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Warren County Habitat for Humanity to host “At Home With Habitat”



Warren County Habitat for Humanity (WCHFH) is excited to announce the musical entertainment line-up for “At Home with Habitat 2020” on Saturday, September 12, 2020. Music will begin at 11 a.m. with Southern rock band Downtown Garage, followed by country, gospel, and folk tunes from Passage Creek Rising, topped off with rock and R&B with Excel.

“At Home with Habitat 2020” is Warren County Habitat for Humanity’s first Home Expo. The event will feature home improvement and décor vendors and exhibitors, demonstrations of decorating techniques, and activities for children. Admission is free. The Expo will be open September 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Warren County Fairgrounds, at 26 Fairground Road, Front Royal, Virginia.

Come check out the Upcycle Center where you can find tools and items for small home repair projects and home decorating. You’ll also get inspiration on what you can do with what you already have or with just a few repurposed pieces.

WCHFH is currently soliciting donations for the Upcycle Center. If you have items that can be used or re-imagined for home projects, bring them to the Fairgrounds on Friday, September 11 from noon until 7 p.m. Tools, paint, hardware, small furniture, new flooring, lights and lamps are just some of the items that could be donated. Donations of clothes and shoes will not be accepted.

The indoor flea market at the Fairgrounds will be open during the Expo.

Food will be sold by All Women of Christ Caterer and Event Planner and BEE Sweet Treats.

This event is sponsored by CBM Mortgage, Quality Title, Brandon Elizabeth Events, Hazard Mill Farms, and Stephen Marut with Exceed Home Loans.

Samuels Public Library will be on site for National Library Card Month and “Samicon: Readers Assemble! Discover the Heroes Among Us.” Don your superhero cape and stop by their booth to see what’s new at the Library and sign-up for a library card.

For more information about Warren County Habitat for Humanity or At Home With Habitat 2020 contact Jessica Priest-Cahill, WCHFH Executive Director, at (540)551-3232 or

Founded locally in 1993, Warren County Habitat for Humanity seeks to build homes, community, and hope in Front Royal and Warren County. Habitat for Humanity homes are sold with no profit received. The homes are built utilizing volunteer labor, donated resources, and money from the community. Homeowners must meet three qualifications: willingness to partner; ability to pay; and have a need for decent, affordable, and safe housing. In addition to the Habitat Homeownership Program, WCHFH provides home repair programs for low-income homeowners, homeownership and home maintenance education, and advocacy for local affordable home ownership. To learn more visit

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Empty Bowl Supper “To Go” on Main Street – April 24, 2021



Come out to enjoy our favorite fundraiser to benefit the House of Hope! The Empty Bowl Supper “TO GO” will be held on Saturday, April 24th, in historic downtown Front Royal, Virginia from 12pm-3pm, with extended entertainment and Main Street enjoyment until 6pm. The Empty Bowl Supper has been a well attended fun community event for several years. This year it is taking on a new “look” as we change the event to a “TO GO” style due to some of the restrictions the pandemic has put on events. Never fear, these changes have created exciting new growth for the event.

Registration will begin at 12noon on Saturday in front of the Visitor’s Center. Check in with the House of Hope volunteers at the event table and receive your soup tickets, “TO GO” bag, and learn about an exciting “Stay-Cation” raffle prize donated by Warren County Tourism!

Tickets are sold online or at Explore Art & Clay (100 E 8th St, Front Royal, VA 22630). With every ticket purchase you receive one hand painted ceramic bowl and two “TO GO” pre packaged soups.

Have you been on Main Street lately? If so, you may have noticed bowl displays in some storefront windows! Local potter Arline Link at Explore Art & Clay has been extremely busy throwing and preparing about 200 bowls for the event. Community groups and individuals have been painting the bowls to be ready for selection on the day of the supper. After registration, you will set off on the hunt to find your perfect bowl to go with your soup!

