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The Virginia Vintage Comics and Collectibles Show returns to the Salem Civic Center for the 18 th year on Saturday, August 22, 2015.

Started in 1998 by Roger and Nancy Mannon of Floyd, the locally owned and operated event is the only Vintage Comics Show in the Eastern United States.

The show started as a regional collectibles event, but the increased interest in old comic books has helped draw dealers and collectors from 14 states, including Florida, New York and the Midwest.

One man has made the 1,100-drive from Minneapolis several times.
The main focus is on old comic books, but there are other items of vintage nostalgia: toys, books, pulp magazines and advertising. 
Anyone looking to start, increase, downsize or sell/trade their collection should attend.

Show hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is $3.00 for adults; 12-and-under free, with ample free parking.
For information call 540-745-7056.

Website is www.virginiavintagecomics.com

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Blue Ridge Potters Guild 16th Show and Sale, Roanoke, VA

Friday, October 16 - 6pm to 9 pm
Saturday, October 17 - 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday, October 18 - noon to 5 pm

The largest all-pottery show in Virginia featuring functional and decorative works created by over 70 area potters. The Show is open to the public at Patrick Henry High School and begins with a sale and reception on Friday. Sale and demonstrations continue Saturday and Sunday. Kids Korner offers hands-on activities for youth. Demonstrations feature various pottery techniques including hand-thrown, hand-built and sculpted clay art. Watch how potters take a piece of clay and create an artistic form. A special gallery will show works created by Guild members who interpret this year's theme, "Journeys." Cash, checks and credit cards accepted.

Patrick Henry High School Cafeteria, 2102 Grandin Road, S.W., Roanoke, VA 24015
Admission is FREE

www.blueridgepotters.com
Contact - Barbara N. Wise
Phone:540-404-0535
Email: bwisepottery@gmail.com




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Floyd County Historical Society Museum
540-745-FCHS(3247)

http://floydhistoricalsociety.org


 


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  AROUND the REGION
CENTRAL-WESTERN-SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA

RECURRING:

Saturday Americana Afternoon
Starting September 27, 2014
Location: The Floyd Country Store
Address: 206 South Locust Street, Floyd, VA 24091
Venue: The Floyd Country Store
Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday

Join us every Saturday at noon for music and lunch at The Floyd Country Store. The music is varied, but has the common thread of traditional acoustic Americana music. Some of it is indigenous bluegrass or the music of contemporary singer-songwriters. You might hear the blues or some of the Celtic or African sounds that underpin our American folk traditions. Between 12:00pm and 1:30pm we have a scheduled performer, followed by an opportunity to step up for open mic.
 

2015 Biennial Juried Exhibition
March 13 – April 5, 2015
Location: Roanoke College Olin and Smoyer Galleries
Address: 221 College Lane - Olin Hall, Salem, VA 24153
Venue: Roanoke College Olin Hall Galleries
Recurrence: Recurring daily


Sunday Mar 22, 2015 
Sunday Brunch Food & Cultural Tour
Starting June 29, 2014
Address: 32 Market Square, Roanoke, VA 24011
Venue: Roanoke City Market Building
Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday

The tastiest way to discover Roanoke like an insider! #1 Rated on tripAdvisor An easy Sunday stroll through our historic downtown. Complete with delicious tastes, iconic sights, and satisfying aromas. We'll visit a few attractions and glimpse into Roanoke's past and future. It's a must do culinary adventure! If visiting, we highly recommend taking a tour at the beginning of your visit - it'll make your entire time here so much  enriching!   
 
Sunday Music Jam at The Floyd Country Store
Starting September 28, 2014
Location: The Floyd Country Store
Address: 206 South Locust Street, Floyd, VA 24091
Venue: The Floyd Country Store
Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday

Every Sunday from 2:00 – 4:00 pm, The Floyd Country Store hosts a music jam lead by a local Old-Time or Bluegrass band. First and third Sundays are Old-Time jams and second and fourth Sundays are Bluegrass jams. Most Sundays there is also a beginner jam upstairs to help those who are just discovering the joys of jamming. Acoustic musicians of all levels and music lovers are invited to come and play. This is dedicated to the sharing of the musical tradition and stories of this area.
 

Tuesday Mar 24, 2015 
Fleet Feet Tuesday Night Pub Run - Wasena City Tap Room & Grill
Starting August 12, 2014
Location: Wasena City Tap Room and Grill
Address: 806 Wasena Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24015
Venue: Wasena City Tap Room and Grill
Recurrence: Recurring every 2 weeks on Tuesday

The Fleet Feet Sports Pub Runs take place on Tuesday evenings at 6pm. Runs alternate weekly between Fork in the City and the Wasena City Tap Room. The Pub Runs will include a three and five mile route. Pub Runs will be followed by food and beverage specials. Please note that there is an overflow parking lot for us to use for the Pub Runs at Wasena City Tap Room. The overflow parking is a paved lot on 8th Street, half a block south of the River House and has a playground located at the… 
 
Arts Fusion at The Taubman Museum of Art
February 24 – April 28, 2015
Location: Taubman Museum of Art
Address: 110 Salem Avenue SE, Roanoke, VA 24011
Venue: The Taubman Museum of Art
Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 4th Tuesday

Arts Fusion The Taubman Museum of Art is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association, Central and Western Virginia Chapter, to offer docent-led discussions of our exhibitions and permanent collections for those affected by memory loss. Each hour-long tour is designed to provide a welcoming space to talk about the artworks on view with a small group. Tours are offered on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 1:00-2:00pm. Contact Sharon Celsor-Hughes, Creative Arts Director
 

Real Estate Investors Of Virginia (Real Estate Investment Training)
Starting March 17, 2015
Location: Frank's Italian Restaurant
Address: 5933 Williamson Rd, Roanoke, VA 24012
Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday

Real Estate Investors of Virginia is a group that's focus is on training for landlords, flippers, wholesalers, etc to wisely invest in real estate. The 1st month of meetings is free so you can get to know everyone and see it's value to your investment education. 
 
 
West End Community Market
Starting October 7, 2014
Location: West End Community Center
Address: 1223 Patterson Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24016
Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday

West End Center for Youth on the corner of Patterson Ave. and 13th Street SW 100% fresh and local, pasture raised meats, rainbow trout, organic fruit & produce, cut flowers, artisan baked goods, cheeses, prepared foods, and much . SNAP-EBT benefits accepted and doubled. Year round rain or shine   
Wednesday Mar 25, 2015

 
(X)po Wednesdays
Starting November 19, 2014
Address: 1327 Grandin Road SW, Roanoke, VA 24015
Venue: Grandin CoLab
Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday

"(X)po Wednesdays" Every Wednesday from 5-7 pm. Free and open to the public. Every week, CoLab will host a casual event aimed at continuing the conversations started at and around (X)po. We guarantee a relaxed atmosphere and an enriching conversation every week, but need you to bring the personality! These evening sessions will showcase local people talking about their ideas, experiences and interests with the goal of sparking a discussion. (X)po Wednesdays are open to the public… 
 
Artful Journeys
January 21 – May 20, 2015
Address: 110 Salem Avenue SE, Roanoke, VA 24011
Venue: The Taubman Museum of Art
Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday

Do you homeschool your children? Are you looking for an after-school program? With two timeslots for each week’s lesson, you can choose a schedule that works for you. Each month has a special focus, with lessons that build in intensity for building new skills. Join us for the whole series, or drop in at any point for a day of artistic adventure. For Elementary and Middle School Age Children Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00pm or 4:00-5:00pm (same lesson will be taught at both class times)
 

Afternoon Arts – Every Thursday, 4-5pm
Starting March 20, 2014
Location: Jacksonville Center
Address: 220 Parkway Lane South, Floyd, VA 24091
Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday

Afternoon Arts – Every Thursday, 4-5pm    This arts class is for children Pre-K to 7th grade and is divided into two age groups. Each week a new arts experience is given to the children. This is a drop in class, no preregistration is required. Each class is $3 or 4 for $10. This class happens every Thursday as long as The Jax is open.   
 
 
Thursday Night: Dancing Through Time
March 26, 2015
Location: The Taubman Museum of Art
Address: 110 Salem Avenue SE, Roanoke, VA 24011
Venue: The Taubman Museum of Art

The museum is open late until 9:00 pm every Thursday. Join us for live music, beer, trivia, dancing, and art! Expect exciting adult programming: new each week, with something for everyone! General admission to the galleries and programming events is free, except where otherwise noted. Dancing Through Time with Bonny Branch | 6:00-8:00pm | Atrium Dancing Through Time with Bonny Branch! The culture, news, and dances of a different time period will be presented and practiced each month.
 
