Things to see and do...

Apr. 16, 2014 at 5:30 PM : Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.

10 S. Market St.  Dr. Ralph Presents program at 5:30 p.m. Henry VI performance at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 1-877-682-4236 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com.


The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center
10 South Market Street
Staunton, VA 24401
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The Blackfriars Playhouse is the world’s only re-creation of a Shakespearean indoor theatre. The 300-seat theatre stages performances based on how Shakespeare's company originally performed plays at the original Shakespeare theatres. Performances are staged as a rotating repertory with the same actors in each of several concurrently-running plays.

Apr. 16, 2014 at 7:00 PM : Civil War history program at Handley Library in Winchester, Va.

Daniel Morgan Middle School. One Book, One Community program with author Dr. James McPherson a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Civil War historian, author of For Cause and Comrades: Why Men Fought in the Civil War. Free admission.


Handley Regional Library
100 W. Piccadilly St.
Winchester, VA 22604
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The Handley Library opened in 1913.Architects J. Stewart Barney and Henry Otis Chapman of New York designed the building in Beaux-Arts style. In 1979 the library became a regional library when Frederick County and then Clarke County libraries joined the county system.

Apr. 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM : Opera performance at James Madison University

Concert Hall, Forbes Center for the Performing Arts. Gilbert and Sullivan operetta: H.M.S. Pinafore, peformed by JMU Opera Theater. April 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $14 to $15.


James Madison University
800 S. Main St.
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
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James Madison University is the only university in America named for U.S. President James Madison. Established in 1908, the university offers a broad range of the liberal arts programs. The university has been a coeducational institution since 1966.

Apr. 17, 2014 at 9:00 AM : Art exhibition at James Madison University

Lisanby Museum, Festival Conference and Student Center. Charles Lisanby, the Artist: Life Drawings. Examination of the work of Charles Lisanby. Runs through May 2. Free admission.


The C&O Railway Heritage Center
705 East Main St.
Clifton Forge, VA 24422
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The Chesapeake and Ohio Historical Society operates a railway heritage museum in Clifton Forge. It tells the story of the C&O Railway and how it connected people. It also honors the memory and contribution of those who worked every day to make rail transportation possible.

Apr. 17, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM : 2014 Mountain Trout fishing lessons at Murrays Fly Shop in Edinburg, Va.

121 S. Main St. Two-day event. Mountain Trout Schools on the Rapidan River in Shenandoah National Park: Casting, entomology, reading the water, proper fly selection and how to fish drys, nymphs and streamers for trout in freestone streams. Weekday sessions. After slide show presentation, fish until 5 p.m. both days. Rod and reel provided. Sessions on April 17 -  April 18, April 24 - April 25 and May 5 - May 6. Admission: $295, prepaid. For more information, call 540-984-4212 or visit www.murraysflyshop.com


Murrays Fly Fishing Shop
121 S. Main Street
Edinburg, VA 22824
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Harry Murray is a native of Edinburg, Virginia,on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River.  He has published numerous articles in national fly fishing magazines and eight books.   His seminars at Murray's Fly Shop in Edinburg include fly fishing for trout and smallmouth bass, and fly tying.

Apr. 17, 2014 at 10:30 AM : Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.

10 S. Market St. The Merry Wives of Windsor school matinee at 10:30 a.m., followed by a Talkback session. Inside Plays program at 5:30 p.m. Othello performance at 7:30 p.m., followed by a Talkback session. For more information, call 1-877-682-4236 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com.


The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center
10 South Market Street
Staunton, VA 24401
website   •   Map

The Blackfriars Playhouse is the world’s only re-creation of a Shakespearean indoor theatre. The 300-seat theatre stages performances based on how Shakespeare's company originally performed plays at the original Shakespeare theatres. Performances are staged as a rotating repertory with the same actors in each of several concurrently-running plays.

Apr. 17, 2014 at 7:00 PM : Third Thursday Lecture Series at Heritage Museum in Dayton, Va.

Lecture: Life on the Frontier with Patrick Murphy, author of The French and Indian War in Shenandoah County. Docent-led tours of the Cromer-Trumbo House: every first Friday, from April through August from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., or by appointment: $5. Museum and genealogy library hours: Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lecture: Free admission, donatations accepted, open to the public.


The Heritage Museum
382 High St.
Dayton, VA 22821
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The Heritage Center now boasts over 5000 square feet of exhibit space, with permanent exhibits featuring Invincible Spirit: History in the Heart of the Shenandoah and The Art of Tradition: Shenandoah Valley Folk Art. The museum is owned and operated by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society whose more than 1,000 members come from every part of the U.S. and is home to the Stonewall Jackson electric map that illustrates the Civil War Valley Campaign of 1862.

Apr. 17, 2014 at 7:00 PM : History lecture at the Gateway theater in Waynesboro, Va.

