Datebook – Lovingston & Tyro – Rapunzels upcoming weekend & Blue Ridge Music


Hey Folks–Here’s this week’s schedule:

Wednesday, July 4: CLOSED

Friday, July 6: The Accordion Death Squad returns to Rapunzel’s for an
evening of gypsy and klezmer tunes–or, as they call it, “Ratsylvanian gypsy
music.” ADS comes to us fresh from participating in the Shentai circus in
Charlottesville, and we hear they’re going to be travelling again afterward, so if you
haven’t yet had a chance to check this group out, now may be the best time!
The show starts at 8pm/no cover.

Saturday, July 7:
We will be closing up for the evening in order to attend
the annual Azurat music party in Montebello, Va. Richard and Sherri Smith have
been hosting and organizing this wonderful event for years, and, as always,
the music lineup looks fantastic. Join us there if you wish–the info’s below.
Please contact Richard or Sherri if you would like to attend or need further
Dear Friends,

You are invited to our 6th annual summer music home-party on the Blue Ridge,
Saturday, July 7st , 2007 (optional thru Sunday, the 8th).

In addition to the many fine performers who will share their talent with
you, we are pleased to welcome a group of artisans this year who will
display their expert craftsmanship. Check out all these talented folk
(below) by linking to their websites via their links on our site

On stage (not in this order) enjoy the melodic gifts of: Danny Schmidt;
Andy Waldeck; Joia Wood; Stevie Jay; Bill Adams; Blue Line Highway; Molimo;
Stephen Nachmanovitch; blue stone sky; Ralph Rush; Michael Cvetanovich;
Thistlewood; Head Band; The Invisible Hand; Lawton & RW Smith; Minh Martin;
The Last Straw; Gwen Pell; Anne Obrien; Pam Buckland.

Under the artisan tent peruse the creative talents of: Peggy Printz – fiber
art & beadweaving; Terry Porter – ceramics; Yates Spencer – metal sculptor;
Maggie Stultz -ceramics; Sally White – fabrics; Minh Martin – blown glass;
Judith Ligon – jewelry; Jo Perez – stained glass; Studio Tour
Representatives; Artisan’s Center of Virginia

This year’s party benefits the Artisans Center of Virginia. “Create Craft,
Create Community” ( ACV believes that
quality, handmade fine craft strengthens the cultural, educational and
economic vitality of local communities. They support and promote the
culture of Virginia artisans through education, entrepreneurship, research,
galleries and exhibitions. In addition to hosting the ever-popular Studio
Tour once a year to give local artisans visible exposure, ACV also features
juried exhibitions at their Waynesboro gallery throughout the year (If you
have never been, it is a must-visit!). We are very excited to announce that
ACV is soon to establish their first branch in Charlottesville….it’s time
to get the word out!

We (Fran, Sherri & RW) are also thrilled to announce this year that Sara and
Bob Taylor of Rapunzel’s in Lovingston are co-hosting with us. Rapunzel’s
just received their 501c3 non-profit status to begin providing special music
programming and educational opportunities and we want the world to hear
about it! This will open all kinds of new doors for Rapunzel’s and we are
pleased to have their support as we as we raise money for ACV this year!
Artists supporting Artists.isn’t that what it’s all about!

Here’s a quick gist of the happening:

On Saturday, the 7th of July, the music begins at noon. As is the custom,
EVERYONE who participates donates their time and talent to make the day a
success. There’s no charge to attend the celebration, however periodically
throughout the weekend we will pass the “artisan basket” around the audience
for ACV. In addition, the musicians and artisans will have CDs and
merchandise available. Your generous support of independent artists is

Our stage is back dropped by mountains in a gorgeous Blue Ridge hollow with
fantastic natural acoustics. There’s 53 mountain acres with lots of great
places to hike and camp. If you decide to camp you will need to bring your
own gear….it’s rustic. Sorry, no camper-trailers. If you aren’t a camper
but want a place to stay, drop us an email and we’ll send you a list of the
local B & B’s and hotel/motels in the area. If you’ve never been out to
the mountain before, email us for directions.

BYO whatever libations & picnic fare you enjoy…and don’t forget your
potluck contribution. Dinner is family-style (6pm-ish). After dark we will
set the bonfires, light sparklers, eat Smores and rock on into the night.
Dress for by day/cool at night. We recommend lawn chairs,
picnic blankets and sun protection. Rain or shine. No pets please.

On Sunday morning we’ll perk the coffee, stoke the campfire and set out a
light breakfast (it’s on us!) for those who decided to camp over. A music
jam organically begins late morning, winding down as the festivities come to
a close at 1:00 pm.

We look forward to sharing a relaxing day of great music supporting the arts
with you!

Fran, Sherri & RW (Smith) with Bob & Sara (Taylor)


P.S. Please pass this along to anyone you know who may be interested in

So what is the history of Azurat? The annual 4th of July party began in the
year 2001 as an inspiration of RB & RW Smith, on RW’s birthday, to share
what they both dearly love (besides Fran and Sherri)….great music and the
company of dear friends. As is tradition the party has always benefited a
nonprofit organization and in RB’s memory, the tradition continues.
Throughout the rest of the year Azurat supports up-and-coming talent &
independent artists through the promotion and production of their craft,
whether musical, theatrical, visual, craft or media based. Azurat Hollow
is located an hour south of Charlottesville, VA on the very top of the Blue
Ridge. For more information or to get on the Azurat list, contact us at:, 434.296.7915


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