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Bedford Get Together to Feature Local DJ and ''Our Bedford Story'' Project

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October 02, 2017
Contact:  John Messier
Phone:  540-871-0142
Attached Photos:  1) DJ Showtime Jonathan Hayden will be headlining the main stage at Bedford Get Together, 2) Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library will archive “Our Bedford Story” project, 3) Get Together Logo

Bedford Get Together to Feature Local DJ and “Our Bedford Story” Project
BEDFORD, VA – SEPTEMBER 28, 2017 – Bedford Get Together, on Saturday, October 14, 10 am-4 pm at Edmund Street Park in Bedford, will be a celebration of the communities shared values.  In addition to over 60 community service organizations providing hands-on activities for kids and adults, the Get Together will feature a main stage, headlined by Jonathan Hayden (aka DJ Showtime) and an oral history project called “Our Bedford Story.”
Bedford native Jonathan Hayden travels throughout the east coast, as DJ Showtime, providing music at colleges, clubs, and private events.  He is also well known locally, having just recently DJed at Liberty High School’s Homecoming and Bedford Centerfest.  Hayden’s offerings reflect his lifelong love of music and cover a wide range of musical styles and time periods.  “In regards to my work experience, I have been seamlessly mixing genres of music together since the age of 15,” says Hayden.  Jonathan Hayden is also a barber at Status Barbershop in Bedford and volunteers with a number of community organizations including the Hoops-Kid Program which teaches youth life skills like respect and cooperation through basketball.
The main stage at the Bedford Get Together will also include live music from local acts Ken & Alli, Laura Pole, and Catherine Backus.
Central to the Bedford Get Together will be a story collection project called “Our Bedford Story” which invites attendees to share how the Bedford community has formed their understanding of shared values.  Building on the idea that there is more that unites our community than separates us, the project invites residents of Bedford to share stories about how our families and our community have shaped our understanding of important and shared values.
The day’s activities and presentations will be focused around seven set of values groups.  Participants in the story telling project will be asked to choose one of these value groups and share personal stories based on several questions:  1) Share a story about how your family shaped your understanding of these values, 2) Thinking about our Bedford community, give an example of how the community influenced how you came to appreciate these values, 3) Suggest a way that focusing of these values can assist the community through these challenging times.
There will also be opportunities for folks who cannot attend the Get Together to participate in the story collection project.  These recorded stories will be presented at future events and will be archived at the Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library.   

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