Gardens, Galleries, and Grapes: A Shenandoah County Artisan Trail Event, April 28 & 29, 2018
Flowers are blooming, bees are buzzing and Shenandoah County Artisans are busy making beautiful things in their studios, gardens and kitchens. Gardens, Galleries and Grapes is a weekend event where along the Artisan Trail, participating sites will host a showcase of all that is wonderful about Shenandoah County, whether it’s a harvest of fresh greens, a collection of recent paintings, an introduction of new menu items, or a sampling of local brews and wines.
Some examples of what you’ll find during the weekend of Gardens Galleries & Grapes are:
- Artisan Studios open for tours
- Shops and galleries open with artists giving live demonstrations.
- Wineries, Restaurants, and Breweries will showcase food specials and live music on site.
- Farms and Garden Centers will have fresh spring plants plus gardening and beekeeping demonstrations.
The Artisan Trail encourages its visitors to drive the scenic backroads and visit Trail Sites owned by locals and not always visible from the main highways.
Now in its fifth year, Gardens Galleries and Grapes is a weekend to celebrate the beginning of warm weather, the beauty and abundance of our agricultural landscape, and the artists, craftsmen, farmers and chefs who make it beautiful and flavorful.
Shenandoah County opens its doors and windows to let in a fresh breeze and welcome visitors to experience all of the gifts that our great valley inspires.
Stay informed about all of the trail sites by following Shenandoah County Artisan Trail on Facebook
Shenandoah Museum of Contemporary Art Shen MoCa – (411 East King St, Strasburg 22657)
Our exhibition is titled “Unlatched”
Pot Town Organics – Trail Site #80 (181 W King St, Strasburg 22657)
April 28 & 29
Posey Thisisit Llama Farm – Trail Site #42 (754 Harrisville Rd, Toms Brook 22660)
Come on out to Harrisville Road in Toms Brook and get up close & personal with our llamas at Posey Thisisit Llama Farm. There are 17 females who love to eat apples, carrots and Townhouse crackers from your hands and Love giving Llama Kisses. Cinnamon Bear, Ladybug, Mink and the others LOVE back rubs. Then visit with our 12 Boys who also LOVE apples and carrots only: Cookie Dough Geroge Loves apples. Take a walk with Zapper, our 4-H Summer Camp Counselor. Learn about their fiber and see wool spun. Also see what we do with our baler twine from the Hay we use. Meet our Haymaker Guy and The Official Back Scratcher and our Farm Fiber Expert. Will be dyeing llama wool too! We are a Hands-On Farm! Then travel up the road past the Blue Ridge Berry Farm and North Mountain Vineyard. April 28 & 29
North Mountain Vineyard – Trail Site #41 (4374 Swartz Rd, Maurertown 22644)
North Mountain will be offering Fine Shenandoah Valley new wine releases, wine-by-the-glass specials, our famous Baked Brie, and beautiful gardens for visitors to stroll in.
Toms Brook Community Garden/ Laughing Orange Studio – Trail Site #16 (St. Peter Lutheran Church Picnic Shelter at 3343 S Main St, Toms Brook 22660)
Toms Brook Community Garden Event This year Susie Wilburn of Laughing Orange Studio is partnering with the Toms Brook Community Garden and other environmental and local businesses to create an event around spring planting and sharing of ideas and resources to allow for sustainability of our community. Are you coming? Call or email for details. April 28 & 29
Natural Art Garden Center – Trail Site #40 (27358 Old Valley Pike, Toms Brook 22660)
Please join Natural Art Garden Center for Gardens, Grapes, and Galleries for a weekend of demonstrations, art, music and food! Weekend activities include Beekeeping Demonstrations and local honey sales, Master Gardener Q&A, Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River demos, Discussions on Chemical-Free gardening, Pottery and Woodworking sales, and of course, Spring Flowers and Veggies. Free. April 28 &29, 8:00am- 4:00pm
Wolfgang Neudorfer Fine Art – Trail Site #23 (3147 Mt. Olive Rd, Toms Brook 22660)
Oil paintings, watercolors and mixed media works will be on exhibit; wood turnings, pepper mills, ornaments, turned boxes, and wood carvings will also be on display. 11:00am – 5:00pm, April 28 & 29
7 East Gallery – Trail Site #25 (123 S Main St, Woodstock 22664)
Saturday, April 28
10:00 – 11:00 am Jeff Guenther Weaving Demo, 11:00 am-noon Roberta Demski Easel Painting
Noon – 1:00 pm Laurel Vaughan Sidewalk Painting, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Dan Voss Caricature Drawing
2:00 – 3:00 pm Bobbi Walker Easel Painting
Sunday, April 29
Noon – 1:00 pm Jeff Guenther Weaving Demo, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Dan Voss Caricature Drawing
1:00 pm Russel Kohrs Bagpipes, 2:00 – 3:00 pm Donna Patton Easel Painting
3:00 – 4:00 Sarah Kohrs Pottery Demo
Kary Haun Studio – Trail Site #14 (101 E. North St, Woodstock 22664)
Spring Open House Pardon the creaky floor, Kary Haun’s studio is set in a rustic 18th-century log house which has been transformed into a studio and gallery space. Inside you’ll find beautiful functional porcelain pottery and the work of guest artisan, Tom Rodriguez of Birdhouse Engineering (Trail Site #94) Tom Rodriguez creates handcrafted functional cedar birdhouses designed for eight different species that are familiar to Shenandoah County residents, custom designed patio furniture and a variety of cutting and serving boards from locally sourced wood.
