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Dedication of monument brings history to life

STANLEY — At the beginning of this year, after much deliberation, the Ed Good Park in Stanley was chosen as the site of a new monument to honor families who were displaced by the Shenandoah National Park. The groundbreaking ceremony for the Blue Ridge Heritage Project’s chimney monument took place back in early April of this year. The official ceremony was brought to attention by Rose Ann Smythe, who stressed the importance of starting out with a song from High Ground called “What we could see for free.” Bill Henry, the founder of the entire Blue Ridge Heritage Project, pointed out that in each of the eight counties, the monuments will be unique to that community. Two of the main things that are unique to this monument are the size of it and the stone work that went into in by Clyde Jenkins and his helpers.

Luray’s Festival of Spring will be different in 2018

LURAY — It was almost scrapped, at least for one year. Facing a number of logistical problems with the planning and location of the 2018 Festival of Spring, Luray Parks and Rec Director Pat O'Brien approached ton Monday nightCouncil last week to request that the event be put on the shelf for one year. “I really think it needs to be put on hold for one year, and then come back bigger and better — rebrand it,” he said.

Apple Butter Celebration this weekend at Skyland

SKYLAND — There’s one thing on the menu during Shenandoah National Park’s annual September festival — apples. Creamy apple butter, apple crafts and a special apple menu help celebrate the the park’s history and the culture of the surrounding areas during the Apple Butter Festival at Skyland Resort. This year’s installment of the annual celebration, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature BBQ pork sandwiches with apple cider BBQ sauce; grilled chicken sandwiches with bacon apple BBQ sauce; granny apple cole slaw; scalloped apples; apple cobbler; apple strudel; gala apple wedges with caramel; and hot and cold spiced apple cider.

Region sees bump in 2016 tourism revenue

HARRISONBURG — New marketing initiatives and the opening of new businesses contributed to a nearly 5 percent rise in average tourism revenue in four Valley counties and Harrisonburg in 2016. Shenandoah County reaped $213 million in tourism dollars during the 2016 calendar year, according to a report released by the Virginia Tourism Corp. earlier this month. Rockingham County followed close behind with $210 million, the report said. Page County collected $67 million from tourism in 2016, a 5.4 percent bump from the $63 million it collected in 2014 and 2015. Before that, the county received $61 million in 2012 and 2013.

Virginia Outdoors Festival on tap for Saturday

LURAY ― A new festival is aimed at celebrating the great outdoors and the beauty of the Valley and efforts to conserve it. The Virginia Outdoors Foundation is partnering with the White House Farm Foundation to host the 2017 Virginia Outdoors Festival this Saturday. The free, rain or shine event will feature activities including guided river walks along the South Fork of the Shenandoah River, a native plant sale by Hill House nursery, a native wildlife presentation by Luray Zoo, canoe rides at the White House public landing, locally made food and products, nature-themed crafts and kids activities and presentations and exhibits by local conservation groups and natural resource agencies, including the Virginia Department of Forestry. Attendees will also get the chance to tour the historic grounds of the White House Farm, about five miles west of Luray off of Route 211 and located within the original 5,000-acre land grant which became the first European settlement in the Valley. Purchased by Martin Kauffman in the 1730s, his son, Martin Kauffman II, is believed to have built the two-story white house that remains today in 1760.

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