Thursday, May 3
Delaplane Cellars Wine Dinner at Field and Main Restaurant
8369 Main St., Marshall, 7:00pm
Chef Anthony of Field and Main has created a menu pairing wines from Jim and Betsy Dolphin’s winery, Delaplane Cellars. This estate winery makes a series of wines that reflect a real sense of our local area. Enjoy Chef Anthony’s cuisine with each course designed to complement each selected wine. To give you a taste of the menu, the first course includes Aged Ham & Cucumber Salad with Cherry Glen Goat Milk Feta and Pineapple Vinaigrette, which will be served with Delaplane Cellars 2017 Sauvignon Blanc. The next four courses will be equally sumptuous, culminating with a dessert served with Delaplane Cellars 2017 Petit Manseng, “Doux”. Seats are limited. Please reserve your place at the table here. For a glimpse of the menu and featured wines, visit www.fieldandmainrestaurant.com/events.
Friday, May 4
First Friday in Old Town Warrenton
Main Street, Warrenton. 6 p.m.
You know it’s spring when First Friday is back! Plan on bringing the family out to experience Old Town Warrenton at its best and celebrate your local community. Enjoy music by Bottleshop at the courthouse, a beer garden with your favorite local breweries, girls’ night at Dejavu, Latin dance lessons, artisans at Local Thirty Five, and a wine tasting at the Town Duck. Many businesses have discounts this evening, and most will be open late. The Fauquier History Museum will be open late with free admission. More details at www.oldtownwarrenton.com
Friday and Saturday, May 4 and 5
Fauquier Community Theatre presents Big Fish
Hope Christian Fellowship, 4173 Bludau Dr., Warrenton
Big Fish is a heartfelt, powerful, and truly magical, funny, and heartwarming musical about fathers, sons, and the stories that we use to define our identities. With beautiful music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, Big Fish is a magnificent “big fish” of a tale itself — spectacular, fantastical, and overflowing with love. Family friendly. 7:30 p.m. The show will be presented weekly on Fridays and Saturdays until May 20, 2018. http://fctstage.org/tickets/
Saturday, May 5
Virginia Gold Cup
Great Meadow, The Plains
Plan to attend the this wildly popular not-to-be-missed final and biggest steeplechase of the season, the 93rd running of the Virginia Gold Cup. It’s an exciting day of horses racing on the flat, over obstacles, and through water, culminating with the Virginia Gold Cup race with the best steeplechase horses in the country competing for the win. This is the best tailgating opportunity of the season in the beautiful Fauquier countryside. Don’t forget to wear your best spring hat and enter the hat contest, and get there early for the Terrier Races. This year, root for Zanclus in either the Steeplethon or the Gold Cup. He is a local homebred, born, raised, and trained steepelchase horse…read about him at https://piedmontlifestyle.com/community/zanclus-a-piedmont-homebred/. Gates open at 10 a.m., pre-race activities begin at 11 a.m., and the first race at 12:30 p.m. Tickets available at the Virginia Gold Cup office at 90 Main Street, Warrenton. Call 540-347-2612 for more information. Vagoldcup.com
Saturday, May 5
Fast Eddie and the Slowpokes Live
Drum and Strum, 102 Main St., Warrenton
The Gloria Faye Dingus Music Alliance welcomes Fast Eddie & The Slowpokes to the listening room at Drum & Strum. This award-winning band’s playlist is is inspired by classic blues material from Chicago to West Coast Swing, Motown to Muscle Shoals, and all the rock ‘n’ roll in between. Seating is limited so advance purchase is highly recommended. Children 12 and under will be admitted free with parent or guardian. Proceeds will go to The Gloria Faye Dingus Music Alliance, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing music education and instruments for all those wishing to learn and enjoy music. More information and to purchase tickets visit here.
Saturday, May 5
Unscripted DC Improv Comedy
Jirani Coffeehouse, 9425 West Street, Manassas. 8:30 p.m.
