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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
    Clifton Forge Community Choir: Good News from Home
    Sunday, December 23, 2018
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    Locality:
    Alleghany County
    510 Main Street
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    Clifton Forge Community Choir“Good News From Home”, Christmas CantataSunday, December 23rd, 3:00 pmIn the John E. Hillert AuditoriumThere will be no admission fee, but a free-will offering will be received to support our local Food Pantry. We are so excited to announce the formation of a community choir from local church choirs in the Clifton Forge area, local leaders have recruited more than 40 members of the community to participate in this special community event. At Christmastime, hearts and minds long for home. Some journey home to gather with friends and family. Some reflect on the memories of years gone by and joyfully await the birth of Christ. READY TO SING: GOOD NEWS FROM HOME, by Russell Mauldin and Sue C. Smith, combines festive original songs and beloved Christmas carols to provide a down-home family Christmas celebration for the whole church family.  

    Date:
    Sunday, December 23, 2018(3:00 PM - 5:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    office: 540-862-5655

    Email:
    info@historicmasonictheatre.com

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

  • Clifton Forge
    Chris Michael's Family Magic Show at the Historic Masonic Theatre
    Saturday, December 29, 2018
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    Locality:
    Clifton Forge (city) County
    510 Main Street
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    Chris Michael's Family Magic ShowA magical fundraiser for our local YMCASaturday, December 29 at 6:30pm In the John E. Hillert Auditorium General Admission Tickets: Adults: $15; Children 12 and under: $7.50 Chris Michael is one of the busiest performing magicians in Virginia. Chris is a comedy magician that will make you both laugh and leave you wondering “How does he do that?” Chris has been featured on national television shows including 'America's Got Talent' and "Penn and Teller: Fool Me'. You are guaranteed to have an unbelievable experience as well as laugh along with Chris as you witness true magic right before your eyes. This event is a fundraiser for your local Y. Chris will conduct a special workshop at the Y p[rior to his performance and his workshop students will show off what they've learned prior to the show, at 6pm. If you'd like to learn more about the workshop, please call 540-962-9622.

    Date:
    Saturday, December 29, 2018(6:30 PM

    Telephone:
    YMCA: 540-962-9622

    Email:
    dthomasahymca@gmail.com

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

  • Clifton Forge
    Chris Michael's Family Magic Show
    Saturday, December 29, 2018
    Show details

    Locality:
    Alleghany County
    510 Main Street
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    Chris Michael's Family Magic ShowA magical fundraiser for our local YMCASaturday, December 29 at 6:30pm In the John E. Hillert Auditorium General Admission Tickets: Adults: $15; Children 12 and under: $7.50 Chris Michael is one of the busiest performing magicians in Virginia. Chris is a comedy magician that will make you both laugh and leave you wondering “How does he do that?” Chris has been featured on national television shows including 'America's Got Talent' and "Penn and Teller: Fool Me'. You are guaranteed to have an unbelievable experience as well as laugh along with Chris as you witness true magic right before your eyes. This event is a fundraiser for your local Y. Chris will conduct a special workshop at the Y p[rior to his performance and his workshop students will show off what they've learned prior to the show, at 6pm. If you'd like to learn more about the workshop, please call 540-962-9622.

    Date:
    Saturday, December 29, 2018(6:30 PM - 8:30 PM)

    Telephone:
    office: 540-862-5655

    Email:
    info@historicmasonictheatre.com

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

  • Clifton Forge
    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Barter Players
    Saturday, January 19, 2019
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    Locality:
    Alleghany County
    510 Main Street
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Barter Players Saturday, January 19th, 2019 – 3:00 pm The Adventures of Tom SawyerSarturday, January 19, 2019 at 3PMIn the John E. Hillert AuditoriumTickets: $15/$12/$10 Whether it’s fishing with Huckleberry Finn, or convincing his friends to whitewash Aunt Polly’s fence, nobody loves life more than the irascible Tom Sawyer. Then one night in a spooky graveyard, Tom and Huck stumble upon a deadly secret. Will they be able to save Muff Potter from the treacherous Injun Joe before it’s too late? Join Tom and Huck on the most exciting adventure of their life, where they learn that man’s greatest treasure is the gift of friendship. Adapted from Mark Twain by Catherine Bush

    Date:
    Saturday, January 19, 2019(3:00 PM

    Telephone:
    office: 540-862-5655

    Email:
    info@historicmasonictheatre.com

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

  • Clifton Forge
    Alexa Rose Trio in Concert
    Saturday, January 26, 2019
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    Locality:
    Alleghany County
    510 Main Street
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    ALEXA ROSE TrioSaturday, January 26, 2019, at 7:30pmIn the John E. Hillert AuditoriumTickets: Main Orchestra: $20; Rear Orchestra and Front Balcony: $17; Rear Balcony: $15; Box Seats: $30. Alexa Rose has the rare ability to find strikingly original melodies that nevertheless sound like they must have existed for a long time, stored away maybe in the ether of creativity, self-evident and awaiting discovery. Moving deftly between complex dexterity and heart-tugging familiarity, Rose achieves a sound that pushes gently alongside the bright vocal experimentalism of Joni Mitchell and Joanna Newsom while maintaining the brassy attitude and simple refrains that run straight through American roots music from mountain ballads to rock n roll. Rose spent her formative years curating original music in the Blue Ridge, including Covington, releasing two albums in her early twenties. You can often catch her sporting her dusty Frye boots in some southern lagoon, or on the regional radio stations that spin her latest full-length release, "Low and Lonesome." Written on a hand me down guitar from her mother, the title track is a toast to Rose's heritage, and its anthem-like chorus haunts the listener with a somberness evocative of Gillian Welch.  

    Date:
    Saturday, January 26, 2019(7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    office: 540-862-5655

    Email:
    info@historicmasonictheatre.com

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

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