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I can’t believe how many free things there are to do in Luray, and the variety is amazing.  So whether you enjoy outdoor activities, scenic drives, live music,or artistic pursuits, Luray and Page County have a lot to offer.  Please check individual websites for more information, or email us at if you have trouble finding something.

  • Tour River Hill Distillery on Saturday from 11 am – 5 pm. Or call for an appointment
  • Walk the paved 3.5 mile Hawksbill Greenway through downtown Luray
  • Admire the artistic wall murals painted on the historic downtown buildings
  • Wander through the Warehouse Art Gallery and be amazed at the variety of paintings, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, and more
  • Picnic at Ralph Dean Park and let the kids play at Imagination Station playground
  • Picnic at scenic Lake Arrowhead or hike the one mile trail around the lake
  • Drive around Page County’s back roads and enjoy the rural landscape, or come back in autumn for the vibrant fall colors
  • Hike the four mile Kennedy’s Peak trail in George Washington National Forest
  • Stroll Storybook Trail in the George Washington National Forest, a short wheelchair accessible trail to a scenic overlook of the Valley
  • Visit the Train Museum at the Luray Page County Visitor Center
  • Visit Cooter’s in the Valley “Dukes of Hazzard” Museum
  • Bicycle the back roads of Luray (Appalachian Outdoor Adventures has great maps)
  • Fish a Class A Trout stream with two ADA accessible platforms along Hawksbill Creek
  • Check out local produce and meats at Willow Grove Farm Market or Hawksbill Trading Company
  • Stop in at the Luray Farmer’s Market for fresh produce, baked goods and more. Saturday from 9 am-1 pm along the Greenway
  • Enjoy a Carillon concert at the Luray Singing Tower Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 8 pm through the end of August
  • Roll up your sleeves and get creative with clay or arts & crafts at the Warehouse Art Gallery Saturdays from 1-3 pm
  • Enjoy “Evenings on Main” outdoor concerts in Ruffner Park across the street from the shop: July 14, August 11 & 18, September 1
  • Relax and enjoy “Music under the Arbor” at Wisteria Vineyard: June 24, July 23 & 29, August 5, 12, & 19, September 10, 17, 24, & 30
  • July 4, 10 AM: Celebrate the Fourth of July at the Children’s Parade at Inn Lawn Park & watch evening fireworks along the Greenway in downtown
  • July 4: PAL Party on the Plaza at 6:30 pm – Featuring the popular band Thundergun
  • July 7: Cruise In Car Show, Shenandoah, VA
  • July 22: Luray’s Outdoor Movie Night at Ralph Dean Park, featuring “Finding Dory”
  • August 12: Outdoor Movie Night at Ed Good Park in Stanley, VA, featuring “Moana”
  • August 26: Help harvest grapes and mash them at “Pick & Stomp” at Wisteria Vineyard
  • September 6, 2-3 pm, Paws on the Plaza at PAL, Performing Arts Luray
  • September 15, 8 pm:  Eva Weber Group  Rock & Jazz Band at PAL
  • Volunteer at or watch one of our athletic events like the Road Race July 29 or the Triathlon on August 19-20
  • Learn about Essential Oils at Shenandoah Moon, usually the third Saturday of each month from 1-3 pm
  • Join knitters and crocheters at “Sit & Knit” sessions the third Saturday of each month from 11 – 1 pm (usually) at Shenandoah Moon
  • While you’re in town, stop in and browse through the quaint shops in Luray, including Shenandoah Moon!

Most people are very familiar with cotton, a plant grown throughout the American Southeast and used for textiles. But what do you know about rayon?

First manufactured in the early 1900’s, rayon or viscose was the first economically viable man made fiber. Although it is man made, rayon is NOT synthetic, rather it is made out of cellulose fibers, primarily wood pulp or sometimes bamboo. The name comes from the combination of “ray” indicating a ray of sun, plus “on”, the last two letters of cotton.

Rayon is more absorbent than cotton and linen, making it the most absorbent plant-based fabric. Unlike synthetic fabrics like polyester and acrylic, rayon and cotton are breathable and therefore cooler and more comfortable to wear on hot days. Rayon is also easily dyed, and does not build up static electricity or pill (unless it is low quality made from short yarns). However, rayon is more processed than cotton, requiring a 19 step process, instead of cotton’s 7 step one.

