They’ve played for the President, they played after the Pope in Sydney, Australia, and now they’ll be playing just down the street. Scythian is an Irish Festival headliner and is known for its high-energy, crowd-interactive music. What is less known is that founders and front-men Alex and Dan Fedoryka grew up and live in Front Royal, Virginia. After spending 12 years on the road growing the band, the Fedorykas moved back to Front Royal to found their award-winning roots music festival – Appaloosa – hosted each Labor Day at Skyline Ranch Resort.
This March the brothers will be doing a 3,500 mile march to St. Patrick’s Day Tour which will bring them to the Bright Box Theater on St. Patrick’s Day eve – Saturday, March 16th with Front Royal native Marie Miller opening. The night will also feature a short opening set by the Armstrong School of Irish Dance at 7:30pm to get everyone in the St. Patrick’s Day mood.
Accordion and guitar player Dan Fedoryka said, “We’ve loved coming back to Front Royal after spending the better part of a decade in the DC/NOVA area growing our band. We’ve toured over a million miles and it has been great to come back to our hometown which has remained the same in all the best ways, but changed in all the right ways: we love all the new restaurants, businesses popping up – there’s a buzz in this town.
We play at Appaloosa each year, but we’ve been looking to book a show another show locally and when we found the Bright Box we penciled in our biggest night – St. Patrick’s Eve – for our home territory. We’ve stacked the bill with the talented Nashville-based – and Front Royal native – Marie Miller opening the night. You can expect to hear her driving, soulful voice backed by acoustic guitar and mandolin so be sure to come early. You may even see Irish dancers joining us on stage.”
For those who have never seen Scythian, you can watch this 60 second video to get a sense of what March 16th will be like:
- Doors open at 7pm
- Armstrong Irish Dancers 7:30pm
- Marie Miller 8pm
- Show is All-Ages
- Get your tickets here
Scythian | scythianmusic.com
The Northwestern Prevention Collaborative’s faith based symposium
On March 5, 2019, the Northwestern Prevention Collaborative (NPC), Shenandoah Valley’s first region-wide partnership in combatting the area’s opioid crisis, welcomed members of the area’s diverse religious community to learn about opioid and other drug use in the valley. 27 members of 12 different faith based organizations from the counties of Clarke, Warren, Shenandoah, and Page attended the educational event.
Cathy Tibbetts traveled from Luray to attend the symposium. When asked why she chose to attend the event she stated, “Part of being a person of faith is acting on what you believe in. Today gives us the opportunity to come together as a community to address the opioid crisis.”
Prevention Services Coordinator Shannon Urum from the Northwestern Community Services Board kick started the day by speaking on the relationship between mental health and substance abuse. Christa Shifflett, Executive Director of the Warren Coalition and NPC Lead, joined in on a discussion about Adverse Childhood Experiences. They stressed the importance of leading trauma informed communities due to the large impact multiple forms of adverse childhood experiences can have on numerous public health issues, including substance abuse.
The collaborative’s partnering organizations also shared information at the event. Shenandoah County’s Family Youth Initiative, the Page Alliance for Community Action, the Northwestern Community Services Board, and the Warren Coalition provided various supplies for attendees to share with their community. Attendees received timer caps, medicine lock boxes, and medication disposal bags to take home from the event to help prevent unwanted access to opiates. One lucky attendee also won a free copy of the book, “Cracked, Not Broken”, by Kevin Hines.
In the afternoon, clips from the documentary, “Pleasure Unknown”, explained the neuroscience of addiction. Casey Dwyer, from James Madison University, spoke to the audience about the stages of change and how faith based members can positively influence someone going through this process. Christa Shifflett finished the informative day by engaging the audience to reflect on anxiety, stress, and fear and how they relate to addiction.
The Faith Based Symposium provided an outlet for members of various faith communities to collaborate and learn about drug misuse in the region. These leaders can now take what they have learned and apply it amongst their congregation in an effort to combat the crisis in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. A follow-up event is currently in the works, and the collaborative will happily provide trainings to any other congregations in the region who were unable to attend the event. For more information on what you can do visit: NWPrevention.org.
Town Tip Thursday: “Taste of Broadway” to be held at Warren County Middle School
Town Tip Thursday, a WHAT MATTERS Initiative – TIP: Don’t miss your chances in the next few weeks to enjoy performances by many talented youth in our community! Stay tuned for a trio of WHAT MATTERS videos announcing performances at Warren County Middle School, Warren County High School and Front Royal Christian School…
WHAT MATTERS Warren Interview – “Taste of Broadway” featuring 50 students from area middle schools to be held Thursday 4/4/19 at 6pm at WC Middle School.
In this video Beth Medved Waller interviews Director, Todd Martin and singers Dillon Lewallen, Abby Knesh and Olivia Kelley.
Todd Martin, Choral Director for both Warren County and Skyline Middle Schools, is pleased to announce a joint performance and fundraiser for both WCMS and SMS Choral Departments. An event called “Taste of Broadway” will be held at Warren County Middle School on Thursday, April 4th at 6pm. This event/fundraiser will include food (light hors d’oeuvres and desserts from local businesses will be provided), raffles and the beautiful singing of 50 students from both middle schools.
“During our first school semester of 2018 we had a Talent Show at Warren County Middle School and it was a huge success. Shortly after, I had the idea to showcase the talents of both middle schools, given that I’m the choral director at both schools” said Mr. Martin, the proud director.
