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This opening scene, played out locally for more than three decades, is all created and directed by Peggy Schadler. Her plays draw awareness to environmental issues, social justice, politics and how they overlap. They also portray the Hero’s Journey, a concept coming from Joseph Campbell’s seminal work, “The Hero with a Thousand Faces.”

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It’s been several years since locals and visitors last rubbed elbows at the Blue Rock Inn on Route 211, but with new ownership and crisp modern wallpaper, the inn will soon welcome back tourists and county residents alike. Dowling said he hopes to open the five-bedroom guest house sometime in July, along with a full-service restaurant and a tasting room serving wine, beer and spirits.

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Yip Harburg, the composer of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, said, “Words make you think thoughts. Music makes you feel a feeling. But a song makes you feel a thought.” And that’s been the goal of Kid Pan Alley’s “Because We Have Music” virtual concert series over the last year — to help us feel deeply in these times of numbness and separation.

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If it had not been for a hive of honeybees, John R.Bourgeois may never have become the director of the “President’s Own” Marine Band. In his new book, “Play On!: A Marine’s Musical Journey from the Bayou to the White House,” Bourgeois tells the story of how he came to lead the oldest continuously active professional music organization.

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It began with two firm, resounding hand claps. When Wendy Weinberg purchased the Theatre at Washington her dream was to bring high quality classical music to rural Rappahannock. She contacted the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society to see about setting up a concert series.