These are the events taking place in the Youth Services Department of Samuels Public Library during the month of October. Thank you for sharing this information. More information about Samuels Library and the programs and services available can be found at www.samuelslibrary.net or by calling (540) 635-3153.
Saturday, November 2
- 10:00 Books and Barks. Come to our extremely popular monthly program that gives developing readers the chance to read and relax with a trained therapy dog. For beginning readers and up. Choose a time slot at registration, which begins October 2.
- 2:00 Discuss This. Are you inspired by good books, articles, movies, and art? Do you write, draw, or enjoy playing music? If so, join us as we discuss books and share our creations. This is a group for those who wish to talk seriously about a variety of topics. Refreshments will be provided. For ages 12 and up. Registration begins October 2.
Tuesday, November 5
- 11:00 Time for Baby. What do books, scarves, puppets, music and babies have in common? They are all part of Time for Baby. Join us as we use all of our senses to explore the world around us. Thankful will be the theme this month. Meet with your baby up to two years of age. Siblings welcome.
- 4:30 Science Scouts and More. Kids will explore popular books and book series through science, games, food, and more! Based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, we will do some taffy pulling and have a chocolate taste test! For ages 6-11. Registration begins October 5.
Wednesday, November 6 and Thursday, November 7
- 10:15 Toddler Story time.
- 11:00 Preschool Story time.
It’s playtime! Come in for stories, songs, and a craft about our favorite toys, games, and imaginings! Siblings welcome.
Tuesday, November 12
- 4:30 Science Scouts and More. Kids will explore popular books and book series through science, games, food, and more! Based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, we will investigate probability and chance, and find out how likely it is for someone to find a golden ticket. For ages 6-11. Registration begins October 12.
Wednesday, November 13 and Thursday, November 14
- 10:15 Toddler Story time.
- 11:00 Preschool Story time.
Our stories, songs, and craft will be about Music Art, featuring Karen Erickson of the Northern Virginia Academy of Ballet. Siblings welcome.
Friday, November 15
- 5:00 Entries for the 41st annual Holiday Writing Contest are due at the library.
Saturday, November 16
- 11:00 Kooky Chefs Cook It Up: Thanksgiving Feast. Kids will get to feast on several classic Thanksgiving Day foods to get them ready for the holidays! They will also get to make a dish themselves. For ages 8 and up. Registration begins October 16.
Tuesday, November 19
- 4:30 Science Scouts and More. Kids will explore popular books and book series through science, games, food, and more! Based on the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, we will build a candyscape, like the factory with the chocolate river. For ages 6-11. Registration begins October 19.
Wednesday, November 20 and Thursday, November 21
- 10:15 Toddler Story time.
- 11:00 Preschool Story time.
Thankful will be the theme of our stories, songs, and craft this week. Come join us! Siblings welcome.
Saturday, November 23
- 2:30 The Princess & the “P___.” Lyla sees no purpose to princes. They’re ugly, stupid—and obnoxious! Why can’t Hagabah see that, and why must the master insist that she keep the prince around three more days? The world would be a much better place without that prince. He doesn’t even know that it takes a pea to know a princess. And she’s a true princess, whether he’s a true prince—or not. Or is she? The whole family is invited to join us for this hilarious episode of fantastical suspense and find out!
Saturday, November 30
- 2:00 Chess and More. Meet other kids and teens who enjoy the challenge of a good chess or other board game. For ages 6 and up. Registration begins October 30.
Warren County Middle School gifted and talented program students showcase their projects
Warren County Middle School students in the gifted and talented program displayed their presentations for parents and friends this week during a special showcase evening. Teacher Zach Logan welcomed guests and shared a few details about the students progress so far this year. Projects ranged from the Magic of Disney to interesting facts about New Zealand with several biographies in between! Great job by all of the students! Watch this video to see a few friendly faces and hear from Mr. Logan:
Belle Grove decorated for the holidays and open for touring December 6-30, 2019
Belle Grove Plantation is decorated for the holidays and will be open for touring from Friday, December 6, through Monday, December 30, 2019. Each room was decorated by a local Garden Clubs with the theme of “All Creatures Great and Small.”
“Belle Grove is celebrating the animal kingdom this year because it has always been a place that has included animals, from its more than 200-year history as a farm, to encouraging pollinators in the garden, to hosting the U.S. Border Collie Handler Association’s National Finals again in 2020,” said Kristen Laise, Executive Director.
Guided house tours are offered Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with tours beginning at quarter past each hour (first tour at 10:15 a.m. and last tour at 3:15 p.m.) and on Sunday 1-5 p.m. (first tour at 1:15 p.m. and last tour at 4:15 p.m.). On Friday and Saturday evenings 4-8 p.m. visitors are welcome to take self-guided tours, the Manor House will be lit by candlelight, and there will be live music in the Parlor from 6-8 p.m. All guests are invited to enjoy spiced tea and cookies as part of their house tour admission. Belle Grove will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and will close for the winter on New Year’s Eve.
