Progressive Dining Downtown

Sip & Saunter in Waynesboro, Va. Tuesday Feb. 23, 2016. (Photo by Norm Shafer).

The misty rain can’t dampen the spirits of the dozen giddy people poised to cross the street at Main and Arch. After all, we’re armed with umbrellas and irrepressible good spirits. We are a small group of strangers, preparing to set out on the first ever “Sip & Saunter,” a progressive dinner innovated by Parks and Rec to introduce residents to the unique restaurants in historic downtown Waynesboro. Our party is one of four that will, over the course of the evening, make its way on foot to five different restaurants, each with a sampling of distinctive cuisine.

Our docent, Kathy Johnson, leads us like a group of schoolchildren across the wet street. The vintage streetlights lining Main Street glow with a cheery brightness. A buzz of anticipation steals over us, and we chatter with each other in excited whispers. Already we can hear the music spilling from the first restaurant.

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Mad for Mud

Chilling winds, daunting obstacles and oozing sludge. Not the recipe you might expect for a popular foot race. Yet the Mad Anthony Mud Run, celebrating its fifth year, has drawn a steady increase of participants and been named “Best of the Blue Ridge” by Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine for the second year in a row.Mud Run 2014 Delaney J

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