Top of Virginia Artisan Trail Open Door Tour Event – March 3rd

All across the county, our trail sites are featuring a diverse collection of special events, artist classes, workshops, exclusive open studio experiences, special package rates for lodging, culinary highlights, wonderful wines and more!

As all these sites are on our Artisan Trail, you can click their links below to be directed to more information on what they do and their activities year ‘round.  And, be sure to pick up a trail map/brochure the minute you hit the region!

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Here is what you will find on March 3rd:


Nancy Polo’s La Capretta Gallery at Smithfield Farm, artist – Trail Site #57 (568 Smithfield Lane Berryville, VA 22611) 

Open Studio Tour.  Come visit me at Smithfield Farm in Berryville, VA. I paint in acrylics and watercolor on wooden panels and paper. I will be working toward making paintings and drawings for a large exhibit to be held at the Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, VA from July 27-August 27. While you are here, take a walking tour of our farm, home to Smithfield Farm Bed & Breakfast and Smith Meadows Grass-Fed Meats. We have a lovely two-mile birding trail that winds through the pastures, allowing you to see our farm animals and local wildlife.  10:00 am – 3:00 pm.  FREE.


H Miller Studio, frame makers – Trail Site #10 (1 East Main Street Berryville, VA 22611) 

Open Door Tour – Plan on stopping by the studio to see works in process, frame making, gilding and the wood working products of 6 woodturners, 1 furniture maker and 1 wood sculptor all from Northern Virginia. 10:00 am – 5:30 pm.  FREE.



Center Ring Design Pottery and Art Studio, trio of artists pottery, fine art and graphic designs – Trail Site #1 (325 S. Church Street, Berryville, VA 22611)

Open Door Tour – Join us for our Annual Spring Sale. What says March Madness more than 30% off pottery, 10% off Original paintings, and 20% off prints. Check out our new line of soaps and men’s grooming products too.  FREE.   11:00 am – 4:00 pm






Handworks Gallery, local and regional artisans – Trail Site #17 (150 North Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601)

Open Door Tour – Handworks Gallery will always be open for the Open Door Tour! Come see all the best artists the local area has to offer! Local pottery, woodworking, jewelry, and sculpture. 10:00 am – 7:00 pm.  FREE.






Julie Read Artist, artist – Trail Site #7 (Back Lot Studio is BEHIND 222 South Loudoun Street Winchester, VA 22601 – follow signs to enter from Clifford Street)

Water Color Demonstrations.  Back Lot Studio is a space to teach and to create. Stop by and watch Julie Read demonstrate the intricacies of painting watercolors. Come see other artists demonstrating their painting techniques.  It is also a venue to sell Read’s art, reproductions and cards. Sample lessons will be on display as well as short videos that Read uses when teaching her students. If you are a painter, bring your paints and try a lesson. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.  FREE




Museum of the Shenandoah Valley cultural and heritage museum of the Valley –  Trail Site #69 (901 Amherst Street Winchester, VA 22601)

Shenandoah Valley Heritage Day.  Presented with Handley Library’s Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, this event includes information tables hosted by historical societies and research organizations. Lectures on genealogy and research with Library of Virginia Reference Archivist William Bynum will be held at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm in the MSV Reception Hall.  Information stations provided by multiple historical societies and research associations from the region will be available concurrently throughout the day for guests to explore and interact with.  Heritage Day activities are free. Lecture seating is first-come, first-served. Tickets available beginning at 9:30 am on the day of the event. Fee applies to visit the galleries. Snow date: March 10.  Museum hours 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.



James Charles Winery & Vineyard winery and venue – Trail Site #30 (4063 Middle Rd, Winchester, VA 22602)

Mac ‘n’ Cheese Wine Pairing.  Come experience wine and cheese in a new way with our macaroni & cheese wine pairing! This is a self-guided pairing of Virginian wine and four gourmet mini mac ‘n’ cheese bites! Your pairing will include a taste of our classic mac, our gruyere mac topped with bacon crumbles, our pesto mac, and spicy sriracha mac. Each mac & cheese sample comes with a healthy tasting of a wine. This tasting also comes complete with a pairing guide, all for just $18!  12:00pm – 7:00pm



Bright Box Theater performance and entertainment venue – Trail Site #63 (15 North Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601)

A Tribute to Tom Petty starring Scott Kurt & Memphis 59.  Sing along & dance as Scott Kurt & Memphis 59 re-creates all your favorite Tom Petty hits! With a catalogue of hit songs than spans decades and music that appeals to all ages, Tom Petty is one of the great American songwriters of all time. Scott Kurt & Memphis 59 re-creates Tom Petty’s rock radio staples like “American Girl,” “I Won’t Back Down” and “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” among many more—and have the musical chops and rock ‘n’ roll swagger to pull it off. Their energy and musicianship bring down the house every time, and it’s a sure bet their appearance at Bright Box will be no different! $10 adv / $12 door 9:00pm – 11:00pm



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