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Small Business Saturday: Love Letters & Christmas tree lighting

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Image by Scott Turnmeyer (c) (prints and other gift items with this image available at Turnmeyer Galleries.)

Remember to Shop Small on Saturday, November 30th!

Be on the lookout for Shop Small bags filled with goodies for local small businesses distributed by Small Business Committee volunteers and participating businesses. Join us downtown on Saturday evening for the unveiling of Front Royal IBA (Independent Business Alliance) Love Letters, at 5 p.m., at the Gazebo, followed by the official lighting of the Town Christmas Tree and Main Street lights at 5:15 p.m. Carolers from Valley Chorale of Front Royal will be downtown filling the air with delightful Christmas tunes.

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Open House! Annual Holiday Pottery, Ceramic and Art Show

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Arline Link with Mike McCool at the Kiln Doctor. Photo and video by Connor Clark, Royal Examiner.

On Sunday, December 8th, Explore Art & Clay at the Kiln Doctor is having their Annual Holiday Pottery, Ceramic and Art Show at 100 East 8th Street in Front Royal. The Royal Examiner stopped by on Saturday to see what was planned for the big event on Sunday from 1 to 5 pm.

Want to shop local for the Holidays? Well that’s a fantastic idea! This is the 5th Annual Holiday Pottery, Ceramic and Art Show! Showcasing all the amazing artists of the area! Pieces ranging from mugs, paintings, bowls, cards, and so much more! They’ll have cider and cookies too.

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Warren County Middle School gifted and talented program students showcase their projects

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Warren County Middle School students in the gifted and talented program displayed their presentations for parents and friends this week during a special showcase evening. Teacher Zach Logan welcomed guests and shared a few details about the students progress so far this year. Projects ranged from the Magic of Disney to interesting facts about New Zealand with several biographies in between! Great job by all of the students! Watch this video to see a few friendly faces and hear from Mr. Logan:

Warren County Middle School gifted and talented program students showcase their projects. Photos / Jennifer Avery



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Belle Grove decorated for the holidays and open for touring December 6-30, 2019

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Belle Grove Plantation is decorated for the holidays and will be open for touring from Friday, December 6, through Monday, December 30, 2019. Each room was decorated by a local Garden Clubs with the theme of “All Creatures Great and Small.”

“Belle Grove is celebrating the animal kingdom this year because it has always been a place that has included animals, from its more than 200-year history as a farm, to encouraging pollinators in the garden, to hosting the U.S. Border Collie Handler Association’s National Finals again in 2020,” said Kristen Laise, Executive Director.

Guided house tours are offered Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with tours beginning at quarter past each hour (first tour at 10:15 a.m. and last tour at 3:15 p.m.) and on Sunday 1-5 p.m. (first tour at 1:15 p.m. and last tour at 4:15 p.m.). On Friday and Saturday evenings 4-8 p.m. visitors are welcome to take self-guided tours, the Manor House will be lit by candlelight, and there will be live music in the Parlor from 6-8 p.m. All guests are invited to enjoy spiced tea and cookies as part of their house tour admission. Belle Grove will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and will close for the winter on New Year’s Eve.

The schedule for live holiday music on Friday and Saturday evenings will be:

  • Friday, December 6, 6-8 p.m., Allen Dec, Happy Harper
  • Saturday, December 7, 6-8 p.m., Soprano Deborah Balcom
  • Friday, December 13 and Saturday, December 14, 6-8 p.m., Sweet Grass, Traditional Carols
  • Friday, December 20, 6-8 p.m., Winchester Celtic Circle
  • Saturday, December 21, 6-8 p.m., Flutist Elizabeth Dalton & Guitarist Jason Perry
  • Friday, December 27, 6-8 p.m., John Tole, Evergreen Shade, Period Music
  • Saturday, December 28, 6-8 p.m., Winchester Celtic Circle

The Little Garden Club of Winchester decorated the Manor House’s front porch and hall to welcome visitors as they arrive. The Massanutten Garden Club’s decorations in the Parlor compliment the 12-foot Norway Spruce Christmas tree donated by John and Judith Tole of Evergreen Christmas Tree Farm in Woodville, Virginia. Hawthorne Garden Club’s decorations are in the Library and Winchester/Clarke Garden Club adorned the Day Sitting Room. Glen Burnie Garden Club decorated in the Plantation Office and Warren County Garden Club decorated the Dining Room. Colonial Garden Club decked the Gold Bedroom and Middletown Garden Club decorated the Nursery. Shenandoah Garden Club of Woodstock festooned the Winter Kitchen and the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association provided natural decorations in the other rooms of the lower level of the Manor House.

