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October 2018
  • 10/03 – 05/30 – Story Time!

    The Alleghany Highlands Regional Library offers Story Time! each Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Stories, music, movement, and crafts are offered for our “littlest” library patrons. Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to join the fun in the Community Room. • ahrlib.org

November 2018
  • 11/19 – 12/31 – 31 Days of December

    The Alleghany Highlands YMCA 5th Annual THIRTY ONE DAYS OF DECEMBER FUNDRAISER featuring Thirty-one totes and organizer bags! 31 chances to win! Drawings each day throughout the month of DECEMBER Tickets $5.00 each or $25 for six tickets All proceeds of the raffle benefit the YMCA’s Annual Sustaining Campaign for scholarship program and operational needs. Tickets available at the Y, from Y volunteers or Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Tourism

December 2018

  • 12/01 – 12/22 – Elf on a Shelf at the Library

    Find Larry the Library Elf on a library shelf! Pick up an entry form at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library. After you find Larry, mark and return the form to the Circulation Desk and receive a prize. This contest runs from December 1st through 22nd. **Limit of one prize per participant during the contest • ahrlib.or

  • 12/11 – STEAM Machine

    S.T.E.A.M. Machine will be held on Tuesday, December 11th,at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library. Children in grades K-5 are invited to participate in fun, hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Children will learn about Catapulting Santa Stuff this month. • ahrlib.org

  • 12/11 – It’s a Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theatre

    “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: LIVE FROM WVL RADIO THEATRE” This 1940s radio style adaptation of Frank Capra’s film classic is a guaranteed holiday winner. The four-member company masterfully conquers multiple characters & sound effects while saving their radio station from a winter blizzard’s doom. A heartwarming, uplifting gift for audiences The iconic story of George Bailey, who finds meaning in life during a fiscal crisis, was re-formulated from its original film version into a radio play, complete with droll and hilarious sound effects. It’s A Wonderful Life, is a stage adaptation presented as a 1940’s radio show, as adapted by Joe Landry. The story focuses on George Bailey, a man who has given up his dreams in order to help others, and who faces a bank crisis not of his making. He falls apart and contemplates suicide on Christmas Eve. This brings about the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody. Clarence shows George all the lives he has touched and how different life in his community would be had he never been born. But there is also a frame story. The actors are merely last minute substitutes who are caught in a snowstorm at the radio station. When the regular actors can’t get to the studio, stagehands and administrators are forced to improvise and play all the parts themselves, without rehearsal, in order to keep the station from closing down. So the actors are improvising both their roles and sound effects designed to create the ambiance of multiple places in the fictional town of Bedford Falls. The four actors are extremely talented and they all rise to the occasion beautifully, each playing multiple roles, cast and crew, switching easily from one sentence in one voice to another sentence in another voice, which we can observe because we are privy to the behind-the-scene view. An actor plays George, and then his father, and then, and then….. Another actor plays a man, a woman, and later a tiny tot. There are at least 30 characters. There is an antic quality to the production as the characters litter the stage with pages of the scripts while they race back to their equipment to chomp on celery, bang a mock door or scrape a metal rod. A wonderful throwback to a time-gone-by, perfect for all ages. • https://historicmasonictheatre.com/historic-masonic-theatre/events/

  • 12/12 – AHRL Book Club

    The Alleghany Highlands Regional Library Book Club will meet on Wednesday, December 12th,at 2:30 p.m. The group will discuss Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative by Florence Williams. • ahrlib.org

  • 12/13 – Book Buddies

    Children from kindergarten through third grades are invited to Book Buddies at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library on Thursday, December 13th, at 6:30 p.m. Our new literacy program, hosted by Miss Tori (of Story Time fame), will focus on the book Snowflake Bentley. Participants will use magic scratchboard to make a snowflake ornament. • ahrlib.org

  • 12/13 – AH Arts Council presents 3 REDNECY TENOR X-MAS SPEC-TAC-YULE-AR

    LOCATION: Historic Masonic Theatre CURTAIN TIME: 7:00 pm TICKETS: $20 Adult, $8 Student The 3 Redneck Tenors return to the Masonic Theatre with their unique blend of opera,comedy and improv to our audiences. The tenors – Matthew Lord, Blake Davidson and Jonathan Frugé – have performed worldwide, including Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Opera and the Tokyo Opera House. The 3 Redneck Tenors were top finalists on “America’s Got Talent” and have been thrilling audiences across the country since 2006. • www.alleghanyarts4all.com

