Tag: Downtown Staunton

Staunton Stories Exhibit celebrates 20 years of Staunton Downtown Development Association

The Staunton Downtown Development Association hosted Staunton Stories, a one-day event to celebrate Downtown Staunton.


Get fired up for the Virginia Hot Glass Festival

Flaming torches and fire-breathing dragons are part of the magic of the Virginia Hot Glass Festival, set for Saturday, April 25, and Sunday, April 26, at Sunspots Studios in Downtown Staunton.


Staunton busts out for big weekend showcase in April

Downtown Staunton will be buzzing with activity the weekend of April 25, as merchants, community groups and residents gather to celebrate the unique local culture Staunton has to offer.


Third annual Bridge Day Staunton set for April 25

The third annual Bridge Day Staunton will be held Saturday, April 25 from 11am-4pm. Bridge Day Staunton is a celebration of Staunton’s unique culture of local music, arts, history, food, artisans, shopping and community action.


Downtown Staunton craft beer festival on Sept. 27

The Staunton Augusta Art Center is hosting the first annual downtown craft beer and craft festival Saturday, September 27, 1-6pm at its headquarters in the garden of the R. R. Smith Center for History and Art (20 S. New Street) and along Barristers Row in historic downtown Staunton.


North Augusta Street sidewalk repair in Downtown Staunton

The Department of Public Works in Staunton will be repairing the sidewalk on the east side of North Augusta Street, from Frederick Street to Academy Street, replacing it with new brick.


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Labor Day government closings, schedule changes

News and notes from the region related to the Labor Day holiday.


Downtown Staunton churches collaborate for Helping Hands Day Camp

From August 11-15, 2014, four Downtown Staunton churches are collaborating on the second annual Helping Hands Day Camp for 60 children from Staunton, Waynesboro, Richmond, and Augusta, Rockbridge and Rockingham counties.


Second annual Bridge Day Staunton set for April 26

A collaboration of local businesses announced today that they will sponsor the second annaul Bridge Day Staunton on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 11am-4pm.


AFP editor Chris Graham to moderate Staunton candidates forum

We know you value the arts, history and preservation, and the local economy. Demonstrate your interest to city leaders by attending the Public Forum on Arts, Culture, and Tourism with Staunton City Council Candidates on Tuesday, April 22.


Staunton Augusta Art Center: March art classes

The Staunton Augusta Art Center and Mary Baldwin College students announce Saturdays-in-March classes for ages 6-10 years, 10:30am-Noon at the R. R. Smith Center, 20 S. New Street in historic Downtown Staunton.


Honey Bear to give free hugs in Downtown Staunton

Honey Bear, the Staunton Parks and Recreation Department mascot, will be giving free hugs on Wednesday, 12.12.12 at the Statler Tribute Stools on the Wharf parking lot in Downtown Staunton.


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 […]


SDDA plans special shopping, dining event

Two dozen of Staunton’s independent merchants will be showcasing the sights and sounds of a vibrant downtown at the Staunton Downtown Development Association’s annual Sparkles & Sweets shopping and dining event on Friday, Nov. 4 from 6-9 p.m. Participating shops and restaurants will pamper guests with delicious treats and sparkling drinks while inviting them to […]


Changes to Augusta Parking Lot to take effect

Beginning Nov. 1, the Augusta Parking Lot in Downtown Staunton will change from a free parking lot to a pay-by-space lot. The Augusta Parking Lot is located between Augusta Street and New Street. A centralized pay station kiosk has been installed near the center island of the lot. All available parking spaces are numbered. The […]


Interactive Fridays in Downtown Staunton

Friday evenings in Downtown Staunton will go interactive on August 26 when the Staunton Downtown Development Associationhosts seven weeks of free live music, art, theater, dance, and games. Activities will be scattered throughout the downtown district every Friday night from 6-9pm through October 7. Friday Nights Downtown is part of the SDDA’s Extended Hours Program, […]


Staunton City Council defers hearing on noise ordinance

Staunton officials announced today that a planned public hearing on a noise ordinance amendment has been postponed. The deferral is designed to explore other possible options. The previously proposed draft amendment, to be advertised for public hearing, would have provided a cut-off time of 11:30 p.m. for outdoor music. There have been numerous complaints this […]


Smith celebrates release of new CD

Bryan Elijah Smith is a local artist from Dayton who just released a new self-produced CD, “Pour On Me.” The album’s release party was held at Byers Street Bistro in Downtown Staunton this past Saturday evening. The party was to begin at 9 p.m. By 8:30 p.m., there was a 40-minute wait to get into […]


Staunton ready to jam

Staunton Jams are once again about to take over Downtown Staunton. Right outside of the Baja Bean, located at 9 W. Beverley St., on Saturday, Sept. 4, will be a stage with performances beginning with the Steal This Band as the opening act, and ending with the Findells who will begin their performance at 8 […]


Downtown Staunton plans special Fridays nights

Heading to Downtown Staunton after 5 on Friday evenings this summer and fall has its rewards, as 33 stores, salons, theaters and restaurants are keeping their doors open until 9 p.m. and offering special bonuses for their customers. Shoppers who spend $25 Fridays after 5 p.m. at participating stores will receive a $5 bonus. The […]


Kids’ Night Out in Staunton

Edited by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   The Staunton Downtown Development Association, in conjunction with local merchants, will celebrate the kickoff of the SDDA’s popular Street Entertainment Program with Kid’s Night Out on Friday, July 9 from 6-9 p.m. Staunton residents and visitors are invited to participate in an evening of free magic, juggling, face painting, […]


Sink-hole repairs to close a block of New Street

Edited by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   The Staunton Department of Public Works will have New Street closed from Beverley Street to Frederick Street on Thursday, April 1, for repair to a sink hole. The closure is expected to last most of the day. Emergency vehicles will not be able to get through.


