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‘Night, Mother

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Selah Theatre Project
When:
March 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
2019-03-08T19:00:00-05:00
2019-03-08T21:00:00-05:00
Where:
Selah Theatre
400-B Kendrick Lane | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Get tickets online: www.selahtheatreproject.org
Contact:
Selah Theatre Project
540-428-4445

Selah Theatre Project presents ‘Night, Mother by Marsha Norman, directed by Rich Follett. The scene is the living room/kitchen of a small house on an isolated country road, which is shared by Jessie (LaTasha Do’zia-Earley) and her mother, Thelma (Joanne Thompson). The one act piece takes the audience through the last night the two women will ever spend together in the same home.

*Warning: Discussion topics of suicide, drugs and epilepsy.


PERFORMANCES:

  • March 8, 9, 15, 16 @ 7pm
  • March 10, 17 @ 3pm

TICKETS:

  • ONLINE:
    General: $13
    Students/Seniors: $10
  • AT THE DOOR:
    General: $15
    Students/Seniors: $12

About ‘Night Mother

The scene is the living room/kitchen of a small house on an isolated country road, which is shared by Jessie and her mother. Jessie’s father is dead; her loveless marriage ended in divorce; her absent son is a petty thief and ne’er-do-well; her last job didn’t work out and, in general, her life is stale and unprofitable. As the play begins Jessie asks for her father’s service revolver and calmly announces that she intends to kill herself. At first her mother refuses to take her seriously, but as Jessie sets about tidying the house and making lists of things to be looked after, her sense of desperate helplessness begins to build. In the end, with the inexorability of genuine tragedy, she can only stand by, stunned and unbelieving, as Jessie quietly closes and locks her bedroom door and ends her profound unhappiness in one fatal, stunning and deeply disturbing moment—a moment never to be forgotten by those who have witnessed, and come to understand, her plight.


About Selah Theatre Project

Selah Theatre Project is Front Royal’s Community Theatre. We are dedicated to producing thought provoking, high quality theatre for audiences of all ages. We offer affordable classes that encourage community members, ages three through adult, to embrace the dramatic arts as an adventure of daily living. For more information about Selah, please visit www.selahtheatreproject.org.

Local News

School Board to consider moving start date of school to September 8th

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March 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
2019-03-08T19:00:00-05:00
2019-03-08T21:00:00-05:00
Where:
Selah Theatre
400-B Kendrick Lane | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Get tickets online: www.selahtheatreproject.org
Contact:
Selah Theatre Project
540-428-4445

Dr. Chris Ballenger, Warren County Schools Superintendent, issued a press release on August 11, 2020, to notify parents and the community that they will propose to the Warren County School Board, moving the start date of school from August 27, 2020, to September 8, 2020. This proposal will be presented at the School Board meeting on August 19, 2020.

School officials indicated that more time is needed for longer delivery times of supplies and delays in implementing the Learning Management Systems. This change will also provide more time for teachers and staff to learn the new Learning Management Systems which will be the main portal students will use to access the virtual learning materials and courses.

The proposed calendar includes the following dates:

September 8 – First day of school for students

November 3 – Professional Day
November 10 – End of 1st advisory
November 11 – Holiday
November 25-27 – Thanksgiving Break
December 23-January 1 – Winter Break
January 18 – Holiday
January 29 – End of 2nd advisory/1st semester
February 15 – Holiday
March 29-April 5 Spring Break
April 13 – End of 3rd advisory
April 30 – Professional Day
May 31 – Holiday
June 17 – Last day of school for students

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Local Government

Wait, where am I? A radical change of Town tone and focus 2 weeks later

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When:
March 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
2019-03-08T19:00:00-05:00
2019-03-08T21:00:00-05:00
Where:
Selah Theatre
400-B Kendrick Lane | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Get tickets online: www.selahtheatreproject.org
Contact:
Selah Theatre Project
540-428-4445

Following Town Attorney Doug Napier’s reading of the Roberts Rules of Order conditions on public and member conduct in critiquing proposed municipal business and actions, the August 10th Public Comments period and consequent staff and board reports went surprisingly smoothly. Gone was the staff report political posturing of July 27th and mayoral-council infighting over that posturing. In fact, one member, Thompson, would later apologize for her role in the previous meeting’s back and forth.

But even more surprising was council Virginia Beer Museum “family values” critic Jacob Meza’s expression of common ground with Beer Museum proprietor and local attorney David Downes’ remarks to council. Of course, those remarks did not involve events at the Beer Museum, but rather Downes plea that the Town partner with him as a local criminal defense attorney, as well as with Town and County law enforcement and the judicial system in creating a more proactive safety net for opioid drug addiction in this community.

Local defense attorney David Downes was before council Monday with a plea for proactive action to address the opioid epidemic he said has claimed nearly twice the county lives as the COVID-19 virus this year. Royal Examiner Photos/Roger Bianchini – Royal Examiner Video/Mark Williams

“We are dying in this town – I’m not referring to COVID where we’ve lost seven members of the community; I’m referring to at least 13 drug overdose deaths in Warren County this year alone,” Downes began, pointing to a total of 68 overdose calls reported to the regional joint drug task force, “20 in April alone,” he added, citing 25 defendants and over half a local court docket devoted to “drug-related charges”.