  • 12/14 – Boys Home of Virginia Christmas Spectacular

    Please join us on Friday, December 14, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Boys Home gymnasium. The 2018 Christmas Spectacular “A Christmas to Believe In” is a play featuring Boys Home actors and musicians. This play is free and fun for all ages! Hope to see you there! • boyshomeofva.org

  • 12/15 – Williamsburg Colonial Singers

    On Saturday, the 15th of December, the Williamsburg Colonial Singers are returning for a “Christmas Open House Event on the Hill” at Hill Crest Mansion Inn. Light refreshments will be served during the day-long event as you enjoy the sounds of the season. 10am-2pm. Admission is free. Happy holidays from Hill Crest Mansion Inn!! In the spirit of giving, please bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the local food bank for the Christmas boxes. • www.virginiahillcrest.com

  • 12/16 – STARS A Christmas Variety Show

    Appalfolks of America presents: STARS December 16, 2018, at 3:00 PM STARS (Special Theatrical Artists Revue & Showcase) and the troupe of performers, who face mental and/or physical challenges, will perform the type of variety show that STARS has become noted for over the past two decades. Paula Crance and Sonya Kimberlin will co-direct the performance, and Chris Fisher will return as Master of Ceremonies. WestRock continues to sponsor STARS, with support from the Town of Clifton Forge. Advanced Tickets: Orchestra $10; Balcony $8; Box Seats $15 Tickets at the Door: Orchestra $12; Balcony $10; Box Seats $17 • https://historicmasonictheatre.com/historic-masonic-theatre/events/

  • 12/18 – LEGO Builders at the Library

    LEGO Builders will be held on Tuesday, December 18th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library. Children from ages 6-12 are invited to join an AHRL staff member for this hands-on, fun, and educational program. **No registration is required. LEGO pieces are provided for this program. • ahrlib.org

  • 12/18 – A Novel Bunch at the Movies

    A Novel Bunch goes Hollywood: Join the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library’s Evening Book Club members at the movies on Thursday, December 18th, at 6:30 p.m. After reading and discussing Of Mice and Men, the group invites you to watch the movie with them in the Community Room. • ahrlib.org

  • 12/19 – Christmas Reception at the Library

    The Alleghany Highlands Regional Library staff invites you to celebrate with them “the most wonderful time of the year.” Snacks will be served at the Circulation Desk on Wednesday, December 19th, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. • ahrlib.org

  • 12/20 – Kids’ Make & Take Craft

    Kids are invited to stop by the Children’s Area at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library on Thursday, December 20th, from 1:30 until 7:30 p.m. Entice Santa’s transporters to stop by your house with some awesome reindeer food created at the monthly Make & Take Craft class. • ahrlib.org

  • 12/23 – Clifton Forge Community Choir: Good News from Home

    Clifton Forge Community Choir “Good News From Home”, Christmas Cantata Sunday, December 23rd, 3:00 pm In the John E. Hillert Auditorium There will be no admission fee, but a free-will offering will be received to support our local Food Pantry. We are so excited to announce the formation of a community choir from local church choirs in the Clifton Forge area, local leaders have recruited more than 40 members of the community to participate in this special community event. At Christmastime, hearts and minds long for home. Some journey home to gather with friends and family. Some reflect on the memories of years gone by and joyfully await the birth of Christ. READY TO SING: GOOD NEWS FROM HOME, by Russell Mauldin and Sue C. Smith, combines festive original songs and beloved Christmas carols to provide a down-home family Christmas celebration for the whole church family. • https://historicmasonictheatre.com/historic-masonic-theatre/events/

  • 12/24 – 12/26 – Library Closed

    The Alleghany Highlands Regional Library will be closed for the Christmas holidays on Monday, December 24th, Tuesday, December 25th, & Wednesday, December 26th. • ahrlib.org

  • 12/27 – Doll Exhibit

    A unique showcase of collectible and loved dolls & bears, and paintings by local artist Norman Aberle. The exhibit is free, and available for viewing December 3rd through the 27th during our normal operating hours- Monday through Saturday 10 AM to 4:30 PM, and Sunday 1 PM to 4 PM. You might just catch them having a tea party! #cfva • https://highlandsartsandcraft.org/

