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River and Peak Outfitter celebrates first year of business with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony



John and Kristen Sims hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, March 23, to celebrate their first year of River and Peak Outfitter. There was a great turnout on this sunny, somewhat blustery March day. Among those joining the celebration were Mayor Hollis Tharpe, Nikki Foster of Chamber of Commerce, William Huck of C&C Frozen Treats, and many other customers and supporters. The event was also joined by Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and Potomac Riverkeeper Network, as both had informative tables set up to talk and hand out brochures for their worthy organizations. John and Kristen provided a fun raffle and free pizza – what could be better?

River and Peak is a true outdoor adventuring store. They offer everything from kayaks, hiking gear, clothing, fishing equipment, and a great deal of other quality items. This shop offers the visitor a unique opportunity to meet knowledgeable, helpful and friendly staff. You can expect to find John, Kristen and staff not only talking the talk but walking the walk in order to make your outdoor experience fun and safe.

Congratulations to River and Peak Outfitter for their first year of many years to come! A big thank you to all who attended this exciting event.

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This Week’s Showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of November 30th



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 Thursday, November 30:

• Thursday: 7:15
• Friday: 6:50, 10:00
• Saturday: 12:45, 4:00, 6:15, 7:45
• Sunday: 12:45, 4:00, 6:15
• Mon-Wed: 7:15
Rated PG | Run Time: 1 hr 31 min

• Thursday: 7:05
• Friday: 9:15
• Saturday: 3:00, 5:20, 8:25
• Sunday: 3:00, 5:20, 7:45, 8:25
• Mon-Wed: 7:05
Rated PG | Run Time: 1 hr 35 min

• Thursday: 7:00
• Friday: 6:00, 9:15
• Saturday: 12:35, 3:30, 7:00
• Sunday: 12:35, 3:30, 7:00
• Mon-Wed: 7:00
Rated PG13 | Run Time: 2 hr 37 min

Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Adult: $10
  • Child (under 12): $7
  • Military: $8
  • Student (college): $8
  • Senior: $8
  • Matinees, All Seating: $7

FREE “Christmas Classics” Movie “THE POLAR EXPRESS”
Friday 12/1 @ 7:30 and Saturday-Sunday @ 1:00


  •  “Wonka”
  • “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom”
  • “Migration”
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Holiday Cheer on Screen: Royal Cinemas Gifts Free Christmas Classics to Front Royal



Community Gathers for Festive Films and Family Fun.

In a heartwarming gesture to spread holiday cheer, Royal Cinemas in Front Royal announces a delightful lineup of free Christmas movie screenings throughout December. Kicking off the festive season, the theater invites families to join in the joy of timeless classics and cherished animations, making this holiday season one to remember. Showtimes are at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday in December.

A Journey Begins with ‘The Polar Express’

The magic begins on December 2nd and 3rd with “The Polar Express.”  This beloved film, featuring the versatile Tom Hanks, promises a captivating adventure for all ages. To make the experience even more special, the first 35 children will receive a complimentary Kids Combo, ensuring a perfect movie outing. This event is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Tana Hoffman Realtor – Sager Real Estate and Jean’s Jewelers, exemplifying the community spirit that defines Front Royal.

Triple the Fun: A Trio of Holiday Favorites

Continuing the festivities, December 9th and 10th will feature a triple treat with “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” These timeless classics are sure to rekindle childhood memories and create new ones for the younger generation.

An Evening for Adults: ‘Gremlins’ and Socializing

Switching gears for a more adult-themed evening, December 12th offers a unique experience. The Chamber of Commerce hosts an After Hours event at On Cue Sports Bar at 5:30 pm and a screening of the cult classic “Gremlins” at 7:30 pm. This blend of networking and nostalgic cinema provides a perfect evening escape for the grown-ups in town.

Classic Cinema: ‘Christmas in Connecticut’ and ‘White Christmas’

The vintage charm of “Christmas in Connecticut” (1945) takes the stage on December 16th and 17th, followed by Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye in “White Christmas” (1954) on December 23rd and 24th. These films, showcasing Hollywood’s golden era, offer a cozy retreat into the past, wrapping up the free movie month with elegance and warmth.

Royal Cinemas’ initiative to offer free Christmas movies is more than just entertainment; it’s a celebration of community, nostalgia, and the joyous spirit of the holiday season. It reminds us of the simple pleasures that unite us, uniting families and friends in the cozy glow of the silver screen.

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Samuels Public Library Adult Programming Events for December



You can find and register for all library events on our website,

The Library will be closed for Christmas on Monday, December 25th and Tuesday, December 26th.

