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Steeles Tavern Manor and Alpine Hideaway Cottages

8400 North Lee Hwy, Steeles Tavern, Virginia 24476
Innkeeper(s): Melissa & Ray Alexander

Downtown Staunton VA Restaurant Week 8/2-7/2016 29 Jul 2016, 12:32 pm

Restaurant Weeks have become very popular events all across the country. New York City, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Charleston, SC, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and now Staunton VA put a spot light on restaurants with special menus and fresh deals at participating restaurants.

Virginia Living, Travel + Leisure and USA Today have named Staunton, VA as one of the best small town in the America. Staunton’s Restaurant Week offers one example of why this designation is obvious! This year, more than thirty restaurants and specialty stores have listed special offers and fantastic menus for the week.

Since you will have a fabulous breakfast served at the B&B, let’s start by mentioning a few of the lunch specials. The American Café is open Monday through Friday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and serves wonderful homemade soups, sandwiches, and daily specials. During Restaurant Week, get 10% off your entire check at this popular spot on South Augusta Street.

Another interesting participating eatery is Cranberry’s Grocery & Eatery. The store specializes in organic and natural foodstuffs & remedies. Their Espresso and juice bar can give you a lift in the afternoon while you’re touring around downtown Staunton. Gluten-free sandwich selections are also available. The beet, goat cheese, and walnut salad is just $8.99 during Restaurant Week. Find Cranberry’s on South New Street.

Lewis Creek Market, on Church Street adjacent to Landes Park, focuses on locally sourced foods. One of their hot plates is Asparagus and Smoked Cheddar with a Cauliflower crust Quiche-style Tart. Doesn’t that sound yummy! For Restaurant Week, they will offer small plates for $4.

Clocktower Restaurant & Bar will be offering 15% off your entire check (excluding alcohol) between 2pm and 4pm. Clocktower is located on West Beverly not far from the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriers Playhouse. The owners of Clocktower Restaurant “believe that quality is our most important ingredient.” Be sure to try their Fired Green Tomatoes or the Pork & Fried Green Tomato salad!

The special offers for dinner are a great reason to stay in downtown Staunton.

Byers Street Bistro will be offering a 3-course prix fixe menu for $30 per person. You can choose between three appetizers, three entrees, and two desserts. Try the Fried Dill Pickles or Smoked Bacon & Corn Hushpuppies.

If you have a desire for some Mexican cuisine, go to Baja Bean Co. for dinner. During Restaurant Week, you can choose from some $5 blue plate specials and $10 local food specials. The Resh Mexi-Greek Salad with grilled artichoke hearts, smoked tomatoes, crumbled cotija, red onion, and pickled jalapenos, is just one of the unique special dishes found at Baja Bean Co.

Travel from Mexican cuisine to Italian cuisine by visiting Emilio’s Italian Restaurant on Beverly Street. Emilio’s has a 4-course special for Restaurant Week riced at just $25. To top off your 4-course dinner, choose a “dolci” from Cannoli, Tartifo Classico, or Exotic Bomba. The Bomba uses mango, passion fruit, and raspberry sorbetto and then covers it with white chocolate and drizzled with dark chocolate.

Other downtown businesses will be participating in Restaurant Week too! Staunton Olive Oil Company specializes in oil and vinegar; Ox-Eye Vineyards will offer a special on a pre-dinner glass of wine; The Pampered Palate Café will give 25% off all Virginia Wines; Redbeard Brewing Company will offer specials on after dinner drinks. After-dinner specials are included at Beverley Cigar Store, Cocoa Mill Chocolate Company, and The By and By Café.

Stay at Steeles Tavern Manor Bed & Breakfast and Alpine Hideaway Cabins during Restaurant Week in Staunton, VA. Enjoy breakfast here and visit downtown Staunton, VA for fun and food.

Rockbridge, VA Regional Fair & Farm Show, 7/27-30/2016 12 Jul 2016, 5:52 pm

It’s Fair season in all of rural America and Rockbridge County VA is ready for their Regional Fair and Farm Show! This agricultural and fun event is held at the Virginia Horse Park beginning Wednesday, July 27th and running through Saturday, July 30th, 2016. Fair hours are 5 to 10 pm Wednesday through Friday and 2 to 10 pm on Saturday. There is a $5 parking fee each day and wristbands ($25) are needed for unlimited rides on the midway.

