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The Piedmont Weekend Roundup: February 26 – 28

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Fauquier County Wine Tasting & Competition at Airlie (Saturday, Warrenton). Come out and sample the wines of sixteen local vineyards and vote for your favorites in the People’s Choice Wine Competition. Delicious food pairings, prepared by the Airlie Chef, and live music. Please note that, to accommodate more visitors, this year’s wine tastings will be offered during two time periods. All tickets must be pre-purchased.

Riverside Group Show postcard-3 copy-1Art in Its Natural Habitat: An Exhibit of Paintings in a Model Home (Friday, 5-7 p.m., Charlottesville). Interior designer Robin Ellis invites you to celebrate Stony Point Design/Build as well as Charlottesville artists Helen Hillard, Chris Tucker, and Nancy Wallace.

Lighting the Creative Spark lightingthecreativespark(Thursday, Live An Artful Life Gallery, The Plains). This workshop, led by Dr. Celia Im, utilizes the power of music to ignite attendees’ creative potential. By engaging this part of ourselves, we are driven to finish that creative project, sculpt the next stage of our lives, and live in the moment.

Winemaker for a Day: Blending Seminar at Narmada Winery (Saturday, Amissville). Have you always dreamed of being a winemaker? Challenge yourself and your friends at our interactive winemaking seminar. Join our winemaker Sudha Patil and guest speaker Duane Harris for this workshop and experience the excitement of combining both the art and the science that goes into making a distinctive wine! You’ll be sampling and blending cabernet franc, malbec, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and petit verdot. Once your perfect blend is bottled, teams compete, imbibe, and select the most spectacular wine of the day!

FB_Motown-768x284Motown & More: A Tribute to Motown and Soul Legends (Friday, State Theatre, Culpeper).  An ensemble of today’s most talented artists brings it all back! Vocalists Bryan Fox, Gene McBride, Jeffrey Walker and Shang (each phenomenal in their own right) come together with exquisite harmonies to recreate classics and develop new musical arrangements. Less than a year old, Motown & More has become a popular production in the Baltimore/Washington/Virginia region.

An Evening with Groucho (Sunday, Louisa Arts Center, Louisa). Award-winning actor Frank Ferrante reprises his New York and London hit in this fast-paced hilarious tour-de-force. You will swear legendary comedian Groucho Marx is alive and well and making you laugh. Accompanied by his pianist, the comedy, one-liners, and songs of Groucho Marx make for an all-ages treat!

Six Pack Songwriter Series: An Evening of Central Virginia Songwriting (Friday, The Paramount, Charlottesville). With the goal of allowing audiences to experience a mixture of our best local artists at once, each “Six Pack Songwriter Series” event features 6 artists for one evening of live and local music. This year’s  production welcomes an all-new lineup to The Paramount stage. This year’s roster includes Michael Clem, Ben Eppard, Paulo Franco, Julia Kwolyk, Anne O’Brien, and David Tewksbury, all backed by a live band.

National Theatre Live in HD Presents: “As You Like It” at the Paramount (Sunday, The Paramount, Charlottesville). Shakespeare’s glorious comedy of love and change comes to the National Theatre for the first time in over 30 years, with Rosalie Craig (London Road, Macbeth at MIF) as Rosalind.  With her father, the Duke, banished and in exile, Rosalind and her cousin Celia leave their lives in the court behind them and journey into the Forest of Arden. There, released from convention, Rosalind experiences the liberating rush of transformation. Disguising herself as a boy, she embraces a different way of living and falls spectacularly in love.

Smithsonian at Little Washington Concert Series: Haydn Piano Trios (Sunday, Theatre at Washington, Washington). Pianist Kenneth Slowik is an artistic director of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society. Violinist Heather Green joined the National Symphony Orchestra in 2005, and became a member of the first violin section in 2007. Cellist James Lee made his debut with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra at the age of 15. These three come together for a marvelous performance.

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“Virginia Steeplechasing: The History and Future of the Sport in the Piedmont” (Sunday, National Sporting Library, Middleburg). This steeplechasing panel discussion is mediated by Robert Banner, President of Great Meadow Foundation. Panelists are Dr. William Allison (Ex-MFH and President and Race Chairman of the Virginia Gold Cup Races), Dr. Alfred Griffin (Ex-MFH and Director of Racing of the Virginia Gold Cup), Will O’Keefe (Race Director of the Virginia Fall Races), and Don Yovanovich (President of the Virginia Point-to-Point). Panelists discuss the history and future of this region’s beloved steeplechasing and equine sports. The audience will have an opportunity to ask questions of the panelists. Also at NSLM currently are the exhibits “Side by Side with Gun and Dog” and “Line Dance: the Art of Fly Fishing.”

“Sunrise, Sunset” (Byrne Gallery, Middleburg). This weekend is the last chance to see this juried show featuring artworks inspired by sunrises and sunsets, bringing joy and warmth to the cold month of February.

“Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” at Riverside Dinner Theater (Through Mar. 13, Fredericksburg). Starring Todd Meredith as Holly, with the Buddy Holly tribute band, The Rave-Ons, this musical is the true story of the last few years of Buddy Holly’s life, spotlighting his meteoric rise to fame from the moment in 1957 when “That’ll be the Day” hit the airwaves until his tragic death on “The Day the Music Died.” Featuring many of his timeless hits, “Buddy” is a celebration of the life and times of “the young man with the glasses” that captures the unique mixture of innocence, determination, humor, and charm that was Buddy Holly and wraps it all up into a package that has become “The World’s Most Successful Rock-n-Roll Musical.”

