Downtown Trick or Treat
Saturday, October 25. Staunton Downtown Development Association and Staunton Parks & Recreation and the Children’s Art Network invite kids to visit the SDDA Witch to get a list of participating shops and businesses which will be providing trick or treat goodies to children in costumes. Halloween vignettes will be setup at the Wharf from 10am-noon, bring your camera! Info: (540) 332-3867 or www.stauntondowntown.org
Saturday, August 30 from 1–5pm. Join us at Staunton Jams! Staunton Parks and Recreation will be offering a “Lil’ bit of Country” for the “lil critters,” while the adults enjoy a “Lil’ bit of Rock-n-Roll” in downtown Staunton on Beverley Street. At Lil’ Country, you’ll find mini tractors, arts & crafts activities, farm activities and more. Staunton Jams will be rockin’ from 12noon–10pm. FREE EVENT. For more information about Lil’ Country call: (540) 332-3945. For more information about Staunton Jams call (540) 332-3867.
Saturday, September 13, 10am–5pm East Beverley Street in Downtown Staunton A nostalgic, family-friendly street fair, hosted by the Staunton Performing Arts Center, will offer non-stop entertainment on two outdoor stages, artisan and food vendors, roving street performers, drawings, a Wildlife Center demonstration, and a wine/beer/cider Tasting Garden on Market Street, and much more. This community celebration offers exciting activities for the entire family! Staunton Parks and Recreation Department will be there providing additional children’s activities. Free! (Tasting Garden requires a fee). For more information visit www.stauntondowntown.org
African-American Heritage Festival
September 20 & 21 from 10am–6pm at the John Moxie parking lot, Gypsy Hill Park. This annual two-day event features excellent ethnic and American food, finest quality arts & crafts, free entertainment and fun. This FREE EVENT takes place under tents and is handicap accessible!
Illuminate 5K Run/Walk
Saturday, October 18, 8:30pm, Montgomery Hall Park.
Get lit and get fit! Light up the night as you run/walk the course originating in Montgomery Hall Park and finishing at the soccer complex with a dance party awaiting your finish at Illumination Vibration, complete with DJ spinning the latest dance music and plenty of LED lights and lasers to light up the sky until 10:30pm. The race is open to all ages to compete and have fun. Participants are encourage to get creative with race attire and light themselves up as much as possible. Prizes will be awarded for the race and for creativity of attire. Each participant will receive a special race t-shirt, special LED bracelet, and LED glasses. Special LED necklaces, bracelets and mohawks will be available for purchase on a limited bases. Early registration is $20 per person September 1–October 1, the price will be $25 between October 2–October 17, and $30 the day of the race. All competitors must be checked in by 8pm. Spectators may come to the dance party for $10, which includes LED bracelet. This will be a fun event you won’t want to miss!
Field of Deer
The display of decorative holiday deer (part of the 10th Annual Celebration of Holiday Lights) is placed inside the fence at the Gypsy Hill Park Pool in honor of someone living or in memory of a loved one. Registration forms may be picked up at Staunton Parks & Recreation or downloaded online at www.celebrationoflights.org and click on “Field of Deer Application Form”. There is no fee for displaying deer; however, if you wish to purchase a plaque for the “Honor Board” with your loved one’s name, there is a onetime charge of $10/name. Plaque can be reused the following year. Purchasing a plaque is not mandatory. Deer will be placed randomly in the pool area at the discretion of the committee. For more information, please contact Becky Moomau at (540) 885-4266 or (540) 649-4318 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
10th Annual Celebration of Holiday
Lights Family and Business Displays Celebrating 10 years, we anticipate the biggest and best ever celebration beginning Monday before Thanksgiving, November 24, from 5–11pm daily through January 1, 2015. More than 50 brightly lit holiday scenes will be lighting up Gypsy Hill Park, created by individuals, organizations, businesses and churches. Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County residents and business owners are invited to join the Celebration of Holiday Lights by placing a display in Gypsy Hill Park this holiday season. Registration for display space is just $25 per display. You are permitted to have a 2’ x 3’ sign identifying your display with your family, organization, church or business name. For more information on having a display in the park for 2014, please contact Angel Cooper, (540) 886-8660 or email@example.com OR Douglas Carter, (540)337-3404.
Caroling in the Park
Saturday, December 20, 1–4pm
Listen to the carols of Christmas that bring us the joy and spirit of the season! Join us at the Gypsy Hill Park Bandstand for our first annual caroling in the park. Brave the winter elements and listen to local choirs as they spread Christmas cheer. Performances by the Staunton Parks and Recreation homeschool choir, Harrisonburg Harmonizers, and other local choirs. Warm concessions available for purchase and cozy bonfires set the atmosphere. Free, but please bring a canned good to benefit the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.