The Soup Station will be inside Downtown Market. Not only will you be stepping inside to select your two soups, you will be stepping into a wonderful business that is the home of approximately 78 local vendors! Perhaps you will depart Downtown Market with more than just your soup!

Soups you can look forward to and the establishments who are donating:

  • Blue Wing Frog – Vegan Butternut Squash
  • Vinova Tapas and Wine Bar – Gumbo
  • PaveMint Smokin’ Taphouse- Chicken Dumpling Soup
  • Soul Mountain Restaurant – Tomato Basil
  • The Mill Restaurant – Cream of Broccoli, Beef Vegetable, Chili, Loaded Potato, and White Bean Chicken
  • The Apple House – Loaded Baked Potato
  • Mountain Home – Chestnut Apple Soup
  • Manor Line Market – TBD
  • Paladin Bar & Grill – Brunswick Stew
  • The Blue Door Kitchen & Inn – Ribolitta (sausage, beans, vegetables)
  • The Front Royal Brewery – New England Clam Chowder
  • Downtown Catering – TBD
  • Daily Grind – White Bean Chili
  • Royal Spice – TBD
  • House of Hope –
  • El Maguey – TBD
  • Try Thai – TBD

Although some things are changing, some things remain the same when it comes to the music in the air. Passage Creek Rising will be playing live music at the gazebo for the first half of the event. Once Passage Creek wraps up we can expect JWX: The Jarreau Williams Experience. Be sure to pack your lawn chair and your dancing shoes.

Proceeds of the Empty Bowl Supper will go to the House of Hope. The House of Hope is a local program in Warren County to help homeless men who are ready to make a permanent change in their life. At the House, men are given life skills training, career counseling, and moral support. Providing a roof and a safe place to live, the men are able to maintain a steady paying job and save money. The goal is about 6-9 months of residency before graduating the program into independent living.

Main Street will be closed from: 10:30am until 7pm. The Town has partnered to help launch this wonderful event at it’s new location on Main Street. If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Avery, House of Hope board member at 540 683 0790 or

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This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of April 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! We are continuing to practice “6 Foot Social Distancing” with 30% capacity reserved seating in all auditoriums.

Here is a list of this week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of Friday, April 16:

• Friday: 6:35 & 9:15
• Sat & Sun: 12:45, 3:20, 6:35 & 9:15
• Mon – Thurs: 7:05
Rated PG13  |  Run Time: 1 hour 54 min

• Friday: 6:45 & 9:00
• Sat & Sun: 12:55, 3:30, 6:45 & 9:00
• Mon – Thurs: 7:15
Rated R  |  Run Time: 1 hour 32 min

• Friday: 6:30 & 9:10
• Sat & Sun: 12:40, 3:15, 6:30 & 9:10
• Mon – Thurs: 7:00
Rated PG-13  |  Run Time: 1 hour 53 min

Ticket prices are as follows:

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


  • “Mortal Combat”
  • “Wrath of Man”
  • “Spiral”
  • “Finding You”
  • “A Quiet Place: Part II”
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Sons of the American Revolution participate in the 278th Anniversary Commemoration of the birth of Thomas Jefferson



On April 11, 2021, members of the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution (Virginia SAR) participated in the 278th Anniversary Commemoration of the birth of Thomas Jefferson. The ceremony was held at the Tuckahoe Plantation, Virginia. This was the boyhood home of Jefferson from the time he was two-years-old until he was nine-years-old.

The Virginia SAR Color Guard presenting the colors. Photos courtesy of Cat Schwetke and Anita Bonner.

Tuckahoe is a mostly complete plantation complex started about 1714 by Thomas Randolph. It has a plain clapboard exterior, but the interior is an example of outstanding craftsmanship from the eighteenth century. William Randolph inherited the complex from his father. He and his wife, Maria Judith Page, had three children. William and Maria died young; She in 1742 and he in 1745, leaving three young children as orphans. Peter Jefferson had married William’s first cousin, Jane Randolph, and they had become good friends. One of William’s last requests prior to his death was to have Peter care for his children until the eldest son was old enough to assume the responsibilities of managing the plantation.

