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Take in a Shakespeare Show
Situated in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley in historic Staunton, Virginia, the 300-seat Blackfriars Playhouse -- the world's only re-creation of Shakespeare's original indoor theater. The American Shakespeare Center hosts an internationally acclaimed theater company that performs Shakespeare's works under their original staging conditions -- on a simple stage, without elaborate sets, and with the audience sharing the same light as the actors. A great experience for anyone to enjoy!
Wool Days - April 15 - 18
Come see sheep shearing, wool carding and spinning. Interpreters will be shearing Cotswold and Tunis sheep at different farm locations around the Museum. See how the wool was then processed and spun. Don't forget to see the baby lambs!
Admission Fee: $10.00 adults
Historic Garden Week - April 18
Celebrating Conservation is the theme of the 2015 Historic Garden Week Tour in Staunton. The tour will be hosted by the Augusta Garden Club.
Whether it's beekeeping, poultry or cattle farming, community-supported agriculture, or preservation and conservation easements, these properties showcase the many options for farming and conserving the land and the deep connection of each to the area's historic and cultural roots.
Speakers for the Valley Conservation Council, Augusta County Historical Society, Virginia Department of Historic Resources, and more will discuss land conservation and the area's agricultural heritage.
Virginia Hot Glass Festival - April 25 - 26
Watch as glass artists from across the region demonstrate various hot glass techniques, including traditional glassblowing, flame working, and bead making. See exhibits of the region's finest blown glass, art glass marbles, beads, jewelry, & more. This is a rare opportunity to buy work from many glass artists in one location after seeing them in action.
Special demonstrations during the weekend will include a fire-breathing dragon or a flaming ray gun, and the Kids' Challenge, in which artists will choose from drawings submitted by children and recreate them in glass.
The Virginia Hot Glass Festival is the only annual festival in Virginia devoted entirely to hot glass artistry. Wine tasting will be offered by Barren Ridge Winery. In addition, the Virginia Stone Carvers will be exhibiting and demonstrating stone sculpting across the street from the Festival.
Shenandoah Valley Wine and Jazz Festival - June 27
The Frontier Culture museum is hosting their annual Wine and Jazz Festival. Listen to music, explore the museum, and enjoy delicious wines from the Shenandoah Valley.
Blues and Brews Festival - August 8
It's time for blues and brews at the Frontier Culture museum. Think of it as the natural progression of the wine and jazz festival. There'll be live music, costumed actors to discuss the history of the area, and beer from local breweries. What could be more fun?
Fall Foliage in the Shenandoah Valley - Sept - Nov
Magnificent beauty surrounds us in the fall! The leaves are gorgeous shades of green, yellow, orange, red, & even purple. While the sun may set earlier, the beauty never stops because on a crisp clear night the moon lights the valley & and the stars twinkle above. What a great time of year to camp here!
You'll just love the down-home country fall foliage festivals with all the homemade jams, syrup, & apple butter you could ever want. You'll also see some of the best handmade crafts, woodworking, jewelry, & quilts ever made. Our Fall Festivals are something to share with the entire family.
You can't forget to take a drive on the Skyline Drive or Blue Ridge Parkway to gain real perspective on how vast the beauty of The Blue Ridge Mountains.