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Why cancel Downtown Halloween 2020? – Everyone will be masked, right?



It was a fun, scary and candy-gathering Halloween Saturday afternoon and evening in Historic Downtown Front Royal on the final walking mall weekend of the season. – See for yourselves how this Halloween transpired in our corner of the Northern Shenandoah Valley:

What’s not to LOVE about Downtown Halloween – even in 2020 – during Front Royal’s final weekend walking mall experiment? – Especially when you have escaped the clutches of a looming T-Rex as Amber and her costumed dog Quincy did. Royal Examiner Photos and Video by Roger Bianchini

Some other Trick or Treating K-9’s may be wondering exactly what is going on with that roaming dinosaur now playing camera-friendly with Bransen and Braygin Isner.

Wait, is T-Rex trying to get a high-5 from these kids?

No, he’s trying to get some dancing partners to the Gazebo area recorded music – who suspected it was a funky dino-saur.

The pumpkins appear to have established a security perimeter around the musical base of operations …

… As well as around the White Picket Fence and Key Move Properties site.

However, no pumpkin security at Ellen Aders State Farm candy distribution table next to East Main Street’s new “I Want Candy” store.

Above, under the watchful eye of proprietor Ralph Waller, aka ‘the mayor of Main St.’ in white jacket to right, a ghoulish crowd begins gathering outside Main Street Pawn as even the local political committees got into the giving-away spirit. – Below we get a wave from now State Republican Committee official Steve Kurtz.

Just a few doors up East Main the Democrats were in full candy distribution mode as well.

And a little further west on East Main two independent local town council candidates continued the political giving spirit. Below, moved to their respective signs during a candy break – just in case you didn’t recognize Betty Showers and Josh Ingram in costume.

Uh oh, the Joker’s on the run – that CAN’T be good.

From bad to worse: Pennywise, Stephen King’s famous scary clown of our nightmares, and pals. ‘We all float down here, kids’.

Phunky Woodverx – buy or we’ll put a spell on you …

A Wizard of Oz family outing, from left, the Tin Man, Dorothy, the Straw Man and cowardly Lion being carried into the fray.

I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore – lost in the clouds on Cloud Street at East Main.

And just when you thought you were safe again in the pumpkin perimeter …

… You run into ghosts ‘carrying’ people away from the safe zone.

Having escaped a short way up Chester Street we encountered this unexpected gathering of spirits on the porch of the Va. Beer Museum – a skeletal apparition, and a more comforting ‘spirit’ of the Beer Museum variety.

Well our skeletal spirit must not have been THAT scary, as she befriends a young unicorn over the promise of candy.

Sponge Bob and 3 of a 101 Dalmatians

Some Superheroes on the candy take

If some Ghostbusters are chasing a ghost up the street, that must be a wrap on this Downtown Halloween 2020 HORROR story. Well, it won’t be a REAL horror story as long as our pandemic case numbers don’t spike in its wake.

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Rotary golf tourney May 27 raises funding for academic scholarships; openings still available for players but hurry!



Golfers with a predilection for procrastination – you have less than two days from the time this article is published in the Royal Examiner to register for a major local golf tournament at the Shenandoah Valley Golf Club on May 27.  DO IT NOW! Saturday, May 8 is the official cutoff date for entries.

One of the Rotary Club of Front Royal’s major fundraising events for more than two decades, money raised – $20,000 last year – goes into the club’s educational scholarship fund, benefiting outstanding graduating seniors at local high schools each spring. Four scholarship winners selected from this year’s school graduates, will receive their awards at Rotary’s May 14 meeting.

Tournament Chair Ken Evans said in a pamphlet publicizing the event: “The support of the community enables us to help Rotary causes each year. Without the support of generous individuals and businesses, it would be impossible for us to continue.”

The pamphlet indicates several individual sponsorships beneath the “Superhero Level – $1,000” may still be open for $100 and $200 each. Generally, entry fees are $300 per team ($75 per player) and include golf fees, cart, food and prizes.

Registration time on May 27 is 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch. The shotgun start is scheduled for 1 p.m. Awards will be presented around five hours later.

(Our reporter, Malcolm Barr Sr., is a member of the Rotary Club of Front Royal and serves on the scholarship committee.)

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Benefit for Mason Ryder: Local Front Royal boy in need of liver transplant



Let’s help Mason, a local 8-year-old boy who lives here in Front Royal!

Please watch this video to meet Mason and his family. Learn a little about his journey with Dyskeratosis Congenita and get excited about the upcoming fundraiser. Mason has been recommended for liver transplant pre screening, and we all need to support the best we can:

To learn more, visit: Mason Ryder’s Journey with Dyskeratosis Congenita

Event: June 19, 2021
Time: 3 pm to 8 pm
Location: 1481 Hazard Mill Rd, Bentonville VA 22610
More Info: Facebook Event Page

  • Raffle Items, Live Music, Lego Auction (made by Mason)
  • Hot Dogs or Hamburgers | 2 Sides – BYOB – tickets $10.00
  • Raffle Tickets – $1.00 each | Drawings will be announced starting at 7pm
  • Cornhole Tournament – $10.00 entry fee
  • Call Pam Coyle for details: 540-233-2597

If you can not attend and still want to donate, click this link: Mason’s GoFundMe

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Family Fun Day is this Saturday, May 8, 2021 at the Gazebo



Yes, there will be a 2021 Family Fun Day – and it will be this Saturday, May 8, 2021, at the Gazebo in downtown Front Royal. The activities will start at 10:00 am till 6:00 pm.

