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The Fantasticks! June 1st 6:30 is the last performance

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On Thursday night, my family and I watched with delight the Jordan River Theatre Company production of The Fantasticks, directed by Julie Clark and produced by Regina Schmiedicke.

Anyone not familiar with the show will come to understand why The Fantasticks is the longest running off-Broadway musical in history. And if you are familiar with The Fantasticks, you will truly enjoy Jordan River’s production.

The leading role of El Gallo (Alex Clark), is fully engaging and honest. Our lovers, Luisa and Matt, (Catie Moore and Brendan Clark), are romantic, passionate, and everything young love should be.

All supporting characters are well played, but particularly entertaining is Henry (the Old Actor), portrayed by Jim Clark. Jim is as big as his character believes himself to be, and that’s saying a lot.

He delivers terrific comic relief!

All-in-all, The Fantasticks is superbly played and I strongly recommended seeing it during it’s limited run!

The play is being performed three nights only, May 30, 31, at 8 PM and June 1 at 6:30 PM. PLEASE NOTE that there is no Sunday performance.

Father Ruehl Hall, St. John the Baptist Parish, Front Royal, Virginia. Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $5 for students.

Jim Naccash
Warren County, VA

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The American Legion Community Band Concert at the Gazebo. Enjoy!

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The American Legion Community Band performed its first concert in June 2019, on Friday, June 14th. The second will be on Friday, June 28 at the gazebo on Main Street in Front Royal, Va. The concert will begin at 7:00 pm and is free of charge.

The Royal Examiner’s camera was there. Enjoy the concert.

The Gazebo Gathering Summer Concert Series 2019 is sponsored by the Blue Ridge Arts Council & Gallery of Front Royal, VA.

The American Legion Community Band, located in Front Royal, Va, was formed in 1986 and has been playing concerts in the area ever since. The conductors and band members are all volunteer musicians from the local area and new members are always welcome.

The American Legion Community Band performs at a variety of concerts and community festivals throughout the year. All performances are free and open to the public. Their repertoire is both versatile and traditional with works ranging from classical to popular, marches and operatic overtures to modern works for band.

The band is sponsored by the Giles B. Cook Post #53 of the American Legion.

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Meet local author Bryon Johnson: From Dope Fiend 2 Son of a King

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Local author Bryon Johnson dropped by our studios to talk to publisher Mike McCool about his book From Dope Fiend 2 Son of a King. He will be at the Royal Oak Bookshop located at 207 S Royal Ave in Front Royal on July 6th from 1 – pm.

About the book:
In this book, you will travel the road to redemption in the experience of a young male who was destined to fail from birth. You will witness trauma that turns into triumph in the face adversity when God decides to introduce himself to a person struggling in addiction with limited education, resources and hope. This book will inspire all who dare to read it to know that all things are possible to them that believe. Upon completion of this book, every soul will find their inner giant, strength and courage to do the impossible by the power of the Holy Spirit who resides in every believer.

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Front Royal Cardinals 2019 Baseball Camp starts June 17th

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Assistant Coach, Mark Vaughn stopped by the Royal Examiner’s studio and discussed with our publisher Mike McCool some information about the camp this year. Photo and video by Mark Williams.

The Front Royal Cardinals 2019 Baseball Camp starts June 17th at Bing Crosby Stadium in Front Royal.

The Cardinals Baseball Camp is designed to help the up-and-coming baseball player learn the skills they see used a Bing Crosby Stadium everyday by the Front Royal Cardinal Baseball players.

The Camp will be separated by age groups. Generally each participant will play in their own age level groups, but can be dependent on individual skills and abilities.

Leading the camp this year will be the Front Royal coaching staff and players. They have designed the camp to help the campers learn how to master proper fundamentals in a fun and exciting  atmosphere. Top-level Collegiate baseball players from around the country will be instructing your child on how to play like players do in college.

Assistant Coach, Mark Vaughn stopped by the Royal Examiner’s studio and discussed with our publisher Mike McCool some information about the camp this year.

