Editor's note: updated with date changed due to impending weather.
STANARDSVILLE -- Break out your dancing shoes, because you’ll want to shake it at the Music in the Air event in Stanardsville next month.
Grace Health and Rehab of Greene County invites everyone to an outdoor concert from 5 to 8 p.m. May 17 with South Canal Street to highlight the American Health Association’s “Move More Month” of April.
“We are thrilled to partner with Grace Rehab for this fun event for their residents and the entire community,” said Aimee Carter, director of the American Heart Association. “April is ‘Move More Month’ for the American Heart Association, and we are excited for the community to come out and move, dance and enjoy the Music in the Air with us.”
“I’ve seen these guys perform, and they’ll definitely make you get up and move,” said Michelle Pitts, admissions and marketing director at Grace Rehab. “This is a free event for Greene, the surrounding counties and the residents who call Grace Rehab home.”
South Canal Street band is a three-piece vocal group based out of Ruckersville that plays hits from the late 1950s through the 1970s, though Pitts said they’ve started to add a bit of newer stuff like a song by Chris Stapleton.
Also partnering for the event are the Catch the Chef food truck and Stone Mountain Vineyards from Dyke. Both will have food and beverages for sale, but Pitts said people can bring picnics as well.
“We encourage the community to bring blankets or lawn chairs for the event,” Pitts said.
She said the venue isn’t a typical area for an outdoor concert — in the space in front of the Grace Rehab building.
“This is the first of many events we’re going to have in 2019,” she said. “We’d like to make sure the community has some fun things to do, but also that our residents have the chance for fun experiences that others can experience on everyday basis because they can go into Charlottesville.”
The grassy area and car port will be blocked off, as will a portion of the parking area in front of Grace Rehab on William Mills Drive. Pitts noted people can park along the roadsides or at the library parking lot.
“The purpose of this event is to get people moving, especially with the younger deaths of people, like Luke Perry, or the people experiencing strokes at younger ages,” Pitts said. “The American Heart Association will have education items, too. With the help of them, we’re able to give back to the community with a really great event.”
The next major event is a large health fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 4, in partnership with the University of Virginia Health System.
“UVa has not disappointed,” Pitts said. “There will be lung cancer screening tests, doctors, dietitian, bone density — and more. There will be live entertainment outside, as well. A mammogram van will also attend, but people will need to set up appointments prior, and while everything else will be free, that will use insurance.”
Pitts said to watch for more information later in the month about that event.
“I would really like to see the community turn out for this,” Pitts said. “The more community participation helps us to know that we’re doing a good job and helps us continue to crank out additional fun stuff for them to attend.”
She said with the days staying light later, the sun will be setting just as the band finishes its final song, which will make it easier for people to get home.
“It’s planned perfectly with the timing,” she said. “If we can keep the rain away, we’ll be fine.
Grace Health and Rehab is at 355 William Mills Drive in downtown Stanardsville.
For more information about Move More Month, including a toolkit and tips, visit https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/fitness/fitness-basics/move-more-month.