New Autumn Issue Available

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Pick up a copy of the Fall 2014 issue, on newsstands now! Click the following link to find the closest location to you: http://www.thepiedmontonline.com/page.cfm/go/pick-up-a-copy

Our newest issue includes our annual fall art guide with artwork from around the Piedmont.

Featured stories include Virginia’s Moonshiners, Hot Air Ballooning in the Blue Ridge, lamb recipes, two local art clubs: The Loudoun Sketch Club and Firnew Farm’s Artists’ Circle, photo contest winners and more!

Take a peak at other featured articles on our homepage: http://www.thepiedmontonline.com/index.cfm

 

On newsstands now—the Summer 2014 issue! The Castleton Festival, history, hiking and more.

Pick up a copy of the Summer 2014 issue, on newsstands now!

Our newest issue highlights the sixth annual Castleton Festival with the full program published in the back of the magazine.

Featured stories include the Alvictus Spy House, the history of Hurricane Camille, five great hikes in the Piedmont, beautiful summer landscape paintings, poetry, photo contest semi-finalists and much more!

Take a peak at other featured articles on our homepage. http://www.thepiedmontonline.com/index.cfm

Click the following link to find the closest newsstand to you: http://www.thepiedmontonline.com/page.cfm/go/pick-up-a-copy

Conferences, Summer Camps & Gods and Generals

Our friends at The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership (JTHG) have some pretty amazing events and projects going on this year.  From Gettysburg to Monticello, the JTHG is full of local culture, wineries, old towns, breath taking views and the amazing rich history of this region.

The first event that is quickly approaching would be the JTHG Partnership Annual Conference on May 24-25 at George Mason University in Manassas, VA.  JTHG along with A&E Television Network invite you to this annual conference featuring History Channel Chief Historian and Senior Vice President, Libby H. O’Connell as the keynote speaker.  The conference is open to the public however you must register to attend ($30-$100 for registration).  There will be networking events, battlefield tours, and workshops covering genealogy and tourism; mobile technology and visitors; African American heritage and the Underground Railroad; engaging youth in our shared national heritage; and the latest news on the commemorations for the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War and Emancipation.  Seating is limited so please register soon!

JTHG also offers a wonderful Extreme Journey Summer Camp every Summer.  However this year, for the very first time, middle-school-aged students from around the globe can also experience Extreme Journey Summer Camp!  The JTHG Partnership is also teaming up with Woodberry Forest School this year to host a two-week overnight camp that builds on the enormous popularity of the normal Extreme Journey Day Camp.  Both of the day and overnight camps take 6th through 8th grade boys and girls on historic adventures through Presidential homes, internationally known heritage sites, and through some of our nation’s most significant national parks.  They will hike, bike, canoe and spend time with National Park Service Rangers, expert historians, archaeologists, and educators to unlock stories and lessons of leadership found in the region.  For more info and registration, click here.

HISTORY (channel) recently announced its financial support of $100,000 to the JTHG Partnership’s award-winning Of the Student, By the Student, For the Student service-learning program.  This donation will be used over the next three years to bring this groundbreaking, multimedia educational program to students and schools in order to interpret life and events during the American Civil War and from battlefields within the JTHG National Heritage Area.  The donation will allow JTHG to work closely with 12 National Park partners and nearby grade schools with in the JTHG National Heritage Area, and will teach young people about the impact of the Civil War.

The JTHG Partnership, Warner Brothers Entertainment, and Producer/Director Ron Maxwell invite you to see the new Extended Director’s Cut of Gods & Generals at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Va.  The actors will discuss the making of the film and the importance of our nation’s heritage.  Several of the actors/actresses will attend this event as well!  Come out and enjoy the premiere on Friday, July 22 at 3pm.  Tickets are $61 and benefit the education programs of the JTHG.  Group rates are available.  Click here for more information and to order tickets.

As you can see, there are so many fantastic things going on with The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership and we’re so excited to be a part of it.  We hope that you and your family will take the time to enjoy one or all of these amazing events or programs coming up.  Please visit the JTHG website for many more event listings such as The Heart & Soul of the Journey Annual Gala on June 18th; Kids to Parks Days; the Dinner at Palladio Restuarant with Gods and Generals director Ron Maxwell, or read about the six JTHG Certified Tourism Ambassadors that have reached the finals for the annual Star Award!  Visit http://www.hallowedground.org to stay up to date with all of the amazing events happening for this organization.

Don’t Miss: The Garden Club of Virginia’s Annual Conservation Forum

Garden Club of Virginia, Conservation ForumOn November 6, 2009, The Garden Club of Virginia will hold its 51st Annual Conservation Forum at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business in Charlottesville. Open to the public (with a $16 registration fee, students are free), the forum addresses the critical issues facing Virginia’s community and environment today: sustainability, land use, urban design, housing, transportation and economic development. They’ve assembled a star line-up of speakers who will offer a vision for an environmentally sustainable and economically competitive Commonwealth of Virginia.

Moderator:
Stewart Schwartz, Executive Director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth
Speakers: Rachel Flynn, Director of Community Development who led the creative development of Richmond’s new Downtown Master Plan; Chris Miller, President of the Piedmont Environmental Council; Larry Schweiger, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Wildlife Federation.

Advance registration is required.

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