What Makes Jazz in the Park So Phenomenal

Jazz in the Park: A Tradition of Superb Music

Jazz in the Park Bandstand“If anyone would have told us we would be here 31 years later, we would have laughed out loud!”

That’s Lew Morrison, one of the founders of Jazz in the Park, reflecting on three decades of bringing outstanding jazz music to Staunton. And what a journey it’s been.

It all started when Phillip Nolley, a nationally known glassblower and musician, told Lew he wanted to start a weekly jazz event. Lew was all over the idea.

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Virginia Cider Festival 2018 Comes to Valley Pike Farm Market

Valley Pike Farm Market Welcomes the Virginia Cider Festival


It’s always wonderful when a business combines a good time with a good cause!

And Valley Pike Farm Market is doing just that by hosting the Virginia Cider Festival to benefit Mercy House.

A fixture in the Harrisonburg community for over 30 years, this non-profit works to reduce poverty and homelessness here in the Shenandoah Valley.

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Heifetz Hootenanny 2018: The Fun Begins Now

Heifetz Hootenanny 2018It happens every March, the Heifetz Hootenanny for Spring. And, let’s face it. By the time the third month of the year gets here, we’re all ready for a major lift!

While we never know just what to expect from March weather, we do know that this year’s Hootenanny will not disappoint.

Just in case you’re not familiar with the Heifetz Institute’s event, it happens both in the spring and in the summer. Exceptional talent from around the world delights audiences with a lively sampler of multi-genre music.

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Mill Street Grill: A Diner’s Delight



Mill Street GrillMill Street Grill has been tempting and pleasing palates since 1992. Located in an old flour mill, the White Star Mill, this local favorite just never seems to fall short with its array of dishes.

So when our guests ask, “Where’s a good place to eat?” Mill Street is one of the restaurants we recommend with confidence! And while it’s very important that the food is good, the restaurant’s atmosphere must also be a welcoming one.

Not a problem here! Mill Street is known for their accommodating and friendly staff.

What Does Mill Street Grill Have On The Menu?

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Love Chili? VA Chili Blues & Brews Festival Is For You!

Virginia Chili Blues & Brews Festival 2017

VA Chili Blues & BrewsWhether you’re a serious chili lover or just love the combination of chili, blues, and craft beer, the Virginia Chili Blues & Brews Festival has a ticket with your name on it!

In its 10th year, you’re encouraged to “dust off your grandma’s recipe or conjure up a recipe that would make grandma do the two-step.”

That’s some serious chili talk!

With over 3,000 attendees expected this year, the event is held in downtown Waynesboro in the Lumos Plaza, formerly Spring Lane.

All for a good cause! Virginia Chili Blues & Brews Festival benefits the Waynesboro Arts & Culture Initiative.

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Why You Should Re-Think Classical Music

Staunton Music Festival Welcomes World Class Chamber Musicians

Staunton Music Festival

“Re-think Classical Music.” That’s what the Staunton Music Festival encourages you to do during their upcoming festival. And you’ll thank them for it when you hear these world class performances. That’s because SMF welcomes the top classical musicians from around the world August 11-17, 2017.

But that’s not unusual for our small town.

The Heifetz Institute is right in the middle of their summer teaching program for gifted young musicians. And we get the benefit! Students perform to the delight of Staunton audiences throughout the summer season.

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Barren Ridge Vineyards: Summer Wine & Summer Fun

Barren Ridge Vineyards

Barren Ridge Vineyards: Your Stop for Summer Wine & Fun

Barren Ridge Vineyards offers a big plus for summer fun. Actually, they offer it all year round. But what could be more heavenly than spending an evening outside surrounded by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains? And with friends!

As a lazy summer evening casts the brilliance of a setting sun, Barren Ridge Vineyards provides not only a breathtaking backdrop but also exquisite offerings of wine as well.

Every Friday and Saturday evening, music is complimentary from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. During the winter, music is scheduled from 4:40 p.m.-7:30 p.m. The Vineyard welcomes a local solo musician to play on their patio or tasting room, usually, it’s Buddy Thomas or Larry Ragland.

Bring a picnic basket and enjoy both great wine, good food, and plenty of good music!

Get their full calendar here.

The Barren Ridge Vineyards Music Exception

However, on the third Friday of every month, Barren Ridge mixes it up a bit. For the small admission fee of $10, Firelight Friday or Sunsets at the Vineyard sets the stage for a great evening party!

The admission fee covers the music and the souvenir wine glass you take home with you. So what will you find at this event?

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Heifetz Institute, Staunton, VA

Heifetz Institute
Classes and concerts at the Heifetz International Music Institute photographed on Wednesday, 7/29/15.
Photo by Pat Jarrett

Gifted young musicians from around the world—some as young as 11 years old—come to the Queen City for six weeks of intense training.

The glorious part of this program is that we, as a local audience, get to enjoy the incredible talent of these young musicians. All while the Heifetz Institute teaches them how to hone and master their skills. How?

The Institute teaches them to play more than just notes. It teaches them to transform those notes into their instrument and to ignite their musical passion as they display their maturing skills.

Local Staunton patrons get to hear gifted violin, viola, and cello students from around the world. Students receive instruction from world-renowned faculty from institutions such as the Juilliard School of Music, the New England Conservatory of Music, and more.

For the complete Heifetz calendar, click here.

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Red Wing Roots Music: Natural Chimney Music

Red Wing Roots Festival: 

Say That 3 Times As Fast As You Can!


Red Wing Roots FestivalSeriously, this is a spectacular music festival you do NOT want to miss. And it’s right here in our own backyard! You can also enjoy hiking, biking, and yes, even yoga, during this years three day festival all while enjoying a fantastic musical line up.

The Red Wing Roots Festival has really outdone themselves this year with an incredible line up of musicians, starting with the music power house Steve Earle. He’s considered one of the great American songwriters of our time. He also had close friendships with other great songwriters like Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark.

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Blues & Brews Festival, Staunton, VA

Muddy Waters, Jr., Night Hawks, John Huggins
Muddy Waters, Jr. The Nighthawks, and John Huggins


John Huggins is an expansive person. Everything about his personality is warm, open, and engaging.  You can’t help but feel instantly at ease. With a nose for business and a heart as big as the Shenandoah Valley, John loves music, specifically “the Blues.”

But when he moved here 9 years ago, there were no music festivals. Worse, there were no Blues music festivals. That’s when John decided to give the music scene a boost, and Blues & Brews was born.

The kick off festival was held at Oak Grove. Then for 6 successive years, it was held at the Frontier Culture Museum. Then the venue moved downtown. But challenged with space, this year it will be held at Ironwood. “It’s a perfect location,” John said.

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