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A Practice Concert turns out to be the Real Thing

Provided by Dan Verner Twenty-four-year-old violin virtuoso Samantha Kline of Manassas presented a program of accompanied and unaccompanied songs to 140 appreciative friends, relatives and church and community members the evening of April 27 at Manassas Baptist Church. Ms. Kline’s selections ranged from J. S. Bach’s Violin Sonata in G major for Piano and Violin, K. 301 to W. A. …

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Beautiful, Not Beastly

By Dan Verner Becky and I went to see Manassas Park High School’s production of the musical version of Beauty and the Beast Friday evening, and as I wrote on Facebook, “I’ll write a longer review later, but for now, I have four words for everyone: Go. See. This. Musical.” We were overly familiar with the animated film which came out …

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Uncle Artie

By Dan Verner Art Garfunkel came to the Hylton Center last night, and his concert was more like a holiday visit from a favorite uncle holding forth on the couch in the living room. A near capacity audience of mostly baby boomers wildly applauded every comment, song and poem that came from the mouth of this talented, gentle pop music …

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The Legend Lives On

Prince William author Dan Verner

Provided by Dan Verner Forty years ago this past Tuesday, the ore carrier Edmund Fitzgerald sank without warning in a monster storm on Lake Superior. Moments before they dropped off radar, the captain reported “We’re holding our own,” the freighter sank with the loss of 29 souls, the entire crew. The sinking might have gone largely unnoticed but for the …

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A Daring Adventure

by Colleen LaMay “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” Helen Keller I dropped my eldest, Kuranda, off at college recently, an annual rite I share with millions of other parents. She is a Buckeye, a sophomore at The Ohio State University in Columbus. The drive to OSU was loud with echoes of another time and place, another drive to …

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Poets Laureate 2015 Program

by Dan Verner | Photos provided by John Cowgill Most Americans are as enthusiastic about poetry as they are about china painting or the sport of curling. Actually, curling probably has more fans than poetry does. All this is just a surmise, but I think an accurate one. I made my way to the Hylton Center for the Performing Arts, on the …

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A Special Guest Writer

Prince William author Dan Verner

by Dan Verner I first met Colleen LaMay at a Write by the Rails meeting a couple of months ago. She sat by herself at a table in the back, and I’m afraid few people welcomed her. I’m not sure I said anything to her myself, although I usually try to greet new people. I saw Colleen next at an informal gathering …

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In Praise of Hats

Prince William author Dan Verner

by Dan Verner John Kennedy just about ruined a generation for hats. He famously did not wear a top hat at his inauguration on a frigid day in January, 1961, and that did in hats as a required fashion accessory in much the same way that Clark Gable finished off the undershirt when he didn’t wear one in It Happened One Night. …

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A Winning Combination

Prince William author Dan Verner

by Dan Verner On Saturday, July 18th, from noon to 4:00 PM at the Lakeside courtyard in the Tackett’s Mill Center ( 2235 Tackett’s Mill Drive, Lake Ridge), the Clearbrook Center of the Arts again presents “Poetry and Jazz”, a free festival featuring local poets and authors reciting to the music of Common Ground. Last year this event crowned the Prince William County …

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Another Sterling Weekend

Prince William author Dan Verner

by Contributing Writer Dan Verner My friend Norm Modlin, a meteorologist who helps provide forecasts for airlines, observed that of all the places he has lived, Manassas had the most and greatest variety of festivals and special events. My experiences this past weekend proved that. I began the weekend with a book signing at Prospero’s Used Books on Center Street in Manassas in …

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