Shenandoah Valley Music Festival
Twice voted one of the Top 20 tourism sites in the southeast, the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival celebrates 51 years of summer season music this year! The Festival, the oldest summertime professional arts event in the Valley, offers the best in regional and national talent in the vest pocket village of Orkney Springs, on the grounds of the old Orkney Springs Hotel, a national landmark property now part of the Shrine Mont Camp and Conference Center. The music varieties include symphony pops and classical; bluegrass; country; Celtic; Folk; Roots and many others. Throw a blanket or lawn chair in the car, pack a picnic (or treat yourself to picnic food sold on-site) and make the short drive. There's an ice cream social before every concert and if you prefer, pavilion seating.www.musicfest.org. Call (540) 459-3396 or email
The Festival has announced two concerts for the 2014 season:
· Straight No Chaser, the nation's most popular a cappella band, Friday, July 18 at 8 pm. Set aside all your preconceptions about a cappella music...these guys will amaze you with the sound they make without any instruments.
· Rhonda Vincent and the Rage is headlining the Hot Strings and Cool Breezes bluegrass mini-fest. The Wall Street Journal calls her "the queen of bluegrass music."
For more information, go to musicfest.org. Online tickets for these two concerts go on sale on April 3 at noon.
Valley Educational Center for the Creative Arts, Inc.
Founded in 1982, VECCA serves as an umbrella for art groups in Shenandoah County. VECCA is an all-volunteer non-profit offering:
¨ Classes and workshops in various media
¨ Rotating Art Shows at the Shenandoah County Government Building
¨ Exhibits at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital, Shenandoah County Chamber and other local businesses
¨ Art and music scholarships for graduating public and home-schooled high school seniors
¨ After-school and summer programs for children
¨ Award-winning programs for seniors
VECCA members receive quarterly newsletters, the opportunity to display their work at 7 East Gallery, discounts on classes and workshops, and discounts on supplies at participating businesses.