The visual, performing, and historic Arts organizations in Clifton Forge are joining together in observing the national celebration of American Arts & Crafts Week! The Arts enrich our homes, wardrobes, offices, public spaces, as well as contribute to our national economy, our balance of trade, and the fabric of our national history. This year Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center, Blue Spring Run Farm, C&O Railway Heritage Center, Café Museo, Clifton Forge School of the Arts, Historic Masonic Theatre, Country Garden Florist, and Livy’s Closet are all celebrating American Craft Week in Clifton Forge. The Historic Masonic Theatre will be participating from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm October 1 through October 10. The Theatre will showcase two quilt exhibits, one with quilts made by area quilt makers and one featuring antique quilts including a cigar-band quilt made in the early 1900s of silk cigar bands. Also featured are a wide assortment of needlecraft pieces in the third-floor WestRock room. In the Lobby, guests will find the What's Your Story? exhibit highlighting the four books of oral history written about our area. Learn about the fifth book being written now. The Theatre auditorium spotlights the story of the 2016 renovation and continuous self-guided tours are available. The Theatre presents hands-on demos for our younger guests during the weekend. Children will be encouraged to choose a surprise from the What's Your Story? bucket and tell a story about the item they chose. They also get to keep the surprise. Have you ever wondered about the secrets of Theatre sound and light boards and the state-of-the-art software? Kids will have a hands-on demo where they can mix their favorite colors and see how they are projected onto the stage. Hours for the weekend demos will be posted and shared on Facebook. Masks are required when moving about the building.... See MoreSee Less
"Duos Night at The Virginia Opry," at The Historic Masonic Theatre
Saturday, October 9, 2021, 8:00 PM in the John E. Hillert Auditorium.
Tickets $ 15 - $40 (Tickets include a $5 fee at checkout for restoration and handling)
Headliner: Glen Shelton & Billy Worley.Opening acts: Bill Wade, Jr. and Jana Allen Duo, Gentlemen South (Justin Peery and Stephen Peery), Brian Buchanan, and William Hayes. Instruments: Bill Wade, Jr., acoustic guitar; Justin Peery, multi-instruments; Stephen Peery, keyboard; Brian Buchanan, electric guitar; William Hayes, keyboard; and Billy Worley, guitar.Vocalists: Jana Allen, Bill Wade, Jr., Justin Peery, Stephen Peery, Brian Buchanan, and Glen Shelton, Corbin Hayslett. Emcee: Jana Allen.
Jana Allen has had speaking roles in movies starring such Hollywood stars as John Goodman, Michael Madsen, snd Sasha Baron Cohen. She landed reoccurring roles in "Man Hunter Unabomber" and "Righteous Gemstones. Also, she performed as characters with speaking roles in " "The Shunning," "The Bleeding," "The Hollow," and "Why, My Child." Recently, she has appeared in "Creep Show" and "Fear Street." "Remember Yesterday, Wilmington Love Story" is soon to be released, and Jana performed as the female lead.
Glen Shelton is an award-winning songwriter and Christian Country Music vocalist, a 1989 graduate of Liberty University. Glen has opened for more than 40 nationally prominent acts, and he performs an annual concert at the River Rock Amphitheater at the Jackson River Sports Complex in Covington.
Brian Buchanan has performed with the Shenandoah Jamboree, and he was the Virginia Junior Opry's bandleader and vocalist at The Historic Masonic Theatre during the 1990s. He is the music teacher at Eastern Mennonite High School in Harrisonburg.
Stephen Peery and Justin Peery, Gentlemen South, have performed at the Academy Theatre in Lynchburg. Both are long-time members of The Virginia Opry. As brothers, their voices blend well together, and the duo is frequent guest performers at the Patton Room at George's Hotel in Lexington. Justin performed in an episode of "Law and Order," and owned and operated a modeling agency in New York City for a decade. Stephen has performed on stage with Martina McBride, Collin Raye, and Mountain Thunder, the band that opened for The Statler Brothers Farewell Concert.
