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Go Red for Women Luncheon

Join us for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Luncheon tomorrow, May 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Hotel Roanoke. This luncheon is a wonderful way to learn more about how millions of women have united to raise their voices about their number one killer, heart disease. With your help, many more lives can be saved.

2016 Bella Banner Ad“I’m honored to be involved with the Go Red for Women campaign,” says Donna Littlepage, 2015-16 Go Red for Women Chair. “It is very important to educate women on the dangers of heart disease and stroke and to continue AHA’s support of research in this area.”

Find out how you can join the American Heart Association in the fight to raise awareness and save lives by attending the luncheon. Visit their website for details.

Floyd Mardi Gras

Festive music and the rich smell of food fills the air as people dance under colorful lights and open sky. Couples sip their champagne with smiles as they watch the band and dancers from their seats, and men and women alike flock to where the cheerful auctioneer swings down his hammer. Right near the heart of Floyd, Virginia, the Blue Mountain School throws their annual fundraiser ball and celebration: The 7th Annual Tom Ryan Memorial Floyd Mardi Gras.

The original Floyd Mardi Gras began with a simple school project. Three students from Blue Mountain School put together a band ­ named Spoon Flight ­ for an assignment. In 2011, these students organized and performed at the very first Floyd Mardi Gras.

MG Poster Art 1For 2016, the festivities will be taking place in front of Dogtown Roadhouse on it’s annual date, February 6 (only days before the infamous New Orlean’s Mardi Gras). Beginning at 6 pm, the Floyd Mardi Gras has a wide variety of activities and entertainment for all ages. Guitarist and singer, Sol Roots, takes center place onstage, alongside other artists such as DJ RahBee and Buddhagraph Spaceship. Both a live auction ­ with “auctioneer extraordinaire” Tom O’Neil ­ and a silent auction will be taking place beside newly added gambling tables.

Prizes will be awarded for the best costume, with plenty of themed food and nearby restaurants for anyone working up an appetite. Even children can have their own share of the fun with the Kiddy Gras Pajama Party at the June Bug Center, so parents don’t have to worry about searching for a babysitter during the fundraiser. Last, but not least, is the crowning of the Floyd Mardi Gras King and Queen, which is sure to be a grand affair all on it’s own.

With great music, delicious food and a plethora of familiar and new activities, it’s easy to see why the Blue Mountain School predicts this will be the “biggest, most diverse Floyd Mardi Gras” yet.

Written by Madison Correiro

Opera Roanoke Presents Sweeney Todd

Opera Roanoke launches its Ruby Anniversary season with Stephen Sondheim’s musical thriller Sweeney Todd. Audiences can see performances of this popular drama on Friday, October 30 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, November 1 at 3 pm at the Jefferson Center’s Shaftman Performance Hall.
Sweeney Todd is an alias used by the main character, Benjamin Barker, who returns to London to seek revenge on a judge who banished him to life imprisonment fifteen years before. Below his former barber shop, he finds a struggling meat pie shop, inhabited by proprietress Mrs. Nellie Lovett. She recognizes him and, together, they form a plan of murderous revenge against the judge who sentenced him based upon false charges.
In this production, Carla Dirlikov makes her role debut as Mrs. Lovett, opposite young baritone Corey Crider, who will play the Demon Barber of Fleet Street title character. Dirlikov is widely- known for her roles in Carmen, The Flying Dutchman, and Julius Caesar. Crider was praised by Opera News for his “seductively sympathetic” portrayal of Sweeney Todd. Together, they are sure to deliver an unforgettable performance.
Visit www.operaroanoke.org for additional information on how to purchase tickets for this event.

The Blue Ridge Potters Guild Show and Sale

The Blue Ridge Potters Guild will host their 16th Annual Show and Sale from October 16-18 at Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke, VA. The largest all-pottery show in Virginia, it will exhibit the work of over 70 talented and renowned potters and artists.

lively 1The Show and Sale will be free and open to the public beginning on Friday, October 16 at 6 pm. Customers can enjoy refreshments as they have the opportunity to meet the potters and select from their latest work. The event will continue Saturday, October 17, from 10 am until 6 pm and Sunday, October 18 from noon to 5 pm. Demonstrations of pottery techniques such as hand-thrown, hand-built, and sculpted clay art will be held throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday.

“The artistry and talent expressed by potters exhibiting their work is diverse. Anyone who attends should find something that attracts them,” says Becky Carr, co-chair of this year’s show.

Bring your children with you– they will enjoy “Kids Korner”– complete with a hands-on activity for children to experience working with clay and to learn how pottery is shaped and formed.

“This activity brings children and clay together in exciting ways while parents can enjoy looking at pottery knowing their children are having fun, too,” says Nan Fooks, Kids Korner co-chair.

The Blue Ridge Potters Guild is a non-profit organization for potters located throughout Southwest Virginia and beyond. Based in Roanoke, Virginia, their mission is to promote community awareness, understanding and appreciation of pottery. For more information on the Blue Ridge Potters Guild and this event, visit their website, www.blueridgepotters.com.

