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Warren County’s DECA club members set up as food vendors for community and school events

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Devin Modesitt, Karenzo Hogue and Ethan Baldwin working at Festival of Leaves.

Two DECA members, Makayla Grant and Devin Modesitt, have created a school-based food enterprise called DECA Tailgaters. DECA is a club where students create projects incorporating marketing, finance, management and/or hospitality. These projects are then presented in front of judges at statewide competitions.

DECA Tailgaters find volunteers to work community food vendor events, selling a wide range of foods. The vendors sell BBQ sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, grilled chicken tenders and a new popular favorite, walking tacos. BBQ sandwiches and walking tacos feature Richard Gardner’s signature Carolina Dreamin’ homemade items, such as sweet BBQ, spicy garlic sauce and homemade chilly.

The two girls have set up food vendors at three car shows, including the “Trunk or Treating” that took place on Main Street, the SMS PTSO Fun Run Fall Festival and the annual Festival of Leaves. At the Festival of Leaves, the girls partnered their project with Karenzo Hogue, Ethan Baldwin and Michael Kelly, to run a bigger and very successful food vendor.

DECA Tailgaters not only sets up as a food vendor in the community, but they’ve also managed a few of their school’s concession stands to raise money for their club. The girls were given available dates for game concessions, and they found volunteers in DECA to help work the game food concessions. Makayla and Devin said, “We like being hands-on in our project by preparing food and taking customers’ orders, because we enjoy getting to see everything finally come together.”

Makayla and Devin also said, “all the profits earned go towards helping pay for our DECA chapter’s annual State Conference, held in Virginia Beach.” The two hope to possibly continue DECA Tailgaters next year, and have more game concessions coming up, including a rival volleyball game vs. Skyline on October 30th and a JV game vs. Skyline on November 7th.

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Don’t miss the Humane Society of Warren County’s Annual Yard Sale

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The Humane Society of Warren County is poised for the biggest yard sale in their history this Friday and Saturday, July 17 and 18. Thanks to a huge outpouring of support from the local community, the donations for this year’s annual yard sale far outnumber any previous year’s donations.

The HSWC Annual Yard Sale has been an important source of funding for the shelter since it began in 2013, typically bringing in $2,000-$4,000. This year, due to the enormous amount of donations, the goal fundraising goal for the shelter is $5,000.

Because the shelter is open by appointment only, there will be a portable toilet and portable hand-washing station available, and social distancing will be required. Shopping will be 10am until 2pm on both Friday and Saturday.

Local non-profit groups have been invited out on Saturday to take anything that will benefit their cause at no charge.

Since it’s beginning, the yard sale has operated using a “name your price” format, which means that there are amazing deals to be found. Highlights for this year’s sale include two sets of golf clubs, a swing set, a leather sectional couch, new with tags clothes and shoes, and kitchenware.

“I hope people come out to shop, there are so many great items, and every dollar spent is used for our life-saving work” says Meghan Bowers, Executive Director at the shelter. “This is one of my favorite events, and I am really looking forward to it.”

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Feature film “…if My People…” to be presented in Stephens City and Winchester

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The United States of America is under change! We were divided before COVID-19 and the latest focus on racial inequality. If My People Filmworks, LLC in conjunction with 1922 Productions, a Winchester, Virginia, faith-based and family friendly film, TV and theater production company, is making a feature film, “…if My People…” in Stephens City and Winchester, Virginia, August 3rd-14th, 2020.

“…if My People…” identifies and offers a solution to the racial divide in America. “Yet forty days and America will be overthrown,” is what Pastor Lev receives in a dream. He shares it in a video that goes viral, prompting America to fast, pray, and seek the face of God for forty days. Pastor Lev’s own church suffers from racial disunity and at the risk of being fired by the Board, he persists, because God has a plan. White, Black, Latino and other ethnic Christians, non-Christians, Black Israelites, and the KKK converge on Stephens City, Virginia; some to seek God, others to expose Pastor Lev as a fraud. Together, they confront their issues of disunity head on, ultimately concluding that the Bible has the answers to unify the Body of Christ and perhaps save the nation (John 17:17-23 & II Chronicles 7:14).

Mark David Kennerly, the founding pastor of Impact Christian Church of Stephens City and former Hollywood actor, writer, director and producer, wrote and will direct this drama. He and his wife Kimberly are Executive Producers. Their daughter, Madison Kennerly, a recent graduate from the Zaki Gordon Center for Cinematic Arts, will serve as Producer. Two-time Emmy Award winning cinematographer, Brian Johnson will shoot the film. Actors, Jerome Preston Bates (Broadway, Film & TV), and Roderick Garr (TV, Film, Voice Overs), along with Mikayla Leybovich (star of Virginia filmed, “Mount Hideaway Mysteries”) play the lead roles in the film.

This production will follow the combined entertainment industry union’s health and safety recommendations as well as that of the CDC, and the Commonwealth of Virginia. For more information visit us online at www.1922productions.com. To set up interviews or special events contact Mark David Kennerly at markdavid@1922productions.com.

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‘Yappy Hour’ returns to Main Street this Friday, July 10

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Special ‘Yappy Hour’ guest LaBella

“Yappy Hour” — a fun fundraiser for the Julia Wagner Animal Shelter – returns to downtown Front Royal’s East Main Street courtesy ViNoVa Tapas Bar and Restaurant Friday, July 10, after an absence since last March due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic emergency response closings.

