Fun Things To Do In The Mid Atlantic forum: Festival of the Leaves

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Sep 26, 2010 1:14 PM CST
Front Royal is a pretty quick drive out from northern Virginia - about 45 minutes straight out 66 from Manassas. The Festival of Leaves is one of the nicer festivals out this way with some nice crafts and living history. There are some nice antique shops on Main street right at the festival too. If you like inexpensive, diner type food, be sure to have lunch at Wynn's or for a little fancier fare try the Feed Mill. (If you go to the Feed Mill, ask if you can go upstairs and see the Civil War mural by Pat Windrow. Note how the cannon moves from pointing to the Confederates to pointing at the Union soldiers as you move. Pat has several other murals around town too.)

Annual Festival of the Leaves
This marks the 40th year of the Warren Heritage Society's annual fundraiser, the Festival of Leaves. Please mark your calendar and plan on joining us on Saturday, October 9, 2010, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. The Festival takes place in historic downtown Front Royal, Virginia on Chester and Main Streets. Come enjoy Front Royal at its best. Arts and crafts abound in the heart of our historic district. Bluegrass, blues, country, jazz, big band, and choir music represent some of the musical entertainment. Other entertainment includes reenactments and short plays. Come enjoy Heritage Square on the grounds of the Warren Heritage Society at 101 Chester Street where you will find museums, tours of our historic homes - Belle Boyd Cottage (Front Royal home of Confederate spy Belle Boyd) and 18th century Balthis House - and their outbuildings, re-enactors, living history demonstrations, crafts people, apple butter making, and a blacksmith. Plan on joining us for a day of fun for all ages.

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Sep 29, 2010 11:04 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Hart, This sounds like a wonderful day's outing. Fall is such a great time of year for this type of activity. Thanks for posting it! Big Grin
Sep 29, 2010 1:27 PM CST
I like this festival. You never know what gems you'll find among the craft vendors and local groups selling things. I've seen, for example, nice bunches of dried hydrangea being sold by the local historical society. And the living history people are always interesting.

Front Royal is one of the oldest towns out this way - the name comes from when the colonial militia mustered there. There was a large "royal" oak and while drilling they were told to front the royal oak. Or at least that's the story. Chester Street is the old colonial era main street with lots of nice, old buildings. Main Street is right around the corner and there are also vendors at the little park next to the gazebo so you can take in the whole festival without walking your legs off.

BTW, here's another really interesting event in Front Royal on Saturday. The National Zoo research center out here is a fascinating place and the public usually doesn't get to see it. It's a great outing for kids and there are some pretty rare animals and interesting people there.

Saturday, October 2, 2010, 10am – 3pm
Categories Celebrations, Kids & Families
Venue National Zoo
Event Location Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia
Cost $30 per car pass
Purchase Tickets…
Details It's like a county fair; only you leave smarter!
Join us at the Autumn Conservation Festival this fall, and enjoy an unforgettable day of fun, tours, and activities at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
This is the one time every year that SCBI Front Royal is open to the public.
Talk with our world-famous scientists one on one and learn about their fascinating research that spans the globe. Scientists will also be on hand to help you explore the tools and technology they use to understand animals and their environments.
Visitors get behind-the-scenes looks at some of the SCBI Front Royal's endangered animals .
Other activities include live music, draft horse wagon rides, and cavalry maneuvers. Lunch and beverages, as well as Zoo-themed merchandise, will be available for purchase.

Here's some more info on the center:
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Oct 6, 2010 3:31 AM CST
Name: Debbie
Lexington, VA
I've never heard about "Festival of the Leaves" - sounds like a fun day! I don't know why but for some reason this year I'm just itching to find some craft fairs to attend. Even though we'll be in the area for the weekend looks like I'll miss it because we'll be at ArborFest! Sad
Oct 6, 2010 7:03 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I would like to get out to some kind of fall festival this year. It is a great time of year to be outdoors, lol somewhere other than my garden!!
Oct 6, 2010 8:27 AM CST
Not that hard to stop in Front Royal coming or going, Deb, if the timing works. If you go down 81, take 66 east just north of Strasburg and go about 5 miles to the FR exit. Go south on 522 about a mile or two and it takes you right across the river bridges into town. Or if you cut across 50 to 17 to get to the arboretum, coming back on 50, turn left onto 340 at Waterloo (at the light where the Sheetz is on your right) to 522 south and it will take you right into FR. It takes maybe 20 minutes max from Waterloo and when ready to head home, you can get to 81 by taking 66 west about 5 miles.
Oct 7, 2010 3:05 AM CST
Name: Debbie
Lexington, VA
Unfortunately "timing" doesn't work - we'll be getting off at that same exit Friday afternoon but we'll be "stuck" in Winchester until after 5:00 on Sunday. Stinks! Thumbs down
Oct 7, 2010 1:02 PM CST
Shoot. They do this every year so maybe next year will work out better. I'll try to remember to let you know about Edinburg's Old Time Festival next year too. That's another nice one with some really nice crafters and good food. It's always in September so maybe that will work out better for you.
Oct 8, 2010 3:18 AM CST
Name: Debbie
Lexington, VA
hart wrote:It's always in September so maybe that will work out better for you.

Probably not, we're traveling every weekend in September but "when" I retire...look out! Hilarious!
Oct 8, 2011 7:59 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Are there any nice fall events going on in anyone's community in the next few weeks? Big Grin

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