Infuse more flavor, more nature, and more play into your new year! If work-life balance is on your 2018 wish list, head to Waynesboro, Virginia.
The Shenandoah Valley: Your Passport to Flavor
Our craft beverage producers take “fresh” to the next level. They’re using hops, grains, water and fruits sourced right here in the Shenandoah Valley. And with a focus on conscious and sustainable practices, they make it easy for the rest of us to savor local flavor packed with purpose.
Take Blue Ridge Bucha, Virginia’s first kombucha producers. With big flavor and a small footprint, the team at Blue Ridge Bucha hand crafts delicious, organic kombucha that is distributed in refillable bottles. Just one of many sustainable practices, this commitment alone has saved more than 675,000 bottles…and counting. You can find Blue Ridge Bucha on draft in over 50 locations in the Mid-Atlantic. And in 2018, Blue Ridge Bucha is set to open a Waynesboro taproom complete with outdoor patio!
School may be out, but recess is in! If you’re an outdoor lover, there’s no better place to spend your summer than in Waynesboro, Virginia. We’ve got the peaks, the valleys, the water, and all the good nature your body and spirit crave. Can’t decide where to start? Check out these summer events you won’t want to miss, then pack those hiking boots, bike helmets, or racing shoes and escape to the Blue Ridge Mountains for an adventure-filled getaway!
One of the advantages of living in a modestly sized city like Waynesboro is the abundance of hometown events that pull the community closer together. Often celebrated with regularity each year, these gatherings create space for multiple generations to rub elbows with each other, for a city’s culture to be shaped and maintained, and—inevitably—for adults to cross paths with their former middle school teachers.
May showcases some of Waynesboro’s best hometown charm! From local theater to music on the mountain, Waynesboro strives to make its citizens and visitors feel right at home.
Roller-skating, romance, and retro music—the royal combination for an entertaining stage production! Based on the 1980 movie starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, this Tony Award-winning musical is sure to inspire audiences to dream big. Familiar hits like “Suddenly,” “Strange Magic,” and “Evil Woman” will have both young and old rocking in their seats. And if that’s not enough, each Saturday performance will be followed by a dance party!
May 6, 7:30 a.m.,Downtown Waynesboro
Now in its 24th year, the Blue Ridge Classic Soapbox Derby is a gravity car race that unites children, parents, and grandparents in a collaborative effort. Participants between the ages of 7 and 20 team up with family members and sponsors to create their own derby cars over the course of several months. On May 6, the cars are pitted against each other down the long hill on Main Street. Come out and cheer for the young competitors and their sponsors!
May 6, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Waynesboro Public Library
The Blue Ridge region grows beautiful dogwoods this time of year, but it also grows literary talent. Over 30 published writers from the area will gather at Waynesboro Public Library to showcase their works and autograph title pages. Books will be on sale at the event so that you can support your new favorite writer. Read more about some of the attendees on our blog.
May 6, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Rosenwald Community Center
Meet the neighbors you never knew you had at this block party and potluck featuring fire trucks, inflatable bounce houses, face painting, and local gospel music. Hot dogs and drinks are provided by the City of Waynesboro, and the Rosenwald Community Center will be open for basketball.
May 14, 12:00-4:00 p.m., Coyner Springs Park
Let’s not forget that our community has furry members, too! Coyner Springs, the City’s designated dog park, rolls out the green carpet for your canine companion at an event that places dogs at the center of attention. Have Fido’s caricature made, treat him to a game of Musical Sit, and share lunch from any of the food trucks while you watch a jaw-dropping performance of The Marvelous Mutts. Donations are accepted, and all proceeds benefit Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center.
May 28, 2:00-4:00 p.m., Humpback Rocks Mountain Farm & Visitor Center, Milepost 5.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Not long ago, an Appalachian family might gather with neighbors on a Sunday afternoon to enjoy homespun music and fellowship. The Humpback Rocks Mountain Farm maintains this tradition by offering Sunday afternoon concerts on the farm grounds throughout the summer. May 28 marks the first concert of the season and features the band “Sunny Side.” Bring a lawn chair and a picnic and enjoy the shady trees while relishing authentic bluegrass music.
The hometown events don’t stop in May. Check out our full calendar of events for other celebrations throughout the summer!
Located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley and snuggled in the arms of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, Waynesboro is the natural destination for those seeking a romantic night or weekend getaway. With award-winning wineries and breweries, farm-to-table culinary delights, world class entertainment, and scenic beauty at every turn, a visit to Waynesboro, Virginia, is an immersion of the senses.
