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REASON #4: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

Staunton: your gateway to Shenandoah national park   Staunton is your ideal “base of operation” for exploring the Shenandoah Valley. Located just minutes from the entrance to Shenandoah National Park be sure and take advantage of the National Park Service’s ten entrance FEE-FREE days in 2017 while staying in Staunton. The first fee-free day is Martin Luther … Continue reading REASON #4: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

Staunton: your gateway to Shenandoah national park
 

Courtesy of Shenandoah National Park

Staunton is your ideal “base of operation” for exploring the Shenandoah Valley. Located just minutes from the entrance to Shenandoah National Park be sure and take advantage of the National Park Service’s ten entrance FEE-FREE days in 2017 while staying in Staunton. The first fee-free day is Martin Luther King Jr. on January 16. For a complete listing of all FEE-FREE days visit: https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm  Book your STAUNTON trip now!

For the complete list see:
REASON #1 – Queen City Potter Party
REASON #2 – Polyface Farm’s Lunatic Tours
REASON #3 – Staunton Music Festival’s 20th Anniversary Season

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REASON #3: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

reason #3: Staunton music festival’s 20th anniversary season    August 11-20, 2017 The Staunton Music Festival celebrates 20 years of music making with a 10-day festival. One of the most popular music events of the summer—happening August 11-20—includes multiple performances a day with music ranging from the Middle Ages to commissioned world premieres and taking … Continue reading REASON #3: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

reason #3: Staunton music festival’s 20th anniversary season
  

Staunton Music Festival
Staunton Music Festival

August 11-20, 2017
The Staunton Music Festival celebrates 20 years of music making with a 10-day festival. One of the most popular music events of the summer—happening August 11-20—includes multiple performances a day with music ranging from the Middle Ages to commissioned world premieres and taking place throughout historic downtown Staunton in variety of locations ranging from intimate venues to traditional settings. For the first time, SMF welcomes Happenstance Theater, a renowned DC-based troupe that will perform alongside the musicians in what will be a multi-sensory experience for all ages. Some highlights include:

  • classic musical comedy at Blackfriars (Aug 13)
  • Beethoven’s monumental Ninth Symphony for orchestra, soloists, and chorus (Aug 20)
  • Happenstance Theater’s “Brou-Haha” at historic Cobble Hill Farm (Aug 12)
  • the beloved children’s classic Peter and the Wolf, featuring SMF Chamber Players, Staunton Academy of Ballet dancers, and guest narrator (Aug 13)
  • Piano Extravaganza – music for up to four players at one piano (Aug 19)
  • Hollywood Songbook (Aug 14)

     

    For the complete list see:
    REASON #1 – Queen City Potter Party
    REASON #2  – Polyface Farm’s Lunatic Tours
     
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REASON #2: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

reason#2: Polyface Farm’s Lunatic tours  Select dates: April-October, 2017 Known for their diversified farming techniques—not to mention their delicious products—Polyface Farm announces their 2017 Lunatic Tours. A family affair, children 12 and under are free, spend a day on the farm with members of the Salatin Family as you take a hay ride, visit the … Continue reading REASON #2: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

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Tours at Polyface Farm

reason#2: Polyface Farm’s
Lunatic tours

 Select dates: April-October, 2017

Known for their diversified farming techniques—not to mention their delicious products—Polyface Farm announces their 2017 Lunatic Tours. A family affair, children 12 and under are free, spend a day on the farm with members of the Salatin Family as you take a hay ride, visit the Egg-mobile, and see the turkeys in the Gobbledy-Go while learning first-hand about Polyfaces’ practices. And don’t forget your wallet, so you can purchase their many organic products. For tickets click here.  

For the complete list see:
REASON #1 – Queen City Potter Party 

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REASON #6: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

Reason #6 The Shack Makeover After a brief hiatus, award-winning chef Ian Boden is back in the kitchen and is excited to show off the recent renovation of the 26-seat restaurant he calls “The Shack.” Check out a sneak peek of the newly made over restaurant and don’t forget to make your reservations when booking … Continue reading REASON #6: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

The ShackReason #6 The Shack Makeover

After a brief hiatus, award-winning chef Ian Boden is back in the kitchen and is excited to show off the recent renovation of the 26-seat restaurant he calls “The Shack.” Check out a sneak peek of the newly made over restaurant and don’t forget to make your reservations when booking your next trip to Staunton. You don’t want to miss “The South’s Best New Restaurants,” as voted by Southern Living. Make your reservations here!