Unscripted DC will show you what funny really means. In this Super Hero themed performance, the actors will take the stage for “short-form” improvisational games without the aid of a script, with some of the actors chosen from the audience. The audience also participates by giving suggestions throughout the performance. So if you’ve always wanted to be on stage, begin your acting career with Unscripted DC! More information here.
Book Talk by Jim Hall on The Last Lynching in Northern Virginia: Seeking Truth at Rattlesnake Mountain.
The Old Jail Museum, 10 Ashby St., Warrenton. 12 p.m.
Join the Fauquier Historical Society for their first book talk of the spring. Hall’s book, which has caused some controversy and resistance, has exposed the climate of racism in Fauquier County, and Virginia, in the 1930s. The book was considered to cover too sensitive a subject to be sold locally, but now is getting the attention it deserves. Hall chronicles the story of Shedrick Thompson, a black farmhand who is believed to have entered the Markham home of his prominent white landlord and employer Henry Baxley, beat him unconscious, then raped, battered, and left Baxley’s wife, Mamie, for dead. A two-month manhunt ensued, ending only when Thompson’s decomposing body was found hanging from an apple tree on what is now the Marriott Ranch property in Hume. The crime was ruled a suicide, even though it had all the hallmarks of a lynching. The book explores the political and racial climate of that era which would result in that conclusion.
Sunday, May 6
WAAAG Spring 2018 Vineyard Trails and Tails 5K Run and Dog Jog
Barrel Oak Winery, 3623 Grove Lane, Delaplane. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Walk or run with your dog at this event to benefit Washington Area Animal Adoption Group! The day will include a 5K, and a one-mile walk/run. The courses wind through the beautiful winding trails with incredible views at the Vineyard. Kids and furry friends are welcome. Fee includes a t-shirt, a bandana for your pup, and a beer or wine tasting for those over 21. Proceeds directly benefit the dogs and cats of WAAAG. https://www.waaag.org/tails-trails-5k-1-mile-walk
Inaugural Willing Warrior Bicycle Ride
The Farm Brewery at Broad Run, 16015 John Marshall Hwy Broad Run. 7 a.m.
The nonprofit organization Serve Our Willing Warriors (SOWW) has been helping our nation’s recovering service members and their families for 12 years through outreach initiatives at the National Military Medical Center at Walter Reed and Fort Belvoir Hospital and most significantly through our flagship program at the Warrior Retreat at Bull Run in Haymarket. Their inaugural fundraising Willing Warrior Bike Ride is being presented by Amazon Web Services (AWS) and is in partnership with The Farm Brewery at Broad Run and Haymarket Bicycles. This event is a very visible way for our community to support our nation’s recovering wounded, ill, and injured service members and their families! Riders can choose from four bicycle routes. The routes include a 10-mile Family Ride, 25-mile Country Challenge, 30-mile Gravel Ride or a 100 KM (63-mile) Metric Century Ride. The event will have mechanical support, SAG support for riders, great rest stops for replenishment and hydration, first aid and socializing with fellow riders. Live music, signature craft beer, and food will be on hand for afternoon festivities. Riders can register at: https://www.bikereg.com/warrior-ride. For further information contact, Holly Crocker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 571-991-0773.
Sunday, May 6
Firnew farm Artists’ Circle 15th Anniversary Celebration Show
Firnew Barn Gallery, 19 Wolftown-Hood Road, Hood, VA. 1-5 p.m.
Time flies when you’re making art: Firnew Farm Artists’ Circle is turning 15. The Madison County farm/studio/gallery will celebrate 15 years of creativity and community at its juried art and photography show on Sunday, May 6 at the gallery. The exhibit will feature works by more than 40 regional artists, all from Virginia, in varied mediums — oil, photography, watercolor and mixed media. “Our focus is the natural Virginia Piedmont landscape that surrounds us. It is the perfect muse. It is line and color. It is ever changing and precious; and each artist has a unique and individual response to it,” says Trish Crowe, founder and leader of Firnew Farm Artists’ Circle. This year, photographer John Berry is taking his passion for large prints to the next level. The May show will feature new, large print installations of his work outdoors.
More at Firnewfarmartistscircle.wordpress.com.