Family, friends and the community are all invited to attend the program and hear fifty middle school students perform songs from favorite Broadway Shows. The evening will include songs from the Broadway musicals Annie, Wizard of Oz, Wicked, Sound of Music and more! “These students have put in over 50 hours of rehearsals to make this possible. Please come out to support the arts and local talent of our middle students in Warren County,” added Martin.
Community ticket sales will begin on March 27th and can be purchased at the Warren County Middle School’s main office located at 522 Heritage Drive between the hours are from 7am to 3pm. Price per ticket for students is $10 and the adult price is $12. Seating is limited to 400 guests, and these performances tend to sell out, so be sure to get your tickets early for what should be a fantastic evening to witness and support the talents of local youth. Mr. Martin, the volunteers working with the program, the student performers and both school administrations thank the community for their support and hope this event will provide much needed funds to enhance the already dynamic choral departments at each school. Call WCMS at 540-635-2194 for more information or to find out how you can help support the arts in our community.
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1st Annual Spring Bazaar at Skyline High School
The Skyline High School Community Based Instruction Program (CBI) is hosting the 1st Annual Spring Bazaar in the high school cafeteria, April 6th from 9am – 2pm! There will be approximately 30 vendors participating ranging from arts & crafts, home-based businesses to concessions and more. Po’ Greens Catering will be donating proceeds from their sales to the class!
1st Annual Spring Bazaar
- April 6, 2019 | 9am – 2pm | Skyline High School Cafeteria
- Arts & Crafts, Home-Based Businesses, Concessions and more!
- Approximately 30 vendors!
- CLICK HERE to download the Registration Form.
- CLICK HERE to visit their Facebook event page.
Color Street Nails, Thirty-One, Tupperware, Scentsy, Paparazzi, Avon, Pampered Chef, RADA Cutlery, Angel Star, Karine Joncas Skin Care, and many vendors featuring handcrafted items!
*This event benefits the Skyline High School Community Based Instruction Program. The Skyline High School Community Based Instruction Program (CBI) is designed for students that need instruction in functional and daily living skills. Community Based Instruction (CBI) is educational instruction in naturally occurring community environments providing students “real life experiences”. The goal is to provide a variety of hands on learning opportunities at all age levels to help students acquire the skills to live in the world today.
Golf fundraiser for kids May 8 celebrates 25th year, raises over $500,000
One of the year’s leading local golf tournaments celebrates its 25th anniversary in May, and has topped the half-million dollar mark it has earned for the Warren County Educational Endowment (WCEE) over the past quarter-century.
WCEE president Douglas Stanley and his 14-member board, including Melanie Barber, vice president; Carol Dodson, treasurer; and Joseph Silek, secretary; has called out for sponsors for this year’s May 8 golf extravaganza at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club (SGVC)) that constitutes the endowment’s main annual fundraiser.
Last year, $46,450 went to 11 recipients of WCEE grants, bringing the total awarded to $500,877 “to support innovation in our local school system,” said Stanley, who is also the 2019 tournament chair.
Various ways to support the tournament by players and non-participants are described in WCEE’s announcement of the May 8 date including hole sponsorship ($100); single golfer registration ($75); team registration ($300); SVGC team member registration ($180); and SVGC single member golfer ($45). Donations on line are possible at www.WCEducationalEndowment.org. For further information, Stanley may be reached at (540) 636-4600 or email info@WCEducationalEndowment.org.
Sponsorships range from $1,000 (gold); $750 (silver); $500 (bronze); plus supporter ($250); and hole sponsor ($100).
“We are blessed to be a community that is willing to step up to the plate and work together … to help make this (tournament) happen,” Stanley said. “Please plan to join us for a great day of fun to benefit the youth of Warren County.”
Other board members are: Mary Anne Biggs, Mark Bower, Jeanian Clark, Joanne Cherefko, Sue Anne Fox, Charles Huber, George Karnes, R. Mark Jordan, John Marlow, Thomas Patterson and Charlie Sackett.
This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of March 21st
Are you looking for the full movie-going experience without having to wait in the long lines that often accompany that experience? Then look no further because Royal Cinemas movie theatre is the answer. Get the whole gang together and enjoy a movie! Here is a list of this week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of Thursday, March 21:
Ticket prices are as follows:
- Adult: $9
- Child (under 12): $6
- Military: $7
- Student (college): $7
- Senior: $7
- Matinees, All Seating: $6
Other movies coming soon to Royal Cinemas:
- “Pet Sematary”
- “Avengers: Endgame”
Virginia Tech Giving Day
Giving Day is Virginia Tech’s annual 24-hour giving challenge! All Virginia Tech colleges and departments participate, and as the driver of VT’s land-grant mission, Virginia Cooperative Extension will participate – as well as its youth development organization, 4-H. This year, we have our own Giving Day donation page.
Gifts will go to the Center you designate. On this day it’s as much about the number of donors as it is the amount. The Centers are in a competition to see who can get the most donors (not amount) and the winner will receive and extra $2,500. Of course the amount matters but a donor can give as little as $5.
The members of the Northern Virginia 4-H Center Board of Directors will generously match the first $5,000 in gifts made to the Northern Virginia 4-H Center annual fund. Double your impact by making your gift today.
So how about supporting Northern Virginia 4-H Center on giving day? CLICK HERE to make your donation now through noon on Wednesday March 20. Your 4-H Center and I appreciate the difference you are making and will continue to make for the future of our youth.