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

Project 324 Might Just Make Your Summer

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Project 324 was founded with the purpose of helping to support arts initiatives throughout the Central Virginia Region. We’re always on the lookout for projects that complement our mission and are anxious to help like-minded organizations anyway we can. Our ultimate goal is to keep the arts flourishing and to bring our community together.

Each concert you might see me up on stage, with my friends from Thunder 104.5 and WFLS 93.3, welcoming our National Anthem singer and the Young Marine Color Guard.  I love showcasing our local talent.

Project 324 started a new tradition this year: After opening the show, we wander through the crowd, and upgrade seats for a number of lucky concertgoers! Seeing the joy and surprise on their faces as part of our “Make Someone’s Summer” promotion has been incredible!

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More Amazing Upgrades 

Congratulations: Ira Roberts, Hunter Helper, Sandy and Patrick McNamara, Nykky Stapleton, Jessi Trainham, Sierra Riedy, Kelly Daum, Doughtery Family, Catlin Chmielewski, Haley Fisher, Nikki Iashbaugh, and Chris Farly

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Project 324 also surprised Samantha Rowland and Bill Carper with Thompson Square Meet and Greet passes.

Come on out to Celebrate Virginia Live to see Dustin Lynch and Craig Campbell tomorrow night and Project 324 just might “Make Your Summer”.

See you at the show…

Megs

I lived it in color – CVL Season is underway

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What a wild weekend at Celebrate Virginia Live. I love the start of concert season. It is hard to believe how much goes into preparing the venue. I still get chills when I leave the site and all we have is a piece of land and then mom turns the corner the next day and the stage is up.

I hope everyone enjoyed the Jamey Johnson show. It was fun to open the show with my new friend Christal Blue from Thunder 104.5 and Mark Clifford. This year I will be also sharing the stage with Jessica and Steve from 93.3 WFLS.

I love talking about Project 324. Our mission is to help the ARTS flourish. We opened the show with Emma Zinck and the Quantico Young Marines. Emma is the reigning WFLS 2014 Country Idol. She is a rising star. She is also a Celebrate Virginia Live Intern. Emma is a senior at Mountainview High school in Stafford. She is incredible and you will be seeing more of Emma this season.

Montgomery Gentry will be here in the ‘Burg in less than 24 hours.  Tomorrow is Military Appreciation and First Responder Day. If you purchase one general admission ticket you will get one free.

I started something new this year called…”Make Someone’s Summer” sponsored by Project 324. After the National Anthem and before the opening act I will be walking around looking for two lucky people to be upgraded. It could be you 🙂

See you at the show..

Megan

Happy 13th Birthday Megan!

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Megan,

I have hijacked your blog to wish you a very happy birthday. You have brought us so much happiness and joy over the years. Words cannot describe how much we love you. Watching you grow up has been fun and entertaining. You have been through so much in your short life and yet you face it all with courage and a smile.

Everyone that meets you loves the light that you bring into his or her life. You have such a big voice. You lend it to such great causes and you bring awareness to those around you.  You inspire me everyday.

I know you are excited to be a teenager. Enjoy these years have fun and make good choices. You star shines bright and you don’t just follow your dreams you run after them.

We love you,

Mom, Dad, and Alec

Today is SHOW DAY!!!!

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You know that feeling you get when you know something exciting is about to happen. Well that is how I feel right now. I have been waiting for months to kick off the Celebrate Virginia Live Concert Series and that day is FINALLY here.

I have been at the site this week and I love watching everything come together. You can feel the excitement and energy out on the field. It is great to see all the people ready to enjoy a Friday night in the ‘burg. I am looking forward to enjoying some of my favorite foods today.

In a few hours I will be on stage ready to get the crowd rolling along with my friends from Thunder 104.5.

Who is coming to see Billy? Make sure you say hi! when you see me walking around. Thank you to all the amazing sponsors that help make this show possible along with the amazing CVL Team. It is going to be a great year…….

Love,

Megs

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Spring has Sprung!

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Time to start getting busy. I love Spring. The weather is just right. Not hot, not cold. This also means charity season will be in full force. I love raising awareness. I truly believe this is my calling. I like bringing people together. I plan on blogging a lot about my events. My blog is called “Megs in the ‘burg” because I am a local girl who wants to highlight the great things our community has to offer.  I hope you will share this blog and also follow me on twitter.

Celebrate Virginia Live is not only a great concert series they support the “ARTS” through the charity Project 324. One of the projects they are supporting is a local Fredericksburg Filmmaker, Paul Lewis, and his Kickstarter campaign to make a movie called “Ford Madox Ford: A Man Mad About Writing”.  I also had an earlier post about the PBS Online Film Festival “Live Art”. It is very important we keep the arts alive. It must be encouraged and never discouraged. Everyone keeps asking me if I know who is coming this concert season. I won’t know until you do. I know the suspense is killing you, but I have no doubt the CVL team will bring another amazing season for 2013.

I do know we have some new sponsors that you should check out. One is Legends Sports Grille. This is my kind of sponsor because I love food. Especially MAC and CHEESE. Legends is an authorized ticket vendor for Celebrate Virginia Live. If you have a business that is interested in being a sponsor for the 2013 concert season, go to the CVL website and sign up.

If you have been following me for awhile you know I am a patient at Children’s Hospital of Richmond/VCU. I love giving back to the hospital. Many don’t realize that Children’s Hospital has a satellite location here in Fredericksburg. I help raise awareness for ALL medical conditions and Children’s Miracle Network of Richmond. Next week we have a meeting to kick off the fundraising season.

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I hope that you all will enjoy my postings. If you have a local business and would like a shout out, let me know.

Love……Megs ♥

PBS 20013 Online Film Festival – Please Vote for Live Art

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http://www.pbs.org/filmfestival/all-films/live-art/

The film “Live Art” is very special and deserves for everyone to watch and VOTE. As a spokesperson for the Celebrate Virginia Live Project 324, this is an initiative we are supporting. Performing Arts have helped me. After my stroke, I took dance lessons to work on my balance and coordination. This grew into me learning how to act and model. It helped my confidence soar. Take a moment and just watch. Help spread the word on twitter, Facebook, or email.