“FUN”damentals Camp:
June 17-20
9:30—12:30
$75.00
Pitchers & Catchers
Camp:
June 24-26
9:30—12:30
$75.00
Both Camps: $140.00

Front Royal Cardinal Baseball
382 Morgan’s Ridge Road Front Royal, VA 22630
Phone: 703-244-6662
Email: donna.settle@icloud.com

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This week’s showtimes at Royal Cinemas as of June 13th

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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, June 13:

•  Thurs – 6:05 & 8:55
•  Daily – 12:45, 3:20, 6:05& 8:40 
Rated PG13 |  Run Time: 1 hour 55 min

•  Thurs – 12:45, 3:25, 6:10 & 9:00 
•  Daily – 12:55, 3:30, 6:20 & 8:35
Rated PG |  Run Time: 1 hour 30 min

•  Thurs – 12:20, 3:10, 6:00 & 8:55
•  Sat & Sun – 12:30, 3:15, 6:00 & 8:45
Rated PG |  Run Time: 2 hour 10 min


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:

  • “Toy Story 4”
  • “Spider-Man: Far from Home”
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Winner of Miller Williams Poetry Prize to read at the Winchester Book Gallery

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Jose Padua

Winchester, VA — Veteran slam poet Jose Padua, a 10-year resident of Front Royal, Virginia, will read from A Short History of Monsters at the Winchester Book Galley on Saturday, July 6, 2019, at 6:00 PM. Padua’s first full-length book, A Short History of Monsters, was chosen by former poet laureate Billy Collins for the Miller Williams Poetry Prize.

In his introduction to the book, published by the University of Arkansas Press, Billy Collins says, “We are the happy riders on the stream of Padua’s consciousness… a smart, sympathetic mind at work.”

Booklist comments, “Padua is a very wry poet who, in his first book, presents stinging and riotous poems, as in the two-stanza ‘Barbie’: ‘I am Barbie / I live in your dollhouse / You change my clothes every day. / If I could get out / of here I would / kill you all.’ These are works that sharpen the mind on the micro, as opposed to the macro of our human experience.”

A Short History of Monsters presents the sins and obsessions of a poet nimble in beat and slam traditions. Padua wrestles with an American dream interrupted by failure, excess, and other nightmares. Often brash and unruly, these poems range from recollections of lost, drunken days to unadorned manifestations of hope. Throughout, the speaker redefines his relationship to pop culture, praising it, skewering it, and mourning it by turns.

Jose Padua

The poems that make up A Short History of Monsters tend toward both dark humor and epiphany, diving deeply into their own despair and rising up again with existential absurdity. This is a poetry that gets down into the grit and grime of the real world, digging out a space to experience being alive as miraculous in and of itself.

Jose’s poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in BombSalonThe WeeklingsAnother Chicago Magazine, and many other publications. He’s written features and reviews for the NYPress, the Washington City Paper, the Brooklyn Rail, and the New York Times and read his work at the Lollapalooza Festival, CBGBs, the Knitting Factory, the Public Theater, the Split This Rock poetry festival, the Nuyorican Poets’ Café, and many other venues.

The reading is free and will be followed by a reception.

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Samuels Public Library Adult Programming events for June 15-30

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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 audiobook you record. You can also download free ebooks, magazines, videos and music on our website so don’t miss out!


It’s Showtime: Phone Photography

Join us at the library to learn how to use your smartphone to take awesome pictures Saturday, June 15th at 10:30 A.M. Class will meet in the cafe area of the library. Bring your phone and be prepared to try all the neat tricks and tips Sharon shares with you.


SPL – Books & Beyond

Samuels Public library invites you to come out and join us for our Books and Beyond Book Club on Wednesday, June 19th at 10 A.M. where My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman will be discussed. This group meets the third Wednesday of the month.


