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Civil War author Jeff Hunt touring Virginia with new book – Meade and Lee at Bristoe Station

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Author Jeff Hunt will be presenting and signing copies of his new book, Meade and Lee After Gettysburg: The Problems of Command and Strategy After Gettysburg, from Brandy Station to the Buckland Races, August 1 to October 31, 1863.

The first event is from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday, July 27th at the Fredericksburg National Military Park (1011 Lafayette Blvd., Fredericksburg, VA). For more information visit: www.nps.gov/frsp/index.htm

The second event will be from 3:00 to 7:00 pm that same day at the Royal Oak Bookshop (207 South Royal Avenue, Front Royal, VA). For more information visit: http://royaloakbookshop.com

Jeff’s final event in the area will be at 1:30 pm on Sunday, July 28th at the Manassas Museum (9101 Prince William Street, Manassas, VA). Information for that event can be found at: www.manassasmuseum.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 at Bristoe Station.

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Samuels Public Library Adult Programming events for September 1-15

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Library Closing

The Library will be closed Monday, September 2nd in observance of Labor Day. The Library will resume normal hours of operation Tuesday, September 3rd.


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 AM-12:30 PM (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.


Front Royal Sewing Group

Samuels Public Library invites you to the Front Royal Sewing Group that meets every 2nd and 4th Monday at 10:30 AM (September 9th, & 10th) and every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 6:00 PM (September 23rd & 24th). People with all levels of sewing skills from beginner to advanced. Bring your own sewing machine. There is a limited number of extra sewing machines available for people who give advance notice.


Crochet Group

Samuels Public Library invites you to come out and learn how to crochet or share your talents. The group will meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 10:00 AM (September 11th & 25th). All ability levels welcome.


SamiCon 2019: One Card to Rule Them All

Samuels Public Library invites you to come out and join us for our annual geek convention SamiCon, Saturday, September 14th from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM! SamiCon is a free event for all comic & tech fans, geeks, gamers, and cosplayers. Checkout local products in our vendors fair, visit the Digital Bookmobile by Overdrive, as well as participate in our makerspace, crafts, prize drawings and more. This year’s theme is Tolkien’s Middle Earth! Come dressed as your favorite character and enjoy many activities such as conducting your own quest, solve Gollum’s riddles in the escape room and participating in Bilbo Baggins’s 111th birthday party!

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DJ Skyhigh’s End of Summer Blast to benefit local horse rescue

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Come join us for our first ever, all-day Music and Wine Festival! We will be at the Warren County Fairgrounds for a full day of entertainment for the whole family. The Shenandoah Valley Equine Rescue Network (SVERN) mini-unicorns will be there in the Kid’s Zone, along with games and fun activities for the young ones! For the adults, we will be having over 60 International Wines for tasting and purchase by the glass and bottle. The Front Royal Brewing Company and Winchester Brew Works will be helping us on the craft beer side of the show. Hand picked food trucks will be on site to take care of your hunger needs! We will also have our favorite vendors set up catering to your buying impulses.

On stage will be a day of music, hosted by the one and only DJ Skyhigh, celebrating his 20th Anniversary! He has brought some friends like the Luke Johnson Band, The Revolution, The Bridge, The Burning Dirty Band and maybe some special guests as well!

Kids under 12 are free, and general admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the gate, which includes 5 wine tasting tickets! Additional wine tasting tickets are available for purchase. Tickets are available at EVENTBRITE.


This event is to benefit our local horse rescue, Shenandoah Valley Equine Rescue Network (SVERN). SVERN is a 501(c)(3), dedicated to providing care and rehabilitation for unwanted, abandoned, neglected, abused and malnourished horses, while educating the public in equine rescue and all aspects of horse ownership and care.

Over the past decade, SVERN has taken in and adopted out dozens of horses to forever homes. Click here to learn more about SVERN.

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Children’s activities at Samuels Public Library for the month of September

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These are the events taking place in the Youth Services Department of Samuels Public Library during the month of September. 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.