Bill Wade, Jr. has performed as the guitar playing Professor Wells, the lead role in the late Dr. Jim Wayne Miller's "His First, Best Country," on stage at The Historic Masonic Theatre, and he performers regularly at the Brian Center. He emceed The Virginia Opry's Christmas show in 2020.
Corbin grew up here and was a member of our Virginia Junior Opry during his teenage years. He was inducted into The Virginia Opry on August 9, 2021, bringing the membership to a total of 42.... See MoreSee Less
Science fiction adventure about a group of people who attempt to contact alien intelligence. Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) witnesses an unidentified flying object and even has a "sunburn" from its bright lights to prove it. Roy refuses to accept an explanation for what he saw and is prepared to give up his life to pursue the truth about UFOs.... See MoreSee Less
"The Following" is intended for mature audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.
You are cordially invited to a screening of the
hulu mini-series DOPESICK Wednesday, October 13, 2021 Red Carpet Event 6-7 pm Screening at 7 pm Historic Masonic Theatre 510 Main Street, Clifton Forge, VA 24422 Free and Open to the Public but reservation required.
Carl Fredricksen, a 78-year-old balloon salesman, is about to fulfill a lifelong dream. Tying thousands of balloons to his house, he flies away to the South American wilderness. But curmudgeonly Carl's worst nightmare comes true when he discovers a little boy named Russell is a stowaway aboard the balloon-powered house. A Pixar animation.... See MoreSee Less
Overly enthusiastic guitarist Dewey Finn (Jack Black) gets thrown out of his bar band and finds himself in desperate need of work. Posing as a substitute music teacher at an elite private elementary school, he exposes his students to the hard rock gods he idolizes and emulates -- much to the consternation of the uptight principal (Joan Cusack). As he gets his privileged and precocious charges in touch with their inner rock 'n' roll animals, he imagines redemption at a local Battle of the Bands.... See MoreSee Less
Members of the mysterious and spooky Addams family -- Gomez, Morticia, Pugsley, Wednesday, Uncle Fester, and Grandma -- are readily preparing for a visit from their even creepier relatives. But trouble soon arises when shady TV personality Margaux Needler realizes that the Addams' eerie hilltop mansion is standing in the way of her dream to sell all the houses in the neighborhood.... See MoreSee Less
Saturday, November 6, 2021, 7:00 PM in the John E. Hillert Auditorium.
TICKETS $ 25 – $40 (TICKETS INCLUDE A $5 FEE AT CHECKOUT FOR RESTORATION AND HANDLING) Tayla Lynn and Tre Twitty have country music in their blood. The grandchildren of famed duo Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty, the two have taken to the road to honor their grandparents in an intimate evening of music and storytelling. Tayla Lynn and Tre Twitty have seen great success with their Tribute to Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty; going into their second year together, the duo already has at least two dozen tour dates set throughout much of North America and Canada.
Though Tayla Lynn and Tre Twitty are singing their grandparents' songs, there is no second-best quality to the artists. Lynn and Twitty have developed an authentic show that builds off of their family histories without attempting to simply duplicate older performances. In perfect foil to one another, Tre Twitty takes a calm, methodical approach to his storytelling and performing, meanwhile, Tayla Lynn arrives on stage, often unexpectedly, with explosive energy and heart. Trying to keep one’s eyes on Tayla Lynn is like trying to lasso a firework; guessing where shells appear and what will come out of her mouth next is half the fun of spending an evening with her. Her joy is genuine, her energy addictive, and Twitty provides the perfect balance of steadiness in the eye of her hurricane- not unlike the way Conway Twitty related to and tempered Loretta Lynn for so many years.