Admission for all tours is $12 for adults, $11 for members of the military, AAA, the National Parks, and individuals 60 and older. Students 6-16 and National Trust for Historic Preservation members are $6. Children 5 and younger are free. Belle Grove members are free of charge as benefit of their membership. Visitors may join Belle Grove and immediately use this benefit at Christmas along with 10% off non-consignment purchases in the Museum Shop.

Visitors will arrive through the Beverley B. Shoemaker Welcome Center in the 1918 Bank Barn, which opened to the public in April 2019. This is now where the Belle Grove Museum Shop is located and it will be open during all touring hours. The Museum Shop carries unique gifts and many products from area artists, artisans, farms, and businesses. The Welcome Center also contains exhibits about Belle Grove and the families who lived here. On the exterior of the Welcome Center guests can see lifelike portraits by local artist Michelle Luttrell of the animals that used to be stalled on the lower level of the barn.

Belle Grove Plantation is a non-profit historic house museum that is a National Trust for Historic Preservation site and a partner in Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park. It is located off Route 11 at 336 Belle Grove Road south of Middletown, Virginia. Information on Christmas tours may be found at www.bellegrove.org or at www.facebook.com/BelleGrove.

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This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of December 6th

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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, December 6:

•  Fri – 6:00 & 8:35
•  Sat – 12:20, 3:10, 6:00 & 8:30
•  Sun – 12:20, 3:10 & 7:10
•  Mon-Wed – 7:10

Rated PG13  |  Run Time: 2 hour 10 min

•  Fri – 7:20
•  Sat – 12:40, 4:00 & 7:20
•  Sun – 1:30 & 7:00
•  Mon-Tues – 7:00

Rated PG13  |  Run Time: 2 hour 32 min

•  Fri – 6:05 & 8:55
•  Sat – 12:45, 3:25, 6:05 & 8:55
•  Sun – 12:45, 3:25 & 7:20
•  Mon-Wed – 7:20

Rated PG  |  Run Time: 1 hour 45 min


Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Adult: $9
  • Child (under 12): $6
  • Military: $7
  • Student (college): $7
  • Senior: $7
  • Matinees, All Seating: $6

Naughty or Nice: Triple Feature  |  Dec. 7 & 8 @ 10am 
Christmas Classics: “Die Hard” |  Dec. 11 @ 7pm


Other movies coming soon to Royal Cinemas:

  • “Jumanji: The Next Level”
  • “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”
  • “Spies in Disguise”
  • “My Spy”
  • “Doolittle”
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An invitation for you to honor George Washington

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You are invited to the Second Annual Patriots Dinner honoring our Founding Father, Gen. George Washington, on the 220th anniversary of his death.

Dale Corey and the SAR Honor Guard will open the after dinner program. A short presentation on “George Washington and the Constitution” by Mark Donovan, retired Army officer, will be followed by stories by the Liberty Man – “Young George, the Virginia Boy who became the Father of his Country.” Master James McFadden will recite a portion of the General’s farewell address to his troops. The McFadden Girls will perform an original dance prepared especially for this occasion. We will close the evening by all singing Christmas Carols led by the McFadden Girls.

  • When: December 19, 2019
  • Where: Wayside Inn, Middletown, Virginia
  • Time: 6:00 p.m.
  • Cost: $25 (adults) | $15 (children 6-15) | Free for children under 6 who share a plate. Plus tax.
  • Buffet Menu: Peanut soup, Fish, Turkey, and Ham. Three Sister’s Vegetables (squash, corn, beans), Sweet Potatoes, Bread.
    Dessert will include fruitcake and ice cream.
    Tea and coffee will be available.
  • Dress: Period Dress is optional. Guests and reenactors are encouraged to wear Colonial dress. Color Guard members will come in uniform.

