amazing athletes compete and see what other fun things we have in store for you! Bagpipers will be playing throughout the day.

Shaffer’s BBQ from Middletown will provide their food truck for refreshments throughout the day. Please bring your own chairs.

Winchester Wings & Wheels

Can you think of a better way to spend a Saturday in the Valley than with family and friends checking out the coolest cars and aircraft?
Fun for all ages, this event will feature classic cars, muscle cars and exotics, and a variety of aircraft will be on display. There will be plenty of food, exhibitors, vendors, and entertainment!

There will also be a judged car show component of the event and prizes and dash plaques will be awarded.

The event will be free and open to the public, however donations will be accepted throughout the day. Proceeds will benefit Arc of the Northern Shenandoah Valley, an organization for people with developmental disabilities, their families and support persons. In addition to a variety of support services, Arc also provides a familiarization program for families with affected family members to help them navigate public air travel and airports, enabling these families to become comfortable with and enjoy air travel.

The event will run from 10am-2pm on Saturday, June 1 with Sunday, June 2 as the rain date.

Free parking, restrooms, food vendors, a kid zone, and more will be available on-site.

www.winchesterwingsandwheels.com

KidzFest

Old Town Winchester’s popular KidzFest, presented by Valley Pediatric Dentistry, returns Saturday, May 18th. This free, family-friendly event features over 50 interactive exhibits highlighting education, art, music, sports and more. It will be held on the Loudoun Street Mall from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

KidzFest activities and exhibits will take place primarily on the Loudoun Street Mall and the Old Town Courthouse lawn throughout the day, petting zoo, games, live performances and more. Also, do not miss Fort Loudoun History Day!

New this year, there will be bike stunt shows where a stuntman will jump across obstacles and teach helmet safety. Wildlife Ambassadors will be performing several shows with meet and greet sessions with the animals. Mandy the Clown will also be back for two shows, interacting with the kids and having a good time on the Mall.

This is a great family-friendly event to showcase Old Town Winchester’s exciting atmosphere and for parents to discover upcoming summer activities.

National Park Service Star Gazing Party

Photo: Viewing through a Shenandoah Astronomical Society Member Telescope (NPS/Buddy Secor)

Join the National Park Service with the Shenandoah Astronomical Society for 3 FREE Star Parties

As part of the National Park Service’s “Find Your Park” campaign, these programs encourage visitors to explore Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park in a variety of ways and to discover the night sky in a quiet and peaceful setting.

April 13th at 7:30 p.m.
August 10th at 8:00 p.m. (Perseid Meteor Shower)
October 26th at 6:00 p.m.

Each program will include a short introduction by a park ranger, followed by an astronomical related program given by a member of the SAS. Visitors are welcomed to bring their own telescopes, or use the ones that will be provided by the Shenandoah Astronomical Society.

The star parties will be held at the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation Thoburn Redoubt tract.

Directions to the site:

1. Just south of Middletown, from U.S. Route 11, turn left onto Water Plant Road. Proceed 1 mile to the intersection with Long Meadow Road.
2. Turn right onto Long Meadow Road. Proceed 0.1 mile.
3. Turn right onto Bowman’s Mill Road. Proceed 1.4 miles to Thoburn Redoubt.
4. The Thoburn Tract is marked by a Civil War Trails sign and some Waysides. Turn right into the property.

John Kirby Jazz Day

Join the museum in an exploration of jazz music! Hear local bands play, learn all about important jazz musicians like local jazz musician John Kirby, and get to have a hands-on experience with the instruments.

Included with admission to the museum.

Kite Flying Festival

FREE – A one-of-a-kind family event for all to enjoy! Bring the family to Sherando Park to take in the bright colors and fun that comes along with kite flying. Enjoy vendors, food and door prizes! A fantastic family day at the park!

Contact Frederick County Parks & Recreation for more information.

(540) 665-5678