Poplar Forest Face the Forest 5K Obstacle Course Run

Test your mettle on a run through the hills, dales and woodlands of Poplar Forest plantation. Join the Jamerson YMCA and Poplar Forest for the annual Face the Forest 5K Obstacle Course Run and take on the obstacles—climbing walls, balancing teeter-totters, flipping tires and trenching through mud—placed along the way. The competition is open to families and teams of all ages. Face the Forest entry fees support children’s educational programming at Poplar Forest and the Y’s annual campaign, which provides outreach, financial assistance, youth and family programming and many other resources within the community.

Registration fees and race details available by July 1.

Sunset Yoga at Poplar Forest

Take time for a much-needed time-out to experience the mindfulness of yoga and the natural beauty of the landscape at sunset. Join a teacher from Yoga Goodness for a one-hour yoga class on Mr. Jefferson’s south lawn.

Admission is $10 per person or $35 for a series of classes. Reservations are suggested as classes will be limited to 25 people.

Sunset Yoga at Poplar Forest

Take time for a much-needed time-out to experience the mindfulness of yoga and the natural beauty of the landscape at sunset. Join a teacher from Yoga Goodness for a one-hour yoga class on Mr. Jefferson’s south lawn.

Admission is $10 per person or $35 for a series of classes. Reservations are suggested as classes will be limited to 25 people.

Sunset Yoga at Poplar Forest

Take time for a much-needed time-out to experience the mindfulness of yoga and the natural beauty of the landscape at sunset. Join a teacher from Yoga Goodness for a one-hour yoga class on Mr. Jefferson’s south lawn.

Admission is $10 per person or $35 for a series of classes. Reservations are suggested as classes will be limited to 25 people.

Sunset Yoga at Poplar Forest

Take time for a much-needed time-out to experience the mindfulness of yoga and the natural beauty of the landscape at sunset. Join a teacher from Yoga Goodness for a one-hour yoga class on Mr. Jefferson’s south lawn.

Admission is $10 per person or $35 for a series of classes. Reservations are suggested as classes will be limited to 25 people.

Poplar Forest – Architectural Restoration Behind the Scenes

Explore the architectural design, history and restoration of Thomas Jefferson’s Palladian-style villa on this hour-long, behind-the-scenes tour guided by the architectural historian who has overseen the restoration since it began in 1989. Join Travis McDonald, Poplar Forest’s Director of Architectural Restoration, and discover how the restoration architects, architectural historians and craftsmen are meticulously restoring Jefferson’s vision for the “best dwelling house in the state…”

Tours at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the door; reservations are encouraged as spots on the tour are limited.

Poplar Forest – Architectural Restoration Behind the Scenes

Explore the architectural design, history and restoration of Thomas Jefferson’s Palladian-style villa on this hour-long, behind-the-scenes tour guided by the architectural historian who has overseen the restoration since it began in 1989. Join Travis McDonald, Poplar Forest’s Director of Architectural Restoration, and discover how the restoration architects, architectural historians and craftsmen are meticulously restoring Jefferson’s vision for the “best dwelling house in the state…”

Tours at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Admission is $20 in advance, $25 at the door; reservations are encouraged as spots on the tour are limited.

The Day is Past & Gone: A Trilogy of Slave Life at Poplar Forest

Teresa Harris’s original drama returns to Mr. Jefferson’s south lawn. A trilogy drawn from the real-life experiences of men and women enslaved at Poplar Forest, the dramatic presentation explores the complexity of their lives and their struggles to survive. A Q&A with Teresa Harris, the cast and Poplar Forest’s archaeologists follows the performance. Bring your friends and family and experience a part of Poplar Forest’s history brought to life.

Tickets are $15 for adults (ages 18+); $10 for students (ages 6-17 and college); $4 for children (ages 5 and under). Rain date: Sunday, May 16.

The Women of Poplar Forest Talks

Explore Mr. Jefferson’s cherished villa at Poplar Forest and enjoy a special talk offered in honor of Mother’s Day. Docents share true stories, culled from letters, diaries and archaeological finds, about the women—free and enslaved—who lived and worked at the plantation. Meet Martha Wayles Skelton, who with her husband Thomas Jefferson, inherited Poplar Forest from her father in 1773; Cate, one of the enslaved women, and her daughter Hannah; and Sally Watts, who became the mistress of the house in the 1940s. Included with admission to Poplar Forest.

