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

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These are the events taking place in the Youth Services Department of Samuels Public Library for the month of February 2020. 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, February 1

  • 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 January 1.
  • 2:00 World of Lego.  Children ages 5 and up are invited to explore all the amazing things you can do with Legos.  Registration begins January 1.

Tuesday, February 4

  • 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.  Love will be the theme this month.  Meet with your baby up to two years of age.  Siblings welcome.
  • 4:30 Novel Ideas.  Children will explore popular books and book series through S.T.E.M. activities, games, food, and more!  After reading a winter story, we will discuss what hibernation is, and what animals hibernate.  For ages 6-11.  Registration begins January 4.

Wednesday, February 5 and Thursday, February 6

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

What’s white, fluffy and cold, and fun to play in?  Snow!  We’ll have some great stories, songs, and a craft about this chilly weather form.  Siblings welcome.


Saturday, February 8

  • 11:00 Saturday Morning Movie:  The Lion King.  Join us as we watch The Lion King (2019 release) and enjoy some popcorn.  For ages 5 and up.  Registration begins January 8.

Tuesday, February 11

  • 4:30 Novel Ideas.  Children will explore popular books and book series through S.T.E.M. activities, games, food, and more!  After reading a special winter story, we will enjoy activities in celebration of St. Valentine’s Day. For ages 6-11.  Registration begins January 11.

Wednesday, February 12 and Thursday, February 13

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

In honor of Valentine’s Day, the theme of our stories, songs, and craft will be, “Be Mine.” Siblings welcome.


Thursday, February 13

  • 4:00 Llama Love!  18. Join us for llama stories, games, snacks, and a craft!  For ages 6-12.  Registration begins January 13.

Saturday, February 15

  • 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 January 15.

Tuesday, February 18

  • 4:30 Novel Ideas.  Children will explore popular books and book series through S.T.E.M. activities, games, food, and more!  After reading a special winter story, we will investigate the amazing photography of Snowflake Bentley.  For ages 6-11.  Registration begins January 18.

Wednesday, February 19 and Thursday, February 20

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

Come in for some great stories, songs, and a craft about our feathered friends, Birds!  Siblings welcome.


Saturday, February 22

  • 11:00 Art Stars.  Art Stars is a special needs art discovery program.  This program is for ages 8 and up.  Registration begins January 22.  Participants should have a caregiver or attendant present in the program.
  • 2:00 Magic Show.  Local magician Kevin Owens will entertain the whole family with his amazing magic show, which always includes audience participation and lots of laughter!

Tuesday, February 25

  • 4:30 Novel Ideas.  Children will explore popular books and book series through S.T.E.M. activities, games, food, and more!  After reading a special winter story, we will explore the fascinating subject of winter weather.  For ages 6-11.  Registration begins January 25.

Wednesday, February 26 and Thursday, February 27

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

Adventure is all around us!  Join us as Carol Cable, illustrator of Ellie’s Day of Adventure, shows us what having an adventure can look like.  Siblings welcome.


Saturday, February 29

  • 11:00 Kooky Chefs Cook It Up:  Soups.  Nothing is more comforting than warm soup on a chilly day!  Learn how to make some yummy soup, and do some taste-testing to choose your favorite.  For ages 8 and up.  Registration begins January 29.
  • 11:00 Trauma & Resiliency Training for Early Childhood Providers.
    Statistics show us that one in four children will experience trauma by the age of four. This trauma could be abuse, hunger, homelessness, witnessing violence, medical trauma, or grief.
    We know that a child’s greatest learning occurs during the early childhood years. These traumas cause behaviors that we see every day in the classroom. As early childhood providers, we need to recognize the signs of trauma, and teach children how to cope with the feelings they experience.

    • This training will discuss:
      Why trauma matters?
      How trauma affects the brain?
      How trauma affects behavior?
      Individual resilience
      Ways to help children cope
    • This training is free and open to early childhood providers, with priority given to those accepting state subsidy and serving the infant / toddler population. A two-hour training certificate will be given.
    • New requirement this year: We must have at least 10 people registered or the class will be cancelled.
      Register:  https://vachildcare.com/
      Questions:  donnaw@thechildcarenetwork.org
  • 2:00 Speed Dating with Books.  Do appearances, of people or books, influence you?  How much time does it take for you to decide that you are/are not interested?  What criteria determines interest?  Come spend time in a “speed dating” atmosphere, getting to know books you may not otherwise look at twice.  For ages 14 – 18.  Registration begins January 29.
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Sacred Heart Academy celebrates Catholic Schools Week

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Sacred Heart Academy is joining Catholic schools across the nation next week in celebrating Catholic Schools Week.

The celebration kicks off with an open house 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, January 26, at the school, located at 110 Keating Drive, Winchester. Academy students will be giving tours, and teachers will be on hand to answer questions. New families who register will be entered into a drawing to receive a $250 credit for tuition for the 2020-2021 school year.

Recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, Sacred Heart Academy is open to children from PreK3 through eighth grade. Non-Catholic children are welcome to attend.

There will be various events throughout the week, including dress-down days, a faculty and staff appreciation luncheon, a special breakfast for parents and grandparents, and visits from missionaries.

Academy students will take on alumni, parents, faculty and staff in the annual Saints and Sinners basketball game Saturday, February 1.

Sacred Heart Academy is accredited by the Virginia Catholic Education Association, whose accreditation process has been approved by the Virginia Council for Private Education Committee on Accreditation as authorized by the Virginia State Board of Education.

Learn more at sacredheartva.org, or by calling 540-662-7177.

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Essay contest open to Warren County and Shenandoah County public high school seniors

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Now in its third year, the Shenandoah Area Secular Humanist (SASH) Essay Contest is open to public high school seniors from Warren and Shenandoah Counties, giving them the opportunity to compete for a $500 prize to use as they like following graduation.

Aimed at encouraging students to consider the role and impact of religion in society, this year’s essay topic asks the question “How important is the separation of church and state in a democratic society?” Peter Wilson, Scholarship Coordinator stated, “We do not have a specific correct answer in mind; we want to know what students think and why.”

Applicants must compose an essay of 350-1,000 words that addresses the topic/question in whatever way they see fit. There are no GPA or financial needs requirements for a student to be eligible to compete and the essay is the only required document for submission. Essays will be anonymously reviewed by a SASH committee of judges, who will evaluate and score each based-on command of language, quality of approach to topic, and demonstration of critical thinking skills. As in past years, up to four $500 prizes will be awarded.

High school guidance counselors will assist with the contest by setting a due date for their individual school; collecting, copying, and forwarding essays to SASH by COB, April 3, 2020; and coordinating the notification of winners and presentation of awards at each school’s awards ceremony.

For more information, students should contact their high school guidance office.

About Shenandoah Area Secular Humanists:
SASH is a chapter of the Washington Area Secular Humanists (WASH). Secular Humanists are distinguished by the pursuit of humanist values outside of a religious framework: Critical Thinking, Ethical Development, Peace and Social Justice, Service and Participation, Empathy, Humility, Environmentalism, Global Awareness, Responsibility, and Altruism.

Anyone interested in learning more about secular humanism and SASH is invited to attend a chapter meeting, typically on the third Saturday of each month at Samuels Public Library in Front Royal. More information about SASH can also be found on the Washington Area Secular Humanists website, www.wash.org under “Chapters” on the navigation menu bar.

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This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of January 24th

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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 Friday, January 24:

•   Fri: 6:00 & 8:40
•   Sat – Sun: 12:40, 3:20, 6:00 & 8:40
•   Mon – Thurs: 6:00 & 8:40
Rated R  |  Run Time: 2 hours

•   Fri: 6:10 & 8:50
•   Sat – Sun: 1:00, 3:25, 6:10 & 8:50
•   Mon – Thurs: 6:10 & 8:50
Rated PG  |  Run Time: 1 hour 40 min

•   Fri: 6:05 & 8:45
•   Sat – Sun: 12:45, 3:30, 6:05 & 8:45
•   Mon – Thurs: 6:05 & 8:45
Rated R  |  Run Time: 2 hours


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:

  • “Birds of Prey”
  • “Fantasy Island”
  • “Sonic the Hedgehog”
  • “Onward”
  • “Godzilla vs. Kong”
  • “A Quiet Place Part II”
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WomenGathering with Joanne Mulherin & Chateau O’Brien Wines

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Photos by Jennifer Avery

The Front Royal Women’s Resource Center hosted a combination monthly WomanGathering this week and a new membership drive. The guest of the evening was wine tasting expert Joanne Mulherin with Chateau O’Brien Wines. Her presentation was absolutely excellent combining wine making facts, humor, geography, and history. What a great experience!

Watch the video to see Joanne in action and learn a thing or two about wine. To learn more about Chateau O’Brien click here.

Guest Speaker: Joanne Mulherin
Topic: Wine Tasting with Chateau O’Brien Wines & FRWRC Membership Drive

Learn more about FRWRC supporting local women. Levels of Support – you decide:

  • Individual Membership – $35 – $50 – $100 – $500+
  • Business Partner – $100 – $200 – $500 – $1000+

About FRWRC
The Front Royal Women’s Resource Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1996 to provide a support network for women in Warren County. Through monthly networking meetings, yearly grant presentations, special events, email connections and program activities, we have forged a link between women in our community. www.frwrc.org.

