Alleghany Highlands Heritage Day

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Alleghany Highlands Heritage Day–a Celebration of Cultures 

Mark your Calendars for the Alleghany Highlands Heritage Festival, October 4, 2014 from 11am to 5pm, at the Masonic Amphitheatre. The festival is a celebration of the diverse cultures who settled the Alleghany Highlands and will feature music, food, demonstrations, games and experiential activities that represent the Irish, Scottish, English, German, Native American, Black American, and Alleghany Highlands Mountain cultures and heritage of the region.

Kick Off Concert Friday, October 3 at 7:00 pm
Alleghany Highlands Heritage Day will have a lively kick-off concert by Maidens IV, an Ohio-based, Celtic sister band. Maidens IV’s repertoire flavor is of Irish and Scottish traditionals with a spellbinding glaze of original and contemporary Celtic tunes by the band members themselves. Tickets may be purchased online atwww.historicmasonictheatre.com  Adults, $10; Seniors & Military, $7; Students, $5.
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Alleghany Highlands Heritage Day
The celebration continues on Saturday, October 4 from 11am to 5pm with over 45 artisan demonstrations, displays and presentations, continuous music on the Masonic Amphitheatre stage including Pipes & Drums, Native American Dancers, Celtic, Gospel, and Blue Grass music and songs and history of English and Irish Ballads. Ten food vendors include a German Beer Garden, English Afternoon Tea, Scottish, Irish and English Food and Baked Goods, American, Native American, German wurst and kraut, and Soul Food.

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Arts & Crafts Demonstrations and Displays feature interactive children’s projects, building Log Cabins, vintage Quilt and Embroidery displays, knitting, felting, basket-making, glass making, pottery, blacksmithing, fly-tying, soap making, weaving, spinning, wood carving, folk painting, doll-making, apple butter making, Native American flute making, and a Series of Instrument Demonstrations. Presentations on Civil War Trails, C&O Legends in Stories & Songs, booths by the Alleghany Historical Society and Alleghany Highlands Chamber, Pioneer Games and Experiential Activities, and Heritage Farm Animals round out a full day’s program of events.

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The day’s events will take place at the Masonic Amphitheatre, 513 Church Street, sections of Church Street, Clifton Forge School of the Arts and Clifton Forge Public Library, both located on Church Street. A display of Alleghany Highlands Mountain Crafts will be sponsored by Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center on the Masonic Amphitheatre grounds. Additional Virginia’s Western Highlands Artisan Trail Members participating in Heritage Day include, Ridgely Historic Gardens, Mary Anne’s Antiques & Things, members of Clifton Forge Town Market, Vic’s Family Restaurant, The Red Lantern Inn, Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Tourism and C&O Railway Heritage Center.

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Heritage Day is sponsored by Virginia Commission for the Arts, Town of Clifton Forge, Alleghany County, Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, Meadwestvaco, and Scott Hill Retirement Community.  Admission is free and entrance tents to Heritage Day will be located on Church Street.

For more information on the Historic Masonic Theatre and Masonic Amphitheatre, and to see the Heritage Day Schedule of Events, visit  www.historicmasonictheatre.com.