 

 

Hike for Hospice

Good Samaritan Hospice presents the Roanoke & New River Valley’s first-ever “Hike for Hospice” on Sunday, September 13 from 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Area residents will gather at Virginia’s Explore Park to hike, enjoy fellowship and raise money for a worthy cause – Good Sam’s community bereavement program.
“This is the perfect event for our area,” commented Sue Ranson, President of Good Sam. “It highlights the natural beauty that surrounds us here in the valley, provides something a little different for families to enjoy together and raises awareness of the grief & loss programs we offer our community.”
The afternoon will include two different hikes led by experienced hikers from Walkabout Outfitters, lunch from “Fork in the Road,” live music, games, face-painting, ice-cream, and celebrating the memory of loved ones.
Registration for adults is $25/person (17 years and older), children is $18/person (3-16 years), and children under three are free. Participants can register online (www.goodsamhospice.org) or pick up a brochure at any of the sponsoring locations. For those who raise $100, the registration fee is waived and you will receive a special long-sleeve T-shirt along with all of the other race swag.
Hike for Hospice is sponsored by Oakey’s Funeral Service & Crematory, John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home & Crematory, Jewells Fine Jewelry, Neathawk Dubuque & Packett, Walkabout Outfitter and Kroger.
For more information on the Hike for Hospice, please visit www.goodsamhospice.org and click on the Events/Hike for Hospice tab or call (540) 776-0198 (Roanoke) or (540) 381-3171 (NRV).

Serve It Up Sassy: 2015 Graduation Gathering!

RECIPE DEVELOPMENT, FOOD STYLING, PHOTOGRAPHY, and ARTICLE BY LIZ BUSHONG

chevron canvasIt was just a few years ago on a bright sunny morning, you held the hand of your six -year old  as a big yellow school bus pulled up in front of your mailbox. It was time to board the bus for their first day of school. Your little darling could hardly reach the first step on the bus but with a gentle nudge from you, the climb to board was easy. As you held back the tears, the excitement and joy in your child’s eyes melted your heart, and a new page in this chapter of life had just been turned. As the pages of time turned year after year, it is now 2015 and graduation day is on the horizon.

It is time to plan a graduation gathering; an after-the-ceremony reception for your graduate. A bright summer color-palette like hot pink, orange, and lime green sets the color scheme for this reception. This ‘graduation gathering’ focuses on her, but colors can be changed to focus on him, such as navy, light blue, and forest green or choose school colors.

Another inspirational idea is a painted wall canvas. This colorful chevron wall canvas provides the perfect back drop for the dessert table and is part of the graduate’s gift, something she will take with her for the college dorm or apartment. For step-by-step instructions on creating a wall canvas in the chevron pattern please go to my blog, www.lizbushong.com.

In keeping with the color scheme, hot pink, orange and lime, large daisy flower heads are arranged in rows by color in a clear acrylic tray. A piece of glass was cut to fit the acrylic tray to serve festive lemonade’s that color-coordinate with the Gerber Daisies.

Graduation candy caps made of miniature peanut butter cups and chocolate covered grahams are served up sassy with a lime green butter cream frosting tassel.

spot on cake loaf with slicesThe spot-on cake* was baked in an 18- inch loaf pan, then covered with a delicious butter cream fondant and decorated with three fresh Gerber Daisies, one of each themed color. Baked inside the cake are three large pre-baked cake balls that carry the same hot pink, orange and lime color scheme for the spot-on look. For instructions and recipe, visit www.lizbushong.com.

Other food on the menu includes easy pick-up fare that can be served so the graduate and guests can visit while eating. Mini pimento cheese sandwiches, chicken salad croissants, small vegetables with jalapeno ranch dressing, assorted chips, chocolate dipped pretzel rods and trail mix with personalized orange M & M’s are small bites you can create the day before the event. You can order personalized M & M’s at www.mymms.com for an extra surprise in the trail mix.

A separate skirted side table should be set up for gifts. Suggested graduation gifts for the college-bound graduate include a camera, an alarm clock, a desk organizer with coordinated desk supplies, monogrammed or personalized notepads and stationary, and gift cards. Of course, cash is golden for all graduates. The Instax Mini 8 camera prints out photos immediately, so creating a scrapbook or photos for a dorm room is quick and easy. This little camera creates 2 x 3- inch photos and comes in several fun colors for teens. After the reception, the graduate could send thank you notes to all the guests for their gifts and include a photo of the graduate using or holding the much appreciated gift.

