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‘All 8 circulate’ with the Square Pegs

Posted on April 29, 2015 at 12:57 pm

“Swing your partner” and the “do-si-doe” are familiar terms to most Americans and invoke images of circles of dancers promenading in a wholesome recreational activity called square dancing. Square dancing has roots that stretch back to 15th century Europe.  Our forefathers brought the dances of their homelands to America.  In more modern times, it was declared our “official national folk dance” by the Reagan administration in an act of Congress

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  • Broadway hits on the local stage

    Posted on April 21, 2015 at 10:28 am

    The Rappahannock Concert Association packed Northumberland High and Middle Schools’ auditorium again Saturday night with its latest concert series offering. “Ciaran Sheehan and Friends” may have sounded like an Irish act in its advertising but while born Irishman Sheehan did sing several Irish songs, most of the show was devoted to Broadway hits and songs by writers such as Steven Sondheim and Jerome Kern. Indeed, before he sang it, Sheehan

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  • Cats, steamboats and illustration

    Posted on April 3, 2015 at 9:13 am

    By Colston Newton Barbara Dietz started writing stories when she was about four years old and has kept at it. Now, she’s published her first book, “Chippiepierre’s Magic Paintbrush Tail,” a children’s book about two cats’ adventures on an old-time Chesapeake Bay steamboat. At the Northumberland Public Library’s “Books Alive!” program last Tuesday, Dietz talked about how she came to write the book after she and her husband, Richard Kantor,

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  • Auditions for ‘Harvey’ at Westmoreland Players, April 6 and 7

    Posted on April 1, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Auditions for “Harvey,” a comedy by Mary Chase will  be held at the Westmoreland Players playhouse from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 6 and 7.  There are roles for six men and six women ranging in ages from 20 to 70. The characters are as follows: Myrtle Mae Simmons, a single woman who is looking to connect with a man but cannot because her uncle Elwood and his

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  • Young music lovers treated to special concert

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Concert pianist Michael Chertock played for youth from Northumberland and Westmoreland Counties at Northumberland High School on Monday Morning.

    After delighting a Rappahannock Concert Association crowd that was so big the association ran out of playbills at Sunday’s afternoon concert, pianist Michael Chertock kept an auditorium full of children mesmerized at Northumberland High School Monday morning. Chertock was entertaining the pre-school through second grade youngsters from Northumberland and Westmoreland counties as part of the association’s student concert series. Chertock played works of some of the same composers he played

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  • St. Paddy’s Day at Festival Halle

    Posted on March 20, 2015 at 8:42 am

    A green-clad couple share a tete-a-tete at the St. Patrick’s Day Dance at Festival Halle.

    The Reedville Fishermen’s Museum kicked off a new tradition with their first St. Patrick’s Day party at Festival Halle this past Saturday evening. “Since all the people around here are starting to come back from Florida, we’re having a party,” explained Shawn Hall, the museum’s Executive Director. The party featured music by DJ Russ and thought it was a BYOB affair, there was a station with snacks, soda and ice.

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  • Strings and Things

    Posted on March 13, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Award-winning violinist Ànnika Brynn-Lascara Jenkins performing with the Northern Neck Orchestra at Northumberland High School.

    Finally a nice day came along and the Northern Neck Orchestra was able to put on its Strings and Things performance, featuring violinist Ànnika Brynn-Lascara Jenkins.  The first of the two planned concerts was canceled due to foul weather, but ticket holders for that show were able to redeem them at this performance at Northumberland High School on March 8. The Northern Neck Orchestra’s website states their mission is to

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