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Middleburg Blog: The Barns of Rose Hill

West of Loudoun, in Clarke County, there is one of the most popular places in the area for live entertainment, The Barns of Rose Hill.

The facility was originally donated to the town of Berryville on July 16, 1964, by Mr. Horace Smithy to be used for “the educational, recreational and cultural benefit of the community” in honor of his wife, Rosalie McCormick Smithy.

After many years of changes, The Barns officially opened its doors on September 6, 2011. Since that time, the venue that was formerly two historic dairy barns from the early 20th-century has been restored and renovated into one building with super acoustic engineering and modern amenities, and The Barns attracts nearly 5,000 visitors each year.

This November’s events offer a variety of entertainment. On Nov. 3 at 8 p.m., Edna Vazquez, who is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist will perform folk, rock, pop, and R&B. Tickets are $15 advance and $20 at the door.

The Barns Coffeehouse Readers Theatre will present “Brooklyn Boy” by Donald Marguiles on Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. An $8 donation is suggested.

That performance will be followed by Hard Swimmin’ Fish on Nov. 4 at 8 p.m., which is an ensemble deeply rooted in traditional American music, performing blues, jazz, funk, and swing. Tickets are $15 and $20 at the door.

The Clarke County Community Band Veterans Day Concert will be Nov. 11 at 7 p.m., which will be a free event.

Djoukil, a group of five French musicians from Lyon will perform jazz/swing rhythms and melodies of the 1940s on Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 advance and $20 at the door.

Timothy Chambers TED Talk and Book Signing will be Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. He will share his TED talk given in Chicago on Sept. 17, display his landscape paintings of Clarke County, and sign his book, “Seeing Beautiful.”

On Nov. 18 from 12 to 3 p.m., Timothy Chambers will teach a free art class – draftsmanship – offered to the first 12 middle school and/or high school students. The workshop is free and made possible by a grant from Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, Operation Roundup.

On Nov. 18 at 8 p.m., the Jason Masi Band with Julia and the Ready Boys will perform. Masi is an American/DC based singer-songwriter whose performance has an acoustic “soul/r&b” approach. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

The Barns offers Fold and Flow Yoga with Anna Billman every Wednesday from Nov. 11 to Dec. 6.

On Nov. 19 at 4 p.m., The Barns and Magic Lantern Theater will show the film, “Things to Come.” Admission is $10 for non-members.

Every week there are old-time Celtic & Bluegrass Jams on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. The jams are open to both musicians and music lovers alike, and they are free. For more information about all programs, visit thebarnsofrosehill.org.

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