This town is so ready for warm weather. I think every child who has a bike was out riding this weekend, and it took every ounce of parenting strength that I had to make them come in when it got dark. I need to start making a list of all the things that I need to do in my yard, because every time I happen to glance out the window I see something that needs pruning or weeding or cleaning. Three cheers for the projects of Spring!
There is so much going on these days at the Hanover Arts and Activities Center. The Mardi Gras fundraiser was a blast this past weekend with many fabulous masks and lots of beads!
And just the weekend before, that old building was alive with the voices of the Hanover Idol Competition. Congratulations to Sarah Hopkins, who won the title of Hanover Idol and to Carrie Cauthorne who won runner-up. In the Jr. Idol competition, Audrey Kate Taylor took the title and Jean Woodrum was runner-up. DVDs of the competition are available for $20 from the Center. You can find an order form on the website at www.hanoverarts.org.
The Center will host the Barter Players Thursday, March 27 for their production of “Little House on the Prairie” at 6 p.m. Tickets are $2 and available at the door.
Congratulations to the show choirs of Patrick Henry High School who have spent the past two weekends deep in regional competitions! They have won numerous awards, including Co-Grand Champion, Showmanship, People’s Choice Award, and a 2nd Place. This past Saturday at the Central Virginia Show Choir Competition, Best Overall Daily went to Max Cook! They will be performing next at the Lee-Davis/Hanover Festival of Choirs March 21 and 22 at Hanover High.
Are you thinking ahead to summer? Lorie Foley sure is! The Summer Theater Program at the Hanover Arts and Activities Center has announced the dates of their annual theater camp and summer production. The Camp, for kids in grades first through fifth, will run the week of July 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuition for the program is $250 and a registration form is available on the website: www.hanoverarts.org. Discounts are available for siblings.
For those middle and high school thespians, the summer musical will be “Once Upon a Mattress.” Auditions will be May 14 and 15 at the Center, rehearsals will run May 18 through June 26, and the performances will be June 27, 28, and 29 at the Hanover Tavern!
There are lots of March babies out there who have been celebrating recently: Tamra Bardwell, Tracy Brown, Chris Dull, Patricia Reagan, and Alec and Meade Rheihl. We hope they had lots of sunshine and presents on their special day!
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