Fall 2011 Issue
Waynesboro Tourism Director Katie McElroy doesn’t have to worry about how her business sector is doing in the month of October. The annual Fall Foliage Festival Art Show draws 20,000 people to town every second weekend of October, and even if the Festival were to have an off-year, local hotels and restaurants would do just fine with the additional tens of thousands who use Waynesboro as a hub for their travels up and down the Blue Ridge Parkway and Skyline Drive.
October is money season for the Waynesboro economy. McElroy’s focus isn’t trying to reinvent that wheel, but to use the wheel that she already has working for you the other 11 months out of the year.
“We already get that visitation in the fall. We want visitors who come here in the fall to think of Waynesboro as a destination to come back to and highlight the other things that they can do the rest of the year,” said McElroy, who is working with a private group, the Tourism Association of Greater Waynesboro, on an initiative to get that ball rolling.
The Gateway opened in August at 329 W. Main St. in Downtown Waynesboro as the Wayne Theatre Alliance looks ahead to the re-opening of the historic Wayne Theater two blocks up Main Street.
“The opportunity to sublease the facility at 329 West Main could not come at a better time. We are looking towards the reopening of the Wayne Theatre in 2012. This move will provide a natural transition for the Alliance while building on our success with the Radio Hour,” WTA Chairman Bill Hausrath said.
Autumn is a busy time of year at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton.
The season gets going on Saturday, Oct. 1, with Oktoberfest, with German food and drink, music and dancing, children’s activities and games for kids of all ages. Oktoberfest runs from noon to 8 p.m. on Oct. 1.
A new event on the schedule at the Museum is the Oct. 14-15 Ancestral Skills Days, a weekend that will bring together practitioners of ancestral technologies, schoolchildren and the general public to learn and practice the skills of prehistoric peoples with demonstrations of flint-knapping, the uses of stone tools, bow and arrow making, soap stone bowl making, the uses of natural fibers, and Native American pottery and cooking demonstrations.
Also circle Oct. 27-29 on your calendars for the Frontier Culture Museum’s Creepy Tales, a candlelight guided tour of the Museum featuring The Oak Tree Park Monster, The Murder of Mungo Campbell and more.
“Big Sexy” Kevin Nash, Diamond Dallas Page, The Rock-n-Roll Express, “Hardcore Legend” Terry Funk, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, “The Franchise” Shane Douglas, “The War Machine” Rhino, Tommy Dreamer, Fit Finlay, Perry Saturn – the legends are all here.
Awesome Wrestling Entertainment’s Night of Legends will bring together more than 30 of pro wrestling’s biggest superstars for a wrestling pay-per-view that you will not forget.
The debut TV event for the Waynesboro, Va.,-based company is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 15, beginning at 9 p.m., and will be available toviewers on a pay-per-view basis on InDemand, DIRECTV, AT&T and Verizon, and Bell TV in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $24.95.
The broadcast will also be available live on an Internet pay-per-view basis at www.AWEonPPV.com.