General Education Development

Every Tuesday & Thursday from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

In person. Samuels Public Library is proud to host Laurel Ridge Community College’s General Education Development course. This course is completely free. Let this course be the stepping stone to your success. More information on registration dates and deadlines can be found on the LFCC website

Phoenix Project – Hope for New Beginnings

Third Tuesday of every month from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

In person. Serving all members of the Front Royal/Warren County community who have experienced or are currently experiencing domestic violence or sexual assault, Phoenix Project Advocates are available to provide crisis intervention, supportive counseling, safety planning, information and education, and more. Our services are free & confidential & trauma-informed. Hope. Help. Healing.

Bad Romance – Holiday Edition

Saturday, December 9th from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

In person. Do you consider yourself a hopeless romantic?  Are bad romances a guilty pleasure of yours? Then you should join us for a special in-person meeting for our romance genre discussion group! Bring that old romance paperback for a book swap, and look forward to a door prize, and potluck! Indulge us with your favorite romance books, movies, music or other media, and possibly discover a new treat in this awesome informal discussion! December’s discussion theme is Holiday.

Books & Beyond

Tuesday, December 12th from 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM

Hybrid, virtual and in person. Do you love books and sharing them as much as we do? Join us to delve into new worlds of conversation about new books at your community’s public library! To attend virtually, please register in advance to receive a zoom link close to the event date.

Genealogy Club

Wednesday, December 13th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

In person. Interested in your family’s history? Already done extensive research and want to be able to share your findings? Join our genealogy club where both novices and experts alike can come together and talk about different genealogy topics.

Photographing Winter’s Beauty

Saturday, December 9th from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Shenandoah River State Park

In person. Winter’s beauty is often a still, quiet solitude. While at the same time, the anticipation of the holidays warms our hearts. This session will explore how to capture both the mood of winter solitude and the joy of the holidays. We will review all of the skills from past sessions and depending on the weather… go out and capture winter in our beautiful park. All types of cameras from smartphones to professional cameras and levels of photographers are welcomed.  Dress in layers and come ready to share some joy of the season. Note: State Park parking fee rules apply for attending this program. The Library has a limited number of LVA state park bags with passes. Availability is not guaranteed.

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National Shelter Pets Day at Winchester Area SPCA



The Winchester Area SPCA will celebrate shelter pets on National Shelter Pets Day, which is on the first Thursday after Thanksgiving. This year, it takes place on November 30.

The day brings awareness to sheltered pets. Most people who have adopted a shelter pet can testify that shelters are full of great pets that provide companionship and unconditional love.

Stop by the WASPCA Adoption Center at 111 Featherbed Lane in Winchester, VA, on Thursday, November 30th, and adopt a shelter pet for just $30. All adoptable pets are neutered, vaccinated, microchipped, and ready to go home with a new family to love. Click the link to see who needs a new home:

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Illuminating Hearts: The Celebration of Lights, a 40-Year Beacon of Memory and Hope



A Time-Honored Tradition Reimagined for Tomorrow.

From its modest beginnings in 1982, the Warren Memorial Hospital (WMH) Auxiliary’s “Celebration of Lights” has grown into more than just a festive event; it has become a heartfelt symbol of remembrance and a beacon of hope for the community. As the auxiliary marks the 41st anniversary of this cherished tradition, this year invites the community to a special ceremony that honors the past while shining a light on the future.

The inaugural event, featuring a grand fir tree on Shenandoah Avenue adorned with a thousand bulbs, was a vivid tribute to loved ones. The radiance of the “Starburst” light at the tree’s peak symbolized hope and unity, extending beyond mere festive illumination to ignite a spirit of communal support. The funds raised were crucial in nurturing future healthcare professionals through the WMH Auxiliary Scholarship Fund.

Yet, with the tides of change, the auxiliary adapted. The towering fir at the old hospital’s location gave way to a smaller yet equally symbolic tree at the new hospital. The traditional red and white bulbs transitioned into a more lasting form of tribute: a memory book. This book, filled with names and stories, serves as a poignant reminder of the lives touched by the community and continues to bolster the auxiliary’s mission.

The 2023 Celebration of Lights, scheduled for December 7th at 351 Valley Health Way, promises to be a blend of nostalgia and contemporary charm. Starting at 5:00 pm, the event will feature refreshments and the harmonious melodies of the Valley Chorale. It’s an evening dedicated to celebrating community bonds, honoring memories, and fostering the growth of future healthcare leaders.

The evolution of this event mirrors the story of Front Royal’s own transformative journey. The Celebration of Lights began as an offshoot of the Red Stocking Follies, a major fundraising production that concluded in 1981. The auxiliary’s creative pivot to the light celebration in 1982 breathed new life into their fundraising efforts, laying the foundation for a tradition that has stood the test of time. As the community gathers under the glow of the tree, they’re not just reliving a tradition; they’re rekindling a collective spirit and nurturing the seeds of future growth in healthcare.

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Trinity Lutheran Church Kris Kringle Market and Free Holiday Meal Dec 2/Dec 6 in Stephens City



“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing, some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”  Hebrews 13:2 NIV

Rev. Janice Marie E. (“JMe”) Lowden invites the Shenandoah Valley community to join Trinity Lutheran Church in both festive events.

Kris Kringle Market

The Trinity Lutheran Church Kringle Market will take place on Saturday, December 2, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  The Kringle Market is centrally located in the Newtown–Stephensburg Historic District in the Trinity Lutheran Church Parish Hall and parking lot on the corner of Main Street and State Route 277 (810 Fairfax Street).

“Modeled after the famous markets in Germany, the Kris Kringle Market will offer light displays, music, holiday food, handmade crafts, children’s activities, and a memorable shopping experience for all ages,” Chair of Social Outreach Ministry, Kim Begnaud, said.  “There will be handmade Christmas crafts for children and adults to make. Also, festive lights and ample Christmas decorations and trees.”

Trinity Lutheran Sanctuary beautifully decorated during the 2022 Christmas season. Tours of the Christmas-decorated church will be available throughout the event. Courtesy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Vendors will be selling soft pretzels, German brats, spiced cider, and hot chocolate.  The Lutheran Women’s group will be selling homemade cakes, cookies, and brownies.  Sewing for the Savior group will have handmade quilts for sale. A Kris Kringle actor will provide stories to get everyone in the holiday spirit.  “Tours of the Christmas-decorated church, built in 1906, will be available and there will be a “selfie” photo option in our lovely parlor by the fireplace,” The Reverend JMe Lowden said.

According to Begnaud, there is planning for 20 vendors to set up in the Trinity Lutheran Church parking lot.  The Kris Kringle Market is a fun and festive way to shop, and you can delight in viewing local hand-made and home-grown selections from baked goods, crochet, jewelry, custom shirts, tumbles, dog treats, wood crafts, alpaca scarves, hats and gloves and fleece items, placemats, holiday décor and more.  “Bring your holiday shopping list and find unique Christmas items for everyone, including something enjoyable for yourself,” said Begnaud.

Free Holiday Meal with all the fixings

If one has read the Surgeon General’s 2023 report on America’s epidemic of loneliness and crisis of disconnection, one can then understand the significance that a Holiday Meal can have on the community at large.  Meal sharing is a way to spend time with others, but more than that, it invites intimate conversations, laughter, and a spirit of togetherness.  It is easy to come together in fellowship when food is involved.

Trinity Church Parish Hall hosting the monthly community meal. Courtesy Trinity Lutheran Church.

As part of their monthly Community Meal offerings, Trinity Lutheran Church’s Annual Free Holiday Meal is scheduled for Wednesday December 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  According to Holiday Meal Coordinator, Vickie Hollis, the community meal has been served each Christmas season by the Social Outreach Team for over 20 years with breaks in their service during the build-out of the new parish hall and throughout the Covid breakout.

The idea for the community meal began from a series of committee discussions about the time and talents of the congregation members.  “We knew from many church suppers that our members had an incredible talent for cooking.  These discussions led to the premise that Trinity could successfully host a large free Annual Holiday Meal inviting the public,” Hollis said.  “Our first press releases listed a variety of reasons to attend.  Kids are driving you crazy?  More mouths to feed than money?  Hate doing dishes?  Come to downtown Stephens City and enjoy the Holiday Meal!”

Trinity Lutheran is passionate about reaching out to the local population.  “We have found that many of our guests live alone and enjoy sharing a meal and fellowship with other visitors.  We believe the fellowship is just as important as the food.  Trinity received our finest compliment from a guest who informed us that we served love on a plate,” Hollis said.

The full menu includes roast turkey and dressing, gravy, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, rolls, apple, cherry, pumpkin and pecan pies, coffee, iced tea, and water.  The Social Outreach Team usually serves around 100 holiday meals.  Meals are also delivered to homebound church members.  “If there are going to be leftovers, the cooks pack up “to go” meals for anyone who wants to take food home,” Hollis added.

German-style scissor cut Chrismon ornaments tree. “Chrismon” stands for “Christ monogram,” and these represent various Christian symbols that recall the life of Christ. Chrismon’s were originally developed during the 1960’s by the women of Ascension Lutheran Church in Danville, VA. These ornaments were first made from intricate patterns using Styrofoam, gold beads, pearls, and other materials in white and gold. A second tree in the worship area of the church has these ornaments made from the original Chrismon patterns. Courtesy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Congregation members prepare parts of the meal during the days before the dinner and transport the food to the church.  The kitchen will be bustling on the day of the meal with 5 or 6 people prepping, chopping, dicing, peeling, slicing, cooking, or washing dishes prior to the big evening.  It takes more than 20 volunteers to purchase the food, prep, cook, serve, clean dishes, and bus the tables in Parish Hall.

Plenty of big appetites will be coming through the doors on Wednesday night to sample the well-received Lutheran traditional dinner. Some will attend as families, some come alone seeking good fellowship, others to see what this traditional community meal is all about.

“Whatever the reasons, Trinity Lutheran Church will be ready,” The Reverend JMe Lowden said.  “It is always a blessing to support our community.  The meal is all about serving our neighbors near and far, as Christ has taught us to do.”

There is never a charge for any of the Community Meals. For those who choose to donate a love offering, those funds are sent to the Lutheran World Hunger Appeal to help feed hungry people in this country and around the world.

Trinity Lutheran Church will have a nursing student from Germana Community College provide blood pressure checks as a community service project for his degree.  This student has 30 years of medical experience as a paramedic.

For more information on both events, contact Brenda Boldin at or visit

Trinity Lutheran Church gathers for in-person worship with Holy Communion each Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

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Thank You to our Local Business Participants:


Aders Insurance Agency, Inc (State Farm)

Aire Serv Heating and Air Conditioning

Apple Dumpling Learning Center

Apple House

Auto Care Clinic

Avery-Hess Realty, Marilyn King

Beaver Tree Services

Blake and Co. Hair Spa

Blue Mountain Creative Consulting

Blue Ridge Arts Council

Blue Ridge Education

BNI Shenandoah Valley

C&C's Ice Cream Shop

Card My Yard

CBM Mortgage, Michelle Napier

Christine Binnix - McEnearney Associates

Code Jamboree LLC

Code Ninjas Front Royal

Cool Techs Heating and Air

Down Home Comfort Bakery

Downtown Market

Dusty's Country Store

Edward Jones-Bret Hrbek

Explore Art & Clay

Family Preservation Services

First Baptist Church

Front Royal Independent Business Alliance

Front Royal/Warren County C-CAP

First Baptist Church

Front Royal Treatment Center

Front Royal Women's Resource Center

Front Royal-Warren County Chamber of Commerce

Fussell Florist

G&M Auto Sales Inc

Garcia & Gavino Family Bakery

Gourmet Delights Gifts & Framing

Green to Ground Electrical

Groups Recover Together

Habitat for Humanity

Groups Recover Together

House of Hope

I Want Candy

I'm Just Me Movement

Jean’s Jewelers

Jen Avery, REALTOR & Jenspiration, LLC

Key Move Properties, LLC

KW Solutions

Legal Services Plans of Northern Shenendoah

Main Street Travel

Makeover Marketing Systems

Marlow Automotive Group

Mary Carnahan Graphic Design

Merchants on Main Street

Mountain Trails

Mountain View Music

National Media Services

Natural Results Chiropractic Clinic

No Doubt Accounting

Northwestern Community Services Board

Ole Timers Antiques

Penny Lane Hair Co.

Philip Vaught Real Estate Management

Phoenix Project

Reaching Out Now

Rotary Club of Warren County

Royal Blends Nutrition

Royal Cinemas

Royal Examiner

Royal Family Bowling Center

Royal Oak Bookshop

Royal Oak Computers

Royal Oak Bookshop

Royal Spice

Ruby Yoga

Salvation Army

Samuels Public Library

SaVida Health

Skyline Insurance

Shenandoah Shores Management Group

St. Luke Community Clinic

Strites Doughnuts

Studio Verde

The Arc of Warren County

The Institute for Association & Nonprofit Research

The Studio-A Place for Learning

The Valley Today - The River 95.3

The Vine and Leaf

Valley Chorale

Warren Charge (Bennett's Chapel, Limeton, Asbury)

Warren Coalition

Warren County Democratic Committee

Warren County Department of Social Services

Warren County DSS Job Development

Warrior Psychotherapy Services, PLLC

WCPS Work-Based Learning

What Matters & Beth Medved Waller, Inc Real Estate

White Picket Fence

Woodward House on Manor Grade

King Cartoons

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10:00 am A Tree-mendous Hike @ Sky Meadows State Park
A Tree-mendous Hike @ Sky Meadows State Park
Dec 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
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1:00 pm Front Royal Bluegrass Music Jam @ The Body Shop
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5:30 pm Free Holiday Meal @ Trinity Lutheran Church
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Dec 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
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