  • 12/29 – Chris Michael Family Magic Show

    Chris Michael’s Family Magic Show A magical fundraiser for our local YMCA Saturday, December 29 at 6:30pm In the John E. Hillert Auditorium General Admission Tickets: Adults: $15; Children 12 and under: $7.50 Chris Michael is one of the busiest performing magicians in Virginia. Chris is a comedy magician that will make you both laugh and leave you wondering “How does he do that?” Chris has been featured on national television shows including ‘America’s Got Talent’ and “Penn and Teller: Fool Me’. You are guaranteed to have an unbelievable experience as well as laugh along with Chris as you witness true magic right before your eyes. This event is a fundraiser for your local Y. Chris will conduct a special workshop at the Y p[rior to his performance and his workshop students will show off what they’ve learned prior to the show, at 6pm. If you’d like to learn more about the workshop, please call 540-962- • https://historicmasonictheatre.com/historic-masonic-theatre/events/

  • 12/29 – Chris Michael’s Magic Workshop

    Have you ever wanted to learn magic that no one else knows how to do? Chris Michael is Virginia’s BEST Comedy Magician, having performed 5-star magic shows. Date: Saturday, December 29 Place: 101 YMCA Way, Covington VA, 24426 Workshop #1 @ 1:30 pm ages 7-10 Workshop #2 @ 3:00 pm ages 11-15 $30 for members | $35 for non-members Your ticket will include: – An amazing magic kit – Learning magic from Chris Michael – A ticket to the Chris Michael’s Family Magic Show at The Historic Masonic Theatre! – The opportunity to be a strolling magician prior to the magic show • https://operations.daxko.com/Online/4089/ProgramsV2/Search.mvc?category_ids=TAG11854

  • 12/31 – 01/01 – Library Closed

    The Alleghany Highlands Regional Library will be closed for the New Year’s holiday on Monday, December 31st, and Tuesday, January 1st. • ahrlib.org

  • 12/31 – New Years Party on The Hill

    Happy New Years!!! Ring out the old and ring in the new year for 2019!! Tell your chums, buddies, and of course, your closest friends, that Hill Crest Mansion will be hosting a New Years Eve Party! Hors d’ oeuvres and spirits start at 9 p.m. with music, dancing, and games. Experience an old fashioned New Years Eve party with a midnight breakfast buffet at half past the hour. THIS GATHERING MAY LAST UNTIL THE WEE HOURS!!!! Reservations are required. $75 per person. 21 yrs and older only. Contact Martha for more details. (385)201-4106. *protected email* www.virginiahillcrest.com • www.virginiahillcrest.com

January 2019

  • 01/02 – Family Fun Time

    The Alleghany Highlands Regional Library is going old-school with Family Fun Day on Thursday, January 2nd, from 2 until 4 p.m. The entire family may stop by the Children’s Area and play a rousing board game or color age-appropriate sheets. **No registration is required. • ahrlib.org

  • 01/02 – 01/30 – Story Time!

    Story Time!, stories, music, movement, and crafts are offered each Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. for our “littlest” Alleghany Highlands Regional Library friends. Toddlers and preschoolers are invited to join the fun in the Community Room! • ahrlib.org

  • 01/03 – Kids’ Afternoon Craft at the Library

    There’s “SNOW” better way for kids to celebrate winter vacation than by making snowflakes on magical scratchboard. Kids’ Afternoon Craft will be held on Thursday, January 3rd, from 2 until 4 p.m. at the tables in the Children’s Area at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library. • ahrlib.org

  • 01/03 – Crafty Creations—Quilting Demonstration

    The Alleghany Highlands Regional Library’s Crafty Creations Club continues with a quilting demonstration on Thursday, January 3rd, at 7 p.m. Quilters Betty Munsey and Darlene Lambert will discuss the different types of quilts, materials needed, and reading pattern directions, and they will also demonstrate how to cut cloth using a rotary cutter. **There is no charge. No registration is required. • ahrlib.org

  • 01/04 – LEGO Free Play Day

    LEGO Free Play Day is back at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library on Friday, January 4th, at 2 p.m. Join our staff and create your own LEGO masterpiece in the Children’s Area. **No registration is required. • ahrlib.org