The schedule for live holiday music on Friday and Saturday evenings will be:
- Friday, December 6, 6-8 p.m., Allen Dec, Happy Harper
- Saturday, December 7, 6-8 p.m., Soprano Deborah Balcom
- Friday, December 13 and Saturday, December 14, 6-8 p.m., Sweet Grass, Traditional Carols
- Friday, December 20, 6-8 p.m., Winchester Celtic Circle
- Saturday, December 21, 6-8 p.m., Flutist Elizabeth Dalton & Guitarist Jason Perry
- Friday, December 27, 6-8 p.m., John Tole, Evergreen Shade, Period Music
- Saturday, December 28, 6-8 p.m., Winchester Celtic Circle
The Little Garden Club of Winchester decorated the Manor House’s front porch and hall to welcome visitors as they arrive. The Massanutten Garden Club’s decorations in the Parlor compliment the 12-foot Norway Spruce Christmas tree donated by John and Judith Tole of Evergreen Christmas Tree Farm in Woodville, Virginia. Hawthorne Garden Club’s decorations are in the Library and Winchester/Clarke Garden Club adorned the Day Sitting Room. Glen Burnie Garden Club decorated in the Plantation Office and Warren County Garden Club decorated the Dining Room. Colonial Garden Club decked the Gold Bedroom and Middletown Garden Club decorated the Nursery. Shenandoah Garden Club of Woodstock festooned the Winter Kitchen and the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association provided natural decorations in the other rooms of the lower level of the Manor House.
Admission for all tours is $12 for adults, $11 for members of the military, AAA, the National Parks, and individuals 60 and older. Students 6-16 and National Trust for Historic Preservation members are $6. Children 5 and younger are free. Belle Grove members are free of charge as benefit of their membership. Visitors may join Belle Grove and immediately use this benefit at Christmas along with 10% off non-consignment purchases in the Museum Shop.
Visitors will arrive through the Beverley B. Shoemaker Welcome Center in the 1918 Bank Barn, which opened to the public in April 2019. This is now where the Belle Grove Museum Shop is located and it will be open during all touring hours. The Museum Shop carries unique gifts and many products from area artists, artisans, farms, and businesses. The Welcome Center also contains exhibits about Belle Grove and the families who lived here. On the exterior of the Welcome Center guests can see lifelike portraits by local artist Michelle Luttrell of the animals that used to be stalled on the lower level of the barn.
Belle Grove Plantation is a non-profit historic house museum that is a National Trust for Historic Preservation site and a partner in Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park. It is located off Route 11 at 336 Belle Grove Road south of Middletown, Virginia. Information on Christmas tours may be found at www.bellegrove.org or at www.facebook.com/BelleGrove.
This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of December 6th
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 Friday, December 6:
Ticket prices are as follows:
- Adult: $9
- Child (under 12): $6
- Military: $7
- Student (college): $7
- Senior: $7
- Matinees, All Seating: $6
Naughty or Nice: Triple Feature | Dec. 7 & 8 @ 10am
Christmas Classics: “Die Hard” | Dec. 11 @ 7pm
Other movies coming soon to Royal Cinemas:
- “Jumanji: The Next Level”
- “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”
- “Spies in Disguise”
- “My Spy”
An invitation for you to honor George Washington
You are invited to the Second Annual Patriots Dinner honoring our Founding Father, Gen. George Washington, on the 220th anniversary of his death.
Dale Corey and the SAR Honor Guard will open the after dinner program. A short presentation on “George Washington and the Constitution” by Mark Donovan, retired Army officer, will be followed by stories by the Liberty Man – “Young George, the Virginia Boy who became the Father of his Country.” Master James McFadden will recite a portion of the General’s farewell address to his troops. The McFadden Girls will perform an original dance prepared especially for this occasion. We will close the evening by all singing Christmas Carols led by the McFadden Girls.
- When: December 19, 2019
- Where: Wayside Inn, Middletown, Virginia
- Time: 6:00 p.m.
- Cost: $25 (adults) | $15 (children 6-15) | Free for children under 6 who share a plate. Plus tax.
- Buffet Menu: Peanut soup, Fish, Turkey, and Ham. Three Sister’s Vegetables (squash, corn, beans), Sweet Potatoes, Bread.
Dessert will include fruitcake and ice cream.
Tea and coffee will be available.
- Dress: Period Dress is optional. Guests and reenactors are encouraged to wear Colonial dress. Color Guard members will come in uniform.
Come and enjoy short stories of the American Revolution, group singing of carols our forefathers would have known, and most importantly don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy colonial food and great fellowship.
For Reservations and to make payment by December 14, contact Inn Keeper Becky Reeves at 540-869-1797. Be sure to RSVP and make payment early as there are only 85 seats set aside for this event.
For further information, contact Larry Johnson at 540.454.4129, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
First ever Turkey Egg Hunt a big success
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
On Saturday, November 30th, the annual Christmas tree lighting took place at the Gazebo in downtown Front Royal. This year there was a special treat: the Front Royal Independent Business Alliance (FRIBA) unveiled the community LOVE Letters.
Our camera was there to capture the event! Enjoy and Merry Christmas:
Our reporter Roger Bianchini walked down Main Street and around the Gazebo to share these photos with us: