Christal's Corner

Hey it's Christal and welcome to my corner of the SuperHits world! I can't wait to share local findings here in Fredericksburg, great food discoveries, and more!

I’m a Navy brat, so that’s tough to pinpoint. I was born in Orlando, FL. I grew up in Norfolk, VA; St. Paul, MN; Portland, ME; and Carlton, MN. Then I spent 15 years in Grand Forks, ND (don’t ask me why, it’s really cold there) and now my hometown is the beautiful Fredericksburg, VA. I love the living history around every corner, to step out my front door onto hallowed ground is pretty amazing.  I love to visit the battlefields and wander through historic downtown. I love music! I’m addicted to the Food Network and the Travel Channel, and I’ll watch anything hosted by my celebrity crush, Adam Richman. And one thing you would never know about me, I’m a bona fide Parrot Head, going on 20 years now. I can’t get enough Jimmy Buffett.
by Christal posted Sep 30 2015 4:08PM

Sister Act is playing now through November 8th at the Riverside Center Dinner Theater! Now, if you loved the Whoopie Goldberg movies, you’re in for a treat with the musical adaptation. Riverside is one of the VERY few lucky theaters to have secured the rights to this show, so if you’ve been trying to decide whether to get your tickets, stop hesitating because they are selling fast. You don’t want to miss your chance to go back in time to the glory days of disco, where Donna Summer reigned supreme. The soundtrack to Sister Act will have you dancing in your chair, and the voice of main character, Deloris Van Cartier (played brilliantly by Felicia Curry) will have you wishing you knew all the words so you could sing along.

You remember the story, Deloris witnessed a murder and was placed in protective custody until she could testify against her sleazy ex-boyfriend. She finds herself placed in a convent where she’s forced to clean up her act and pose as one of the nuns. She takes on the task of leading the church choir, and ends up leading them into temptation instead! Shenanigans ensue, and it’s all set to fun upbeat music that will keep you smiling through both acts with these spunky Sisters.

I attended a Saturday night performance with one of my good friends, and our girl’s night was perfectly spent. The menu was full of delicious combinations, we enjoyed the chicken and pork chop entrees and the cheesecake and cherry pie desserts. Service was stellar, Colby was as entertaining as he was efficient and polite. I always remind my dining partners that the servers are usually part of the show, and we pride ourselves on showing our gratitude for their hard work.

Riverside Center Dinner Theater is going through some renovations, and while the work is showing, it doesn’t hamper the great service or the wonderful performance.

I’m excited to see the next show, Mame, which opens November 14th and will feature the much anticipated return of Sally Struthers. Get your tickets now for Sister Act by visiting www.riversidedt.com



by Christal posted May 12 2015 11:59AM
My Way, A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra is playing now through June 28th at the Riverside Center Dinner Theatre.  I was lucky enough to attend the Mother’s Day Matinee during opening weekend, and I enjoyed every minute.  The theatre was full, the food was excellent, and the service was stellar. 

I enjoyed a signature drink called the Fly Me To the Moon (think Blue Hawaiian) and started my meal with the Fried Green Tomato appetizer, so yummy.  I had the Baked Seafood Casserole as an entrée and a slice of cheesecake for dessert, both were delicious.  I always order a drink for intermission, and it’s usually a Chocolatini … don’t judge!

The show was a pleasant surprise, knowing it was a musical tribute and not a play or musical, I was happy to see the live band set up on stage.  The small cast of 4 was all new to me, and their voices are sensational!  If you’re ANY kind of Frank Sinatra fan, you’ll enjoy this trip down memory lane with Old Blue Eyes.  There will be NO SPOILERS here, folks, but I will tell you this – ALL your favorite songs are here.  Saying that, I’d also like to point out that while I THOUGHT I knew a lot of songs by the Chairman of the Board, I was surprised by how many great songs were included that I hadn’t heard before.

The cast and staff of Riverside Center Dinner Theatre have pulled off another winner, and it won’t take long to get the word out, so get your tickets now before every show sells out!  Spend a night reminiscing about a bygone era filled with music, moonlight, and an honest to goodness TRIBUTE to one of the greatest crooners of our lifetime.  Go see My Way, it’ll leave you longing for far-away places and long lost love, the way only the memory of Frank Sinatra can. 

Get your tickets now at http://riversidedt.com/

--Christal Blue

by Christal posted Mar 30 2015 9:18AM

34 years ago . . . In 1981, PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN was shot and seriously injured by JOHN HINCKLEY as he left a Washington, D.C., hotel.  White House press secretary JAMES BRADY and two others were also wounded.

Ronald Reagan was shot in the chest and in the lower right arm. He suffered a punctured lung and heavy internal bleeding, but prompt medical attention allowed him to recover quickly. No formal invocation of presidential succession took place, although Secretary of State Alexander Haigcontroversially stated that he was "in control here" while Vice President George H. W. Bush returned to Washington (he may have meant he was in control at the White House only, as Bush made his way back.

There were no fatalities in the immediate aftermath of the attack, but White House Press Secretary James Brady, who was left paralyzed from a gunshot wound, died in 2014 of causes a Virginia medical examiner found were directly related to the 1981 shooting.Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity on charges of attempting to assassinate the President and remains confined to a psychiatric facility. In January 2015, federal prosecutors announced that they would not charge Hinckley with Brady's death, despite the medical examiner's classification of his death as a homicide.

by Christal posted Mar 11 2015 10:36AM
"(I Just) Died in Your Arms" is a song by the English rock band Cutting Crew. It was released in July 1986 as the band's debut single and lead single from their debut studio album, Broadcast (1986). It remains their biggest hit, peaking at number-one in the United States, Canada and Finland, and reaching the top five in the UK, South Africa, Sweden and Switzerland. 

Dirty Dancing is the original soundtrack of the 1987 film Dirty Dancing. The album became a huge commercial success. It went on to sell 32 million copies worldwide and is one of the best-selling albums of all time. In the United States the album spent 18 weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 album sales charts and went multi- platinum. As of 2007, it is still re-entering the Irish charts on occasion, having spent more than 230 weeks in the top 30.


Whitney Houston released in the United States on June 2, 1987. The album catapulted her to international fame.

The album met the expectations of many people and was sensationally popular after its release.With this album, Houston set historic records on the charts. It debuted at number one on the Billoard 200 chart the issue of June 27, 1987, becoming the first album by a female artist, and only the fifth album by a solo artist to do so. The album remained at the top for eleven consecutive weeks, creating a record; the most cumulative weeks (25 weeks) at number one on the albums chart by a female artist during the 1980s.


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by Christal posted Jan 28 2015 9:47AM
In 1985, dozens of music's top stars "left their egos at the door" and recorded a song written by Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, and Lionel Richie. Following the American Music Awards, 45 Artists including Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Kenny Rogers, Hall & OATES, TITO JACKSON, SHEILA E, and DAN AYKROYD spent all night recording " We Are The World". And who was the backing band for this amazing ensemble? Thats RIGHT/.. the equally amazing ensemble of TOTO! Toto was essential to "We Are The World" raising millions of dollars for starving people in Ethiopia. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Glny4jSciVI
by Christal Blue posted May 9 2014 7:45AM
Meet Diana Jordan at the Women's Lifestyle Expo!  Saturday, May 10th - 1pm on the main stage in center court.  Spotslyvania Towne Center. 


Find More Diana: www.dianajordan.com
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