Frontier Culture Museum Showcases American Roots Music Series

How the American Roots Music Summer Concert Series Got Started

american-roots-music-seriesThe Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia has always known that visitors greatly enjoy the occasional Roots fiddler, banjoist, or guitarist. After all, music is very much a part of early American cultural history.

But how to reach more people with this music? That’s when the American Roots Music Summer Concert Series came to life four years ago.

Now, every Sunday evening in August from 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m., the Museum sets up their pavilion with tables and chairs for a casual dinner theater-like experience. And music lovers toe-tap, dance, and enjoy the music America was built upon.

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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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Happy Birthday America 2018: Statler Cousins Remake A Favorite

Happy Birthday America Takes Off

Wilson Fairchild BandThey grew up watching their famous dads perform on stage. And one of the biggest performances that both Wil and Langdon Reid loved was Happy Birthday USA. When The Statler Brothers retired this beloved show in 1994, neither Wil nor Langdon could ever have guessed that 23 years later they would be asked to take the Staunton mic, picking up where their dads left off.

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Highland County Maple Festival: 60 Years of Sweetness

The Highland County Maple Festival Celebrates 60 Years

The Highland Maple Festival

Every March, thousands of people make the twist and turn ride through the Alleghany Mountains for the Highland County Maple Festival. And this year will be no exception.

However, it will be a little sweeter as the festival marks its 60th anniversary.

So what makes Highland County so special? For starters, it’s one of the last unspoiled rural regions in Virginia.

As soon as you arrive, you’ll feel like you’ve taken a step back in time. With mountain byways and back roads, “Virginia’s Sweet Spot” was designated a Local Legacy by the Library of Congress in 1999. Guests of the Inn at Old Virginia always rave about the quality and the fun they have at this treasured festival.

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Staunton History and the Inn at Old Virginia

People come from all over the world to learn about the Shenandoah Valley’s prominent role in history. And we certainly have a lot to offer!

But this time, we’re going to focus on local Staunton history.

Tourists and history enthusiasts alike are generally surprised and delighted at the richness of our own history. Because the Inn at Old Virginia has such an intricate history with Staunton, we thought you might enjoy seeing that historical journey.

Here are some tidbits about our local history and how the Inn at Old Virginia fits in.

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Nobos Kitchen: Really Good Beer-Infused Food

Ben Demory and Carter Raab
Ben Demory and Carter Raab

Ben Demory had a powerful entrepreneurial itch. He had a great job working at Augusta Health, and he liked his job. There was only one problem. He loved to cook.

He met up with Carter Raab who, at the time, had his own food truck, Farm Fresh Fixins. Carter graduated from the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute and was making a name for himself locally with his Appalachian-inspired cuisine.

Wanting to start his own food truck, Ben picked Carter’s brain as much as possible. As Ben learned more about the food truck business, the two became friends.

Then fate intervened. Seven Arrows brewery in Waynesboro approached Carter about leasing the kitchen. That’s when Carter approached Ben and Nobos Kitchen was born.

The two officially opened March 3rd of this year.

What You Can Expect from the Nobos Kitchen

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Escape Room: Can You Crack the Code?

Staunton’s Escape Room Delights and Teases

Crack the Code Escape Room LogoThey are popping up everywhere, escape rooms, that is!

And now Staunton has its very own located in the old Echols Building downtown. Beth Brown is the owner of Crack the Code Escape Room. And her love for solving a good puzzle is evident.

Equipped with some excellent props, clues, and 60 precious minutes, it’s up to you to solve the puzzle of your choice. Clues are everywhere. You just have to be savvy enough to find them.

Whether you’re a guest of the Inn at Old Virginia or a local, Staunton’s escape room could be the best fun you have while giving your brain a workout!

So What IS an Escape Room?

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Stable Craft Brewery: A Farm-to-Table Brewery

This Brewery Is Really One-of-a-Kind!

Hops at Stable Craft Brewery
Hops at Stable Craft Brewery

Stable Craft Brewery is billed as a “farm brewery.” You don’t hear that very often, do you? But the description is spot on!

Committed to green living practices and an organic approach to crafting beer, Stable Craft Brewery even grows its own hops.

Currently, they have over 800 hops plants to ensure the high quality of their beer.

With a rotation of 16 beers on tap and a small batch rotation, there’s a beer to suit every palate.

Stable Craft Brewery offers farm and brewery tours too. From the magnificent horses to the hop fields, you can get a close-up look at how a sustainable brewery farm works.

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The Farm to Table Food Truck: Appalachian Inspired Cuisine


Appalachian Inspired Cuisine Comes to the Shenandoah Valley

Farm Fresh Fixin ChickenCarter Raab comes from a long line of cattle farmers and great cooks. Not surprisingly, he was raised to appreciate the land and our relationship to it.

Those values also taught him to appreciate the environment in which food is grown and prepared.

With grandmothers and great aunts to nurture his love of cooking, it was the women in his life that fueled his culinary desire.

These women were raised on a true “farm-to-table” life. In the same vein as the Waltons, Carter’s relatives were committed to the “work the land to feed your family” lifestyle.

With a love for fixing fresh wholesome food, even his deep roots in Appalachia couldn’t keep him in Virginia. Driven to learn more, Carter attended and graduated from the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu culinary school.

From there, he found his way into the kitchens of fine dining restaurants in Florida, South Carolina, Oregon, and Virginia.

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Inn Focus: The Gift Shop at Inn at Old Virginia

Not Your Everyday B & B Gift Shop

Gift Shop at Inn at Old VirginiaEverything about the Inn at Old Virginia is beautiful and elegant. So, of course, the gift shop is too! It’s filled with all kinds of unusual items that will delight and surprise you.

Kathryn Gavel, one of the innkeepers, is responsible for the beautiful and tasteful selection of gifts on display. Kathryn’s sharp eye for unusual gifts includes calendars, children’s books, and puzzles by Will Moses, Grandma Moses’ great grandson. Mr. Moses’ style, American folk art, bears a strong resemblance to his great grandmother’s work.

Then there is the extraordinary photography of local artist Rebecca Lilly, a nature lover.  When looking at her photography, you won’t look at Mother Nature in the same way again. Her note cards have exquisite photographic arrangements of flowers with mountains and pastures as the backdrop.

But the gift shop has much more to offer.

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