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January 22, 2024

March 15, 2024

New Lawrence Gallery Exhibit

"The JOE Show"

The Lawrence Gallery presents "The JOE Show" featuring gorgeous paintings by Joe Case of Washington, D.C. and Joe Gainer of Stephens City, VA. Both artists take a serious approach to their craft and make similar choices in subject matter. Their paintings tell a story of simpler times in the past. Joe Case paints with oils on canvas or board. Joe Gainer paints in acrylics and oils on board, creates pencil drawings, and occasionally uses foam board for a 3-D effect. While their styles are very different, they complement each other’s work. We know you’ll enjoy The Joe Show.

Most works are for sale, and the public is welcome to come and view the exhibit any day between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.


February 1, 2024

Care Partners Connected by Cognitive Loss

SVWC's Music Therapist, Abigail D'Arcangelis, will be hosting a support group for those who care for loved ones with any type of Dementia. They will be held the first Thursday of each month from 11 a.m. - Noon on SVWC's campus. The public is invited to participate. Should you have questions or want more details, feel free to email Mrs. D'Arcangelis at adarcangelis@svwc.org or call 540-542-0656.


February 12, 2024

Memory Café

Started in 2020 as a first of its kind in our area, the Memory Café is a safe and comfortable space where care-partners and their loved ones living with any type of dementia can gather to socialize, play games, and enjoy activities together. Come experience community, laughter, and conversation with others navigating similar changes and make new memories together. This is a FREE event hosted by SVWC on the second Monday of each month. For additional details, contact Donielle Weatherholtz-Palmer at dpalmer@svwc.org


February 16, 2024

Pianist, John O'Conor to Perform in Bistro

John O’Conor, one of the world’s most preeminent pianists, will perform in the Bistro on Friday, February 16. He has a reputation as a masterful interpreter of Beethoven and the classic and early romantic repertoires.

O’Conor, who trained first in Dublin and then in Vienna, is also highly regarded as a mentor to many gifted young pianists, some of whom have performed in our Bistro. He currently serves as...a Distinguished Artist in Residence, Professor of Music, and Chair of the Piano Division at Shenandoah Conservatory; Professor of Piano at the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto International Visiting Artist, Royal Academy of Music, Dublin; and Visiting Professor, Showa University of Music, Japan. (Lots of frequent flyer miles!)

The Chicago Tribune noted: “Piano virtuosity can take a variety of forms, but one of the rarest belongs to John O’Conor. He favors inner expression and atmosphere over showmanship and bravura. In technically complex passages he finds the ideas behind the flurry of notes.”  

His program will feature Beethoven’s Bagatelle Op. 126 and the Pathetiqu Sonata followed by a delicious sequence of nocturnes by John Field, Chopin, Grieg, Scriabin, and Debussy designed to show that Field, a fellow Irishman, composed pieces using the nocturne form even before Chopin. These are all pieces he particularly enjoys playing.

For a sneak preview, you might look online for Beethoven Bootcamp.

The Bistro Concerts are open to the public. The entry fee is $10 CASH (please) at the door, and a portion of the proceeds benefits the SVWC Fellowship Fund.


February 24, 2024

May 25, 2024

Remembering Together

Remembering TogetherAn intergenerational dementia story time in partnership with the Handley Library System and Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury.

Do you love someone living with dementia? Join us for family storytime featuring books about families like yours, followed by a brief structured playtime and sharing of dementia resources with attending adults.

Background:  The Shenandoah Valley Westminster Canterbury (SVWC) Foundation has purchased roughly 70+ children's dementia-related books to donate to the Handley Library system. In addition, these books will be featured in a once-monthly family story time, Remembering Together, with readings provided by SVWC staff volunteers followed by a brief after-book playtime utilizing the skills of staff readers. 

Activities may include (but are not limited to) a sing-along with our music therapist, a visit from Westminster's certified dementia therapy dog, an art activity with our art instructor, a movement activity with our activity staff, and so on. An informational handout reflecting various dementia resources in the greater community will be provided to adult participants. The SVWC Foundation also approved purchasing duplicates of these books to have available at SVWC for residents and families. 

SVWC Music Therapist Abigail D'Arcangelis came up with the idea for this program proposal because she is passionate about serving those living with dementia and other neurocognitive disorders as well as their families, something that her work involves a significant amount of. She co-leads a committee charged with improving life for those living with dementia at SVWC and in the greater community. In addition, Abby co-facilitates two dementia care partner support groups. In her personal life, her toddler loves attending story time at Handley, and they read many books at home, so combining her love of children's books and dementia care seemed like an excellent concept. We hope you will join in!

Remembering Together family storytime will meet on the 4th Saturday of every month, rotating through each library branch.

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February 24 - 1 pm at the Handley Library, 100 W. Piccadilly St., Winchester, VA 22601

March 23- 1 pm at the Clarke Library, 101 Chalmers Ct., Berryville, VA 22611

April 27 - 1 pm at the Bowman Library, 871 Tasker Road, Stephens City, VA 22655

May 25 - 1 pm at the Handley Library, 100 W. Piccadilly St., Winchester, VA 22601