Although winter weather can limit a good deal of activities, there are things to do in the western part of the county. The nonprofit Mosby Heritage Area Association (MHAA), formed to help preserve the Northern Virginia Piedmont and increase public knowledge about this historic area, is presenting a series of events focused on the civil war.
The association’s Conversations in History lecture series continues Sunday, March 23, at 3 p.m. As part of the sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War, Rich Gillespie, MHAA director of education, will begin the 2014 series with a talk titled “1864 – The Year of Total War in Loudoun Valley,” which will explore our region’s activities in that year and the effect the war had on soldiers and civilians. The program will take place at the 162-year-old Mount Zion Church at 40309 John Mosby Highway.
MHAA provides a variety of events including classroom history programs, lectures, field trips, on-site living history and brings nationally known scholars to the area for its award-winning annual Civil War Conference. On March 2, the organization held the Douglas Lees Photography Exhibit in Uppervile. Photos by Lees, a nationally known photographer, have been used often by the MHAA. For more information, visit mosbyheritagearea.org.
Shape Note Singers: Clarke County offers a great number of activities in its communities, and a calendar is posted online each month. One of the recent postings may appeal to those who love to sing.
The Northern Shenandoah Valley Shape Note Singers meet on the first Saturday of the month in various locations in Clarke County. The group, organized by Kelly Macklin and John del Re, meets to sing from the Sacred Harp and the new Shenandoah Harmony, which was published in 2013 and is the largest tune book in 150 years.
According to Macklin: “Shape note singing is a non-denominational social, musical and spiritual event emphasizing participation, not performance. The music is sung a cappella without harps or any other musical instrument. The music is printed in ‘patent notes’ wherein the shape of the note indicates the syllables of fa, so, la and mi. Both books include early and later American psalm tunes, fugue tunes, anthems, as well as Scotch-Irish folk songs and revival hymns. The books are for sale. Everyone is welcome, with no experience necessary.”
Information is available at shenandoahharmony.com, or by calling 540-955-2660. To be put on the group’s email list, contact Jdelre[at]visuallink.com.
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