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Pat Haley: ‘We smiled as we left Staunton, Virginia’

Pat Haley 2By Patrick Haley
Guest Post

Thomas Wolfe said, “You can’t go back home to your family, back home to your childhood, back home to a young man’s dreams of glory and of fame, back home to places in the country, back home to the old forms and systems of things which once seemed everlasting but which are changing all the time – back home to the escapes of Time and Memory.”

We did, in a sense, go home again, at least for seven days. Staunton, Virginia, is not our hometown, but was home to Brenda and me for twelve of the happiest years of our lives. We spent the whole week in Staunton. We saw old friends and journeyed to the Gypsy Hill Park, Staunton Braves Stadium, and Wright’s Dairy-Rite where car hops still come out and take your order. Little has changed from the day it opened in 1952.

As we walked the winding hills in town, up past Trinity Church, and up the street to Mary Baldwin College, wonderful things began to happen. We remembered our motor scooter rides around town, and how Doc Haley, our poodle, used to sit under our large maple tree and listen to the Robert E. Lee High School band practice. The memory made us smile and nod.

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Summer in Staunton: Food truck court in Gypsy Hill Park

Food truck court

Food truck court in RVA

By Lynn R. Mitchell

The food truck trend has reached Staunton’s Gypsy Hill Park beginning in May and running all summer, according to the News Leader’s Laura Peters (see Gypsy Hill Park to host monthly food truck event).

Though food trucks began showing up around the Staunton area last year, this is the first planned food court with plans to have it near the football field at Lake Tams the third Saturday of each month from noon until 5:00 p.m. Those lined up so far include Wing It, Gloria’s Pupuseria, Rocktown Slops, Mamas Caboose, MJ Kettle Corn, Farm Fresh Fixin’s and Delicious Dishe.

Read more about this latest addition to Staunton’s outdoor summer scene here.

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The 12 Days of Christmas … Day 8: Celebration of Holiday Lights in Staunton’s Gypsy Hill Park

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Everyone loves the lights of the season so pile the kids in the car and head to Staunton’s Gypsy Hill Park “Celebration of Holiday Lights.” Drive around the two-mile loop and gaze, ooh, and ahh over the dozens of Christmas displays set up by area organizations. Each year tens of thousands of vehicles take part in this holiday treat. Open daily now through the New Year, the lights will be on from 5-11 p.m. offering a delightful treat for young and old.

Better still, park the car and walk around the duck pond in the cold night air and give the kids a chance to stretch their legs.

In what has become an annual tradition for many, 2014 represents the tenth year for the ever-popular displays with the magical glow of thousands of twinkly lights that can be seen around the Gazebo, duck pond, playground, ball fields, and open spaces. Particularly touching is the herd of deer on the grounds of the Gypsy Hill pool, lighted in memory of loved ones.

The Celebration of Holiday Lights will stay up through New Year’s from 5-11:00 each evening. This event is free and presented to the community with help from the Staunton Parks and Recreation Department. See you at the park!

Photos from past years:  Christmas in the Valley … Gypsy Hill light display

Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell


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Christmas in the Valley … Gypsy Hill Park’s ‘Celebration of Lights’

By Lynn R. Mitchell

At dusk on Monday, Staunton’s Gypsy Hill Park came to life as thousands of lights were lit for the 2014 Celebration of Lights. This marks the 10th anniversary of the popular local event that draws thousands of viewers year after year and has become a tradition for many Valley families.

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July 4, 2014 … Staunton and Virginia helped create American independence

American flags against a cloudy Shenandoah Valley sky.

By Lynn R. Mitchell

It’s the anniversary of America’s independence and in Staunton, as in other small towns across America, our patriotism is displayed with fireworks and red, white, and blue bunting and American flags and a parade through Gypsy Hill Park as we fire up the grills and celebrate with family and friends.

At Staunton’s Frontier Culture Museum, admission is free as costumed interpreters go about the business of an old fashioned Independence Day. Meanwhile, the traditional Naturalization Ceremony will be held at nearby Monticello where visitors again visit for free.

Most importantly, the 4th of July provides an opportunity to reflect and be thankful for those who gave us the freedom we enjoy.

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Staunton: Art in the Park at Gypsy Hill

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Staunton’s Gypsy Hill Park will play host Saturday and Sunday to the 48th annual Art in the Park, and the weather is supposed to be fantastic to spend time under the huge shade trees around the Gazebo. In additional to a variety of art, there will be entertainment from musicians in the Gazebo, and food vendors offering meals, Kettle Korn, and beverages. The event is free with free parking throughout the park.

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Staunton: Body found in Gypsy Hill Park – UPDATED: 16-year-old charged with murder

Gypsy Hill Park 1By Lynn R. Mitchell

UPDATED 5/9/14 at 11:00 am: 16-year-old charged with murder, according to the Staunton News Leader.

Gruesome news caught everyone’s attention Thursday morning when a Staunton Recreation and Parks employee who was mowing in Gypsy Hill Park found a body near the 18th hole of the golf course, according to the Staunton News Leader and other sources. The call to police was received around 8:00 a.m.

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