Talks at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.

Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival at Poplar Forest

Eat, drink, shop and explore a gem of American history when the Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival returns to Mr. Jefferson’s south lawn. Join Poplar Forest in celebrating Jefferson’s legacy as the father of Virginia wine with tastings from more than a dozen regional wineries. Enjoy live performances by local musicians; graze on foods by local vendors; and more. Tour the president’s private retreat at a reduced rate throughout the day. Funds raised support the ongoing restoration, preservation and interpretation of the historic property.

GREASE! at the Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre

With its raucous and rambunctious humor, Grease satirically captures the age-old desire for high schoolers to be provocative and rebellious. Featuring memorable hits such as “Summer Nights,” “Greased Lightnin’” and “We Go Together,” it remains one of Broadway’s longest running shows. With this production, SSMT takes a fresh look under the hood of this old favorite, revealing how it has stood the test of time. This show has a suggested rating of PG-13 and may not be suitable for audiences under the age of 13.

Performances will run Thursday, July 1 through Sunday, August 1, and due to social distancing requirements, seats will be extremely limited. For more details about how SSMT will be keeping our staff and patrons safe, visit ssmtva.org.

Early Ticketing for 2019/2020 Subscribers | Monday, April 5

General Public Ticket Sales | Monday, May 3

 

Star Gazing at Poplar Forest

Thomas Jefferson, who is considered to be one of America’s first astronomers, avidly studied the stars. Join Poplar Forest for an illuminating look at the night sky with an astronomer from Belk Astronomical Observatory at the Claytor Nature Study Center at the University of Lynchburg, on Jefferson’s south lawn. Admission is $15 per person.

Please note: All visitors are required to maintain social distancing protocols and wear masks while on tours and in public buildings. Due to the changing nature of the COVID-19 protocols, all dates are subject to change; please visit poplarforest.org to confirm the date and time of an event.

1776, the Concert Musical at Poplar Forest

Revel in the revolutionary spirt of America’s Founding Fathers at Poplar Forest’s presentation of 1776—the Tony Award-winning comedy by Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone based on the events leading up to the drafting and signing of the Declaration of Independence. View these events through the eyes of Ben (Franklin), Richard Henry (Lee), John (Adams) and Tom (Jefferson). Celebrate their contributions to our country’s history. Bring a picnic dinner, a blanket or chairs, and friends and family for an evening of theatre under the stars.

Tickets are $17.76 for adults (ages 18+); $13 for students (ages 6-17 and college); and $4 for children (ages 5 and under). Rain date: Sunday, June 27.

1776, the Concert Musical at Poplar Forest

Revel in the revolutionary spirt of America’s Founding Fathers at Poplar Forest’s presentation of 1776—the Tony Award-winning comedy by Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone based on the events leading up to the drafting and signing of the Declaration of Independence. View these events through the eyes of Ben (Franklin), Richard Henry (Lee), John (Adams) and Tom (Jefferson). Celebrate their contributions to our country’s history. Bring a picnic dinner, a blanket or chairs, and friends and family for an evening of theatre under the stars.

Tickets are $17.76 for adults (ages 18+); $13 for students (ages 6-17 and college); and $4 for children (ages 5 and under). Rain date: Sunday, June 27.

1776, the Concert Musical at Poplar Forest

Revel in the revolutionary spirt of America’s Founding Fathers at Poplar Forest’s presentation of 1776—the Tony Award-winning comedy by Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone based on the events leading up to the drafting and signing of the Declaration of Independence. View these events through the eyes of Ben (Franklin), Richard Henry (Lee), John (Adams) and Tom (Jefferson). Celebrate their contributions to our country’s history. Bring a picnic dinner, a blanket or chairs, and friends and family for an evening of theatre under the stars.

Tickets are $17.76 for adults (ages 18+); $13 for students (ages 6-17 and college); and $4 for children (ages 5 and under). Rain date: Sunday, June 27.

