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EVENTS – APRIL

Art of Chocolate Festival

Art of Chocolate Festival

Saturday, April 1st, 2017 – 10:00 am - Saturday, April 1st, 2017 – 3:00 pm

Clifton Forge Armory
Commercial Avenue
Clifton Forge, VA  24422 Map

The Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center is sponsoring their annual “Art of Chocolate” festival to be held at the Clifton Forge Armory on Saturday, April 1st, from 10am to 3pm. There will be a bake sale with cakes, cookies, pies, breads, and candies may of which will be decorated for Easter. Of course, there will be chocolate tastings of dozens of chocolate confections at the tasting tables. Coupons for the tasting are $5. The new book “Alleghany County” will be for sale and the new ‘Tiny Italian Bakery’ is providing a delicious door prize for a lucky winner. Hot dogs and drinks are featured also. Admission is free and you may by tickets at the door for the tasting and raffles
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The chocolate contest is open to the public. Bake your favorite cookies, pies, cakes, breads, and candies. Judges are local dignitaries who love their job of choosing the winners. Winners will be announced at noon and prizes will be awarded. Pick up an entry blank at the Center or you can find one online at our website, www.highlandsartsandcraft.org today!

A large silent auction will be set up. Among the many items up for bidding are a hand painted chair donated by artist Nancy Smith, a large gold framed beveled mirror, a set of wine glasses with a decanter, and a spring wreath given by Country Garden Florist. Also, included in the auction is a kitchen machine that chops, grates, mashes and juices! Of course, there will be many framed pieces of art in many styles, as well as several good quality photographs. Chuck Almarez has given us one of his newest photos. One of the featured items is a Lionel Train set with cars and control that are in their original boxes. There are many others: jewelry, prints, and decorative items. There will be several gift certificates from local restaurants. Bidding will begin at 10am and conclude at 3pm when winning bids will be announced. You do not have to present to win. Please come on Saturday to see all the items up for bid.

The “Art of Chocolate” is an annual fundraiser sponsored by the Alleghany Highlands Arts and Craft Center. The monies raised will be used to sponsor a professional artist who works with the local high school students and teachers. Other funding is given by Alleghany County, Covington, Clifton Forge and the Alleghany Foundation.


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Lovesick Blues, A Tribute to Hank Williams, Sr and Patsy Cline

Lovesick Blues, A Tribute to Hank Williams, Sr and Patsy Cline

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017 – 5:00 pm - Sunday, April 2nd, 2017 – 7:00 pm

Historic Masonic Theatre

This show is SOLD OUT. Thank You!
The Historic Masonic Theatre welcomes the incomparable Robbie Limon back to the stage with his guest, the very talented Tracy Wygal. Lovesick Blues brings together two powerful musical icons, Hank Williams, Sr. and Patsy Cline, in an unforgettable evening of music and memories. Together, these award-winning actors perform some of the greatest hits of both Country Music legends, climaxing with a made in heaven duet of their respective hit Love Sick Blues. Robbie’s performance of Buddy Holly on our stage was a hit in the fall, so get your tickets soon for this unique event.Tickets: $18 to $35

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Easter Bonnet Workshop

Easter Bonnet Workshop

Saturday, April 8th, 2017 – 10:00 am - Saturday, April 8th, 2017 – 12:00 pm

Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center
439 E. Ridgeway St.
Clifton Forge, VA  24422 Map

We are hosting a free Easter Bonnet Workshop. Bring your bonnet and decorate it for Easter and the Easter Parade. All materials are provided. The workshop is from 10am to Noon on April 8. See you there!

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Meet author Beverly Lewis

Meet author Beverly Lewis

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 – 11:00 am - Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 – 12:00 pm

Historic Masonic Theatre and Masonic Amphitheatre
510 Main Street
Clifton Forge, VA  24422 Map

Join us in the Underground Lounge and Café for a talk and book signing with New York Times Bestselling Author, Beverly Lewis. Beverly Lewis will be discussing her newest release, The Ebb Tide. Bestseller Lewis (The Wish) continues her streak of affecting, enjoyable Amish tales with The Ebb Tide, a story of a young woman in present-day Lancaster County, Penn., who’s eager to see the world.

Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, has more than 17 million books in print. Her stories have been published in twelve languages and have regularly appeared on numerous bestseller lists, including the New York Times and USA Today. Learn more at www.beverlylewis.com

Location: The Historic Masonic Theatre Underground Lounge and Café on the lower level.

The event is Free. Sponored by Clifton Forge Public Library

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Tour the Masonic

Tour the Masonic

Saturday, April 15th, 2017 – 11:00 am - Saturday, April 15th, 2017 – 12:30 pm

Historic Masonic Theatre and Masonic Amphitheatre
510 Main Street
Clifton Forge, VA  24422 Map

Back by popular demand, free tours of The Historic Masonic Theatre resume! The Historic Masonic Theatre is unique because of its history, architecture and all the many special elements that make it one-of-a-kind. Discover them all (including new untold stories) on this interactive tour that explores all four floors of this fascinating building. The Tour is FREE of charge but donations are always appreciated. The tour is limited to 25 guests and lasts approximately 90 minutes. Please reserve your place on the tour by clicking the link below, or call our box office at 540-862-5655.

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The Announcers Easter Eve Concert

The Announcers Easter Eve Concert

Saturday, April 15th, 2017 – 7:00 pm - Saturday, April 15th, 2017 – 8:30 pm

Historic Masonic Theatre and Masonic Amphitheatre
510 Main Street
Clifton Forge, VA  24422 Map

The Announcers:

Annual Easter Eve Concert

This traditional evening of music has been enchanting the night before Easter since the late 1980s with the voices of The Announcers. Remarkably, this will be the 28th year this Christian gospel group will celebrate Easter Eve ( and over 40 years of perfroming together), and they still love every bit of the gospel message.