Genealogy Nuts: Shake Your Family Tree

Samuels Public Library invites you to a workshop for beginning to advanced genealogists. Discover your family roots with a team of genealogists who together have researched more than 50,000 names. Classes are held 1st & 3rd Thursday nights at 6:00 P.M. (June 6th & 20th)


Third Thursday Movie: Bohemian Rapsody

Join us at the library Thursday, June 20th at 5:30 P.M. for a showing of Bohemian Rapsody, the 2018 biographical film about Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the British rock band Queen starring Rami Malek. Winner of four Academy Awards and a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture. This is an adult movie. Children under 13 will not be permitted. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.


Showtime at your Library: Plant Based Cooking

Samuels Public Library invites you to come out and join us Saturday, June 22nd 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 taste delicious deserts and see if they can guess what plant-based materials are hidden inside. Try your hand at making avocado pudding! 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.


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. ( June 10th, & 24th) and every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 6:00 P.M. (June 11th & 25th). People with all levels of sewing skills from beginner to advanced. Bring your own sewing machine. Limited number of extra sewing machines available for people who give advance notice.


Crochet Group

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 (June 12th & 26th). All ability levels welcome.


It’s showtime! Fly Tying with Trout Unlimited

Join us Thursday, June 27th at 6:00 P.M. for a special show and tell session with Ev Zimmer from Trout Unlimited. Learn the art of tying fly fish lures and get some insider tips on the best places to fish in Warren County. Our Summer Reading Programming for adults includes arts & crafts, photography, fishing and more.

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10:00 am Design a chair for the SPCA CHAI... @ SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke Counties
Design a chair for the SPCA CHAI... @ SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke Counties
Jun 17 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Design a chair for the SPCA CHAIR-ity Brunch @ SPCA of Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke Counties
Calling all artists!! Design a chair for the SPCA CHAIR-ity Brunch and save homeless animals. Pick up a chair from the SPCA Thrift Shop, build a chair, up-cycle a chair, paint a chair, or upholster[...]
10:00 am Summer Art Week – Session 1 @ Art in the Valley
Summer Art Week – Session 1 @ Art in the Valley
Jun 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
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Summer Art Week for children is designed for students who love art and want to go beyond what they have experienced in the school setting, while meeting the Virginia Standards of Art. Recommended ages for[...]
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10:00 am Summer Art Week – Session 1 @ Art in the Valley
Summer Art Week – Session 1 @ Art in the Valley
Jun 18 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Summer Art Week - Session 1 @ Art in the Valley
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10:00 am Summer Art Week – Session 1 @ Art in the Valley
Summer Art Week – Session 1 @ Art in the Valley
Jun 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
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10:00 am Summer Art Week – Session 1 @ Art in the Valley
Summer Art Week – Session 1 @ Art in the Valley
Jun 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Summer Art Week - Session 1 @ Art in the Valley
Summer Art Week for children is designed for students who love art and want to go beyond what they have experienced in the school setting, while meeting the Virginia Standards of Art. Recommended ages for[...]
5:00 pm Annual Wine Pull @ Blue Wing Frog
Annual Wine Pull @ Blue Wing Frog
Jun 20 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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10:00 am Summer Art Week – Session 1 @ Art in the Valley
Summer Art Week – Session 1 @ Art in the Valley
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Summer Art Week - Session 1 @ Art in the Valley
Summer Art Week for children is designed for students who love art and want to go beyond what they have experienced in the school setting, while meeting the Virginia Standards of Art. Recommended ages for[...]
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9:30 am Acrylic Pour Workshop – Level 1 @ Art in the Valley
Acrylic Pour Workshop – Level 1 @ Art in the Valley
Jun 22 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
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Learn the process and art of acrylic pouring with artist and instructor Jan Settle. You’ll have a fun & exciting experience creating your own original masterpieces in this workshop! Learn how to manipulate paint &[...]
1:00 pm Meet the Author: NP Haley @ Royal Oak Bookshop
Meet the Author: NP Haley @ Royal Oak Bookshop
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Lily and the Ghost of Michael Thorne By local author, NP Haley Feeling someone or something looking at her, Lily peered into the shrouded forest and buildings surrounding the alley. Blinking rapidly to make sure[...]
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Middle School Pool Party @ Claude A. Stokes Community Swimming Pool
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