Thomas, along with his parents and younger sister, lived at Tuckahoe for seven years. The children were taught lessons in a one room schoolhouse which is still present next to the main house. This was built at the direction of William Randolph in his will to ensure his son’s education was at home. In 1752, Thomas Mann Randolph at age 11 was deemed old enough to assume the management of the plantation. He died in 1795, operating Tuckahoe for 43 years. His namesake son married Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Martha.

Brett Osborn presenting a wreath. 

The ceremony was conducted by David Cooke, President of the Thomas Jefferson Chapter of the Virginia Society. Participating with the Virginia State Color Guard were Colonel James Wood II Chapter members and dual members. These included Marc Robinson (President, Colonel James Wood II Chapter), Dale Corey, Brett Osborn, Ken Bonner (Virginia SAR Color Guard Commander, dual member from Fairfax Resolves (FR) Chapter), Bill Schwetke (Past President Virginia SAR and dual member from Culpeper Minutemen Chapter (CMM)), Charles Jameson (dual member and President of CMM Chapter) and Mike Weyler (dual member Colonel William Grayson Chapter and Governor, Virginia Order of Founders and Patriots of America (OFPA)).

Wreaths were presented by Brett Osborn, Charles Jameson and Mike Weyler among the 21 laid in honor of Thomas Jefferson. Included from the Fauquier Court House Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, was Cat Schwetke who provided a wreath and photographic support for the event.

CJWII members from left to right: Bill Schwetke, Ken Bonner, Pat Kelly, Brett Osborn, Marc Robinson, Charles Jameson, Dale Corey and Mike Weyler.

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The Family Yoga Project: Disconnect to reconnect for school-aged children



FREE 4 WEEK EVENT offered to school-aged children and their family. Meet the instructors, Laura Ruby (owner of Ruby Yoga, LLC), Joanna Martin (owner of Playful Explorations), and Joey Waters (long time Warren County educator) as they talk about this FREE offering!  Move your body, work on breathing, practice mindfulness, and let go of stress during your Family Yoga time. Does your child need a few minutes away from screen time to reconnect to the rest of the family? Here is your chance!

Help your children disconnect from technology and reconnect with themselves!

  • Wednesday, April 14 at 4:30pm
  • Near Fantasyland Playground and Bing Crosby Stadium
  • Bring your body and a towel or yoga mat to practice on

Please register at or visit the Facebook Event Page.

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National Pajama Day pet adoption event at the Winchester SPCA



Friday, April 16th is National Pajama Day, and the Winchester SPCA is celebrating in a big way! Wear your PJ’s and adopt a pet for just $16.

Offer good to approved adopters. One day only: April 16th, from 10am to 5pm, at 111 Featherbed Lane, Winchester, VA 22601.

Pajamas should be appropriate to wear in public.

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Local student-athletes to be recognized at the Partlow Insurance Sports Breakfast



Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® President, Tommy Price, is pleased to announce the area’s top high school and college student-athletes. Students are chosen each year to represent their school during the Partlow Insurance Sports Breakfast which takes place during the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® on Saturday morning, May 1, 2021, from 8 – 10 am, at the Frederick County Fairgrounds.

The 2021 line-up of outstanding local athletes include:

Alyssa Kitts Mountain View Christian Academy

Alyssa Kitts, daughter of Kenneth and Patricia Kitts, is a senior at Mountain View Christian Academy with a 4.02 GPA.  She was inducted into the National Honor Society as a Sophomore.  Throughout her years in school, she has participated in basketball, cheer and soccer.  In basketball, Alyssa served as the team captain, where she averaged 16 points per game, with a 28-point career high.  She has received the following awards:  MVP, Female Scholarly Athlete, and the Coaches’ Award at the NCSAA 2019-2020 basketball tournament.  In 2018-2019, she was part of the NCSAA Varsity Girls Basketball Super Regional Team.  Most recently, she was nominated to the McDonalds All-American Team for the class of 2020-2021.  After high school, Alyssa plans to earn her Associates of Science Degree: Health Professions Specialization:  Medical Assisting.  After completing the degree program, she hopes to become a Certified Radiologic Technologist.

