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Commonwealth of Music w/ Sleepwalkers @ In Your Ear Studio

April 19 2015, 11:10am
Categories: Uncategorized

We’re recording the next Commonwealth of Music with SLEEPWALKERS at In Your Ear Saturday, April 25 – FREE!

RSVP to guarantee your spot by emailing 


Commonwealth of Music is made possible by the Charlottesville Area Community FoundationIn Your Ear Studio & Route 11 Potato Chips.

PVCC Kids College

April 17 2015, 11:10am
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Becky Thys from Piedmont Virginia Community College. Kids College at PVCC College offers eight weeks of enriching and educational Summer Academies for students in third through ninth grade.  There are over eighty different academy choices  that provide project-based exploration into the STEM and Arts areas. This summer our week long academies offer courses in computer software, apps, video game design, three-D printers, fashion, architecture, dance, drama, and language among others. We offer half and full day options at PVCC and offsite in Fluvanna and other locations. Scholarships are available.  More Information.

North Branch Band Fair

April 17 2015, 11:06am
Categories: Community Connection

Hi I’m Bonnie Holliday from North Branch School. On Sunday, May 10th  1-6PM, we present BandFair Thirteen at Cardinal Point Winery with music by Andy Waldek and Friends, Lord Nelson, and more. The day also includes acrobatic performances, children’s activities, food and wine, cake walk, and a silent auction. All proceeds benefit North Branch’s financial assistance and scholarship funds. Founded in 1983, North Branch is an independent, not-for-profit school for children ages 3 – 14 in Afton.  For tickets and more information, 540-456-8450.

The Rivanna Conservation Society

April 14 2015, 3:23pm
Categories: Community Connection

We and our community partners are hosting the annual Rivanna River Sojourn on Saturday, April 25th. This event is a professionally guided, family-friendly paddle on the Rivanna Reservoir including exploration of the South Fork of the Rivanna River. We will be launching at nine am from the UVa Boathouse located on Woodlands Rd in Charlottesville; lunch will be provided at the conclusion of our paddle. You can find more information including registration online.

Monticello Area Community Action Agency (MACAA)

April 14 2015, 3:20pm
Categories: Community Connection

We present the Twenty-Eighth Annual Men Who Cook, which is occurring during the 50th Anniversary of MACAA.  The event takes place April, 25th between 6:00 and 11:00pm at the Fry’s Spring Beach Club.  There will be sample bite-sized dishes provided by fifty amateur Chef’s wand alcoholic beverages.  The group 180 will provide live music. There will also be a silent auction. All proceeds from this event benefit MACAA. MACAA’s overarching goal is to improve people’s lives by helping them become self-reliant. More information on this event and tickets.

Boxerwood Nature Center

April 14 2015, 3:14pm
Categories: Community Connection

Throughout the month of April we present Earth Arts, a month-long celebration of visual and performing arts, all nature-inspired.  The festival is co-presented by Boxerwood and Fine Arts In Rockbridge. There are events all month long including an afternoon of Family Art Adventures on April 26th which will include nature journaling with Phyllis Fevrier to tai chi with Karen Price. An Earth Art tent sale will also be held on April 26th from 4:00 to 6:00pm, showcasing work produced at Boxerwood. A calendar of events will be posted and continually updated on the Boxerwood website and Boxerwood Facebook page.

Friends of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library

April 14 2015, 3:11pm
Categories: Community Connection

We will be hosting a 50th anniversary celebration in Lee Park on May 2nd from 2:00pm to 5:00pm.  There will be activities for kids, adults and teens including various food trucks. Uncle Henry’s Band and students from the Music Resource Center will entertain and Peter Jones of “Tell Us a Tale”  will tell stories. Plus we will hold an auction of books of local interest which will not have appeared in our sale. More information.

Ash Lawn-Highland – Annual Sheep Shearing

April 14 2015, 3:06pm
Categories: Community Connection

Hi, I’m Katie Falcone from Ash Lawn-Highland, the home of President James Monroe. Ash Lawn-Highland’s annual sheep shearing will take place on Saturday, April 25th from 11 am to 1 pm. This educational, agricultural event will demonstrate sheep shearing as well as fiber crafts such as traditional wool carding and spinning. Plus, people of all ages can enjoy meeting the newest lambs to call Ash Lawn-Highland their home. Visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch on the grounds or choose from our selection at the Museum Shop. For more information about Ash Lawn-Highland’s annual sheep shearing, including admission, 434-293-8000 or online.

Literacy Volunteers

April 14 2015, 3:00pm
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Amie Whittemore from Literacy Volunteers. We are seeking volunteers to volunteers to tutor adults in reading, writing, or speaking English. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds, and they are hoping to acquire the skills they need to independently pursue life goals, support their families, and contribute to their communities. You can help our students achieve their goals by registering for our New Tutor Training on Saturday, May 9th from 9:30am to 4:00pm. To register,
434-977-38-38 or for more information check our website.

