Things To Do

The State Arboretum of Virginia (also known as the Orland E. White Arboretum) occupies the central 172 acres of Blandy Experimental Farm and is located at 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, Virginia. Started in the 1930s, it now contains more than 5,000 woody trees and shrubs from around the world. It is a reference garden for the Southeast Region of the American Conifer Society and includes the American Boxwood Society’s Memorial Garden. The Arboretum grounds are open 365 days a year from dawn to dusk. Admission to the arboretum is FREE. The gift shop is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Visit blandy.virginia.edu/arboretum.

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) is dedicated to preserving and enriching the cultural life and heritage of the Valley. At 214 acres, the Museum’s landscape is the largest green space in the City of Winchester and the Glen Burnie House and its surrounding six-acre gardens remain an important part of this year-round regional history complex now known as the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. Hours Tuesday through Sunday April through December: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit www.themsv.org.

Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail is a tour of the Shenandoah Valley’s wineries which offers a special experience, with rural scenery, entertainment, quality restaurants and award winning wines. Visit shenandoahvalleywinetrail.com and view the trail map at shenandoahvalleywinetrail.com/trail-map.

Belle Grove Plantation is located at 336 Belle Grove Road, Middletown, Virginia, in the northern Shenandoah Valley. It is an authentic 1797 Manor House, built by Major Isaac Hite and his wife Nelly Madison Hite, sister of President James Madison. Major Hite, grandson of Shenandoah Valley Pioneer Jost Hite, expanded his original 483 acres to a prosperous 7500-acre plantation, growing wheat, raising cattle and Merino sheep, and operating a large distillery and several mills. Visit bellegrove.org or call 540-869-2028.


Events:

Thursday, April 6 – A Savory Taste of Winchester: Culinary Food and Wine Tours (morning, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
Where the history of yesterday and the culinary cuisine of today collide. Visit popular Old Town restaurants during this culinary tour hosted by Northern Virginia Tours. Six different tastings will be included on each tour. Each tour is designed to provide a generous lunch or dinner experience. Additional beverages may be purchased separately. The tour departs from the lobby of the George Washington Hotel at 11 a.m. In between tasting, learn about Old Town Winchester’s history dating back to the 1600’s. Adult tickets (13 years and up) $54.95 each; youth tickets (8-12 years) $32.50 each; and child tickets (7 years and under) $12.50 each; group rates are available. Call 540-827-9948 for reservations. Reservations are required by 8 p.m. the day prior to the tour. Please advise of any food allergies when making your reservation.

Thursday, April 6 – Ladies Night, featuring live acoustic music
Brewbaker’s Restaurant (168 North Loudoun Street, Winchester) hosts Ladies Night and features live acoustic music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visit brewbakersrestaurant.com or call 540-535-0111 for more details.

Thursday, April 6 – A Savory Taste of Winchester: Culinary Food and Wine Tours (evening, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
Where the history of yesterday and the culinary cuisine of today collide. Visit popular Old Town restaurants during this culinary tour hosted by Northern Virginia Tours. Six different tastings will be included on each tour. Each tour is designed to provide a generous lunch or dinner experience. Additional beverages may be purchased separately. The tour departs from the lobby of the George Washington Hotel at 6 p.m. In between tasting, learn about Old Town Winchester’s history dating back to the 1600’s. Adult tickets (13 years and up) $54.95 each; youth tickets (8-12 years) $32.50 each; and child tickets (7 years and under) $12.50 each; group rates are available. Call 540-827-9948 for reservations. Reservations are required by 8 p.m. the day prior to the tour. Please advise of any food allergies when making your reservation.

Thursday, April 6 – Jazz Combos
Shenandoah Conservatory Jazz Combos present a free concert featuring an array of jazz standards and arrangements at 7 p.m. in Armstrong Concert Hall (702 University Drive, Winchester), on the campus of Shenandoah University.

Thursday, April 6 – Faculty Trio Recital with Aimé Sposato, Michael Forest and John O’Conor
Aimé Sposato (soprano), Michael Forest (tenor) and John O’Conor (piano) present a free recital of chamber works for voice and piano at 7 p.m. in Goodson Chapel-Recital Hall (1400 L.P. Hill Drive, Winchester), on the campus of Shenandoah University.

