Change Happens….

Change happens…I get it…but that doesn’t mean I have to like it.

Six years ago my mom and I had a meeting with Dave at our local Starbucks.

When I met Dave I was nine years old and I was on crutches because I had dislocated my knee (again). We briefly talked about my latest injury and then started talking about Celebrate Virginia Live (CVL) and its benefactor Project 324.

Dave created Project 324 and wanted to talk to me about being involved. I told him how much music means to me. Throughout my medical journey music has been my constant. It cheers me up, it pushes me, it comforts me, and it inspires me. I enjoyed listening to him talk about his ideas for Project 324, and how he wanted to bring art and music together to enrich our local community and beyond. His dream quickly became mine, and I brought my mom along for the ride.

From the first day I stepped foot on the field at CVL, I was welcomed into the CVL family. Through the years, I went from being the little girl who introduced the National Anthem Singers and Young Marine Color Guard, to the young lady who was the face of Project 324 and an expert golf cart driver.

I have always loved lending my voice to my medical charities, especially Children’s Hospital Foundation and Children’s Miracle Network of Richmond. Through Project 324 I had an opportunity to blend my love of giving back to my medical community and the artist community.

CVL was my second home. There I was just “Megs” the Jr. Officer in Command. I was not Megan “who has medical challenges”. I was never seen as different. I was included in everything from setting up to shutting down and all the craziness in between. I have literally grown up on that field.

I learned so much from my CVL family. Each year I was included in more and more. My favorite was the community outreach. We held a Music Farm to collect used instruments to refurbish them and gave them back to the local schools, we sponsored music therapy camps for children who had lost a loved one, we upgraded patrons “to make someone’s summer”, we held logo contests, gave back to local schools, promoted local voice talent searches, but most importantly I loved working with the radio stations to promote local artists.

Project 324 provided a venue for local artists to showcase their talent. Project 324 gave opportunities to kids, teenagers, young adults, and community music group’s time on stage to sing our National Anthem.

Project 324 had an awesome internship program. Our interns have gone on to do some amazing things. They now hold jobs as event coordinators, community relations assistants, social media consultants and public relations.

This week has been bittersweet for me. CVL has been renamed to Celebrate Virginia After Hours (CVAH) and is under new management. Change is hard, but I am happy our community still has concerts in their back yard.

I will miss the joy and excitement of transforming a field into a concert venue. I will miss the anticipation as the gates open for that first show. I will miss the high fives and sighs of relief when the headliner takes the stage, but most of all I will miss my CVL family.

Dave, Peter, Nate, Dawn, Ray, Kelly, Emma, Ashleigh, Savannah, Hayley, Fran, (all the Matt’s), Christal, Jeremy, Edwin, Tiffany, Thunder Crew, DJ 2 Much, Sharon, WFLS, and everyone I have missed. Thank you for being a part of my life. Thank you for always being there. Thank you for never treating me different. Thank you for loving me and my family. Change may happen, but you will always be a constant in my life.

As Dave would say….the show must go on

As Peter would say….that’s a wrap

Love, Megs

Concerts and summer time = The Good Life!

The time is almost here. Tomorrow we kick off the 2014 concert season at Celebrate Virginia Live with Jamey Johnson. I am excited!!! We have amazing acts on the schedule.

6/14 – Montgomery Gentry

7/18 – Joe Nichols

7/19 – Thompson Square

8/1 – Dustin Lynch & Craig Campbell

8/23 – Alan Jackson

9/12 – Dierks Bentley

Project 324 will have a fun booth in Harmony Cove. I can’t wait to see all my friends. Make sure you stop and say “Hey! Megs in the Burg” we can even take a selfie.

I am sorry I have been neglecting my blog. School has been crazy and I cannot wait until it is over next Tuesday. I am ready to get this summer started.

Gates open tomorrow at 5:30. Remember to grab a blanket and bring a friend, neighbor, sibling, or cousin. You are not going to want to miss a minute of this season.

See you out there…

 

Megs

Healing Through Music…

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I find it very exciting waiting to see what artists will be coming to Celebrate Virginia Live. I am always offering up “my” choices to the team. I also know a ton of things must happen behind the scenes to bring an artist to Fredericksburg.

A few weeks ago when Hank William Jr. was announced I started my research. I know I had heard the name, but I wasn’t exactly sure I knew who he was. Then my mom said, “He sang ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL the Sunday night theme”. Yes, she actually tried to sound like the theme song. I looked at her with the “ok” look. Then my brother chimed in and said, “Megan, he sings Family Tradition”. Well why didn’t they say that first. I know that song.  The more I researched and heard his music, the more inspired I became to write my post.

I love music. I love hearing all genres. I also love the way music makes me feel. Music has played a big part in my life. Each step of my medical journey different songs speak to me. Mom calls them my “theme songs”. Music has a big influence on my life. The more I read about the artist I find they also had life stories that influence who they are, where they have been, and where they are going.