Come and enjoy short stories of the American Revolution, group singing of carols our forefathers would have known, and most importantly don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy colonial food and great fellowship.

For Reservations and to make payment by December 14, contact Inn Keeper Becky Reeves at 540-869-1797. Be sure to RSVP and make payment early as there are only 85 seats set aside for this event.

For further information, contact Larry Johnson at 540.454.4129, or email larrywjohnson@embarqmail.com.

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First ever Turkey Egg Hunt a big success

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The first ever Turkey Egg Hunt in Front Royal was a big success. William Huck of C&C Frozen Treats says to look for the 2nd Annual Turkey Egg Hunt to be even bigger and better. Hucked shared several Facebook photos with the Royal Examiner.

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2:00 pm R-MA December Open House @ Randolph-Macon Academy
R-MA December Open House @ Randolph-Macon Academy
Dec 8 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
R-MA December Open House @ Randolph-Macon Academy
Discover The Power of Rise at Randolph-Macon Academy! Join us for an open house on Sunday, December 8th, with tours beginning promptly at 2:00 pm. Families interested in applying for the second semester (January 27,[...]
3:00 pm Christmas Concert @ Front Royal Presbyterian Church
Christmas Concert @ Front Royal Presbyterian Church
Dec 8 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Christmas Concert @ Front Royal Presbyterian Church
The Valley Chorale of Front Royal (previously Front Royal Oratorio Society) presents its 2019 Christmas concert titled “HOME FOR CHRISTMAS” – a program of uplifting sacred and secular selections sure to brighten everyone’s yuletide season.[...]
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10
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4:30 pm Science Scouts and More @ Samuels Public Library
Science Scouts and More @ Samuels Public Library
Dec 10 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Science Scouts and More @ Samuels Public Library
Tuesday, December 3: Kids will explore popular books and book series through science, games, food, and more! After reading a Christmas story, we’ll discuss giving and how it affects us and the people around us.[...]
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10:15 am Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Dec 11 @ 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, December 4 and Thursday, December 5: Gingerbread and Candy Canes will be the delicious theme of our stories, songs, and craft this week! Siblings welcome.[...]
Dec
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10:15 am Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Dec 12 @ 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, December 4 and Thursday, December 5: Gingerbread and Candy Canes will be the delicious theme of our stories, songs, and craft this week! Siblings welcome.[...]
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11:00 am Celebrate George Washington @ Samuels Public Library
Celebrate George Washington @ Samuels Public Library
Dec 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Celebrate George Washington @ Samuels Public Library
December 14 is the 220th anniversary of George Washington’s death. Today we will learn more about this great leader of our country and celebrate his legacy. Refreshments will be served. For ages 7 to 18.[...]
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4:00 pm R-MA Hosts Community Christmas C... @ Randolph-Macon Academy | Boggs Chapel
R-MA Hosts Community Christmas C... @ Randolph-Macon Academy | Boggs Chapel
Dec 15 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
R-MA Hosts Community Christmas Concert @ Randolph-Macon Academy | Boggs Chapel
The local community is invited to join the Randolph-Macon Academy family for an afternoon of holiday spirit with the R-MA Band and Chorus! The annual R-MA Christmas Concert will be held on Sunday, December 15th,[...]
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4:30 pm Science Scouts and More @ Samuels Public Library
Science Scouts and More @ Samuels Public Library
Dec 17 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Science Scouts and More @ Samuels Public Library
Tuesday, December 3: Kids will explore popular books and book series through science, games, food, and more! After reading a Christmas story, we’ll discuss giving and how it affects us and the people around us.[...]
7:30 pm Christmas Concert @ Boggs Chapel on the R-MA Campus
Christmas Concert @ Boggs Chapel on the R-MA Campus
Dec 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Christmas Concert @ Boggs Chapel on the R-MA Campus
Christmas Concert | Presented by the American Legion Community Band Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at 7:30 pm Boggs Chapel on the R-MA campus in Front Royal, VA
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10:15 am Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Toddler and Preschool Story Time @ Samuels Public Library
Dec 18 @ 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, December 4 and Thursday, December 5: Gingerbread and Candy Canes will be the delicious theme of our stories, songs, and craft this week! Siblings welcome.[...]