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Your and your guests are cordially invited to
~  Staunton Spring Arts Festival Weekend  ~
April 21-24, 2016

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Eight events promise to keep you entertained and engaged like never before while our hospitality industry rolls out the red carpet. You won’t want to miss a minute!

The Events

Thursday, April 21

◊ The Queen City Plein Air Festival kicks off with an array of artists set up throughout Staunton, creating beautiful paintings. You will find them here, there, and everywhere … even at the gardens on tour for Historic Garden Tour Day. Look for them Thursday through Sunday.

Friday, April 22

◊ Break out your best frock and hat for an evening Garden Party at Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum! From 5 to 7:30 p.m. some of Staunton and the Shenandoah Valley’s best food, wine, and craft beer will be served while musician Kathy Lafon creates a jubilant atmosphere. It’s all in support of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Garden Fund.
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◊ Classical music lovers are in luck this weekend! Staunton Music Festival will be performing two concerts. The first, Beethoven’s Cello Sonatas, will be performed at Trinity Episcopal Church at 7 p.m. Stay until Sunday for the second.
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◊ You’ll be blown away when you see the exceptional talent of two Heifetz Institute alumni. Featuring 13-year old violinist Masha Lakisova and 14-year old cellist Isaiah Kim, Heifetz on Tour “Spring in the Valley” Concert will be held at Mary Baldwin College’s Francis Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Heifetz Institutes’s 20th Anniversary Shenandoah Scholarship Campaign. Enjoy the sneak peek of Masha and Isaiah below.
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Saturday, April 23

◊ Spanning Saturday and Sunday is the Virginia Hot Glass Festival at Sunspots Studio. It’s

Fire-Breathing Dragon by Josh Ries from Art of Fire.

a hot, happenin’ good time of constant glass blowing demonstrations and guest artists showing off their talents. Kids love the fire-breathing dragon and the flaming ray gun. Have a glass of Barren Ridge wine while you peruse the second floor gallery or check out the stone carving across the street. It’s free, fun, and all day long, so see you there!

◊ Dogwood Road is the main path for this year’s Historic Garden Tour Day in Staunton. Set up to be a walkable affair between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., the tour features those plein air artists mentioned above as well as classical musicians, floral designers, and of course, stunning gardens. See the seven properties at your leisure.
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◊ If you want evidence of how dedicated the Staunton community is to each other and preserving history, look no further than the celebration that is Bridge Day at Sears Hill Bridge. Reclaiming the condemned pedestrian bridge connecting the Sears Hill neighborhood to downtown Staunton was a labor of love, dedication, and perseverance that took a little more than two years to accomplish. Enjoy the live music, crafts, great food, and family fun between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

◊ It’s the 400th Anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, but rather than donning black garb and mourning, the American Shakespeare Center is throwing a bash on Market Street! Join in the family-friendly #Shakespeare400 Block Party for free from noon until 6 p.m. If you care to see a show at Blackfriars Playhouse, there will be two available for you. At 2 p.m., Shakespeare’s Julius Casear will be performed. Later, at 7 p.m., the cast of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest will take the stage.
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Importance of Being Earnest
Tim Sailer as Jack, Zoe Speas as Gwendolen, and Josh Innerst as Algernon in THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST. Photo by Michael Bailey.

Sunday, April 24

The weekend finale is Staunton Music Festival’s presentation of Schubert’s Final Piano Sonatas at Trinity Episcopal Church at 4 p.m. This concert will be a real treat as Carsten Schmidt performs Franz Schubert’s last two sonatas, D.959 A major and D.960 B-flat major, on an 1830’s fortepiano.
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The Accommodations

Shakespeare packages are almost as famous in Staunton as The Bard himself. Choose from these to have a fantastic stay and tickets to one of the Saturday shows:


The Food

Sit down for a special one-time seating of a five-course, wine-paired French dinner at Stonewall Jackson Hotel on April 22 at 6:30 p.m. RESERVE

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