Family Fun Day is a family-friendly, alcohol-free event, hosted in Front Royal, Virginia, by C & C Frozen Treats. Family Fun Day is an official 501c3 nonprofit and will be happy to accept your tax-deductible donation to help fund this year’s event.

If you love and support the community of Front Royal and the surrounding areas, we encourage you to come out and bring your family and friends to enjoy this community-building event with an antique car show, kid’s events, and of course ICE CREAM! Let’s not forget that Nina will be boiling crawfish! Don’t miss the fun!


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This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of May 7th



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, May 7:

• Friday: 6:00 & 8:40
• Sat & Sun: 12:50, 3:25, 6:00 & 8:40
• Mon – Thurs: 7:05
Rated R  |  Run Time: 1 hour 58 min

• Friday: 6:05 & 8:45
• Sat & Sun: 1:05, 3:35, 6:05 & 8:45
• Mon – Thurs: 7:00
Rated R  |  Run Time: 1 hour 50 min

• Friday: 6:10 & 8:50
• Sat & Sun: 1:00, 3:30, 6:10 & 8:50
• Mon – Thurs: 7:10
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


  • “Finding You”
  • “A Quiet Place: Part II”
  • “Spirit Untamed”
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Martin’s crew doing their part to Keep Virginia Beautiful



In celebration of Arbor Day and as part of The GIANT Company’s commitment to making a difference in its local communities, several MARTIN’S team members and their families spent Friday morning volunteering with Keep Virginia Beautiful on restoration and tree planting efforts at Shenandoah River State Park.


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Empty Bowl Supper 2021 “TO GO” was a great success



Empty Bowl Supper 2021 “TO GO” event crossed the finish line bringing in an approximate net of 13K to the House of Hope! Thank you so much to everyone who helped make this year amazing. Main Street/Downtown merchants made this year extra special by displaying bowls ahead of time. Thank you to the following downtown participants:

  • C & C Frozen Treats
  • Turnmeyer Galleries
  • White Picket Fence
  • Manor Line Market
  • House of Fabrics
  • Royal Oaks Computers
  • I Want Candy
  • DL Campus Coffee
  • Inklings
  • Mountain Trails
  • Down Home Comfort Bakery
  • Royal Blends Nutrition
  • Vinova
  • Gourmet Delights
  • Main Street Travel
  • Downtown Market

Scott and Pam Turnmeyer shared, “We enjoyed setting up outside and being part of the Empty Bowl Supper event. It was great to see so many of our friends and customers and reach new ones.” House of Fabrics commented, “We only have about 5 bowls left. New people came in and now know where we are!”

The music at the gazebo was fantastic. First band was Passage Creek Rising. Passage Creek Rising has played for several years for the supper and is truly loved. This year a second band played for the second half of the day,

JWX: The Jarreau Williams Experience. There was dancing in the streets!

A huge thank you to Explore Art & Clay, Arline Link who organized the completion of approximately 250 bowls this year. The people from the community who volunteered to paint, ROCKED IT! Please note, we do have some leftovers. They will be for sale for $25.00 at Explore Art & Clay. The bowls are an excellent gift idea – unique custom bowls that help to support a solution to homelessness in our community!

Thank you to all of the soup donors; The soups were delicious! People have explained how nice it was to enjoy the soups at home with enough for a husband and wife to dine on for two meals! There were a few cancellations due to a Covid-19 outbreak, so the soup list shrunk a little. However, there was plenty of soup still for all to enjoy! Thank you to the following soup donors:

  • Blue Wing Frog – Vegan Butternut Squash
  • 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 – Smoked Pulled Beef Chili
  • Paladin Bar & Grill – Brunswick Stew
  • The Blue Door Kitchen & Inn – Ribolitta (sausage, beans, vegetables)
  • Downtown Catering – Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato | Cream of Cauliflower
  • Daily Grind – White Bean Chili
  • Royal Spice – Chicken Storg (chicken, beans, noodles)
  • El Maguey – Aztec (rice, Chicken, vegetables)
  • Try Thai – Coconut and Tofu

A monumental thank you to our sponsors. We want to take a moment to say thank you to our sponsors from 2020. It was so unfortunate that the event was cancelled due to the pandemic, but your sponsorship dollars helped us keep the doors open at the House of Hope through such a difficult time. Your support is sincerely appreciated.

This year’s 2021 sponsorship lineup:

Super Sponsor:

  • Explore Art & Clay – Arline Link

Gold Sponsors:

  • MayAnne and Joe Biggs
  • Sigrid Hepp-Dax
  • Rotary Club of Warren County

Silver Sponsors:

  • No Doubt Accounting
  • Ticket Sponsor Ellen Aders – State Farm
  • Rotary Club of Front Royal

Bronze Sponsors:

  • Jo Ellen McNeal
  • Dave and Carol Hardy
  • Jennifer Avery, Realtor
  • Blue Ink Original
  • Marlow Motors Co.
  • Front Royal Women’s Resource Center

IN KIND Sponsors:

  • Scott Turnmeyer Photography
  • Downtown Market
  • Ladies of Bethel United Methodist Church
  • Kira Tomlin and her amazing cookie kids

Thank you again to our wonderful community of Warren County. We thank you for your support through the Empty Bowl Supper and pledge to keep updates coming on the growth of the House of Hope program. Be sure to follow us on Facebook as we look to celebrate our success with all! Occasionally needs are posted. You just might have that extra microwave we might need for a graduate! Let’s stay connected:

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