  • 01/08 – STEAM Machine

    STEAM Machine is a monthly educational program offered at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library on Tuesday, January 8th, at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Children in grades K-5 are invited to participate in fun, hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, art, and math in the Children’s Area. January’s lesson: Secret Message Coding Chains • ahrlib.org

  • 01/09 – AHRL Book Club

    The Alleghany Highlands Regional Library Book Club will meet on Wednesday, January 9th, at 2:30 p.m. The group will discuss Earning the Rockies: How Geography Shapes America’s Role in the World by Robert D. Kaplan. • ahrlib.org

  • 01/10 – 01/17 – Desktop Publishing Workshop

    Desktop Publishing Workshop will be held on Thursday, January 10th, and Thursday, January 17th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library. This digital literacy class offers teens and adults the opportunity to create posters with strong graphics and text using Microsoft Word in the Computer Learning Lab. **Space is limited, and registration is required. Sign up at the Circulation Desk or call the library at 962-3321. • ahrlib.org

  • 01/19 – The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Barter Players

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 3PM In the John E. Hillert Auditorium Tickets: $15/$12/$10 Sponsored, in part, by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Whether it’s fishing with Huckleberry Finn, or convincing his friends to whitewash Aunt Polly’s fence, nobody loves life more than the irascible Tom Sawyer. Then one night in a spooky graveyard, Tom and Huck stumble upon a deadly secret. Will they be able to save Muff Potter from the treacherous Injun Joe before it’s too late? Join Tom and Huck on the most exciting adventure of their life, where they learn that man’s greatest treasure is the gift of friendship. Adapted from Mark Twain by Catherine Bush • https://historicmasonictheatre.com/historic-masonic-theatre/events/

  • 01/22 – LEGO Builders at the Library

    LEGO Builders will be held on Tuesday, January 22nd, at 6:30 p.m. at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library. Children from ages 6-12 are invited to join an AHRL staff member for this hands-on, fun, and educational program. **No registration is required. LEGO pieces are provided. • ahrlib.org

  • 01/24 – Book Buddies

    Book Buddies is the newest literacy program offered at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library. Children from kindergarten through third grades are invited to join Miss Tori for more challenging books and sophisticated activities. Thursday, January 24th: The Library Gingerbread Man; Gingerbread Craft • ahrlib.org

  • 01/26 – Alexa Rose Trio in Concert

    ALEXA ROSE Trio Saturday, January 26, 2019, at 7:30pm In the John E. Hillert Auditorium Tickets: Main Orchestra: $20; Rear Orchestra and Front Balcony: $17; Rear Balcony: $15; Box Seats: $30. Alexa Rose has the rare ability to find strikingly original melodies that nevertheless sound like they must have existed for a long time, stored away maybe in the ether of creativity, self-evident and awaiting discovery. Moving deftly between complex dexterity and heart-tugging familiarity, Rose achieves a sound that pushes gently alongside the bright vocal experimentalism of Joni Mitchell and Joanna Newsom while maintaining the brassy attitude and simple refrains that run straight through American roots music from mountain ballads to rock n roll. Rose spent her formative years curating original music in the Blue Ridge, including Covington, releasing two albums in her early twenties. You can often catch her sporting her dusty Frye boots in some southern lagoon, or on the regional radio stations that spin her latest full-length release, “Low and Lonesome.” Written on a hand me down guitar from her mother, the title track is a toast to Rose’s heritage, and its anthem-like chorus haunts the listener with a somberness evocative of Gillian Welch. • https://historicmasonictheatre.com/historic-masonic-theatre/events/

February 2019
  • 02/01 – VIP Blues Jam 2019

    2019 Clifton Forge Blues Fest: VIP Jam LIVE From the Thomas P. Dean/ Racey and Dean, Inc. Underground Lounge and Cafe Friday, February 1 at 7:30 PM Tickets: $25 per person **Feb. 2 Main Event Concert info, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/525458001235686/ ** Help us kick-off the 2nd Annual Clifton Forge Blues Festival by sitting in on this up close and personal blues jam. VIP’s from Saturday’s line-up will sit in with a rotating group of talented blues musicians, led by the incomparable Bobby ‘Blackhat’ Walters. You’ll wanna be part of this special evening This event sold out last year, and tickets are limited, so get your tickets early! Tickets: $25 • https://historicmasonictheatre.com/historic-masonic-theatre/events/