Tuesday, September 3

  • 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. “Happy Birthday” 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! This month, our discoveries and activities will be based on the book Matilda by Roald Dahl. For ages 6 – 11. Registration begins August 3.

Wednesday, September 4 and Thursday, September 5

  • 10:15 Toddler Story time.
  • 11:00 Preschool Story time.

You’ll hear about them in stories, songs, and movies, but we also need them in real life… Heroes! Join us for stories, songs, and a craft. Siblings welcome.


Saturday, September 7

  • 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 August 7.
  • 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 August 7.

Wednesday, September 11

  • 10:30 Children’s Sing-Along. Local musician John Kovac will lead and accompany the singing of children’s songs. Come ready to sing along with your friends and discover the instruments that Mr. Kovac uses.

Tuesday, September 17

  • 4:30 Science Scouts and More. Kids will explore popular books and book series through science, games, food, and more! Based on the book Matilda, we will explore magnet manipulation and making things move with them. For ages 6 – 11. Registration begins August 17.
  • 6:00 Homeschool Fair. Are you interested in homeschooling and want more information? Come learn about the state homeschool laws, local homeschool groups, and curriculum options. Join us in White Meeting Room B at Samuels Library to learn more.

Wednesday, September 18 and Thursday, September 19

  • 10:15 Toddler Story time.
  • 11:00 Preschool Story time.

Rrraauurrr! We’ll have a roaring good time with our dinosaur friends! Join us for stories, songs, and a craft. Siblings welcome.


Saturday, September 21

  • 2:00 Dungeons & Dragons (Group A). Hail and well met, Adventurers! A new program is taking place for teens 13+. Dungeons and Dragons is an interactive, imaginative game that stimulates the mind with critical thinking, problem solving, and quick wits. New to the game? No problem. Our Game Master is prepared to help all learn the game and provide an enjoyable experience for all. Space is limited, so join up while there’s still room on the list!

Tuesday, September 24

  • 4:30 Science Scouts and More. Kids will explore popular books and book series through science, games, food, and more! Based on the book Matilda, we will have a craft and game focused on the book. We will also have the chocolate cake from the book. For ages 6 – 11. Registration begins August 24.

Wednesday, September 25 and Thursday, September 26

  • 10:15 Toddler Story time.
  • 11:00 Preschool Story time.

Music is all around us! We’ll read some great stories, sing some songs, and have a craft all about music. Siblings welcome.


Saturday, September 28

  • 11:00 Kooky Chefs Cook It Up: Fall Spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves! Oh, my! Children will make and taste recipes that include an array of yummy fall spices. For ages 8 and up. Registration begins August 28.
  • 2:00 Dungeons & Dragons (Group B). Hail and well met, Adventurers! A new program is taking place for teens 13+. Dungeons and Dragons is an interactive, imaginative game that stimulates the mind with critical thinking, problem solving, and quick wits. New to the game? No problem. Our Game Master is prepared to help all learn the game and provide an enjoyable experience for all. Space is limited, so join up while there’s still room on the list!
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This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of August 22nd

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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, August 22:

•  Thurs – 6:45
•  Fri-Sat – 6:00 & 8:35         
•  Sun – 12:35, 3:10, 6:00 & 8:35
•  Mon-Wed – 6:00 & 8:35 

Rated PG13 |  Run Time: 2 hours 15 min

•  Thurs – 6:55
•  Fri-Sat – 6:05 & 8:55         
•  Sun – 12:40, 3:30, 6:05 & 8:55
•  Mon-Wed – 6:05 & 8:55 

Rated PG |  Run Time: 1 hour 45 min

•  Thurs – 7:00
•  Fri-Sat – 6:10 & 8:50         
•  Sun – 12:45, 3:25, 6:10 & 8:50
•  Mon-Wed – 6:10 & 8:50

Rated PG |  Run Time: 1 hour 55 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:

  • “IT: Chapter Two”
  • “Abominable”
  • “Joker”
  • “Gemini Man”
  • “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil”
  • “Zombieland 2”
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Band of Brothers: Jesus Saves Tour at Skyline Ranch Resort September 14th

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Band of Brothers in the studio with Royal Examiner publisher Mike McCool. Photo and video by Mark Williams.

