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February 2018

  • 02/22 – 03/16 – Student Art Show Winners

    Check out ribbon-winning student artwork at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library beginning on Thursday, February 22nd. This art show, sponsored by the Covington Woman’s Club, will be on display in the Community Room. •

  • 02/27 – LEGO Builders at the Library

    LEGO Builders will meet on Tuesday, February 27th,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. •

March 2018

  • 03/02 – Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Celebration at the AHRL

    A celebration of Dr. Seuss’s Birthday will be held on Friday, March 2nd, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library. Honor America’s favorite children’s author with a sweet treat at the circulation desk. •

  • 03/02 – Barter Theatre Presents, A Facility for Living, at The Historic Masonic Theatre

    Barter Theatre presents: A Facility for Living Barter Theatre makes its first appearance on our renovated stage, bringing us this twisted comedy that takes a serious subject and gives it a hilarious biting edge. Set in the not-so-distant future, nursing home residents are housed in a government-run, repurposed penitentiary (because the prisons have been outsourced to China, naturally!) and the Head Nurse is being a real pill. Suffice it to say that resident morale is a little down. All is doom and gloom until Joe Taylor a new resident and former actor arrives. Fresh new life is about to be breathed into Nursing Home #273 whether Nurse Claudia and her orderlies approve or not! With each repressive rule and outrageous cost saving measure imposed by Nurse Claudia, and with Joe’s help, these feisty boomers plot a coup d’état to show everyone that they aren’t ready to give up on life just yet! “A Facility for Living” pulls out all the stops when it comes to addressing all the vices, follies, abuses and shortcomings of the “system”-in this case government’s response to the issue of aging in America. Sometimes it’s funny because it’s just so wrong,” says Richard Rose, Barter Theatre’s Artistic Director. In the John E. Hillert Auditorium Friday, March 2 at 8:00 pm Tickets: Main Orch: $25; Rear Orch/Front Balc: $20; Rear Balc: $15; Boxes: $35 •

  • 03/02 – Revelator Hill & Karen Jonas

    WHY WE ARE EXCITED: When you have the opportunity to nail down booking one really, really good band that you know is a winner, you count your blessings. But, when that oh, so rare opportunity comes along and you book two amazing acts the same night, you kneel down and start questioning who you’ve just made a deal with…. CHECK THIS SHOW OUT IF YOU LIKE: Ol’ School Country & Contemporary, but Clapton-like Blues and Rock & Roll. WHY YOU SHOULD COME: Karen Jonas, comes to us from NOVA, and brings with her an old school, country-swagger blues sound that is so sultry and nostalgic, you may just drift off and question whether you’re on the set of some new hipster movie. Revelator Hill, will snap you back with their heavy-hitting, unmistakable contemporary blues sound as front man and master guitarist, Bobby Thompson, leads the journey. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR: Beginners. FOOD TRUCKS: Dawg Gone Wingz! TICKETS: $15 Doors open at 7pm, Music at 8pm. 18+ In the event of inclement weather, show is subject to cancellation. Check our site & Facebook for notifications. •

  • 03/03 – Barter Theatre Presents, Aesop’s Fables at The Historic Masonic Theatre

    Aesop’s Fables Presented by the Barter Theatre ENCORE Players Barter Theatre presents an afternoon of family fun and discovery. Aesop is one of the most beloved storytellers of all time, able to weave fantastic tales with timeless lessons of truth. Join Aesop and his friends in this exciting musical adventure and experience fables such as Androcles and the Lion, The Oak and the Reed, The Fox Without a Tail, The Beast in Love, The Tortoise and The Hare, and The Boy Who Cried Wolf brought to life as only the Barter Players can. In the John E. Hillert Auditorium Saturday, March 3 at 2:30 pm Tickets: Main Orch: $15; Rear Orch/Front Balc: $12; Rear Balc: $10; Boxes: $25 •

  • 03/03 – The Robbie Limon Band, The Ultimate 70’s Show at The Historic Masonic Theatre