Attic Productions presents Walking Across Egypt
March 26 – 28, 2015
Location: Attic Productions
Address: 7490 Roanoke Road, Fincastle, VA 24090
Venue: Attic Productions
Recurrence: Recurring daily

Attic Productions presents its 20th Season: Walking Across Egypt adpated by Catherine Bush from novel by Clyde Edgerton (Comedy/Drama)     
 
Movies in the Market - Winter Series
March 26, 2015
Location: Roanoke City Market Building - Charter Hall
Address: 32 Market Square, Roanoke, VA 24011
Venue: Roanoke City Market Building

The Historic City Market Building will be showing Movies in the Market upstairs in Charter Hall for the Winter Series!  Bring up food and drinks from our vendors down below and share dinner and a movie with your whole family! The movie is free, so come join us for Movies in the Market THIS THURSDAY!         
Friday Mar 27, 2015

 
Friday Night Jamboree
Starting September 26, 2014
Location: The Floyd Country Store
Address: 206 South Locust Street, Floyd, VA 24091
Venue: The Floyd Country Store
Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday

The Floyd Country Store has become a traditional gathering place on Friday nights for musicians, dancers, and visitors from all over the world. The first hour is gospel music, followed by two dance bands. It’s a great time for the whole family, and you’re likely to see kids from six to ninety-six out on our hardwood dance floor. The Jamboree happens every Friday night, rain or shine, all year round. Tickets are $5.00 at the door. Seating is limited, so if a seat is important to you… 
 
2015 Biennial Juried Exhibition
March 13 – April 5, 2015
Location: Roanoke College Olin and Smoyer Galleries
Address: 221 College Lane - Olin Hall, Salem, VA 24153
Venue: Roanoke College Olin Hall Galleries
Recurrence: Recurring daily

March 13 •6-8 p.m. - Opening Reception in Smoyer Gallery •6:30 p.m.- Awards and lecture Doug McClemont in Smoyer Gallery   Doug McClemont is a writer and curator based in New York. He is a contributing editor for ART+AUCTION and a monthly contributor to ARTnews. His critical writing appears regularly in print and online at Artinfo.com, ArtSpace, Publishers’ Weekly, Library Journal and Huffington Post.
 
Attic Productions presents Walking Across Egypt
March 26 – 28, 2015
Location: Attic Productions
Address: 7490 Roanoke Road, Fincastle, VA 24090
Venue: Attic Productions
Recurrence: Recurring daily

Attic Productions presents its 20th Season: Walking Across Egypt adpated by Catherine Bush from novel by Clyde Edgerton (Comedy/Drama)     
 
Grandin Chillage (kids welcome)
March 27, 2015
Location: Historic Grandin Village
Address: 1327 Grandin Road SW, Roanoke, VA 24015
Venue: Historic Grandin Village

The Grandin Chillage is a full service event designed to bring the community together through good music, cold drinks, great company and positive vibes! Kids under 12 get in free and anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. So come on out for a night full of fun for everyone!!! 
 
Guest Chef Weekend at Chateau Morrisette
March 27, 2015
Location: Chateau Morrisette Restaurant
Address: 287 Winery Road SW, Floyd, VA 24091
Venue: Chateau Morrisette Winery and Restaurant

Chateau Morrisette's Restaurant will have the pleasure of having Executive Chef Paul Schroeder, an award winning chef from Sonoma, California, preparing food for our guests Friday, March 27 from 4pm-8pm, Saturday, March 28 from 4pm-8pm, and Sunday, March 29 from 11am-4pm.  Chef Schroeder has over 20 years of experience cooking with fresh, seasonal ingredients. His cuisine is described as "Rustic Mediterranean" with an emphasis on local produce, rotisserie meats and more… 
 
45th Annual Spring Home Show
March 27 – 29, 2015
Location: Salem Civic Center
Address: 1001 Roanoke Boulevard, Salem, VA 24153
Venue: Salem Civic Center

A full line of professionals will be on hand showing a wide variety of products and services for your home. The SPRING Home Show deals directly with products and services targeted for the consumer who is planning to build, remodel or enhance their home and/or outdoor living space. Vendors are restricted to RRHBA members and businesses whose products or services are directly related to building, remodeling, enhancing a home, as well as products for a healthy lifestyle.
Saturday Mar 28, 2015

 
Saturday Americana Afternoon
Starting September 27, 2014
Location: The Floyd Country Store
Address: 206 South Locust Street, Floyd, VA 24091
Venue: The Floyd Country Store
Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday

Join us every Saturday at noon for music and lunch at The Floyd Country Store. The music is varied, but has the common thread of traditional acoustic Americana music. Some of it is indigenous bluegrass or the music of contemporary singer-songwriters. You might hear the blues or some of the Celtic or African sounds that underpin our American folk traditions. Between 12:00pm and 1:30pm we have a scheduled performer, followed by an opportunity to step up for open mic.
 



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Paul Frets & Charlie Brouwer: Deep Space & Domestic Scenes
Date: June 2 - July 29 on
Tuesday 11:00AM-3:00PM
Wednesday 11:00AM-3:00PM
Thursday 11:00AM-3:00PM
Friday 11:00AM-3:00PM
Saturday 11:00AM-3:00PM
Category: Art & Museum Exhibits
Venue: Radford University College of Visual and Performing Arts, Radford
My Kid Could Make That Reception
Date: July 31, 5:00PM-7:00PM
Category: Community Events
Venue: 1708 Gallery, Richmond
Rhythms of Restoration Book Release and Lemonade Social
Date: July 31, 7:00PM-9:00PM; (An optional workshop will follow on Saturday morning from 9 a.m. - 12 noon.)
Category: Book Readings
Venue: Rhythms of Restoration Book Release, Columbai
Computers4Kids
Date: September 5, 2014-August 1, 2015, 9:00AM-8:00PM
Category: Charity & Outreach
Venue: Computers4Kids, Charlottesville
Dream Chasers Bed Race and Festival
Date: August 1, 9:00AM-2:00PM; (Vendors, volunteers and race teams will arrive early)
Category: Kids & Family
Venue: Flying Squirrels Green Lot, richmond
The Blue Ridge Music Center Presents Wolfe Brothers String Band and Joe Troop and Diego Sanchez
Date: August 1, 7:00PM-9:00PM
Category: Live Music: Other
Venue: Blue Ridge Music Center, Galax
Vacation Bible School - Journey Off The Map
Date: August 3, 9:00AM-12:00PM
Category: Charity & Outreach
Venue: College Hill Baptist Church, Lynchburg
Charlottesville Memory Cafe
Date: August 3, 2:30PM-3:30PM
Category: Charity & Outreach
Venue: Vinegar Hill Cafe, Charlottesville
Frank Settle discusses George C. Marshall & the Atomic Bomb
Date: August 6, 5:30PM-6:30PM
Category: Lectures/Literary
Venue: George C. Marshall Museum, Lexington
3rd Annual Blue Grass Valley Music Festival
Date: August 7, 10:00AM-8:00PM; (Festival runs from Friday, August 7th - Sunday, August 9th )
Category: Live Music: Other
Venue: Potomac Farms, Bluegrass
Meet the artists-Ann Glover and Jamie Nervo Aug. 7, The Market Gallery
Date: August 7, 5:30PM-9:00PM; (Artist discussions between 6:00 and 6:30pm August 7)
Category: Art & Museum Exhibits
Venue: The Market Gallery, Roanoke
10th Annual Filipino Festival
Date: August 7, 5:00PM-10:00PM
Category: Fairs & Festivals
Venue: Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Henrico
War of 1812 State Marker Dedication
Date: August 8, 10:00AM-11:00AM; (Ceremony is from 10am-11am. but the lighthouse is open until 5pm)
Category: Community Events
Venue: Cape Henry Lighthouse , Virginia Beach
Veterans Information Fair
Date: August 8, 9:30AM-3:30PM
Category: Community Events
Venue: Tree of Life Ministries, Lynchburg
Mount Tabor Ruritan Fish Fry & Music
Date: August 8, 5:00PM-7:00PM
Category: Community Events
Venue: Slussers Chapel Picnic Shelter, Blacksburg
Shenandoah Blues and Brews Festival
Date: August 8, 1:00PM-9:00PM
Category: Live Music: Other
Venue: Sunspots Pavilion, Staunton
10th Annual Filipino Festival
Date: August 8, 10:00AM-10:00PM
Category: Fairs & Festivals
Venue: Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Henrico
10 x 10: Richmond Takes The Gallery
Date: June 2-August 9, 11:00AM-5:00PM
Category: Art & Museum Exhibits
Venue: 1708 Gallery, Richmond
National Lighthouse Day Weekend
Date: August 7-9, 10:00AM-5:00PM; (All day, August 7th-9th)
Category: Community Events
Venue: Cape Henry Lighthouse , Virginia Beach
10x10 Conclusion : Foodist Colony III and Community Potluck
Date: August 9, 12:00PM-9:00PM; (Foodist Colony, Noon - 6pm, Potluck, 6 - 9pm)
Category: Community Events
Venue: 1708 Gallery, Richmond
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Date: July 30 - August 9 on
Thursday 7:00PM-9:30PM
Friday 7:00PM-9:30PM
Saturday 7:00PM-9:30PM
Sunday 7:00PM-9:30PM
Category: Charity & Outreach
Venue: ALDERSGATE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, Charlottesville
Charlottesville Municipal Band 93rd Summer Concert Series
Date: Every other week between June 2 and August 11 on
Tuesday 8:00PM-10:00PM
Category: Community Events
Venue: Paramount Theater Charlottesville, Charlotesville
New Horizons Community Health Fair
Date: August 12, 4:00PM-7:00PM
Category: Fairs & Festivals
Venue: New Horizons Healthcare, Roanoke
Alzheimer's Walk Planning Committee
Date: August 12, 6:30PM-7:30PM; (Meetings will last about an hour)
Category: Charity & Outreach
Venue: Alzheimer's Association Office, Roanoke
Young Audiences 60th Anniversary Pig Pickin'
Date: August 14, 5:30PM-7:30PM
Category: Community Events
Venue: Roanoke City Market Building Mezzanine, Roanoke
Harpeth Rising
Date: August 14, 8:00PM-10:00PM
Category: Live Music: All
Venue: Tin Pan, Richmond
Paula Poundstone
Date: August 14, 8:00PM-10:00PM
Category: Stand-Up Comedy
Venue: Harvester Performance Center, Rocky Mount
Greenwater Music Festival
Date: August 15, 12:00PM-1:00PM
Category: Live Music: All
Venue: Greenwater Music Arena, LEXINGTON
Blues, Beats & BBQ
Date: August 15, 12:00PM-5:00PM
Category: Community Events
Venue: Ix Art Park, Charlottesville
Tins4Tunes at Cardinal Point Winery
Date: The third Saturday of every month between June 20 and August 15, 5:00PM-12:00AM
Category: Charity & Outreach
Venue: Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery, Afton
The Blue Ridge Music Center Presents Spencer Branch and Mickey Galyean and Cullen's Bridge
Date: August 15, 7:00PM-9:00PM
Category: Live Music: Other
Venue: Blue Ridge Music Center, Galax
Showtimers Theatre presents CABARET Based on the 1998 Revival
Date: Every 3 weeks between July 30 and August 16 on
Thursday 8:00PM-10:00PM
Friday 8:00PM-10:00PM
Saturday 8:00PM-10:00PM
Sunday 2:00PM-4:00PM
Category: Theater & Dance: Plays
Venue: Showtimers Community Theatre, Roanoke
Charlottesville Memory Cafe
Date: August 17, 2:30PM-3:30PM
Category: Charity & Outreach
Venue: Vinegar Hill Cafe, Charlottesville
The Blue Ridge Music Center Presents Redhead Express and The Walker Boys
Date: August 22, 7:00PM-9:00PM
Category: Live Music: Other
Venue: Blue Ridge Music Center, Galax
Literacy Volunteers New Tutor Training
Date: August 29, 9:30AM-4:00PM
Category: Classes/Workshops
Venue: Jefferson School City Center, Charlottesville
United Nation Of Comedy: National Comedian Funnyman Skiba
Date: August 29, 7:30PM-8:30PM; (Doors open at 7:30pm Show starts at 8:00pm)
Category: Stand-Up Comedy
Venue: Court Square Theater Harrisonburg, Charlottesville
The Blue Ridge Music Center Presents Steep Canyon Rangers and Mountain Park Old Time Band
Date: August 29, 7:00PM-9:00PM
Category: Live Music: Other
Venue: Blue Ridge Music Center, Galax
My Guitar Shopalooza Fest
Date: August 30, 11:00AM-7:00PM; (Every Year on the last Sunday of August )
Category: Live Music: Other
Venue: My Guitar Shop, Madison Heights
Wayne Henderson, Helen White & Herb Key with Stevie Barr and The Mastertones
Date: September 5, 7:00PM-9:00PM; (Complimentary Parking)
Category: Live Music: Other
Venue: Blue Ridge Music Center, Galax
Charlottesville Memory Cafe
Date: September 7, 2:30PM-3:30PM
Category: Charity & Outreach
Venue: Vinegar Hill Cafe, Charlottesville
LivingWell@50+ Conference
Date: September 8, 8:30AM-2:30PM; (Check in begins at 8:30; program at 9:30)
Category: Classes/Workshops
Venue: The Inn at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg
Alzheimer's Walk Planning Committee
Date: September 9, 6:30PM-7:30PM; (Meetings will last about an hour)
Category: Charity & Outreach
Venue: Alzheimer's Association Office, Roanoke
Bookmarks presents David Baldacci
Date: September 10, 6:00PM-7:00PM
Category: Book Readings
Venue: RJ Reynolds High School, Winston-Salem
American Native Band: Brulè
Date: September 11, 8:00PM-10:00PM
Category: Live Music: Other
Venue: Paramount Theater, Charlottesville
Heiwa Matsuri Fall Festival
Date: September 12, 10:00AM-3:00PM
Category: Kids & Family
Venue: Aikido in Fredericksburg , Spotsylvania
Evening in the Archives
Date: September 12, 5:00PM-6:30PM
Category: Art & Museum Exhibits
Venue: George C. Marshall Library, Lexington
PAC 'n the Streets, A Nostalgic, Family Friendly Street Fair
Date: September 12, 10:00AM-7:00PM
Category: Fairs & Festivals
Venue: Downtown Staunton, VA, Staunton
Midday Mountain Music Showcase: Buck Mountain Band and Willard Gayheart, Bobby Patterson and Scott Freeman and Bill and Maggie Anderson
Date: September 12, 7:00PM-9:00PM; (Complimentary Parking)
Category: Live Music: Other
Venue: Blue Ridge Music Center, Galax
TOUR DE GREENE BIKE RIDE 40/60/100 MILE RIDES
Date: September 19, 6:30AM-3:00PM; (ON SITE REGISTRATION 6:30a.m., RIDE 7:30a.m.)
Category: Charity & Outreach
Venue: GREENE COUNTY SCHOOL COMPLEX-PRIMARY SCHOOL, STANARDSVILLE
Paul Brown, Terri McMurray, Alice Gerrard & Kay Justice with De Temps Antan
Date: September 19, 4:00PM-6:00PM; (Complimentary Parking)
Category: Live Music: Other
Venue: Blue Ridge Music Center, Galax
Taming of the Shrew
Date: September 19, 8:00PM-10:00PM; (Box Office opens at 7:00PM)
Category: Theater & Dance: Plays
Venue: The Theatre at Washington, Virginia, Washington
Taming of the Shrew
Date: September 20, 3:00PM-5:00PM; (Box Office opens at 2:00PM)
Category: Theater & Dance: Plays
Venue: The Theatre at Washington, Virginia, Washington
Alzheimer's Walk Planning Committee
Date: September 23, 6:30PM-7:30PM; (Meetings will last about an hour)
Category: Charity & Outreach
Venue: Alzheimer's Association Office, Roanoke
2015 Walk to End Alzheimer's
Date: September 25, 5:30PM-9:00PM; (Registration at 5:30 PM - Ceremony at 6:30 PM - Walk at 7:00 PM )
Category: Charity & Outreach
Venue: Main Street at Henderson Lawn, Blacksburg
Rebecca Frazier and Hit and Run with The Buckstankle Boys
Date: September 26, 4:00PM-6:00PM; (Complimentary Parking)
Category: Live Music: Other
Venue: Blue Ridge Music Center, Galax
ILLUSIONS/ILLUMINATIONS; THREE THEMES
Date: September 6-27, 9:00AM-1:00PM; (Opening reception Sunday June 6 12:00 pm)
Category: Art & Museum Exhibits
Venue: Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church, Charlottesville
The Steel Wheels with The Buck Stops Here
Date: October 3, 4:00PM-6:00PM; (Complimentary Parking)
Category: Live Music: Other
Venue: Blue Ridge Music Center, Galax
Alzheimer's Walk Planning Committee
Date: October 7, 6:30PM-7:30PM; (Meetings will last about an hour)
Category: Charity & Outreach
Venue: Alzheimer's Association Office, Roanoke
The Blue Ridge Music Center Presents Mid-Day Mountain Music
Date: May 14-October 10, 12:00-4:00PM
Category: Live Music: Other
Venue: Blue Ridge Music Center, Galax
The Lee Boys with Dark Water Rising
Date: October 10, 4:00PM-6:00PM; (Complimentary Parking)
Category: Live Music: Other
Venue: Blue Ridge Music Center, Galax
Light The Walk Night
Date: October 10, 5:00PM-8:00PM
Category: Charity & Outreach
Venue: Hurkamp Park, Fredericksburg
2015 Walk to End Alzheimer's
Date: October 17, 8:00AM-12:00PM; (Registration at 8 AM - Ceremony at 9 AM - Walk at 9:30 AM)
Category: Charity & Outreach
Venue: Elmwood Park, Roanoke
Hokie BugFest
Date: October 17, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Category: Fairs & Festivals
Venue: Inn at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg
Light The Walk Night
Date: October 17, 5:00PM-8:00PM
Category: Community Events
Venue: Viginia Historical Society, Richmond
Alzheimer's Walk Committee Meeting
Date: The third Wednesday of every month between July 15 and October 21, 8:30-9:30AM
Category: Charity & Outreach
Venue: Alzheimer's Association Office, Charlottesville
Walk to End Alzheimer's Committee Meeting
Date: The third Wednesday of every month between July 15 and October 21, 8:30-9:30AM
Category: Charity & Outreach
Venue: Alzheimer's Association Office, Charlottesville
2015 Walk to End Alzheimer's
Date: October 24, 8:00AM-12:00PM; (Registration at 8:00 AM - Ceremony at 9:00 AM - Walk at 9:30 AM)
Category: Community Events
Venue: Lee Park , Charlottesville
ReptiDay Bristol Reptile & Exotic Animal Expo
Date: October 24, 10:00AM-5:00PM; (Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm )
Category: Kids & Family
Venue: Bristol Holiday Inn Conference Center, Bristol
Rocky Knob Chapter – Sunday Music at Mabry Mill
Date: June 21 - October 25 on
Sunday 1:00PM-4:00PM
Category: Live Music: Other
Venue: Mabry Mill, Meadows of Dan
Roanoke Valley Chapter – Sunday Night Music at Roanoke Mountain Picnic Area (MP 120.4)
Date: June 21 - October 25 on
Sunday 7:00PM-9:00PM
Category: Live Music: Other
Venue: Roanoke Mountain Picnic Area, Roanoke
Free screening of 12 Years a Slave
Date: November 8, 2015, 1:00PM-5:00PM
Category: Film
Venue: Lyric Theatre, Blacksburg
Charlottesville Symphony
Date: November 15, 2015, 8:00PM-10:00PM
Category: Live Music: Classical
Venue: Old Cabell Hall, Charlottesville
2nd Friday in Centertown Bedford
Date: The second Friday of every month between February 13 and December 11, 5:00PM-12:00AM
Category: Community Events
Venue: Downtown Bedford, Bedford
Experience The James: Lynchburg's Pathway to the World
Date: June 6, 2014-December 31, 2015, 10:00AM-4:00PM; (10:00am - 4:00pm Monday - Saturday and 12:00pm - 4:00pm Sunday)
Category: Art & Museum Exhibits
Venue: Lynchburg Museum at the Old Court House, Lynchburg
The Food of Love: Music for Meditation and Inspiration
Date: The third Sunday of every month between July 21, 2013 and December 31, 2015, 7:00-8:00PM
Category: Live Music: Other
Venue: St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, Roanoke
Historic Lecture
Date: The third Thursday of every month between June 18, 2015 and June 20, 2016, 7:30-9:00PM; (Topics will change every month, supporting our featured Gallery Exhibit.)
Category: Art & Museum Exhibits
Venue: Alexander Black House & Cultural Center, Blacksburg
Rachael Braussen's Art Exhibit
Date: July 1, 2015-August 15, 2017, 12:00-9:00PM
Category: Art & Museum Exhibits
Venue: Grandin Theatre, Roanoke
Rockbridge Pie Festival
Date: September 13, 2017, 9:00AM-6:00PM; (Activities begin at 9 am and food is available from noon until dusk OR until the pie runs out.)
Category: Kids & Family
Venue: Lexington City Pool and Brewbaker Field, Lexington
Evening Prayer
Date: The first Thursday of every month between December 5, 2013 and December 3, 2020, 7:00PM-12:00AM
Category: Community Events
Venue: College Lutheran Church, Salem



Afternoon Arts
Every Thursday, 4-5pm
Starting March 20, 2014

    Location: Jacksonville Center
    Address: 220 Parkway Lane South, Floyd, VA 24091
    Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday
   

Afternoon Arts  Every Thursday, 4-5pm This arts class is for children Pre-K to 7th grade and is divided into two age groups. Each week a new arts experience is given to the children. This is a drop in class, no preregistration is required. Each class is $3 or 4 for $10. This class happens every Thursday as long as The Jax is open.


The Well
Starting March 20, 2014

    Location: Huntington Court UMC
    Address: 3333 Williamson Road, Roanoke, VA 24012
    Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday
   

The Well is a time of food, fellowship, music/worship for young adults.   Historic Downtown Food & Cultural Tour
March 22 -December 27, 2014

    Location: Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
    Address: 110 Shenandoah Ave. NW, Roanoke, VA 24016
    Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday, Friday, Saturday
   
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Around Stuart/Patrick County/Franklin County/Southside SWVA

FRIDAY-SATURDAY, JULY 31-AUGUST 1
YARD SALE: sponsored by Patrick County Alzheimer's Group LLC; proceeds go to help Alzheimer's patients and to research; everything must go, priced to sell; 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fri., 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Alzheimer's office, basement of Hill's Tax Service, Buena Vista Ave., Stuart.
 
SATURDAY, AUGUST 1
DINNER AND A SHOW FUND-RAISER: starring magician Ricky Emerson; call (276) 629-1369 for reservations and information; door prize and 50/50 drawings; cost: dinner and show: $35 in advance; ages six to 12: half price; age five and under admitted free; purchase at door: $5 more; dinner at 6 p.m., show from 7 to 9 p.m., Historic J.D. Bassett High School, 3289 Riverside Drive, Bassett.
COUNTRY BREAKFAST: menu: eggs, bacon, sausage, fried apples, gravy, biscuits, coffee, juice, etc.; take-out available, donations benefit the church building fund; 7 to 10 a.m., Providence United Methodist Church, Providence Drive, Patrick Springs.
 
MONDAY, AUGUST 3
ALZHEIMER'S MEETING: information on what Alzheimer's is and the signs to watch for; 7 p.m., basement of Hill's Tax Service, Buena Vista Ave., Stuart.
 
TUESDAY, AUGUST 4
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT: America's Night Out Against Crime; sponsored by the Patrick County Sheriff's Office, cookout with hot dogs, chips and drinks; swimming in the pool, live music at the gazebo; corn hole tournament (registration until 6:15 p.m.); 6 to 9 p.m., DeHart Park, Stuart.
 
WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY, AUGUST 5-8
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: theme: "Weird Animals, Where Jesus' Love Is One-of-a-Kind;" crafts, lessons, games, music/singing and refreshments; call (336) 351-4201 for information; Wed.-Fri., 5:45 to 8 p.m.; Sat., 5 to 7 p.m., Mt. View Pentecostal Holiness Church, 497 Hatcher's Chapel Rd., Claudville.
 
THURSDAY, AUGUST 6
WHARTON-STUART CAMP OF THE SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS MEETING: 7 p.m., Reynolds Homestead.
 
FRIDAY, AUGUST 7
BLOOD DRIVE: 1 to 6 p.m., Blackberry Baptist Church, 3241 Stone Dairy Rd., Bassett.
 
SATURDAY, AUGUST 8
KRISTEN FRY MEMORIAL RIDE: motorcycles, cars and trucks welcome; $15 per vehicle, $5 per extra rider; 50/50 raffle, door prizes, food available; registration at 10 a.m., kick stands up at noon, leave from DeHart Park, Stuart; ride ends at Peter's Creek Community Center in Dry Pond.
 
SUNDAY, AUGUST 9
GUEST SPEAKER: Virginia Conference Bishop of the United Methodist Church Young Jin Cho; service begins at 10:30 a.m., bring a covered dish for a meal immediately following the service; Mountain View United Methodist Church.
 
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BOOKMOBILE SCHEDULE
Monday, July 27: BB&T Bank, Meadows of Dan; 3-5 p.m., Meadows of Dan Baptist Church.
Tuesday, July 28: 2-3:15 p.m., Woolwine--Rose Window at Rt. 40 and Charity Hwy.; 3:30-4 p.m., Charity Primitive Baptist Church; 4:25-5 p.m., Robert's Market, Rt. 57.
Wednesday, July 29: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Ararat Fellowship Church; 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Lee's Greenery, Doe Run Church Rd.; 12:45-1:30 p.m., Willis Gap Community Building; 1:45-2:15 p.m., Blue Mountain Petroleum Station; 2:30-2:45 p.m., gas station across from Blue Ridge School; 3-3:25 p.m., Mountain View Pentecostal Church; 3:30-4:30 p.m., across from Claudville Post Office; 4:35-5 p.m., Trinity Christian School.
Thursday, July 30: 10:30-11 a.m. Wildwood Acres, off St. Rd. 694, 11:15 a.m.-noon, Unity Mission Baptist Church; 12:30-1:30 p.m., Hardin Reynolds Elementary; 2 to 3 p.m., Patrick Henry Fire Station; 3:25-4:25 p.m., Salem United Methodist Church; 4:45-5:15 p.m., Midway area, Rt. 58.
 
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TOPS MEETINGS
Join the Take Pounds Off Sensibly (TOPS) meeting Tuesday evenings at Ross-Harbour United Methodist Church in Elamsville. Weigh-in begins at 5 p.m. with a supportive meeting at 6 p.m.. TOPS is an international club whose mission is to educate/support folks with weight loss. Both women and men are welcome. Check out the group for a free visit. Dues are $2 per month for local chapter and $32 per year for TOPS Club headquarters. A magazine called TOPS News is included in the cost. Call 930-1004 for further information.
 
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STUDY OF "PILGRIM'S PROGRESS
Study A Journey Through the Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan; a book designed to give information and direction to those who wish to leave the "city of destruction" and ultimately arrive at the "Celestial city" of God. Classes will meet Sundays at 6 p.m.. from July 26-August 23 at Buffalo Ridge Pentecostal Holiness Church, 4755 Woolwine Hwy., Stuart.
 
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SIGN LANGUAGE CLASS
Sign language classes for adults and children are offered at 151 N. Main St., Stuart, at Expressions Sign Language Classes. Anyone interested may call (540) 593-2214 for information. Adult classes will be held Mondays from 6 to 8 p.m. and children's classes will be held Saturdays from 2 to 3 p.m.
 
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PUSH UPWARD
Push Upward, a women's support group, meets the second Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Childcare is provided. Call 692-5504 for the location and information. The meeting is sponsored by Citizens Against Family Violence. The mission is: "Power for you to have strength and hope to develop your sense of urgency and purpose with a willingness to change and with a positive attitude to reclaim your life daily."


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BLUE RIDGE MUSIC CENTER


Let the Concerts Begin!

Della Mae plays the Blue Ridge Music Center on Saturday, June 13.

 

Tickets on sale now for the Blue Ridge Music Center's 2015 Concert Season, including shows by Della Mae,
The Jeff Little Trio, Steep Canyon Rangers, and more

The Harris Brothers perform Saturday, June 6.


Music will ring out from the foot of Fisher Peak on the Blue Ridge Parkway beginning May 23 as the 2015 Concert Season begins at the Blue Ridge Music Center. 

 

We're looking forward to a summer and fall of great performers, including Della Mae, The Sherman Holmes Project with Phil Wiggins, Marty Raybon, The Jeff Little Trio, Alice Gerrard, Steep Canyon Rangers, Wayne Henderson with Helen White and Herb Key, De Temps Antan, Rebecca Frazier, The Steel Wheels, and many more. 

 

In addition to the weekly Saturday performances, the Blue Ridge Music Center will host:

 + Midday Mountain Musician concerts daily from noon to 4 p.m. starting opening day, May 2, at the Music Center

+ A special concert presented by The Crooked Road's Mountains of Music Homecoming Festival, featuring Coig and The Whitetop Mountain Band on Thursday, June 18

+ The History of the Banjo: Africa to the New World exhibit, June 18-July 13
 

Full, half, and Pick 5 season passes are available for purchase. When you purchase a season pass, you also become a member of the Blue Ridge Music Center, which comes with special offers and perks (see details below). Tickets for individual concerts can be purchased at blueridgemusiccenter.org or by calling the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation at (866) 308-2773, ext. 245. Season passes and memberships must be purchased by phone. 



 

 

 

2015 PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

 

 

Junior Appalachian Musician & Family Day +

ShadowGrass & The Wildmans

May 23, 5-9 p.m. / FREE

Junior Appalachian Musician (JAM) Day will feature performances by local and regional (Galax, Virginia, and Alleghany and Ashe counties in North Carolina) JAM groups from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by an evening concert featuring talented youth bluegrass bands ShadowGrass & The Wildmans from 7 to 9 p.m. The Blue Ridge Music Makers will also be on hand with their Instrument Petting Zoo for children to try their hands at fiddle, banjo, guitar, and more.

ShadowGrass is a bluegrass band consisting of young musicians from southwest Virginia and northwest North Carolina. The band features Kitty Amaral (fiddle), Presley Barker (guitar), Kyser George (bass), Luke Morris (mandolin), and Clay Russell (banjo). BRMC concertgoers may remember Amaral's electrifying performance last year with The Stray Cats.

The Wildmans are a family band that features the talents of Eli and Aila Wildman on mandolin and fiddle and family friend, Hunter Crawford, on guitar. Their mom, Deb Wildman, holds down the beat on bass.The group plays traditional bluegrass with a focus on instrumental leads and strong vocals.

 

The Amigos + The Barefoot Movement 

Folk Friendly Youth Movement

May 30, 7 p.m. / $10

The Barefoot Movement

The Amigos deliver foot-stomping, accordion-infused Americana music blending folk-rock, zydeco/cajun, and hot jazz. Rockin' solos, dare-devil harmony singing, and wild western wear have taken the Amigos from sold-out shows at Lincoln Center to the Philadelphia Folk Festival and Nashville's Music City Roots.

The Barefoot Movement was named 2014 IBMA Momentum Award winner for Band of the Year. Its musicians have been selected as showcase artists at the International Bluegrass Music Association and the Americana Festival conferences. The band is known for its harmonies, thoughtful instrumentation, and memorable melodies.

 

The Sherman Holmes Project with Phil Wiggins & Brooks Long + The Harris Brothers

Blues Brothers

June 6, 7 p.m. / $15

For nearly 40 years, The Holmes Brothers have expertly blended Saturday night's roadhouse rock and blues with the passion of Sunday morning gospel services. For this show, Sherman Holmes is teaming with Piedmont Blues legend and Virginia-based master harmonica player Phil Wiggins (Cephas & Wiggins) and Brooks Long to celebrate the legacy of the original band and their soulful blues and gospel music.

Brothers Reggie and Ryan Harris were born and raised in Western North Carolina. Their expansive live repertoire consists of traditional roots music, rock 'n' roll, jazz, blues, Appalachian mountain music, vintage country, and bluegrass. A typical live show effortlessly shifts from original tunes to their own arrangements of songs from all sides of the Americana musical spectrum.

 

Della Mae + Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer

Women in Bluegrass 

June 13, 7 p.m. / $20

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer

Grammy-nominated Della Mae is a potent musical foursome made up of versatile instrumentalist/vocalists who draw from a bottomless well of rootsy influences to create vibrantly original music that conveys the band's vast musical vision with timeless lyrical truths. The band's unmistakably contemporary sensibility places them alongside such roots-conscious young acts as The Avett Brothers, Punch Brothers, The Lumineers, and Hurray for the Riff Raff.  

Two-time Grammy-award winners, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer are a formidable powerhouse of sound, with a repertoire of traditional and contemporary folk, old-time country and swing music. Their superb harmonies are backed by instrumental virtuosity on acoustic and electric guitars, five-string banjo, mandolin, cello banjo, ukulele, percussion, and many other instruments.

 

Presented by The Crooked Road's Mountains of Music Homecoming Festival:

Coig + The Whitetop Mountain Band

Celtic Colors & Traditions  

Thursday, June 18, 7 p.m. / $25

As part of the Mountains of Music Homecoming Festival in Virginia June 12-20, the Blue Ridge Music Center will showcase Nova Scotia's Coig ("Ko-ig," which is Gaelic for "5"). This energetic ensemble consists of five successful solo acts who came together to create one supergroup. Their debut album Five earned the band the 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Album of the Year and the Music Nova Scotia award for Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year.

The Whitetop Mountain Band continues to preserve the style of old-time fiddling and banjo picking specific to the music-steeped area of Whitetop, Virginia. At the same time, the band's shows are versatile, containing everything from fiddle/banjo instrumentals to powerful solos and harmony vocals on blues, classic country, honky tonk, and traditional bluegrass numbers, old-time ballads, originals, and four-part mountain gospel songs. Flat foot dancing is even part of the mix.

 

Marty Raybon + Travis Frye & Blue Mountain 

Blue Ridge Gospel Bluegrass

June 27, 7 p.m. / $15

Marty Raybon

Country music artist Marty Raybon is known for his role as the lead singer of the band Shenandoah. Raybon has a remarkable list of career accomplishments, including multiple number one singles, top selling albums, CMA, ACM, IBMA, and Grammy Awards, and scores of other accolades.

Travis Frye and Blue Mountain is a multi-generational bluegrass band that honors the Appalachian roots of the music while adding a modern twist. The band incorporates spirited fiddle and banjo tunes along with modern selections from country, bluegrass, and gospel traditions, as well as original material.

 

The Jeff Little Trio + The New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters 

Old-Time Holiday Dance Party 

July 4, 7 p.m. / $10

Like Doc Watson who famously adapted traditional fiddle tunes to the guitar, Jeff Little has adapted traditional fiddle tunes to the upright piano. His distinctive style is highly influenced by the flatpicking guitar tradition. The trio also features two-time national banjo champion Steve Lewis (also on guitar) and upright bass master Josh Scott.

About 25 years ago, a group of talented musicians from the Galax, Virginia, area formed The New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters, taking their name, in part, from the original Bogtrotters of the 1930s. The New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters continue to play in the traditional Appalachian string-band style, often playing for square dances across the region. They remain a driving force in carrying on the traditional music of the Virginia/Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains.

 

Laurelyn Dossett & Friends + John Hofmann's AcousticA

Sounds from the North Carolina Piedmont 

July 11, 7 p.m. / $10  

Singer/songwriter Laurelyn Dossett lives and writes in the Piedmont of North Carolina, and her songs reflect the stories of the region, both traditional and contemporary. One of the most sought-after voices in creative collaborations, she cofounded the band Polecat Creek with singing partner Kari Sickenberger. Her song "Anna Lee," was featured on Levon Helm's Grammy-winning record Dirt Farmer, and CD/DVD, Live at the Ryman. Her song "Leaving Eden" was the title track for the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops' 2012 release. 

After wandering the country and world playing the guitar, mandolin, banjo, and violin with nationally known acts like Mickey Gilley, John Hofmann returned to his hometown of Thomasville, North Carolina. He no longer answers the distant call of the road, but he still performs regionally and repairs fiddles at his own shop so others can play the traditional music he loves.

 

Jeanette & Johnny Williams Band + Strictly Strings 

July 18, 7 p.m. / $10  

Johnny Williams is an award-winning singer, songwriter, and accomplished guitarist. He has been named Virginia State Champion Male Vocalist, and was the bluegrass division winner of the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest in 1998 and 1999. Since her debut solo release in 1994, Jeanette Williams has quietly become one of the most successful and celebrated women in bluegrass music. Jeanette burst onto the national scene in 1999 with her Doobie Shea Records release Cherry Blossoms in the Springtime, which spent nine months on the Bluegrass Unlimited National Album Chart. She has received more than 10 SPBGMA nominations, including three wins for Female Vocalist of the Year, two IBMA awards, and two songwriting awards.   

Strictly Strings is an incredibly talented youth bluegrass band featuring Kathleen Burnett, Willow Dillon, Anissa Burnett, Caleb Coatney, Liam Purcell, and Watauga County JAM instructor Cecil Gurganus.

 

The Church Sisters + Pike City Bluegrass

Twin County Sounds 

July 25, 7 p.m. / $10

 



 

Twin 18-year-olds Savannah and Sarah Church are known for their angelic Blue Ridge Mountain music harmonies. They're backed by some of the region's best instrumentalists, including guitarist Josh Pickett (No Speed Limit), mandolinist Spencer Strickland (Kenny & Amanda Smith Band, Virginia Luthiers Band), and bassist Jacob Eller (No Speed Limit, Sierra Hull). 

Pike City Bluegrass loves to pick a variety of music from bluegrass to new grass, to gospel. Pike City's accomplishments include first place at the Fries Fiddlers Convention and fourth place at the Galax Fiddlers Convention. They've opened for The Travelers at the Blue Ridge Film Festival and Ralph Stanley 2 at the Historic Rex Theatre in Galax, Virginia.

 

Wolfe Brothers String Band + Joe Troop & Diego Sanchez 

Blue Ridge Sounds Around the World 

August 1, 7 p.m. / $10

The Wolfe Brothers

The Wolfe Brothers String Band plays and sings traditional old-time music with a repertoire that includes original material as well. In 2013, the Elk Creek, Virginia, band, made up of Jerry Correll, Dale Morris, Casey Hash, and Donna Correll, won the Appalachian Country Music Association Old-Time Vocal Group of the Year Award.

Joe Troop and Diego Sanchez are an acoustic world-music duo based in Argentina. Since 2010, they have been creating and performing original music for the five-string banjo, fiddle, double bass, and voice in the multicultural Buenos Aires underground. Their genre-bending compositions reflect the urban melting pot from which they have emerged.

 

Spencer Branch + Mickey Galyean & Cullen's Bridge

Mountain Music Through the Generations 

August 15, 7 p.m. / $10

Spencer Branch is the collaboration of siblings Martha and Kilby Spencer from Whitetop Mountain, Virginia, along with North Carolina native Kelley Breiding. They play music drawn from their mountain heritage in addition to traditional country, bluegrass, and a healthy dose of original songs. Their vocal harmonies and thrilling fiddle tunes are a powerful combination.

After the passing of his father, legendary musician Cullen Galyean, in 2010, Mickey Galyean felt a strong desire to keep the music of his father alive. With a rich bluegrass heritage, Mickey put together his band, Cullen's Bridge, choosing musicians that understand and appreciate this traditional style of bluegrass music. 

 

Redhead Express + The Walker Boys

Red, White & Bluegrass Gospel

August 22, 7 p.m. / $15

The four sisters of Redhead Express hail from Alaska, but now call Tennessee home. They've played more than 2,000 shows to share their music built on raw beauty with exquisite harmonies, thought-provoking lyrics, and melodies that can take you away.

The Walker Boys comprise a trio of brothers, originally from Alaska, who now hail from middle Tennessee. They spent the past seven years touring with their family, performing at fairs, festivals, and arts centers across North America.  

 

Steep Canyon Rangers + Mountain Park Old Time Band

From the Mountains to the Cities

August 29, 7 p.m. / $20

Steep Canyon Rangers

The Steep Canyon Rangers started as a group of friends playing music together for fun, but after more than a dozen years together, they are instantly recognized as one of the most successful bluegrass bands touring today. The group's recordings and dynamic live performances have earned them many accolades, including Grammy and IBMA Awards. These talented musicians play progressive bluegrass music firmly rooted in tradition, with smart, original songs. They are seasoned and dynamic, never failing to thrill their audience with instrumental dexterity and speed, tight harmonies, and the fun they have on stage.

Mountain Park Old Time Band was born six years ago when a group of friends got together to play the old-time music they love. These friends and talented musicians are Nancy Gentry (bass), Johnny Gentry (multiple instruments), C.T. Janney (washboard and dancing), Roger Stamper (fiddle), and Mark Handy (banjo, vocals, dancing).

 

Wayne Henderson, Helen White & Herb Key + Stevie Barr & The Mastertones

Instrument Makers & Pickers  

September 5 (Labor Day Weekend), 7 p.m. / $10 

Wayne Henderson

Wayne Henderson is a National Heritage Award recipient honored for his craftsmanship as a luthier and his renowned finger-style Appalachian guitar playing. His lightning fast, articulate playing style was influenced by Doc Watson and EC Ball, both close friends. He has won more awards at the Galax Fiddlers Convention than any other competitor. A singer, fiddler, guitarist and tunesmith, Helen White has toured extensively with Henderson in the United States and Europe. Her compositions include works for theater and video projects as well as a Booklist honored recording of original songs for children. White is the founder and served as regional director of the Junior Appalachian Musicians program from its inception in 2000 to 2013. Herb Key grew up in a musical family in Wilkes County. He has played for most of his life and has spent more than 30 years making, repairing, and restoring instruments. He grew up listening to old Carter Family recordings, mesmerized by Mother Maybelle's guitar playing. 

A fine bluegrass banjo player, Stevie Barr was raised in a family dedicated to making music, and was playing banjo by the age of four. Stevie grew up in his father Thomas' fiddle shop in Galax, Virginia, taking it all in and becoming a fine player in his own right. The Mastertones are a talented young group of bluegrass instrumentalists and vocalists that Barr has assembled to spread the music of Galax and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

 

Midday Mountain Musicians Showcase: Buck Mountain Band + Willard Gayheart, Bobby Patterson & Scott Freeman +
Bill and Maggie Anderson

September 12, 7 p.m. / FREE

Midday Mountain Musicians at the Blue Ridge Music Center since 2007, the Buck Mountain Band has entertained Blue Ridge Parkway visitors from all over the world with its spirited renditions of old-time mountain dance music and songs. Bob Taylor draws on a wide variety of sources for his fiddle tunes, while Amy Boucher (banjo) and Harrol Blevins (guitar) add their voices to the lively mix. Other band members include Debbie Larson (bass), Sue Taylor (guitar and ukulele), and Dan Peck (guitar and banjo).

The sweet harmonies of Bobby Patterson and Willard Gayheart flow golden, like honey. The Galax native and the pencil artist from Hazard, Kentucky, have been playing music together for 40 years in various bands, but discovered a whole new depth of artistry through duet singing at the Blue Ridge Music Center. Patterson plays banjo and guitar, and sometimes mandolin. Gayheart specializes in guitar.Scott Freeman grew up in a rich musical area of Mount Airy, North Carolina. As well as being a professional musician, he is a traditional music teacher and musical instructor for Pete Wernick, aka Dr. Banjo. Freeman lends his talents to many groups, including The McPeak Brothers, The Crowe Brothers, and The Mountain Home Bluegrass Boys.

