Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra to perform in Waynesboro this weekend

The Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra will be in concert at First Presbyterian Church in Waynesboro on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m.

Ken Nafziger will be guest conductor.

The program:

  • J. S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, BWV 1049
  • Nancy Garlick and Lesslie Crowell, recorders and David McCormick, violin
  • Francesco Geminiani: Concerto Grosso, Op. 3, No. 2 in G Minor
  • G. F. Handel: Concerto for Organ and Strings in F Major
  • James Sivley, organ (Organist and choir master, 1st Presbyterian Church)

Shenandoah Valley Art Center: December 2013 Schedule

svacThe Shenandoah Valley Art Center, during the month of December, is exhibiting the watermedia paintings of Staunton artist, Billie Rosenburger, whose mediations on color yield cheerful bright imagery.

She shares her love of nature and feelings of peace with viewers and collectors.  She uses underpainting glazes of bright reds, oranges, and pinks to give the work a brilliant glow and the feeling that sunlight is permeating everything. At times, a thumbnail sketch will help her cement her composition before laying paint to the surface, and at other times the process is more spontaneous and simply involves diving right in.

Currently, she is working on the surface of recycled wood panels or gallery wrapped canvases where the image wraps all the way around the edge.

Since 1989, Rosenburger has focused on painting, but has, in the past, expressed her creative talents through pottery, stained glass and other media. An award winning artist in shows such as Art in the Park, Fall Foliage Festival Art Show, Co-Art Gallery in Staunton, and Paintings on the Piedmont in Charlottesville, Rosenburger continues to grow as an artist through her studies with nationally known painters.

An Opening Reception and Artist Talk will be held Dec.  7, 6-8 p.m., and the public is encouraged to come and meet the artist.

In the Hallway and Members’ Galleries, Shenandoah Valley Art Center member-artists are exhibiting small works of art in a variety of media and the Ginger Bread Sculpture Contest winners are on view from Dec. 7-14. Awards will be presented at the opening in children and adult categories for the most creative edible pieces.  Don’t miss the vivid acrylic landscape paintings by Garry Galbraith to be featured in the Docent Room.

The center hopes to provide the opportunity to give great gifts of art during the holiday season.  A Christmas tree featuring handcrafted ornaments selling from $2 – $25 is available to the public while additional creative gifts in fiber, jewelry, wood, glass, and pottery by juried artisans from the Artisan Center of Virginia and SVAC member-artists are available for purchase in the center’s gift shop.

Want another creative gift to give for Christmas?   Give a gift certificate for SAK to a child!!  Shenandoah Valley Art Center offers, the ever popular Saturday Art for Kids, presenting a creative art experience for young artists from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Contact the art center for specific information and pre-registration for each class.

Open studio opportunities in the Virginia Ross Education Studio are available to printmakers and ceramic artists.  Apply online at www.SVACart.com.

The Shenandoah Valley Art Center is located in downtown Waynesboro at 126 S. Wayne Avenue.  Galleries are open to the public 10am to 4pm Tuesday through Saturday.  For more information, call (540) 949-7662 or visit www.svacart.com.

The Concise Dickens’ Christmas Carol at WTA’s Gateway Theatre in Waynesboro

D  D  Delaney as ScroogeWTA’s Gateway in Waynesboro will bring The Concise Dickens’ Christmas Carol as part of WTA’s Holiday entertainment. The Seasonal Favorite of Hampton Roads’ audiences will be presented on Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m

The acting troupe of Ebenezer Scrooge and Company—in the single person of actor/writer D.D. Delaney, who plays 22 roles—will appear in Mr. Delaney’s critically acclaimed adaptation of the beloved Charles Dickens’ tale, A Christmas Carol.  Delaney adapted the original novella for its first performance Norfolk’s 40th Street Stage in 2006.  It continued at that venue through 2008 when the theater closed.  In 2009, it was revived by The Norfolk’s Venue on 35th and continues its annual public performance.

Delaney also performs The Concise Dickens’ Christmas Carol at private venues, including retirement facilities, churches, historical societies, and parties. “It’s very adaptable,” he says, “and can be shrunk to play in a living room or expanded to encompass a social hall. The main thing is the story. And, of course, the wonderful array of Dickens characters.”

When asked why a “concise” Christmas Carol, Delaney said, “Dickens’ story is about one old man’s journey through his own darkness of fear and greed to an awakening of how much happier he could be if he opened his heart to other people. I felt that too many stage productions and films I’ve seen and participated in lose that simple message in their attempts to make a longer entertainment than is necessary for a modern audience. Even the novella is too wordy!”

Patti Wray, producer at Norfolk’s The Venue on 35th said, “I never tire of the story because Delaney’s amazing performance always engages and enchants me from start to finish.”

Advanced tickets for The Concise Dickens’ Christmas Carol are available for $5 for children under 12 and $10 for adults.  Remaining tickets will be available at the box office at $6 for children and $12 for adults on the night of the performance.

To make reservations go to www.wtagateway.com or call 943-9999.

