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REASON #7: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #7: more brew Looking to take a beercation? Look no further. Staunton’s newest brewery, Bedlam Brewing plans to open on January 25 becoming the 14th brewery on the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail. Plan your next adventure using the Beerwerks website which includes a trail map, a complete listing of the participating breweries, lodging options and much more! … Continue reading REASON #7: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

REASON #7: more brew

Looking to take a beercation? Look no further. Staunton’s newest brewery, Bedlam Brewing plans to open on January 25 becoming the 14th brewery on the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail. Plan your next adventure using the Beerwerks website which includes a trail map, a complete listing of the participating breweries, lodging options and much more! To check out the status of Bedlam Brewing check out their Facebook Page.

In other beer news, Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company is moving their operation to 103 E. Beverley Street. The new location will allow the brewery to double their production and add more beers to their already robust list of quality beers.

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
REASSON #6 – The Shack Makeover

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REASON #5b: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

Reason #5b: American Shakespeare Center’s 2017/18 Season    The 2017/18 Artistic Year features seven plays by William Shakespeare: • Much Ado about Nothing • Love’s Labour’s Lost • The Fall of King Henry (Henry VI, Part 3) • Macbeth • The Taming of the Shrew • Hamlet • The Life and Death of Richard II … Continue reading REASON #5b: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

Reason #5b: American Shakespeare Center’s 2017/18 Season
  
The 2017/18 Artistic Year features seven plays by William Shakespeare:

Much Ado about Nothing
Love’s Labour’s Lost
The Fall of King Henry (Henry VI, Part 3)
Macbeth
The Taming of the Shrew
Hamlet
The Life and Death of Richard II

Also included in the 2017/18 Season:

  • Tony Award-winning Peter and the Starcatcher by Rick Elice
  • Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility
  • Equivocation by Bill Cain
  • Antonio’s Revenge by John Marston
  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard

    The holiday favorite A Christmas Carol returns and is joined by the family-friendly Every Christmas Carol Ever Told (And Then Some!)

    For all the details visit American Shakespeare Center’s website

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

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REASON #5a: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

Reason #5a: American Shakespeare Center’s 2017/18 Season    We anxiously wait for the American Shakespeare Center to announce their 2017/18 Artistic Season. Artistic Director, Jim Warren will announce their season TODAY during the Opening Night Party, directly following the PAY WHAT YOU WILL performance of The Merchant of Venice. Can’t be there in person? Tune in … Continue reading REASON #5a: NOT TO MISS STAUNTON IN ’17

Reason #5a: American Shakespeare Center’s 2017/18 Season
  
We anxiously wait for the American Shakespeare Center to announce their 2017/18 Artistic Season. Artistic Director, Jim Warren will announce their season TODAY during the Opening Night Party, directly following the PAY WHAT YOU WILL performance of The Merchant of Venice. Can’t be there in person? Tune in on the ASC’s Facebook page as they live stream the event. Or, check out their website, tomorrow Sunday, January 15th for the complete listing.

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

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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: May-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: May-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.

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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!