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Spring events in Downtown Staunton

Staunton Augusta Art Center Annual Youth Art Show

Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1

Gallery located at the Staunton Augusta Art Center galleries in the R. R. Smith Center for History & Art at 20 S. New  Street.  The best art works from all public, private, and independent schools in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County will be on display.  Hours of operation are 10-5 Mon. through Fri., 10-4 Saturdays, and 1-4 Sundays.  Contact: Beth Hodge, Executive Director, 540-885-2028.


Staunton Augusta Art Center: Creating with Colored Pencils

Six Tuesdays starting April 3 • 7 to 9PM

High School and adult students will explore colored pencil techniques of blending, shading, and mixing as they draw from life and create from imagination. Some previous drawing experience required.  Please bring drawing paper, watercolor pencils (24), watercolor brushes, drawing pencil and eraser. In the R. R. Smith Center for History and Art, classroom #5 at 20 S. New Street.  Pre-registration required by calling 540-885-2028. $160/$144 members. For more information, contact Beth Hodge, Executive Director or visit


Staunton/Augusta Farmers’ Market Opens

Wednesday, April 4 and Saturday, April 7 ● 7 am to Noon

Enjoy shopping at the Wharf for locally grown and produced foods and plants at the 19th Annual Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. until Noon from April through November. You’ll enjoy live music and demonstrations by local chefs throughout the season. Convenient parking at the Johnson Street Garage that’s free on Saturdays. For more information and scheduling, visit


Celebrate Easter in Downtown Staunton!

Hop Along the Bunny Trail

Saturday, April 7 ● 10 AM to Noon

Hey Kids!  The Staunton Downtown Development Association is gearing up for the best Easter celebration ever! Come to Downtown Staunton and visit with the Easter Bunny on Beverley Street and Hop Along the Bunny Trail to grab your bunny treats at participating Downtown stores from 10-Noon, while supplies last. Look for the Easter eggs!

Sponsored by Staunton Downtown Development Association


Easter Brunch Buffet

Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center

Sunday, April 8 ● 11AM to 2 PM

Choose from a wide range of delicacies from the seafood station, 8 types of desserts, carving station and more. Adults $37.00, children ages 5-12 $17.50.  Children 4 and under are complimentary.  Prices do not include taxes or a gratuity.  Reservations are recommended, please call 540-885-4848. To see the menu visit


Staunton Augusta Art Center’s Opening Reception

Vantage Point, art exhibition by Ed Bordett

Friday, April 13 through Sunday, June 3 ● 5 PM to 7 PM

Exhibition by Ed Bordett, Best in Show winner at Art in the Park, 2011 featuring cityscapes in oil. Gallery located at the R. R. Smith Center for Art & History at 20 S. New Street.  Hours of operation are 10-5 Mon. through Fri., 10-4 Saturdays, and 1-4 Sundays.  Contact: Beth Hodge, Executive Director, 540-885-2028.


*Earth Day Staunton 2012

Saturday, April 14 ● 9 AM to Noon

Sunspots Parking Lot

There will be an Earth Day celebration in the Sunspots Parking lot, across from the Farmer’s Market.  Earth-friendly organizations will have booths and conduct interactive learning and awareness displays.  Enjoy hands-on activities, live native wildlife shows, Earth art demonstrations, face painting, music, native plant sale, free saplings, and more. Admission is free. In the event of rain, Earth Day Staunton will be in the second floor of Sunspots Studios.  For more information, call Sunspots (540) 885-0678, or visit, or the Earth Day Staunton Facebook page.


*Beverley Street School Earth Day Public Art Project

Saturday, April 14 ● 9 am to Noon

In the Wharf


*Home Energy Future Panel

Tuesday, April 17 •  6PM

Staunton Creative Community Fund

Learn about creative ways to heat, cool and power your home that lower your energy bills and your impact on the earth. Our panel will share a variety of approaches that will help you make the change you wish to see in your home.


*Wild Virginia Film Festival

Thursday, April 19 • 7pm at The Visulite

*Kick Off-50th Anniversary of A Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

Featuring Ed Clark of The Wildlife Center of VA

Sunday, April 22 • 3PM at The MBC-Francis Auditorium


*Shenandoah Mountain Proposal:  Building a Community of Support

Presented by Lynn Cameron and Friends of Shenandoah Mountain

Monday, April 16 • 7PM at The Clocktower

Come and learn what’s special about the Shenandoah Mountain area in terms of recreation, clean water, wildlife habitat, and scenic beauty.  Find out how diverse forest user groups are collaborating to permanently protect it as a National Scenic Area for future generations to enjoy.   At a time when polarization seems to be the norm, the Shenandoah Mountain effort is an interesting study in how groups with different goals can cooperate for the benefit of all.

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