    The Robbie Limon Band: The Ultimate 70s Show Can you dig it? Last Season you saw Robbie Limon as Buddy Holly and Hank Williams, Sr., this season get ready to dig out your bell bottoms and enjoy the 70s as Robbie and his talented musicians return to our stage to get down. Rummage through your closet, because special prizes will be awarded for the best 70s outfits we see. Get your friends together and make plans to do The Hustle in our aisles as The Robbie Limon band fires up the way back machine to a time when chokers were hip, platforms were cool, and Betamax tapes were the rage! In the John E. Hillert Auditorium Saturday, March 3 at 8:00 pm Tickets: Main Orch: $25; Rear Orch/Front Balc: $20; Rear Balc: $15; Boxes: $35 •

  • 03/08 – Kids’ Make & Take Craft at the Library

    The monthly Kids’ Make & Take Craft will be held on Thursday, March 8th, from 1:30 — 7:30 p.m. at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library. Children are invited to stop by the tables in the Children’s Area to make a paper plate leprechaun to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day. •

  • 03/10 – Love and Fireworks Danced by Roanoke Ballet at The Historic Masonic Theatre

    Saturday, March 10 at 2:30pm Love and Fireworks danced by The Roanoke Ballet The stage explodes with one show-stopping performance after another in this feast of choreographic fireworks. Enjoy excerpts from the ballet classics, La Bayadere and Don Quixote, as well as selected pieces from the contemporary work, Matices. Talent, passion and energy make this an afternoon not to miss.Theatre doors open one hour before the show. Tickets: $10 to $15 •

  • 03/10 – Easter Bonnet Workshop

    It is that time again. Our annual Easter Bonnet Workshop will be on March 10, 2018 from 10am to 2pm. This is free and all materials are provided. •

  • 03/14 – AHRL Book Club

    The Alleghany Highlands Regional Library Book Club will meet on Wednesday, March 14th at 2:30 p.m. in the Community Room. The group will discuss Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. •

  • 03/14 – Oil and Watercolor with Ed Bordett

    This is a general class for beginning and intermediate students. It will focus on composition and design as well as some experimental skills. The cost is $100. A materials list will be available at the Center’s front desk and on Facebook. You can pay in person, by mail, by phone or online. •

  • 03/15 – Picasso Diva’s and Dudes

    Instructor: Kyle Keyser Cost: $20 Date: March 15, 2018 It is once again time for an “adult night out” featuring drawing, watercolor painting, drinks and appetizers at the Art Center. Bring your beverage of choice and appetizers you might be willing to share for an evening of instructions. For beginning Picasso’s and those who just want to chill… •

  • 03/16 – Chamomile & Whiskey

    WHY WE ARE EXCITED: It couldn’t be a better weekend to get out of the city and visit Clifton Forge! It’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend, and there are TWO AMAZING shows at TWO AMAZING venues! TICKETS ON SALE NOW! THE LINE-UP: FRIDAY, MARCH 16th: CHAMOMILE & WHISKEY are going to fiddle it up here on The Farm Irish style, leaving you shoe-less and shaking your shamrocks! SATURDAY, MARCH 17th: Hop into town, enjoy the parade, grab a pint at Jack’s and then head over to the Historic Masonic Theater for renowned 80’s-bluegrass cover band, LOVE CANNON! CHECK IT OUT IF YOU LIKE: Weekends boasting high energy fun, Celtic bluegrass, 80’s music, corned beef & cabbage, Irish Sing-Song, tiny parades, & have a love for beer! (Meaning you prefer it without green food coloring.) NOT RECOMMENDED FOR: Folks who turn their noses at clogging & flat footing. WHY YOU SHOULD COME: Because its going to be a rumpus of a good time! If you’re local, plan on coming out of your mole-hole, and if you’re coming in to town to visit, book early and get yourself a room at one of Clifton’s cozy, swank B&B’s! FOOD TRUCK AT THE FARM: TBA- Though you can plan on warm, heavy, Irish comfort food! TIME & TICKETS: Show is in The Barn, with doors opening at 7pm! 18+ Older Show, $15 These shows will most likely sell out, so get your tickets in advance! •