Rayon’s major shortcoming is it’s tendency to shrink in hot water or dryer heat. It also looses strength when wet, as opposed to cotton which remains strong. For these reasons, the best way to launder rayon is to wash it in cold water, roll it in a towel to absorb excess moisture and lay flat to dry.

At Shenandoah Moon, we are proud to carry clothing made out of cool, comfortable cotton and rayon fabrics. Stop in soon to check out our stylish and flattering tunics, dresses and sweaters/jackets from Lost River Clothing Co, Parsley & Sage, and our two fair trade clothing importers Unique Batik and Sevya.

Area mapIf you live in Page County, you know most (but probably not all) of this, but either way, read on to learn about what we have to offer.

Our own Luray Caverns is the number one “click-through” from the Virginia Tourism Corporation Website, and one of the state’s most visited attractions. After visitors tour the Caverns, they are looking for something else to discover, and we hope they come downtown and visit our quaint shops and restaurants.

Luray and Page County are one of the most recent additions to the Virginia Artisan’s Trail Network. “Page County — Where Beauty & Romance Surrounds You” is our wonderful new motto. The local artist community is working hard to provide residents and visitors with more art-related activities. “18 Ways to Explore the Arts In Luray” has been so popular that we have just ordered another 5,000!

Page County is the official “Cabin Capitol” of Virginia,” with nearly 200 businesses offering about 300 cabin rentals in the county in all sizes and price ranges. If you’re looking for something to do after you rent a cabin and visit Luray Caverns, take a leisurely ride on Skyline Drive, or rent a canoe or kayak from Shenandoah Outfitters or Shenandoah River Adventures.

If you’re looking for jet skis, a pontoon boat, or ATV rental, check out Appalachian Adventures. What to do if it rains? Visit our quaint shops and local restaurants – see for details.

A few years ago Page County was chosen as the Number 2 Wedding Destination by The Learning Channel for it’s scenic rural beauty. Our beautiful county provides several fabulous wedding venues with spectacular views, providing a memorable event for the bridal, groom, and their guests. Visit the for wedding information.

Page County has an amazing winery. Wisteria Farm & Vineyard is just a few miles down the road in Stanley and is a great place to spend the afternoon wine tasting and enjoying the bucolic atmosphere. Even more interesting are their special weekends, where you can help harvest grapes or “pick and stomp” at the annual blessing of the grapes. March is Virginia’s Wine & Dine month, so there is still plenty of time to plan a wine getaway weekend. For a suggested itinerary of other interesting places in the Valley, check out Discover Shenandoah’s Wine & Whiskey Loop.

Page County is a designated HUB Zone (Historically Underutilized Business), and recently became an Enterprise Zone, federal and state designations intended to create jobs in our area. Of course, this means that the county qualified for these designations because it has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state. Tourism is very important to our economy, and when you visit our local shops and restaurants and stay in our B&B’s, hotels, and cabins, we work hard to please you, and appreciate your support.

Page County is long and narrow, and contains 314 square miles of land. Approximately one-third, or 100 square miles, is federal land, either Shenandoah National Park or the George Washington National Forest. Because of this, recreation opportunities abound, including hiking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and more. It’s a great place to go for a scenic drive, and opportunities for photography are unbeatable. When you get done exploring the county, come downtown and have dinner or a snack at one of our restaurants and visit the quaint shops in the Historic District.

Did you notice a constant theme here? It’s that this area is beautiful and welcoming, and the shops and restaurants of downtown Luray LOVE YOU and want you to come back again. So next time you are thinking of visiting for the day, stay for dinner or for the entire weekend. Who knows what else you will discover in Luray?

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International Cooperation on July 4!

Making jewelry at Shenandoah Moon

Making jewelry at Shenandoah Moon

Catherine & Jenny from England came in looking for the “perfect” jewelry to wear to a wedding tonight at Khimaira Farm.

They found just the right color freshwater pearls, and we made a necklace, bracelet, and earrings!

What fun! Have you been in to Shenandoah Moon lately? So much to see or make!!! Give it a try!

Shenandoah Moon has new hours!

Thursday, Friday & Saturday
11 am – 5 pm

If you can’t make it during those hours, please email me at and we will try to make some arrangement to accommodate you.