John McCutcheon in Concert (Benefit for Our Community Place)

April 13 2015, 3:17pm
Categories: Community Connection


John McCutcheon, folk singer, master instrumentalist, and advocate for grass roots organizations will be playing a benefit concert for Our Community Place on Saturday, April 25th, at 7pm at Park View Mennonite Church. Our Community is a non-profit community center on the north side of Harrisonburg, VA dedicated to breaking down barriers that tend to separate humans from the joys to be experienced in loving community, and particularly dedicated to including in its activities those struggling with poverty and difficult life circumstances. Enjoy a night of great music and support a worthwhile cause.

Connect with Nature: An Earth Day Event

April 13 2015, 9:16am
Categories: Community Connection



The Nature Conservancy at Natural Bridge Park is celebrating Earth Day on Saturday, April 18th. We will be removing large areas of non-native plants such as autumn olive, bush honey suckle, and tree-of-heaven. We are also building, clearing, and improving trails by clipping back overgrown plants, mounting trail markers, and building erosion controls.

Lunch and live music by Carrington Kay will be provided afterwards.

Learn more and register at

Claudius Crozet Park 2nd Annual Pitch-in

April 8 2015, 1:22pm
Categories: Community Connection


On April 25th from 8-5PM we’ll be hosting our 2nd annual Pitch-in at the Park. This all day volunteer event brings together community members and businesses throughout the area to help the Park complete many of its 2015 maintenance projects; projects that would otherwise be deferred due to lack of manpower and funding. This year’s event will be just as ambitious as last with numerous projects scheduled for completion.  And, we’ll be joined by Arboristry Associates and Waynesboro Nursery who will conduct several tree related workshops in celebration of Arbor Day.

With a potential turn-out of upwards of 100 volunteers, the Pitch-in event is an opportunity to engage local residents and businesses to work side-by-side to help maintain the Park, community owned and operated since 1957.

Sign-up at:

Lexington Sunrise Rotary

April 8 2015, 9:48am
Categories: Uncategorized

We are sponsoring the annual Road and River Relay on Saturday, May 2nd.  This event starts with a 5K out of downtown Lexington to Beans Bottom on the Maury River. Then participants will bike for a ten mile loop back to Beans Bottom for a canoe and paddle back to town at Jordan’s Point Park for a final one mile sprint. You can iron man it or put a team together with categories for age, sex and mixed sex. This event is sponsored by Devil’s Backbone. More Information.

StreamSweepers 2015 KickOff Concert and Party

April 7 2015, 10:32am
Categories: Community Connection

StreamSweepers have a 2015 Concert & Party Planned. They will feature local foods highlighting our area’s bounty which reaches from the Blue Ridge to the Bay – much like our connected watersheds. Enjoy local wine, beer and ciders and the best our area’s agri-artisans have to offer. You’ll also have a chance to bid on silent auction items and participate in a live raffle. There will be a few brief informative talks about what’s happening with our rivers and the StreamSweepers program as well as live music and dancing to round out the eve!

Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Venue Name: The Market at Grelen
Venue Address: 15091 Yager Road
Somerset, VA 22972
(540) 672-7268

82nd ANNUAL Blue Ridge House and Garden Tour

March 25 2015, 9:12am
Categories: Community Connection

10am - 5pm. Lexington and Rockbridge County. $20/person (in advance) | $25/person (day of; tickets available in Lexington March 1 – April 25 at the Lexington Visitor Center or Hamilton Robins). 540-463-4665 or

From old roots, new shoots. Take a stroll — or a trolley ride! — down Main Street and visit four recently restored 18th, 19th and early 20th century homes and gardens located within a half mile of each other in the historic downtown. These first-time-on-tour properties will tell you a tale of restoration and adaptive reuse — all four have received awards for historic preservation. Lexington, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is a unique time capsule of architectural styles.

Home to both VMI and W&L, this Shenandoah Valley town is also a thriving commercial center bustling with art galleries, unique shops and restaurants, private residences and historic inns.

Tour highlights include presentations on Tax Credits and the Restoration of Historic Buildings and The History of Main Street plus tours of the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery, container gardening demonstrations, refreshments and blue grass music.

Enjoy a special Garden Day luncheon available at downtown restaurants and plan to stay the night in an historic downtown inn, hotel or B&B.

Tour Properties: Grace House: 506 South Main St. | The J.T. McCrum House: 321 South Main St. | 1 Sheridan Row | 5 Sheridan Row

Tickets: Cash or check only. By mail: send a business-size, self-addressed envelope with a check payable to Blue Ridge Garden Club to Kathy Lamb, 93 Riverbend Dr., Lexington, VA 24450.

