PVAC Updates


Saturday, July 21, 2018
Skyland (mile 41.7 and 42.5 on Skyline Drive)
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Blackberry Cobbler a la mode – Shenandoah National Park For many Shenandoah National Park visitors, it’s all about the blackberries. Starting mid-summer, thickets of Shenandoah blackberries ripen in the open areas along the roads, trails and streams of the national park.

Blackberry Delight is an annual event that celebrates the sweet-tart fruit in all its glory. Skyland chefs create special blackberry-infused dishes combined with a full day of live music, dancing, local crafts, pony rides, and kid’s activities to make it a fun day for the entire family!

Stay at Skyland (mile 41.7 & 42.5) for convenient, in-park lodging closest to the activities! Or, there’s also Big Meadows Lodge (mile 51) not too far down Skyline Drive. But, book now, because rooms fill fast!

Upcoming Events at HTC

The following events will be happening at the Hawksbill Trading Company in Luray VA. Advance Registration is required.

Paint with Penny – FARMER’S WIFE

Come join the fun on July 19, at Hawksbill Trading and paint The Farmer’s Wife. The cost is $30 which includes all materials. You must pay at time of registration by either coming in or over the phone. Looking forward to having many farmers’ wives on July 19th.

White Oak Basket Making Class

Nathan Jenkins will be teaching you the old fashion way off weaving a traditional white oak basket from start to finish. Nathan has 15 years experience as a master basket weaver. His baskets can be found all over the world. He is also a second generation basket maker.

The class schedule is Friday, July 20 7-10 pm and Saturday, July 21, 10-5. The cost of the 2 day class is $75.

You need to sign up at Hawksbill Trading by Thursday, July 19. Payment must be received when signing up. You can pay buy credit card over the phone @ 540-743-1819 or you can come into the shop.

Students will be making a white oak small laundry basket or quart basket. Others will make a square basket.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn a traditional Shenandoah Valley craft

Home Based Business Event

Hawksbill Trading Company will be sponsoring a Home Base Consultant Event on Saturday, July 21, from 11-3.

Mattie’s Soft Serve will also be here from 1-5.

If you have a Home Base Business please contact Carole Kemp at events@hawksbilltradingcompany.org.

The cost is $5 for a space and $5 if you want to rent a tent.

You may either set up without a tent or rent one of ours. We are trying to make our outside more uniform and appealing.

If you have any questions please call HTC at 540-743#1819. Or email Carole

Shenandoah Moon Summer Classes

making-jewelry-at-Shenandoah-Moon-1024x575 Creativity Abounds at Shenandoah Moon at 58 West Main Street in Luray VA. Lots of opportunities this summer to be creative.

Please call early to reserve your spot!

Remember, if you can get 3 or 4 of your friends together for a private party, you can plan it anytime that is convenient for you!

Pre-registration is required for these classes. 

Email info@shenandoahmoon.com or call 540-743-5810


  • Thursday, July 19, 1-3pm, Mixed Media:  Fractured Batik Mosaic
  • Saturday, July 21, 10am, Perfect Earrings Using a Jig
  • Saturday, July 21, 1-3pm, FREE Essential Oils Class
  • Saturday, July 28, 11am-1pm, Sit & Knit


  • Saturday, August 11, 1pm a FREE Essential Oils class with Gail Smith
  • Thursday, August 2, 1-3pm, Mixed Media:  Acrylic Pouring with Lucia King
  • Friday, August 3, 2-4pm, Free Form Wrapped Sea Glass Pendant
  • Saturday, August 4, 11am, Intro to Bracelet Making
  • Thursday, August 9, 1pm, Incorporating Leather into your Jewelry
  • Saturday, August 11, 10am, Intro to Earring Making
  • Thursday, August 16, 1-3pm, Mixed Media Activity
  • Sunday, August 19, 1pm, Using Suede Lace in Jewelry-making
  • Thursday, August 23, 2pm, Egyptian WireWork Bracelet
  • Saturday, August 25, 11am-1pm, Sit & Knit


  • Saturday, September 1, 11am-4pm, Open Silk Scarf Dyeing
  • Sunday, September 2, 11am-3pm, Open Tie Dye T-shirt or Baby Onesie

Luray Singing Tower

vThe Luray Singing Tower, officially known as the Belle Brown Northcott Memorial contains a carillon of 47 bells, is a gift by the late Col. T.C. Northcott and his daughter, Mrs. Katherine Northcott Graves, in memory of Col. Northcott’s wife, Belle Brown Northcott.