On Sunday, April 29, if the weather permits, Joe Haun, a student blacksmith will be demonstrating on his forge outside. 10:00am – 5:00pm, April 28 & 29
Ridge Runner Brewery – (6895 Back Rd, Maurertown 22644)
Demonstrations at 1:00, 3:00, and 5:00 Saturday, and 12:00, 2:00, and 4:00 Sunday including: “History of Beer Brewing” talk, and demonstration; “How Beer is Made” and “ How to Raise Chickens”
Suzanne’s Studio – (130 W Court St, Woodstock 22664)
Learn to paint and draw, make your own canvas painting, or select a piece of pottery to paint. Lessons for Children and Adults and commissioned work available. April 28
Sustainability Matters VA – (W.O. Riley Park 540 Park Ave. Woodstock 22664)
Divide your plants this spring, and bring them along on Sunday, April 29! It’s great if they’re nicely potted up already, but they don’t have to be. Bring whatever you have, in whatever you have.
We welcome seeds, hand tools and garden books too.
It’s not just a Plant Swap…
THERE WILL BE FOOD! Sustainably sourced, local food from Cristina’s Café (Trail Site #50) and its fabulous Sexi-Mexi Truck, and Penelope’s Café, (Trail Site #83) best soups in the Valley.
THERE WILL BE TALKS! How to divide and propagate, with hands-on demo; Giving your pollinators – especially their caterpillars – what they need to eat (hint: natives!); Guided tour of Riley Park’s rain garden, with tips on setting up your own. THERE WILL BE GARDEN ADVICE & INFO! Tree questions answered by the Department of Forestry; Plant & Bug ID solved by Virginia Cooperative Extension (bring your samples in sealed containers, please!); Funding for sustainable land practices, by Lord Fairfax Soil & Water Conservation District and Natural Resources Conservation Service; Children’s Activities from Friends of the North Fork; Native Plant Info from Native Plant Society and White House Farm Foundation. THERE WILL BE ADORABLE ANIMALS! Peaceful Fields Sanctuary & Toby the Spokesgoat; Blue Ridge Wildlife Center & Animal Ambassadors; Humane Society of Shenandoah County & Adoptable Friends. THERE WILL BE TOOL SHARPENING! Free and expert. One garden tool per household, please.THERE WILL BE DOOR PRIZES! Finally… THERE WILL BE A BAGPIPER! Thank you, Russell Kohrs!
Volunteer to help at the Plant Swap – we need you!
The Community Plant Swap is co-sponsored by Sustainability Matters, Lord Fairfax Soil & Water Conservation District, Friends of the North Fork, Town of Woodstock, and Shenandoah County.
Widow Kips Country Inn – Trail Site #61 (212 N Main St, Edinburg VA 22824)
Open House and Historic House Tour The Mt. Jackson Historical House Tour sponsored by the Mt. Jackson Museum & Mt. Jackson Garden Club to benefit the upkeep of the Union Church. Light refreshments will be at Town Centre.
Houses on the tour will include the Pennybacker House(6036 Main St.), W.E. Carroll House(244 Tisinger St.), Strathmore House(658 Wissler Road), Widow Kip’s Country Inn(355 Orchard Drive), Mill Creek Manor( Orchard Drive-next door to Widow Kip’s) & the Union Church. No food to be taken into any homes & no photography.
Saturday April 28, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM with a rain date of Sun. April 29 1:00 – 5:00 PM. Tickets will be $10.00 per person & will be available at the Mt. Jackson Town Centre on tour day & from Museum & Garden Club members prior to tour day.
Elizabeth Strippy: Apple Gallery Déjà vu – Trail Site #2 (201 S Main St, Edinburg 22824)
Gallery Open House 10:00am -4:00pm, April 28 & 29
The Shop on Main Street, Edinburg – Trail Site #93 (212 N Main St, Edinburg 22824-0414)
Since we now have a dedicated yarn shop within the shop on Main Street, we will encourage knitters to come in and enjoy the company of other knitters and those who crochet or sew. Refreshments will be served throughout the event, and many artisans plan to spend a few hours each day telling about their work!
Third Hill Winery @ DeMello Vineyards – Trail Site #87 (2110 Quicksburg Rd, Quicksburg 22847)
Spring tunes by the very talented Lee Blanton, whilst sitting in our cozy, inviting tasting room, or maybe outside depending on the weather, take in the gorgeous views and sip some excellent wine. 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Chickadees Artists Gallery – Trail Site #79 (9929 N Congress St, New Market 22844)
The Rouss Center for the Arts – Trail Site #88 (9357 N Congress St, New Market 22844)
We feature Virginia artists and artisans creating in multiple media, including books, music, and other media. Come watch us grow! 10:30am – 4:30pm, April 28