WNRN VIP Member Offers – April 6, 2015

March 25 2015, 8:44am
Categories: Uncategorized

Supporting your favorite radio station is easy and only takes a few minutes. Each week we send you a list of offers for tickets to shows, movies, art, food, and more. We also provide exclusive access to member only events. Below is a list of offers our members can choose from this week. 

$5/Month or more will put you on the VIP list and support WNRN!

1. Tickets for you and a friend to see Old Crow Medicine Show the nTelos Wireless Pavilion on Saturday, May 23.

2. Tickets for you and a friend to see Bill Staines at the North Branch School on Friday, April 10.

3. Tickets for you and a friend to see Bob Dylan at the Altria Theater in Richmond on Sunday, April 12.

4. Tickets for you and a friend to see Gary Ruley and Muletrain featuring Wyatt Rice at The Lime Kiln Theater in Lexington on Friday, July 3.

5. Two tickets to see The Seldom Scene at The Lime Kiln Theater in Lexington on Saturday, July 18.

6. Two tickets to The Rigs with Grisman, Leslie, Hargreaves, and Smith at The Lime Kiln Theater in Lexington on Saturday, August 1.

7. A pair of tickets to Love Canon at The Lime Kiln Theater in Lexington on Saturday, August 29.

8. Tickets for you and a friend to see The Larry Keel Experience at The Jefferson Theater on Friday, April 10.

9. Two tickets to Delta Spirit at The Jefferson Theater on Saturday, April 11.

10. A pair of tickets to The Wood Brothers at The Jefferson Theater on Wednesday, April 15.

11. Two tickets to Diarrhea Planet at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Friday, April 10.

12. Two tickets to see TJ Austin Band at The Camel on Friday, April 10.

13. Tickets for you and a friend to see The Bitter Liberals at the Tin Pan in Richmond on Friday, April 10.

14. A pair of passes to see Mr. Bill at The Camel in Richmond on Saturday, April 11.

15. Tickets for you and a friend to see Ari Hest at the Tin Pan in Richmond on Saturday, April 11.

16. Two tickets to The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Sunday, April 12.

17. A pair of passes to see Sol Driven Train at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Tuesday, April 14.

18. Tickets for you and a friend to see James McMurtry at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Wednesday, April 15.

19. Tickets for you and a friend to see Front Country at the Tin Pan in Richmond on Thursday, April 16.

20. Two tickets to see Ex Hex at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall on Thursday, April 16.

21. A $10 gift certificate for Fardowners in Crozet.

22. A $10 gift certificate to Pasture in Charlottesville.

23. A $10 gift certificate to McGrady’s Irish Pub in Charlottesville.

24. A $10 Gift Certificate for Telegraph Gallery on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville.

25. A $10 Gift Certificate for Market Street Wineshop on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville.

Commonwealth of Music w/ The Hill and Wood & Robin Wynn @ Escafe

March 20 2015, 1:24pm
Categories: Uncategorized

Our next Commonwealth of Music will be recorded for radio playback this Sunday at Escafé with The Hill and Wood and just added - Robin Wynn Music! 8pm! RSVP to this free show by emailing

WNRN’s Commonwealth of Music is made possible by the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation – CACF and Route 11 Potato Chips.


concorDance contemporary – re:Frame

March 19 2015, 10:21am
Categories: Community Connection

Hello, I’m Gary Hart from concorDance contemporary. We present re:Frame,  a dance concert designed to change perspective on the art. Seven Dancers will showcase the work of four different choreographers using dance to tell their story. This performance will have three shows the weekend of April 10th through 12th at two locations. The performances will be held at Albemarle Ballet Theatre and The Haven. You can learn more and find ticket information online.

Prism Coffeehouse – Danny Knicely, Wyatt Rice, & Mark Schatz

March 19 2015, 10:18am
Categories: Community Connection

Prism Coffeehouse presents Danny Knicely, Wyatt Rice and Mark Schatz at seven pm on Sunday, March 22nd at The Haven in Downtown Charlottesville. The concert features selections from Danny’s new guitar album, Waltz for Aimee, and will include cameo performances by Danny on mandolin and vocals and by Mark on banjo and the old hambone.  The trio will also offer three separate, simultaneous workshops earlier that day. For more information on this concert, the workshops and our organization, find us online.

Wintergreen Adaptive Sports – WAS 5K Run

March 19 2015, 10:16am
Categories: Community Connection

Wintergreen Adaptive Sports (WAS) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the lives of those with disabilities through outdoor sport and recreation. We present the WAS 5k  Run, Walk and Roll out and back road race on Saturday, April 18th at 10 a.m. The race begins at Devils Backbone Brewing Company in Nelson County. All proceeds from the 5k support Wintergreen Adaptive Sports. The event is open to runners, walkers and adaptive hand cyclists. You can learn more and register online.