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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Author Ronald Kirkwood to sign copies of his new book
Author Ronald Kirkwood will be signing copies of his new book, Too Much for Human Endurance: The George Spangler Farm Hospital and the Battle of Gettysburg
The event will take place at 1:00 pm on Sunday, July 21st at Royal Oak Book Shop (207 South Royal Avenue Front Royal, VA 22630) For more information visit: http://royaloakbookshop.com/
The bloodstains are gone, but the worn floorboards remain. The doctors, nurses, and patients who toiled and suffered and ached for home at the Army of the Potomac’s XI Corps hospital at the George Spangler farm in Gettysburg have long since departed. Fortunately, what they experienced there, and the critical importance of the property to the battle, has not been lost to history. Noted journalist and George Spangler farm expert Ronald D. Kirkwood brings these people and their experiences to life in “Too Much for Human Endurance”: The George Spangler Farm Hospitals and the Battle of Gettysburg.
Using a large array of firsthand accounts, Kirkwood re-creates the sprawling XI Corps hospital complex and the people who labored and suffered there— especially George and Elizabeth Spangler and their four children, who built a thriving 166-acre farm only to witness it nearly destroyed when war paid a bloody visit in the summer of 1863. Stories rarely if ever told about the wounded, dying, nurses, surgeons, ambulance workers, musicians, and others are weaved seamlessly through gripping and smooth-flowing prose.
A host of notables spent time at the Spangler farm, including Union officers George G. Meade, Henry J. Hunt, Edward E. Cross, Francis Barlow, Francis Mahler, Freeman McGilvery, and Samuel K. Zook. Pvt. George Nixon III, great-grandfather of President Richard M. Nixon, would die there, as would Confederate Gen. Lewis A. Armistead, who fell mortally wounded at the height of Pickett’s Charge. In addition to including the most complete lists ever published of the dead, wounded, and surgeons at the Spanglers’ XI Corps hospital, this study breaks new ground with stories of the First Division, II Corps hospital at the Spanglers’ Granite Schoolhouse.
Kirkwood also establishes the often-overlooked strategic importance of the property and its key role in the Union victory. Army of the Potomac generals took advantage of the farm’s size, access to roads, and central location to use it as a staging area to get artillery and infantry to the embattled front line from Little Round to Cemetery Hill and Culp’s Hill, often just in time to prevent a collapse and Confederate breakthrough.
“Too Much for Human Endurance” introduces readers to heretofore untold stories of the Spanglers, their farm, those who labored to save lives, and those who suffered and died there. They have finally received the recognition that their place in history deserves.
About the Author: Ronald D. Kirkwood is retired after a 40-year career as an editor and writer in newspapers and magazines including USA TODAY, the Baltimore Sun, the Harrisburg (PA) Patriot-News, and the York (PA) Daily Record. Ron edited national magazines for USA TODAY Sports and was NFL editor for USA TODAY Sports Weekly. He won numerous state, regional, and national awards during his career and managed the copy desk in Harrisburg when the newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012. Ron has been a Gettysburg Foundation docent at the George Spangler Farm Civil War Field Hospital Site since it opened in 2013. He is a native of Dowagiac/Sister Lakes, MI, and a graduate of Central Michigan University, where he has returned as guest speaker to journalism classes as part of the school’s Hearst Visiting Professionals series. Ron and his wife, Barbara, live in York. They have two daughters, two sons-in-law, and three grandchildren.
Eight boats, 160 paddlers to compete in dragon boat races on August 3rd
Dragon boat races return to the Shenandoah River on Saturday, August 3, and are expected to raise at least $16,000 in entry fees for Front Royal’s animal shelter.
The event is one of the Humane Society of Warren County’s (HSWC) most popular. Crowds of several hundred are expected at the Front Royal Golf Club boat landing site starting at 9:30 a.m. Trolley transportation is provided from Crooked Run Plaza.
While the event was missing from last year’s calendar, eight boats with 20 paddlers sponsored by community and corporate organizations will compete in this year’s contest over the 200-meter course. One of the boats is skippered by Ellen Aders a former winner. Aders is the HSWC president. Newcomers to the contest this year are the Rotary River Dogs, Captain Julie Covert, Aders’ vice president.
“We are all looking forward to an amazing day, full of spirited fun, all in the name of helping the animals in our community,” said Meghan Bowers, in her first year as executive director of the Humane Society’s Julia Wagner Animal Shelter.
Bowers said of her first six months that one of her most difficult things to deal with has been the sad condition of many of the animals that arrive at the shelter.
“It is a regular occurrence,” she wrote in the shelter’s summer newsletter advertising the Waggin’ for Dragon event, “to have a dog or cat arrive who has suffered years of neglect, abuse and lack of proper medical care. It is our mission (funded by the likes of Waggin’ for Dragons and other events such as Barks & Bags) to provide these animals a new beginning, starting with compassionate care.”
She announced that a recent yard sale at the shelter site had raised a record $3,400 for the animals. She also announced a fee increase for adoptions – in future, cat adoptions with be $30 and dog adoptions $60. “Even at the new rates,” Bowers said, “it may surprise some that adoption fees do not cover the total costs of caring for the animals until they are adopted.”