Becca and the Cherokee Revival at WTA’s Gateway Saturday, Dec. 7

gatewayMusic impresario Gary Kirby has arranged for a special performance of Becca and the Cherokee Revival at WTA’s Gateway at 8 pm on Saturday, Dec. 7.

“Becca has the power behind the vocals to deliver a song that will send cold chills down your spine and with Cherokee Revival creates a sound not to be forgotten,” says Kirby. “Holly has a refreshingly authentic and distinctive Americana sound — the kind that, when you hear it for the first time, you can’t help asking the person next to you, Who is that?”

The evening is one of those rare opportunities to catch young musicians before they move on to the national stage.

Rebecca “Becca” Gogue has already established herself as a songbird who can belt out any song with a voice that is both powerful and unique.  Becca is a regular on Virginia Dreams Center Stage which airs nationally on RFD TV.  She has shared the stage with national talents such as Collin Raye and Ronnie McDowell, and most recently Doug Stone.

Becca has also been a guest performer with local talents such as the Brothers of Caleb, the Grass Addix, Gypsy Town, and The Travelin’ Hillbillies.

Joining Becca is The Cherokee Revival. The group is streamlined with the guitar picking of the Garst brothers, Ryan and Shay, long-fingered bass plucking of Jesse Gordon and the steady drum beats of Tyson Crawley.  They provide the right backing for Becca’s country and blues renderings.

Guesting with Becca and The Cherokee Revival is Holly Renee Allen.  Allen has been described as “Lucinda Williams meets Janis Joplin.”  She is a fiery, country/blues siren who moves effortlessly between country, blues and gospel like Bonnie Raitt in her prime.

Advanced tickets are $10.  Remaining tickets are available at the door for $12.

Reservations for the December 7th performance are available online at www.wtagateway.com or by calling 540-943-9999.

Waynesboro High School Concert Choir performs on Dec. 15

WHS Concert Choir at Carnegie HallEvent: The Waynesboro High School Concert Choir presents its annual “Candlelight Processional”
When:  Sunday, Dec. 15
Where: Waynesboro High School, Louis Spilman Auditorium, 1200 W. Main Street
Time: 3 p.m.
Admission:  $5

The Waynesboro High School Concert Choir is an auditioned mixed choir of 60 students in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades at Waynesboro High School. This group has received numerous accolades and has performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St Paul’s Chapel, Trinity Wall Street, Riverside Church, the United Nations, the Lincoln Center, and has performed for the Virginia Educator’s Music Convention on several occasions. They have also appeared and sang on the CBS “Early Show,” as well as ABC and NBC local affiliates in Virginia.

Salvation Army benefit concert

wcs-formalThe Waynesboro Choral Society is hosting its annual Salvation Army Benefit Concert at Main Street United Methodist Church in Waynesboro on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. A free will offering will be received.

Waynesboro Public Library: December 2013 Schedule

Monday, December 2, 6:00 p.m. – Enroll America. A representative from this non-profit organization will talk about the National Healthcare Marketplace and help people sign up for healthcare.

Thursday, December 5, 6:00 p.m. – BYO. Have you seen holiday Deco-Mesh wreathes?  Bring your own roll of Deco-Mesh and ribbon to create a beautiful wreath for the holidays.  The library will supply wire wreath frames and decorations.  This program will take place at the Waynesboro Garden Center. Ages 13+, registration required.

Friday, December 6, 6:00 p.m. – Handmade Holiday. Bring the family to an evening of festive crafting.  We will start with a story and song, and finish with multiple holiday crafts.  These activities are perfect for all the little elves in your workshop.

Tuesday, December 10, 7:00 p.m. – Music at the Library concert featuring Faithful Praise, a local gospel group. Light refreshments provided.

Friday, December 13, 6:30 p.m. – Friday Night Movie Showing new releases on the big screen. Free popcorn and drinks. Check at the library for the featured film.

Wednesday, December 18, 7:00 p.m. – Wednesday Night Book Club. Fascinating and far ranging discussion with other book lovers. The book is provided, participants vote on selections, and a staff member leads the discussion.

Friday, December 27, 6:30 p.m. – Friday Night Movie Showing new releases on the big screen. Free popcorn and drinks. Check at the library for the featured film.

Monday, December 30, 12:00 p.m. – Blanket Blockbuster: Holiday Camp Movie. Don’t let boredom take hold during your winter break.  Visit the library for a family-friendly matinee movie with free popcorn and drinks.  Don’t forget to bring your own blanket to enjoy the show picnic style!

Winter Reading Program – Are you reading during your winter break?  Check out and read 50 picture books or 500 pages of chapter books between December 20th and January 31st to earn winter reading program goodies!                    




10:30 a.m. Swing and Sway This music and movement class is just the thing you need to get started in the morning. No stories, just song and dance.  Ages 0-6.

4:00 p.m. WPL Knitters. Bring your materials and socialize with other knitters.



9:30-11:30 a.m. Chat-N-Play provides interactive play for your little one and conversation for you. Open to children ages 0-3 and their caregivers.



9:30 a.m.  Mother Goose Time is an interactive program featuring songs, finger-plays, books, movements, and nursery rhymes for children from birth through age two and their caregivers.

