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!
Here is what you will find on July 7:
Belle Grove Plantation Museum – Trail Site #62 (336 Belle Grove Road Middletown, VA 22645)
Belle Grove Plantation Open for Touring Coming to the Top of Virginia Trail for First Saturday fun? Belle Grove is open 10am-4-pm & the Museum Shop has artisan and local items for sale too! No cost to visit Museum Shop; House Tours $12, 10 am – 4 pm
Modern Mercantile – Trail Site #19 (13 S Church St, Berryville, VA 22611)
Lariat Necklace Workshop Stop by and design a one of a kind lariat necklace with Christy Dunkle. You will get to choose your choice of chain and three gemstones. Your necklace will be assembled while you shop. $40, 11 am – 2pm
Center Ring Design – Trail Site #1 (325 S Church St Berryville, VA 22611)
1st Saturday Open Door Tour with Special Guest Come join us the first weekend in July for our Saturday Open Door Tour. Did you know we do soap and bath products how AND have a special line of products just for men. If the weather is good, we hope to have Russ working on one of his pieces under the canopy. Another special guest will be our diagonal neighbor, Norma Fredrickson. Norma is a fiber artist and has shown extensively in the area and has been published in a few books too. Hope to see you! We will have some cold refreshments available also. Free, 10 am – 4 pm
Fire House Gallery and Shop – Trail Site #15 (23 E Main St Berryville, VA 22611)
Open Door Reception The Firehouse Gallery is a local non-profit gallery that showcases the work of many local artists for the Clarke County and Shenandoah Gallery area. Please join us for refreshments and possible demonstrations or workshops! Free, 11 am – 4 pm
Handworks Gallery – Trail Site #17 (150 N Loudoun Street Winchester, VA 22601)
Handworks Open Studio 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. Free, 10 am – 7 pm
Old Town Winchester Farmers Market – Trail Site #35 (119 N. Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA 22601)
Farm Market The Old Town Farmers Market is comprised of local farms, local artisans and others sharing items from the surrounding area. We are always looking for new vendors to add variety to the market. The market has a community approach and encourages lingering and local entertainment. Local vendors participate in the market weekly and others on a rotating basis. The market strives to offer a wide variety of items for sale including in-season fruits, vegetables, artisan breads, cookies, cheese, grass fed beef, gluten free bread, cured meats, jam, eggs, honey and many other items (produce and items for sale may vary each week). All items to date have been grown or produced within a 60-mile radius of Winchester Free, 9 am – 1 pm.
Patsy Cline Historic House – Trail Site #70 (608 S Kent St Winchester, VA 22601)
Patsy Cline Historic House Open Door Tours Patsy Cline lived in this house longer than any other associated with her. Learn how she became Patsy Cline. Born Virginia Patterson Hensley in Winchester, Virginia, Patsy Cline—known by her friends and family as “Ginny”—moved numerous times before she was 15 years old. She lived in this house longer than any other in her lifetime. Patsy’s big break came when she won an Arthur Godfrey Talent program in 1957 with the hit Walkin’ After Midnight. From there she pursued a recording career appearing at the mecca of country music – the Grand Ole Opry in 1958, and received national awards in 1961 and 1962. Tour introduces a young Ginny Hensley and shares how she became Patsy Cline. $8 adults; $6 65-older, 10 am – 4 pm www.patsyclinehistorichouse.com
PH Miller Studio, Frame-Makers – Trail Site #10 (1 E. Main St Berryville, VA 22611)
Open Door Tour In celebration of first Saturdays on the Top of Virginia Artisan trail, stop by the Studio to watch free gilding demos and refreshments. Plan on stopping by the studio to see works in process, frame making, gilding and the woodworking products of 6 woodturners, 1 furniture maker and 1 wood sculptor all from Northern Virginia. Free, 10 am – 5:30 pm
Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum – Trail Site #23 (19 W. Cork Street, Winchester, VA 22601)
Visit the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum for four floors of interactive exhibits, art activities, and appearances from our Artisan in Residence! With exhibit areas focusing on the arts, mathematics, sciences and the humanities, the Discovery Museum offers hours of fun for the entire family. $9, 9 am – 5 pm.
Nancy Polo’s La Capretta Gallery on Smithfield Farm – Trail Site #57 (568 Smithfield Lane Berryville, VA 22611)
Open Studio at Nancy Polo’s La Capretta Gallery on Smithfield Farm Come visit me at Smithfield Farm in Berryville, VA. My studio is open on the first Saturday of every month beginning in March as part of the monthly Clarke County Open Studio Tour. 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. Free, 10 am – 3 pm
Book Signing: Lutricia Lopez – Younger Me: You Are Free Author Lutricia Lopez was hopelessly bound by past traumas, resulting in a life of rejection, addiction, lies, confusion, and abandonment. She was stuck in a world where all she felt was alone and terrified. Throughout this book, you will be lovingly lead through simple steps and prayer to help begin the journey toward freedom, understanding, and profound God-centered healing. 11 am – 1 pm
Book Signing: Viral Dalal – Choosing Light Trapped under tons of rubble, in total darkness, without food, water, light, or the ability to even move – with the ceiling hanging precariously just inches above my head – all I wanted was to find my family. Viral Dalal was rescued days after a massive earthquake killed more than 20,000 people. He was called a Miracle. His book “Choosing Light” is a story of the human spirit. A story about designing your life and not giving up on your dreams. 2 – 3 pm
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