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Discover Fauquier March 2018
Doug Horhota

"More relative than this­the
play's the thing." Hamlet: Act
2, Scene 2
We all lose ourselves in
observing others by going
to the movies, watching
television, watching "real"
people on reality shows, or in
the time-honored tradition of
live plays and theatre. While I don't do it often, it's this last
option that is my favorite. Why? Perhaps it's the personal
connection or observation of actors honing their craft in front of
a live audience. I can certainly relate to speaking in front of live
audiences on a regular basis.
Where are the best places to go for live theatre? Of course, the
pre-eminent theater in the country is on Broadway. Depending
on traffi c, it's only a fi ve-hour drive, and a weekend getaway
to NYC provides unlimited activities for all ages. Don't want to
drive? Take the train. Departing from Culpeper or Manassas, a
train ride offers the comfort of leaving the car at home, saving
on gas and our carbon footprint, and all those tolls to pay. It's
almost as fast as a car, too.
For most of us though, the time, expense, and effort of going
up to the Big Apple isn't possible but fi nding local theatre in
Virginia is. A place I learned about from a high school student's
research is in Abingdon. Founded in 1933 at the height of the
Great Depression, the Barter Theatre was exactly
what it sounds like. Patrons would barter food,
produce, and livestock in lieu of admission
prices. The idea caught on, and today the
Barter Theatre continues to entertain with
one night reserved for proceeds to go
toward feeding the poor.
Abingdon is almost as far as NYC and would involve at least
an overnight stay, but another amazing venue is located much
closer to NOVA. Blackfriars Playhouse, home of the American
Shakespeare Center, is located in downtown Staunton
(pronounced "Stan-ton"). It's a two-hour drive down I-81, and
for those who appreciate the works and stories of Shakespeare,
the setting provides the audience with an appreciation of
Elizabethan times. It was only in recent generations that
audience involvement was not part of a performance, so be
warned you might be part of the evening's entertainment.
While all these professional companies are well-known,
sometimes the most enjoyable evening can be spent with
friends at a local community theatre. The pride of watching
someone you know have
the courage to stand in
front of a live audience or
the never-ending search
to fi nd a rising star or an
imaginative performance
in a small setting is
unique. In the Manassas
area, there are a few great
places to experience
this. The 2018 Hylton
Performing Arts Center
has upcoming plays
based on the best-selling
novel Tuesdays with
Morrie and the holiday
classic, It's A Wonderful
Life. The Center for the
Arts at the Candy Factory
is putting on a production
of Disney's The Little Mermaid at the Hylton Performing Arts
Center, and in Downtown Manassas, Rooftop Productions
Community Theater will be featuring The Addams Family, a
new musical comedy, in May. Also in May, don't forget the One
Love weekend in Manassas, formerly known as Much Ado
About Art, which will feature music, art, sculpture, dance, and
drama the weekend of May 18­20.
You don't have to go to Staunton to see a high-quality
Shakespeare performance. This month the Fauquier
Community Theatre will be doing one of my favorites
of the Bard, Much Ado About Nothing. While
more known for his classic tragedies such as
Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, and Romeo
and Juliet, the opportunity to sit back and
laugh at life's foibles is as necessary now
as it was 400 years ago, and the farces
in Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, and A
Midsummer Night's Dream achieve this magically.
Theatre is more than just observing others. The Center for
the Arts at the Candy Factory also offers classes and camps
throughout the year for young and old to discover how to
become a thespian, as well as technical workshops that
take you behind the scenes of theatre. Lastly, Hamilton will
be coming to the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, this
summer; does anyone have a spare ticket or want to lend me
some money?
Break a leg!
Hylton Performing Arts Center
reak A Leg!
Blackfriars Playhouse
cholesterol screenings: By
appointment; Monday through Friday.
$35. Call
540-316-2640. Fauquier Health
Wellness Center
Medicare & Medicaid BeneFits
counseling: thursday, March 15,
1-3pm. Chestnut Room, 500 Hospital Dr.,
the story oF revolutionary
war hero, joseph warren: and
how warrenton got its name; tuesday,
March 6, 3pm. The Warrenton Antiquarian
Society's Annual Open Meeting. The
Warrenton-Fauquier Visitors Center, 33 N
Calhoun St., Warrenton.
country BreakFast: all-you-can-
eat; saturday, March 10, 8-11am. Every
2nd Saturday. $8/Adults, $5/Children
6-12, Under 6 free. Includes Eggs,
pancakes, sausage, bacon, fried apples,
biscuits & gravy, pastries, orange juice &
coffee. Proceeds benefit the Jeffersonton
Community Center & community projects.
5073 Jeffersonton Rd., Jeffersonton. Call
Men in grieF: we need to talk;
thursdays, March 8, 15, 22 & 29,
7-8:30pm. Jim Presley & Charles Stone
facilitate this 4-week study focussing
on the masculine side of healing from
loss. Men & older male teens only. Free,
nondenominational, Spiritual Care Support
Ministries, 76 W. Shirley Ave., Warrenton.
painting workshop: artistic sips of
vino; wed
nesday, March 28, 3-6pm. No experience
needed! $35/includes canvas, paint,
brushes & step-by-step instructions. $25/
without wine option. Space limited, ages 13
or older. Verdun Adventure Bound, 17044
Adventure Bound Trail, Rixeyville. Sign
up by calling
540-937-4920 or admin@
warrenton newcoMers cluB:
coffee & open house; March 14,
second wednesdays, 9:30-11:30am.
All area residents of 5 years or less, or
who have experienced a lifestyle change.
Theme for March is Saint Patrick's
Day. Mercy Hall, 121 John E. Mann St.,
spring thaw 5k & 10k: turner
pond; saturday, March 3, 9-11am.
Trail races through pastures, meadows,
woodlands & historic farmland. Cash, gift
certificates & prizes available. $30/5k,
$35/10k. Sky Meadows State Park, 11012
Edmonds Ln., Delaplane.
540-592-3556 or
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