Some of the exhibits at the fair include a quilt show, horticultural show, youth floral designs, an art show, and of 4-H exhibits. You can learn more about the farming methods, agricultural community, and products of the Shenandoah Valley.

There will also be lots of great music and entertainment on stage each night of the fair. On Wednesday night, the Blue Ridge Mountain Cloggers will have you tapping your toes to their energetic dance performance. This group is based out of Christiansburg but has performed throughout the New River Valley and into the Shenandoah Valley. As the group says, “cloggers get a kick out of life” and you will get a kick out this fun entertainment.

Rocky Road Band will provide the music for your entertainment on Thursday night. This band is from Greenville, VA and the five guys who make up this group have years of musical experience. Rocky Road is well known up and down the Valley, playing at a number of clubs events. Come out to see this local band perform some of your favorite country-rock songs.

Come out for some real country music on Friday night performed by the Jody Pyles Band. The band will be traveling up from Mount Airy, NC and make you understand what country is all about!

Enjoy some “good ole” bluegrass music on Saturday night when Wound Tight takes the stage. You will hear some fine banjo playing, some great Dobro work, and more traditional guitar and bass. The music performed by this award winning group is characterized by tight vocal harmonies and expert acoustic string playing. Finish the entertainment at the fair with this high energy, foot-tapping music.

To add to the festivities, the Southern States Regional Fair Horse Show will be held at the same time. The horse show includes Saddlebred, Gaited, English, Walking, Western, and Mountain classes in the competition. Wander away from the midway long enough to take in at least one of the class competitions.

If you get hungry while at the fair, there will be lots of vendors with traditional “fair foods” for sale. Vendors will offer sandwiches, ice cream, cotton candy, and drinks to help you keep up your energy for all the activities at the Rockbridge Regional Fair and Farm Show. See you at the Fair!

Wintergreen Music Festival & Academy 7/6 – 8/7, 2016 29 Jun 2016, 6:50 pm

“If it ain’t Baroque!” “What was Haydn hiding?” “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” “Majesty in All its Forms.” These are the ideas behind the selections of music for concerts directed by Julian Wachner, Victor Yampolsky, Erin Freeman, and Laura Jackson during The 2016 Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy in Wintergreen, VA – located just off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Festival runs from July 6 through August 7, 2016 and promises to be packed with musical excellence and excitement! It also includes culinary delights and education offered at off-beat venues and multiple concert times.

As you learn about all the offerings during this musical season, you will want to plan to purchase weekend-long, week-long, or even season-long ticket packages. The ticket packages include all the musical events (but not cooking classes or Spirit of Blue Ridge Events).

July 6-8 are preview days – sort of a “warm-up” for all of the thrilling concerts that will be presented from July 9 on to the end of the festival season in early August. The first concert event features the US Army Chorus in Performance: “National Pride – the voices of the United States”. This concert is FREE and starts at 7:30 pm on July 6, 2016.

The season begins in earnest on July 9, 2016 when Week I kicks off with an Opening night concert called “Mozart, Michael, and More” from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm. This will be quite the celebratory evening with the grand opening buffet, a special birthday celebration, and a live benefit auction midway through the concert.

Week I continues with Master classes for string players and vocalists. Julliard professor, Michael White, will present five seminars on Bach and preview the Bach works being performed in the festival. There are 14 concerts to choose from in the first week. Some of the concerts are in unusual spaces and “off the beaten path” spaces. One of the concerts is participatory – a Messiah Sing-a-long called “Christmas in July”! You can also register for Cooking classes or try out an instrument in the “instrument petting zoo”.

Week II, running from July 18 – 24, offers master classes for conductors, with focus sessions on working with your concertmaster and working with your woodwinds. Visual arts are also added to the mix of classes with Wine & Paint and WPA. Hollywood Mummies come to life on “Film Friday” (July 22) with the showing of The Mummy with Boris Karloff accompanied by live music used in the film. This is the week that Haydn is featured with all the tricks up his sleeve to include musical jokes combined with solemnity and other surprise musical nibbles. Come to the concert venue 45 minutes prior to concert time and hear interesting tidbits about the intricacies of the music being played.

A world premier musical piece will be presented during Week III, which focuses on Women in music history. “Women in Music” will be the theme for the morning seminar sessions and women will be featured as conductors, composers, and performers. Cooking classes, master classes, and an opportunity to “Compose with Us”, all round out Week III’s events.

