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Henry Street festival keeps the legacy alive

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viagra generico prezzo piu basso a Firenze When Sydney Coleman moved to Roanoke in summer 2007 one of the first things she did was inquire about popular local events. Everyone she asked mentioned the Henry Street Heritage Festival. Sunday, (Oct. 7) marked 12 consecutive years of Sydney attending the event that has become Southwest Virginia’s preeminent celebration of African American heritage.

acquistare viagra generico 50 mg consegna rapida Since its inception in 1989, the Henry Street Festival has exposed thousands of people to African American heritage through performing arts, merchandise, food vendors, crafts and more.

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levitra senza ricetta italia Initially scheduled for September 15, this year’s festival was postponed due to inclement weather however, organizers pushed through–rescheduled and the event went on without a hitch–with great attendance as well.

source site Kicking off the day’s entertainment was: Fire the Band, Upscale Band & Show and Toby Foyeh: Wakanda Day Party. The dessert contest consisting of pies, cakes and other sweets generated much interest. Ultimately, the top contestants received cash prizes totaling $250.This year’s main-stage lineup featured three acts – Cece Peniston, Kenny Lattimore and the group Next – who have collectively sold over eight million records worldwide in addition to earning six Soul Train Award nominations. A certain quality of artistry is required to keep fans engaged throughout their entire set. All three main acts showed why they embody such qualities.

Cece Peniston

watch Since dropping her debut LP “Finally” (‘92), Peniston has gone on to release two other critically acclaimed albums – “Thought ‘Ya Knew” (‘94) and “I’m Movin’ On” in (‘96).

canadian generic viagra buy online Peniston, keeping her performance real, personally connected with the audience when mentioning her mother who passed away recently.

order cialis super active without prescription “Ya’ll act like this is a funeral,” she chided. “Now I need your (crowd’s) energy to get me through this… this one is for my mother.”

see url Peniston took her show out into the audience and also briefly interacted with one fan she invited to the stage. She had no problem pushing through her performance that registered extremely well and set the pace for the evening’s headliners.

go When it comes to quality R&B music, Camille Sydney, a longtime festival supporter, considers Cece as good as it gets.

source “I would have paid for my ticket even if she was the only artist on the bill,” Sydney said. “She performed all of my favorite songs. I just appreciate everything that she represents as a woman.”

NEXT

Leon Coleman, another attendee, considers Next his favorite R&B group of all time and hoped they would perform “Wifey” and “Too Close,” their two most popular singles. When they did, the Roanoke County native danced as if he was a teenager again in his living room.

“I was able to bring my mother this year, and we had a tremendous time,” Coleman said. “This was definitely one of the best music festivals I’ve ever been to. I’ve yet to be let down by Next.”

Kenny Lattimore

It was Kenny Lattimore’s 2003 album Things That Lovers Do with his ex-wife Chante Moore that sold over a million units worldwide. During his set, he performed at least one song off each of his four Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified albums.

“I would define the Henry Street Festival as a place you can go, listen to good music, enjoy a variety of foods, see old friends and meet new people,” festival volunteer Tony Preston said. “I really enjoyed Kenny Lattimore. He is one of the smoothest musicians I’ve ever heard.”

Area cooks earn scholarships to Al Pollard Culinary Art Program

Al Pollard Memorial Foundation’s support helps education pair with hands-on training

Winners: Michael Whitaker of Hotel Roanoke won the $8,000 scholarship. Winners of the $4,000 scholarship are: Alex Jesse of Frankie Rowlands, Scott Dodson of Billy’s, Bryan Poole of The Palisades, Allan Broadwell of 419 West and Dawoo Preston of The Quarter.

When Hotel Roanoke lead cook Michael Whitaker faced off against six other competitors at the 2018 Al Pollard Memorial Gala, he naturally felt a bit nervous. At the end of the night, however, his notable kitchen skills earned him a full scholarship to the Al Pollard Culinary Arts Program at Virginia Western Community College.
“It’s absolutely amazing,” Whitaker said. “The competition itself was really exhilarating.” Continue reading Area cooks earn scholarships to Al Pollard Culinary Art Program

Reading Council of Champions inducts four local honorees

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR) Council of Champions has recognized four Roanoke individuals as the newest members of its Council. Dr. Rita Bishop, Superintendent of Roanoke City Public Schools; Roanoke City Mayor Sherman Lea; and Drs. Craig Ramey and Sharon Ramey, Distinguished Research Faculty at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and Chief Science Officers for Human Development, City of Roanoke, were inducted for their support of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and their significant efforts to help students achieve reading proficiency by the end of the third grade. Continue reading Reading Council of Champions inducts four local honorees

DePaul Community Resources aims to improve gap in care choices following closure of Virginia Training Centers

DePaul Community Resources announced the launch of a new campaign that seeks to identify homes for people with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities following the closure of Virginia’s third training center. The closures are the result of an investigation conducted by the Department of Justice into the treatment of individuals with developmental disabilities. Continue reading DePaul Community Resources aims to improve gap in care choices following closure of Virginia Training Centers