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November 5, 2021

Best Bets: Mandolin concert and seasonal festivals

Clockwise from top left: The synthetic ice rink at the Northern Fauquier Community Park, blacksmiths at Sky Meadows State Park and mandolin virtuosos Jack Dunlap and Danny Knicely.
As the weather turns seasonably cooler and the colors of autumn reach their peak, local activities turn to thoughts of the holiday season.

This weekend in Fauquier offers a variety of outdoor activities, including festivals, the county’s synthetic ice rink opening and a busy Saturday at Sky Meadows State Park.

Other options include a concert by mandolin virtuosos at Gloria’s in Warrenton and a drive-thru Italian dinner at the Orlean fire/rescue station.

Synthetic Ice Rink Opens for Season
Dawn to dusk, Saturday, Nov. 6
Northern Fauquier Community Park
4155 Monroe Parkway, Marshall

The rink opens to anyone with his/her own skates through Dec. 17. During this period, the rink operates on a “skate at your own risk” basis. Then, the rink offers fee-based skating and lessons Dec. 18 through Jan. 4.

Pop Up Christmas Shop
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6
Warrenton Moose Lodge
6415 Colonial Road, Warrenton

Women of the Moose Chapter 1813 sponsors the event, which will include a variety of crafters and other vendors. Free admission.

P.B. Smith Roadrunners
Classic Car Show & Fall Festival

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6
P.B. Smith Elementary School
6176 Dumfries Road, Warrenton

Friends of Smith hosts the event, which will include cars, trucks, motorcycles, a bounce house, a haunted house, lawn games, trunk or treat, food trucks, a fall bake sale, a cider bar, music and dancing. Tickets: $5 per person and $20 per show vehicle registration.

The Farmer’s Forge
Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6
Sky Meadows State Park
11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane

Blacksmith Guild of the Potomac members will show off their skills, making tools and kitchen items used on the farm. The state park offers a variety of activities Saturday, including a Civil War camp re-enactment, a 19th-century cooking demonstration and the Astronomy for Everyone program after dark. Parking fee: $10 per vehicle.

Volunteer Day: Native Seed Collection
12:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6
The Clifton Institute
6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

Volunteers will help the 900-acre preserve’s staff collect and clean seeds of native grasses and wildflowers for Clifton’s grassland restoration programs. For adults and children 12 and older, accompanied by adults. Free. Clifton’s Nature Club (fee) for students also will meet Saturday afternoon.

Italian Drive-Thru Dinner
4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6
Orlean Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department
6838 Leeds Manor Road, Orlean

Each dinner will include lasagna, salad, garlic bread and dessert. $15 donation per dinner will help the department pay for a new fire engine.

Danny Knicely and Jack Dunlap
8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6
Gloria’s Listening Room
92 Main St., Warrenton

The mandolin players joined forces in 2016 as part of an apprenticeship program funded by the Virginia Folklife Program and the National Endowment for the Arts. Their nine months of working together produced their Wammie Award-winning album Chop, Shred & Split - A Mandolin Player's Apprenticeship. Their concerts feature a range of music, from bluegrass to old time, gypsy jazz, swing, polka and funk. Tickets: $20, free for children 12 and younger with parents or guardians. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Concessions bar available.

Other options

Warrenton Farmers Market
8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 6
21 Main St., Warrenton

Click here for more information.

Farmers Market
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7
Archwood Green Barns
4557 Old Tavern Road, The Plains

Click here for more information.

Click here for calendar of events.
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