Clifton Forge, Va. (VR) – On Friday, October 14, 2022, The Historic Masonic Theatre will be open selected hours for the Clifton Forge Shrine Club Fall Foliage Festival and for the Arts Community Celebration. As part of the Fall Foliage Festival, the Theatre will conduct self – guided tours on Friday, October 14 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm; on Saturday, October15 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, and on Sunday, October 15 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm prior to the free 3:00 movie matinee, “Hocus Pocus”. Self-guided tours enable guests to stay for a few minutes or much longer if they wish.
As part of the Fall Foliage Festival and the Arts Community Celebration, the latter which runs from October 14 to October 22, the Theatre will be exhibiting quilts throughout the building from 11:00 to 3:00. On the third floor WestRock room, 20 quilts designed and made by international teacher, author, designer and quilt maker, Kaye England will be displayed. All quilts are made with Kaye England designed quilt fabrics and many are from books and leaflets she has written. The books and leaflets will be on sale at a reduced price. The quilts include a variety of styles from African to scrappy to embroidered to floral to signature to Civil War legacy.
In addition to the Kaye England Quilt Exhibit, the “Neighborhood Quilt Exhibit” may also be seen at the Theatre. The “Neighborhood Quilt Exhibit” is comprised of quilts made by local quilters. Justin Reiter, executive director of The Historic Masonic Theatre remarked, “We are thrilled and grateful to have all the beautiful quilts hanging on the Theatre walls. And we are very excited to exhibit the quilts made by local quilters. The quilts transform the walls of the Theatre. We have so many talented people who live in this area.”
A queen-sized raffle quilt, “Reflective Harmony”, designed and pieced by Kaye England will hang in the Theatre Annex and tickets will be available for sale.
Demonstrations on the Theatre’s state-of-the-art sound and light board will be presented by Theatre staff on Saturday, October 15 at 11:00 am, on Sunday, October 16 at 12:30 pm and on Saturday, October 22 at 11:00 am. The demonstrations are free and are available for children and adults.
On Friday, October 14 at 7:30 pm, Bluegrass singer and songwriter, Irene Kelley, will perform at The Historic Masonic Theatre. As a songwriter, she has written for Ricky Skaggs, Alan Jackson, Loretta Lynn, Trisha Yearwood, and the Osborne Brothers. Kelley co-wrote the Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White song “Love Can’t Ever Get Better Than This” with Nancy Montgomery. The song peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1987 and was awarded Duet of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards that same year. Tickets may be purchased online or at the door the evening of the performance.
“Hocus Pocus”, a fall movie classic, is sponsored by Charlie Obaugh RV’s in Staunton. Movie popcorn, drinks and hotdogs are also free. The movie is part of the Sunday movie matinee series and will be shown at 3:00 pm on Sunday, October 16.
The Kaye England Quilt Exhibit and the Kaye England raffle quilt will be available until February 18, 2023, the last day of the sold-out Kaye England Quilt Blues Away Quilt Retreat.