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Augusta County’s Oak Grove Theater 2015 summer season of plays

Oak Grove TheaterBy Lynn R. Mitchell

“Nestled among the stands of towering oak trees and rhododendrons, reposes one of our area’s most brilliant theatrical jewels and valuable community resources.” Oak Grove Theater, founded on land donated by Fletcher and Margaret Collins, continues with its summer season of plays held under the oak trees of Augusta County every summer since 1954.

The 2015 season lineup looks like another summer of fun and entertainment under the Shenandoah Valley stars just has it has been the past 60 years. Following is a description of the five plays followed by details about tickets and more information. See you under the oaks!

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Remembering Mack Swift: Teacher, mentor, storyteller

Mack SwiftBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Mack Swift spanned the generations during his years working with young people. At no time was that more evident than this week when on Wednesday a flurry of phone calls connected some generational dots when news of his death began circulating in the Staunton area. He died in Tennessee, where he was born, while visiting his sister because their birthdays were close together (he had just turned 73).

I knew Mr. Swift from his years teaching and coaching football while I was a student at Huguenot High School in Richmond, Virginia, in the 1970s, as did Bob Stuart, a fellow Huguenot alumnus and political reporter at the News-Virginian. Both of us grew up in the Bon Air area of Chesterfield County outside Richmond and graduated together from Huguenot, and we both lived out of state for a number of years before eventually returning home to Virginia and settling in the Shenandoah Valley.

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