Downes bemoaned that fact that unlike the governmental COVID-19 pandemic reaction of emergency response planning, direction and precautionary guidelines at the state and local levels, no such commitment has been made in this community to an epidemic that has claimed twice the number of lives as the 2019 strain of Coronavirus for which millions of dollars of federal, state-administered aid is being made available.

Noting the current public focus on “marches, protests, petitions, referendums” Downes continued, “So, I must ask, do drug addict’s lives matter?

“I am here asking for your help before another 13 families” he hesitated, choking back emotion momentarily before continuing, “lose a loved one.”

Pointing to the closest drug detox center he said was in Galax, 250 miles away, Downes urged a commitment to bring such professionally administered treatment options to our community. Pretending the issue can’t or won’t ever reach you or your family or friend circles is no longer an option, Downes told council.

And some 20 minutes later, the meeting microphone went to Councilman Meza’s member’s report.

“I’d like to thank Mr. Downes for bringing up the drug epidemic. You know I’ve been on the planning commission and town council now for almost five-and-a-half years, and it’s something that I’ve heard discussion about but have yet to see any major initiatives taken, undertaken (stick with the first one in this context, Jake) in this community between both governing bodies and our law enforcement and community members. And I think there is a real opportunity for such committees to exist – 250 miles away is a long way, in addition to the drug epidemic and finding the resources available for those individuals.

“Behavioral health is another issue that our community faces and it faces the same statistical challenge of being about 200, 250 miles away for major centers of help. These are very important things that cripple citizens of our community,” the Valley Health administrative professional observed. “And I would be happy to have those discussions, with Mr. Downes and our law enforcement leaders on how we can work together and figure out a way to establish resources. Because it is an epidemic and it’s something that’s going to be tearing apart this town slowly but surely if we don’t get a handle on it.”

Okay, I am in “The Twilight Zone” right?

Previous philosophical and policy adversaries David Downes, above, and Jacob Meza, below, found common ground in a desire to improve this community’s services for citizens victimized by the opioid epidemic.

Setting an example

Talk about “Front Royal Unites”!! – Common cause between David Downes and Jacob Meza to a common good for this community? – Slap me hard (figuratively, not literally), and not with the butt of that gun council appears poised to resolve publicly that you are now going to be told you can openly carry into any Town office, meeting or public property festivals or events (see coming related story on Monday’s work session 2nd Amendment Resolution discussion).

Maybe there actually is the hope of compromises to positive community-wide ends in Front Royal and Warren County. If Jacob Meza and David Downes can substantively cooperate toward a common good – don’t drop the ball, guys – why can’t the rest of us on other issues of import to us all?

Watch this unexpected meeting of the minds on a crucial issue to this community – perhaps even more crucial than bikini-clad girls washing motorcycles behind the Virginia Beer Museum’s 6-foot Biergarten privacy fence and about nine parking spaces therein – in this Royal Examiner video of the business conducted at Monday’s meeting.

In addition to approval of a non-exclusive, 5-year contract on pole use for a fiber optics telecommunications system with LUMOS NETWORKS, Inc.; approval of a dedication agreement with First Bank on 594-feet of dedicated space to accommodate a “slip lane” at West 17th Street related to the Sheetz property access; and approval of a COVID-19 preparedness plan, that business included two other public comments speakers, Kelly Walker and Ina Kolesnik, raising the issue of whether the weekend walking mall idea has outlived its usefulness for the majority of Historic Downtown Front Royal businesses;

FR Unites Samuel Porter addressed his relationship to the Black Lives Matter movement and his organization’s activities locally.

also Front Royal Unites’ Samuel Porter’s update on his relationship to the Black Lives Matter movement and a seeming response to Downes’ earlier “focus on marches, protests, petitions, referendums” comment; and a familiar final speaker, Tom Sayre, promising to bring some “levity” I’m still waiting for the punch line to, to “what’s going on in our country and community”, including FOIA inquiries on local Town-County “back-channel” meetings on the Town-EDA dispute over the FRPD headquarters debt service payments.


Setting an example – David Downes and Jacob Meza


Front Royal Town Council Meeting – August 10, 2020

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Opinion

Statue removal: At whose expense?

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March 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
2019-03-08T19:00:00-05:00
2019-03-08T21:00:00-05:00
Where:
Selah Theatre
400-B Kendrick Lane | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Get tickets online: www.selahtheatreproject.org
Contact:
Selah Theatre Project
540-428-4445

I have read the petitions for and against the removal and relocation of the memorial on the Warren County courthouse lawn. I attended the August 4, 2020, meeting of the Board of Supervisors and heard arguments from both sides. But what I have not heard is how much will it cost to remove and relocate, and who is going to pay for it?