Among the shelter’s greatest needs at the moment is an industrial washing machine. Is there anyone out there with one lying around their basement? – Just asking…
This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of July 18th
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, July 18:
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:
- “Hobbs and Shaw”
- “Dora and The Lost City of Gold”
- “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”
Front Royal Midget Football League offers free conditioning camp for youth
The Front Royal Midget Football League (FRMFL) is offering a FREE 2 day conditioning camp for boys and girls ages 5 to 14 years old. Camp will be held Thursday July 18th and Friday July 19th from 6 PM to 7:30 PM at Skyline High School.
A special thank you to FASST Sports Performance Training for their support in making the camp possible.
The first 50 players registered will get drawstring goodie bags when they attend (must register and attend to get bag)
Pizza party for all registered attendees on Friday following the conclusion of camp.
Onsite registration will be available for Front Royal Midget Football League’s 2019 fall season.
REGISTER at www.frmfl.com
Any issues registering, contact Shannon Cressel at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Front Midget Football League is a local youth football program looking to teach community children the fundamentals of football.
Skyline Conference for preschool & elementary teachers – July 25-26, 2019
Skyline Conference is a 2-day conference for preschool & elementary teachers and staff. The conference will be July 25-26, 2019 at Front Royal United Methodist Church.
Eric Litwin, author of the 1st 4 Pete the Cat books, Groovy Joe and the Nut Family books. will be the keynote. Other presenters will include a variety of therapists (speech, occupational, music, etc.), specialists (creative movement, theater, sign language, etc.) and a combination of preschool/special education teachers and administrators.
On July 25th at 10am, Eric will present a music conference, also at the United Methodist Church. Allyson Gillispie, Director describes the conference and the concert in the interview she had recently with publisher Mike McCool.
Samuels Public Library Adult Programming events for July 15-31
It’s Showtime at Your Library!
Summer reading isn’t just for kids. Check out Samuels Public Library’s 2019 Adult Summer Reading Program from June 7th to August 10th. This summer we’re taking show and tell to a new level. Cool programs, movies, and prizes for grownups. There’s something for everyone this summer at Samuels Library! Register for the summer reading program, for an opportunity to win awesome prizes, online at www.samuelslibrary.net or at the adult reference desk. Record each book you read online or ask reference staff to record titles for you. You will receive one entry in our weekly drawing for every print, eBook and audio-book you record. You can also download free eBooks, magazines, videos and music on our website so don’t miss out!
English as a Second Language Discussion Group
Samuels Public Library invites you to come out and join us for our English as a Second language discussion group starting. This is a conversational English language class for adults whose primary language is not English. All skill levels are welcome. Practice speaking English in a welcoming, group atmosphere. This group meets every Tuesday & Thursday at 10:00 am
Front Royal Sewing Group
Samuels Public Library invites you to the Front Royal Sewing Group that meets every 2nd and 4th Monday at 10:30 A.M. ( July 8th, & 22nd) and every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 6:00 P.M. (July 9th & 23rd). People with all levels of sewing skills from beginner to advanced. Bring your own sewing machine. There is a limited number of extra sewing machines available for people who give advance notice.
Samuels Public Library invites you to come out and learn how to crochet or share your talents. The group will meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 10:00 A.M (July 11th & 24th). All ability levels welcome.
Astronomy Quest Series: Searching for Near Earth Asteroids
Join amateur astronomer Dane Toler Tuesday, July 16th at 6:20 P.M. for a program on close encounters of the asteroid kind. Discover how astronomers search for near earth asteroids and learn about asteroid impacts of the past.
SPL – Books & Beyond
Samuels Public Library invites you to come out and join us for our Books and Beyond Book Club on Wednesday, July 17th at 10 A.M. where Love, Life, and Elephants by Daphne Sheldrick will be discussed. This group meets the third Wednesday of the month.
Turn your trash into treasure!
FOSL hosts Allyson Ponn, Education & Program Support specialist with the Lord Fairfax Soil & Water Conservation District for a special craft workshop Wednesday, July 17th at 6:00 P.M. Learn how to make decorative items for the home using items normally discarded. An assortment of options and all materials will be provided.
Third Thursday Movie: A Star is Born
Join us at the library for a special showing of the 2018 award-winning romantic musical drama starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, Thursday, July 18th at 5:30 P.M. The film is a remake of the 1937 film, with the same title, about a hard-drinking musician who discovers and falls in love with a young singer. This is an adult program. Because this movie is rated R, children will not be permitted. Teens must be accompanied by a legal guardian.
Showtime at your Library: Plant Based Cooking
Samuels Public Library invites you to come out and join us Saturday, July 20th at 2:00 P.M. for a fun cooking workshop designed to make even the pickiest eaters love healthy, plant-based cooking. Patrons will be able to try your hand at making Buddha bowls! Bowls filled with delicious veggies! Recipes and practical advice on adding healthy and inexpensive foods to your diet will also be provided. Patrons can register online or at the adult reference desk.
Playing with Clay: Ornaments for your garden
Join us at the library, Thursday, July 25th at 6:00 P.M. and create clay ornaments for your garden with Arline Link of the Kiln Doctor. Space is limited. Please register early to ensure your spot. This program is part of our Summer Reading Programming for adults. Arts & Crafts, Photography, Fishing and more. Mature children accompanied by a responsible adult caregiver are welcome.