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November 19, 2021

Best Bets: Santa’s Village and stage productions

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More than 50 artists, crafters and small businesses will sell their wares Saturday at the 37th Santa’s Village Arts and Crafts Fair in Warrenton.
Santa’s Village makes it official — the Christmas season has begun in Fauquier.

Birdhouses, handmade tree ornaments, jewelry and a wide range of other craft items and artwork will cover tables in the Fauquier High School cafeteria Saturday. The 37th Santa’s Village Arts and Crafts Fair supports the FHS After Prom Committee.

This weekend also features young people on stage at Fresta Valley Christian School and at Liberty High School, where Allegro’s production of “Annie the Musical” continues through Sunday.

Sky Meadows State Park and the Clifton Institute offer healthy outdoor activities, while Gloria’s in Warrenton features mountain music Friday night and a Led Zeppelin tribute band Saturday night. The Episcopal Churches in The Plains and Upperville also will host concerts.

“The Egg and I”
7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19
2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20
Fresta Valley Christian School
6428 Wilson Road, Marshall

"Chickens?" gasps Betty MacDonald when her husband Don buys a little farm in the mountains with no electricity or running water. "Who, us?" shriek teenage daughters, Anne and Joan, when asked to help. When they find themselves surrounded by peeping chicks, all sorts of adventures follow. We meet nosey neighbors, a pushy door-to-door saleswomen, and surprise guests from the city as this heartwarming comedy unfolds. Just when failure threatens the chicken farm, they realize that they are not quitters and learn to cope with The Egg. The 90-minute comedy has two acts. Tickets: $12 for adults, $9 for students and $40 for Saturday matinee family pass.

“Annie the Musical”
7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 19-20
4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21
Liberty High School
6300 Independence Ave., Bealeton

The Allegro Community Players present the family-friendly musical, which tells the story of orphans’ adventures in the 1930s. Tickets: $15 for adults; $10 for seniors and children ages 4 to 10.

Furnace Mountain Band
8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19
Gloria’s Listening Room
92 Main St., Warrenton

Furnace Mountain features Aimee Curl on bass and vocals, Dave Van Deventer on fiddle and vocals, Morgan Morrison on guitar, bouzouki and vocals, and Danny Knicely on mandolin and fiddle. The band creates music that is at times lively and raucous, with spirited fiddle melodies weaving in and around the powerful rhythms of the bass and bouzouki, and other times poignant and poetic, with sublime vocal harmonies beautifully interpreting some of the oldest songs ever written. The band has performed throughout the world, from the Yangtze River in China to the banks of the Shenandoah River, where it’s the host band of Watermelon Park Festival, held on the site of one of the very first bluegrass festivals, in 1965. Furnace Mountain plays music from the American Appalachian traditions, as well as original compositions, and songs penned by their favorite song writing friends. Tickets: $25, free for children 12 and younger with parents or guardians. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Concessions bar available.

37th Annual Santa’s Village Arts and Crafts Fair
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20
Fauquier High School Cafeteria
705 Waterloo Road, Warrenton

More than 50 crafters and small businesses offer a wide variety of gifts. Free admission. The event will include a food truck and a bake sale. Masks required for everyone. Booth fees benefit the Fauquier High School After Prom Committee.

Walk with a Naturalist
1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20
The Clifton Institute
6712 Blantyre Road, Warrenton

With no specific agenda, participants will “amble and explore and see what we can find.” For adults and children 12 and older, accompanied by adults.
Registration requested. The 900-acre preserve also will host volunteers helping with invasive species removal from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

A Walk Through Time — Geology Walk
10 to 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday Nov. 20
Sky Meadows State Park
11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane

Participants will walk a timeline of more than 4 billion years of geologic history and learn about the periods when life began, when it flourished and when catastrophic events affected life on the planet. The walk will explore how continental drift determined the history of our rocks, and how those billions of years of history gave rise to the Appalachian Mountains. Free. Parking fee: $10.

The Bridge — Led Zeppelin Tribute
8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20
Gloria’s Listening Room
92 Main St., Warrenton

The four-member band from Winchester puts on a show of 1970s classic rock hits by Led Zeppelin, which sold more than 200 million albums. Tickets: $20, free for children 12 and younger with parents or guardians. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Concessions bar available.

An Evening of Moravian Music
5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21
Pre-concert talk at 4:30 p.m.
Trinity Episcopal Church
9108 John S. Mosby Highway, Upperville

The concert will feature selected traditional Moravian music, with a service of evensong to follow and then a reception with traditional Moravian fare. There will be a pre-concert talk about the history of Moravian music in America at 4:30 p.m. Free admission. Freewill offering will support Trinity’s music program.

“Fall Fanfare”
5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21
Grace Episcopal Church
6507 Main St., The Plains

Grace Church organist Jason Farris will join the Paragon Philharmonia’s brass quintet to perform a concert featuring the works of Albinoni, Scheidt, Berstein, Widor, Elleington and others. Tickets: $25 and $15 for students; children younger than 18 admitted free.

Other options

Warrenton Farmers Market
8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 20
21 Main St., Warrenton

Click here for more information.

Farmers Market
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 21
Archwood Green Barns
4557 Old Tavern Road, The Plains

Click here for more information.

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