10:30 a.m.  Story Time features books, stories, songs, puppets, flannel board activities, and crafts for children ages two through five accompanied by an adult.



9:30 a.m.  Mamá Ganso, mother Goose in Spanish, features stories, songs, finger-plays, and movements for children from birth through age two and their caregivers.

10:00 a.mComputer classes are offered Thursday of every week. Classes rotate between Computer Basics, Basic Internet Skills, Introduction to Microsoft Word and Introduction to Microsoft Excel.  Call (540) 942-6746 to register.

10:30 a.m.  Story Time

1:00 p.m.  Story Time

Capricious Capers at WTA’s Gateway

gatewayWhat:  “Capricious Caper at the Club Ritz”
When:  Friday and Saturday, November 22-23 at 6:30pm
Where: 329 W. Main St., Waynesboro
Admission: $45/person, advance reservations required
To make reservations: Call 540-943-9999

WTA’s Gateway mounts it first murder mystery dinner theatre on Nov. 22-23. Directed by Boomie Pedersen, artistic director of the Earl Hamner Jr. Theatre, Capricious Caper at the Club Ritz is an interactive theatre production.  The audience is as much a participant as a viewer in the merriment and mayhem.

The evening is Don Carlo’s 60th Birthday Party and the audience is invited to join Don Carlo’s family and friends for the celebration at the Club Ritz. Rosa and the Rosettes will entertain and everyone will be there – including some guests who weren’t expecting. In all the hubbub, a dastardly deed is done and Officer Maloney will need help to solve the crime.

Capricious Caper at the Club Ritz is a full service entertainment – eat, drink and play detective!   If you wear your 1930’s best, you many win a prize.

Tickets for the event are $45 each.  Group rates for eight or more are $40 each. Seating is limited.

Doors open at 6:00pm, performance and meal starts at 6:30pm.

History of medicine in Waynesboro subject of Gateway Theatre lecture

Dr. Stephen Howlett will present his research on the history of medicine in Waynesboro at WTA’s Gateway on Thursday, November 21 at 7 pm.  Dr. Howlett will trace the changes that have come to medicine in general and specifically to Waynesboro.   His research has uncovered the temporary hospitals in the Civil War to the Waynesboro Weems Watkins Hospital which was followed by the Waynesboro General Hospital on West Main.  He has also uncovered lost footage of an interview with the pioneer of modern medicine in Waynesboro.

Dr. Howlett is a retired board certified gastroenterologist.  A graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, he moved to Waynesboro with his family after completing his residency in Florida.  Dr. Howlett became interested in the topic of history in Waynesboro after attending one of the monthly history lectures at WTA’s Gateway.  That began the research journey that will result in this own lecture on medicine in Waynesboro.

The monthly history lectures are a joint project of the Waynesboro Heritage Foundation and the Wayne Theatre Alliance.  “This joint project is in keeping with both our organizations’ mission to promote the arts and culture of Waynesboro,” said Dr. Clair Myers, Executive Director of the Wayne Theatre Alliance.  “The monthly history lectures are fascinating glimpses of the past and its influence on the present.”

There is no admission fee to the monthly history lectures, but donations of at least $5 are suggested.  The theatre is located at 329 West Main in downtown Waynesboro.  The doors open at 6:30pm.

Bert Carlson ‘Still Kickin’ and Still Pickin’ at the Gateway in Waynesboro

002_Carlson_Kirkland_DuoBert Carlson was ready to return to Wayne Theatre Alliance’s Gateway after his February 2012 performance, but his career was interrupted by a medical emergency.  Now he is back and raring to go with a concert at WTA’s Gateway on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m.  Joining Carlson will be his long-time musical partner, Jennifer Kirkland.  It is not certain but others may join him as well.

Bert Carlson started playing guitar professionally in Illinois. In 1985, he moved to Washington, D.C., where for the next 14 years he averaged over 300 engagements a year, doing music in a variety of styles and venues. His recording in D.C. included commercials, television spots, film music, and studio work on various CDs. In 1999 he moved to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and joined forces with Jennifer Kirkland.  The duo was selected as members of the prestigious Virginia Commission for the Arts Touring Artists roster.

The evening of jazz will give the audience a chance to hear Carlson performing on what he calls his rarely heard wolf pack of vintage acoustic and electric guitars and to listen to what critics have called Jennifer Kirkland’s voice “a blending of the best of the sounds of Julie London, Peggy Lee, Rosemary Clooney, and Norah Jones.”

WTA’s Gateway is the ideal location for the Still Kickin’ and Still Pickin’ Concert.  It was voted the best music venue in the Shenandoah Valley by readers of Virginia Living and The News Virginian.

The ‘Still Kickin’ and Still Pickin’ Concert is part of the Custin Jazz Series which brings regional, national and international jazz artists to the local audience.

Tickets for the performance are available online or by calling the box office 540-943-9999.  Admission is $10 in advance and $12 at the door.  WTA’s Gateway is located at 329 W. Main St., Waynesboro, VA.