With a heavy emphasis on story-telling, the duo delight audiences for two-and-a-half hours with their live show. For most artists, this wouldn’t work; people pay to hear singers sing. For Lynn and Twitty, half the magic is in the storytelling. Through their memories of Memaw and Poppy, as they call their grandparents, audiences are reminded in the best ways possible that behind every icon is a dynamic, funny, flawed human being. The show takes on the quality of a family get-together, and it often feels more like one is on the front porch with guitars and old family hymns than it does a concert with two hundred of ones nearest and dearest strangers. It is a fascinating opportunity to see two of country music’s greatest legends through their grandchildren’s eyes. By the end of the evening, audiences have not only been able to hear some of their favorite songs and the duos best hits but they’ve been invited into the inner sanctum of these two musical dynasties to laugh and cry and understand what it was like to grow up under the tutelage of Loretta and Conway.
The high-energy, heartfelt show highlights not only the bond Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty had as best friends and musical partners, but the unique bond Tayla and Tre have formed through years of intertwined family history and their own musical relationship.... See MoreSee Less
SOUP-ER SUNDAY continues in 2021! The seventh annual Soup-er Sunday event to benefit Clifton Forge Area Food Pantry will continue this year on Sunday, November 7! Chefs are planning their soups now and they will be offered in quarts only. A drive-through, take-out plan-of-action has been developed by the Soup-er Sunday Committee. Soups will be packaged in quarts and delivered to your cars by volunteers. You won’t have to leave the safety of your vehicle. All proceeds benefit the Area Food Pantry which serves Clifton Forge, Eagle Rock, Bath County, parts of Covington, Low Moor, etc Mark your calendars for November 7–John Hillert Soup-er Sunday at the Masonic Amphitheatre driveway!
Life is a struggle for single father Chris Gardner (Will Smith). Evicted from their apartment, he and his young son (Jaden Christopher Syre Smith) find themselves alone with no place to go. Even though Chris eventually lands a job as an intern at a prestigious brokerage firm, the position pays no money. The pair must live in shelters and endure many hardships, but Chris refuses to give in to despair as he struggles to create a better life for himself and his son.... See MoreSee Less
Experience the friendships, romances, and adventures of a group of high school kids in the 1950s. Welcome to the singing and dancing world of "Grease," the most successful movie musical of all time. A wholesome exchange student (Olivia Newton-John) and a leather-clad Danny (John Travolta) have a summer romance, but will it cross clique lines?
We will have concessions in the Underground. There will be free Hotdogs, Popcorn and soft drinks and water.... See MoreSee Less
Saturday, November 20th at 6PM we will begin our community celebrations in Clifton Forge with an official lighting of the Town Christmas Tree. Enjoy performances by Garlynda's Fancy Feet Dancers and Patsy's Ultimate Dance Explosion Cloggers! Then sing along to some classic Christmas carols and watch as our special guest lights our town tree. Be sure to stop by the Clifton Forge School of the Arts before 5pm to enjoy their annual Kriskindlmarkt and stop back by after dark to view their spectacular light display in the garden.... See MoreSee Less
On one of trapped housewife Evelyn Couch's (Kathy Bates) Wednesday nursing home visits, she encounters Ninny Threadgoode (Jessica Tandy), a colorful old woman who brightens Evelyn's outlook by sharing tales from her past. As Ninny recounts the exploits of her free-spirited sister-in-law Idgie (Mary Stuart Masterson), owner of a small Alabama café in the 1920s, and the bond Idgie shared with her friend Ruth (Mary-Louise Parker), Evelyn gains the confidence to change her own life for the better.... See MoreSee Less
A teenage boy grows to love a stray yellow dog while helping his mother and younger brother run their Texas homestead while their father is away on a cattle drive. First thought to be good-for-nothing mutt, Old Yeller is soon beloved by all.... See MoreSee Less
