Newest Shenandoah Valley Civil War Battlefield Visitor Center opens
There are 20 Civil War battlefields in the Shenandoah Valley. And each of them can be explored within a region officially designated as the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District. Right now, that adds up to about 4,500 acres.
The district's battlefield lands are managed by the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation. Other important SVBF concerns: Protect more and more tracts of historic battlefield land from development, as well as interpret their history and provide tourism information for Shenandoah Valley visitors.
For years the SVBF has maintained a visitor information center at its headquarters in New Market, Va., the site of another significant Civil War battle that was partially fought by teen-aged military cadets, and recently popularized in the film, Field of Lost Shoes.
This past September a second SVBF battlefield visitor center was opened just outside of Winchester, Va. at the more recently-established Third Winchester Battlefield Park.
The Battle of Third Winchester was the largest battle ever fought in the Shenandoah Valley, says Dan Reinhart, Shenandoah Valley Battlefields National Historic District Director of Resource Management.
The Valley is a four-season destination. Even as the days get shorter and colder, there's always plenty to see and do here. More and more outdoor decorations pop up all over the region. Holiday celebrations, community festivals, concerts, theater, museum programs, gift-giving. The good life is warm and bright in the Shenandoah Valley!
Art exhibition at Bowman Shannon Cultural Arts Center in Mt. Jackson, Va.
The Art Group Gallery, 5998 Main St. Abstraction, Dynamic Works of Art, by Carol Williams. Ellen Fairchild-Flugel: Metal, featuring original pieces of sculpture, jewelry,collaborations and experiments. Runs through Nov. 30. Opening Reception , Nov. 8 from 3 to 5 p.m. For more information call 540-477-4131 or visit www.theartgroup.org.
Family-friendly running competition in Lexington, Va
Brewbaker Field, 198 Wallace St. Annual Gobble Wobble 5K and Fun Run. 4th annual event. Hosted by the Lexington-Rockbridge Jaycees, Rockbridge YMCA, and Lexington-Rockbridge Chamber of Commerce. Benefits local non-profits. Register from 7:30-8:30 a.m. One Mile Kids Fun Run at 8:30 a.m. to Gobble Wobble 5k at 9 a.m. For more information, call 540-463-5375.
Historical exhibition at Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, W.Va.
The Freedmans Bureau, Educating the Newly Freed Slaves and the Prelude to Storer College historical exhibition. Backdrop to a full year of activities that will highlight Harpers Ferry role in the education of newly-freed slaves immediately after the Civil War. For more information, call 304-535-6298 or 304-535-6029 or visit www.nps.gov/hafe.
Running event at Sherando Park in Stephens City, Va.
200 Lakeview Circle. Certified 5k course over track, pavement, and the woodland trails of Sherando Park. Check in and onsite registration from 7-8 a.m, race begins at 8:45 a.m. Prizes awarded to top finishers. Pre-register by Nov. 24 orNov. 25 from 4p.m. to 9 p.m. Benefits local non-profit. Admission: $25. For more information, visit co.frederick.va.us/parks/sherandopark.aspx
Historical exhibition at the Marshall Institute in Lexington, Va.
Lower Gallery. Give Them What They Need. Runs through Dec. 24 at 4 p.m. Part of the Marshall Legacy Series sequence, Taking Care of the Troops. Uniforms, standard issue supplies and rations, and furnishings from various historical archives and collections. For more information, call 540-463-2083
Thanksgiving festival in Harrisonburg, Va.
Court Square, downtown. Gobble Gobble Kids Dash at 8 a.m., a .35 mile fun run for ages 3-12, Rocktown Turkey Trot at 8:30 a.m. All skill levels.