Shenandoah Beach Music Festival

he 3rd Annual Shenandoah Beach Music Festival 2021, is presented by Shenandoah Concerts. The Beach Music Festival takes place at The Club at Ironwood, Staunton, Virginia. The Club at Ironwood is an 18-hole championship golf course with panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Celebrate Carolina Beach Music, – accompanied by some of the best Virginia microbreweries and wine in the area and a wide variety of local food and craft vendors. We are beyond excited to announce that the Beach Music Festival is going to be an extraordinary two-night event of classic beach music from 4 to 9 pm. Lineup June 12th – Gary Lowder and Smokin Hot w/Special Guest Russell Henry June 13th – The Tams

Snowshoeing at Bryce

Event includes snowshoes, trekking poles, head lamps and a guided tour on the slopes. Post-adventure drink voucher for Copper Kettle Restaurant and Bar located at the base of the slopes (hot cocoa or an adult beverage).

Snowshoeing is a great group activity so gather your friends/family to join you on the mountain! Each excursion is limited to 10, however, larger groups may be accommodated with adequate notice. Contact us for details.

We recommend checking the weather forecast the day of your event! One thing that can ruin a snowshoe outing is not wearing the appropriate clothing! Dressing in layers or in clothes you can unzip and ventilate is ideal. Hats, gloves/mittens, goggles and face masks are also recommended if frigid. Some folks like to carry a small daypack with water and an extra clothing layer. We recommend wool or wool blend socks to keep your feet warm. Any snow boots or hiking shoes will work.

Waivers: Please download, print and sign the required release forms and bring them with you to save time (and cold fingers!)

Finally Fridays at CrossKeys

Join us from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm Friday for Finally Fridays. Catch dinner or lighter fare in the Bistro! The tasting room will be open as well, so feel free to stop in for wine on the courtyard or by the fireplace.

Tonight we will be featuring music by Jimmy O. Reservations are required.

Fireside Friday at CrossKeys

Join us from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm Friday for Fireside Fridays. Catch dinner or lighter fare in the Bistro! The tasting room will be open as well, so feel free to stop in for wine on the courtyard or by the fireplace. We will be featuring live music by Jimmy O – the most loved classic music from the 50s to the 90s soulfully and compellingly interpreted by the unique voice and guitar of Jimmy Overton!

Rock, Paper, Scissors

This fascinating fiber art exhibition presents contemporary textiles and mixed-media works created by artists from New Image, an all-female group of active studio artists from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC, who work primarily with cloth, paper, and alternative materials. Inspired by the natural landscape of the Shenandoah Valley and the materials used by New Image artists, Rock, Paper, Scissors presents a wide range of art, from standard quilts to three-dimensional works

Open Tues – Sun

Vital Force

Now on view in the Founders Gallery, Vital Force features the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley’s growing collection of twentieth and twenty-first century art. This MSV art collection is composed of works by artists who are from the Shenandoah Valley, working in the region, or depicting scenes and subjects of the Valley in their art. Other works in this exhibition are from the collection of MSV benefactor Julian Wood Glass Jr., a descendent of Winchester founder James Wood.

Open Tues – Sun

Art in the Halls

Abide: Now–April 19, 2021

A working artist’s showcase, Abide presents the work of sixteen local professional and semi-professional artists. Featuring 35 works, this installation illuminates the important role of art in helping individuals and communities endure the COVID-19 pandemic.  The work showcased in Abide demonstrates the importance of supporting artists, now more than ever, as their livelihood is threatened by the crisis.

Open Tues – Sun

Cocoa & Sweets at Fort Valley Ranch

Join our family this Valentine holiday for homemade treats and hot drinks, branding of a wooden keepsake ornament, campfire and smores. Make a family memory, great for all ages. Groups of 10 or more can book a needed time upon availability. $35 /person, children 3 and under are free.
Add a one hour trail ride before or after, and enjoy it all for a discounted combo price. Call today – 540-933-6633. Reservations are required.

Independence Day Celebration at Poplar Forest

Celebrate the 245th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence with some good old-fashioned fun at Thomas Jefferson’s Bedford County retreat. Enjoy colonial-style entertainment, demonstrations by colonial artisans and craftspeople, archaeological displays, old-fashioned games, pony rides, a reading of the Declaration of Independence and more! Grounds admission to Independence Day festivities is $10 for adults; children 15 and under are free. Guided tours of the octagonal villa are available for an additional fee.

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