The Band of Brothers is a local music ministry dedicated to bringing Jesus to the community through music. As part of their on gong Jesus Saves Tour, they have scheduled an event on September 14th at Skyline Ranch Resort at 751 Mountain Road (Rt 619), Front Royal, VA.

Jeff Jenkins, a member of the band, said, “100% of the proceeds will go to the Warren County School Board Nutrition Department, so no kid goes hungry.” The Band of Brothers will be playing their eclectic mix of music along with others. Scheduled to appear is David Clanagan, Christ Rock, Watching East, Steve Foster and Gracie, Jay Powell and from Tennessee, Freddie Redmon.

Several speakers are also scheduled: Bryam Keyser, Rusty Pleasants, Breon Johnson and Brandon Stevens.

For more information, check out their Facebook page.

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You’re invited to the Tree Stewards “All About Trees” class

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WHAT MATTERS WARREN — The community is invited to an “All About Trees” class presented by the Tree Stewards (Tuesday evenings beginning 9/3). Watch this video to learn more about the class and about volunteer opportunities with the organization that keeps Front Royal/Warren County looking beautiful! Also learn a trick to easily spot poison ivy!

  • Click here to register for the courses.
  • Click here to learn more about the positive impact the Tree Stewards are having in our community.

“All About Trees Classes”

Each year the Tree Stewards offer the “All About Trees” course. Course participants learn proper planting, maintenance, and pruning of trees. Our knowledge of trees is constantly changing as we learn more about these fundamental elements of our natural world. These annual training sessions strive to keep up with this evolving knowledge.

Training will include:

  • Basic tree anatomy, biology and life functions
  • Soils, water and nutrition
  • Selecting the right tree for the right spot
  • Tree identification
  • Tree ID Walk (field trip)
  • Landscaping with trees
  • Planting and site analysis
  • Tree Health and care
  • Pruning and identifying hazard trees that should be removed.
  • Pruning Demo and Tools (field trip)
  • Urban Forestry
  • Class Tree planting

The program uses materials from “Trees Virginia,” developed by the Virginia Urban Forest Council. Classes are taught by ISA certified arborists, nurserymen, landscapers, horticulturalists, and Tree Stewards.  The course ends with the hands-on planting of a “Class Tree.”

CEUs available for ISA Arborists.


2019 All About Trees Class

Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings beginning September 3, 2019, at the Warren County Government Center. Class Fee is $75 per person or $130 per couple. Early Registration Fee is $65.*

*From Tree Stewards website at https://treesfrontroyal.org/


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Visit www.whatmattersw2.com “Community” section to request a TOWN TIP or WHAT MATTERS WARREN BETHvid.

Learn more Beth’s nonprofit, WHAT MATTERS, a 501 (c) (3), at www.whatmattersw2.com – check out the “Community” section to request a TOWN TIP or WHAT MATTERS WARREN BETHvid or contact her at 540-671-6145 or beth@whatmattersw2.com.


About WHAT MATTERS:

WHAT MATTERS is a 501(c)(3) that focuses on local and global outreach to help spread the word, support and raise funds for causes that matter (primarily through Facebook). WHAT MATTERS has ZERO overhead as 100% of the expenses are funded by Beth’s real estate business thanks to her clients and supporters.  Every cent raised goes to the cause she’s promoting and most are matched by Beth. If you’d like to get involved, or travel to Africa with her on a future trip to work with the children of Light up Life Foundations, please visit www.whatmattersw2.com.

