Belle Grove’s Annual GardenFest

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Today is the Annual GardenFest and Master Gardener Plant Sale at Belle Grove Plantation from 8 am – 2 pm.

Admission and parking are free and all plants are for sale for $5.

Plant sale proceeds benefit Virginia Cooperative Extensions educational programming in Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah, and Warren Counties.

There will also be children’s activities, historic garden tours, information booths and more.

Tours will also be available for the Belle Grove Manor House from 10 AM to 4 PM.

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Star Party with CCBF and Belle Grove

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Star Parties have returned with the National Park Service and the Shenandoah Astronomical Society.

Three meteor showers are forecast for this year’s Saturday evening dates with the first shower tonight.

The Lyrid Meteor Shower is expected to start at 8 pm tonight.

Guests are welcome to these free events which will be held at Thoburn’s Redoubt, part of the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove Historical Park.

Telescopes are provided with instruction from Astronomical Society members or you can bring your own.

The other Star Parties this summer are planned for the Perseid Meteor Shower on August 13th and the Orionid Meteor Shower on October 22nd.

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Belle Grove celebrates opening day

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Belle Grove Plantation’s Opening Day for the 2022 season is today.

From 10 am to 4 pm, admission is free to the grounds and museum.

This season will feature the new exhibit Unearthing Enslaved Lives at Belle Grove.

From 2015-2019 archaeologists excavated over 60,000 artifacts from the Enslaved Quarter Site.

This helped them learn how the over 270 enslaved people lived at the plantation and their effect on the history and economy of the Shenandoah Valley.

For regular hours and tour information, go to bellegrove.org.

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Belle Grove Plantation host National Sheepdog finals

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Belle Grove Plantation is hosting the 2021 U.S. Border Collie Handlers Association National Sheepdog Finals Oct.5-10.

In today’s News Maker we talk to Belle Grove’s Executive Director Kristen Laise about the event.

The good news is brought to you by the town of Front Royal.

Kristen tells us about the history of the event as well as what to expect at Belle Grove over the five days.

Click here for Kristen’s interview.

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Belle Grove’s annual wine fest has returned

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Belle Grove Plantation’s Annual Wine Fest will kick off today starting at 11 am and will wrap up at 6 pm.

The event will feature wine, cider, and mead from across Virginia as well as a few local breweries and distilleries.

Live music will be playing all day thanks to the Gingerfunk Allstars and the Elizabeth Lawrence Band.

A chef’s demo will also be held along with plenty of food and merchandise vendors.

Tickets are $30 at the gate and tasters will receive a souvenir glass.

Options are available for non-drinkers as well.

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Gardening Classes at Belle Grove Plantation

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Two separate classes will be offered at Bell Grove plantation both taught by master gardeners.

Joyce Watson of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardeners Association will be teaching about floral arrangements. Using all of our favorite summer flowers such as dahlias, sunflowers, coneflowers, and zinnias.

All participants should bring floral shears. Class is held at the Beverly B. Shoemaker Welcome Center on July 29, 2021.

Lynn Hoffman of the NSVMGA will be instructing a course on hanging basket planters on August 9, 2021. They cost 15 dollars a piece for supplies.

You can register and pay for both at http://bellegrove.org.

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Belle Grove Plantation host living history demonstration

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The Cider Creek Battlefield Foundation presents a living history weekend at Belle Grove Plantation Middletown.

Historians will demonstrate many aspects of life in from the mid-19 century.

Demonstrations will be available for the family with historians in full dress from the period.

Demonstrations include period photography, a recruit muster, practice drill, games, cooking class and more.

Activities begin early tomorrow May 15 and last through the weekend.

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