May 5th is 'Give Local Day'
Give Local Day is just a few weeks away!! Help us raise $5,000 in support of Bluemont's school programs in Loudoun, Fauquier, Culpeper, and the greater Fredericksburg area by making a gift to on of our crowd funding campaigns on
May 5th. Your gift will help us leverage cash prizes and matching funds!
Stay tuned this week and next for special ways you can help Bluemont on
The Community Give- Fredericksburg Area
Give Choose- Loudoun County
Give Local Piedmont-
Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, and Rappahannock counties
The February Bluemont Dance
Has Been Cancelled
Due to the weather, we have decided to cancel the dance scheduled for Saturday, February 21. We apologize for any inconvenience.
The next dance will be held on March 21st and will include a silent auction fundraiser. All proceeds go to support the Bluemont dances and other Bluemont events in Loudoun county.
That's a Wrap on First
Thanks to everyone who made this year's event possible
|Our Partners & Site Sponsors
County of Fauquier - Town of Warrenton
Wegman’s Lake Manassas -
The Mountain Fund
Michael & Judy Lamana - Walmart
Andy Budd & Country Chevrolet - Lawrence J. Finkel, M.D
Ned Poffenberger Architecture & Art - Rayco Masonry, Inc. Maeva’s Meadow
Northern Piedmont Community Foundation Moser Funeral Home - Fauquier Bank
- Friends of Whit Robinson Fauquier Times - Airlie Hotel & Conference Center
Fauquier Cadre - Explosive Countermeasures
Warrenton Toyota Scion - HTD.net
Virginia Commission for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts
NOVEC Manassas - Ann Martella - Marshall Real Estate
Skyworld Aviation -
- Middleburg Bank
Roger Martella - Fauquier Public Library
First Baptist Church
- Allegro Community Music School
Warrenton Post Office Warrenton Presbyterian Church
Drum & Strum Music Center -
Great Harvest Bread Company
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows
|Our Friends & Donors
Ronnie & Becky Crouch - Robert & Bridget McClanahan
Dominion Construction Group - Mulford Mediation - Paula Rabkin
Allan Badrow & Barbara Koehler - C.D. Binning - Sally Deluca
Daniel Nellis & Kathleen McClelland - Presidential Storage, Inc.
Discovery Publications -
Charles & Carol Mothersead
Mountain View Marketing - Thomas C. Sentz, D.D.S. - Marsha Melkonian McKinsey Development - Wakefield School - Dan & Ginger Hilleary
Darlene Constant -
Powell & Nancy Dugan
Wadhah al Fardi - Joan Anthony - Michael & Kelp Armstrong
Sue Ballentine - Tom, Kathlene, & Carina Bilger
Doug, Cindy, Jacob, Rebecca, & Anna Boston - Boy Scout Troop 600
Bob & Janice Boyles - Jo Brabson - Ed Bradley
Marilyn, Camilla, & Sydney Brown -
John, Jennifer, Henry, & Joshua Burke Tom and Teresa Camarca - Brenda da Silva
Phyllis Demko - Barbara Curley Don Fansler - Dee Faulconer - Jaime Florez - Anna Geer - Charlotte Guyant Diennifer Halaiko - Sharon Hammel - Brenda Hottle
Kevin, Nicole, & Josh Jones - Jackie Keller - Helen Kelly - Sally Lahm
Jim Langley - Rob Louchen - Angelina,
Santino and Maria Martella
Trey and Tiffany Matthews - Kathleen McClelland
Dan, Brad & Ruslan Nellis - Paul & Millie McKerley - Sandy O’Connor
Katie Ott - Clara Poffenberger
Alana, Rachel, Arielle, Samuel, Laurel, Gabrielle & Jewel Potter
Miguel Prado - Jerry and Irene
Rounds - Mike and Kathie Schmidtmann Geoff Schryer - Diane Shofkom - Kitty Trudeau - Bill & Maggie Ward
Lynn, Ute, Ryan, Renee, & Rebekah Whiteley - Bailey Wentz - Billy Weitz Sam & Lachelle Yoder
|Our Hospitality Donors
Kelp and Micheal Armstrong - Chik Fil A - Dominos - Dunkin' Donuts - Café Torino - Hidden Jewells Café - Black Bear Bistro - Foster's Grill - Mojitos & Tapas - Papa John's - Brick Oven – Starbucks
|First Night Warrenton Committee
Ann Martella - Marsha Melkonian - Paula Rabkin - Lachelle Yoder
Clara Poffenberger - Sally Lahm - Darlene Constant
- John Utz - Kathie Haggerty Katie Heritage - Ken McLawhon - Paula Rabkin - Peter Dunning - Sarah Sitterle
Kelp and Michael Armstrong - Sergeant G.W. Southard - Lily Dunning
Special thanks to Sean Polster
and the Warrenton Christmas Parade Committee
Help Support Bluemont
With Amazon Smile
Are you ordering gifts through Amazon this holiday season? Help support Bluemont in a truly meaningful way by signing up for Amazon Smile. Each time you make a transaction with Amazon Smile, 0.5% of your purchase price will go to Bluemont.
Signing up is easy, just visit smile.amazon.com, log into your amazon account, and select"Bluemont Concert Series" as your designated charity.
Please help spread the word about this special opportunity. Share this with your friends and encourage them to use Amazon Smile this holiday season.
Click Here for more dance info!
Take Our End-Of-Summer Survey!
Did you attend any of our summer concerts? We'd love to get your feedback! Tell us what you liked, what needs improved, and which performers you'd like to have back next summer.
Any feedback will help us improve our summer concert experience.
Click here to take our survey.
Thanks for a fantastic 2014 Bluemont
Check back here for photos, surveys, and updates on the 2014 season...