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Upcoming Events

Aug
27
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1:30 pm Botanicals in Watercolor I @ Art in the Valley
Botanicals in Watercolor I @ Art in the Valley
Aug 27 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Botanicals in Watercolor I @ Art in the Valley
This four week course with the instructor, Elena Maza, will deal with the basic three-primary color palette, different pigments and how they interact, how to mix all colors from three primary colors, how to apply[...]
Aug
29
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1:00 pm Substance Abuse and Recovery Summit @ Mountain Home Bed and Breakfast
Substance Abuse and Recovery Summit @ Mountain Home Bed and Breakfast
Aug 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Substance Abuse and Recovery Summit @ Mountain Home Bed and Breakfast
The McShin Foundation and RSW (Rappahannock, Shenandoah, and Warren County) Regional Jail would like to invite you to our substance abuse and recovery summit to be held on August 29, 2019, in Front Royal, Virginia.[...]
Aug
31
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1:00 pm DJ Skyhigh’s End of Summer Blast @ Warren County Fair
DJ Skyhigh’s End of Summer Blast @ Warren County Fair
Aug 31 @ 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
DJ Skyhigh's End of Summer Blast @ Warren County Fair
Come join DJ Skyhigh for his end of summer blast. Lisa Bell will be hosting wine tastings (at an additional charge) of over 50 international wines. Wines may also be purchased by the bottle to[...]
Sep
3
Tue
1:30 pm Watercolor Landscapes @ Art in the Valley
Watercolor Landscapes @ Art in the Valley
Sep 3 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Watercolor Landscapes @ Art in the Valley
This four week course with instructor Elena Maza will focus on learning basic skills to create watercolor landscape paintings: basic composition and use of color and value to create a sense of depth and distance.[...]
Sep
4
Wed
1:30 pm Botanical Drawing @ Art in the Valley
Botanical Drawing @ Art in the Valley
Sep 4 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Botanical Drawing @ Art in the Valley
Learn and practice the art of botanical drawing in pencil with local artist and instructor Elena Maza. This four session course will focus on learning basic drawing skills as applied to botanicals: basic line drawings[...]
Sep
7
Sat
10:00 am SHS Marching Band Mattress Fundr... @ Skyline High School
SHS Marching Band Mattress Fundr... @ Skyline High School
Sep 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
SHS Marching Band Mattress Fundraiser @ Skyline High School
Skyline High School Marching Band is having a mattress sale fundraiser on Saturday, September 7, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Skyline High School (151 Skyline Vista Drive, Front Royal, Virginia). There will[...]
12:00 pm 2019 NFL Kick Off Party @ Sly Fox Golf Club
2019 NFL Kick Off Party @ Sly Fox Golf Club
Sep 7 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
2019 NFL Kick Off Party @ Sly Fox Golf Club
Golf – “Captains Choice Format” 12pm Shotgun “Tail Gate” Food and Drinks – 5pm to 8pm Golf + Food & Drinks $45 Tail Gate Food & Drinks Only $15
1:00 pm Strokes of Creativity: 1-year ce... @ Strokes of Creativity
Strokes of Creativity: 1-year ce... @ Strokes of Creativity
Sep 7 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Strokes of Creativity: 1-year celebration @ Strokes of Creativity
Join us for our 1-year celebration on Sept. 7 from 1-6 pm. We will have demos, and Artist meet and greets. Unique and one of kind items, face painting, crafts and Chase from Paw Patrol will[...]
6:00 pm FRUMC Celebrates Homecoming @ Front Royal United Methodist Church
FRUMC Celebrates Homecoming @ Front Royal United Methodist Church
Sep 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
FRUMC Celebrates Homecoming @ Front Royal United Methodist Church
In tandem with the 110th anniversary of the church building, the Front Royal United Methodist Church will host Homecoming ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday, September 7th and 8th. Five previous pastors have agreed to return[...]
Sep
10
Tue
1:30 pm Watercolor Landscapes @ Art in the Valley
Watercolor Landscapes @ Art in the Valley
Sep 10 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Watercolor Landscapes @ Art in the Valley
This four week course with instructor Elena Maza will focus on learning basic skills to create watercolor landscape paintings: basic composition and use of color and value to create a sense of depth and distance.[...]