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Award-winning author Jeff Hunt touring Virginia

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Author Jeff Hunt will be presenting and signing copies of his books from the Meade and Lee Series at multiple events in the state of Virginia.

  • The first event is at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, October 16th at the Warren Rifles Confederate Museum (95 Chester Street, Front Royal, VA). For more information visit: www.vaudc.org/museum
  • The second event will also begin at 7:00 pm on Thursday, October 17th at the Old Manassas Courthouse (9248 Lee Street, Manassas, VA). For more information visit: www.pwcgov.org/government
  • Jeff’s final stand-a-lone event will be at 12:00 pm on Friday, October 18th at the American Civil War Museum (500 Tredegar Street, Richmond, VA). Information for that event can be found at: www.acwm.org
  • Jeff will also be participating in the Pamplin Civil War Symposium in Petersburg, VA from October 18th through the 20th. More information on that event can be found at: http://www.pamplinpark.org

The Civil War in the Eastern Theater during the late summer and fall of 1863 was anything but inconsequential. Generals Meade and Lee continued where they had left off, executing daring marches while boldly maneuvering the chess pieces of war in an effort to gain decisive strategic and tactical advantage. Cavalry actions crisscrossed the rolling landscape; bloody battle revealed to both sides the command deficiencies left in the wake of Gettysburg. It was the first and only time in the war Meade exercised control of the Army of the Potomac on his own terms. Jeffrey Wm Hunt brilliant dissects these and others issues in Meade and Lee at Bristoe Station: The Problems of Command and Strategy After Gettysburg, from Brandy Station to the Buckland Races, August 1 to October 31, 1863.

The carnage of Gettysburg left both armies in varying states of command chaos as the focus of the war shifted west. Lee further depleted his ranks by dispatching James Longstreet (his best corps commander) and most of his First Corps via rail to reinforce Bragg’s Army of Tennessee. The Union defeat that followed at Chickamauga, in turn, forced Meade to follow suit with the XI and XII Corps. Despite these reductions, the aggressive Lee assumed the strategic offensive against his more careful Northern opponent, who was also busy waging a rearguard action against the politicians in Washington.

Meade and Lee at Bristoe Station is a fast-paced, dynamic account of how the Army of Northern Virginia carried the war above the Rappahannock once more in an effort to retrieve the laurels lost in Pennsylvania. When the opportunity beckoned Lee took it, knocking Meade back on his heels with a threat to his army as serious as the one Pope had endured a year earlier. As Lee quickly learned again, A. P. Hill was no Stonewall Jackson, and with Longstreet away Lee’s cudgel was no longer as mighty as he wished. The high tide of the campaign ebbed at Bristoe Station with a signal Confederate defeat. The next move was now up to Meade.

Hunt’s follow-up volume to his well-received Meade and Lee After Gettysburg is grounded upon official reports, regimental histories, letters, newspapers, and other archival sources. Together, they provide a day-by-day account of the fascinating high-stakes affair during this three-month period. Coupled with original maps and outstanding photographs, this new study offers a significant contribution to Civil War literature.

About the Author: Jeffrey William Hunt is Director of the Texas Military Forces Museum, the official museum of the Texas National Guard, located at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas, and an Adjunct Professor of History at Austin Community College, where he has taught since 1988. Prior to taking the post at the Texas Military Forces Museum, he was the Curator of Collections and Director of the Living History Program at the Admiral Nimitz National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg, Texas for 11 years. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Government and a Masters Degree in History, both from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2013, Mr. Hunt was appointed an honorary Admiral in the Texas Navy by Governor Rick Perry, in recognition of his efforts to tell the story of the Texas naval forces at the Texas Military Forces Museum.

At both the Texas Military Forces Museum and the Admiral Nimitz Museum he has organized and conducted hundreds of living history programs for the general public. He is a veteran reenactor of the War Between the States as well as the War of 1812, the Texas Revolution, World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War. He is a frequent speaker for a wide variety of organizations as well as documentaries and news programs.

Mr. Hunt’s writing credits include his book, The Last Battle of the Civil War: Palmetto Ranch, and contributions to Essential Civil War Curriculum, the Revised Handbook of Texas and the Gale Library of Daily Life: American Civil War.