For the complete list see:
REASON #1 – Queen City Potter Party
REASON #2 – Polyface Farm’s Lunatic Tours
REASON #3 – Staunton Music Festival’s 20th Anniversary Season
REASON #4 – Staunton: Your Gateway to Shenandoah National Park
REASON #5 – ASC’s 2017/18 Season Announcement

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17 Reasons NOT to Miss Staunton in ’17

There are many reasons why you can’t miss Staunton in 2017—17 reasons, in fact! Whether you’re a lover of craft beer, Harry Potter, music or the great outdoors we have something for everyone. Check back daily as we reveal the 17 must-see-do-eat-drink things in Staunton this year. Sign-up for our newsletter to get up-to-date information on events, … Continue reading 17 Reasons NOT to Miss Staunton in ’17

There are many reasons why you can’t miss Staunton in 2017—17 reasons, in fact! Whether you’re a lover of craft beer, Harry Potter, music or the great outdoors we have something for everyone. Check back daily as we reveal the 17 must-see-do-eat-drink things in Staunton this year.

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reason 1: Queen City Potter Party 

Queen City Pottery Party 2016

WHEN: September 22-24
WHERE: Downtown Staunton

Wizards and muggles from near and far descend upon Staunton, Virginia for the annual Queen City Potter Party. With a touch of wizardry, the historic downtown, is transformed into the village of Hogsmeade. Local businesses reinvent themselves offering Harry Potter themed shopping, dining and hands-on activities for all ages. “Potterheads” can experiment with potions at Slugs and Jiggers, enjoy butter beer at Three Broomsticks or try their hand at wild beast taming at the Magickal Menagerie. Visitors are greeted by Norberta the Dragon—where selfies and costumes are encouraged— as they unlock the secrets of Hogesmeade using Marauder’s Map or explore the walkable downtown and take on the task of Horcrux Hunting using the free app Traipse— which will help you find them all. For Harry Potter fans this entertaining and family-friendly festival is not to be missed! For updates and more info visit the FB event page here.

 

 

Celebrating President Woodrow Wilson’s 160th Birthday

On December 28, 1856, Thomas Woodrow Wilson was the third child and first boy born to a Presbyterian minister and English mother. Though he was delivered at home in the Presbyterian Manse on North Coalter Street in Staunton, Virginia, “Tommy” lived in Virginia less than a year before his family moved to Augusta, Georgia. On December … Continue reading Celebrating President Woodrow Wilson’s 160th Birthday

Woodrow Wilson

On December 28, 1856, Thomas Woodrow Wilson was the third child and first boy born to a Presbyterian minister and English mother. Though he was delivered at home in the Presbyterian Manse on North Coalter Street in Staunton, Virginia, “Tommy” lived in Virginia less than a year before his family moved to Augusta, Georgia.

On December 28, 2016, you’re invited to honor and celebrate the life and legacy of President Woodrow Wilson at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum in Staunton, Virginia. The 160th birthday celebration will include special guests, free admission, light refreshments, delightful entertainment, and activities for children.

“Schoolmaster in Politics”

Wilson was a well educated man who attended what is now Princeton University, the University of Virginia School of Law, and Johns Hopkins University. His career was in academia and he eventually found himself President of Princeton University (1902). Leadership suited him and he became the Governor of New Jersey (1910) before serving two terms as the 28th President of the United State of America (1913-1921).

The road was not easy for Wilson, a progressive reformer. For example, “When the trustees of Princeton tapped Wilson as the new president of the university in 1902, they expected reform not revolution.”1 Though he may have rocked the boat a bit, Wilson pushed for peace more often than not. His most notable peace efforts surrounded the Great War (World War I). His initial position kept the United States neutral in the war until Germany’s repeated U-boat attacks in the Atlantic forced a stand. Wilson wrote his “14 Points” to peace, which led to the Treaty of Versailles and the establishment of the League of Nations, a forerunner to the United Nations.2

Wilson’s efforts to put peace first won him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1920. Wilson died February 3, 1924.

