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Seven Bends Lecture Series 2020

Join us for our fourth annual lecture series with a great lineup of speakers!

Free and open to the public. All lectures are held at the St. Paul’s Heritage Center at 106 S. High Street in Edinburg, Virginia on Sunday afternoons at 2:00 pm. See dates, details, and a map below.

Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Planting for Pollinators with Sari Carp

Sari Carp is a recovering business school professor, now Executive Director of conservation nonprofit Sustainability Matters. She speaks and writes regularly on sustainable gardening, including the Mountain Courier’s ”Green Grim Reaper” series on invasive weeds.

Find out how to satisfy picky eater pollinators, and why preparation is vital for successful pollinator plantings. Learn about Sustainability Matters’ “Making Trash Bloom” habitat project at the Shenandoah County Landfill, and how to apply its techniques to your home garden.

Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Chronic Wasting Disease in VA with Fred Frenzel

Fred Frenzel is a District Wildlife Biologist for the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries covering Clarke, Frederick, Shenandoah, Warren and Page counties. He has worked for the agency for 30 years and lives in Shenandoah County.

Learn about the biology, history, and attempted management of this fatal disease of the deer family in Virginia.

Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Farming for Water Quality with Bobby Clark

Bobby Clark is a Senior Extension Agent with Virginia Cooperative Extension. His office is in Woodstock and he serves Shenandoah, Page, Clarke, Frederick and Warren Counties.

Major efforts include improving farm profitability and water quality by improving nitrogen use efficiency in corn production; the Shenandoah County Sustainable Farm Demonstration Project; teaching farmers how to extend their grazing season through an initiative called “Graze 300 VA”; focusing on managing large animal mortality; and managing slugs in no-till corn and soybean.

Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 2:00 pm

Barns of Shenandoah County with John Adamson

On behalf of the Shenandoah County Historical Society, John Adamson will present a program that includes many interesting photographs of county historic barns. To date, John has surveyed more than 240 Shenandoah County barns. John will share how individual barns are surveyed and what he is learning about their architecture, construction and use. He will also share statistics that demonstrate the unique, historical character of Shenandoah County barns.

For more information, visit, call 540-459-8550 or email

 Map to the Lectures