Forget the weather and find the fun during March Wine and Dine Month on the Rappahannock County Artisan Trail. Twenty-seven Trail members offer more than 80 events for your wining, dining, staying, playing and artistic pleasures.
For details: http://www.rappahannockcountyartisantrail.org/ Click on Open Door Tour
Help support local groups with a fun night of games. Held at Pepper’s Grill located at 791 Madison Road in Culpeper (by Best Western). Doors open at 5 p.m. Games begin at 6:30 p.m. Three progressives each night, $1,000 jackpot. Food available for purchase. Contact Jim Calhoun at 540-937-1730.
Internationally revered and honored by numerous awards including BBC Music Magazine Award for chamber music, the JERUSALEM QUARTET returns by demand to the Series with a scintillating, diverse program of works by Mozart, Janacek & Beethoven. Tickets available beginning March 6; new tickets available daily, so check back for desired locations.
UVA Arts Box Office: http://artsboxoffice.virginia.edu
A signature program of Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) and the Virginia Center for the Book, the Virginia Festival of the Book brings readers and writers together for a five-day program of mostly free events including author readings, book signings, panel discussions, programs for children, and more. The 24th annual Festival will be held March 21-25, 2018, in Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia. The Festival has consistently attracted audiences of more than 20,000 from more than forty states each year, with an estimated local economic impact of about $4 million annually. To learn more, visit VaBook.org.http://VaBook.org
Doors open at 5 p.m., play starts at 6:45 p.m. Guaranteed $1,000 jackpot, regular games pay $100 if over 90 players. Only upstairs seating available, and the facility is non-smoking. For further information call 825-3424.
Enjoy the scenic beauty and rejuvenating atmosphere of Sky Meadows State Park with 5k and 10k races organized by Bishop’s Events. Race proceeds benefit the Friends of Sky Meadows. The 10k race starts at 9 a.m., followed by the 5k at 9:30 a.m. Registration includes full-day parking pass at the park. Be sure to stick around after the race and enjoy the park’s many trails, as well as programs as part of Sky Meadows’ Spring Break offerings.
5k: $25 until March 15; $30 after
10k: $40 until March 15; $45 after
For more information, and to register, go to: http://bishopsevents.com/event/2018-sky-meadows-5k-10k.
Extra Event Fee: Yes
Have you always dreamed of being a winemaker? Do you have what it takes to put together a delectable and delicious blend? Challenge yourself and your friends at our interactive winemaking seminar on Sunday, March 25th at 1pm.
Join our winemaker Sudha Patil for this workshop, and experience the excitement of combining both the art and the science that goes into making a distinctive wine. You’ll sample single varietal wines from barrel, then work with your team to create a unique, luscious cuvee!
When your perfect blend is finalized and put into the bottle, team challenges team as we vote for the most spectacular wine of the day! Only $50 per person, light appetizers included.
Tickets may be purchased by visiting Narmada’s website.
Virginia’s Greenest Winery hosts leading local solar provider Sigora Solar for an informational seminar on whether solar power might be useful at your own property and other related topics. Advance reservations requested: 540-923-4206.https://www.ducardvineyards.com
Eggs are popping up all over Sky Meadows State Park. Visit our egg-laying free-range chickens by taking our Chicken Walk. Go on an egg-citing Geocache adventure to discover how bird, reptile and amphibians’ life cycles begin with an egg. Kids, use your scavenger hunting skills to find candy-filled eggs using clues from the story of Harriet, a fictional account from a young girl in the 1840s. Lastly, follow your nose to our Log Cabin for an egg-tastic hearth cooking demonstration, and stop by the Carriage Barn to craft a unique dyed egg using natural wax and dyes.http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/park-events-list?srchloc=SK&eventtype=all&BDate=02/12/2018&EDate=02/12/2019
See THE Easter Bunny in person and enjoy an Easter egg hunt, games, and prizes along with music by Haze & Dacey and food from Sweet Treats! Hunt starts at 1pm!https://www.ducardvineyards.com
Shake off the winter blues! Ski, climb, paddle and bike your way to adventure. Friends of the Rappahannock’s (FOR) 8th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival kicks off Saturday, March 31st, at UMW’s Dodd Auditorium in Fredericksburg. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the festival concludes at 9 p.m. FOR is a non-profit, watershed advocacy group in its 33rd year of protecting the Rappahannock River, from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Chesapeake Bay. Festival tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. School students are free of charge, college students free with ID. Tickets can be purchased online at www.riverfriends.org. For more information, call (540) 373-3448 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Hunting for Easter fun? Grab your baskets and join us at Narmada Winery for an Easter celebration for all ages! Enjoy your favorite Narmada wine as your children have a blast searching for eggs filled with all sorts of wonderful prizes.
Lots of additional activities for the kids, and light refreshments too! This will be a fun filled Easter celebration that you won’t forget! Tasting room will be open 11-5pm. Kids 10 and younger can start at 2pm, and older kids will follow at 2:30. Please call (540) 937-8215 or email email@example.com to reserve your kids’ places!