  • 03/16 – Free Movie Night-Wonder at Masonic Theatre

    Free Movie Event: WONDER Friday, March 16 at 7pm Hosted by Alleghany Highlands Community Services Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates, and the larger community all struggle to find their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out. Alleghany Highlands Community services will introduce the film in recognition of National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. March has been recognized as National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month since 1987. Then-President Ronald Reagan at that time called for the American people to build understanding and encouragement, and to provide new opportunities for people who have developmental difficulties and disabilities. •

  • 03/17 – Love Canon at The Historic Masonic Theatre

    Love Canon Get your St. Patty’s Day groove on with us! Love Canon doesn’t cover the music of the ’80s as much as kidnap it and take it on a bluegrass-tinged joyride. It’s a general rule of American culture that it takes 20-40 years for a decade to shed its stale stench and get its groove back. There’s no shortage of clever musical re-enactors giving the first generation of MTV an ironic makeover: a fool’s errand, given that the music already was soaked in postmodern irony. By contrast, Love Canon refreshes and extends the originals with affectionate humor and effortless virtuosity. The players — including Old School Freight Train’s Jesse Harper and Darrell Muller, Virginia Commonwealth University guitar and banjo master Adam Larrabee, Mandolin Virtuoso Andy Thacker, and dobro Jedi Jay Starling — add layers of depth to the still-appealing pop hooks. In the John E. Hillert Auditorium Saturday, March 17 at 8:00PM Tickets: Main Orch: $30; Rear Orch/Front Balc: $25 Rear Balc: $20; Boxes: $40 •

  • 03/17 – Virginia’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade

    BEGORRAH! A WEE PARADE IS PLANNED FOR SAINT PATRICK’S DAY… Clifton Forge is hosting The Shortest Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Virginia on Friday, March 17th. Get your best green outfit ready and assemble by 5pm sharp, rain or shine, at the Loop Street parking lot (next to Upper Cuts). We will eat – Irish Soda Bread – We will drink – Green Punch- And- we will be merry while competing in the Ugliest Knees Contest. So all you lads and lassies be sure to wear your kilt. Then we will parade across Ridgeway Street to Jack Mason’s Tavern and Brewery at 400 E. Ridgeway Street to lift a glass in toast to St. Patrick and to each other. Green beverages and St Patrick Day Food specials will be available for your enjoyment. This parade is small in length but large in fun! • #uniquely Alleghany

  • 03/19 – CHURCHILL A one-man play starring Andrew Eldin

    British-born actor and playwright Andrew Edlin stars as England’s ‘rock star’ of World War II, Winston Churchill in his one-man play set on April 5, 1955. This is the day an 80 year-old Churchill must decide if he is going to resign his position as Prime Minister. •

  • 03/24 – Art of Chocolate Festival

    Save the date!!! More details soon!!! •

  • 03/24 – Did You Know? Day (Finance Edition)

    “Did You Know? Day” is a new series of short presentations at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library on Saturday, March 24th, from 10:30 a.m. — 12 p.m. The series will provide information on various topics to adults. This edition will feature a guest speaker from Highlands Community Bank who will focus on these financial topics: *Budgeting;*Credit Scores;*Compound Interest;*Credit Protection; and *How to Read Your Paycheck. *No registration is required. The event will be held in the Community Room. •

  • 03/24 – Easter Bonnet/Hat Parade

    Parade begins at 11am. Line up is at 10:45 at the Elks Lodge (306 East Ridgeway) Causal and pet friendly. Bring the entire family! Awards will be given for adults and kids in the following categories: most beautiful bonnet, most handsome hat, most creative hat, and most creative bonnet. Pet categories include most fun and most creative hat/bonnet. Take a picture with the Easter bunny under the awesome balloon archway at the finish line. Homemade treats prepared by members of the First Assembly of God will be available for purchase. Hunt for eggs and visit with the Easter Bunny immediately following the parade at Scott Hill Retirement Community (700 W. Ridgeway Street). #uniquelyalleghany •