Significant moments under the Wilson Presidency

  • Ratification of the 17th (popular election of U.S. Senators), 18th (Prohibition), and 19th (women’s right to vote) Amendments to the Constitution
  • Completion and opening of the Panama Canal
  • Establishment of the Federal Reserve Act, the Federal Trade Commission, and the National Park Service
  • Recognition of Mother’s Day as the second Sunday of May
  • First transcontinental phone call between Alexander Graham Bell and Dr. Thomas A. Watson
  • Appointment of the first Jewish Supreme Court Justice
  • First woman elected to the House of Representatives
  • Declaration of war on Germany on April 6, 1917
  • Creation of Treaty of Versaille and League of Nations

To better understand Wilson’s presidential and post-presidential life, visit the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum in Staunton. You’ll find engaging exhibits and Wilson’s restored 1919 Pierce-Arrow Limousine.

Upcoming Events at the Library


References
1. http://millercenter.org/president/biography/wilson-life-before-the-presidency 
2. http://www.unog.ch/80256EDD006B8954/(httpAssets)/3DA94AAFEB9E8E76C1256F340047BB52/$file/sdn_chronology.pdf

New Year’s Eve in Staunton

Time flies when you’re having fun, and 2016 sure was a blur. Come ring in 2017 with fantastic New Year’s Eve fun in Staunton! We have a place for you to stay, plenty of food … make yourself at home. PARTIES & Music Pompei Lounge is hosting their annual Masquerade with The Judy Chops. This … Continue reading New Year’s Eve in Staunton

Time flies when you’re having fun, and 2016 sure was a blur. Come ring in 2017 with fantastic New Year’s Eve fun in Staunton! We have a place for you to stay, plenty of food … make yourself at home.

PARTIES & Music

Pompei Lounge is hosting their annual Masquerade with The Judy Chops. This is a party you’ll want to arrive early for as it tends to sell out. The fun starts at 10 p.m. and only costs a $10 cover, which includes a midnight champagne toast. Hang out until 2 a.m., if you want. 

Baja Bean Co. always has one of the best New Year’s Eve parties around – The Findells Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Party with champagne toast at midnight! Enjoy the great food and drinks before the music and countdown begin.

Byers Street Bistro is hosting a New Year’s Eve Party that includes dinner specials, live music from Gypsy Town from 9-12:30, and a champagne toast at midnight.

Redbeard Brewing Company is hosting Magnolia Mountain Grill to offer food, and Drägön Wägön with a special guest for entertainment.

Downtown 27 @ The Clocktower invites you to their NYE Bash with Maybe Tomorrow and DJ Neili Neil. The fun starts at 8 p.m. and winds down at 1 a.m. $15 cover.

Dinner

Zynodoa has a special four-course prix-fixe menu at $65 per person on New Year’s Eve.

Come see us! #loveva #farmtotable #itsbeginningtolookalotlikechristmas

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The Arts

The American Shakespeare Center has a very special showing at 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. It’s the last performance ever of “The Twelve Dates of Christmas,” a play written for their stage by one of their actors. Enjoy $2 glasses of champagne to celebrate the evening.

Enjoy your New Year’s Eve, but don’t forget to designate a driver. Better yet, call a cab. Happy New Year!

 

A Holiday Weekend for Two in Staunton

11/28/2016 Sneak away before Christmas to enjoy a holiday weekend for two. Packed with arts and entertainment, December 16-18 is an ideal time to visit Staunton. Pack for two nights on the town but don’t forget your comfortable walking shoes for last minute downtown shopping.  Staunton Holiday Weekend Check into our historic Stonewall Jackson Hotel … Continue reading A Holiday Weekend for Two in Staunton

11/28/2016

Sneak away before Christmas to enjoy a holiday weekend for two. Packed with arts and entertainment, December 16-18 is an ideal time to visit Staunton. Pack for two nights on the town but don’t forget your comfortable walking shoes for last minute downtown shopping. 