Announcing our 2014 Summer Schedule!
Click here to visit our summer concert page
to find the performer schedule in your community.
Many thanks to all that joined Bluemont in support for Give Local Day 2014!
With your help we were able to raise:
$3,743.14* in gifts and cash prizes from 48 donors
to support Bluemont programs in our schools.
For total dollars raised for each of our community campaigns check out our Give Pages below:
Fredericksburg area - The Community Give
Culpeper and Fauquier area- Give Local Piedmont
Loudoun area- Give. Choose.
*Total does not reflect matching funds, tbd. Check back here in the next week for an updated total.*
Thanks to Our Kickstarter Donors!
Many thanks to everyone who donated to our April Dance and Waltz Workshop Kickstarter. We raised $411, surpassing our goal of $250.
Our last dance of the season will be on Saturday, May 17th. We hope to see you there. Click here for more details.
First Night Warrenton Was A Great Success!
Thanks to all those who made this great event possible!
If you attended First Night Warrenton, we'd love to have your feedback. Take our brief survey.
Photo credit: Eric Campbell
Thanks for another great summer!
Now that our 2013 concert series has come to a close, we want your feedback. Click the link below to take our 2013 summer concert survey, and tell us what you think:
The photo below is from our final concert of the season on Sunday, 8/25 in front of Randolph-Macon College's Blackwell Auditorium in Ashland. Daryl Davis got the crowd to join in for The Bunny Hop!
(Photo Credit: Eric Campbell)
Announcing Our 2013
Summer Concert Schedule!
We are excited to announce our line-up for our summer concert series. We will be presenting over 40 concerts in eight different communities across Virginia.
Click here to check out who's playing near your community.
Come see some amazing live music at some of the most affordable prices around. It's fun for the whole family!
The Last Bluemont Dance of the Season
Saturday, May 18th
37098 Charles Town Pike
Hillsboro, VA 20132
7:30 PM- Beginners Workshop
8:00 PM- Dance begins
The Hard Labor Dodgers, featuring Graham DeZarn
and John Devine.
Figure calling by David Giusti
Spring Fundraising Campaign
When you think of Bluemont, perhaps that first thing that comes to mind are our summer concerts. While we have presented more than 1,300 summer concerts since 1976, these concerts represent only a fraction of what Bluemont does. For every summer concert, we hold a corresponding free outreach concert at a local nursing home. Our Artist-In-Education program has also brought over 6,000 cultural and educational concerts and performances to 23 Virginia schools districts.
Now is a time of transition to a New Bluemont. We have new leadership- Lily Rose Dunning recently became our Executive Director. We are building an expanded proactive board, a renewed involvement in our participating communities, a reinvigoration of our Artist-in-Education program, and conducting a comprehensive review of all Bluemont programs in light of the changing needs of our rapidly growing communities
Please consider supporting the New Bluemont with a donation today!
New this year is our monthly giving plan. With a monthly pledge automatically charged to your credit or debit card, you support Bluemont's community programs in your schools, healthcare facilities and our summer concerts in a special way.
Bluemont Board Elects 3 New Members
Bluemont is excited to announce the addition of 3 new members to its Board of Directors. On Saturday, March 9th, the Bluemont Board of Directors elected Brett Burke, Mac McNichols, and Mark Snyder to serve on the board. Mr. Burke will represent Leesburg and Mr. McNichols and Mr. Synder will both represent Middleburg.
A Very Special Thanks to Sean Polster and the
Warrenton Christmas Parade
This year was the first in an important partnership between First Night Warrenton and the Warrenton Christmas Parade. Sean Polster, the chief organizer of the parade, generously reached out to First Night Warrenton, offering financial support of the event. We hope to continue this partnership in years to come.
Pictured left to right are the First Night Warrenton chairwoman, Ann Martella, Sean Polster, and Lily Dunning, Bluemont's Executive Director.
21st Annual Loudoun Martin Luther King
March and Celebration
On January 21st, hundreds gathered for the 21st Annual March and Celebration honoring the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Loudoun MLK Celebration included a symbolic march from the Old Loudoun Courthouse to the Douglass Community Center, formerly the Douglass High School. The Loudoun MLK Celebration is one of the largest and oldest observances in the region. After the march, the celebration continued at the Douglass Community Center with several musical performances and speeches, including a keynote address from author Deborah L. Parker.
Many thanks to the volunteers, performers, speakers, and attendees who made this event a success. Special thanks to the event sponsors: Loudoun NAACP, Douglass Alumni Association, the
Bahá’í Community of Loudoun, and Tammy Carter, the MLK Committee chairwoman and Bluemont board member.
Thanks to All Those Who Made
First Night Warrenton a Success!
A hearty thanks to all who helped make our 2012 First Night Warrenton an incredible success here in Fauquier County this year: great entertainment, great teamwork,great sponsors and great weather. Conservative estimates put the evening's attendance a more than 1000, a wonderful turnout to a great community.
Visit Bluemont's Facebook page to view more photos of the event
Fall 2012 Special Appeals Fundraising Campaign
For 36 years, Bluemont has helped make towns all over Virginia wonderful communities to live, work, and raise our kids. With your help, we have proudly presented more than 8,900 world-class cultural programs to more than 3 million residents and visitors in our Virginia communities.
This fall we are coming to our friends with an urgent appeal for help.
In recent years, Bluemont has weathered a 40% reduction in revenue. In anticipation of this, we have diligently cut operating expenses each year, eliminating $200,000 from our expense budget in the last two years alone. Our board has passed a goal to raise an additional $80,000 by December 31, 2012 to support our community outreach and our successful Artist-in-Education Program. Help us continue to enrich your community's life by clicking the picture above to make your contribution today.
Check back here to track our campaigns progress!