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Home Grown Music and Entertainment

By Rebecca Barnes, Publisher, Prince William Living

If you’ve been in Prince William and Greater Manassas for a while, you know that many times you had to leave the area to find live music. You will be pleased to know that the music scene is here to stay in Prince William. Many venues now carry live music regularly, and in several styles to suit your mood. Find out what’s new and readily available in our July feature “The Rise of Live Local Music in Prince William”.

Classical music is still widely available if that is more your style. Meet Michelle Rupert, a “Bassoonist for All Seasons”. Dan Verner introduces us to Rupert, who was guest conductor for the Prince William County Middle School All-District Band in 2015 and is an accomplished Bassoon player who plays for the Manassas Chorale.

A great place to go for music and more is Downtown Historic Manassas. Joe Lowe takes us for a quick tour in “A Modern Heart in Historic Manassas”. Full of history, art, food and entertainment, Lowe shows us some of the new things Historic Manassas has to offer. “This is an exciting time for us,” said Debbie Haight, executive director of Historic Manassas, Inc. “The decades of hard work spent revitalizing the Manassas historic downtown are paying off spectacularly. And our downtown— once boarded-up and ignored—is now a vibrant arts and cultural district that is constantly growing and diversifying.”

If you are still looking for things to do this summer check out this month’s Family Fun, “Patriotic Produce” by Amanda Baity to learn all the great summer time treats you can make with Watermelon. And, review our print calendar of events, or online at for fun things to do in July.

And don’t forget our ongoing contest #friendsofpwl. From June 1 to July 31, 2016, we will be spreading the word about Prince William Living and asking for your help! Visit our #friendsofpwl web page at for contest details. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus, where we’ll recognize the person who currently has the most points. Then, at the end of the contest period, we’ll tally up the points to find the BEST Friends of Prince William Living. We will recognize anyone with more than 100 points at our Friends of PWL event, which will bring together our PWL friends, new and old, to build connections with other area business and community leaders.

Thank you for being a friend!


Rebecca Barnes,  Prince William Living Publisher

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