Events

Musikgarten w/ Molly Murphy

Musikgarten starts January 9th
Thursdays | 11:30 am or 12:30 pm | 10-week class

Musikgarten is more than just an easy way to introduce your child to music. Our classes can play a critical role in your child’s social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development, as well as laying a pathway to musical proficiency. Moreover, Musikgarten provides dedicated time each week when you can bond with your child free from distractions and watch them grow into a confident, independent, and expressive young person.

Family Music for Toddlers – These 30-minute weekly classes are action-packed and perfect for toddlers – full of energy, often on the move, always exploring and learning – and their parents. Together we’ll sing, chant, move, dance, listen, and play simple instruments, all activities that bridge the natural connection between music and movement. Each lesson features movement activities for coordination, body awareness and control, exploration of space, and instruments such as rhythm sticks, jingles, rattles, drums, and resonator bars. 

Molly Murphy – Molly’s love of music came at an early age, singing in choirs from age 4, participating in all the school musicals, and making music with her family for as long as she can remember. She loves to share in making music as a jam host in Staunton, as well as in old time/ neo-trad gatherings such as at the Appalachian String Band Festival. Molly opened Queen City Music Studios, a school of music for learning by ear, in September 2016.

Lexington = 11:30 am @ Lexington Presbyterian Church

Buena Vista = 12:30 pm @ LOCATION TBA

$120 for 10-week class | 20% sibling discount
Please bring cash or check to purchase class materials – $35/family

Families are welcome to join anytime!

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Kombucha Class – January 12th

Kombucha Class | January 12th | 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Exact location (in beautiful Rockbridge County)

will be sent via email after you sign up!

What is Kombucha (kawm-boo-chah) anyway? Have you heard of this fizzy drink and its purported health benefits? Have you tried it and been hooked – only to see your grocery bill skyrocket?

Come spend some time on the farm with friends old and new, and learn why and how to make this tangy fermented beverage at home. We’ll share tips and tricks for brewing better ‘booch, including flavor recommendations and secrets for getting a good fizz!

Purchase a Kombucha Kit and leave class with everything you need to get started brewing kombucha at home! (Kits are NOT required to participate.)

Kombucha Kit includes:
Brewing container
SCOBY + starter
Organic black tea
Organic cane sugar
Crystalized ginger

$10 for the class + $30 for a Kombucha Kit

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Adult Old Time Jam Class

Old Time Jam Class starts January 18th
Saturdays | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm | 10-week class
Exact location (in Lexington) will be sent via email after you sign up!

This group music class is intended for adults and older teenagers who have some experience playing music on a string band-appropriate instrument and want to devote some time to learning how to play (or get better at playing) Old Time music.

Classes will be spent learning tunes, learning technique, and learning style. A reasonable amount of practicing and listening outside of class will be expected.

Chris McGrath moved to Rockbridge County from Rhode Island in 2008 with his wife, Andrea Lepage. After dedicating 20 years of his musical life to playing Irish music on the fiddle in Ireland and New England, the lure of Old Time was impossible to resist. Chris is all-in now, playing fiddle and banjo every chance he gets with some of the fantastic musicians in and around Rockbridge County. In his spare time away from playing music, Chris teaches math and science at Rockbridge County High School.

$150 for 10-week class

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Junior Appalachian Musicians

JAM starts January 16th
Thursdays | 4:00 – 5:00 pm | 12-week class
Lexington Presbyterian Church

Junior Appalachian Musicians {JAM} is perfect for children in 4th – 8th grade in Rockbridge County, Lexington and Buena Vista. JAM seeks to preserve our important mountain music heritage by offering low cost lessons in fiddle, guitar, banjo to small groups of students in an after-school setting.

Children will need to commit to attendance at all weekly classes for the 12-week session. Transportation will not be provided.

This program is generously supported by our community through the Freddie Goodhart Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Mike Seeger Memorial Instrument Library. Please let us know if finances are a concern for your family and we will help your student participate!

Instructors:
Chris McGrath – Fiddle
Mary Winston – Guitar
David Winston – Clawhammer Banjo

$180 for 12-week class | 20% sibling discount
Scholarships & instruments available!

Click here to print & mail registration form.


Hygge Hangout – February 9th

Hygge Hangout | February 9th | 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Exact location will be sent via email after you sign up!

From the web: Hygge (hue-guh) is a Danish concept that cannot be translated to one single word but encompasses a feeling of cozy contentment and well-being through enjoying the simple things in life. If you’ve ever enjoyed reading a book indoors on a rainy Sunday or a cup of hot cocoa on a snow day, you’ve experienced hygge without even knowing it.

Hygge is such an important part of being Danish that it is considered “a defining feature of our cultural identity and an integral part of the national DNA,” according to Meik Wiking, the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen.

In other words, what freedom is to Americans. . . hygge is to Danes,” Wiking says in his book The Little Book Of Hygge.

We’d like to share some hygge time with you this winter. Will you join us?

RSVP for this event is required.

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Harmony Singing Workshop with Carol Elizabeth Jones

Harmony Singing Workshop | March 15 | 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Exact location will be sent via email after you sign up!

Join us for this popular workshop with Rockbridge FOLK Board Member Carol Elizabeth Jones.

Carol Elizabeth has been playing and singing traditional music all her life. A long-time Rockbridge resident, Carol Elizabeth is the Youth Librarian for the Rockbridge Regional Library System, and nurtures the lives of children and families through her work there. In her spare time, she grows gardens at home and around the downtown Lexington library.

$45 for 3-hour workshop

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