The memorial has been in place since 1911, one hundred and nine years; it is paid for and requires little maintenance. At a time when we need to find new ways to educate our children because of COVID-19, we do not need to waste time and money on this type of nonsense.

Relocating the memorial will only create another argument and cause more division in our community. LEAVE IT ALONE!

Will Lewis
Front Royal, Virginia

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Community Events

You’re invited to the upcoming grave marking commemoration ceremonies by the Colonel James Wood II Chapter

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When:
March 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
2019-03-08T19:00:00-05:00
2019-03-08T21:00:00-05:00
Where:
Selah Theatre
400-B Kendrick Lane | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Get tickets online: www.selahtheatreproject.org
Contact:
Selah Theatre Project
540-428-4445

The Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution welcomes all to join us at these upcoming grave marking ceremonies. If you are a descendant of any of these War Patriots, and would like to participate, please contact Dale Corey and leave a message at (540) 636-1263.

  • On August 22, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will be sponsoring a grave marking ceremony for Jacob Kuller, Revolutionary War Patriot. At 9:00 am, Dry Run Church Cemetery, Fort Valley, Virginia, a ceremony including a Color Guard presentation, musket salute and wreath presentations will honor Jacob’s service to the colonial cause.
  • On August 22, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will be sponsoring a grave marking ceremony for Thomas Buck, Revolutionary War Patriot. At 11:00 am, Buck Family Cemetery, Waterlick, Virginia, a ceremony including a Color Guard presentation, musket salute and wreath presentations will honor Thomas’ service to the colonial cause.
  • On September 5, the Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will be sponsoring a grave marking ceremony for Daniel Cloud, Revolutionary War Patriot. At 9:00 am, Prospect Hill Cemetery, Front Royal, Virginia, a ceremony including a Color Guard presentation, musket salute and wreath presentations will honor Daniel’s service to the colonial cause.

Photo courtesy of Dale Corey, Colonel James Wood II Chapter of the Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution.

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Scavenger Hunt

Announcing the winners of the Front Royal Scavenger Hunt, week two

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When:
March 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
2019-03-08T19:00:00-05:00
2019-03-08T21:00:00-05:00
Where:
Selah Theatre
400-B Kendrick Lane | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Get tickets online: www.selahtheatreproject.org
Contact:
Selah Theatre Project
540-428-4445

Congratulations to our second round of winners for the Front Royal Scavenger Hunt #2!

$500 Grand Prize package:

  • Charles Smith

Winners of local gift card package, up to $100:

  • Casey Noland
  • Staci Jeremiah
  • Erin Sauvager

Be sure to join in on this week’s scavenger hunt and be the next big winner:

Front Royal Scavenger Hunt #3

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Scavenger Hunt

Front Royal Scavenger Hunt #3

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When:
March 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
2019-03-08T19:00:00-05:00
2019-03-08T21:00:00-05:00
Where:
Selah Theatre
400-B Kendrick Lane | Front Royal
VA 22630
Cost:
Get tickets online: www.selahtheatreproject.org
Contact:
Selah Theatre Project
540-428-4445


Scavenger Hunt & Contests Rules and Regulations:

  • The weekly Scavenger hunts and other contests will run weekly from Monday, July 27 — Friday, August 23.
  • No purchase is necessary to enter.
  • No age limits or age restrictions to participate in the scavenger hunt.
  • If anyone under the age of 18 is involved in your group’s scavenger hunt, they must always be supervised by their parents or other adults in the group.
  • Must be 18 years old to win and claim prize.
  • All illegal activity is forbidden.
  • Vandalism, trespassing and creating a nuisance are grounds for disqualification and appropriate action by the Town of Front Royal.
  • Participants must obey all traffic laws and practice caution when crossing streets, walking on town roads/streets and driving a vehicle.
  • The Town of Front Royal is not responsible for incidents, tickets, accidents or injuries that occur during the scavenger hunt or in pursuit of items related to hunt.
  • Play Fair-Have fun and try to win but don’t let your competitive instincts drive you to take chances or ruin other people’s chance to win.
  • Participants must submit scavenger hunt answers to discovered@discoverfrontroyal.com to qualify for prizes.
  • Winners will be chosen at random from answers emailed to above email address.
  • Prizes will be drawn (at random) each Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the previous week.
  • Town of Front Royal Employees or Elected Officials with budget authority or oversite are not eligible to win prizes.
  • Board Members or Executive Committee Members of the Front Royal Independent Business Alliance are not eligible to win aforementioned prizes.
  • Board Members or Employees of the Front Royal Warren County Chamber of Commerce are not eligible to win aforementioned prizes.
  • No prizes will be mailed. All prizes must be picked up at the FRWC Chamber of Commerce office, the Royal Examiner office, or The River 95.3 radio station by appointment. Please bring a valid driver’s license or other official document which validates age.
  • All prizes have been obtained from local businesses in the Town of Front Royal and can be redeemed for goods and services in the respective business.

#SupportLocal #ShopLocal #EatLocal #BackToBusiness #BacktoNature

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