It’s been a journey to get to this day.  As you reminisce the years gone by, you are entering another new chapter in this book-of -life with your ‘little darling.’ It is graduation day, a time to celebrate a momentous achievement with the anticipation of a bright new future ahead. Look -out graduate, your future is so bright you are going to need shades!!!

graduation candy capsGraduation “Candy” Caps

20 Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups®
20 Keebler Deluxe Grahams®-fudge covered
½ cup Buttercream frosting- divided- chocolate, color of choice for tassel

Unwrap all peanut butter cups and place upside down on a baking sheet. Cut each rectangular graham cracker into a square shape if desired or use as is. Place ¼ cup chocolate frosting in piping bag with small tip and pipe small dot on top of bottom of peanut butter cup. Attach graham cracker on top of frosting to create the graduation cap. Using the remaining ¼ cup of frosting in the school color of choice, place frosting in a piping bag with tip #5.  Create a tassel on one side of the cap. Store in a sealed container until serving.  Can be made one day ahead.

graduation gathering dessert table

Triple Lemonade

3 (12 ounce) cans frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed but cold
2 cups water
2 cups sprite or ginger ale-chilled
1 (12 ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed but cold
1(16 ounce) jar stemmed maraschino cherries with juice

In a large pitcher, mix lemonade concentrate and cold water. Stir to combine. Divide 2 cups of lemonade into three pitchers evenly. Add to one pitcher, thawed orange juice and set aside. To another pitcher, add cherry juice and to the last pitcher, add 2 cups of ginger ale. Each pitcher should be a different color to go with color scheme. If needed, add a few drops of food coloring to make the intensity of the color desired. Or, if you want to make a large punch, combine all ingredients and serve in a punch bowl.
Garnish:  Slice orange wedges for the orange lemonade, lime wedge with stemmed maraschino cherry for the Cherry lemonade, and a lemon twist for the plain lemonade. Serve in champagne glasses.

*Cake was inspired by Surprise-Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion–with a Little Something Extra Inside by Amada Rettke.

Make a Statement, Make it Sassy, Make it Yours! ®
Liz Bushong is an expert in the three-dimensional art of entertaining. She transforms simple dining occasions into beautiful and memorable moments by adding a touch of her own “sassy” style. For more information about Liz and Serve it up Sassy go to Liz’s blog www.lizbushong.com and website, www.serveitupsassy.com like and share www.facebook.com/lizbushong, and pin www.pinterest.com/lizbushong.

Planned Parenthood South Atlantic Spring Luncheon

f883aecea06b97670f7fd979c17af2ae_f1115The Fourth Annual Planned Parenthood South Atlantic Spring Luncheon will be held in Charter Hall in the downtown Roanoke Market Building on Thursday, May 21 at 11:30 am.

The luncheon will include keynote speaker Jenny Black, the newly appointed president of the newly merged Planned Parenthood South Atlantic that serves women, men, and teens here on the southern East coast. Warner Dalhouse will be honored at this event. Warner is a philanthropist, founder and the former CEO of Home Town Bank and other local banks. Additionally, he was the keynote speaker at the 1991 Planned Parenthood Annual Meeting.

Actress Kathleen Turner will also be in attendance this year. Turner is the chair of the national Planned Parenthood Federation of America Board of Advocates. She is most notable from her roles in the films Peggy Sue Got Married, Romancing the Stone, and Serial Mom. She has also appeared on stage in The Graduate, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, and most recently in Red Hot Patriot, a one-woman show about Texas liberal journalist, Molly Ivins.

Kathleen Turner has been a longtime supporter of Planned Parenthood. About her work with the organization, she says, “As I travel the country, I’m still shocked at what I see. Attacks on women and women’s health are rampant. No woman should have to face these attacks to access the health care she desperately needs.”

Consider attending this luncheon and volunteering your time and money to this amazing organization that helps support the underserved women AND men in our area. For more information about the many services Planned Parenthood provides, visit their website.  If you are interested in obtaining tickets to their luncheon, email Rachel.Fletcher@ppsat.org.

Written by Krista Knauer

Opera Roanoke Rising Stars

Enjoy phenomenal entertainment from Opera Roanoke this Thursday, May 14 and Friday, May 15! Their Comedy Tonight season will conclude with, “A Weekend in the Country,” An Apprentice Artist Showcase of Sondheim and Weill, showcasing rising stars on Waldron Stage at Center on Church. The show will begin at 7:30 pm both nights.

The “Broadway Operas” of Sondheim and Weill are among the greatest written for the American musical stage in the 20th century. Best known for The Threepenny Opera and its famous ballad, “Mack the Knife”, Kurt Weill immigrated to the United States and composed a series of great works for the stage and screen with collaborators like Ira Gershwin and Langston Hughes.

Amy.color_.Hi-ResScenes from Weill’s Street Scene and Lady In The Dark will be paired with excerpts from Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, A Little Night Music, and Assassins. Performed by Opera Roanoke’s acclaimed roster of young professional Apprentice Artists, under the leadership of Artistic Director Scott Williamson and Apprentice Co-Director Amy Cofield Williamson, “A Weekend in the Country” promises to be an evening filled with great musical comedy. One of Roanoke’s most beloved musicians, Judy Clark, accompanies the ensemble under the baton of Maestro Williamson.

A voluntary $20 donation per attendee is suggested, and reservations are strongly encouraged. Please call (540) 982-2742 to reserve your seats.   Visit www.operaroanoke.org for more information.