Central Ave. project to get going next week

Construction biggest in Downtown Staunton since the Big Dig Staff Report News Tips: freepress2@ntelos.net The City of Staunton announces the launch of a major downtown construction project, the largest such undertaking since the Big Dig 10 years ago. The ten-month project will install a new sewer line along Central Avenue from the Wharf Parking Lot […]


Acoustic with a mission

Music Guild Night set for Saturday night Staff Report News Tips: freepress2@ntelos.net The Staunton Music Guild has recently partnered with several local businesses and organizations to benefit community and cultural causes, and on Saturday, Dec. 26, from 7-10 p.m., will join with Mockingbird Roots Music Hall, 123 W. Beverley St., to hold “Staunton Music Guild […]


Guild raises startup funds

  Staff Report News Tips: freepress2@ntelos.net A wide range of music was served up with the pizza at Shenandoah Pizza on Tuesday night as musicians and music lovers of all types gathered to support the startup of a new music organization in Staunton. Professional and amateur musicians, business owners and fans mingled and networked as […]


Dinner with the First Family

Story by Chris Graham newdominion@ntelos.net   Mike Lund found himself a few feet away from the First Couple at the November state dinner held at the White House in honor of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife, Gursharan Kaur. President Barack Obama broke away from small talk with First Lady Michelle Obama to […]


Success workshop in Staunton

  Staff Report Business news tips: freepress2@ntelos.net Have you ever thought of a goal, only to discover later that you never came close to achieving it? Have you actually gone as far as to write your goals down, but then gave up on them because you had no idea how to make them happen financially? […]


Holiday show at Staunton Augusta Art Center

Staff Report Art for Gifts, a unique, affordable holiday shopping experience featuring the art and fine craft of Virginia artists and artisans, opens at the Staunton Augusta Art Center, R.R. Smith Center for History and Art, 20 S. New St., Downtown Staunton, on Friday, Nov. 20. The opening reception is Friday from 5-8 p.m.


Staunton Performing Arts Center presents ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Staff Report A live performance of the Disney production of Beauty and the Beast is coming to Staunton, presented by the Staunton Performing Arts Center, the group that will restore and renovate the Dixie Theatre and the adjoining Arcadia Building into a two-venue performing arts center. In order to give the community a taste of […]


Two book signings at Bookworks on Saturday

When a top Nazi scientist arrives at a POW camp in the Shenandoah Valley, he begins to redraw plans for a lost weapon. The device, Germany believes, will disable the U.S. East Coast, leading to America’s surrender or at least a neutrality pact. Cadets at Waynesboro’s Fishburne Military School uncover the plot, also involving a […]


Call for entries from Art Center

The Staunton Augusta Art Center announces a call for entries to artists and artisans to apply for major gallery exhibitions starting in 2011. The Staunton Augusta Art Center is a well-established, nonprofit arts organization with state-of-the-art exhibition galleries located in historic Downtown Staunton. Artists working in all mediums, including fine craft, are welcome to apply.


Staunton Augusta Art Center gallery exhibition

The new Staunton Augusta Art Center gallery exhibition, Valley and Vista: Painting the Southern Shenandoah, by Ryan Russell, opens Friday, Oct. 2, with a 5-7 p.m. opening reception. The exhibit is open through Nov. 8.


Chris DeWald | The ghosts of Staunton walking tours

“Listen to them, children of the night. ..”. Bela Lugosi’s famous line from “Dracula” brought the blood cold when I was a kid. There might not be any vampires in Downtown Staunton, but you can sure bet there are great walking tours. Starting the Friday weekend of the 11th of September and every weekend through […]


Sunspots hosting blood drive

Sunspots Studios is hosting a blood drive on Wednesday, Sept. 9, from 2-6:30 p.m., with Virginia Blood Services. The first 25 donors will receive a $20 Sunspots’ gift certificate. All donors will also receive additional gifts through Virginia Blood Services.


The guilded age in Downtown Staunton

A group of Staunton musicians have scheduled a series of meetings in September to discuss forming a music guild that would support the growing emphasis on musical performances and events in and around the Queen City. The brainstorming sessions are set for each Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. at Fretwell Bass and Acoustic […]


Sewer-line work in Downtown Staunton to lead to closures on Central Avenue

The City of Staunton will launch a major construction project this winter to install a new sewer line along Central Avenue through the downtown area. The $1.5 million project will involve substantial excavation and the sequential closure of Central Avenue and its cross streets for at least six months.


Fund helps studio bring da noise downtown

The Studio C crew has worked with the likes of Bret Michaels, Vanilla Ice, MC Lyte and Ed Lover. And you can now add the Staunton Creative Community Fund to that list. “Today I feel ready to take on the national scene,” said Carlton Melton, the owner of Studio C Recording and Production, located at […]