August Events


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Scholarship Program at Mt. Salem Gospel Church Aug. 9

Mt. Salem Gospel Church at Mechums River will hold its annual College Scholarship Program Sunday, August 9, at 11:30 a.m. The morning service will feature Evangelist Demetrius Witcher from Richmond, along with his dynamic singing group. Evangelist Carolyn Alderman will be the guest speaker for the scholarship program. Free will offering. The church is on Three Notch’d Road near the water treatment plant. The public is warmly invited.

Bonnie and Friends Concert Set for Aug. 16

The 16th annual “Bonnie and Friends” concert is Sunday, August 16, in Gillum Hall at Crozet Baptist Church. This year’s concert is dedicated to the memory of Edmund Najera, who was Bonnie Samuel’s voice teacher for 20 years. Nejera died in January of this year. It was with his encouragement that she began these annual vocal concerts.

This year’s program will feature music from “Flower Drum Song,” Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” and Andrew Loyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera.” Additional selections will be from “Kiss Me Kate,” Appalachian folk songs, and some spirituals and selected classicals.

Joining Ms. Samuel, soprano, will be Mary S. Martin, soprano; Violet Hauser, mezzo-soprano; and tenors Rob Cordaro and David Collyer. Nancy Fleischman will accompany on the piano. The singers will perform solos, duets, and ensemble selections.

The concert is free and open to the pubic. Crozet Baptist Church is located at 5804 St. George Avenue in Crozet. For more information call Ms. Samuel at (540) 456-6433.

SNP Seminar on Chestnut Revival Aug. 22

Shenandoah National Park will present a seminar titled “The American Chestnut: Restoring Forest Majesty” Saturday, August 22, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Massanutten Room at Big Meadows Lodge. This program provides the opportunity to interact with scientists, researchers, field experts, and park rangers to learn about the historical profile of the American chestnut, the chestnut breeding program and steps the American Chestnut Foundation is taking to re-establish this majestic tree. Landowners can take home usable information about how to restore American chestnut trees on their land.

Reservations are required and space is limited. The seminar costs $30, which covers the cost of course supplies and also includes your entry into the park. To register, go to the SNP website at

For more information, contact the park’s Education Office at (540) 999-3500, extension 3489.

Piedmont Baptist Church Family and Friends Day Set for Aug. 30

Piedmont Baptist Church in Yancey Mills will hold its Family and Friends Day on August 30 at 3 p.m. Reverend Charles F. Lewis will be the guest speaker and the Cloverdale Male Chorus will provide the music. Refreshments will be served following the program. All are welcome! The church is on Half Mile Branch Road, just north of the village.