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Style · October 3, 2018

Fall stargazing, Warrenton 1st Friday among best bets

1st Friday on Warrenton’s Main Street, star gazing at Crockett Park and a concert at Drum & Strum.
Fall activities are in full swing around Fauquier this weekend. Topping the list, Warrenton hosts its final 1st Friday block party on Main Street with vendors, music and a beer garden.

Other options include “Steel Magnolias” at the community theatre, stargazing, a concert at Drum & Strum and a celebration at the Warrenton Branch Greenway.

Warrenton 1st Friday
6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5
Main Street, Warrenton

The final block party of the year features a fall-themed Friday on Main Street with music, food, a beer garden, a wine tasting, vendors, shops open late, and children’s activities. Free.



“Steel Magnolias”
7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6
2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7
4225 Aiken Drive, Warrenton

The Fauquier Community Theatre at Vint Hill presents its 41st season opener, “Steel Magnolias.” The play runs each weekend until Oct. 14. Based off the 1989 comedy-drama film, the play follows six ladies from the South who weather the sunny and stormy days throughout life, together at Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana. Adults, $17; children ages 3 to 18 and seniors 60+, $15. Tickets available online or by calling 540-349-8760.

Warrenton Branch Greenway celebrates 20 years
10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 6
South Fourth Street, Warrenton

Fauquier parks and recreation celebrates the establishment of the greenway trail — formerly the railroad spur that connected downtown with the main Norfolk Southern line to the east. The event features caboose activities, railroad artifacts and a history discussion of the greenway from John Toler, along with a Zumba and yoga class. Children will learn about Smokey the Bear, native plants and how trees grow. Free.

Fall star gazing at Crockett Park
3 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6
1066 Rogues Road, Midland

Attendees can view constellations, galaxies and other cosmic objects at Crockett Park. The popular fall event includes about 100 telescopes, special videos, slide shows and discussions. Free.

Bryan Bowers Band at Drum & Strum
8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6
102 Main St., Warrenton

The Gloria Faye Dingus Music Alliance welcomes legendary singer, songwriter storyteller and master autoharp player, Bryan Bowers to the listening room. $20 per person. Seating limited. Tickets available online.

Other options in and around Fauquier:

> Haunted Hollow near Warrenton

> Fall farm days at Sky Meadows State Park

> Corn maze in The Plains

> Messick’s Farm Market fall festival near Midland

> Hartland Farm Orchard Fall Festival near Markham

> Cows-N-Corn fall festival in Midland

> Flying Circus Airshow

> Warrenton architectural walking tour

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