  • 02/02 – 2019 Clifton Forge Blues Festival

    2019 Clifton Forge Blues Festival Main Event Saturday, February 2, 2019, 6pm to 10pm In the John E. Hillert Auditorium Tickets: Main Orchestra: $25; Rear Orchestra and Front Balcony: $20; Rear Balcony: $15; Box Seats: $35. **Feb 1, 2019 VIP BLUES JAM information, click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2095375200481403/ ** We’ve got the Blues, and it feels so good! Headliner, Bobby “Blackhat” Walters and his line-up of award-winning blues bands return to shake the walls of The Historic Masonic Theatre. Bobby “Blackhat” Walters, recording artist, harmonica player, vocalist, songwriter, and actor, hails from Cleveland OH and has been playing harp for over 40 years. Bobby is retired U.S. Coast Guard Commander with 27 years of distinguished service which included serving as Military Aide to the President and being awarded the Coast Guard Medal for Heroism. Joining Bobby is a new lineup of groups from Richmond, and, Hampton Roads. Together, they’ll provide an evening sure to replace your winter blues with the kind of blues that make you happy. Stay tuned for more details and circle the weekend of February 1st and 2nd in BLUES! Feb 1, 2019 VIP BLUES JAM information, click here. • https://historicmasonictheatre.com/historic-masonic-theatre/events/

  • 02/12 – STEAM Machine

    STEAM Machine is a monthly educational program offered at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library on Tuesday, February 12th, at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Children in grades K-5 are invited to participate in fun, hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, art, and math in the Children’s Area. February’s lesson: Matters of the Heart • ahrlib.org

  • 02/13 – AHRL Book Club|

    The Alleghany Highlands Regional Library Book Club will meet on Wednesday, February 13th at 2:30 p.m. Discussion will be on The Locksmith’s Daughter by Karen Brooks. • ahrlib.org

  • 02/16 – Riddick Dance

    Riddick Dance Saturday, February 16 at 7:00 PM in the John E. Hillert Auditorium Tickets: Main Orchestra: $20; Rear Orchestra and Front Balcony: $17; Rear Balcony: $15; Box Seats: $30. Sponsored, in part, by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Riddick Dance was founded in 2009 by artistic director, David F. Riddick. Riddick Dance is a contemporary dance company known for its broad dance repertory, expressive movement, athleticism, and fusion of dance styles. In performance, Riddick Dance uses diverse platforms of presentation including, but not limited to, visual media, spoken word, live music, and visual art. Educational workshops challenge participants to dance their “truth” while expanding their movement vocabularies and maintaining body awareness. Riddick Dance enriches its range of cultural offerings by featuring a wide range of performing arts, but primarily expressive dance. Productions including ONE, Phoenix, and The King Project have distinguished the company as a contemporary dance company to watch. COMING SOON: Details about a one-of-a-kind educational workshop to be offered by Riddick Dance during the afternoon of Feb 16. • https://historicmasonictheatre.com/historic-masonic-theatre/events/

  • 02/21 – Book Buddies

    Book Buddies is the newest literacy program offered at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library. Children from kindergarten through third grades are invited to join Miss Tori for more challenging books and sophisticated activities. Tuesday, February 21st: The Snowy Nap; Snowflake craft • ahrlib.org

  • 02/26 – 02/26 – LEGO Builders at the Library

    LEGO Builders will be held on Tuesday, February 26th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library. Children from ages 6-12 are invited to join an AHRL staff member for this hands-on, fun, and educational program. **No registration is required. LEGO pieces are provided. • ahrlib.org

  • 02/28 – 03/02 – Quilt Winter Blues Away with Kaye! Quilt Retreat at The Historic Masonic Theatre

    The 2nd Annual QUILT WINTER BLUES AWAY WITH KAYE! February 28 through March 2, 2019 Our first Quilt Retreat was so popular, we were asked to do it again. Kaye is excited to return to Clifton Forge to share her skills, techniques and all new lessons with you. Internationally known quilt designer, author, teacher and fabric designer, Kaye England, returns to Clifton Forge to present the second Quilt Winter Blues Away with Kaye Retreat. The cost of patterns is included with registration, as are morning/afternoon breaks, lunches and dinners. Registration limited to 46 students and is open to beginners, intermediate and advanced quilters! Visit our website for more info and to register. • http://www.historicmasonictheatre.com