Laura Jackson directs Symphony No. 7 by Sibelius, Anna Clyne’s Prince of Clouds, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.4 in the grand finale concert of Week IV and the Festival Season on August 6 & 7, 2016. Jazz comes into the picture during the last week of the season with Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue being considered during one of the morning seminars. Jazz, Folk, Dance, and Fire are the concepts in the Friday evening concert titled “The Music of Bartok and Enescu”.

This information barely scratches the surface of all the events, concerts, classes, fun, and learning that you can enjoy at the Wintergreen Performing Arts Festival in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Steeles Tavern is an easy 30-minute drive from all the Festival events. Make your plans now to stay with us as you play, learn, and experience something wonderful at Wintergreen.

Natural Bridge Virginia Summer Live Music Series 18 Jun 2016, 12:35 pm

Photo credit: Ic3yme at the English language Wikipedia

This National Historic Landmark is included in several lists of “Seven Wonders of the World.” Natural Bridge, formed when a cavern collapsed, has been traversed by Civil War troops and was surveyed by a young George Washington. Today, US Route 11 uses the bridge to cross the gorge formed by Cedar Creek. Native American Monacan tribal members consider the bridge a sacred site and had camps near this historic wonder.

Photo Credit: Virginia.org

On Saturday evenings in the summer, Natural Bridge, located in southern end of the Shenandoah Valley, comes alive with light, drama, and music. Each evening at dusk from mid-March through the end of October, the Illumination of the Bridge and “The Drama of Creation” are performed. On Saturdays, after the drama and light show is completed, make your way back to the Rockbridge Center for the Natural Bridge Live Music Series. The performances feature some of the best bands from miles around.

On June 25th, 2016, My Rag Top will be performing. This acoustic duo from Roanoke, VA plays classic and folk rock, new country, and American standards for your listen and dancing pleasure.

Moving into July, Trio Festivo will play on July 2nd. The brass & keyboard trio plays modern popular music and favorites. They play concerts throughout the year and hail from Lexington, VA. On July 9, 2016 the five gentlemen who make up Rocky Road Band from Greenville, VA will entertain everyone at Rockbridge. CS2 will be performing on July 16th and Sara McDonald Band will be on stage on July 23rd. July ends with Plank Road Express – a Bluegrass & Rockgrass group from Lexington, VA performing on July 30, 2016. Similar bands will be featured for the live music series on through September. Check the website for the performance on a particular date.

Photo credit: Virginia.org

Any of these live music events costs only $5 per show. You can also purchase combination tickets for the evening “Drama of Creation” and the music show for just $14. That’s a great price for a whole evening’s entertainment! Natural Bridge is just a 30-minute drive from Steeles Tavern so make your plans now to visit the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

A Walk Through 100 Years of History at Steeles Tavern Manor Bed & Breakfast 18 Jun 2016, 12:27 pm

Recently, M. Shannon Hernandez, travel writer and author, wrote a feature article about the history of our inn. This year we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Steeles Tavern Manor Bed &Breakfast. This piece has been reposted with the writer’s permission.

1916 Manor House

There’s just something charming about visiting a historic building and being able to chat with the current owners who know the history of the place. On a recent trip to Steeles Tavern Manor Bed & Breakfast in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, I thought of a thousand questions I wanted to ask the innkeepers as I meandered along the path, past the spring-fed pond and babbling creek.

Walter and Irene Searson

We started first by chatting about the the initial owners of the home, Walter and Irene Searson. The Seasons built the Manor House in 1916. Walter and Irene originally opened their home to accommodate tourists with “good home cooking and modern facilities.” They welcomed guests at the Manor House until the 1940s, when ownership was then turned over to George and Pearl Butler.

The Butler family consisted of nine children–six girls and three boys. As I looked around the property, I imagined the fun these children must have had on the 100 acres of land. I envisioned children darting from behind trees during games of hide-and-seek, and endless summer nights filled with catching fireflies and stargazing. Once the boys left home for military service, the Butlers ran the home as a Tourist Home until the late 1950s.

When George and Pearl Butler passed away in the mid-80s, one of their sons, Frank, purchased the property in 1986. He resided there with his own family, until he sold the place in 1994 to Bill and Eileen Hoernlien. This is when the property was officially named Steeles Tavern Bed and Breakfast.

