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Fall 2015 Events

Lil’ Country at Staunton Jams
Saturday, September 5 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.

PAC’n the Streets Festival
Saturday, September 12, 10am–7pm East Beverley Street in Downtown Staunton A nostalgic, family-friendly street fair, hosted by the Staunton Performing Arts Center, will offer nonstop entertainment on two outdoor stages, artisan and food vendors, roving street performers, drawings, a wine, beer, and cider Tasting Garden on Market Street, and much more. New this year will be an all-ages, community open jam session from 5 to 7pm. 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

African-American Heritage Festival
September 19 & 20 from 10am–6pm at the John Moxie parking lot, Gypsy Hill Park. This annual two-day event features excellent ethnic and American food, the finest quality arts & crafts, free entertainment, children’s activities, health screenings and fun. Church services will be held on Sunday. Souled Out Band will be the entertainment this year. This FREE EVENT takes place under tents and is handicap accessible! For more information: or call 886-0520

Downtown Trick or Treat and Costume Contest
Saturday, October 31, 10am-12pm
Staunton Downtown Development Association, the Staunton Parks & Recreation department and the Children’s Art Network invite children and families to visit the Wharf! Receive a list of participating shops and businesses that will be providing trick or treat goodies to children in costume. Enter the free Parks and Recreation costume contest at Sunspots Pavilion for your chance to win SDDA gift cards and bragging rights. We will choose the first, second, and third place winners and YOU get to choose the grand prize winner, which is People’s Choice. All photos will be posted on the Staunton Parks and Recreation’s Facebook page. the costume with the most likes will win the People’s Choice award and the constume contest too! Info: 332-3867 or

Field of Deer
The display of decorative holiday deer (part of the 11th 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 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 Dale Soprano (540)649-5479, email lighthouse_ lady@ or Joel Black (540)271-2734, email

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 flyers around town announcing the date. We hope to announce 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.

Celebration of Holiday Lights
November 23 through January 1, 2016 from 5pm-11pm
Since 2005 The Celebration of Holiday Lights has been glowing and growing in Gypsy Hill Park. More than 50 brightly colored Holiday scenes have been uniquely created by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and churches, from Staunton, Waynesboro, Augusta County and surrounding areas. As we grow fewer spaces are available. The committee invites all interested to join soon, by placing a display in the beautiful 214 acre park that will be enjoyed by 30,000 visiting the park during the holiday season. Registration for display space is just $25 per display. You must have a 2’ X 3’ sign, identifying the name of a family, an organization, business or church. For more information on having a display in the park for 2015, please contact, Angel Cooper, (540) 886-8660 or OR Douglas Carter, (540 )337-3404. Applications available online at

Haunts of Queen City: Weekend Ghost Tours from Gypsy Hill Park
presented by Ghosts of Staunton Walking Ghost Tours and Staunton Parks and Recreation Friday and Saturday evenings during October, starting at 7pm Join us for a 90 minute walk by candlelight through the beautiful Gypsy Hill Park as we present Haunted Encounters, Ghost Stories, Legends and History of the Queen City of the Shenandoah Valley. Named after Lady Rebecca Staunton, and founded in 1747, Staunton has a long history of mysterious events that haunt us to this
very day. Hear the ancient, strange and unusual tales of centuries past. Don’t miss out on this ghostly experience! Our aim is to provide a quality tour that blends history and hauntings. We strive to educate, enlighten, and entertain you with our own unique blend of the paranormal, science, history and local legend. Reservations strongly recommended and will take place on Friday and Saturday evenings. Tours will begin promptly, from just below the Garden Center, so please arrive 15-20 minutes early. Tours are rain or shine so please dress accordingly. Price: $10 Adults, $5 Children ages 6-12. For more information or tickets, please visit our website
at or call (540)448-2743.

Caroling in the Park
Saturday, December 19, 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 this great seasonal event and help support the Valley Mission. Brave the winter elements while enjoying local choirs spreading Christmas cheer. Performances by the Harrisonburg Harmonizers and other local choirs, along with a cozy bonfire. Bring the children for FREE hot chocolate, cookies, and a photo with Santa! Please bring donated items for the Valley Mission. Check out the Mission’s website or Facebook page for a list of needed items at





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The Stonewall Brigade Band
(8pm, Mondays)

June 1 Season Opener
June 8 The band plays music from the theater, the concert, the church, the movies, and the radio
June 15 Annual Flag Day Concert
June 23 Around the World, Through the Years
June 30 American History through Music–Celebrating Independence Day
July 6 Old Fashioned Concert in the Park
July 13 Kids’ Concert in the Park. 7pm Ronald McDonald Show, 8pm Concert
July 20 20th Century Band Favorites
July 27 A Tuneful Potpourri
August 3 Once In 823 years
August 10 British Band Classics I
August 17 Folks songs, Voluntaries, Brooklyn, and Swing Bands
August 24 British Band Classics II
August 31 Best of the Season--vote for your favorites from this year on our web site

Tuesdays: Praise in the Park
(7pm, Tuesdays. Hosted by Linden Heights Baptist Church)

July 7 7pm: Heather Snow; 7:30pm: Roger Decker, 8pm: Spirit Led
July 14 7pm: Kathy Allen; 7:30pm: Sierra Losh, 8pm: Southern Grace
July 21 7pm: Staunton Choral Society, 8pm: Jonahtan King & Tina Persinger
July 28 7pm: Fidelis; 8pm: The Allreds
August 4 7pm: Teen Night: Rise; 8pm: Covenant
August 11 7pm: Heaven’s Mountain Band; 8pm: Virginia-Carolina Band
August 18 7pm: The Finney’s; 8pm: The Crawford Brothers
August 25 7pm: Timmy Williamson; 8pm: Faithful Men


Bluegrass in the Park
(7pm, Wednesdays. Hosted by Staunton Parks & Recreation.)

July 8 7pm: Hound Dog Hill; 8pm: In the Tradition
July 15 7pm: Page County Ramblers; 8pm: Mark Templeton and Pocket Change
July 22 7pm: Last Minute Band; 8pm: Little Roy and Lizzy show
July 29 7pm: Frog Pond Pickers; 8pm: Virginia Ramblers
Aug. 5 7pm: Grassy Ridge; 8pm: The Roys
Aug. 12 7pm: High Ground; 8pm: Goldwing Express
Aug. 19 7pm: Flatbroke; 8pm: Big Country Bluegrass band
Aug. 26 7pm: Westwind Bluegrass Band; 8pm: Joe Mullins and Radio Ramblers


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 9 Sentimental Journey–18 piece big band
July 16 Vince Lewis/Dwight Spencer Quartet: two extraordinary guitarists featuring virtuoso bassist Victor Dvoskin.
July 23 Kane–West Organ Trio: featuring nationally acclaimed guitarist Randy Johnson
July 30 Mill Street Ramblers: six piece traditional New Orleans Dixieland band
August 6 Robert Jospe’ and Inner Rhythm: high energy world beat with Latin flavor
August 13 Dixie Power Trio: funky Cajon/blues/Zydeco streetbeat jazz
August 20 Bay Area Jazz Project: featuring one of D.C.’s top vocalists Lena Seikaly
August 27 S.p.l.a.a.a.t. Quintet– classic jazz standards along with Sinatra specialist, Danny Barrale

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.)

June 5 Pitch Perfect
June 19
July 17
Dirty Dancing ‘80s Throwback Night
July 31
The Mask
August 14
August 28-
The Outsiders

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