Brennan Komelasky, Warren County High School

Brennan Komelasky, son of Sam and Stacie Komelasky, is a current Warren County High School Senior.  During his high school career, Brennan has exemplified a model of a great student-athlete, both inside and outside the classroom.   Brennan has a GPA of 3.96 and has excelled throughout his years by taking numerous AP and LFCC dual-enrolled level classes. He has been honored numerous times with academic letters and classroom honors throughout his high school career.  Outside of the classroom, Brennan participates in many school activities. He was a member of the Warren County Marching Band for four years and traveled all over Virginia to compete in band competitions.   Brennan was a member of the Warren County Wrestling team.  While on the team, Brennan was a four-year varsity letter winner, District Champ, Region Champ, two-time State Qualifier, and this year placed Sixth in the State at the 170lb weight class.  Brennan also achieved many individual records and was voted a team captain in his senior year. Brennan was recognized as a leader from both his teammates and coaches. After graduation Brennan plans on attending Shenandoah University and continuing his wrestling career.

Jack Hendren, Sherando High School

Jack Hendren, son of Julie and Mike Hendren, is a senior at Sherando High School.  He is a three-time varsity starter in football.  Recognitions include two-time Second team, All-State Class 4 kicker, and Second Team All-Region. In his junior year, he made 41 of 43 extra points and four of eight field goals (with a long of 43 yards) for a total of 53 points. He has 14 touchbacks on his 57 kickoffs. As a junior, Hendren had a 4.5-star rating from Kohl’s, the nation’s premier kicking organization.  Jack also played on the Sherando soccer team where he was a three-time varsity starter and 4C midfielder.  Jack has a 3.5 GPA is a member of the National Honors Society.  He has signed to play football at Bridgewater College and will major in finance.

Diante Ball, Millbrook High School

Diante Ball is a senior at Millbrook High School and is the son of Alissa Slayden and Dwayne Ball. He is team captain for the varsity football and basketball teams. He also runs track and plans to play baseball this year. He takes honors classes at LFCC and is enrolled in the Pharmacy Tech Program at Shenandoah University. He received the Academic Excellence & The Pioneer Spirit Award. He volunteers and does community service for Habitat for Humanity. In the fall he will attend Dickinson College where he will play football and continue his education in hopes of becoming a pharmacist.

Isabella Morande, Shenandoah University  

Isabella Morande is a senior at Shenandoah University.  She is the goalkeeper for the Hornets Ladies Lacrosse Team.  In 2019, Isabella was selected to the NFHCA Second Team All-Region, VaSID First Team All-State, ODAC Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-ODAC, ECAC All-Tournament, and Second Team All-ECAC.   In 2018, she started all 20 games recording 94 saves and broke the school record in a season with 15 wins.  In the classroom, she is three-time ODAC All-Academic, four-time NFHCA National Academic Squad, 2020 Spring Dean’s List, 2019 Fall Athletic Director’s List, and 2019 Spring Athletic Director’s List.  She has majored in criminal justice.

Tyler Davis, Skyline High School

Tyler Davis is the first wrestler in Skyline High School history to be a four-time regional champion and a four-time state placer that also won a state championship in 2021. He is the school record holder in most pins and career winning percentage. Tyler finished his career with the second most wins in school history. Tyler has been selected as the 2018 & 2021 Northern Virginia Daily high school wrestler of the year. He serves as a captain of the team and is the undeniable leader of his teammates.  Tyler has a 3.2 GPA and has accepted an Electrical Worker’s Apprenticeship with IBEW Local 26.