Thursday, April 6 – Trivia at 50/50 Taphouse
50/50 Taphouse (29 W. Cork Street, Winchester) provides live trivia hosted by Big Trophy Trivia from 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Visit 5050taphouse.com or call 540-773-4986.

Friday, April 7 – A Savory Taste of Winchester: Culinary Food and Wine Tours
Where the history of yesterday and the culinary cuisine of today collide. Visit popular Old Town restaurants during this culinary tour hosted by Northern Virginia Tours. Six different tastings will be included on each tour. Each tour is designed to provide a generous lunch or dinner experience. Additional beverages may be purchased separately. The tour departs from the lobby of the George Washington Hotel at 11 a.m. In between tasting, learn about Old Town Winchester’s history dating back to the 1600’s. Adult tickets (13 years and up) $54.95 each; youth tickets (8-12 years) $32.50 each; and child tickets (7 years and under) $12.50 each; group rates are available. Call 540-827-9948 for reservations. Reservations are required by 8 p.m. the day prior to the tour. Please advise of any food allergies when making your reservation.

Friday, April 7 – First Friday at The Winchester Book Gallery
The Winchester Book Gallery (185 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester) offers 10 percent off all books and 20 percent off all cards during the monthly First Friday celebrations in Old Town Winchester, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Visit winchesterbookgallery.com or call 540-667-3444.

Friday, April 7 – First Friday Recital Series
A recital featuring local musicians held at First Presbyterian Church of Winchester, located on the Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall at 116 South Loudoun Street, Winchester. Recital is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.; a free-will offering will be taken. For more information, call 540-662-3824, email giovanna@fpcwinc.org or visit fpcwinc.org.

Friday, April 7 – Paul Pfau with Hey Monea
An evening of catchy hooks, exceptional vocals, and timeless songwriting from alt-pop rockers Paul Pfau (as seen on NBC’s hit show The Voice) and Hey Monea presented at Bright Box, a dynamic performance and event venue, located at the heart of Winchester, Virginia, on the newly renovated Loudoun Pedestrian Mall. Door, bar & kitchen open at 7 p.m.; show from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Purchase tickets here for $12 plus admission tax & processing fee; tickets at the door, $15 plus admission tax. Advance ticket sales end at 6 p.m. the day of the show; tickets available at the door if not sold out in advance. Show is half-seated, half-standing; Bright Box is general admission – all seating is first come, first served. Besides showcasing some of the best music and performances in the area, the venue is also a superb for comedy shows, weddings, private parties, reunions, and fundraising events. Located at 15 N. Loudoun St., Winchester. For more information, call 540-773-2271.

Friday, April 7, through Sunday, April 9 – The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
Set in a time-bending, serio-comically imagined world between Heaven and Hell, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is a philosophical meditation on the conflict between divine mercy and human free will that takes a close look at the eternal damnation of the Bible’s most notorious sinner.

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot contains profanity, adult themes and satirization of religious characters that some audiences may find disturbing or offensive. Written by Stephen Adly Guirgis; Directed by Kirsten Trump. All performances are held in the Glaize Studio Theatre (620 Millwood Avenue, Winchester), on the campus of Shenandoah University. Tickets are $12.

  • Friday, April 7 at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 8 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 8 at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 9 at 2:30 p.m.

Please contact the Shenandoah Conservatory Box Office for more details and to purchase tickets.