329 W. Main St. Crozet Tunnel. Free admission, $5 suggested donation. For more information, call 540-943-9999.


Wayne Theatre
533 West Main St.
Waynesboro, VA 22980
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First opened in 1926, the Waynesboro Theatre had a neo-classical facade, fashionable interior, and mighty organ. The city eventually took ownership and and in 2000 the the Wayne Theatre Alliance was created to revitalize the property to promote the economic vitality, educational opportunities and cultural life of Waynesboro, Virginia.

Apr. 18, 2014 at 3:00 PM : Guided walking tours in downtown Lexington, Va.

Meet at the Lexington Visitor Center. Every Friday at 3 p.m., from April through November. Rain or shine. No reservations required. Wear comfortable shoes. For more information, call 540-463-3777.


Downtown Lexington, Virginia
100 East Washington St.
Lexington, VA 24450
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Lexington is the home of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, the Virginia Horse Center, Washington & Lee University, Virginia Military Institute and many more scenic, historic sites. The historic downtown is home to beautiful old buildings and unique shops

Apr. 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM : Indie rock concert at Bright Box Theater in Winchester, Va.

15 N. Loudoun St., Suite 100. Melodime with Nelo. Indie-rock. For more information, call 540-665-2878 or visit www.brightboxtheater.com.


City of Winchester, Va.
1001 East Cork St.
Winchester, VA 22601
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Winchester is home of the annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, drawing approximately 250,000 visitors to the area. There are parks, a historic downtown walking mall and centuries-old architecture.  The city has an extensive Civil War history, changing hands many times during the War.

Apr. 18, 2014 at 7:30 PM : Music and Dancing in Raphine, Va.

Clarks Ole Time Music Center, located at Clarks Lumber Co. Every Friday from 7:30-10 p.m. Admission: $8 per person, $15 per couple. For more information, call 540-377-2490.


Village of Raphine
2139 Raphine Rd
Raphine, VA 24472
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Raphine was named after James Edward Allen Gibbs who patented the first chain-stitch single-thread sewing machine and eventually began manufacturing commercial sewing machines. Nearby is the home of Cyrus McCormick, who invented the mechanical reaper in 1831.

Apr. 18, 2014 at 7:30 PM : River City Radio Hour at the Gateway theater in Waynesboro, Va.

329 W. Main St. Tickets: $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For more information call 540-943-9999 or visit waynetheatre.org.


Wayne Theatre
533 West Main St.
Waynesboro, VA 22980
website   •   Map

First opened in 1926, the Waynesboro Theatre had a neo-classical facade, fashionable interior, and mighty organ. The city eventually took ownership and and in 2000 the the Wayne Theatre Alliance was created to revitalize the property to promote the economic vitality, educational opportunities and cultural life of Waynesboro, Virginia.

Apr. 18, 2014 at 7:30 PM : Theater performance at Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.

10 S. Market St.  The Merry Wives of Windsor performance at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 1-877-682-4236 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com. For more information, call 1-877-682-4236 or visit www.americanshakespearecenter.com.


The Blackfriars Playhouse - American Shakespeare Center
10 South Market Street
Staunton, VA 24401
website   •   Map

The Blackfriars Playhouse is the world’s only re-creation of a Shakespearean indoor theatre. The 300-seat theatre stages performances based on how Shakespeare's company originally performed plays at the original Shakespeare theatres. Performances are staged as a rotating repertory with the same actors in each of several concurrently-running plays.

Apr. 19, 2014 from 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM : Staunton and Augusta Saturday Farmers Market in Staunton, Va.

Located downtown at the Wharf. Open every Saturday through Thanksgiving, 7 a.m. to  12 p.m. Local foods and plants, music and more in the Wharf parking lot. For more information, visit afarmersmarket.com.


City of Staunton
116 W. Beverley St.
Staunton, VA 24401
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Staunton is the birthplace of U.S President Woodrow Wilson and the home of the Statler Brothers. The Blackfriars Playhouse, Frontier Culture Museum, and other visitor attractions are there, along with a beautiful downtown area with a number of historic districts that include the restored Stonewall Jackson Hotel.

Apr. 19, 2014 at 8:00 AM : Junior Ranger Day at Shenandoah National Park

Dickey Ridge Visitor Center mile 4.6 on Skyline Drive and Harry F. Byrd Sr. Visitor Center mile 51. Children connect with nature ith items on touch tables, indoor scavenger hunts, and trying on ranger uniforms. Ranger wildlife talk, live screech owl, park patrol vehicle and ambulance displayed. Work a fire hose with a wildland firefighter. PowerPoint presentation, A Ranger`s Life for Me. at Byrd Visitor Center. Opening weekend of National Park Week, entrance fees waived April 19 and 20. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/shen.


Shenandoah National Park - Skyline Drive

Luray, VA
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Although Shenandoah National Park is famous for its scenic Skyline Drive, almost 40% park is a protected wilderness area. The park is open year-round, although portions of Skyline Drive may be closed during bad weather . Shenandoah National Park is an easy drive from the Washington D.C. Area.
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