The name comes from David Steele, who originally settled in the area in 1718. The town he founded, Steeles Tavern, was actually named Midway in its infancy, because it was midway between Baltimore, Maryland and Knoxville, Tennessee, as well as midway between Staunton, Virginia and Lexington, Virginia. The town was an important stagecoach stop for those passing through the area.

The Hoernliens envisioned creating a romantic getaway for couples to enjoy, so they focused first and foremost on privacy. The rooms had ample space between them, and the walls were heavily insulated to help with soundproofing. Other features included private bathrooms within each room and two-person whirlpool tubs in some of the rooms.

Ray and Melissa Alexander are the fifth owners of the property. In December of 2011, the couple left their corporate banking jobs and purchased the property. The Bed & Breakfast, as well as the newest addition of the Alpine Hideaway Cottages, are situated in Virginia Wine Country at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Ray and Melissa are fortunate that they get to share the elegance and hospitality which began in the original house nearly 100 years ago.

Upon arrival, guests can expect freshly baked chocolate chip cookies as a welcome gift in their rooms. Guests will also be adorned with the best quality robes, soaps, sheets, and towels, ensuring a luxurious and comfortable stay. Each evening the innkeepers host a Social Hour, complete with local wines, microbrews, and cheeses. This gives the guests an opportunity to meet one another, and Ray and Melissa take this time to make recommendations for local attractions and restaurants, based on individual preferences.

Guests who long for a romantic, secluded, getaway are in store for a real treat! Alpine Hideaway Cottages are tucked away on the property and provide a private paradise. Each cottage is adorned with a cathedral ceiling, pine walls, a full kitchen, a gas fireplace, a private deck and hot tub, and a king-sized bed. It’s quite possible that guests won’t see another person during their entire stay, as Ray and Melissa intentionally placed only three cottages on 50 acres. Instead, guests may be charmed by the sounds of cows mooing in the open pasture, deer jumping in the distance, and wild turkeys strutting through the fields.

When dawn breaks, guests can expect a delicious breakfast sourced from local ingredients. Farm-fresh eggs are from Redbud Farms and bacon and sausage is purchased from Buffalo Creek Farms. All flour products come from Wades Mill and baked goods, made with chestnut flour, arrive from Pettijohn’s Orchard. The meal that starts the day will be both memorable and tasty–and guests will be supporting local businesses with each and every bite.

Steeles Tavern Manor Bed & Breakfast and Alpine Hideaway Cottages has received one of the highest levels of recognition in the Bed & Breakfast industry. For the past 3 years, this property has been awarded Diamond status through BedandBreakfast.com and is a member of Select Registry. To become a member of the prestigious Select Registry, the property passed an unannounced, rigorous, 200-point quality assurance inspection. Select Registry properties are known to provide travelers with not only exceptional quality and service, but also with an unforgettable experience.

Ray and Melissa Alexander have preserved the vision of the home and property as it was intended by the many owners who came before them. The couple continues to welcome travelers with comfortable accommodations, delicious morning meals, warm hospitality, and an experience to remember for a lifetime.

 

Maury River Fiddlers’ Convention June 16-18, 2016 28 May 2016, 6:03 pm

Glen Maury Park in Buena Vista, VA will be THE place to be June 16-18, 2016 if you love Bluegrass and Old-time music. The 23rd Annual Maury River Fiddlers’ Convention will be in tune and on time at a cost of only $5 per day to enter the park. It’s even better if you play a traditional acoustic or string instrument because the competition is FREE and jammin’ will be happening almost anytime.

The line-up of musical categories and instruments is amazing. The competitors will playing instruments such as autoharp, dulcimer, bass, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and dobro. The types of music will include Bluegrass, old-time band, folk songs, and flatfoot dance music. Imagine all the foot-stomping and toe-tapping that will be happening during this three day event!

There will be special performances by some top-name entertainers too. On Friday, Old-time bands The Grassifieds and The Witcher Creek Band will play. You can see Deer Creek Boys and Mark Templeton and Pocket Change will play some great Bluegrass on Saturday.

The event starts on Thursday evening at 6:00 pm with and open mic night. On Friday, June 17, 2016, The official opening is at 1:00 pm and by 1:15 PM the competition begins with individual contestants. Group competition begins at 7:00 pm with special performers interspersed with the competitions.

On Saturday, June 18, 2016, the competition starts at 11:00 am and continues until 11:00 pm when the prizes are announced and the Awards are given to the winners.