Saturday, April 8 – Historical Cemetery Tours
Join Northern Virginia Tours on a journey through the past at two historical cemeteries tucked away in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Tours begin at Winchester National Cemetery and continue to Stonewall Cemetery. You have the option of touring one or both cemeteries. $8 per person for one tour, $15 for both tours. For reservations, contact 540-827-9948. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saturday, April 8 – A Savory Taste of Winchester: Culinary Food and Wine Tours
Where the history of yesterday and the culinary cuisine of today collide. Visit popular Old Town restaurants during this culinary tour hosted by Northern Virginia Tours. Six different tastings will be included on each tour. Each tour is designed to provide a generous lunch or dinner experience. Additional beverages may be purchased separately. The tour departs from the lobby of the George Washington Hotel at 11 a.m. In between tasting, learn about Old Town Winchester’s history dating back to the 1600’s. Adult tickets (13 years and up) $54.95 each; youth tickets (8-12 years) $32.50 each; and child tickets (7 years and under) $12.50 each; group rates are available. Call 540-827-9948 for reservations. Reservations are required by 8 p.m. the day prior to the tour. Please advise of any food allergies when making your reservation.

Saturday, April 8 – Shenandoah University Athletics Events

  • Softball Doubleheader vs. Emory & Henry begins at 1 p.m. at Henkel-Harris Field in Jim Barnett Park (1001 E. Cork Street, Winchester), adjacent to Shenandoah University’s campus. Second game begins at 3 p.m. Visit suhornets.com for ticket information and schedule updates, or call 540­-665-­4566.
  • Women’s Lacrosse vs. Lynchburg begins at 2 p.m. at Sprint Field at Shentel Stadium (1122 Shockey Drive, Winchester), on the campus of Shenandoah University.Visit suhornets.com for ticket information and schedule updates, or call 540­-665-­4566.

Saturday, April 8 – Flute Ensemble
Under the direction of Jonathan Snowden, members of the Shenandoah Conservatory Flute Studio present a free spring concert at 5:30 p.m. in Goodson Chapel-Recital Hall (1400 L.P. Hill Drive, Winchester), on the campus of Shenandoah University.

Saturday, April 8 – Opening Reception at Barns of Rose Hill: Inspired by Spring – Artisan Jewelry Created by Rachel Rogers-Rodgers
Join Barns of Rose Hill (95 Chalmers Court, Berryville) for a free, opening reception of their latest exhibit, Inspired by Spring: Artisan Jewelry Created by Rachel Rogers-Rodgers. This free reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The exhibit will feature artistic jewelry that has been designed and constructed around the theme of springtime in the Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountain. Rachel Rogers-Rodgers is a jewelry artist and seamstress from Bluemont, Virginia who specializes in historically-inspired jewelry, accessories, and clothing. She creates the majority of her jewelry pieces using wire-working and cold forging techniques, but the fabrication possibilities have expanded as her studio has grown. In addition to custom orders, her works are available for sale at The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Firehouse Gallery, and Modern Mercantile, and Etsy. She also conducts classes and workshop around the region. For more information, call 540-955-2004.

Saturday, April 8 – The Bumper Jacksons at Barns of Rose Hill
The Bumper Jacksons will perform at Barns of Rose Hill (95 Chalmers Court, Berryville) at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.). The Bumper Jacksons are hot and sweet, painting America’s story from New Orleans’ brothels to Appalachian hollers. Unafraid to scrap together new sounds from forgotten 78’s, the Bumper Jacksons boldly and elegantly balance paying homage to the traditions while fashioning their own unique, DIY style. Honored as the region’s 2015 “Artist of the Year” and “Best Folk Band” from 2013-2015 at the Washington Area Music Awards, the Bumper Jacksons are playfully creative with their originals and re-imagining roots music with both power and tenderness. Bursting at the seams with some of the richest threads of old America, Bumper Jacksons bring you into the center of a party where everyone’s invited and the dance floor never sleeps. All tickets are general admission and are $20 in advance (until 3 p.m. on the day of the event); $25 at the door; 12 and under free (when accompanied by an adult). Tickets may be purchased in advance either online or by calling the Barns of Rose Hill Box Office at 540-955-2004.

Saturday, April 8 – Haunted Pub Crawl
Ghost Tours Old Town Winchester Virginia presents a Haunted Pub Crawl; visit local haunts including 147 North, V2, The Half Note Lounge, Brewbaker’s, Cork Street Tavern and the Bright Box Theater. The cost is $29.99 per person and does not include drinks. For more information and reservations, call 540-827-9948. 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.