Staunton Holiday Weekend

Check into our historic Stonewall Jackson Hotel and take advantage of the Shakespeare Package which includes breakfast, parking, and tickets for two. Add a night to round out the weekend. You’ll need it!

Friday, December 16

Heifetz Holiday Homecoming is a “dose of holiday cheer” that includes alumni of the Heifetz International Music Institute. A wide range of holiday carols, including Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker for string quartet. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Mary Baldwin University’s Frances Auditorium. TICKETS

Saturday, December 17

Andrew Goldwasser as Scrooge in A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Photo by Michael Bailey
Andrew Goldwasser as Scrooge in A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Photo by Michael Bailey

Put those comfortable shoes to work and explore downtown Staunton for Stop Staunton First Saturday. We’ve even provided something of a shopping list for you, affectionately called our Favorite Things. You’ll love our restaurants and cafes for impromptu stops for coffee and treats along the way. When you need a break and want to sight-see, pick up the Trolley along the green route for just $.25.

The tickets from your Shakespeare Package come into play today. There are two shows to choose from and hopefully you can agree on one. If not, rock-paper-scissors is always a fun way to make a decision.  “A Christmas Carol” is offered at 2 and 7:30 p.m. “The Santaland Diaries” begins at 5 p.m. Be sure to peruse the gift shop at the American Shakespeare Center before or after the show to pick up a souvenir of your visit.

Before you turn in for the night, stroll through downtown to admire our decorated shop windows!

Sunday, December 18

Yelp users love The By and By for breakfast and they’re open at 10 a.m. on Sundays. Grab a bite before you hit the road. Heather R., a Yelp user, wrote, “Quaint and simple place. It fits the charm of the town. I had a simple bagel sandwich. Service was quick and friendly and the breakfast sandwich was hot and fresh.”

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Staunton’s Favorite Things: A Guide to Gifts We Love

“Oprah’s Favorite Things” is an annual guide to what’s hot, trendy, useful, and even traditional for holiday gift-giving. We have a few favorites here in Staunton and have created our very own uniquely Staunton “favorite things” list for your gift-giving consideration! House-woven fabric is used to make this market bag. Find it handmade at Appalachian … Continue reading Staunton’s Favorite Things: A Guide to Gifts We Love

“Oprah’s Favorite Things” is an annual guide to what’s hot, trendy, useful, and even traditional for holiday gift-giving. We have a few favorites here in Staunton and have created our very own uniquely Staunton “favorite things” list for your gift-giving consideration!

Handwoven Market Bag. Staunton's Favorite Things.

House-woven fabric is used to make this market bag. Find it handmade at Appalachian Pieceworks.

Staunton, VA Watering Can. Staunton's Favorite Things.

Add a sterling silver Staunton, VA watering can to your jewelry collection. You’ll find it at H.L. Lang & Co. Jewelers.

Sunspots Glass Ornament. Staunton's Favorite Things.

Blow your own ornament or buy a finished hand-blown ornament at Sunspots Studios. They’re beautiful enough to display year ’round.

Skunk Zooties. Staunton's Favorite Things.

Skunk Zooties baby shoes are handcrafted from locally sourced sheep’s wool in Kyrgyzstan. Latitudes Fair Trade Store has these and other adorable critters for those little pitter-patter feet in your life.

pufferbellies-gamesEveryone loves a good game!  Presenting the 2016 Pufferbellies GAMES THAT YOU TOTALLY NEED RIGHT THIS MINUTE AWARDS! Perfect for holiday gifting.

B-Side Bow Ties. Staunton's Favorite Things.

B-Side Bow Ties are upcycled neckties handcrafted by Staunton local Dylan Sorge and available at Made; By the People, For the People.

Santa Boxes of Chocolate. Staunton's Favorite Things.

Cocoa Mill‘s milk chocolate Santa boxes are filled with their signature bark. Everyone needs a sweet treat around the holidays.

Tuscan Herb Infused Olive Oil. Staunton's Favorite Things.