  • 02/28 – Quilt Retreat with Kaye England 2019

    Quilt Retreat with Kaye 2nd Annual QUILT WINTER BLUES AWAY WITH KAYE! February 28 through March 2, 2019 Our first Quilt Retreat was so popular, we were asked to do it again. Kaye is excited to return to Clifton Forge to share her skills, techniques and all new lessons with you. Internationally known quilt designer, author, teacher and fabric designer, Kaye England, returns to Clifton Forge to present the second Quilt Winter Blues Away with Kaye Retreat. The cost of patterns is included with registration, as are morning/afternoon breaks, lunches and dinners. Registration limited to 46 students and is open to beginners, intermediate and advanced quilters! Schedule: Thursday noon: February 28: Check in and set up. 2:00 pm Kaye lectures and students begin quilting; dinner in Historic Masonic Theatre Underground, evening quilting session. Friday, March 1, Lectures and quilting from morning through evening with morning and afternoon breaks, lunch and dinner provided. Saturday, March 2, Lectures and quilting from morning through 5:00, photos, packing up and good-byes. Breaks and lunch provided. More details will be provided as we get closer to the date. • https://historicmasonictheatre.com/historic-masonic-theatre/events/

March 2019

  • 03/03 – The Princess and the Pea: Barter Players

    The Princess and the Pea The Barter Players Sunday, March 3 at 3:00 PM in the John E. Hillert Auditorium Tickets: Main Orchestra: $20; Rear Orchestra and Front Balcony: $17; Rear Balcony: $15; Box Seats: $30. Sponsored, in part, by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Bandits have come to rob the kingdom. The only hope lies with Prince Harold, who must wed before he can be crowned king. But Harold is more interested in wrestling than girls—even when a beautiful maiden claiming to be Princess Marigold appears at the castle. Determined to stay single, Harold devises a way to test Marigold’s qualifications using a garden pea and a stack of mattresses. Can Marigold pass the test? Will the kingdom be saved? A fun twist on a classic fairy tale. • https://historicmasonictheatre.com/historic-masonic-theatre/events/

  • 03/09 – Pink Tie Gala 2019

    SAVE THE DATE! Pink Tie Gala 2019 Saturday, March 9, 2019 Last year’s Pink Tie Gala was a blast and raised serious money for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Mark your calendars and make plans to join us again this year. More details, including sponsor and ticket sales coming soon. Get ready to GO PINK! • https://historicmasonictheatre.com/historic-masonic-theatre/events/

  • 03/10 – Church Basement Ladies: Rise Up O Men

    Church Basement Ladies: Rise Up O Men Sunday, March 10 at 2 PM in the John E. Hillert Auditorium Tickets: Adult: $37; Senior (55+): $35; Box Seats: $50; Groups of 8 or more save 10% MEN IN THE PARISH BASEMENT? WHAT’S A CHURCH LADY TO DO? Find out when the talented touring company of actors stops in Clifton Forge for an afternoon of theatrical high-jinx. “Rise Up O Men” gives the gents a chance to shine in the latest installment of the Church Basement Ladies musical comedy series. This sidesplitting, uplifting peek into the lives of the rural Norwegian Lutherans who audiences first fell in love with in 2005 is the sixth chapter of the story begun in the original Church Basement Ladies. Rise Up O Men features familiar faces: Mrs. Mavis Gilmerson, Mrs. Vivian Snustad, and Mrs. Karin Engleson who would never leave the basement kitchen unattended, of course (who would make bars for the youth group meeting?). But as they busy themselves with preparations for their church’s participation in the town’s 1964 Centennial Celebration, we get to see their coming and goings from the eyes of the menfolk, who have their own problems to solve. Karin’s husband Elroy, farmer Carl and Great War vet Arlo are joined in brotherhood by series staple Pastor E.L. Gunderson. Their camaraderie unites them as they deal with furnace salesmen, looming retirement, rival Protestant denominations, the Pastor’s bad jokes, and Arlene’s even-worse cooking. Originally produced by Troupe America Inc, the original musical comedy, “The Church Basement Ladies”, opened at the Plymouth Playhouse in Minneapolis September 2005 to a response so enthusiastic that its initial run lasted two-and-a-half years. Five sequels have expanded the universe of these familiar and beloved comedies, affectionately known as the “Steel Magnolias of the Prairie,” making The Church Basement Ladies the most successful show in Troupe America’s 30-year history. Millions of Americans have discovered a heartfelt connection to the deeply funny church matriarch characters through regional and national touring productions. **By contractual arrangement, there are only Adult, Senior and group ticket rates for this production.** • https://historicmasonictheatre.com/historic-masonic-theatre/events/

