Arts, Leisure and Sports

The 50th annual Festival In the Park invites you to take a “Slow Ride” this May – announcing the venerable band “Foghat” as the headliner music event on May 26. Festival president Skip Brown made that announcement this morning.  Brown says Foghat appeals to several generations – the younger crowd has made the band’s Slow Ride a popular choice on the game Guitar Hero 3. He also says Festival in the Park will expand beyond Elmwood Park this year to some of the surrounding streets.

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“Floydfest 18 Wild” this year is from July 25th through the 29th, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near milepost 170. Its been a year of personal and professional changes for co-founder Kris Hodges. He is also the CEO of “Across the Way Productions.” Kris Hodges spoke with WFIR’s Gene Marrano recently about those changes – and about the music, arts and outdoor festival. Here is a “Longer Listen:

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Major changes announced for minor league baseball today.  In Single-A visits to the pitcher’s mound by coaches and other players will be limited to ten per game; at the Double-A and Triple-A levels there are even fewer mound visits and a 15-second pitch timer will be employed. Its all an effort to reduce the length of games. At all levels including Class A that includes the Salem Red Sox, extra innings will begin with a runner on second base. Ben Gellman is a spokesman for the Salem Sox:

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Its been talked about for years but now there is finally a discounted, pay-one-price “Star City Pass” that allows visitors to Roanoke – or locals – to visit 8 cultural attractions. The Star City Pass is forty dollars for those 17 and under; 50 dollars for adults – it represents a 31 percent discount overall. They can only be purchased at the Center in the Square box office – good for museums there; plus the Taubman, the Link Museum, Mill Mountain Zoo and the Transportation Museum. Right now its deemed a pilot project through August. Susan Jennings with the Roanoke Arts Commission was at the official roll-out this morning.

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