Owners and operators Rachel Failmezger and Chris Kenworthy will continue to host “Yappy Hour” which features lower cost food and drink prices, a generous cut from sales during the 6-8 p.m. event, and proceeds from a traditional 50/50 raffle all donated to the Humane Society of Warren County (HSWC) for its Wagner Shelter operations.

In celebration of her release from her shelter kennel just 24 hours earlier, La Bella will be the “belle of the ball” as the rescue dog takes a bow with her adopters, Michael and Sherry Williams, at the opening of this weekly event.

Since meal and bar service has been moved outdoors into the “closed to car traffic” East Main Street, attendees are encouraged to bring their (well behaved!) dogs to join La Bella and my own rescue husky, La Diva, to the soiree. All spacing, masking and other suggested state and local requirements will be observed.

Front Royal’s original “Yappy Hour” was launched at the same restaurant site under a different name (Vino e Formaggio) by myself and Christian Failmezger several years ago, and over a two-year span raised some $12,000 for the animal shelter. It was re-launched last September with similar financial success during its first six months.


(Malcolm Barr Sr., our contributing writer, is a past president of HSWC)

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Successful 4th of July celebrations with the Sons of the American Revolution

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On July 4, 2020, members of the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Virginia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (VASSAR) joined the Culpeper Minute Men Chapter in commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The ceremony was held on the courthouse lawn in Culpeper, Virginia and involved compatriots from the Colonel James Wood II (CJWII), Colonel William Grayson (CWG), Culpeper Minute Men (CMM) and Fairfax Resolves (FR) Chapters. It was emcee’d by Charles Jameson, President of the CMM and dual member with the CJWII chapter.

Compatriots Eric Robinson, Dale Corey, Marc Robinson, Mike Dennis, Sean Carrigan and Mike Weyler.

VASSAR President Bill Schwetke provided a welcome from the State Society. Ken Bonner, VASSAR Color Guard Commander led the multichapter color guard in presenting the colors. A presentation on the creation of the Declaration of Independence was made by Benjamin Franklin reenactor Barry Stevens. Tom Hamill of CMM read the Declaration. Ken Bonner led a musket salute fired by compatriots Sean Carrigan, Mike Dennis and Eric Robinson. Also participating from the CJWII chapter were Marc Robinson and Dale Corey.

The musket squad preparing to fire: Sean Carrigan, Mike Dennis, Eric Robinson and Ken Bonner.

Later that day, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution participated in a the Middletown Independence Day Parade, marching with several organizations. The Chapters part in the parade was led by Chapter President Marc Robinson and Chapter Vice President Thomas “Chip” Daniel. They were followed by a tractor driven by compatriot Wayne Barringer. He provided transportation for Shenandoah Society Children of the American Revolution members Jackie, Sam and Leona Gill in colonial attire.

Marc Robinson and Chip Daniel carrying the Chapter banner, followed by the vehicle driven by Wayne Barringer with Jackie, Sam and Leona Gill riding in front.

Also riding in the vehicle were compatriot Dale Corey, Deborah Corey (John Alexander Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution) and Vangy Robinson. Following them were musket men Eric Robinson, Sean Carrigan and Erick Moore. They were followed closely by Rutherford’s Rangers, French and Indian War representatives Rocky Shores, Jeff Pennington, Steve Doss and Charles “Duck” Belding.

Reenactors Rocky Shores (Ranger), Eric Robinson (SAR/Ranger), Sean Carrigan (SAR), Duck Belding (Ranger), Jeff Pennington (Ranger) and Erick Moore (Ranger/SAR).

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This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of July 10th

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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! We are continuing to practice “6 Foot Social Distancing” with 25% capacity reserved seating in all auditoriums.

Outdoor Main Street Movie is this Friday, July 10, at 8:50pm:

  • Friday, July 10: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”
  • Saturday, July 11: “Grease”
  • Bring your own lawn chair and enjoy the outdoors! (Weather permitting)

Here is a list of this week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of Friday, July 10:

• Fri-Sun: 3:45 & 6:55
• Monday: 3:40
• Tues-Thurs: 3:45 & 6:55
Rated PG13  |  Run Time: 1 hour 43 min

• Fri-Sun: 3:40 & 6:20
• Monday: 3:30
• Tues-Thurs: 3:40 & 6:20
Rated PG13  |  Run Time: 2 hour 22 min

• Fri-Sun: 3:50 & 6:45
• Monday: 3:35
• Tues-Thurs: 3:40 & 6:20
Rated PG13  |  Run Time: 1 hour 51 min


COVID-19 Throwbacks Ticket Prices: All Seats $3.00


Other movies coming soon to Royal Cinemas:

  • “Goonies”
  • “Gremlins”
  • “The Breakfast Club”
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UPDATE: Humane Society of Warren County’s annual yard sale to be held July 17th & 18th

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UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, we are moving the yard sale back one week to Friday the 17th and Saturday the 18th. We will continue to take donations until close of business on Thursday the 16th.


It’s that time of year again! The Humane Society of Warren County’s annual yard sale is a wonderful way to find some awesome deals and support the shelter! Play the “Name your price” game and walk away with a bargain.

Donations for the yard sale will be collected at the shelter until July 16th. Donations will not be accepted during the yard sale itself. All donations are tax deductible.

The yard sale will be on Friday, July 17th, from 8am-2pm, and again on Saturday, July 18th, 8am-2pm. Click here to join the Facebook event and learn more!

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