  • 03/12 – STEAM Machine

    STEAM Machine is a monthly educational program offered at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library on Tuesday, March 12th, at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Children in grades K-5 are invited to participate in fun, hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, art, and math in the Children’s Area. March’s lesson: Airplane Engineering • ahrlib.org

  • 03/13 – AHRL Book Club

    The Alleghany Highlands Regional Library Book Club will meet on Wednesday, March 13th, at 2:30 p.m. The book club will discuss Mr. Flood’s Last Resort by Jess Kidd. • ahrlib.org

  • 03/16 – Robbie Limon: The Singers & Songwriters Show

    Robbie Limon: The Singers & Songwriters Show Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 PM In the John E. Hillert Auditorium Tickets: Main Orchestra: $20; Rear Orchestra/Front Balcony: $15; Rear Balcony $12; Box Seats: $30 Robbie returns to the Masonic stage to share his love of 1930’s, 40’s, 50’s 60’s & 1970s-era singers and songwriters. The result is an eclectic mix of the of the music of your life that you can sing along to- it’s like the perfect car ride for your musical soul. Robbie’s performance of these classics songs will spark memories and more than a few laughs as you lose yourself in the music. Robbie’s repertoire is vast, and many refer him to a human jukebox. Robbie takes your requests and consistently performs song arrangements and voice characterizations are pitch-perfect renditions of what you recall from the original recordings. Robbie shares his own personal experiences, and stories during the show and invites you to participate, making this special performance fun for the whole family. • https://historicmasonictheatre.com/historic-masonic-theatre/events/

  • 03/18 – AHArts Council presents RHYTHM OF THE DANCE OCATION: Historic Masonic Theatre CURTAIN TIME: 7:00 pm TICKETS: $20 Adult, $8 Student The National Dance Company of Ireland – A magnificent Irish extravaganza of 30 step dancers, a traditional Irish band and the incredible voices of the Young Irish Tenors will meld songs, music and dance for an unforgettable experience that’s been hailed by audiences across 4 continents • www.alleghanyarts4all.com

  • 03/21 – Book Buddies

    Book Buddies at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library offers children from kindergarten through third grades challenging books and sophisticated activities. The book for Thursday, March 21st is I Am Helen Keller. After reading and discussing the book, children will engage in a Braille activity. • ahrlib.org

  • 03/26 – 03/26 – LEGO Builders at the Library

    LEGO Builders will be held on Tuesday, March 26th, at 6:30 p.m. at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library. Children from ages 6-12 are invited to join an AHRL staff member for fun and learning. • ahrlib.org

April 2019

  • 04/06 – Art of Chocolate Festival 2019

    SAVE THE DATE!! The 13TH Annual Art of Chocolate Festival Sponsored by the Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 11 am – 4 pm (times subject to change) Throughout the Historic Masonic Theatre. This year’s theme will be announced soon, along with more details about how to enter our contests and become a vendor. Along with the competition, there will be tasting tables and a silent auction will offer many interesting items. There will also be an exhibit of original art panels about chocolate that promises unique expressions and ideas by area artists. Many other activities have been scheduled and more information will be forthcoming soon. The Chocolate Festival, which has been held for 12 years, serves as the major fundraiser for the AHAACC Artist in Education Residency program. The Center uses the funds to bring an outstanding professional artist to our community to work in the classrooms with students and teachers at Covington and Alleghany High School. Save the date and plan to join the fun! • https://historicmasonictheatre.com/historic-masonic-theatre/events/

  • 04/08 – AH Arts Council presents RICHMOND BALLET RBII

    LOCATION: Historic Masonic Theatre CURTAIN TIME: 7:00 pm TICKETS: $20 Adult, $8 Student The State Ballet of Virginia will be marking its 35th anniversary season with a mixed repertory program of excellence in exquisite movement. • www.alleghanyarts4all.com