It was dedicated in 1937, and is owned and maintained by the Luray Park Association.

The schedule to hear the Luray Singing Tower concerts are:

Recital Schedule
April & May:  Saturday & Sunday at 3PM
June – August: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday at 8PM
September & October: Saturday & Sunday at 3PM

Check their Facebook page here for special upcoming events

Luray Singing Tower Website Here.

Introduction to Basketweaving

Woven Candle Holdersat Shenandoah Moon
58 W Main St, Luray, Virginia 22835
Thursday, July 5 at 1 PM – 3 PM

Wow! Julia Verba will lead an introductory basket-making class as we create a woven candle holder. We will start with a metal “form”, then weave various materials through it to make a 9″ tall candle holder.

The cost for this is $7, cash or check, which will go to Julia to reimburse her for materials.

Please, no perfume or highly scented lotions.

Below, view a selection of Julia’s baskets.

Thank you to the Page County Supervisors!

The PVAC was awarded a grant from the County to build tourism and outreach–our goal is to establish Page County as a national arts destination.

Check out our new rack card, which will be distributed across the valley and beyond to showcase the arts in this region.

We are planning the first art exhibit under the auspices of the Page Valley Arts Council, to be held at the Warehouse Art Gallery this fall.

Stay tuned for details and visit Page Valley for the array of weekly and monthly arts activities, workshops, and demonstrations by regional artists. Celebrate creativity and community!

All Page County VA School Art Show

The Warehouse Art Gallery is pleased to announce the 2018 All County School Art Show which will run for the next two weekends….April 14 and April 21.

There will be a reception held at the Gallery on Sunday April 15 from 2 – 4pm.

Please join us to support our Page County Young Artists!

2018 Festival of the Arts: Luray VA Now History

The Festival of the Arts in Downtown Luray, Virginia, March 23-25, 2018, was a three-day family-friendly event featuring juried exhibitions and demonstrations by more than 50 artists who live in Page County, Virginia.  They work in traditional and cutting-edge contemporary formats and media. Participants included painters, potters, fiber artists, basket-weavers, jewelry-makers,  and woodworkers.

Musicians, writers, and dancers performed. Venues included the Regional Center for the Performing Arts of Luray, which has offered year-round culture and entertainment for more than a decade.

The Warehouse Art Gallery, an art and performance center, hosted artists and artisans. The gallery–a former industrial building in the heart of Luray–features works by local, regional, and national artists. It also features an ongoing series of performances by musicians, writers, and poets.

The Arts and Artisans Gallery featured music and displays from the Gallery’s permanent collection, including works by Burton Silverman, who painted the portrait commissioned for the cover of Jethro Tull’s Aqualung (on right side of the table).

Writers read from their works at the Trackside Theater, which develops plays, workshops, and community theater for children and adults throughout the year.



All participating artists and artisans demonstrated their processes, techniques, and talked about the histories and nuances of their crafts.

Performers included modern gymnastics, dance, acrobatics, traditional Civil War era dances, and cloggers.

Here’s the flyer for this event. Approximately 300 people visited the venues during the day and approximately 200 attended evening events at the Theater of the Performing Arts of Luray.

Thank you for your support

At the Valley Today

Thank you to TV, radio, and newspaper outlets that got the word out

Jim Mayes and Susan Rocke talk about the festival in an interview with The River 93.5.


Thank you, WHSV TV for your great coverage of this event.







Many thanks to the Page News and Courier and Rebecca Armstrong for great coverage.

More great coverage in today’s “Page News & Courier”