  • 03/24 – 02/24 – Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

    Pancakes, juice. Take a picture with the Easter Bunny. 9 am until 11 am at Patsy’s Dance Studio

  • 03/25 – Spring Bingo

    Bingo at the Moose. 2 pm Fundraiser for Ultimate Dance Explosion dance team at Patsy’s Dance Studio. Doors open at 12:30 pm Advance sign up to get 4 cards for $25 or $25 at the door for 3 cards; food, 50/50, door prizes

  • 03/27 – LEGO Builders at the Library

    LEGO Builders will meet on Tuesday, March 27th,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. •

  • 03/27 – LEGO Builders at the Library

    LEGO Builders will meet on Tuesday, March 27th,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. •

April 2018

  • 04/07 – 39th Annual Chamber Dinner

    The 39th Annual Chamber Dinner and Awards Program will be held at The Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, VA. Cocktails at 5:30 followed by dinner at 6:30. Join us for a fun evening of dinner and dancing. Use the following link for room reservations Ticket information coming soon! •

  • 04/12 – Picasso Diva’s and Dudes

    Instructor: Kyle Keyser Cost: $20 Date: April 12, 2018 It is once again time for an “adult night out” featuring drawing, watercolor painting, drinks and appetizers at the Art Center. Bring your beverage of choice and appetizers you might be willing to share for an evening of instructions. For beginning Picasso’s and those who just want to chill… •

  • 04/13 – Adwela & The Uprising

    WHY WE ARE EXCITED: Because when it is cold outside, we love Caribbean warmth- even if it is through music! Virginia’s own award winning reggae band is bringing the sunshine just in time for Spring! WHY YOU SHOULD COME: Adwela & The Uprising are a nationally touring seven-piece reggae band orchestrating conscious music that spreads truth, with soul stirring lyrics that give you no choice but to come to a new understanding about the world we live in and who you are and who you choose to be. CHECK THEM OUT IF YOU LIKE: Positive vibrations, ever dreamed of becoming a Rasta, and love classic and modern reggae music! NOT RECOMMENDED FOR: Haters. Cause’ haters gonna hate. FOOD TRUCKS: Dawg Gone Wingz! TICKETS: $15 Doors open at 7pm, Music at 8pm. 18+ In the event of inclement weather, show is subject to cancellation. Check our site & Facebook for notifications. •

  • 04/14 – A Tribute to Patsy Cline at The Virginia Opry Hosted by The Historic Masonic Theatre

    Historic Masonic Theatre, 8:00 pm Denise Glass, winner of the Patsy Cline Competition in Winchester, Virginia, and her band present: “A Tribute to Patsy Cline” at The Virginia Opry, presented by Appalfolks of America Association. Saturday, April 14, 2018, 8:00 PM in the John E. Hillert Auditorium Advance Tickets: $12 Balcony, $15 Orchestra, and $20 Box Seats. At the Door: $14 Balcony, $17 Orchestra, and $22 Box Seats. •

  • 04/14 – Historic Masonic Theatre Tour

    Tour begins at 11:00 am and ends at 12:30. Join this 90-minute interactive tour and learn all about the uniquely beautiful Theatre. All four floors are open and the tour includes history, stories, video and hands-on sound and light experiences. The Theatre is handicap accessible–wear comfortable clothing and shoes and meet in the Theatre Annex, 510 Main Street, Clifton Forge. Free. Donations appreciated. •

  • 04/16 – The Annie Moses Band

    This Juilliard-trained family offers outrageously outstanding music. From the Grand Ole Opry to Carnegie Hall, these amazing musicians have wowed audiences with their unique brand of classical crossover. Their music combines the best of beloved genres in a style that unifies audiences, young and old, classical connoisseurs and roots enthusiasts, jazz aficionados and bluegrass buffs. •

