Attic auditions for ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ May 21, 22

Auditions for “Kiss Me, Kate” will be held on Sunday, May 21 at 2 p.m., and Monday, May 22 at 7 p.m. at the D. Geraldine Lawson Performing Arts Center (Attic Productions, 7490 Roanoke Road, Fincastle).

This is a play within a play – a traveling company arrives to perform its musical version of “The Taming of the Shrew.” Some roles are doubled: Lilli Vanessi plays Katherine in the play within the play, Fred Graham plays Petruchio, etc. Backstage relationships and problems spill over onto the stage, bringing a halt to “The Taming of the Shrew”when Lilli Vanessi walks out. All is well in the end, and as Fred and Lilli re-unite and Petruchio gets that kiss from his Kate.

Call director Katerina Yancey with any questions: 540-529-1135 (leave a message during the hours of 8:30-5:30.) If there is a question about the music, then Katerina can contact the musical director Richard Whitley.

Adult male and female principle roles and ensemble roles are available; come and prepared with a song, for cold readings from the script and for movement. Dance company roles are available. Dance styles in this show include jazz, tap, the usual Broadway musical dance, and a Pavane, which is a renaissance processional dance.


Buchanan Dates To Remember

  • Buchanan Lions Club – Members meet on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. at the North Star Restaurant. The next meeting is Thursday, May 25. For additional information or if you are interested in joining the Lions club, contact Mike Burton at 254-3345.
  • Gallery By the James Coloring & Coffee – The adult Coloring & Coffee is Sunday, May 21 beginning 2:30 p.m. at Gallery by the James on Main Street, Buchanan. The adult coloring session allows participants to relax and enjoy the company of others and make new friends. There is a $5 materials fee for original works to color. For additional information, call 254-9708.
  • Buchanan Town Improvement Society Meeting – Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the regularly scheduled meeting is moved to Tuesday, May 30 at 7 p.m.


May movie at the libraries

Botetourt County libraries will show the film “Sing” in May.

A koala impresario stages a gala singing competition in order to save his theater, and the contest attracts the attention of such musically inclined animals as a harried pig mom, a teenage gorilla, a shy elephant and a punk porcupine. The movie is rated PG and runs for 108 minutes.

Show times are: Wednesday, May 17 at 4 p.m. – Fincastle; Thursday, May 18 at 4 p.m. – Buchanan; and Thursday, May 25 at 4 p.m. – Blue Ridge. All movies are free and snacks will be provided.


Blue Ridge Library book sale

Friends of the Blue Ridge Library will be having a book sale at the library on Friday, May 19 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Saturday, May 20 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The sale will offer a wide variety of both hardcover and paperback books.  Most hardcover books are priced at $1each and most paperback books are priced at 50 cents each.

Proceeds from the sale are used by the Friends to purchase items that the library needs.   The Friends help to fund the annual Summer Reading Program, purchase furniture and equipment and also purchase promotional items.

Blue Ridge Library is located at 28 Avery Row, Roanoke, about a half-mile east of the Bonsack Walmart. For directions, call the library at 928-2900.


Kids Fishing Day at Cave Mountain Lake rescheduled for May 20

The US Forest Service rescheduled Cave Mountain Lake’s annual Kids Fishing Day for Saturday, May 20 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. due to heavy rain and high water over the weekend. The event was originally scheduled for Saturday, May 6.

The lake will be stocked with trout in advance and then open to children ages 3 to 15.  Kids Fishing Day is an opportunity for parents to introduce their children to fishing and to the many outdoor recreation opportunities on the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests.

Fishing is free at the event, however state game laws for the Youth Fisheries Program do apply.  Kids are allowed to catch and keep three trout, a minimum of seven inches or longer, and should bring their own poles and any fishing supplies necessary for catching fish.

A reminder to parents that only one pole per person is allowed. A parent or adult guardian must accompany all children.  Bring a picnic lunch and spend the day.

Cave Mountain Lake is currently being managed as a Youth Only Fisheries program by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries until June 15.  Persons over the age of 15 years old may not fish in the lake until after June 15.

For more information, contact the Glenwood and Pedlar Ranger Districts at (540) 291-2188.  The office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Class on Alcohol Inks May 23

Wanda Crowder, Roanoke artist and jewelry designer, will teach a class on the medium of Alcohol Inks at the Buchanan Library on May 23 from 1-3 p.m. Alcohol Inks are painted on non-porous surfaces and can be created in traditional or abstract art. No artistic painting experience is required for the class. Supplies will be provided by the Friends of the Buchanan Library.

The class is free, but registration is required and limited to 10 people. To register, sign up at the library or call the library at 928-3005.  Examples of Wanda Crowder’s work can be seen at Purgatory Emporium, 19762 Main Street, Buchanan. The library is located at 19795 Main Street.


Children’s Fishing Carnival June 3 in Buchanan

The Botetourt Children’s Fishing Carnival is Saturday, June 3 on banks of the James River in Buchanan.

The Botetourt County Recreation and Facilities Department and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) have teamed up for more than a decade with several local businesses and organizations to put on the Botetourt Children’s Fishing Carnival.

The free event is held on the Buchanan Town Park along the banks of the James River where kids can fish in the river or, for smaller kids, in one of the trout tanks.

Area kids ages 15 and under are invited to enjoy the morning with games, prizes and other events from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Activities include Casting Contest, Fish Knowledge Challenge, Team Fishing Contest, Kiddies Games, Gold Fish Eating Contest, Worms in the Dirt Contest, Minnow Counting Contest, Fly Fishing Casting, BB Range and more.

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

The Fishing Carnival coincides with the VDGIF’s Free Fishing Days, June 3-4 when fishing is allowed without a license.

Registration is the day of the event at the Town Park.

For information, call 928-2130.


‘Sundaes on Sunday’ coming back June 11

The Eagle Rock Fire and Rescue Department is having “Sundaes on Sunday” again this summer. The dates are June 11, July 9, August 13 and September 10 from 3-6 p.m. Twelve toppings, whipped cream and cherries will be available. The members will also be serving hot fudge brownies and banana splits. The first scoop for sundaes is $2, and additional scoops are $1; hot fudge brownies are $5 and banana splits, $6.