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Obenshain a July 4 guest

The latest word on the Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department’s Fourth of July celebration at the Thornton Hill Hounds course south of Sperryville: State Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-26th) will be stopping by to meet and greet, and perhaps speak, between the Independence Day engagements his staff says he has in Shenandoah County and his hometown Harrisonburg. If meeting your state senator isn’t enough of a thrill (especially if you’re under 12, or act like it), there’s still all-day music, children’s games and a grassy hillside of food and other vendors.

For details on the Sunday celebration (gates on U.S. 522 open at 1, fireworks at dusk), go to

Laurence Juber

Wings to Washington

Two-time Grammy-winning guitarist Laurence Juber will is headed for The Theatre at Washington, next Saturday, June 5 for an 8 p.m. concert.

Fusing folk, jazz, pop and classical styles, Juber creates a multifaceted performance that belies the use of only one instrument. The former lead guitarist for Paul McCartney’s post-Beatles band Wings, Juber has a reputation as a world-class guitar virtuoso solo artist, composer and arranger; he was Fingerstyle Guitar magazine pick as its No. 1 artist.
Tickets are $20, $5 for ages 17 and younger. Call 540-675-1253 for reservations.

Coming back to Castleton

Local music lovers and businesses are gearing up for this summer’s Castleton Festival, expected to draw some 5,000 visitors — not simply interested in classical music but in exploring what local businesses have to offer. Restaurants, art galleries, inns and bed-and-breakfasts should be especially in demand during the second year of this unique event, local yet world-renowned.

The festival opens Friday, July 2, with a gala performance of Puccini’s Il Trittico. The opening weekend will conclude with an Open Day at Castleton Farms on Monday, July 5 — the Independence Day holiday — giving patrons the opportunity to explore the expansive 550-acre property located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains and its historic manor house.
The festival runs through Sunday, July 25, concluding with two symphonies by Beethoven.

The Castleton Festival grew out of the Castleton Residency program for young artists run by The Châteauville Foundation, founded by Lorin Maazel and his wife Dietlinde Turban-Maazel in 1997. Maazel is the former head of the New York Philharmonic who located his foundation in the rural Virginia countryside of Castleton, near the county line between the Culpeper and Rappahannock.

Castleton Festival performances are held in an intimate 140-seat custom-built Theatre House, which has an orchestra pit that holds 20 musicians, and a 400-seat Festival Tent specially erected on the property.

For those who can not attend this year’s festival, Washington-based classical music radio station Classical WETA 90.9 FM will broadcast five of the Castleton performances. WETA-FM, the exclusive classical music radio station in the nation’s capital, is a member-supported public broadcasting station and ranks as one of the most-listened-to stations in the greater Washington metro market.

Individual tickets to the Festival range from $20 to $85 and may be obtained at or 540-937-4969. Local businesses may also obtain information about promotional opportunities in the Festival program or as a sponsor at 540-675-3338.

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