Come to the Shenandoah Valley for the 23rd Annual Maury River Fiddlers’ Convention and enjoy a foot-stomping, toe-tapping good time!

Brownsburg VA tells its story at the community museum 20 May 2016, 2:38 pm

The village of Brownsburg, VA is a short, 15-minute drive from Steeles Tavern but in some ways, it seems like light years away. Brownsburg was established in 1793 and the structures and size of the town have changed very little since late 19th century. The town prides itself on its historic heritage and authenticity. The museum is a real gem and has been called “first class” by the Lexington News-Gazette.

The town’s position on the main stagecoach route between Lexington and Staunton, caused the village to be an important center for commerce, trade, and even education. The village boasted nearly twenty homes, blacksmiths, three general stores, two mills, tailors, a saddle maker, and churches The town continued to grow and more businesses made their home there. By the mid-1800’s, there were cabinet makers, wheelwrights, a tanyard, carpenter, and a hatter added to the list of businesses in the village. There were also two Taverns in the village – Lavelle’s Tavern and Nicholas Spring’s Tavern – so weary travelers had accommodations on their long trips. It was quite the hub-bub of activity!

One of the oldest homes in the area was a log and stone structure built by Samuel Wilson in 1790. It remained in the Wilson family until sometime in the 1930’s. The house was purchased by the current owner in 1979 for 250 bales of hay! The home still has the original doors and hardware.

Brownsburg saw action in the Civil War too. The Shenandoah Valley was a supply route for General Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, so Ulysses Grant ordered that the route be blocked. Union troops camped at Brownsburg on their way to Lexington.

In 1880, the “Iron Horse” track was built through the Shenandoah Valley and it bypassed Brownsburg. When US 11 and I-81 were built, they two passed by, rather than through the town. As a result, the village remains untouched by truck stops and fast food restaurants. But what remains is a quaint town with an awesome museum!

The Brownsburg Community Museum (BCM) may be small but it is packed with many irreplaceable articles that have been entrusted to the BCA. The museum plans to preserve, catalogue, and display historically significant items so that future generations can learn of the importance of this small village.

The museum has a permanent collection of 18th, 19th, and 20th century regional memorabilia, and works on special exhibits from time to time.

The latest special exhibit, “Grain Into Gold”, highlights the importance and prosperity that grain farming, mills, and distilleries brought to Brownsburg. One of the street names in the village is “Still Alley”, so you can understand that stills played a role in the town’s life. Hays Creek was the water source that powered the mills for the area.

Visit the historic town of Brownsburg and the museum to get an indepth glimpse at life in the Shenandoah Valley in the 18th and 19th centuries. The museum is open every Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and on Sundays from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm from April through November. Admission is free (donations are appreciated!).

 

 

Crabtree Falls Hike near the Blue Ridge Parkway VA 28 Apr 2016, 5:57 pm

One “must do” hike in Virginia is the Crabtree Falls Trail located just a few miles off of the Blue Ridge Parkway (milepost 27) in the George Washington National Forest. The trail follows Crabtree Creek and provides beautiful views of the tallest (series of) waterfalls east of the Mississippi River.

There are three distinct sections of the trail and five major, beautiful cascades of falls. The overlook for the first cascade is near the bottom parking area and is an easy hike in to see the falls. This is a great stop to make when driving the Parkway and you need to stretch your legs a bit.

If you want to hike farther up the trail, you will encounter four other overlooks along the 2-mile trail to vistas of Tye River Valley. The trail climbs quickly and uses steps, wooden walkways, railings, and switchbacks to climb the steep terrain. “Be careful” is an understatement because the rocks on parts of the trail are coated with a transparent algae that makes them as slick as grease! Caution is not only advised, but encouraged on this trail!

The trail is mostly well-graded and maintained with a few rocky sections. It follows fairly closely to the Crabtree Creek but sometimes the switchbacks may lead slightly away form the water. Even when that happens, you can hear the water while you’re hiking through the woods.

At about the 2-mile mark, you will reach the top of the trail and will find the Tye River Overlook. It’s such a vertical drop that you can’t see the falls that you’ve just walked along side of! Stay within the stone walls of the overlook platform for your own safety. If you wish to continue on the trail, you will reach Crabtree Meadows which is a short hike from the Appalachian Trail.

Hiking Innkeepers!

This is a beautiful hike in all seasons and is adaptable to several levels of hiking ability. Start your day from the B&B with a hearty breakfast and return later in the day for a relaxing, rejuvenating rest.