#1 Feel the Beat: Release Your Inner “Fred” or “Ginger”
Kick off your evening with pizzazz! Nothing says classic romance like ballroom dancing, and experienced instructor Don Dollins will help you learn (or brush up on) popular dances such as: the Foxtrot, Swing, Waltz, Cha-Cha and the Rumba. Two different level classes are offered each week, and there’s an open dance session the first Friday of each month.
After getting in a little foxtrot and rumba, swing over to Silk Road Asian Restaurant & Bar. Savor a night of fine asian cuisine, an elegant atmosphere, and fresh cocktail concepts.
Close out the day by gazing out at the Shenandoah Valley from the comfort of your room or luxury cabin at the Iris Inn Bed and Breakfast. And talk about bliss – you can fall asleep knowing that when you awake, a chef has prepared you a decadent breakfast!
#2 Gather a Taste of Local
Enjoy the serenity that comes naturally in Waynesboro and our breathtaking Augusta County with a romantic retreat to Cabin Creekwood. Choose from nine cabins conveniently located just one mile away from Sherando Lake. Follow this checklist and then settle in for a quiet dinner and night away from the world.
- Pick up a bottle(s) of Harlequin Chardonnay from Veritas Vineyard & Winery or a Lemberger from Ox-Eye Vineyards.
- Swing by Scotto’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria for authentic, fresh Napolitano cuisine (conveniently available for takeout).
- Return to your sanctuary among the trees.
- Turn off cell phones.
“Luxurious”…”blissful”…”nourishing”…choose your word. While you’re at it, choose a cabin and reserve this special time for the two of you!
#3 Feast Your Eyes
Another romantic date night in Waynesboro could mean sinking into the gracious Victorian comfort of Belle Hearth Bed & Breakfast. Antique furnishings, gas log fireplaces, wraparound porch with swing, candlelit 3-course breakfast….Belle Hearth has all the trimmings you need for a relaxing getaway.
But once you take a look at this delectable lineup, we think you’ll rally and treat yourself to a night out on the town. After a colorful and flavorful dinner at Osaka III, head over to The Historic Wayne Theatre. Nationally known acts are routinely onstage at this beautiful performing arts center. Music, film, dance, comedy, performance… there is always something new to experience at the Wayne! After the night’s entertainment, head back to your pillows at Belle Hearth. You can drift off knowing that leisure and deliciousness await you in the morning.
#4 Hear Music Among the Stars
Nothing will make your partner’s heart flutter quite like an evening under the stars at Barren Ridge Vineyards, a small, family-owned vineyard and winery along the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail. Experience Barren Ridge’s award-winning handcrafted wines while soaking in the peace of the land. For a truly memorable evening, plan your visit to correspond with Firelight Friday and Sunsets at the Vineyard! Take live music, Barren Ridge wines, and delicious fare then mix in cozy fire, sunset, and an evening serenaded under the stars…Voilà!
#5 Don’t Miss the Aromas of “What Are We Smoking?”
If you’re keeping track of the senses, then you know we’ve hit #5 – the sense of smell. The folks at Stable Craft Brewing are masters at harnessing the power of all the senses, and with the smoker located right outside the taproom, you won’t be able to resist the day’s mouth-watering menu. And not to worry if one or both of you are a veggie – the chef has you covered with savory scratch-made creations for all appetites.
Check out Stable Craft’s Event Calendar to plan your meat, beverage, or entertainment fix. In addition to “What Are We Smoking?” evenings, Stable Craft’s special events include tours of their organic hop fields, small batch beer releases, Sunday Craft Beer Brunch, and their Winter Craft Beer Dinner Theatre Series. Or the two of you can simply kick back in their draft room with one of the 16 beers on tap and enjoy the beautiful mountain views.
A getaway to Waynesboro makes it easy to find romance, good nature, and fresh flavors at every turn. Listen to your heart – plan your stay today!
Ninety years ago, the historic Wayne Theatre opened its doors to the first surge of eager patrons waving tickets. This fall, history repeats itself, but now the theatre is sporting a new facelift and a new outlook.
The facelift has been taking place for years—ever since the late 1990s—when the theatre was a vacant twin cinema with pink-tiled bathrooms. Wayne Theatre Executive Director Tracy Straight at that time served as an elementary school music teacher and musical theatre director. She recalls brainstorming with Lillian Morse of the Waynesboro Players about forming a group of arts-minded citizens intent on saving the theatre. This fledgling group grew into the Wayne Theatre Alliance (WTA). Using a variety of tax credits and other capital, the alliance began overhauling the theatre in 2007. Even then, financial challenges forced construction to stop three times before the work was finally completed in 2016. The process was an arduous one for Straight and the WTA, but she asserts, “I am as engaged as ever!” Continue reading “Open Doors: The New Wayne Theatre Invites a Fresh Take”