WAYNESBORO — Waynesboro will be having its fireworks this weekend, there’s a new bakery coming to Staunton and there’s a new education center coming to the Frontier Culture Museum — here’s the buzz.
What is normally Summer Extravaganza in Waynesboro will now be Sunset Spectacular this year. Due to COVID-19, the annual after July Fourth celebration Summer Extravaganza was canceled.
Instead, a new event has taken its place.
Sunset Spectacular will give Waynesboro and surrounding residents the chance to see fireworks. They will be shot off from Sunset Park in Waynesboro on July 10, which will provide a view from just about anywhere in Waynesboro. Sunset Park is closed to the public, so residents will need to find spots throughout the city to view the fireworks.
If you can see Sunset Park, you will be able to see the fireworks. Sunset Park is located off Winchester Avenue.
Sunset Park is a new park initiative with the city. It was formerly a landfill, that closed in 2003.
The 107 acre property includes approximately 17 acres incorporating the closed landfill, the city’s website said. The city’s goal is to provide public access to this area for recreational uses along with a trail system for walking and mountain biking.
There will also be the Sunrise Spectacular 5K and 10K Race on Saturday, July 10 at 8 a.m.
The race will take place at Ridgeview Park’s Serenity Garden. Cost is $40 until July 8 and $45 on race day.
For more information on the race go to runthevalley.com.
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A new bakery is set to open at the end of the month in downtown Staunton.
Crumbl is located on Johnson Street in the Beverley Apartments building’s first floor and set to open July 21.
Owner Lauren Devlin has been working on the space for the past few months getting it ready for customers. She’s hit some snags in getting electricians in to work on the space, which has cause a delay in opening. Originally, she wanted to be open June 1.
The space isn’t 100% finished yet. Devlin is waiting on a custom-made display case fashioned by Modern Boy Woodshop out of antique windows from the Blackburn Inn.
Devlin said she’s receiving a lot of help from her family — both financially and physically. Her mom, Tracy Devlin, was on hand last week sorting through photos that will be displayed on the walls.
Devlin first got into cooking after watching cooking shows on television and thought she’d like to try it. That was 14 years ago and now she makes beautiful custom-made cakes, cookies, brownies, edible cookie dough and more.
“I just decided to make a cake one day and I thought it was great,” she said.
She’s been making custom cakes for her friends and family, but didn’t fully commit to diving into her own business until this year. She was working at a bakery in Charlottesville for the past four years.
She wants the space to be inviting with a mix of old and new — newer, more modern tables, but really embracing the history of the building. People will be able to sit down, enjoy some sweet treats and sip on some espresso. The plan is to have a children’s area and space to rent out for parties or gatherings.
Hailing from Waynesboro, Devlin has called Staunton home for some time now and when she thought about opening a bakery she knew it would be in downtown Staunton.
“I was just looking a lot around downtown and I originally want to do something smaller. This is pretty huge,” she said. “I eventually wanted to expand to this, but this is like my dream to be able to have parties or people sitting down and not just take it to go.”
The bakery also offers vegan and gluten-free options, as well as cakes for dogs. The shop will have a rotating menu of different treat options, but also have regular goodies offered each week. Devlin plans on being open Wednesdays through Sundays.
“I love downtown, just the feel of it,” she said. “I just think it’s cute. And there’s tourism here, plus I love all the food around here.”
A new education center will be coming to the Frontier Culture Museum. The museum announced its preliminary design for the new center last week.
“This project represents one of the final elements of the museum’s long-range plan,” Peggy Sheets, chair of the Board of Trustees, said in a release. “Once completed, the new 40,000 square foot facility will enable the museum to better tell the story of immigration and cultural evolution in the Shenandoah Valley and America.”
The museum anticipates breaking ground on the project in 2023, and should take about two years to complete.
Currently, visitors can explore an outdoor living history museum with 11 major exhibit areas covering over 150 acres, the release said. The museum features living history interpreters in original and reconstructed buildings from Europe, Africa and America.
The new indoor facility will introduce galleries for permanent and rotating exhibits, studios for education and school group programs, flexible space for special events and visitor service amenities, the release said.
The new center means an expansion on stories, themes and programs already at the museum, along with serving more guests by having year-round activities rain or shine.
“This is an exciting time for the museum, our surrounding communities and learners of all ages from across the Commonwealth.” said Megan Newman, Executive Director of the Museum. “We are looking forward to the conversations and collaborations these new spaces will support, as well as the opportunity it represents to draw more visitors to our region.”
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