News Maker Tootie Rinker on the Newtown Festival

The Newtown Heritage Festival is back to a full event this Memorial Day Weekend.

After two years of pandemic the festival makes a return to an in person celebration in Stephens City May 26.

The festival returns with a full slate of events as well as new activities.

We spoke to Newtown Festival Chairperson Tootie Rinker in our latest news maker.

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

Tootie tells us about the success of last year’s virtual event.

She also tells us how you can volunteer with the festival this year.

Tootie also tells us of the new events that will take place starting Thurs. May 26 this year.

Click here for Tootie’s interview.

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Middletown holds it’s 5 annual Patriot Pride Day tomorrow 9/18

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Middletown will hold its 5 annual Patriot Pride Day on Sat. Sept. 18 at the town’s Veteran’s Memorial.

A number of activities are planned beginning at 2 p.m..

The first Colonial America reenactment will be held at 3 p.m..

The fireworks display that was schedule for Sat. night has been moved.

The fireworks will now be a part of a special celebration on Oct. 9 for the town’s 225 anniversary.

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TVRC relaunches Young Professionals Group

The top of Virginia Regional Chamber has relaunched the Young Professionals Group.

The group will meet this Thurs. Sept. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley’s Glen Burnie Gardens.

Young professionals in their 20’s and 30’s are invited to meet for an evening of networking, light refreshments and touring the gardens.

Registration and information is available at

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Blue Ridge Wildlife Center host WildFest 2021

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The Blue Ridge Wildlife Center presents WildFest 2021 Sat. Sept. 11 from 11 a.m. to 4.

Wildlife Ambassadors, Interactive games and events will be available along with representatives from local environmental organizations.

Food trucks will also be available at the Clarke County’s Rotary Club Fairgrounds on Main St. Berryville.

The event is free with donations encouraged to help support Blue Ridge Wildlife Center’s hospital and educational programs.

You can find out more about the event and let the center know you are coming here.

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Independence Day activities around the region

In Front Royal the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will offer a special reading of the Declaration of Independence.

The reading will take place at the Warren Heritage Society at 101 Chester Street at 11 a.m. Saturday Jul. 3.

Old Town Winchester has a new event on Sat. Jul. 3 Let Freedom Swing begins at 3 p.m..

Let Freedom Swing features two bands and will be held at the Taylor Pavilion.

Clarke County’s Community Band has a free concert followed by a fireworks displayed.

The event is set for the Ruritan Fairgrounds on Main Street in Berryville starting at 8 p.m. Sat. Jul. 3.

Sherando Park in Stephen City will hold their first Jul. 4 celebration for the first time in two years on Sun.

Click here for Tony Baker’s description of events at Sherando.

In Luray Downtown Get Down feature food, tunes and booms on Sunday Jul. 4 starting at 5 p.m..

Woodstock’s Shenandoah County Fairgrounds opens gates at 8:30 p.m. for their fireworks spectacular on Sun. Jul. 4.

New Market will hold a celebration on Mon. Jul.5 at their community park starting at 5.

A full day of activities will start at 8 a.m. in Middletown on Sun. Jul. 4 click here as Mayor Harbaugh talks of the activities planned.

Above all the River 953 hopes you all have a happy and safe celebration this Independence Day weekend.

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Things going on Jun. 19 and 20 in the valley

It is another busy weekend in the valley June 19 and 20.

And Don’t forget Father’s Day Sunday June 20.

The annual Fort Valley yard crawl has begun Jun. 19 starting at the Oak Level United Methodist Church with lunch items and maps available.

Berryville’s Chet Hobert Park is busy with a craft show until 4 today Jun. 19.

Winchester Frederick County Convention and Visitors Bureau unveils the lastest Civil War Trail markers today Jun. 19 at noon at Rouss City Hall.

A benefit for 8 year old Mason Ryder, who is facing a liver transplant, is starting at 3 this afternoon Jun. 19 at 1481 Hazard Mill Road Bentonville.

On Sunday June 20 Father’s Dad and first day of summer.

The Strasburg Town Park Fish Fry Float starts at 11 a.m..

A benefit for local musician James Vaughn, recovering from a medical issue, begins at 3 p.m. at the Beer Museum on Chester Street Front Royal.

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Middletown announces their Independence Day celebration

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Middletown’s annual Independence Day celebration will take place on July 4 this year.

The annual parade steps off at 5 p.m. on Sun. July 4 with fireworks at the town park at dusk.

An application for entry into the parade can be found here.

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