We’ve really enjoyed The Big Read so far, and one of our most anticipated events is this weekend – “Fantasia.”
If you’ve ever heard the Symphony of the Mountains, then you know that you’re in for a treat. If you haven’t, then you are truly missing out on a wonderful experience. Sunday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m., they’ll be performing at the McGlothlin Center for the Arts at Emory & Henry College. They are paying tribute to fantasy music by performing parts of “Fantasia.”
Many adults remember the sense of wonder when they first experienced “Fantasia” as children. We will re-create that magical feeling for a new generation of children, as we bring a live symphony together with movie clips from the Disney classic films “Fantasia” and “Fantasia 2000.”
Featured guests include The Rebel Voices Chorus and Chamber Choir, David Carroll, Director; Patrick Henry High School Wind Ensemble, Pete W. Marcum, Director; Allyss Haecker, Soprano and Lisa Withers, Piano.
In addition to the concert, there will be an instrument petting zoo and music and book displays. Children can also build a fantasy instrument, such as a mushroom drum.
Use some of our props – or come in costume – in the photo booth.
In addition to music from “Fantasia,” they’ll perform music from “Frozen” and “ET” and other fantastic selections, such as Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”
The concert is free for students and $20 for adults. To get tickets, visit the symphony’s website.
The Fantasy Film Festival continues at the Abingdon Cinemall Monday, Oct. 30 with “Cinderella.” A girl named Ella (Cinderella) has the purest heart living in a cruel world filled with evil stepsisters and an evil stepmother out to ruin Ella’s life. Ella comes one with her pure heart when she meets the prince and dances her way to a better life with glass shoes, and a little help from her fairy godmother, of course. A live-action retelling of the classic fairy tale about a servant stepdaughter who is abused by her jealous stepmother and stepsisters after her father died. Bring your library card and it’s free. If you don’t have a library card, we’ll be there to issue you one.
The Mendota library is showing “Wonder Woman” Oct. 27 at 6 p.m.
Hawks & Raptors
Join us at the main library, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. for a presentation by Ron Harrington and Michael Sanders.
They will share their photographs and descriptions of the habitat and behavior of the hawks that are permanent residents of the region and of the species that migrate through the region on an 8,000-mile-trek to South America.
This trek is part of a major fall migration of hawks over the Clinch Mountains in Mendota that brings the region notoriety in the world of ornithology. In one day, hundreds of hawks pass over the Mendota Fire Tower, traveling up to 200 miles per day.
We’ve got loads of treats for Halloween this year. Zombies and Clue and plain old-fashioned fun.
The main library’s celebration is Thursday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Put on your costumes and join us for treats. Our staff will be in costume, too.
We’re also having our popular pumpkin decorating contest. Kids should bring their completed pumpkin entries by 6:15 p.m. for judging. The winners will be announced at 7 p.m. Pumpkins may be carved or painted. Carved pumpkins are judged in most original, scariest and silliest categories; painted pumpkins are judged separately.
The Glade Spring branch library is celebrating Saturday, Oct. 28 from 7-9 p.m., with a special treat just for teens – Zombie Fever: The Escape Game.
Use your library and book knowledge to collect clues to escape the zombie-infested library … before time runs out. Prizes and special awards are given to those who succeed. If you fail – welcome to the infestation.
This event is for ages 13-17. This is an after-hours program and requires a permission slip and registration. Free and open to the public.
Wear comfortable clothing. If you are allergic to face paint, please let us know.
The Damascus branch library is hosting a special “Clue” party Oct. 31 from 4-6 p.m. Dress as Colonel Mustard, Miss Scarlet or any of their cohorts, play Clue at the library and get your treats.
All the branch libraries will offer treats on Halloween from 5-7 p.m.
Guy Briggs tries to answer the question, “Is your favorite song magical?” Friday, Oct. 27 at 1:30 p.m., at the main library. A Fantasy Craft program is held at the main library Saturday, Oct. 28 at 11 a.m., and a Fantasy Lego program is held at the Damascus library at 11 a.m., the same day.
The Teen Book Club meets at the Glade Spring branch library Oct. 31 at 4 p.m.
Come and join us in this celebration of all things fantasy. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.