Friday, December 7
Holidays in England
Baileywyck Antiques, 4274 Loudoun Ave. The Plains | 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Calling all Anglophiles! The holidays are upon us and what better way to start the season than by being surrounded by beautiful things? Baileywyck Antiques has curated a collection of fine antiques and holiday gifts for you to peruse while enjoying English fare, listening to Christmas carols, and meeting neighbors who share similar pleasures. A portion of all sales through the weekend will be donated to The Plains Community League. Plan an evening of it and have dinner at one of The Plains’ restaurants, or High Tea at Crest Hill Antiques and Tea Room. http://www.baileywyckantiques.com
December 7-9 and 14-15
“Amahl and the Night Visitors” presented by the Shakespeare Opera Theatre’s Orchestra and Singers
Grace Episcopal Church, 6507 Main Street, The Plains | 7:30 p.m.
Composed for CBS television in 1951, the heartwarming tale of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” became an instant Christmas classic. Join Shakespeare Opera Theatre’s Orchestra and Singers as we present this meaningful story of overcoming hardship, seeking redemption, and the true meaning of Christmas. The determination of a young boy, his mother, and three wise men from the East make this one-act opera a thoughtful treat for the entire family. Christmas treats and crafts featuring the three wise men are provided for kids an hour before each Saturday performance. Performance time: 55 minutes, no intermission. http://www.shakespeareoperatheatre.com
Jolly ‘ol Confections
Locations in Historic Downtown Manassas | 6-9 p.m.
Treat your family to something sweet this holiday season at the Second Annual Jolly Ol’ Confections on Dec 7th. This delightful First Friday event is a tasting event of Santa’s Sweet Treats. Visit the multiple shops (nineteen in total!) in Historic Downtown Manassas and enjoy unlimited samples of desserts created by our local restaurants. All participating merchants will be marked on a map and will fly balloons. After tasting all of the desserts, be sure to vote for your favorite! Dessert Taster Passes may be purchased at any participating merchant. You will receive a taster pass and voting ballot. All dessert tastings are while supplies last. https://www.facebook.com/events/703044903397597/
Saturday, December 8
Writing a Book: Author Susan McCorkindale Talks About Her Process
LFCC Fauquier Campus Library, 6480 College St., Warrenton | 2 p.m.
What does it take to write a book? According to Susan McCorkindale, author of Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl and its follow-up, 500 Acres And No Place to Hide, More Confessions of a Counterfeit Farm Girl, it takes three things: a crazy amount of faith in your material, an even crazier ability to work long hours, alone, never knowing if your words will be read by anyone other than yourself, and a mega-crazy level of confidence to persevere no matter how frequently you hear, “You’re writing a book? Are you crazy?” It takes a few other things as well and she’ll share them with you at her talk on December 8. Be there, and bring your crazy. https://www.facebook.com/events/246629479335194/
Friday, December 7
Fauquier’s Frontier Outposts: An Exhibit
Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail, 10 Ashby Street, Warrenton | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Take a step back in time and explore what life was like during the early days of settlement in Fauquier. Where did different settlers come from? How did each utilize the land? Do any of these settlements still exist today? Discover Virginia’s frontier prior to it becoming Fauquier County. This exhibit was created in conjunction with Fauquier County Public Schools’ Government Internship Program. https://www.facebook.com/events/596785230751620/
Through December 16
“She Loves Me” Holiday Musical
Fauquier Community Theatre, 4225 Aiken Dr., Warrenton | Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.
Considered to be one of the most charming musicals ever written, “She Loves Me” is presented by Fauquier Community Theatre. The holiday production is a warm romantic comedy with a heartwarming story that inspired the films The Shop Around the Corner and You’ve Got Mail. Set in a 1930s European perfumery, shop clerks Amalia and Georg respond to a “lonely hearts advertisement” in the newspaper and they live for the love letters that they receive. The identity of their admirers remains unknown. Join Amalia and Georg to discover the identity of their true loves… and of all the twists and turns along the way! https://fctstage.org
Sunday Dec. 9
Handel’s Messiah Part 1 and the Hallelujah Chorus.
St. James Episcopal Church, 73 Culpeper St., Warrenton | 4 p.m.
The adult choir and section leaders of Saint James Episcopal Church, complemented by an eight-piece chamber ensemble including strings, brass, organ, and harpsichord will perform Part 1 of Handel’s most recognized work, The Messiah. This first part of the oratorio narrates the story of Christ’s birth through the words of the Old Testament prophets Isaiah, Malachi, and Haggai, telling of the heralding of good news to the shepherds and the comfort of the peaceable kingdom Christ brought to earth. As a closer, the holiday classic The Hallelujah Chorus will be performed. Mark your calendar for an afternoon of thrilling music fit for the season, free to the community. http://saintjameswarrenton.org
Sunday December 9
The Nutcracker – Ellington Style! Presented by the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra
Highland Center for the Arts, 597 Broadview Avenue, Warrenton | 3 p.m.
Come hear how Duke Ellington put his own twist on Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite as the PSO presents both versions of the classic holiday favorite. Also on the program are other holiday favorites and a performance of Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos in G Minor featuring PSO Principal Cello James Forry and Associate Principal Cello Devyn Wilcox. Don’t miss the beautiful seasonal sounds of the PSO! https://www.facebook.com/events/508671909607083/
Saturday, December 8
Photos with Santa by HMN Studios
300 E Main Street, Remington
Need an adorable photo of your family with Santa for your Christmas cards? Look no further! HMN Studios in Remington has a beautiful set and you will have a perfect holiday photo after a session with their friendly Santa Claus. Sessions starting at $48.
December 7, 14, and 21
Parents’ Night Out
Warrenton First Baptist Church, 39 Alexandria Pike, Warrenton | 6-9 p.m.
After taking the kids to Gumdrop Square, plan a little time for yourself to enjoy the holiday magic in Old Town Warrenton on Fridays in December. The First Baptist Church across from the Library on Alexandria Pike is hosting Parents’ Night Out on December 7, 14, and 21 from 6-9 p.m. Leave your children (kindergarten through 5th grade) with experienced child care providers and youth leaders to enjoy activities, movies, crafts, games and snacks while you enjoy some shopping or dinner in Old Town. $20 for the first child, $5 per additional sibling. Pre-registration is required by the Wednesday before. Information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-219-6954.