Homemade granola recipe from Steeles Tavern Manor 18 Apr 2016, 6:08 am

Breakfast is delivered to the cabins at Steeles Tavern Manor and Alpine Hideaway Cabins. Your breakfast arrives complete with fruit and this wonderful granola – which also used in parfaits and fruit dishes in the main B&B. All the ingredients are purchased locally from The Cheese Shop in Stuarts Draft, VA. 

The Cheese Shop offers bulk foods – that’s important when you’re making lots of homemade granola for guests or if you have a large family. Spices can be found at almost half the price of those in super markets. Gluten free products, old-fashioned candies, hard-to-find baking products, and jams & jellies are all on the shelves of the store and most can be purchased online. The Cheese and deli section of the store offer Amish-made Heini’s Swiss cheese and New Holland (PA) beef jerky. Heini’s and New Holland Meats, Inc are two companies that are centered in Amish regions of their respective states and value traditional methods of production while incorporating the latest technology for improvements of the foods delivered to The Cheese Shop. The variety at the store is just amazing!

Here is the recipe for Steeles Tavern Manor B&B’s homemade granola. All the ingredients are purchased at The Cheese Shop. Please note that Melissa makes A LOT at one time because the guests love it. You may want to cut the recipe for your home use.

Ingredients from The Cheese Shop

GRANOLA

In a large stainless bowl, mix:

  • 5 lb bag oatmeal
  • 1 ½ cups toasted wheat germ
  • 2 cups (.6 lb) sunflower seeds
  • 2 cups (.6 lb) pumpkin seeds
  • 2 cups sliced almonds
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts
  • ¼ cup cinnamon
  • 1 heaping cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup honey (heated a little so easier to stir)
    • 1 cup canola oil

Mix together. Spray 4 large cookie sheet or jelly roll sheets with PAM. Divide mixture into fours and spread on baking sheets. Bake each one 350 degrees for about 20 minutes (should be brown on top). Take 2 pans at a time and pour granola back into aluminum bowl. Mix granola and then place back in baking sheets – no need to spray pans again.   (Mixing allows for even baking).

Mixing the Granola

1 large (14 oz) shredded coconut

Separate coconut into 4 parts. Take each part and sprinkle over baked granola. Bake until lightly brown, maybe another 10 minutes.

Place pan contents back into bowl and stir. Continue to add each pan of baked granola to the bowl and stir. Continue to stir every so often until cool.

Store cooled granola in gallon size ziplock bags – dividing the granola into 3 bags – store in the refrigerator.

You can add Cranraisins when serving the granola.

Enjoy this healthy recipe in parfaits, on ice cream, or as your morning cereal!

YUMMY!

Bacchus supervises the process.

New Plein Air Festival partners with Staunton Garden Week 31 Mar 2016, 8:16 am

Photo Credit: Susie Lendermon

A new celebration of art will compliment Staunton Virginia’s Historic Garden Week. Twenty-three plein air painters from five states will be in Staunton to paint ”in the open air” April 21-23, 2016.

Beverly Street Studio School (BSSS) is sponsoring the first Plein Air art Festival where artists will paint downtown Staunton, the gardens of Staunton homes open during Garden Week, Rolling Hills Farm, and Polyface Farms.

April 22nd begins with a “Paint Staunton Quick Draw art competition”. This event is intended to get the community involved in the timed painting contest. Professional and amateur artists are invited to compete. Gena Adams, a local artist, is reaching out to local schools to get the youngest artists involved in this event. The competitors will have three hours to work on their painting. Then the piece will be brought to Sunspots Pavilion to be judged. Three cash prizes will be awarded in each category.

Later on Friday, April 22, 2016, at BSSS, Lauren Andreach will give an artist demonstration. This event is limited to 25 people so register soon.

On Saturday, April 23rd, the plein air painters will go into the Historic Gardens included on the garden tour. The works they produce will then be on display at BSSS later that evening. The display titled, “Fresh Paint”, will open with a private preview at 5:00pm then opens to the general public at 5:30pm with a reception running until 7:30pm.

More arts and culture will be featured in Staunton that weekend including the “Hot Glass Festival”, Bridge Day, the Historic Garden Tour, and the Shakespeare Block Party.

Plan your visit to the Shenandoah Valley for this special weekend in Staunton, VA.