The concert begins at 7:00 PM and the concert is free and open to everyone.
FREE Sat Apr 15 7:00 PM

This is a free event. No tickets required. Seating is first come, first served.

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A Caving Week Double Feature

A Caving Week Double Feature

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 – 7:00 pm - Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 – 9:00 pm

Historic Masonic Theatre and Masonic Amphitheatre
510 Main Street
Clifton Forge, VA  24422 Map

Catawba Murder Hole Cave is a unique place of danger and beauty. The movie includes drone footage above the spectacular cave entrance, some history including about the man from VPI who died in the cave, 1988 footage of a visit into the cave, and an interview with the daughter of George von Kromer, who photographed the cave in the early 1900's. Accompany the cavers as they descend into the depths of this beautiful underground world.

Welcome to the wild world of Caving in China, where there is such a great quantity and variety of caves that there is truly a little something for everyone. But, there is more to caving in China then just the caves. There is the culture, the people, the towns, and the geography. There is the travel, the food, and the activities one goes through in order to pursue great caving in China. Using our expedition from March, this program will show all of this, including some of the caves and caving that can be had in China.

Free information about caves, bats, and sinkholes will be available, and copies of the video and the Murder Hole books will be for sale, as well. For more information about Virginia Caving Week, please visit www.vacaveweek.com
FREE Tues. April 18, 7:00 PM

This is a free event. No tickets required. Seating is first come, first served.

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Bluegrass JAM, 3rd Fridays 7pm, Clifton Forge, VA

Bluegrass JAM, 3rd Fridays 7pm, Clifton Forge, VA

Friday, April 21st, 2017 – 7:00 pm - Friday, April 21st, 2017 – 10:00 pm

Clifton Forge School of the Arts - The Gallery, 518 Church St., Clifton Forge, VA 24426

Bluegrass Jam
7:00PM. FREE! 3rd FRIDAY of EVERY month!

Bring an instrument & your voice; or just come listen & toe-tap along with local bluegrass players and fans.
Coffee provided.

THE GALLERY at Clifton Forge School of the Arts, 518 Church St., Clifton Forge, VA.

Donations to CFSOTA, a non-profit 501(c)(3), are more than welcome!

Visit CFSOTA.ORG to learn about the classes we offer for all ages. Subscribe to our Events at
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The Jazz Ambassadors: Americas Big Band

The Jazz Ambassadors: America's Big Band

Thursday, April 27th, 2017 – 7:30 pm - Thursday, April 27th, 2017 – 9:00 pm

Historic Masonic Theatre and Masonic Amphitheatre
510 Main Street
Clifton Forge, VA  24422 Map

The Jazz Ambassadors—America's Big Band is the official touring big band of the United States Army. This 19-member ensemble, formed in 1969, has received great acclaim both at home and abroad performing America's original art form, jazz.

This event is free and open to everyone!

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David Mallett LIVE in Concert, Clifton Forge, Va.

David Mallett LIVE in Concert, Clifton Forge, Va.

Friday, April 28th, 2017 – 6:00 pm - Friday, April 28th, 2017 – 10:00 pm

Clifton Forge School of the Arts
518 Church St
Clifton Forge, VA  24422 Map

Clifton Forge School of the Arts welcomes back DAVID MALLETT & bass player Mike Burd, with THE SEAY BROTHERS opening.

Presenting an evening of Americana, folk and country music on The Mill stage, Friday, April 28th.

TICKETS: $20 Advance, $25 Door. General admission seating. Buy online www.cfsota.org or, at School office (cash/check only)
Door purchase - Cash/Checks ONLY.
DOORS OPEN 6:00 PM, MUSIC 6:30 PM.
CASH BEER / WINE (age 21+) and FOOD CAFE.

Underwritten by SAMS & COMPANY CONSTRUCTION of Covington, VA. This is a FUNDRAISER to benefit Clifton Forge School of the Arts, a non-profit 501(c)(3).

DAVID MALLETT’s music has traveled to all corners of the world in a career that spans four decades. His songs have been recorded by more than 150 artists, including John Denver, Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Kathy Mattea, and Peter, Paul & Mary. Mallett spent a decade in Nashville, where he co-wrote many songs with country music songwriter Hal Ketchum. David recorded his 17th studio album in 2016. “The Garden Song” has been recorded hundreds of times in many languages around the world (John Denver took it to the top ten) and even inspired a children’s book, “Inch by Inch”.
~ "He harks back to the earnest ambitions and heartfelt melodies of Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, singing with the conviction that folk can still be heroic." – The New York Times
~ "Like Maine lobsters, smooth Kentucky bourbon and 57 Thunderbirds, Mallett proved himself to be a true American treasure." – Richmond, VA Times Dispatch.

THE SEAY BROTHERS - Playing acoustic country and southern rock originals with some covers thrown in for fun. Their music is skillfully written and performed, personal and thoughtful lyrically, and with Indie overtones and Americana flavors.
The band members each bring unique experiences and contributions to the group: Tanner Seay on lead vocals & rhythm guitar; Levi Seay on backup vocals & lead guitar; Jeremy Berberette on bass; Brandon Ross on drums & percussion.

QUESTIONS: 540-862-7275
ACCOMMODATIONS: www.visitalleghanyhighlands.com/stay

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