  • 04/26 – The Quebe Sisters at The Historic Masonic Theatre

    The Quebe Sisters When the Quebe Sisters from Texas take a stage, and the triple-threat fiddle champions start playing and singing in multi-part close harmony, audiences are usually transfixed, then blown away. It’s partly because the trio’s vocal and instrumental performances are authentic all-Americana, all the time, respectful of the artists that inspired them the most. And whether the Quebes (rhymes with “maybe”) are decked out in denims and boots or fashionably dressed to the nines in makeup, skirts and heels, the fresh-faced, clean-cut sisters, all in their 20s, look as good as they sound. Not surprisingly, the Quebe Sisters win standing ovations at just about every show. It’s been that way since 2000, when they started fiddling together as pre-teens. In the John E. Hillert Auditorium Thursday, April 26 a 7:30 pm Tickets: Main Orch: $30; Rear Orch/Front Balc: $25; Rear Balc: $20; Boxes: $40 •

May 2018

  • 05/19 – Alleghany Highlands Triathlon

    Join us for a friendly 5k Run, 5m Paddle, and 10m bike ride throughout beautiful Alleghany County. •

  • 05/19 – Alleghany Highlands Triathlon

    Join us on Saturday, May 19, for a Fun 5K Run, 5 Mile Paddle and 10 Mile Bike in the beautiful Alleghany Highlands of Virginia! Race begins at the Sharon Community Center in Clifton Forge at 4017 Nicelytown Road, Clifton Forge. Packet pick-up and registration will be 5:30-7pm May 18th at Jack Mason’s Tavern & Brewery and 7:30 am at The Sharon Community Center on May 19. The Top male and female finisher overall will each receive an Omni Homstead gift certificate for a 2 person one night stay! Medals will be given for top finishers in multiple age groups as well as teams. This is a great event for first time participants. #uniquelyalleghany •

  • 05/19 – Gymnastics Open House Clinic

    Alexander Skordakis a certified gymnastics instructor previously from NYC with a BS in Physical Education from University of Athens will conduct a clinic for all levels of gymnastics for all ages. Girls & Boys. Times to be announced. Call 540-962-4151 for more information.

June 2018

  • 06/02 – Railway Heritage Day

    Plan now to visit the Alleghany Highlands Heritage Day and C&O Railway Festival on Saturday, June 2, 2018. The seventh anniversary of Heritage Day continues to be a celebration of the Alleghany Highlands in music, food, trains, arts and crafts and experiential activities. Irish, Scottish, German, English, Native American, African American, and Alleghany Highlands Mountain Cultures are honored and represented. Heritage Day takes place at the Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center, Historic Masonic Theatre, Masonic Amphitheatre, Clifton Forge Public Library, Clifton Forge School of the Arts, The Jungle and C&O Heritage Center on June 2nd from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Heritage Day 2018 will feature the history of WWI and WWII and honor the veterans that served their country and their homeland in those wars; in addition to the history of the settlers who developed this area. Mark your calendars. FREE ADMISSION! #uniquelyalleghany •

  • 06/08 – 06/09 – 34th Annual Recital

    Patsy’s Dance Studio annual recital at Covington High School. Both nights at 6 pm. Students will perform ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, pointe, clogging, hip hop, tumbling. Admission $6 Adults; $5 school age children at the door. Under 4 free.