We can custom design something .. just ask

We can custom design something .. just ask

I’m sure you know the difference between fine jewelry and costume jewelry. But many have probably never heard of bridge jewelry. By now you’ve probably figured out that we’re not talking about charms of the Golden Gate Bridge! To better explain what bridge jewelry is, first let’s review the definitions of fine jewelry and costume (or fashion) jewelry.

Fine jewelry is composed of premium, expensive components including gold, silver, diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires. Jewelry made with silver and high quality amethyst, larimar, amber, lapis lazuli, moonstone, turquoise, premium pearls and other quality stones can also be considered fine jewelry. Attention to detail and quality are hallmarks of fine jewelry, which also includes fine custom made pieces.

Costume jewelry is usually mass produced using inexpensive components such as base metal, rhinestones or paste beads, and plastic shaped and dyed to simulate gemstones. You can even find “plasticized metal” jewelry, which is spray painted silver to look like silver plated jewelry. Such jewelry is often sold in the stores by marking up the prices, and putting it on sale for half price or more so that it seems like a bargain.

Bridge jewelry uses semi-precious gemstones such as amethyst, freshwater pearls, onyx, garnets, tigers eye, flourite, etc. combined with quality pewter or metal components. Because it uses semi-precious gemstones and pearls, bridge jewelry looks much more expensive than it actually is. It is also a great value, giving you much more “bang for your buck” than costume jewelry, at only a slightly higher price.

Here at Shenandoah Moon we sell all three types of jewelry. Our fine cuff bracelets are handmade by an artist from Florida. Our wide selection of other silver and gemstone bracelets, earrings and pendants are made in Poland, Mexico, Bali, Thailand, India and China, and even here in Luray!

Our bridge jewelry includes intricate necklaces and bracelets using freshwater pearls, glass crystals, and quality metal. Beautiful copper plated jewelry comes from Mexico, with designs that range from traditional to contemporary and are flattering on all skin types. The metalwork and lapis lazuli necklaces and earrings from Afghanistan and Pakistan incorporate elements of tribal jewelry with a contemporary flavor.

When selecting our costume or fashion jewelry our focus is on price and value and we work hard to bring you a large selection of Fair Trade and locally-made items — things you won’t find anywhere else. We carry the work of three students, including eight year old Gracie Bell Embry and Luray High School Freshman Katherine Schaberl and Junior Haley Tebo. Our adult artists include Loretta Newman, Jennifer Orenic, Jessica Sigafoose, Vanessa Long, Donna Carrier, Emmy Tarr, and Janell Robisch. And of course ME — Susan Rocke (I also do repairs).

Pearls are one of the most ancient and beloved gems, but they are very soft and therefore easily damaged.

Even resonably priced pearls are gorgeous, and are worth treating well to keep them looking their best.

So that you may enjoy them for years or generations, here are a few tips on caring for and cleaning pearls, taken from The Pearl Book by Antoinette Maitlins.

  • Wear your pearls with pride. Keeping them hidden away in a jewelry box, safe deposit box, or other dry place can deprive them of the humidity they need to remain beautiful.
  • Store pearls in a fabric pouch, handkerchief, or soft tissue to protect them and keep them from getting scratched by other jewelry.
  • Acidic substances such as vinegar, ammonia, and chlorine bleach can destroy pearls.
  • Also avoid inks, hairspray, perfume, cosmetics, and any jewelry cleaner NOT specifically made for pearls.
  • Be sure to clean off any of the items listed above before putting your pearls away or they can be ruined.
  • After wearing, wipe pearls gently with a warm, damp towel to remove body oils and perspiration, then store in a soft fabric pouch.
  • Periodically wash valuable pearls with a soft cloth in warm, sudsy water using a mild soap such as Ivory (not a detergent).
  • Rinse in clear water, wrap in a thin, damp towel and lay flat to dry.
  • Do not hang to dry, and do not use before the silk dries because it will stretch.
  • Avoid storing pearls in excessively dry places such as safe deposit boxes or vaults, or in excessively moist places that may encourage mold growth.
  • Remove pearls prior to doing strenuous exercise, work, swimming, bathing, or showering.
  • Do not use ultrasonic cleaners on pearls.

If you treat pearls gently and with respect, you should be able to enjoy them for decades.

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There really are so many of things you and your kids can do in Luray.

But sometimes we all just need a little reminder.

Here is a copy of the rackcard I put together with El Ames.

Check around town for it. Or just print off this one.

Click on each image for full size printing.

Have fun with your kids in Luray, Virginia!

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