Staunton Olive Oil Company‘s Tuscan Herb Infused Olive Oil is crafted with oregano, rosemary, marjoram, garlic, and UP certified extra virgin olive oil. Try it as a baste for your next chicken entree.

American Shakespeare Center gift card. Staunton's Favorite Things.

Treat someone special to a play at the American Shakespeare Center Blackfriar’s Playhouse. Give them a gift card and let them choose their date and show!

Dawn Redwood Tree-to-Be. Staunton's Favorite Things.

The first living Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) specimen was discovered in 1946 by a Chinese forester. It was believed to be extinct. Find this special gift at Redwood & Co.

 

Shop Staunton this Christmas season and give something heartfelt. Our Small Business Saturday (November 26) will be booming with shopkeepers welcoming you with grace and hospitality. Later, on December 17, we’ll have another big shopping event you won’t want to miss: Shop Staunton First Saturday. Parking garages will be free for the first two hours of shopping! 

Happy holidays from all of us at Visit Staunton!

Seven Ways to Play Before Santa Comes to Town

The busiest time of the year is upon us as we hustle around taking care of party planning and decorating. Be sure to balance all of that with some down time, doing something fun. Breathe in the season with a quick trip to Staunton.  Enjoy a slower pace for a hot second. Get a cup … Continue reading Seven Ways to Play Before Santa Comes to Town

The busiest time of the year is upon us as we hustle around taking care of party planning and decorating. Be sure to balance all of that with some down time, doing something fun. Breathe in the season with a quick trip to Staunton. 

Enjoy a slower pace for a hot second. Get a cup of coffee and just sit with a friend. When you’re good and ready, stroll our downtown and check out the window displays.

These are the top seven ways to play before Santa comes to town:

1. Sparkles & Sweets | November 11, 6-9 p.m.

This special downtown event kicks off the holiday season with late shopping hours, carriage rides, a variety of street entertainment, and sweet treats at more than 30 participating businesses. While supplies last, a free “downtown. shopping. bag.” will be available at the City National Bank courtyard on Central Avenue and at Sunspots Pavilion.

2. Holiday Window Reveal | November 18

Staunton’s downtown shopkeepers compete in an annual window decorating contest, but the real winner is YOU! The creativity is always impressive, and an evening stroll to admire them is a great way to unwind and enjoy time with the ones you love this season.

#magicalmainstreet #fairyqueencity #finished! #lovestaunton

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3. Celebration of Lights | November 21 through January 1

For families in the Shenandoah Valley, the annual trip to drive through Gypsy Hill Park during Celebration of Lights is a tradition. Amazingly, it’s free! The 214 acres will feature lighted holiday displays and creations from 5 to 11 p.m. nightly. Perhaps the best thing about Celebration of Lights is that it’s made possible by community organizations, churches, and individuals who claim a space to decorate. 

4. Small Business Saturday | November 26

Why not abstain from the Black Friday chaos and #ShopLocal on #SmallBusinessSaturday? Our downtown shops will be overflowing with great cheer and deals, carriage rides from Classic Carriage will be offered, and your first two hours of parking at the Wharf lot and the Johnson Street garage are FREE! Plus, it always feels so good to support the “mom and pop” shops, doesn’t it? Lend a hand!

5. Staunton Christmas Parade | November 28, 7 p.m.

“Magical Main Street” is the theme for this year’s Christmas parade and ASC’s Scrooge will be the Grand Marshall. It’s the annual showcase of holiday-themed parade floats, marching bands, local organizations, and of course, Santa Claus.

6. American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse

Oh, the fantastic acts you need to see this season! 

The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris, Adapted for the Stage by Joe Mantella
The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Ginna Hoben
A Christmas Carole by Charles Dickens, Adapted for the Stage by Jim Warren

7. Historic Staunton Foundation’s 44th Annual Holiday House Tour | December 3, 5 p.m. and December 4, 1 p.m.

Come along and celebrate the diversity of Staunton’s architecture as you walk a section of the Newtown Neighborhood. Five distinct private homes will be showcased and discussed.

Cheers to a merry and bright season in Staunton!