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Saturday, March 16: opening reception from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at The Byrne Gallery for Haiku, Poem of Spring. This is a celebration of the Cherry Blossom Season featuring the woodblock prints of Tadashi Nakayama, original watercolors, silk screens and works on paper of Pang Tseng Ying and vintage kimono and textile art from Japan from the collection of Susie Lipscher of Plum Blossom Kimono. The exhibit begins on March 6th and continues through Sunday, April 28, 2019. There is no charge for the reception at 7 West Washington Street. Contact the Byrne Gallery for more information at (540) 687-6986.

Saturday, March 16, 2:00 to 4:00 pm: Writing in Nature - a Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy Program at The Gate House at Morven Park. We are drawn to nature to discover parts of ourselves lost in the busy-ness of life. In this workshop, we will take a walk through Morven Park to find out what interests, intrigues and attracts us. Through writing we will begin a conversation about a few of our favorite things encountered on the walk. Ann Garvey will lead the walk; Nancy Morgan will guide our writing efforts with prompts and much encouragement. We’ll hear the poems of Wendell Berry and Mary Oliver. This session promises to illustrate the health benefits of nature and writing. Writing journals provided. Dress for outdoor weather. Limited to 12 participants. Fee: $20 members and $30 non-members. Registration required: Contact Sign up at

Friday, March 29 from 10-11:30am NEW FAMILY/CHILDREN'S EVENT: "Stories, Soup, and Songs"- with Souped Up Virginia and Grace Church The Plains to bring weekday morning entertainment to the families of Fauquier County and surrounding area every other week. Begins with a 15-minute play time. For all to socialize and meet new friends. After that, stage show begins, with fun characters, sneaky educational happenings, storytelling, and music. After that, Souped Up Virginia will serve their delicious soup and bread. Tickets are $3 per person. Note: Soup, bread, drinks sold separately and are NOT included in ticket price. Grace Church in The Plains, 6507 Main St. Tickets at

Saturday, March 30 at 7 pm. "Calamity Improv: The Wild West of Improv Shows"- It's tough performing in the town of Scriptless Gulch. These lawless folks have to come up with everything on the spot, while the town's Sheriff keeps them in line. Buckaroos take audience suggestions and turn them into gold. This is one TALL TALE of a show, which is different every time. Featuring: "Sundance" Star Bobatoon, "Dakota" Jessie Burns and "Deputy Bootsie" Brittani Hall. At The Theatre on The Green at Vint Hill 4225 Aiken Dr. in Warrenton, in partnership with Fauquier Parks and Rec. Box office: 703-537-1071. Details:

Saturday, April 20: The Middleburg Spring Races at Glenwood Park. Gates open at 10 a.m., post time is 1 p.m. Details at

Saturday, April 27: The Goose Creek Association preparing for litter clean up in honor of “Earth Day”(weather permitting).

Friday, April 26: Goose Creek Association spring party.

Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26: The 60th Annual Hunt Country Stable Tour in and around Upperville and Middleburg. An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the grandeur of some of the finest equestrian facilities known to the world. The tour is widely known and hailed as a weekend not to be missed by all those who experience it. Spend your weekend traveling down winding country roads in a self-driven tour, with exclusive access to view the properties, horses, and stables of Virginia's Hunt Country.

Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26th from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Rain or shine, the 26th annual Delaplane Strawberry Festival Weekend highlights new bands, entertainment and a 5K run. Bring the family for delicious, gourmet-sized strawberries for sale, children’s games, hayrides, pony rides, a 4-H petting zoo, crafts, strolling entertainers, a 5k trail run and much more at Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane.

Tickets: $25 per vehicle parking, or save $5 with advance purchase. Tickets will be available for purchase online or at Gentle Harvest (8372 W Main St Marshall, VA 20115). More information at Entrance to the festival also gives visitors access to all of Sky Meadows State Park ( Proceeds from the festival are used to support the ministries and outreach programs of Delaplane’s Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Call 540-364-2772.

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