John Gustafson (Jack Lemmon) and Max Goldman (Walter Matthau) are two curmudgeonly neighbors who have been at each other's throats for years. The rivalry of the former friends intensifies when Ariel (Ann-Margret) comes along and provides a love interest for both of them. When Max finds out that John is experiencing family troubles and financial ruin, however, he steps in to help. Their bond is further cemented when John has a health scare and Max makes the ultimate sacrifice for his friend.... See MoreSee Less
Drum Kit to be raffled at The Historic Masonic Theatre You may purchase Raffle Tickets from September 16 to December 5, 2021, support The Historic Masonic Theatre by purchasing raffle tickets to win this terrific drum kit! Tickets are $5.00 each, $10.00 for three, or $20.00 for six. Tickets may be purchased when Theatre is open, from 10:00 to 3:00 or you can follow the link to the HMT Web page to purchase tickets.... See MoreSee Less
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The Virginia Opry Country Christmas Show
Saturday, December 11, 2021 @ 7 PM
Tickets $20 - $30 Based on Seating Location (Includes a $5 Fee)
Keith Bryant Will Headline The Virginia Opry’s Country Christmas Show Keith Bryant, Nashville recording artist, will perform as the headliner for The Virginia Opry’s “Country Christmas Show” on Saturday, December 11, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. Bryant is the winner of the East Coast Country Music Championship where he finished as the best male vocalist. He is a multi-instrumentalist, skilled at playing both the piano and the guitar, and he has ties to the Alleghany Highlands. The Virginia Opry was designated as the Commonwealth of Virginia’s official Opry on March 31, 2020, when Governor Ralph S. Northam signed “Senate Bill 283” that passed the Virginia Senate 40-0 and the Virginia House of Delegates by a 93-6 vote. Bryant, a native of Rockbridge County, has been a member of The Virginia Opry since 2019. After signing with Lofton Creek Records in 2004, “Ridin’ with the Legend” was released. The title song, a tribute to the late Dale Earnhardt, a NASCAR driver who was killed in a crash in 2001, charted on “Billboard Hot Country Songs,” remaining there for 15 weeks while reaching No 47. “Ridin’ with the Legend” was also made into a music video that was aired on CMT and GAC. Having toured the West Coast via the support of a corporate sponsor, Bryant released his fourth album on the S&S Mack label in 2007. He is the founder of the Iron Horse, and Bryant, and Iron Horse can be viewed performing on videos that have been posted on “YouTube.” He made his first appearance on The Virginia Opry in 2017. The Virginia Opry is in its 30th performance season. The Town Council of Clifton Forge has designated the Town of Clifton Forge as “Home of The Virginia Opry,” and Natural Bridge Historic Hotel and Conference Center have designated the hotel as the “Resort Performance Home of The Virginia Opry.” WKEY Radio Station’s 103.5 Big Country became the “Radio Home of The Virginia Opry” on May 2, 1919. Crimson River, a local five-piece Christian country band that performed as the headliner for The Virginia Opry’s “Country Christmas” in 2020 at The Historic Masonic Theatre, will open for Bryant. The 2020 “Country Christmas Show” was streamed live on “Facebook” without an audience. Glen Shelton, a 1989 graduate of Liberty University, is an award-winning songwriter and vocalist from Madison Heights. He will emcee the show and perform as a vocalist. He has opened shows for more than 40 nationally prominent acts. Founded by Appalfolks of America Association on October 17, 1992, The Virginia Opry has earned a reputation for producing shows that are suitable for the entire family to enjoy. Hunt Brothers Pizza of Lexington, Kentucky is the show’s sponsor and tickets are $20 to $30 based on the seating location. M. Ray Allen, director of The Virginia Opry, said, “Our “Country Christmas Show” will feature a blend of Christmas music with the traditional country that children and adults alike will enjoy.”... See MoreSee Less
Spend a fun and entertaining evening of music and story-telling with award-winning musician and quilter, Ricky Tims. Ricky's hilarious and inspirational stories are punctuated with performances of his original piano compositions and arrangements accompanied by elaborate visual display. Ricky is known as a skilled entertainer, and his concerts are a must-see event. He always has a few surprises up his sleeves, so even if you’ve been to one of his concerts before, you can be sure you will hear something new each time you spend an evening with Ricky.... See MoreSee Less