  • 06/14 – Flag Day Ceremony

    The Flag Day Celebration @ the Masonic Amphitheatre begins at 5:30pm. The Stars and Stripes Celebration Committee of Clifton Forge Main Street, Inc. is excited to announce this year’s 242nd Nation’s Birthday events! We will kick off our patriotic celebration with a Flag Day Ceremony, June 14th, at 5:30 pm at the Masonic Amphitheatre. Included in the ceremony will be flag presentations by Boy Scout Troop #2, Girl Scout Troup # 699, and Clifton Forge VFW posts #4299 and #1033. Jim “Neighbor” Smith with also take part in the flag ceremony. In addition there will be patriotic music sung by Dale Muterspaugh and a benefit picnic supper with birthday cake. Everyone is invited to this very special occasion. We urge you to bring children to this event. It’s a great opportunity for them to be reminded of the importance of our nation’s flag. This event kicks off The Town of Clifton Forge’s Stars and Strips Celebration culminating on July 4th. #uniquelyalleghany •

  • 06/16 – 08/25 – Summer dance and gymnastics

    Dance classes for all ages will be available for boys and girls. Gymnastics for all ages will be available for boys and girls. Call 540-962-4151 for more information.

  • 06/23 – Jackson River Scenic Trail Marathon

    Jackson River Scenic Trail Marathon, Half Marathon,10K and 5K •

July 2018

  • 07/04 – Stars and Stripes Celebration

    On July 4th, we will begin the day-long celebration with a Down Town parade at 11 am. We urge you to come out and enjoy the parade or even be in it! As this is a small town celebration in the best sense of the word, we are hoping that many of our young people will hop on the bikes, carry a flag or wear something red, white and blue and march or ride in the parade. At the conclusion of the parade everyone is invited to gather at the Town Hall steps for a special ceremony honoring our Veterans.Following a reading of excerpts from the Declaration of Independence at the Town Hall steps we encourage you to follow our bagpipers on a short walk to the Masonic Amphitheatre for an afternoon concert and a picnic lunch. Children can enjoy painting cardboard houses and getting their faces painted. At 6 PM, the grounds of the C & O Heritage Center open to the public, free of charge, for an evening of informal fun, food and festivities. Back by popular demand are the Downing Brothers Band and the 50 member Celebration Chorale presenting a Patriotic Cantata. This outstanding presentation will include a Retreat of the Colors. An awesome fireworks display will take place at dusk to close out the day-long celebration. #uniquelyalleghany •

  • 07/21 – Gran Fondo Alleghany

    Destination cycling event offering riders 4 course choices. •

August 2018

  • 08/04 – Lake Moomaw One Mile Swim

    One Mile Open Water Swim at the beautiful Lake Moomaw. •

  • 08/09 – Fall Registration

    Fall registration for dance & gymnastics from 5 pm to 7 pm. $15 registration fee to hold a spot in all classes. May be taking registrations on Saturday, August 11th during Street Scene also. Call studio at 540-962-4151 for more information. Classes in dance & gymnastics for Fall will start back at Patsy’s Dance Studio on Tuesday, September 4th.

October 2018
  • 10/31 – Down Town Trick or Treating and Merchant Costume Contest

    Visit Downtown Clifton Forge from 1PM to 5PM! Trick or Treat with down town merchants while also enjoying murals hand painted by Clifton Middle School artists,store front decorations, fun costumes, CANDY and more… #uniquelyalleghany •

November 2018
  • 11/16 – Clifton Forge Town Tree Lighting

    November 16, 2018 at 6PM we will begin our community celebrations in Clifton Forge with an official lighting of the Town Christmas Tree. This ceremony will take place at Town Hall and feature childrens cloggers from the Alleghany Highlands. Everyone will be invited to sing along to some popular Christmas carols as well. In addition to music, warm cider and cookies will be served during the ceremony. #uniquelyalleghany •

  • 11/30 – Clifton Forge Christmas Parade

    On Friday evening November 30th at 6:00 PM Clifton Forge Main Street, Inc. invites you to be a participant or a spectator in our 2018 Christmas Parade. This year we have chosen SANTA’S WORKSHOP for our theme. As in past years, the parade will begin at the intersection of Ridgeway and Roxbury Streets and continue down Ridgeway Street through the historic district to the Clifton Forge Fire Station on D Street. Nice trophies will be given out for best religious float, best private and public vehicles, best marching unit, best dance entry, best clogging entry, most creative entry, best animal float, best overall float and judges favorite. Call 862.2000 to enter! #uniquelyalleghany •