May 2019

  • 05/04 – Cash Unchained in the Masonic Amphitheatre

    Cash Unchained: The Ultimate Johnny Cash Tribute Saturday, May 4 at 7:00 PM In the MASONIC AMPHITHEATRE Tickets: Adults $15; Seniors and Students; $12 Everyone is still talking about last year’s performance by this talented young artist. By popular demand, we are bringing him back to the Masonic Amphitheatre Join us for a concert under the stars as we experience ALL of Johnny’s iconic songs in concert just the way you remembered them. From the early days with Sam Philips at Sun Records to the later years with Rick Rubin and American Recordings, Cash Unchained delivers a complete catalog of breathtaking music from one of the greatest country artists of all time. Experience it LIVE, outdoors at the Masonic Amphitheatre! ***This is a rain or shine event. In case of inclement weather, this event will be moved inside to the auditorium of the Historic Masonic Theatre*** • https://historicmasonictheatre.com/historic-masonic-theatre/events/

  • 05/31 – The WannaBeatles 2019 Tour

    The WannaBeatles 2019 Tour Friday, May 31, 2019, at 7:30pm In the John E. Hillert Auditorium Tickets: $20/17/15; Box Seats: $30 THE WANNABEATLES are Grammy-nominated entertainers that have started a bit of Beatlemania of their own, and after their memorable concert on our main stage in 2017, they are now a member of the family! The big question: Who will dance on stage with the four lads during this performance? Maybe you?! It’s becoming a tradition. Get ready to take a magical mystery tour filled with great Beatles standards, hilarious parodies, on stage antics, fab fan trivia, and much more. With an emphasis on audience participation, this high energy band offers family-friendly entertainment for audiences of all ages. The WannaBeatles go where no Beatles Band has gone before – and you’ve got “A Ticket To Ride!” This concert kicks-off the Alleghany Highlands Heritage Day and C&O Railway Festival weekend. Make plans to join us for Heritage Day on June 1, 2019. • https://historicmasonictheatre.com/historic-masonic-theatre/events/

June 2019

  • 06/04 – 06/08 – RCT Summer Theatre Camp 2019 at the Masonic Theatre

    Roanoke Children’s Theatre Summer Camp 2019 SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK, LIVE! In the Historic Masonic Theatre Early- Bird Registration (through 1/31/2019): $95 Regular Registration (starting 2/1/2019): $120 Full and partial scholarships are available, please call our box office for more details 540-862-5655. We are pleased to announce this the return of this popular camp opportunity, a fun summer theater camp taught by the award-winning Roanoke Children’s Theatre Company at The Historic Masonic Theatre! This week-long camp, for ages 8-16, runs 6/42019 through 6/8/2019: Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 3pm. End of week public performance takes place on Saturday, June 8th at 2 pm. Spaces are limited, so call or register online today. The Camp consists of two halves: Morning 10am to noon: Fun theater games and learning, Noon to 1pm: Lunch (campers should bring a bagged lunch each day) Afternoon 1pm to 3pm: rehearsal for the end of week performance of SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK, LIVE! TOUR End of week public performance takes place on Saturday, June 8th at 2 pm. Each student will be given 2 complimentary tickets for the Saturday performance. Early- Bird Registration (through 1/31/2019): $95 Regular Registration (starting 2/1/2019): $120 Full and partial scholarships are available, please call our box office for more details 540-862-5655. • https://historicmasonictheatre.com/historic-masonic-theatre/events/

  • 06/08 – Schoolhouse Rock, LIVE!

    Schoolhouse Rock, LIVE! Roanoke Children’s Theatre (RCT) Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 2PM In the John E. Hillert Auditorium Tickets General Admission: Advance: $5; At the Door: $10 The popular Saturday morning cartoon that taught kids history, grammar, math and more will take the stage to close our summer camp. SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK LIVE! takes you on a journey with Tom, a brand new teacher, who is a bit nervous about starting his first day. While watching tv to relax, characters emerge to show him how to win his students over through song and quite a bit of imagination. The cast features RCT’s professional actors with our summer camp actors joining in the fun! Based on the book by Scott Ferguson, George Keating & Kyle Hall Music & Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, Kathy Mandry, George Newall & Tom Yohe • https://historicmasonictheatre.com/historic-masonic-theatre/events/