Crossroads of History Conference

Atlanta, the Valley, and the Crossroads of History:
The Battles and Leaders That Influenced Lincoln’s Reelection in 1864

In August 1864, the outcome of the Civil War hung in the balance, and Abraham Lincoln’s chances for reelection looked doubtful – until a series of pivotal battles around Atlanta and in the Shenandoah Valley helped propel Lincoln to victory. Led by historians Gary Ecelbarger and Scott Patchan, this conference will examine those events – and the fights and personalities that changed the course of history.

SCHEDULE:
8am: Check-In Desk Opens
9am: Lincoln’s Jeopardized Election Status in Summer 1864 – Gary Ecelbarger
10am: The Battle of Atlanta – Unheralded Turning Point – Gary Ecelbarger
11am: The Battle of Jonesboro and Sherman’s Capture of Atlanta – Scott Patchan
Noon: Lunch (On your own)
1:15 pm: Black Jack Logan’s 6 Months of Unprecedented Political Generalship – Gary Ecelbarger
2:15 pm: Phil Sheridan’s Leadership at the Battle of Cedar Creek: From Union Disaster to Icing on the Cake – Scott Patchan
3:15 pm: Final Actions of the Third Battle of Winchester – Tour in Old Town Winchester – Scott Patchan

The cost will be $27 for SVBF members; $30 for non-members. Lunch will be on your own. Space will be limited, and pre-registration is required.

Register Online

For more information, call the SVBF at 540-740-4545.

 

Ravenwood Faire

The Ravenwood Faire is proud to announce its first Faire Weekend. Located at the Frederick County Fairgrounds-October 26-27, 2019 (10:00am-7:00pm). A wonderful array of wares, artisans, food, drink, and entertainment. Come one, Come all! Children 12 and under are free. Pre-sale tickets are $12.00 or $15.00 at the door. Pre-sale tickets are available at their website.

West Oaks Fall Festival

Come celebrate fall at the best festival of the year, the Fall Festival!

There will be all kinds of activities like the Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch, Hayrides, Apple Cannon, Bounce House, Face Painting, and more.

Live Music out in the courtyard featuring TRAINWRECK from 1-5pm. If you saw them at our August Festival, you know you won’t want to miss out! It is sure to be a great time!

So much fun for the entire family!

Wine/Beer/Hard Cider samples and sales will be available in the Market Cafe Bar.

FUNNEL CAKES / FRESH SQUEEZED LEMONADE / PORK RINDS / KETTLE KORN / HAND-ROLLED ICE CREAM

Free admission into the festival, everything inside is sold individually.

 

History at Sunset

Tommy, Charlie, and the Kidd: General Wesley Merritt’s Cavalry at Cedar Creek

By 1864, the Union cavalry was superior to the Confederate cavalry for several reasons: better horses, more firepower, and aggressive, enthusiastic leadership. Cavalry division commander Gen. Wesley Merritt and his three brigade commanders were well-trained, experienced leaders who expected to win every combat action. Join Ranger Rick Ashbacker to follow Merritt’s division from the Union right flank all the way to its counterattack position on the Union left flank during the battle of Cedar Creek.

Meet at the National Park Service Visitor Contact Station (7712 Main Street, Middletown, VA 22645).

Rock’n Roof Halloween Show: Radkey

We are super stoked to announce that our Fall Halloween show this year is being headlined by Radkey on Saturday, October 12. We also have rooftop veterans American Television, and Thee Deluxe, along with first timers on the roof, Weatherworn. This event is Halloween-themed, so go all out when planning your costumes! 30% of all ticket sales benefits the museum’s special needs programming. This concert will be the biggest one yet; no tricks, all treats! Come ready to rock. You don’t wanna miss this one!

Admission: $15 online pre sales, $18 at the door

Follow them on social media: @rock_n_roof_svdm or visit their website for more information.

Oktoberfest

The 7th annual Oktoberfest will bring German music, dancing, and much more to Old Town Winchester! The festival will stretch most of the Loudoun Street Mall including The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum lawn and the Taylor Pavilion.

Inside the festival will be German-inspired food, beers, and global wine while also experiencing different parts of German culture. On Friday and Saturday, there will be a Best Dressed Lederhosen and Dirndl contest with the top prize being an overnight stay for two at the Bavarian Inn in Shepherdstown, WV. For live music, Lola the Organ Grinder will be playing German tunes all along the walking mall with her hand-crafted crank organ. The veteran high energy band “The Continentals” will be showcasing a wide repertoire of different ethnic styles of polka and waltz. On Saturday, The Original Bavarian Dance Club of Washington D.C., “Altwashingtonia Schuplattler Verein”, will be performing with over 30 costumed professional Bavarian dancers.

Other activities included in the festival are free caricature paintings, a free photo booth, and street performers.

Advanced online tasting package is $20, which includes six tastings and a 12oz glass beer stein. Tasting packages the day of the event are $25, which include the six tastings and 12 oz beer stein as well. General admission is free.

 

6th Annual Parks and Pets Extravaganza

Join Frederick County Parks and Recreation for their 6th annual Parks and Pets Extravaganza on Saturday, October 5th from 10am-3pm. At their new location, Clearbrook Park, expect all kinds of activities for you and your pet including:

-Silent auction with proceeds benefiting the Frederick County Esther Boyd Animal Shelter

-Demos by the Frederick County Fire and Rescue and Frederick County Sheriff’s Office

-An assortment of food vendors

-Vendors for all your pets’ needs

-Honor Guard

-Halloween Pet Costume Parade

-And new this year: Dock Diving at the Clearbrook Pool!

This event is free to all and is family/pet friendly!

 

French Wine Class

Join us for a class on French Wine. We will discuss lesser known French regions (Thanks Ned Cleland) Lucinda Smith of Robins Cellars will be join us and talking about her wines.

The cost is $20.00, $15.00 for Platinum Wine Club members. Brewbakers will pair a few small plates and we will be using Riedel Glassware. It’s open to anyone! Call Murphy Beverage to reserve your seat at 540-723-9719.

Ballroom Dancing Workshop at the Vineyard

Join us for a wonderful workshop of ballroom dancing at the vineyard with Freddie from Social Graces. This event is for those who have never had dance instruction and for those looking to improve your moves! Concluding the workshop enjoy a glass of wine as well as some small bites, all included in your price!
This is great event for a date night out!

September 28th | 4-6pm

$40/per person (includes 2 hour instruction, glass of wine, and small plate)

Food is prepared by R Roots Catering and menu is as follows:

Prosciutto-wrapped pears, salmon or grilled goat cheese crostini, endive salad bites with apple, blue cheese and pecans, and dessert.

Tickets must be purchased in advanced by September 23rd and are available on our website.

Taste of Winchester Food and Drink Festival

Come explore the unique restaurants and breweries that dot the Winchester and Frederick County landscape! Our restaurant partners are preparing fantastic tasting samples for you to try throughout the entire city. Pick and choose at your leisure. This is a great chance to try new places and explore cuisines! We are blessed to have such a wide array of International food options from Thai to Indian, German, Italian, Japanese, pizza, food trucks and more!

Join us for the best food and drinks around! Featuring over 25 restaurants, breweries and food trucks!

The festival will be hosted all over the city and county so you can explore and find new restaurants and breweries while experiencing their unique atmosphere. Your schedule, your selections, your custom tastes!

Some locations will be featuring live music throughout the event!

TICKET PACKAGES
Nibbler, 5 Tastings: $30.00 ($35.00 day of event)
Foodie, 10 Tastings: $45.00 ($50.00 day of event)
Voracious Locavore, 15 Tastings: $60.00 ($65.00 day of event)

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