Almost Lost to History: King Tut and His Tomb: The event will be in the Antrim Chapel at Roanoke College from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3. Almost exactly 100 years ago, Howard Carter discovered the remarkable tomb of King Tutankhamun, who ruled Egypt from approximately 1333 to 1323 BCE. Tucked away in the Valley of the Kings, Tutankhamun’s tomb was almost untouched by time or tomb robbers, so it gives us a priceless window into the past. Egyptologist Jacquelyn Williamson examines the life and times of Tutankhamun as revealed by the evidence preserved in his tomb. Dr. Williamson reviews the social and religious imperatives that influenced the beautiful objects of art in this uniquely preserved tomb. Tut’s famous golden objects, such as Tut’s mask and sarcophagi, also reveal the scandalous heritage of this famous boy-king who was erased from Egypt’s own history only to find immortality in the modern world.
Evensong Service: On Sunday, Nov. 6 at 5 p.m., a Service of Choral Evensong for the Feast of All Saints will be offered at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 42 E. Main Street in Salem. This centuries-old, reflective service includes readings from scripture, music and prayer. Evensong has its origin in the ancient monastic service of vespers. During the reign of Henry VIII, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer changed the service to Evensong for the Anglican Church. Evensong is sung daily in cathedrals and parish churches throughout the world. The St. Paul’s choir, under the direction of Steven R. Lawrence, will sing music by English composers Grayston Ives and H. Walford Davies. The choir will be joined by organist Peggy Haas Howell of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lynchburg. Howell, a well-known organ recitalist both in the United States and in Europe will play music by Mendelssohn and Boëllmann. Officiating the service is The Rev. Benjamin Cowgill. Fr. Cowgill, a 2017 graduate of Roanoke College, currently serves as Curate at St. John’s Church in Lynchburg and a former member of St. Paul’s. St. Paul’s extends a warm invitation to the community to attend this service. A dinner follows the service in the Parish Hall and all are welcome.
Salem/Roanoke Valley Coin Show: The show will be held Saturday, Nov. 5 from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 6 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the American Legion Building at 710 Apperson Drive in Salem. Forty tables of coin dealers from several states will be selling coins, paper money, medals, tokens, gold and silver.
Salem Museum & Historical Society Annual Meeting of the Membership: All members of the Salem Museum & Historical Society are invited to attend the Annual Meeting on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. The meeting will include the annual report and will be held in person and on Zoom. The Zoom link will be posted on the Museum’s website on the morning of the meeting.
The Stories Within These Walls: On Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m., Chloe Shelton of Chloe Shelton Films will premiere her latest historical film produced for the Salem Museum. This talk will be presented in person and on Zoom, although it will not be recorded. The Zoom link will be posted on the Salem Museum’s website, SalemMuseum.org, on the morning of the talk. “The Stories Within These Walls” was commissioned by the Salem Museum to share the surprising history of the 1845 Williams Brown House. The house is the heart of the Salem Museum, but the structure has been put to a variety of uses in its nearly 150-year life.
Turk Pre-Law Program Gentry Locke Speaker Series: The event with Pastor Joe Vought will be in the Antrim Chapel from 7-8:15 p.m. at Roanoke College Monday, Nov. 14. Pastor Joseph M. Vought received his MDiv from The Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He served Lutheran congregations in Baltimore, Maryland, and Richmond, where he was a chaplain on Virginia’s death row. He also served Muhlenberg Lutheran of Harrisonburg and the campus ministry at James Madison University. Vought concluded his service as pastor to Community Lutheran in Sterling.
The Case for Free Enterprise Over Socialism: Steve Forbes, the chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media, will be speaking in the Cregger Center from 7-8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15. Tickets are required, free of charge, and are available at the Colket information desk beginning Nov. 7 or online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/steve-forbes-the-case-for-free-enterprise-over-socialism-tickets-450823915467
Blood Wedding: A production of “Blood Wedding” by Federico Garcia Lorca will be staged by Theatre Roanoke College in the Olin Hall Theater Nov. 17-19 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the general public are $7 and $5 for seniors. They can be purchased by calling 540-375-2333 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The synopsis reads: “After decades of bloodshed, there seems to be peace in this rural Spanish countryside. The Bride was promised to the Bridegroom. The wedding day arrives, and all seems to be right for the couple, but there is another who would steal her away. This love triangle reaches a fever pitch as they abscond into the nearby forest and must confront the realities of their passion, their hatred, and their mortality. The play will be performed in both English and Spanish with subtitles.”
Creative Time presents Hew Locke: The virtual webinar will be presented by Roanoke College in partnership with Creative Time from 12-1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29.
- The Salem City School Board will meet from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 8.
- The Salem City Council will meet Nov. 14 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Salem City Hall Council Chambers at 114 N. Broad Street in Salem.
- The Salem Planning Commission will meet Nov. 16 from 7-7:30 p.m. in the Salem City Hall Council Chambers at 114 N. Broad Street in Salem.
- The Salem City Council will meet Nov. 28 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Salem City Hall Council Chambers at 114 N. Broad Street in Salem.
- The Salem City Council will meet Dec. 12 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Salem City Hall Council Chambers at 114 N. Broad Street in Salem.
- The Salem City School Board will meet from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 13.
- The Salem Planning Commission will meet Dec. 14 from 7-7:30 p.m. in the Salem City Hall Council Chambers at 114 N. Broad Street in Salem.