Fall Plant Giveaway
Date: To be Determined! Why? The day of the giveaway depends on the weather conditions. Usually the giveaway falls in the third week of October. Watch the Parks & Rec Facebook page, community access channel, and for flyers around town announcing the date. We hope to announce the date by early October. Location: Gypsy Hill Park, at the far end of the large parking lot for the football stadium & Moxie field, near the entrance gates to Parks Maintenance Shop. What will be available: A mix of tropicals, Elephant Ears, fall garden mums, as well as a few perennials and assorted leftover plants. How it works: Arrive a bit early! Plants will be laid out by 4:45pm so you can preview what is available. At 5pm we will distribute tickets (one per participant) after ticket distribution we will draw for plants which will be distributed in lots as winners are drawn. This will spread the plants to as many participants as possible. This event is open to everyone. Not everything in the city flower beds is available at the giveaway. We hold back a stock of certain plants & bulbs to propagate from. Questions- Contact Matthew Sensabaugh, City Horticulturist at (540) 332-3706 ext 4174.
SUMMER BANDSTAND ENTERTAINMENT
The Stonewall Brigade Band
June 2........Season opener. Everything from a Circus March
to Star Wars theme and West Side Story
June 9........The band will play music from the theater,
concert hall, church, movies, and even
June 16.......Flag Day program. Patriotic music and a patriotic
June 23.......Around the World, Through the Years
June 30.......American History through Music- annual patriotic
concert celebrating Independence Day
July 7.........Old Fashioned Concert in the Park
July 14........Kids’ Concert in the Park- cartoon, movie, and
Disney music, with Ronald McDonald show
July 21.......A Tuneful Potpourri
July 28.......20th Century Band Favorites
August 4.....British Band Classics I- with a few pops from the
August 11...Folk Songs, Voluntaries, Brooklyn, and Swing
August 18...British Band Classics II- plus a march and a
August 26...Best of the Season concert
See www.stonewallbrigadeband.com on how to vote on your favorites from previous concerts to hear again on the season finale!
Tuesdays: Praise in the Park
(7pm, Tuesdays. Hosted by Linden Heights Baptist Church)
July 8...........7pm - Sierra Losh. 8pm-Southern Grace
July 15.........7pm - Southern Hospitality, 8pm-Spirit Led
July 22.........7pm - Fidelis and Allreds, 8pm-Church
July 29.........6:30pm-Teen Night: Glory Bound Motorcycle
Ministry and bands Narrow Road and Covenant.
Free pizza for teens
August 5......7pm-Doyle Moats, 8pm-High on the Mountain
August 12....7pm - Jonathan King, 7:35pm- Heather Snow,
8:10pm- Heaven’s Harmony
August 19....7pm - The Finney’s, 8pm- Heaven’s Mountain
August 26....7pm - Kathy Allen, 8pm- Faithful Men
Bluegrass in the Park
(7pm, Wednesdays. Hosted by Staunton Parks & Recreation.
July 9..........7pm - Hound Dog Hill. 8pm - In the Tradition
July 16........7pm - West Wind Bluegrass. 8pm - Darren
July 23........7pm - Frog Pond Pickers. 8pm - Little Roy and
July 30........7pm - Last Minute Band. 8pm - Big Country
Aug. 6.........7pm - Flattbroke. 8pm - Larry Stephenson Band
Aug 13........7pm - Page Co. Ramblers. 8pm - Joe Mullins and
Aug 20........7pm - Grassy Ridge. 8pm - The Roys
Aug 27........7pm - High Ground. 8pm - James King Band
Jazz in the Park
(7pm, Thursdays.*New Hours: 7pm-9pm* Rain or Shine! Bring a lawn chair or blanket, concessions available)
For more information, call Lew or Lisa Morrison (540)337-6944
July 10..........Sentimental Journey-18 piece big band
July 17..........Jane Powell Quartet- legendary &
internationally acclaimed vocalist.
July 24..........Robert Jospe’ Experience- hot fusion with
former Dave Mathews Band pianist Butch Taylor
July 31..........The Boogie Kings w/special guest Wanda:
stride/boogie pianist William Hayes to take you
back to the roots of jazz.
August 7........S.p.l.a.a.a.t. Quintet- classic jazz standards
along with Sinatra specialist, Danny Barrale.
August 14.......Vince Lewis/Dwight Spencer Quartet: two
extraordinary guitarists featuring virtuoso
bassist Victor Dvoskin.
August 21.......Dave Pope Quartet: featured soloist at the
World Saxophone Congress in Scotland.
August 29.......Barry Gurley Trio: Superb pianist/vocalist
doing everything from Miles Davis to the
Family Night Flix
(Family-oriented movies start at dusk usually between 8:30pm and 9:15pm. Concessions available for purchase.
Weather cancellation line is (540) 332-3947.)