April 20th, 2018

Toast to the Triple Crown! May 6!

Blue Ridge Arts Council’sĀ Toast to the Triple Crown

Sunday, May 6, 2018
3:00pm to 5:00pm
at the home of Bill & Mary Powers

Three races comprise the Triple Crown of horse racing: the Kentucky Derby on the first Saturday in May at Churchill Downs in Louisville; followed two weeks later by the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico in Baltimore; and winding up three weeks after that with the Belmont Stakes in Long Island. Enjoy celebrating this springtime tradition with signature cocktail tastings and food pairings. Join us in toasting The Triple Crown, a uniquely American event, with an afternoon of signature cocktails and food pairings that are as much of a part of the event tradition as the horses! Betting Ladies are encouraged to wear your best summer dress and a show stopping hat. Gambling Gents might consider a bow-tie (bonus points for fun patterns) and boater, fedora, bowler, or such! All this while enjoying beautiful art, lively conversation, and maybe even a little “horsing around”, while raising funds for the programs of Blue Ridge Arts Council.

Tickets can be purchased online @ https://events.ticketprinting.com/event/Blue-Ridge-Arts-Councils-Toast-To-The-Triple-Crown-28108 or by calling 540.635.9909 and reservations are suggested by May 1. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

Annual Dinner honoring Fred & Christine Andreae Held



Annual Dinner & Arts Citizen of the Year
Fred & Christine Andreae

Blue Ridge Arts Council honored Fred and Christine Andreae as their Arts Citizens of the Year at the 15th Annual Dinner Roast on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at Shenandoah Valley Golf Club in Front Royal.

Doug Stanley and Pam McInnis served as emcees for the evening, and our panel of roasters – Ernie Carnavale, Paula Atwood, Janet Brome, Joe McGreeevy, and Bob Meltvedt – provided tributes and stories. Fred and Christine were gracious honorees and received a triptych of silk paintings by artist member Helga Hohn Heiberg.

Doug Stanley received the Wordsworth Service Award, given annually for outstanding volunteer service to Blue Ridge Arts Council. Doug has served as emcee of the Arts Citizen Dinner for the past 13 years, and as a member of the “bartending dream team” for our annual Deck the Halls event. Doug received a photograph of the Shenandoah National Park framed in antique beadboard by artist member Shenandoah Originals/Shannon Koprovich.

Blue Ridge Arts Council is a 30-year old community arts organization and the proceeds of this event benefit the ongoing arts and cultural programming of the council.