Citizens will gather in Woodstock at the old court house to honor Peter Muhlenberg at 12 Noon, Saturday, January 18, 2020. The Rev. Muhlenberg’s immortal sermon will be remembered which he delivered in Emmanuel Church, in January 21, 1776. The ceremony will be on the spot where 300 local residents assembled to march to war for American Independence.
Major General Peter Muhlenberg is remembered as the “fighting parson” from Woodstock. Johnson, a descendant of great grandfathers who fought in the Revolution, is a former president of the Col. James Wood II Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. He will tell of the sermon heard around the world which inspired men and boys from the Shenandoah Valley to join the fight for American Independence.
This year is the 244th anniversary when 300 Shenandoah Valley men and boys assembled in Emmanuel Church yard on January 21, 1776, to join the fight for Independence. His church was located across the street from the present old historic court house. Their leader was the 29 year old Rev. Peter Muhlenberg a Lutheran/Anglican pastor who was asked by Virginia Governor Patrick Henry and General George Washington to form a regiment and join in the fight for American Independence.
The story of the sermon which he delivered that day is recorded in history books worldwide. Muhlenberg and his regiment were at Valley Forge during a most awful and deadly winter where nearly 3,000 soldiers died of starvation and disease. General Muhlenberg and his soldiers were with George Washington at major battles including the surrender of British General Cornwallis’s Army at Yorktown in October of 1781.This ended the war and secured American Independence. He would serve until the Peace Treaty with Britain was finalized in 1783. General Washington considered Peter one his most valuable Generals.
For information: Contact the Rev. Larry Johnson, 540.454.4129. Johnson is known for his presentations on Revolutionary War History. His web site is: www.libertyman.net.
The Rev. John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg, 242 years ago on January 21, 1776, incited 300 men of his congregations in the Shenandoah Valley to join the American Revolution. He was a minister serving several churches in the Valley: at Woodstock, Strasburg, Shenandoah County and what would be Page County.
The Rev. Muhlenberg first received a commission as a Colonel in Virginia’s militia and later in George Washington’s Army, and was serving when British forces at Yorktown under Lord General Cornwallis surrendered. He was not discharged until 1783 when the Peace Treaty was signed with the British officially ending the war. He is one of America’s important but little known Founding Fathers.
He is especially remembered for the sermon he delivered in his Woodstock Church, where he preached from Ecclesiastes the Third Chapter, which starts with “To everything there is a season….” After reading the eighth verse, “a time for war, and a time for peace,” he declared, “and this is the time for war.” With this he whipped off his clerical robe to reveal his Revolutionary War uniform. General Washington, his good friend, had asked him personally to take his commission. Muhlenberg joined him in what would become the most epic war ever fought for freedom.
The Rev. Muhlenberg rose to the rank of Major General and is a role model for Patriotic Americans today.
Hope Arising Festival continues today till 5 pm, Sunday 11 to 4pm. Great family fun.
The Hope Arising Festival continues today, Saturday June 12) till 5 p.m. and again tomorrow (Sunday June 13) till 4 p.m. Great family fun.
LIVE music – FREE Hot Dogs – Food Trucks – Obstacle Course – Petting Zoo – Amazing Grace the Mule – Magic Show – Face Painting – the microWave Project – Paint the “HOPE” sign …AND MORE!
This two-day event will be a fun-pack time to enjoy time with your family and friends. More information at hopearisingfestival.com .
CFNSV to honor Valley Health System and Sinclair Medical Clinic at annual Community Stars event
The Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley (CFNSV) will honor two organizations and four individuals at their 2021 “An Evening with Our Community Stars” dinner on Thursday, August 26. The celebration will be held at Shenandoah Golf Club in Front Royal and hosted by Barry Lee of WINC radio. Proceeds from the evening’s festivities will support the CFNSV Annual Campaign.
Valley Health System and the Sinclair Health Clinic will be recognized for their roles as the cornerstones of our local health infrastructure. Our community’s positive response to the Covid 19 pandemic in our region was made possible by the presence of both organizations. The Foundation will also be honoring four individuals whose leadership has been essential to the growth of these organizations.
Dr. David Powers and Mark Merrill will be honored for their work at Valley Health System. Dr. Powers will be recognized posthumously for his dedicated work to the Winchester hospital as an Emergency Room Physician for 34 years. Mr. Merrill recently retired after leading Valley Health System for 11 years as its CEO.
The Sinclair Health Clinic delivers low cost, community-based health services to local individuals in need. Dr. Terry Sinclair will be honored as a founder and longtime Medical Director of the clinic. In 2017 the clinic’s Board of Directors voted to change the organization’s name to the Dr. Terry Sinclair Health Clinic. Dr. Shyama Rosenfeld will be feted for her service as the clinic’s current Medical Director. Under her leadership, the clinic served a record number of patients during the past year.
Tickets to the event are $75 and must be reserved in advance prior to July 30, 2021. More information and reservations are available at www.cfnsv.org.
Established in 2001, the Community Foundation has an endowment of more than $10.4 million and has returned more than $2 million to the community in grants and pass-through funds. The CFNSV has 132 named funds that support a wide range of charitable interests in the city of Winchester and the counties of Clarke, Frederick and Warren.
Parks & Rec announces free ‘Lil Explorers’ program
Get a fun introduction to nature with hands-on activities. This program is designed for the adult caretakers to interact with the child for a total family experience. Kids should dress for exploring the outdoors (old clothes and closed toe shoes recommended).
