I don’t know about the hills, but the marshes of Virginia’s Eastern Shore are going to be alive with music this weekend!
It all starts with the Eastern Shore Community College’s annual Heritage Festival. There will be 50 artisans and a heritage café plus poetry readings, but the focus will be on the musical traditions of Virginia. You’ll hear gospel choirs, blues, American folk, acoustic guitars and vocals, and Stump Hole Water bluegrass and traditional music band. It runs from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The campus is in Melfa, VA.
At 3 p.m., the musical focus shifts to Onancock, VA where the Virginia Symphony Orchestra presents an “Instrument Petting Zoo” at Ker Place on Market Street. Designed specifically for younger kids, it gives them a chance to learn about musical instruments, even try to play a viola or toot a flute. Think of the fun when your four-year-old announces his deepest desire is to play the drums. Or tuba. Or harp. At 4 pm, there’s a live narrative and musical interpretation of Aesop’s fables. It’s a refreshing way to introduce kids to culture. 757-787-8012.
The Symphony moves to Nandua High School on Onley for their 8 p.m. WINTERFEST concert. Tickets are $24 at the door. www.acesva.org or 757-302-0366.
Meanwhile, Stump Hole Water heads for the historic Palace Theater in Cape Charles for the Voices on the Shore Concert with Lady Vee and the Band. You’ll hear an eclectic mix of Americana and all other styles of acoustic tunes. 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 adults/ $8 students. www.artsentercapecharles.org or 757-331-2787