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Royal Oak Children’s Theater meeting and auditions Tuesday, January 21, at 6pm

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WHAT MATTERS Warren – Royal Oak Children’s Theater invites families with children aged 6-12 to their informational meeting and auditions on Tuesday, January 21, at 6pm, at the Royal Oak Community Church next to Rural King in Front Royal. In their “upward” format, they find a role to fit each child who wishes to participate to allow them to grow in theater skills and confidence.

Children should come prepared with a short presentation (15 to 60 seconds) of a memorized piece (nursery rhyme, Bible verse, poem, jokes, monologue, song, original story, etc.) OR a reading (picture book, portion of a book, poem, famous speech, original speech, etc.). Rehearsals will be after school on Tuesdays. They’ll be presenting “The Mystery of the Missing Medallion” on March 21 & 22.

Lead Directors, Beth and Rodney Bascom, are passionate about children and the lessons being a part of theater teaches them. Child actors they work with have this to say about them: “Thank you for giving me ideas of how to play my part better, I had a really, really, really, fun time, I may forget what you taught me, but I will never forget the way you made me feel, Thank you so much for always giving us a laugh.”

Spread the word about this inspiring opportunity for children and contact royaloakchildrenstheater@gmail.com with questions.

A WHAT MATTERS INITIATIVE

Are you or your group in need of a free video that could be created to help market your cause or event? Beth’s WHAT MATTERS Warren videos post on Facebook and YouTube.

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

Jan
25
Sat
11:00 am Goldilocks and the Three Bears @ Samuels Public Library
Goldilocks and the Three Bears @ Samuels Public Library
Jan 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Goldilocks and the Three Bears @ Samuels Public Library
A Story Ballet. Join us in a celebration of classic literature through dance! The whole family will enjoy this ballet performance, presented by the Northern Virginia Academy of Ballet.
1:00 pm Moving Mindfully: Finding and ke... @ Ruby Yoga
Moving Mindfully: Finding and ke... @ Ruby Yoga
Jan 25 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Moving Mindfully: Finding and keeping your footing @ Ruby Yoga
Join Ruby Yoga and Deborah Romero of Optimal Posture LLC for a series of workshops on moving more mindfully through life using the principles of yoga and the Alexander Technique. Slated for Saturday, Jan. 25,[...]
2:00 pm Aspiring Artists @ Samuels Public Library
Aspiring Artists @ Samuels Public Library
Jan 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Aspiring Artists @ Samuels Public Library
Are you aged 7 or older? Do you enjoy art? If so, please join us for our children’s art class. Using the classic scissor cutting art of Scherenschnitte, we will make silhouettes in a nature[...]
Jan
29
Wed
10:15 am Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Jan 29 @ 10:15 am – 12:00 pm
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
10:15 Toddler story time | 11:00 Preschool story time Wednesday, January 29 and Thursday, January 30: Puppies are cuddly! Puppies are cute! Our stories, songs, and craft will be about our friends, the puppies! Siblings[...]
Jan
30
Thu
10:15 am Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Jan 30 @ 10:15 am – 12:00 pm
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
10:15 Toddler story time | 11:00 Preschool story time Wednesday, January 29 and Thursday, January 30: Puppies are cuddly! Puppies are cute! Our stories, songs, and craft will be about our friends, the puppies! Siblings[...]
Jan
31
Fri
7:00 pm Love Revival – FREE Monthly Comm... @ Love Revival Ministry Center
Love Revival – FREE Monthly Comm... @ Love Revival Ministry Center
Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Love Revival - FREE Monthly Community Dinner @ Love Revival Ministry Center
Free Community Dinner for everyone! Come enjoy a hot meal on the last Friday of every month at Love Revival Ministry Center.
Feb
1
Sat
10:00 am Books and Barks @ Samuels Public Library
Books and Barks @ Samuels Public Library
Feb 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Books and Barks @ Samuels Public Library
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[...]
11:00 am HSWC Polar Plunge @ Northern Virginia 4-H Center
HSWC Polar Plunge @ Northern Virginia 4-H Center
Feb 1 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
HSWC Polar Plunge @ Northern Virginia 4-H Center
The Humane Society of Warren County will hold their 1st annual Polar Plunge event on February 1st at the Culpeper Lake, located at the Northern Virginia 4-H Center in Harmony Hollow. “Plungers” are asked to[...]
2:00 pm World of Lego @ Samuels Public Library
World of Lego @ Samuels Public Library
Feb 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
World of Lego @ Samuels Public Library
Children ages 5 and up are invited to explore all the amazing things you can do with Legos.  Registration begins January 1.
Feb
4
Tue
10:15 am Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Feb 4 @ 10:15 am – 12:00 pm
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
10:15 Toddler story time | 11:00 Preschool story time Wednesday, January 29 and Thursday, January 30: Puppies are cuddly! Puppies are cute! Our stories, songs, and craft will be about our friends, the puppies! Siblings[...]