Alyssa Hoggatt, Clarke County High School  

Alyssa Hoggatt, daughter of Julie and Erik Hoggatt, is a senior at Clarke County High School. She has been a member of the varsity softball team the past four years and a member of the varsity volleyball team the past two years.  In softball, she is a two-time 1st team all Bull Run District, two-time 1st team All-Region 2B, and two-time 1st team All-Area for softball. She has a 4.43 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. After graduation, she will attend James Madison University and major in Kinesiology in hopes becoming a Physical Therapist.

Demitri Gardner, John Handley High School

Demitri Gardner is a senior athlete from John Handley High School.  Gardner grew up in Winchester with his parents, Kimberly Lunsford and Darin Gardner.  His brother, Chad Moore, was a standout player at Handley High School and Shepherd University.  Gardner has been a three-year starter on the Handley Boys Basketball Team and led this year’s team to the State Championship where they placed second.  He earned All-State honors this year and was recently named the Virginia High School Coaches Association Class 4 State Player of the Year.  This season, he also led the entire state in scoring average with 25.5 points, along with 10 rebounds per game.  During Gardner’s junior year, he earned multiple All-District and Region Honors, including the Winchester Star Player of the Year.   Gardner has multiple scholarship offers to various programs and will continue his career as a collegiate basketball player.

Kimberly Warnagiris, James Wood High School

Kimberly Warnagiris is a Senior at James Wood High School and has been a part of the Varsity swim team for all four years. In swimming, she is a five-time district champion in the 100 fly, 100 back-stroke, 200 medley relay, and 200 free relay.  In addition, she is an eight-time podium finisher at the regional level of competition. During the three years the VHSL state competition was held, she placed eighth in the 200-individual medley, sixth in the 100-back stroke, fifth in the 100 breaststroke, and twice she placed fourth in the 100 fly. Kimberly has also been named the JWAA Most Outstanding Female Swimmer of the year three times, the Winchester Star Female Swimmer of the year two times and is a 4-time recipient of the Northwestern All-Academic Award. She currently holds James Wood school records in the 200-individual medley 2:10.16, 100 back stroke 59.63, 100 fly 56.65, 200 medley relay 1:51.32, and 200 free relay 1:42.66. She has also been a member of eight clubs during her high school career, Key Club (newsletter editor), SCA (treasurer), FBLA (historian), NHS (secretary), NHAS, Spanish Club, DECA, and the Varsity Club. Kimberly will continue her education at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, with plans to swim for the club team and major in Business Commerce.

Mikayla Combs, Legacy Christian Academy

Mikayla Combs, daughter of Christine and Andy Combs, is a junior at Legacy Christian Academy. She is a member of varsity basketball and volleyball for 3 years. She has averaged 10 points and 7.6 rebounds a game. She shot 60 percent from the free throw line last season. She has won offensive MVP twice and overall MVP once in her high school career. She has a GPA of 4.0, is a member of the National Honor Society and the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy. She enjoys serving her community through the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy and her church.  She hopes to attend college in the fall of 2022 to major in Biology and hopes to work in the medical field.

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9:30 am Forest Bathing Walk @ Sky Meadows State Park
Forest Bathing Walk @ Sky Meadows State Park
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all-day Mad Science Kit @ Warren County Community Center
Mad Science Kit @ Warren County Community Center
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10:00 am Mah Jongg “Players Club” @ Warren County Community Center
Mah Jongg “Players Club” @ Warren County Community Center
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6:30 pm Dance Fitness Class @ Warren County Community Center
Dance Fitness Class @ Warren County Community Center
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Dance Fitness Class @ Warren County Community Center
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10:00 am Earth Day @ Sky Meadows State Park
Earth Day @ Sky Meadows State Park
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12:00 pm Empty Bowl Supper “To Go” @ Downtown Market
Empty Bowl Supper “To Go” @ Downtown Market
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12:00 pm SHS Band Golf Tournament @ Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Club
SHS Band Golf Tournament @ Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Club
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12:30 pm Color Run Fundraiser @ Warren County Department of Social Services
Color Run Fundraiser @ Warren County Department of Social Services
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