This program will be held every other Wednesday beginning June 23, 2021, through August 4, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Gertrude E. Miller Community Park Shelter #2, located at 905 Stadium Drive, Front Royal, Virginia 22630.
This program is intended for children four (4) to ten (10) years of age; parent or guardian must accompany child.
Pre-registration is recommended, but on-site registration will be accepted.
This program is FREE for all registered participants.
COVID-19 capacity and guidelines will be followed.
Registration information can be obtained by contacting the Warren County Community Center, located at 538 Villa Avenue, Front Royal, VA 22630, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., at (540) 635-1021 or via email at email@example.com.
Schools Out for the Summer – but NOT Warren County Parks & Rec
School might be out for the summer, but that’s no reason to sit at home wondering what to do! Grab some friends and come join in on some fun activities such as pickup basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, or take some swings in our batting cage! There is a book nook and a game room set up with a variety of video games, ping pong, and a pool/air hockey table.
The Warren County Parks and Recreation Department will be holding School’s Out For The Summer for those interested on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, June 21, 2021 through August 6, 2021, subject to change pending release of WCPS. School’s Out will run from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., at the Warren County Health and Human Services Complex Gym, located at 465 W. 15th Street, Front Royal, Virginia 22630.
This program is open to anyone 7 to 15 years old; those attending must have a permission slip signed by a parent. Permission slips may be picked up at the door or in advance at the Warren County Community Center, located at 538 Villa Avenue, Front Royal, Virginia 22630.
The cost is $10.00 per participant and $4.00 per food voucher (food voucher includes your choice of a slice of pizza or hotdog, drink, and chips). Weekly rate if pre-paid is $25.00 per participant and $10.00 per food voucher. A wrist band will be given so children can come in and out at no additional cost.
COVID-19 capacity and guidelines will be followed.
For more information about the program contact Tiffany Walker at (540) 635-1021 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration information can be obtained by contacting the Warren County Community Center, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., at (540) 635-1021 or via email email@example.com.
This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of June 11th
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! Reserved seating in all auditoriums.
Here is a list of this week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of Friday, June 11:
Ticket prices are as follows:
- Adult: $10
- Child (under 12): $7
- Military: $8
- Student (college): $8
- Senior: $8
- Matinees, All Seating: $7
- “Fast & Furious 9”
- “Boss Baby 2”
Sons of the American Revolution participate in Wayne’s Crossing Commemoration
On June 5, 2021, the Colonel James Wood II (CJWII) Chapter of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) participated with several SAR Chapters, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R.) in commemorating Brigadier General Anthony Wayne’s crossing of the Potomac River in 1781 to support Lafayette’s Army in opposing the British.
At that time, Wayne was the commander of the Pennsylvania Line. Major General Lafayette had come to Virginia with 1,200 troops to help defend against the British. Benedict Arnold had captured Richmond with a force of 1,600 British and was reinforced with 2,000 additional troops under Major General William Phillips. Lafayette stopped Phillip’s Army at Richmond. However, by mid-May, Major General Cornwallis arrived from the Carolinas in command of 7,000 well trained and battle tested British regulars. With Lafayette having only 3,000 men, he was no match for Cornwallis and retreated to Fredericksburg.
In May 1781, Wayne was directed to immediately join the Marquis de Lafayette against British forces operating in Virginia. They departed York, Pennsylvania, on May 26th. The decision was made to cross the Potomac River at Noland’s Ferry rather than further downstream due to warnings the British were headed to Alexandria. They covered the 80 mile march in five days, marching through warm, humid weather and drenching spring rains, arriving May 31st with a full complement of troops, artillery and baggage. Upon arrival, steps were taken to cross the river that evening. As a result of heavy rains, the crossing was difficult in the swollen, turbulent river. They had four boats, causing the loss of a cannon, ammunition and a number of men. After crossing, they proceeded to Leesburg, arriving June 3rd. They marched from there to join Lafayette, covering 200 miles in just over two weeks.
With the arrival of Wayne’s troops, Cornwallis turned towards the coast with Lafayette in pursuit. They were able to catch and attack the British rear guard on July 6th at the Battle of Green Spring. When the entire British Army advanced from the woods, Wayne ordered artillery fire and then charged the British forces with bayonets fixed. This charge stopped the advance and Wayne was able to conduct an orderly retreat. His crossing of the Potomac and reinforcement of Lafayette’s Army turned the tide of war in Virginia. This was a hybrid event that allowed virtual presentation for those who could not attend on site.
Participation in the ceremony included 18 SAR chapters, 8 DAR chapters and 2 C.A.R. Societies from Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina. David Huxsoll, First Vice President of Fairfax Resolves Chapter emcee’d with Virginia State President Jeff Thomas providing a presentation on events leading up to the crossing and the impact on the outcome of the Revolutionary War. 18 wreaths were presented to honor the men who made the arduous trek to Virginia.
Ken Bonner, Virginia State Color Guard Commander led a combined color guard in presenting colors. The guard included Lou Raborg, National Society SAR Color Guard Commander, with Colonel Aquila Hall, Colonel James Wood II, Culpeper Minutemen, Fairfax Resolves, Sgt Lawrence Everhart and Williamsburg Chapters represented. Members of the CJWII included Sean Carrigan, Paul Christensen, Dale Corey, Doug Hall, Nathan Poe with dual members Mike Dennis, Charles Jameson and Bill Schwetke.