When Hank Williams Jr. was 26 his life was turned upside down when he was seriously injured in a mountain climbing accident. Two years and nine major surgeries later, Hank Williams Jr. emerged with a new look consisting of a full beard, cowboy hat, and dark glasses.

I could really identify with what it feels like to recover from a medical obstacle. I spent three years recovering from my stroke. Sometimes it seems like you just want to give up. Hank Williams Jr. could have decided to just fade away, but he took the time to heal and came back stronger proving a “Country Boy Can Survive”.

I hope you will come out and join us July 20th as we welcome Hank Williams Jr. to Celebrate Virginia Live. Tickets are available online at Legends Sports Grille.

Love.

Megs

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”

― Albert Einstein

SUMMER CAMP!!

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School is over and summer is FINALLY here. I am off to Camp Holiday Trails for the next two weeks. I love this camp. This will be my third year. It is the place I can go and just be me. Everyone has a story and no one looks at anyone else as being different. I learn so much from my fellow campers. It is hard for me to leave at the end of the two weeks. My counselors are the best!

When I get back things will be CRAZY!! Celebrate Virginia Live is turning up the heat for July and August. Sorry for the slight break in June, but we are at the mercy of the schedules of the Artists. I hope to see all my local followers out there. I am ready to get the party started.

I will see you all soon on the stage and in the crowds. Make sure you say hi!

Love,

Megs

32 Days….I am EXCITED!!

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Well we are 32 days away from kicking off the 2013 Celebrate Virginia Concert Series. Billy Currington will be coming to town to get things rolling. I am very excited.

If you are just joining my blog and wondering who is “Megs in the ‘burg”, well I am the Junior Officer in Command, Official Ambassador and Blogger for Celebrate Virginia Live. I dare you to try and say that all at once…hehe!

What does that BIG title mean? It means that I will be bringing you up to date information and behind the scenes fun at Celebrate Virginia Live and Project 324. I want to get out and meet the crowd, sponsors, businesses, families, and everyone that makes Celebrate Virginia a great way to spend the summer.

We have more big announcements coming. You need to stay tuned. I also invite you to send me questions you would like me to ask the talent that will be joining us this summer. You can send me or tweet ideas and recommendations. At Celebrate Virginia, we want to bring you the best experience.

I can’t wait to get out there and start the season. If you don’t have them already, pick up your tickets online or at Legends Sports Grille in Fredericksburg.

Love…

Megs ♥

Concerts Announced….summer will be here soon!

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I am very excited. The first three concerts of the Celebrate Virginia Concerts season have been announced. May 17th, Billy Currington, August 9th, Trace Adkins, and August 23rd, Brett Michaels. More will be coming and I will make sure to keep you updated. I am excited to resume my duties representing Project 3l24 the “Official Charity” of Celebrate Virginia Live. It is going to be an amazing season.

I am looking forward to having Brett Michaels at Celebrate Virginia. We have a lot in common. I hope we get a chance to talk. We both have had open heart surgery, suffered a transient ischemic attack (TIA), raise awareness for charity, and love animals. My best friend Baileigh is a juvenile diabetic and so is Brett. He has done an amazing job to bring awareness to the disease. Like me, he believes you should serve as a role model and inspire people young and old to be get involved. I do not allow my “challenges” to define me. I have a BIG voice, but my platform is small, this is why I love when celebrities use their status to raise awareness. I hope everyone will come on out to the shows this summer. Spread the word. Bring your family and friends. It is a great way to spend a summer night. The more people we can have in attendance the bigger the shows will become.

I can’t wait to get my hands on a radio and twirl around the grounds on the golf cart. I wonder if I will be able to bedazzle a radio in rhinestones….hmmm!

See you soon..

Megs in the ‘burg

Catching Up

It has been a few days since I have had any updates. I was exhausted after last weekend’s concerts. I loved how many people stopped by the Project 324 Dunk Tank and Bull and asked “Are you Megs in the ‘Burg? I read your blog.” That was so cool. We raised a lot of money for Project 324 last weekend. Thank you!

Daughtry put on a great show. There is a big difference between Rock and Country Star personalities. The crowd at Celebrate Virginia Live was huge. We need this kind of support all year long for all the concerts.

I can’t believe the last concert of the season is Friday.  I have met some great people (Dave, Nate, Matt H, Matt M, Dr. Ray, Dawn, Mike, Brian, Ms. Rita, Chelsea, Leah, Shanda, Michelle, all the security guys, event staff, and volunteers).  I will miss everyone until next season. I hope everyone will say thank you to those in Red and Blue shirts. They are all volunteers who help to make each season a success.

Several folks asked me how a little girl got involved in charity work. I do it because I love it and I enjoy making a difference. I pick charities that are personal to me.

Children’s Hospital and Miracle Network provide comfort, treatment, and hope for all illnesses. That means so much to me since not everyone fits into a category for fundraising. Project 324 is about helping to fund programs in our community that center around music and performing arts. My dream is to be an entertainer. My goal is to go into broadcasting and have my own talk show. I am sure lots of kids have a similar dream and Project 324 will help them get there.