On Saturday, November 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Belle Grove Plantation will offer complimentary admission and feature special programming on the African American history of the site and of the Shenandoah Valley with speakers and special guests from The Slave Dwelling Project, Josephine School Community Museum, Shenandoah County Library, and Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park.
“The Hite family at Belle Grove owned and enslaved 276 men, women, and children from 1783 to 1851. The site is engaged in ongoing research to learn more about their lives, contributions to the success of the plantation, and to remember and honor their legacy,” said Kristen Laise, Executive Director of Belle Grove.
The schedule for the event is listed below. Visitors are welcome to come by throughout the day for demonstrations, presentations, and programs and to tour the 1797 Manor House. Founder of the Slave Dwelling Project, Joseph McGill will start the day as a featured speaker. The Slave Dwelling Project (www.slavedwellingproject.org) is based in Charleston, South Carolina and has a mission to identify, document, and preserve extant slave dwellings. They bring people together for overnight experiences to discuss the history of slavery and its ramifications. To date, Mr. McGill and his team have spent the night in dwellings in more than 22 states and Washington, D.C. This is the Project’s fourth visit to Belle Grove Plantation. The Slave Dwelling Project will spend Saturday night at Belle Grove with a group of students and staff from Lord Fairfax Community College and Shenandoah University. While Belle Grove’s slave quarters have long ago been removed, the lower level of the Manor House is one place where the enslaved worked and may have slept.
Living historians Dontavius Williams and Terry James who work with the Slave Dwelling Project will demonstrate hearth cooking throughout the day and conduct a morning and afternoon presentation in the Manor House’s historic kitchen. It will be followed by a program conducted by Ranger Shannon Moeck, Kneading in Silence: A Glimpse into the Life of the Enslaved Cook Judah, about an enslaved woman at Belle Grove. The Slave Dwelling Project’s participation in this event is made possible through sponsorships from Crescent Cities Charities and Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park.
In addition, there will be talks by local historians. Archaeologist Matthew Greer who has been conducting archaeological investigations where Belle Grove’s slave quarters once stood will present his most recent research findings in his talk Enslaved Shenandoahans and Locally-Made Ceramics. Adeela Al-Kahlili, Board Member at the Josephine School Community Museum in Berryville, Virginia will give a presentation on Popular Literature and the Reality of Slavery and discuss how books such as Sapphira and the Slave Girl by Willa Cather depicted enslavement compared to the experience of the formally enslaved who founded the Josephine Street Community in Berryville. Zach Hottel, Archivist at Shenandoah County Library in Edinburg will discuss the Archives research efforts in Bondage Biographies: Shenandoah County Enslaved Person Database.
The 5 p.m. History at Sunset program by Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park Ranger Shannon Moeck will end the day with Life in the Borderland: The Limits and Possibilities of Freedom for Enslaved and Free Blacks. She will discuss how the Northern Shenandoah’s Valley proximity to states that abolished slavery before the Civil War such as Pennsylvania and Maryland impacted the experience of the enslaved here.
SCHEDULE (all activities to take place in the Manor House; admission is complimentary)
- 10:00 am Belle Grove Opens
- 10:15 – 11:15 Presentation: The Slave Dwelling Project, Joe McGill, Founder of The Slave Dwelling Project
- 11:30 – 12:00 pm Hearth Cooking Demonstration, Dontavius Williams and Terry James, The Slave Dwelling Project
- 12:15 – 12:45 Program: Kneading in Silence: A Glimpse into the Life of the Enslaved Cook Judah, Shannon Moeck, Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park
- 12:45-1:15 Break
- 1:15-1:45 Presentation: Enslaved Shenandoahans and Locally-Made Ceramics, Matthew Greer, PhD Candidate, Syracuse University and Lead Archaeologist of the Belle Grove Enslaved Quarter Site
- 2:00–2:30 Presentation: Popular Literature and the Reality of Slavery, Adeela Al-Kahlili, Board Member, Josephine School Community Museum, Berryville, Virginia
- 2:45 – 3:15 Presentation: Bondage Biographies: Shenandoah County Enslaved Person Database, Zach Hottel, Archivist, Shenandoah County Library
- 3:30 – 4:00 Hearth Cooking Demonstration, Dontavius Williams and Terry James, The Slave Dwelling Project
- 4:15 – 4:45 Program: Kneading in Silence: A Glimpse into the Life of the Enslaved Cook Judah, Shannon Moeck, Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park
- 5:00 Upper Level of Belle Grove Manor House Closes
- 5:00 – 6:00 Presentation: Life in the Borderland: The Limits and Possibilities of Freedom for Enslaved and Free Blacks, Shannon Moeck, Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park
- 6:00 pm Belle Grove closes
About Belle Grove
Belle Grove Plantation is located off Route 11 at 336 Belle Grove Road just south of Middletown, Virginia 22645 and is conveniently located to I-81 (use exit 302) and I-66. Belle Grove Plantation has been a non-profit historic house museum since 1967 and is a National Trust for Historic Preservation historic site. Belle Grove is also one of the partners in Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park. More information may be found at www.bellegrove.org or www.facebook.com/BelleGrove.
About Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park
Cedar Creek and Belle Grove commemorates a nationally significant Civil War landscape and antebellum plantation by sharing the story of Shenandoah Valley history from early settlement through the Civil War and beyond. The park is located within the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District, a National Heritage Area. Created on December 19, 2002, the park encompasses approximately 3,700 acres across three counties and includes the key partner sites of Belle Grove Plantation (owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and managed by Belle Grove, Inc.), Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation lands and Headquarters, Shenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation lands, and a developing Shenandoah County Park. The Park Visitor Contact Station is located at 7712 Main Street in Middletown and more information may be found at www.nps.gov/cebe.
WomenGathering with Joanne Mulherin & Chateau O’Brien Wines
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 this link: http://chateauobrien.com
Guest Speaker: Joanne Mulherin
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
Royal Oak Children’s Theater meeting and auditions Tuesday, January 21 at 6pm
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 21st & 22nd
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.”
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This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of January 16th
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, January 16:
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”
- “Godzilla vs. Kong”
- “A Quiet Place Part II”
Virginia Beer Museum celebrates Robert Burns birthday January 25th
Here in the highlands of Warren County on January 25th from 6 until… the beer Museum will be celebrating the Robert Burns birthday commemoration. There will be Kilted Bonnie lasses and brave laddies in addition to bagpipes singing and of course haggis. No you don’t want to know…. but try it anyway and enjoy!
In addition to their normal fine selections In Brews there will be some tasting of that fine elixir to which Scotland lends its name. So you’ll definitely want to mark your calendars for this evening of fun and frolic. Don’t miss this one. See you there.
Shenandoah National Park hosts Youth Art Contest
Local children and teens who like art and wildflowers will have a chance to combine both in Shenandoah National Park’s annual “Youth Art in the Park” wildflower art contest. The contest is held in conjunction with the park’s annual Wildflower Weekend May 9-10, 2020.
The contest is open to students in grade levels K-12 in Albemarle, Augusta, Greene, Madison, Page, Rappahannock, Rockingham, Shenandoah and Warren counties. Students attending public, private and city schools, as well as home-schooled children living in these counties, may enter. Works may be submitted from home or through participating schools. The deadline for entries is April 10.
The contest overview, rules and the downloadable entry form are posted on the park website.
Judging will be among four grade levels: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Artists must submit 8 x 10-inch flat art (acrylic, oil pastel, crayon, watercolor, pencil, fiber, charcoal, etc.) depicting one or more native wildflowers. There is a wildflower list and a reference photo gallery on the park website.
Ribbons and other prizes will be awarded to the top entries from each grade level plus “Best in Show.” Top winners, family and teachers will be invited to a recognition ceremony in the park on May 9. Winning artwork will be displayed at park visitor centers, and scanned images may be used in future park promotions. All artwork will be returned to the artists.
For more information about Wildflower Weekend and the “Youth Art in the Park” contest, contact Mara Meisel at (540) 999-3500, ext. 3282.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington to host 38th Annual Ball
On February 7, 2020, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington will hold its 38th Annual Ball at The Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner. The event is the largest annual fundraiser for Catholic Charities, providing a significant portion of the resources needed to support 21 programs serving those in need throughout the 21 counties and seven cities of the Diocese. This year’s theme is “With Love and Charity.”
“The ball is a celebratory evening where the Catholic and wider community come together to honor and support our mission of serving the most vulnerable men, women and families throughout the Diocese,” said Art Bennett, president and CEO, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington. “This year’s theme, ‘With Love and Charity,’ captures the essence of why we do what we do. Our work is made possible not just by monetary support, but by the love and charity of countless volunteers who show the face of Christ to those we serve.”
- WHAT: Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington Annual Ball
- WHEN: Friday, February 7, 2010 | 7 p.m. Ball Begins (Dinner, Presentations and Dancing) | 9 p.m. Young Adult Event (Reception and Dancing)
- WHERE: The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner (1700 Tysons Blvd, McLean, VA 22102)
- REGISTRATION: Tickets for both events can be purchased at www.ccda.net.
The volunteer-led ball supports 21 Catholic Charities programs. Among those are Catholic Charities’ transitional housing programs for homeless men at Christ House and homeless families at St. Margaret of Cortona Housing; the St. Lucy Project, a diocesan wide food collection and distribution program for the hungry; free health care at Catholic Charities’ Mother of Mercy Free Medical Clinic; the emergency financial assistance program; mental health counseling for families and individuals; Pregnancy and Adoption Services; Hogar Immigrant Legal Services; Education and Workforce Development; Migrant and Refugee Services; the Prison Ministry and Welcome Home Re-entry program; the Car Ministry, and the new Catholic Charities’ Opioid Epidemic initiative.
For more information, contact Amber Roseboom, Director of Media Relations, Catholic Diocese of Arlington, at 571-215-8731 or Amber.Roseboom@arlingtondiocese.org.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington serves the poor and vulnerable who live within the 21 counties and seven cities of the Diocese of Arlington, which is led by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge. Catholic Charities provides food for the hungry, a free medical clinic for adults including prenatal care, adoption services, transformational housing for the homeless, mental health counseling, emergency financial assistance, prison ministry, workforce development and immigration and refugee services. Catholic Charities serves all, regardless of faith. www.ccda.net.