Annual steeplechase races at historic Ben Venue Farm in Rappahannock County.
Gates open: 10 a.m.
Post time: 12 p.m. for the first of nine races
Program: Hurdle, timber, turf races
Special events: Hat contest, tailgate contest
Tickets: Range from general admission to railside tailgate parking spaces and tent spaces.
Circalyans: warriors of the untime
Donnamaria R. Jones
(On exhibit: March 6 – April 25, 2018)
Fascinated by the indomitable spirit defining warriors of times past, present and imagined future, she has created an amalgamated league of conquerors, the Circalyan Warriors of the Untime, that transcend all time periods. The rustic, near life-sized portrait panels evoke the sheer might and domination of the eclectically adorned and armed combatants. Donnamaria R. Jones, a military veteran, is a portrait photographer based in the Washington Metropolitan area, and owns Circa Life Images photography studio in Waldorf, MD.
Greater Manassas/Prince William County sponsors theatrical productions for children and adults, teaches arts classes, promotes visual arts and provides community outreach programs for local youth. Founded in 1984 by a group of artists and art lovers, the Center aims to enrich the quality of life in the Northern Virginia suburbs through arts performance and education. A theater, an art gallery and classrooms are located in the historic Candy Factory building in Old Town Manassas, at 9419 Battle Street.
For more than 45 years, these Swiss entertainers have dazzled and delighted audiences of all ages with their unique form of silent visual and whimsical theater. A playful yet compelling experience, Mummenschanz offers timeless and lighthearted insights into the human condition with the creative use of shadow and light and the ingenious manipulation of common objects. The result is a visually stunning spectacle that transcends cultural barriers and sparks the imagination. In this brand new creation, you & me, the Mummenschanz troupe brings to life their famous large-scale masks and revives a tradition of acrobatics. The show will also include some of the classic sketches that have stood the test of time. “Mummenschanz succeeds brilliantly because of its originality, exceptional ingenuity, sense of surprise, and deft satirical touches.” (San Francisco Chronicle)http://hyltoncenter.org/calendar/994/
Venue – National Sporting Library & Museum, 102 The Plains Road, Middleburg, VA 20117
Join us for a free sketching session in the Museum! Artists of all ages are invited to sketch alongside local artist Barbara Sharp. Materials are provided.
Please contact Anne Marie Barnes, the Clarice & Robert H. Smith Educator, to register for this program: ABarnes@NationalSporting.org, (540) 687-6542 ext. 25
The Virginia Opera, honored by the General Assembly as the “Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia,” presents a program of opera favorites performed by the Company’s talented young professionals of the Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists Program. Catch these rising stars in a program featuring highlights from Virginia Opera’s 2017/18 season.
Enjoy lunch by an outstanding local restaurant followed by a one-hour concert and a coffee and dessert reception with the artists.
Lunch 12:30 p.m. / Concert 1:30 p.m.
Dessert Reception (following Concert)
Three young, international award-winning superstars join forces to perform Schubert, Brahms & Ravel.
NICOLA BENEDETTI returns to the Series after her dazzling solo performance here last season with
Venice Baroque Orchestra, with German cellist LEONARD ELSCHENBROICH and Ukrainian pianist
ALEXEI GRYNYUK. Tickets available beginning March 27; new tickets available daily, so check back
for desired locations.
UVA Arts Box Office: http://artsboxoffice.virginia.edu
April 13 – July 22, 2018
Wednesday-Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Admission – Adults $10; Seniors $8; Youth $8; Children Free; Members Free
This traveling exhibition organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) with representative masterpieces of the genre—including works by George Stubbs, Sir Francis Grant, John Frederick Herring, Benjamin Marshall, and George Morland— celebrates Paul Mellon’s gift of British sporting art to the VMFA. It also proposes a fresh look at sporting art within wider social and artistic contexts, including the scientific and industrial revolutions of the 18th and 19th centuries, the transformation of the British countryside, the evolutionary history of the horse and other animals, and society’s changing habits and customs.http://www.nationalsporting.org
– Join Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) and explore the legacy of Hunter’s Island with its owner, local architect and history enthusiast Mary Ellen Wheeler, on Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. We’ll meet at the FOR home office and ferry over to the island in canoes. Learn more about Capt. John Smith, who explored the Rappahannock River in 1608, and the Native Americans who greeted him. There are ruins of old mansions on the island which make for great photo opportunities. Bring a bag lunch and water bottle for a scenic picnic. Minimum age is 8 years. The backup date is the next day. The cost is $30 per individual and $90 for group, or $24 and $72 for FOR members. For more information call (540) 373-3448. Please pre-register at https://www.riverfriends.org/event/hunters-island-magical-history-tour/https://www.riverfriends.org/event/hunters-island-magical-history-tour/