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Hey lovebirds, get married for free in Abingdon!

We all know Virginia is for Lovers. Now Abingdon is celebrating lovers with a free joint wedding ceremony this summer.

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Virginia is for Lovers

Save the date for the Summer Lovin’ Concert, Saturday June 10, 2017, and get hitched (or renew your vows)  – for free!

The Abingdon CVB will provide an officiant, wedding cake, party favors, and, for a wedding band, The Carolina Breakers, a popular beach music band.    Plus, one lucky couple will get to spend their honeymoon night at the Martha Washington Inn & Spa.

The Summer Lovin’ Concert takes place at the Abingdon Market Pavilion in downtown Abingdon.  The festivities will kick off with a joint wedding ceremony, after which the happy couples and their friends can party to the upbeat sounds of the Carolina Breakers.  Guests can enjoy a free slice of wedding cake while supplies last, and visit the beer garden for a cash bar (offering beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages for sale).

Carolina Breakers

Based in Myrtle Beach, SC, the Carolina Breakers are a high-energy band with five lead vocalists and a horn section covering beach music hits, plus Motown, Funk, Rhythm and Blues, Disco, Beach and various other special requests.

All couples who register by May 1st will be entered in a drawing to win a complimentary night at the Martha Washington Inn & Spa.  Registration is now closed.

The Martha Washington Inn & Spa

Register to get married and you could spend your honeymoon night at the Martha Washington Inn & Spa!

The fine print: Couples getting married must be over 18 years old, and secure a valid marriage license in advance from the Commonwealth of Virginia and bring the original document with them.  Click here to learn more about applying for a marriage license in Virginia.

The event is free and open to the public. No alcohol will be provided; a beer garden will be available, benefiting the non-profit organization Abingdon Main Street.

For questions, contact Sara Saavedra at ssaavedra@abingdon-va.gov

For more information on destination weddings in Abingdon, and a list of vendors, click here.

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Announcing the winners of the 2016 Abingdon Shorts competition

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Abingdon Shorts competition!

The short film competition was created to promote and support the creative talents in our region, while celebrating the unique people, places and events that make Abingdon a tourist destination.

Films had to be less than three minutes long, and embody the spirit of Abingdon’s tag line: “It’s Always Play Time in Abingdon.”

There were several short films submitted, of which the judging committee selected the top three to receive awards.  The winners will be used in promotional content on the Visit Abingdon website and social media channels.

Abingdon has just announced the next round of competition, with submissions due July 19, 2017.  To enter or learn more, visit AbingdonShorts.com

First Place: “Like a Kid Again” by J.R. Linkous

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J.R. Linkous is a Bristol based designer and filmmaker. “Like a Kid Again” was filmed entirely on location on Abingdon’s Main Street. See more of his work at jayarelinkous.com.

“When I first read the details for the Abingdon Shorts film competition, I knew in about 20 minutes what I was going to do.  When trying to put together an idea for a video or film, I have these “easy ideas” that come to me right away. You know, the ones that make sense. I typically try to bypass any of those and come up with something that goes the extra mile and looks at communicating the same point or story in a completely different way. When I read the line “it’s always playtime in Abingdon”, my initial thought was to highlight the Creeper Trail, fishing, backpacking, all the elements that easily communicate “playtime”.  However, I decided that I wanted to connect Main Street Abingdon with “playtime”.  As always, I’m working with no budget and little time.  What I had to come up with would have to be simple but communicate the point just as well. I decided that I wanted to use my 5-year-old daughter because she’s cute and she didn’t charge me a dime to act.  At this point, I have to connect shopping and tourism with a 5 year old. It was all downhill after this!  The phrase “makes me feel like a kid again” came to mind. That idea combined with the desire to have a twist at the end resulted in my Abingdon short film entry “Like a Kid Again”.

 

Second Place: “The Shoot” by Jon Phelps/Nice Marmot Productions

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Jon Phelps of Nice Marmot Productions is an IT professional in Abingdon, Virginia. For more from Nice Marmot Productions, visit their Youtube channel.

“Because we had to use the tagline “It’s always play time in Abingdon” I thought it would be amazing if we were shooting a commercial centered around that one line and the actor just couldn’t get it right. I pitched it to my friend Ryan Henderson, the main star of the short, and we wrote it in an evening and shot it the following day in the upstairs of the Barter Theatre. I think I decided to go with a comedy narrative because I have always enjoyed making people laugh and once I had that central idea the script really wrote itself. We went super meta with the ending, having his girlfriend be the actual star of the commercial, but in the end I think it worked well and was a nice little button on the whole thing.”

 

Third Place: “Playtime” by J.R. Linkous

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“Playtime,” also produced by J.R. Linkous, took home the third place price.

 

 

For more information about the Abingdon Shorts competition, visit AbingdonShorts.com.

 

BARTER THEATRE OFFERS $20 TICKETS TO ALL PERFORMANCES

April 26, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

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ABINGDON, Va.—Big changes at Barter Theatre, the nation’s longest running professional theatre, seek to improve patron experience and make theatre affordable for everyone.

With a new ticketing system, pricing model and website, the Barter Theatre patron experience is evolving to better suit the needs of patrons in the community and the region all while promoting continued growth in tourism and economic development.

Producing Artistic Director, Richard Rose, said, “Over the last 6 months or more, Barter has been working behind the scenes to make the patron experience at Barter even better. Along with our new website, a new and more friendly ticketing software, and many other benefits for our patrons, Barter has created a more affordable ticket pricing structure that will make the Barter experience accessible to everyone.”

This new pricing model offers simplified prices and less expensive tickets to every show. One featured aspect of the program will include a selection of $20 seats to each performance at both Barter Theatre and Barter Stage II. While a limited number of $20 seats are available, the remainder of seats will be sold at graduated pricing levels encouraging patrons to purchase tickets well in advance of performances to get the best pricing available.

Recently, Barter Theatre began a partnership with TRG Arts, a firm dedicated to helping arts organizations grow patron loyalty. This partnership has resulted in the profound changes happening at Barter Theatre. J.L. Nave, a consultant at TRG Arts said, “TRG Arts’ focus with all of our clients is to help arts organizations reach the broadest audience possible. We are excited about this significant step Barter Theatre is taking to be more accessible than ever.” This partnership, which will continue well into the future, has already netted impressive results and modifications to all aspects of Barter Theatre’s patron communications.

$20 tickets to each show in the 2016 season are available through the Barter Theatre box office or website as of April 26. To purchase tickets please call 276-628-3991 or visit bartertheatre.com.

Barter Theatre, the nation’s longest running professional theatre, is funded in part by The National Endowment for the Arts and The Virginia Commission for the Arts. Barter Theatre’s 2016 season is made possible by season sponsors Eastman Credit Union, Food City, Meade Tractor, Mountain States Health Alliance and The United Company Foundation.

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Media Contact:

Kathleen Bundy

276-619-3343

www.bartertheatre.com