Walking approximately 5 blocks to/from festival venues. Downtown Staunton, where all activity takes place, is built on a hillside and no walk is completely flat. The downtown trolley (exact change only, 25 cents) runs a fixed route and has a limited schedule but at times goes the right way at the right time.
In the hotel dining room, the Southern breakfast buffet offers choices such as eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, cereal, fruit, breakfast pastries, and beverage choices.
In the hotel meeting room, we will continue and complete our Orientation to the program with our Group Leader here in historic Staunton. Located in the heart of Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley, Staunton has experienced a cultural and architectural renaissance. It was designated one of a "Dozen Distinctive Destinations" and called the "poster child" for the Main Street program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Music Festival’s Executive Director will join us for an overview of the Festival program. He will talk about the themes that each concert is built around. We’ll also have a conversation with one of the festival folks such as a composer or performer depending on availability. After a break, we’ll set out on the relatively short walk to the venue for the Noon festival concert. Festival events are scheduled primarily at downtown churches on a rotating basis. The Noon concerts often feature smaller ensembles and are typically 45 minutes to an hour in length.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. There are a number of restaurants within a few blocks in downtown Staunton.
We’ll gather at one of the downtown churches for a session that might be a chance to meet a visiting composer, or a talk by a visiting musician or scholar on a musical topic, or to listen to a rehearsal of one of the performing groups.
Hotel plated meal.
We will walk five blocks down Beverley, downtown Staunton’s main street, to Trinity Episcopal Church — a historical structure with a walled churchyard and renowned stained-glass windows — where the Festival conducts its evening concerts. Depending on the theme, we might find an orchestra gathered, or the stage packed with early keyboard instruments, or a chorus assembled. Over the length of the Festival there can be both seriousness and also some fun in the programming.