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Fall 2016 Events

4th Annual PAC ‘n the Streets Festival
Saturday, September 10 from 11am-6pm, Beverley Street
in Downtown Staunton
A nostalgic, family-friendly street fair, hosted by the
Staunton Performing Arts Center, presents nonstop
entertainment on two outdoor stages, ethnic and local
food vendors, artisan walk, strolling performers and
favorite characters from page, stage and screen.
Various community organizations will offer games,
creative projects and fun learning experiences. There
will also be a mini petting zoo featuring rescued
animals. This community celebration offers exciting
activities for the entire family! Staunton Parks and
Recreation Department will be there providing
additional children’s activities. Admission to the festival
is free, a gift to the community from the Staunton
Performing Arts Center. For more information

African-American Heritage Festival
September 17 & 18 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, 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 540.886.0520

John Howe Peyton’s Montgomery Hall: An Evening with Author Jane Gray Avery
Wednesday, October 26 at 6:30pm at the Staunton Public Library
John Howe Peyton’s Montgomery Hall traces the
history of the Montgomery Hall acreage, the houses
and other buildings, and the rich and diverse history
there and in the Staunton area from the original
Beverly Grant in the 18th century, spanning the years
through the Revolutionary War, Slavery, the Civil
War, Emancipation, Reconstruction, the Depression,
establishment as a park and early years as an African-
American haven in the segregated South, and the lives
of those connected to it for over 200 years. Author,
Jane Gray Avery will provide insight into her research
journey, answer questions from the public and sign
books which will be available for purchase. For more
information call 530.332.3706 ext. 4186.

Downtown Trick or Treat and Costume Contest
Saturday, October 29 from 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 costume contest too! www.facebook.
com/StauntonRecreationParks Info: 540.332.3867

Caroling in the Park
Saturday, December    from 4pm-6pm
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 fun seasonal event and help support
the Valley Mission. Brave the winter elements and listen
to local choirs as they spread Christmas cheer. Bring the
children out for FREE hot chocolate, cookies, and photo
with Santa! There will be a cozy bonfire, wagon rides,
and please bring donated items for the Valley Mission.
Check out the mission’s website for a list of needed items

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.

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 www. 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 Joel Black at

Celebration of Holiday Lights
November 21 through January 1, 2017 from 5pm-11pm
Since 2005, The Celebration of Holiday Lights has
continued to glow and grow in Gypsy Hill Park.
Over 50 brightly colored Holiday scenes have been
uniquely created by individuals, families, organizations,
businesses and churches from Staunton, Waynesboro,
Augusta County and surrounding areas. Power is only
available in certain areas, as we can continue to grow
fewer spaces are available. The committee invites all
interested individuals, groups, churches or businesses
to join the 2016 event by placing a display in the
beautiful 214 acre park that will be enjoyed by over
30,000 visiting the park during the Holiday Season.
Registration for each display space is just $25. You must
have a 2’x3’ sign, identifying the name of your family,
individual, organization, business or church. For more
info on having a display in the park, please contact
Angel Cooper 540.886.8660 or
or Douglas Carter 540.337.3404. Applications
available online at



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