About Savas Beatie LLC: Savas Beatie LLC is a leading military and general history publishing company. Read more about Meade and Lee After Gettysburg and Meade and Lee at Bristoe Station.

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49th Annual Festival of Leaves Parade

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Only a few drops of rain fell, but not enough rain to stop our publisher Mike McCool and camerman Mark Williams to bring you the 49th Annual Festival of Leaves parade.


This we had a few little helpers. Quinn and Emery from Martinsville, VA were visiting Grandma and wanted to see the parade. Photos and video by Mark Williams, Royal Examiner

Warren County High School Band

William Huck introducing his new business opening soon next door to C&C Frozen Treats on Main Street. It’s called My Lagniappe. Ask him what it means when you see him

Candidates were out in force. Jason Poe, candidate for Warren County Sheriff. Be sure to vote November 5th

Leslie Mathews, candidate for Board of Supervisors, South River

Mark Butler, candidate for Warren County Sheriff

Skyline High School Band

Randolph Macon Academy Middle School

Tom Sayre, candidate for Board of Supervisors, Shenandoah District

Shae Parker, candidate for Board of Supervisors, North River District

Delores Oates, candidate for Board of Supervisors, North River District

And special thanks to Quinn and Emery as the parade ends.

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St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church 2019 Rosary Procession

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The Knights of Columbus sponsored the 2019 Rosary Procession in Front Royal, Virginia, on October 6th. Approximately 400 parishioners from St. John the Baptist traveled down Main Street to the town’s Gazebo, where Fr. Cozzi consecrated the parish to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. After returning to the church, a pot luck dinner was held for all the attendees.

The John Carrell Jenkins Council #7771 of the Knights of Columbus is dedicated to Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. We support our parish and community through a variety of programs. To learn more about the Knights of Columbus, visit www.KofC7771.org.

Photo courtesy of Leo Carling, Knights of Columbus Council #7771

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Samuels Public Library Adult Programming events for October 15-31

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General Education Development

Samuels Public Library invites you to register and attend the General Education Development course. This course will be every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 A.M-12:30 P.M (except on school holidays or closings). The GED course is completely free. Let this course be the stepping stone to your success.


English as a Second Language Discussion Group

Samuels Public Library invites you to come out and join us for our English as a Second language discussion group starting. This is a conversational English language class for adults whose primary language is not English. All skill levels are welcome. Practice speaking English in a welcoming, group atmosphere. This group meets every Tuesday & Thursday at 10:00 am.


What the Tech!

Having trouble with your electronics? Don’t worry! Come into What the Tech and we can help you! Phones, tablets, ereaders, and anything else you need help with! Just check at the Adult Reference Desk for available times every Tuesday.


Exploring Computers

The Library invites you to attend our intermediate computer class and improve your skills. Each month explore a new computer program or application in a safe, friendly environment with other intermediate users. Classes are held on Thursdays at 1:00 P.M. October will focus on social media.


Books & Beyond Discussion Group

Samuels Public Library invites you to the Books & Beyond Book club Wednesday, October 16th at 10:00 A.M. where The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas will be discussed.


Land Management with Ten Acres or Less

FOSL hosts Allyson Ponn, Education & Program Support specialist with the Lord Fairfax Soil & Water Conservation District Wednesday, October 16th at 6:00 P.M. Are you a small landowner with two to ten acre? Learn how to be a responsible steward of your land and the water that impacts our quality of life and community.


Genealogy Nuts: Shake Your Family Tree

Samuels Public Library invites you to a workshop for beginning to advanced genealogists. Discover your family roots with a team of genealogists who together have researched more than 50,000 names. Classes are held 1st & 3rd Thursday nights at 6:00 pm. (October 3rd & 17th)


Third Thursday Movie: Rocketman

Join us at the library Thursday, October 17th at 5:30 P.M. for a special showing of the newly released 2019 film “Rocketman,” staring Taron Egerton, tells the inspirational story of Elton John’s breakthrough years to the soundtrack of his most beloved songs. This is an adult program. While the movie is rated R, Common Sense Media reports it’s good for ages 15 and up. Children under 13 will not be allowed. All teens must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The film currently holds a 90 percent Certified Fresh Rotten Tomatoes score and an A- CinemaScore.


Enhancing/Editing Photos Using Free Apps

The Friends of Samuels Library presents a workshop on photo editing led by photographer Sharon Fisher Saturday, October 19th at 10:30 A.M. Learn how to use free apps, including Google Photos and Snapseed, to edit your photos. Space is limited. Registration required.


Sons of the American Revolution Genealogy Workshop

Samuels Public Library invites you to a Genealogy workshop open to the public. Learn how to discover your revolution era ancestors with the Sons of the American Revolution Saturday, October 26th at 2:00 P.M.


 “Degenerate Art”: The Peresecution of Modern Art and Artists in Nazi Germany

FOSL hosts this special fall art history lecture led by popular art history lecturer Ben Glenn Tuesday, October 29th at 6:30 P.M. Many people are unaware that, in 1937, a wildly popular art exhibition organized by Nazi “cultural ministers” toured Germany.  Entitled “Degenerate Art,” the exhibition pilloried numerous 20th-century artists whose works were deemed as having no merit as well as being “against the State.”  As a result, many objects exhibited subsequently were destroyed and the artists forgotten. Registration will open September 29th. Be sure to sign up early for this riveting evening of history and art.Seats for Ben Glenn’s popular lectures always fill up quickly.

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Mark your calendar: 49th Annual ‘Festival of Leaves’ is this Saturday, October 12th

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Melanie Gregory, Allan Fox, Loraine Dovell and Deborah Cory brings us up-to-date on the Festival of Leaves. Photo and video by Mark Williams, Royal Examiner.

This Saturday, October 12th, marks the 49th year of the Warren Heritage Society’s annual fundraiser, the Festival of Leaves. Please mark your calendar and plan on joining us on Saturday, October 12, 2019, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Festival takes place in historic downtown Front Royal, Virginia, on Chester and Main Streets. Come enjoy Front Royal at its best. Arts and crafts abound in the heart of our historic district.

Several musical acts will provide all day entertainment. Come enjoy Heritage Square on the grounds of the Warren Heritage Society at 101 Chester Street where you will find museums, tours of our historic homes – Belle Boyd Cottage (Front Royal home of Confederate spy Belle Boyd) and 18th century Balthis House – and their outbuildings, re-enactors, living history demonstrations, crafts people, and apple butter making, to name a few. Plan on joining us for a day of fun for all ages.

Watch this exclusive Royal Examiner video and get caught up on all the happenings this weekend:

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“The Great I Am” Restoration at Warren County Fairgrounds

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Come to the Warren County Fairgrounds October 26th and 27th to enjoy live praise and worship! Miraculous testimonies will be shared both days, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., at this free event.

Bring your favorite lawn chair and the entire family for music, food, fun and fellowship! Let’s gather together with friends and neighbors as we celebrate God in worship, thanksgiving, and praise.

Steve Foster and Amazing Grace, God’s Anointed Mule, Dynamic Life Ministries, Band of Brothers, The Missionary Singers of Front Royal and other special guests will be here live!

For more information, or to get involved with this great event, call 336-587-7191 or email lwojray@yahoo.com.

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This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of October 10th

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Are you looking for the full movie-going experience without having to wait in the long lines that often accompany that experience? Then look no further because Royal Cinemas movie theatre is the answer. Get the whole gang together and enjoy a movie! Here is a list of this week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of Thursday, October 10:

•  Thurs – 7:00
•  Fri – 6:00 & 9:00
•  Sat-Mon – 12:30, 3:15, 6:00 & 9:00
•  Tues-Wed – 6:00 & 9:00

Rated PG 13 |  Run Time: 2 hours

•  Thurs – 6:55
•  Fri – 6:05 & 8:55
•  Sat-Mon – 12:40, 3:25, 6:05 & 8:55
•  Tues-Wed – 6:05 & 8:55

Rated PG 13 |  Run Time: 2 hours

•  Thurs – 7:15
•  Fri – 6:15 & 8:45
•  Sat-Mon – 1:00, 3:20, 6:15 & 8:45
•  Tues-Wed – 6:15 & 8:45

Rated PG |  Run Time: 1 hour 40 min


Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Adult: $9
  • Child (under 12): $6
  • Military: $7
  • Student (college): $7
  • Senior: $7
  • Matinees, All Seating: $6

Other movies coming soon to Royal Cinemas:

  • “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”
  • “Zombieland 2”
  • “Terminator: Dark Fate”
  • “Frozen 2”
  • “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”
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10:00 am Acrylic Painting: An Individuali... @ Art in the Valley
Acrylic Painting: An Individuali... @ Art in the Valley
Oct 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Acrylic Painting: An Individualized Approach @ Art in the Valley
With an emphasis on individuality and creativity, this acrylic painting class welcomes all skill levels. Some concepts we will explore include various paint application techniques, color theory, and composition. Within these basic parameters, we will[...]
Oct
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10:30 am Art Class “Fall is Here” @ Art in the Valley
Art Class “Fall is Here” @ Art in the Valley
Oct 16 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Art Class "Fall is Here" @ Art in the Valley
We are offering classes for children ages 7-12 who would enjoy expressing themselves through art. The students will expand their creative side with drawing, painting and constructing, using various mediums such as acrylic, pastels, watercolor[...]
7:00 pm Author Jeff Hunt book signing @ Warren Rifles Confederate Museum
Author Jeff Hunt book signing @ Warren Rifles Confederate Museum
Oct 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Author Jeff Hunt book signing @ Warren Rifles Confederate Museum
Author Jeff Hunt will be presenting and signing copies of his books from the Meade and Lee Series at multiple events in the state of Virginia. The first event is at 7:00 pm on Wednesday,[...]
Oct
17
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1:30 pm The Fundamentals of Oil Painting... @ Art in the Valley
The Fundamentals of Oil Painting... @ Art in the Valley
Oct 17 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
The Fundamentals of Oil Painting - Fall 2019 @ Art in the Valley
This class will focus on proven approaches for successful oil paintings. Subject matter will be the student’s choice. No previous painting experience with oils necessary. The class will introduce students to fundamental concepts of color[...]
Oct
18
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10:00 am R-MA Homecoming @ Randolph-Macon Academy
R-MA Homecoming @ Randolph-Macon Academy
Oct 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
R-MA Homecoming @ Randolph-Macon Academy
Randolph-Macon Academy will welcome alumni and their families back to campus on Friday and Saturday, October 18th and 19th, during the annual Homecoming weekend. Events that are open to the general public include the Homecoming[...]
1:30 pm The Fundamentals of Acrylic Pain... @ Art in the Valley
The Fundamentals of Acrylic Pain... @ Art in the Valley
Oct 18 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
The Fundamentals of Acrylic Painting - Fall 2019 @ Art in the Valley
This class will focus on proven approaches for successful acrylic paintings. Subject matter will be the student’s choice. No previous painting experience with acrylics necessary. The class will introduce students to fundamental concepts of color[...]
Oct
19
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10:00 am R-MA Homecoming @ Randolph-Macon Academy
R-MA Homecoming @ Randolph-Macon Academy
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
R-MA Homecoming @ Randolph-Macon Academy
Randolph-Macon Academy will welcome alumni and their families back to campus on Friday and Saturday, October 18th and 19th, during the annual Homecoming weekend. Events that are open to the general public include the Homecoming[...]
10:30 am 2nd Annual Peak Leaf Music & Bre... @ Valley Roots Farm
2nd Annual Peak Leaf Music & Bre... @ Valley Roots Farm
Oct 19 @ 10:30 am – 7:00 pm
2nd Annual Peak Leaf Music & Brewers Festival @ Valley Roots Farm
Join us for the 2nd annual Peak Leaf Music & Brewers Festival! Come party on Saturday, October 19th, 2019, for a day of live music, local brews, local merchants, and local food trucks; all for a[...]
1:00 pm Workshop: An Introduction to Col... @ Art in the Valley
Workshop: An Introduction to Col... @ Art in the Valley
Oct 19 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Workshop: An Introduction to Color Theory @ Art in the Valley
This one day workshop will be an introduction to color theory as it applies to image-making. We will talk about primary, secondary and tertiary colors and how to mix them from a simple palette for[...]
5:30 pm 7th Annual Front Royal Zombie Walk @ Bing Crosby Stadium
7th Annual Front Royal Zombie Walk @ Bing Crosby Stadium
Oct 19 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
7th Annual Front Royal Zombie Walk @ Bing Crosby Stadium
Put on your best zombie costume and practice your best shambling limp, because it’s time for the annual FRONT ROYAL ZOMBIE WALK! The Walk will begin at Bing Crosby Stadium at 6pm sharp. We will[...]