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Staunton Bridge Day Celebrates City’s Preservation

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An old bridge in the Shenandoah Valley has sparked a new tradition.

The Sears Hill Bridge in downtown Staunton was rescued from destruction by concerned residents and just last year put back in place, fully restored.

The second annual Bridge Day this Saturday will honor Staunton's preservation culture. The event will include music, food, history and fun for all ages. See the full schedule below.

Staunton Bridge Day Press Release

STAUNTON (April 3, 2014)—The 2nd Annual Bridge Day Staunton scheduled for April 26 from 11am-4pm at the Staunton Train Station will feature a full lineup of music, history talks, food, demonstrations, community groups and artisan crafts. Aimed at showcasing Staunton’s unique local arts and preservation culture, the event will take place at the foot of the recently returned Sears Hill Pedestrian Bridge, one of Downtown Staunton’s most recognizable historic landmarks, and fan out into the area’s independent businesses and community hubs.

Live Music!

- 11am: Community Sound Gathering procession

- 12PM: Washboard Wonders

- 1PM: The No Lonesome

- 2PM: Lost Indian

Local Food!

- The Baker’s Dozen donut truck

- Lucas Roasting Company coffee truck

- Community Garden Tour featuring Project Grows garden at 16 West by Virtually Sisters & Newtown Community Garden (at the corner of Beverley & Madison) with Transition Staunton

- The Store with hummus and cold drinks

- The Split Banana (on Beverley Street)

Local History!

- Historic Staunton Foundation talk about the Sears Hill Bridge history and the importance of its restoration, starting at 11:15 (meet at the overlook)

- Ghosts of Staunton Commemoration of Train Wreck of 1890 with talks throughout the late morning and early afternoon

- Rogue Shakespeare rolls out something uniquely quirky from local history

Community Groups!

- Staunton Music Guild

- Friends of Sears Hill District

- (h)OUR Economy

- Staunton Creative Community Fund

- Staunton Downtown Development Association

- Staunton Chapter of the Virginia Production Alliance

For kids!

- Children of all ages will be able to decorate and assemble a pinwheel.

11-2. At Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library (20 N. Coalter St.), on the garden patio. Free of charge.

- Free glitter tattoos courtesy of Pufferbellies (at the station)

- A free activity courtesy of Stuart Hall School (at the station)

- A free activity courtesy of Prism Learning Community (at the station)


- Rachel’s Quilt Patch will host a quilt show & table to purchase your commemorative enamel pin

- Monica Wilson Photography will offer Staunton memorabilia

- Turn-of-the-Centuries will showcase architectural prints of Staunton

- Rule 42 will be offer 25% off all furniture priced over $15o at their Byers Street Location

- Cranberry’s Grocery & Eatery will host their annual Earth Day Sale (at 7 S. New Street)

- Appalachian Piecework will host weaving and dyeing demonstrations, and have great deals in their Caboose Sale

- Artful Gifts will have textile demonstrations and items for sale

- The Record Groove will sell CDs

Bridge Day Staunton was organized by a collaboration of businesses interested in showcasing the independent spirit and talents of Staunton’s culture. Visit www.bridgedaystaunton.org for the full schedule and details or call Karen Lawrence, 540-466-0059 or Kay Shirey, 540-886-7728.

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