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Welcome to Virginia’s Western Highlands, where mountain views and old-fashioned charm can be found around every bend in the road.

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This four-county region is a land of contrasts. It’s home to unspoiled vistas that have barely changed in centuries as well as a world-class resort frequented by celebrities and presidents. Old-fashioned Americana lives on in charming small towns that offer a sophisticated artistic and cultural scene enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.

Take your time and wander the many back roads and scenic byways. Discover a favorite picnic spot or a secluded fishing hole. The more you explore, the more you’ll fall in love with Virginia’s Western Highlands.

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Upcoming Events
  • Clifton Forge
    SwayKatz Holiday Swing Concert
    Friday, December 22, 2017
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    Locality:
    Alleghany County
    510 Main Street
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    The holidays wouldn’t be complete at the Masonic Theatre without a swinging concert by local favorites, Swaykatz Big Band. ‘The Katz’ shift easily between your favorites from Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, and Count Basie to contemporary artists like Michael Buble, Natalie Cole, Bette Midler, and Brian Setzer. Sway Katz are renowned for their tight ensemble work, audacious sense of swing and inspired solos. Join us for this big band holiday party!

    Date:
    Friday, December 22, 2017(7:30 PM - 9:30 PM)

    Telephone:
    540-862-5655

    Email:
    info@historicmasonictheatre.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/SwayKatzHolidaySwingConcert

  • Hot Springs
    New Years Eve "Spinning Round and Round"
    Sunday, December 31, 2017 - Monday, January 1, 2018
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    403 Garth Newel Lane
    Hot Springs, VA 24445

    This last concert of 2017 will feature pianist and dancer Lura Johnson and dancer Corey Flowers in collaboration with Garth Newel's resident musicians Teresa Ling, Isaac Melamed and Jeanette Fang.  There will be live dancing to the music of Shostakovich (Piano Trio No 2 in E Minor, Op 67) and Piazzolla (La Muerte del Angel) followed by Ravel's stirring La Valse for two pianos. Later in the evening Lura and Corey will offer a dance tutotorial to help you unlock your inner Fred and Ginger!

    Date:
    Sunday, December 31, 2017 - Monday, January 1, 2018(6:30 PM - 11:59 PM)

    Telephone:
    Business Phone: 540-839-5018

    Email:
    tama@garthnewel.org

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/NewYearsEveSpinningRoundandRound

  • Hot Springs
    Halleluha!
    Monday, January 1, 2018
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    403 Garth Newel Lane
    Hot Springs, VA 24445

    In the first concert of 2018 Garth Newel Resident musicians Teresa Ling, Isaac Melamed and Jeanette Fang are joined by Lura Johnson to perform Johann Sebastian Bach (Suite No. 1 in G Major for Cello), John Adams (Hallelujah Junction) for 2 pianso and Felix Mendelssohn (Trio, No 2 in C Minor, Op. 66) for violin, cello and piano. The concert which begins at noon is followed by an optional champagne brunch to ring in the New Year.

    Date:
    Monday, January 1, 2018(12:00 PM - 4:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    Business Phone: 540-839-5018

    Email:
    tama@garthnewel.org

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/Halleluha

  • Clifton Forge
    Underground Open Mic, Live from the Underground Lounge and Cafe
    Thursday, January 11, 2018
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    Locality:
    Alleghany County
    510 Main Street
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    Our monthly open mic session in the Underground Lounge returns.  Each month we feature a special music host to both perform and introduce other local musicians, comedians, poets and more. You never know what you'll hear at the open mic, but it is sure to be fun!  So, come on in, grab your favorite drink in the Underground Cafe, sit back and enjoy.

    Date:
    Thursday, January 11, 2018(7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    540-862-5655

    Email:
    info@historicmasonictheatre.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/UndergroundOpenMicLivefromtheUndergroundLoungeandCafe

  • Clifton Forge
    Dirty Dancing
    Saturday, January 20, 2018
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    Locality:
    Alleghany County
    510 Main Street
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    Dirty Dancing Movie night at the Historic Masonic Theatre! “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” A teenage girl, ‘Baby’, learns about love, adult responsibility, and how to do The Dirty Boogie in this romantic drama. Come on…you know you want to ‘get dirty’ with Johnny, Baby and the rest of the Catskill resort hotel’s guests and staff. Dirty Dancing was a surprise box-office hit, and the soundtrack album was an even bigger success, spawning several hit singles and inspiring a top-drawing concert tour featuring several of its artists. This event is a benefit sponsored by the parents of Garlynda’s Fancy Feet Dance Studio dancers. Tickets: $5 at the door  

    Date:
    Saturday, January 20, 2018(7:30 PM - 9:30 PM)

    Telephone:
    540-862-5655

    Email:
    info@historicmasonictheatre.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/DirtyDancing

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