What do Lebanese food, a small rodent with a nasty attitude and the first berries of the season have in common? They are featured in the new “Culture Connections” segment broadcast on Central Virginia’s Best Independent Music Station, WNRN, curated and hosted by yours truly, The Culture Maven. I am absolutely ecstatic about this partnership as it is my mission to help promote Arts and Culture in Central Virginia and a life-long dream to be a broadcast journalist. Once a week I will be sharing my picks for artsy or culturally oriented things to do in the WNRN listening area (which includes, Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro, Lovingston, Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Lexington and Richmond). Narrowing all the fun and interesting things to do in Central Virginia down to two or three items will be tough but hopefully, you will enjoy my insight and enthusiasm and at the very least be inspired to get out there and make a cultural connection.
Having said that, here are the culturenuts for the coming weekend:
My mouth is already watering over the delicacies that will be dished up at the 29th Annual Lebanese Food Festival in Richmond this weekend (May 17, 18 & 19). Hosted by Saint Anthony Maronite Church this is a three day feast of bubbaghanooge, falafel, kabobs, tabouli and baklava also features Lebanese music and dancing. If you don’t like crowds you can head over there on Friday for lunch or you can pre-order your yummies online and get your order to go. Hours are 10am to 10pm on Friday and Saturday, 10am to 8pm on Sunday. Proceeds go to benefit various programs sponsored by the church.
For a different kind of food experience, head up to New Market for the First Fruits Festival at Our Community Farm on Saturday May 18 from 2 to 7, where you can pick and taste the first farm fresh strawberries of the season. While you are there you can take a farm tour, play games, milk a goat, test your skills on the “day on the farm” obstacle course, or just chill with some good food and live music. This kid friendly event is free with donations accepted.
Once your taste buds are tickled and you’ve finished milking goats, you can let loose some laughs in Barbouresville at the final performances of Four County Player’s (celebrating 40 years as a nonprofit community theatre) production of TAMING OF THE SHREW. Leading actors, Mendy St. Ours and Martyn Kyle, brilliantly portray hellcat Kate and her masterful suitor Patruchio to hilarious effect taming even unlikely theatre goers into giggles and guffaws. Show runs Friday & Saturday at 8:00pm and Sunday at 2:30pm. Ticket prices are as follows: Adults/$16; Seniors & Students/$14; Children 12 & under/$12. All Fridays Half-Price (Half off a regular adult-price ticket)For tickets or more information, call 540-832-5355.
Thanks to Benson, Tad, Maynard and Ian at WNRN for supporting this project and helping me learn the ropes.
The Culture Maven