 

Whether they're explaining how to build a guitar, play a Dobro, or singing the sweet harmonies of "Fox on the Run," Bill and Maggie Anderson are the heart and soul of the music that was born in the Blue Ridge Mountains. They migrated to Fancy Gap from New York. You'll find them playing Wednesdays at the Music Center throughout the season. Bill builds instruments, including the Dobro that his wife plays and the guitars that he plays.

 

 

Paul Brown, Terri McMurray, Alice Gerrard & Kay Justice

+ De Temps Antan

Blue Ridge Sounds Around the World 

September 19, 4 p.m. / $15 

Paul Brown

In a career spanning some 50 years, Alice Gerrard has known, learned from, and performed with many of the old-time and bluegrass greats and has earned worldwide respect for her own important contributions to the music. Gerrard is particularly known for her groundbreaking collaboration with Appalachian singer Hazel Dickens during the 1960s and '70s. The duo produced four classic LPs and influenced scores of young female singers. Her superb recordings showcase Gerrard's many talents: compelling, eclectic songwriting; powerful, hard-edged vocals; and instrumental mastery on rhythm guitar, banjo, and old-time fiddle. Her most recent album, Follow the Music, was nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award. 

Paul Brown learned his first tunes from his mother, who picked them up from older African-American musicians in Piedmont Virginia in the 1920s. He was hooked, and spent years collecting and documenting traditional music in southwest Virginia and in the stunningly rich Round Peak region around Mount Airy, North Carolina. As a performer, record producer, and radio host, Brown has introduced millions to the special world of Appalachian music, and helped to ensure its preservation and vitality for future generations. His most recent recordings, "Red Clay Country" and "The Mostly Mountain Boys" (with Terri McMurray and John Schwab) showcase Paul's banjo playing, fiddling, and singing. Terri McMurray started playing banjo uke and banjo when she was pint-size. She co-founded the Old Hollow String Band with Riley Baugus and Kirk Sutphin, and dug deep into clawhammer banjo with Tommy Jarrell in North Carolina. West Virginia's Kay Justice is a noted singer and guitarist best known for her work in the mid to late '90s with Ginny Hawker.

Using fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, and bouzouki, the Québécois folk music trio De Temps Antan blends boundless energy with the unmistakable joie de vivre found in traditional French-Canadian music. Their sound, anchored by the "tac-tic-a tac" of les pieds (a form of seated clogging found only in French Canada), explores time-honored melodies from Quebec's musical past informed as much by their world travels as by their fieldwork and family ties.

 

Rebecca Frazier and Hit & Run + The Buckstankle Boys 

Women In Bluegrass 

September 26, 4 p.m. / $15

Rebecca Frazier

Rebecca Frazier achieved notoriety in the bluegrass world as the first woman to appear on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, and is widely known for her work with award-winning Colorado-based band Hit & Run. Accompanying Rebecca are a host of world-class acoustic artists: her husband and musical partner John Frazier on mandolin and vocals, bassist Barry Bales, banjo genre-bender Scott Vestal, Dobro genius Andy Hall, fiddle virtuoso Shad Cobb, banjo innovator Ron Block, and, on backing vocals, her longtime Western compatriot, Shelby Means (Della Mae). 

Wes Clifton, Seth Boyd, Andy Edmonds, Todd Hiatt, and Tim Eaves are The Buckstankle Boys. They were all born and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and North Carolina. Having been brought up and schooled in the ways of traditional mountain music, each of them decided to form a group to promote the older sounds of bluegrass and old-time music.

 

The Steel Wheels + The Buck Stops Here 

Americana Roots

October 3, 4 p.m. / $15


The Steel Wheels is a name redolent of steam-powered railroad trains, America's industrial age, and the buggies of the band's Mennonite forebearers. Their initial offering as a committed unit, 2010's Red Wing, put the newly minted band on the map at the dawn of the folk-music renaissance. The LP spent 13 weeks on the Americana Music Association's Top 40 chart, while the track "Nothing You Can't Lose" was named Best Country Song at the Independent Music Awards.

The Buck Stops Here likes to span American roots music, from old-time fiddle tunes with hard-driving bluegrass banjo to introspective originals with percussion and four-part harmonies.

 

The Lee Boys + Dark Water Rising 

Blues-based Soul & Gospel 

October 10, 4 p.m. / $10 

The Lee Boys

The Lee Boys are one of America's finest African-American sacred steel ensembles. This family group consists of three brothers, Alvin Lee (guitar), Derrick Lee and Keith Lee (vocals) along with their three nephews, Roosevelt Collier (pedal steel guitar), Alvin Cordy Jr. (seven-string bass) and Earl Walker (drums). Each member began making music at the ages of 7 and 8 in the House of God church they attended in Perrine, Florida. Here they underwent a rigorous course of training in a variety of musical instruments, including lap and pedal steel guitars. Born and raised in Miami, each of The Lee Boys grew up in the church where their father and grandfather, Rev. Robert E. Lee, was the pastor and a steel player himself. 

To the members of Dark Water Rising, kinship is essential. The ties of kinship within the band's Native American communities helped to establish the group  in 2008. Today, those same roots provide the framework for the band's sound, which they describe as "rocky soul." The band attributes its style of playing and singing to a combination of influences, which range from attending Sunday morning worship services to absorbing the diverse styles and tones of artists like Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, and the Bee Gees. 

 

 

For tickets and concert info, visit blueridgemusiccenter.org or
call (866) 308-2773, ext. 245. 

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Blue Ridge Music Center
700 Foothills Road
Galax, Virginia 24333
Milepost 213 - Blue Ridge Parkway
# 276 - 236 - 5309
www.BlueRidgeMusicCenter.org

 Events:

Please visit our website for more detailed information about the season schedule, including bios, images, web links and videos of the performers. 

 

The Blue Ridge Music Center is located at Milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, just north of Mount Airy, NC and just south of Galax, VA. 

Concerts are held in the outdoor amphitheater at the base of Fisher Peak, one of the most gorgeous concert settings in the country. 

For Evening Concerts at the Music Center:
* FREE Parking
* Kids 12 and under are FREE
* Patrons are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and/or blankets
* Patrons are welcome to bring their own picnic basket (NO ALCOHOL please!)
* The Galax Smokehouse will be present on concert nights, serving their BBQ plus incredible sides. 

The Blue Ridge Music Center (BRMC) is operated by The National Park Service, and the Music Center's programming is coordinated through a partnership with The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. 

The Blue Ridge Music Center is a major venue of The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trails and a partner venue of the Blue Ridge Music Trail of North Carolina.

 
The Blue Ridge parkway Foundation

The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, under a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior, is the primary private fundraising organization for the Blue Ridge Parkway.  As the primary fundraiser and trusted steward of the Blue Ridge Parkway, The Foundation is forever committed to preserving the past, enhancing the present, and safeguarding the future of America’s Favorite Journey®.


Richard Emmett
Blue Ridge Music Center (BRMC)
Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation (BRPF)
717 S. Marshall Street - 105 B
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
www.BlueRidgeMusicCenter.org
www.brpfoundation.org
# 866-308-2773 x 213 (BRPF Winston-Salem office)
# 276-236-5309 x 112 (Music Center office)


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About the Blue Ridge Music Center
The Blue Ridge Music Center celebrates the music and musicians of the Blue Ridge. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1985, the site includes an outdoor amphitheater and indoor interpretive center used to highlight an important strand of American musical culture, which is still alive and thriving in the region. The site is operated through a partnership between the National Park Service and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. In the summer, its beautiful outdoor amphitheater comes alive through a vibrant and diverse concert series featuring artists like Cash and Leventhal, The Kruger Brothers, The Primitive Quartet, and John Dee Holeman. Many of these concerts include activities for the whole family such as flatfoot dance lessons and instrument petting zoos. The Music Center also offers scenic trails for the novice and seasoned hiker, educational programs and the interactive Roots of American Music museum. The center and museum are open 10:00 am-5:00 pm daily May-October. Admission to Visitor's Center and the Roots of American Music museum is free. Mid-day Mountain Music is offered free every day in the Blue Ridge Music Center breezeway from 12-4 pm.


About the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation
The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, under a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service and the U.S. Department of the Interior, is the primary fundraiser and trusted steward of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Foundation is forever committed to preserving the past, enhancing the present, and safeguarding the future of America's Favorite Journey®. We are proud to serve and support this extraordinary environment that connects the spirit of countless people through a twisting ribbon of mountain road. We are a strong defender of the Parkway, funding needed projects that enhance and protect the natural, cultural, historic, and recreational qualities that make the Blue Ridge Parkway an American treasure. Find out more at www.brpfoundation.org <http://www.brpfoundation.org> .
 
 
700 Foothills Road
Galax, Virginia 24333
Milepost 213 - Blue Ridge Parkway
# 276 - 236 - 5309
www.BlueRidgeMusicCenter.org





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HIKING CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS
Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club
  • According to the club's website, the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club (RATC) is dedicated to preserving and improving the Appalachian Trail in southwest Virginia. The RATC is responsible for 113 miles, or about 5 percent, of the Appalachian Trail's 2,170 miles. In addition, volunteers shoulder the upkeep for 17 permanent shelters along the southwest Virginia stretch. The club is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2010 and sponsors hikes of varying difficulty nearly every week, including day hikes, camping trips and backpacking trail hikes. The RATC is an affiliate of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.


    Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club P.O. Box 12282 Roanoke, VA 24024-2282
    547-387-9723
  • Outdoor Club at Virginia Tech (OCVT)

  • Virginia Tech students as well as members of the Blacksburg, Virginia community comprise the membership of this active club. The club is responsible for maintaining a 30 mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail in southwest Virginia. In addition to regularly scheduled hikes, the club sponsors kayaking, biking and other outdoor activities. The website states that "due the wide variety of interest within the club, there is opportunity for novices to learn new skills or improve existing ones."


    Outdoor Club at Virginia Tech PO Box 538 Blacksburg, VA 24061  outdoor.org.vt.edu/

  • Tennessee Eastman Hiking & Canoeing Club

  • Originally formed within the Eastman Kodak Company in Kingsport, Tennessee, the Club is now open to anyone. As of 2010, non-employees pay $10 annually instead of the $5 fee for employees and retirees. The club schedules numerous hikes into the nearby southwest Virginia mountains each year, as well as sponsoring canoeing and kayaking events on nearby whitewater rivers.


    Tennessee Eastman Hiking & Canoeing Club  Building 310, Eastman Road Kingsport, TN 37663
    423-229-3771    tehcc.org/
  • Mount Rogers Appalachian Trail Club

  • The Mount Rogers Appalachian Club, formed more than fifty years ago, maintains nearly 60 miles of the Appalachian Trail in southwest Virginia. Much of the club's activities center around work hikes for trail maintenance, but the event calendar also lists recreational hikes and social events. The Mount Rogers club makes its headquarters in tiny Damascus, Virginia. Damascus is situated near the southwestern corner of the state and just minutes from the Appalachian Trail.


    Mount Rogers Appalachian Trail Club P.O. Box 789  Damascus, VA 24236-0789 - 276-475-3065
    mratc.pbworks.com/






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    Montgomery-Floyd Regional Library 

    Locations: 

    Blacksburg Library
    200 Miller Street
    Blacksburg, VA 24060
    Phone: (540) 552-8246
    Fax: (540) 552-8265
    Christiansburg Library
    125 Sheltman Street
    Christiansburg, VA 24073
    Phone: (540) 382-6965
    Fax: (540) 382-6964
    Floyd Library
    321 West Main Street
    Floyd, VA 24091
    Phone: (540) 745-2947
    Fax: (540) 745-4750

     

    Hours of Operation:

    Day Blacksburg Library Christiansburg Library FloydLibrary
    Monday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm 9:00 am - 8:00 pm 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Tuesday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm 9:00 am - 8:00 pm 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Wednesday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm 9:00 am - 8:00 pm 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday 9:00 am - 8:00 pm 9:00 am - 8:00 pm 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
    Friday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Closed

    FloydCounty Library adjusted hours:

    Hours
    sunday 1pm - 5pm
    monday 10am - 6pm
    tuesday 10am - 8pm
    wednesday 10am - 6pm
    thursday 10am - 8pm
    friday 10am - 5pm
    saturday 10am - 5pm

    * Sundays: Closed from Memorial Day - Labor Day (otherwise open 1pm - 5pm)

    Please check with your local library for any upcoming events

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    FloydJAMS - A Crooked Road/ JAM Program: 
    A Traditional Music Program for Youth Starts in Floyd
     
    Floyd County students in grades 4 through 8 now have opportunity to learn the traditional music of the region in a new after school program at Floyd Elementary School .  The program, FloydJAMS - A Crooked Road / JAM Program, is providing almost 80 students with instruction on fiddle, banjo or guitar from exceptional traditional music instructors on Monday afternoons. 
     
    The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail, Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM, Inc.) and The Jacksonville Center for the Arts have been working with Floyd County business and community leaders, educators, and school system representatives to create this new program for students.  "We are so excited to be able to offer this opportunity to the students of Floyd County Public Schools" said Lisa Pluska, Director of Instruction with Floyd County Public Schools. "Floyd has such a rich heritage of music and for FloydJAMS to come in and partner with the school system to continue this tradition is a true blessing".
     
    FloydJAMS is modeled after offerings through Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM Inc), which has similar programs in Virginia , North Carolina , and South Carolina . "JAM Inc, has allowed us to tap into their years of experience and hard work and continues to assist us in creating our own version of a JAM program tailored for the Floyd community" says FloydJAMS Director, Heather Krantz.  "It has been a dream of mine to help bring more music education programming here and The Crooked Road, JAM Inc, the Jacksonville Center and many other local folks and businesses have helped make that happen."
     
    The Jacksonville Center for the Arts is the Nonprofit Sponsor for FloydJAMS.  "Through FloydJAMS, these students will have better access to opportunities to learn how to play a music instrument, which can have a positive lifelong impact in their lives, including their academic performance.", said Jacksonville Center Director, John McEnhill. 
     
    The Crooked Road promotes economic development in Southwest Virginia by promoting the region's unique heritage music. FloydJAMS is funded in part by The Crooked Road, the Appalachian Regional Commission, The Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission, The Virginia Commission for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Additional Support has been provided by Mitchell Music Company, the Floyd Country Store, the D'Addario Foundation, The Blue Ridge Music Makers Guild, the Floyd Moose Lodge, Plenty!, Citizens Telephone Cooperative and several anonymous donors and area businesses.
     
    Additional information about FloydJAMS can be obtained by emailing FloydJAMS@gmail.com
    Or by calling 540-230-0292

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    Sunday Naturalist Walk - On going event March - November: Guided tour of the arboretum grounds with a theme that changes each month. $6.00 for non-members; $4.00 for members. 2-3 p.m. 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, VA. 540-837-1758 ext. 0. http://www.virginia.edu/blandy

    First Saturday Walks - Guided tour of the Foundation of the State Arboretum grounds with a theme that varies each month. 10 a.m. - noon. First Saturday each month March-November. $6.00 admission; $4.00 for organization members. 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, VA. 540-837-1758 ext. 0. http://www.virginia.edu/blandy

     Permanent exhibit: - Roanoke Valley, Crossroads of History.Free Fridays: admission is free from 1-4 p.m. every second Friday of the month. Hours: Tues.-Fri. 10a.m.-4p.m.; Sat. 10a.m.-5p.m.; Sunday 1-5p.m. Closed Monday. Adults $2, students (age 6-17) $1, under 6 free. Seniors (60+) $1. Downtown Roanoke - 804/344-0876

    Barter Theatre- A theatre for all seasons, open year round, offering comedy, music, drama, family entertainment, and variety and diversity with classic works and plays commissioned especially for our audiences. CONTACT: Barter Theatre, P.O. Box 867, Abingdon, VA 24212, (276) 628-3991.

    Birthplace of Country Music Museum - Museum showcasing musical heritage of Appalachian region. Hours of operation: Mon.?Sat. 10 a.m.?9:00 p.m. Sun. 1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Bristol Mall, 500 Gate City Highway, Bristol, VA 24201. No Admission. CONTACT: Bill Hartley, PO Box 26, Bristol, TN 37621, (276) 645-0035.
    Birthplace of Country Music Pickin' Porch. 7:00 p.m. ? 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Live entertainment featuring bluegrass, gospel, and old-time country music. Bristol Mall, BCMA Museum, 500 Gate City Highway, Bristol, VA 24201. No Admission. CONTACT: Bill Hartley, PO Box 26, Bristol, TN 37621, (276) 645-0035.

    Carter Family Fold - P.O. Box 111, Hiltons, VA. The Carter Family Memorial Center features concerts of old time music every Saturday beginning at 7:30 p.m. and an annual two-day festival the first weekend in August. CONTACT: Rita Forrester, Box 111, Hiltons, VA 24258, (276) 386-6054.

    November - March - Winter Wonderland Wine Getaway. Escape your routine and join us every Friday evening from November through March for a special Chef's Choice complete three course dinner for $32 per person exclusive of tax, gratuity and alcohol. You'll enjoy a delightful selection of appetizers, entrées and luscious desserts. Chateau Morrisette www.thedogs.com

     




     


     




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    Dear Astronomy Enthusiasts,
    Apple Ridge Farm has created an astronomy club providing access for the public to the GE Dark Sky Observatory. The club is currently being facilitated by Michael Good GE Volunteer Project Lead  (please see note below for his vita)
    Mr. Good designed the observatory to have dual telescope piers. The first holds a Meade 8" Schmidt Casse grain (f/10). This is an LX50 ? it has sidereal tracking and slow speed controls but no "go to" capability. The second scope is a Meade 12" LX200, replete with GOTO functionality and RS232 port for remote telescope operation. The observatory was built entirely by Ge volunteers. 
     Here is a link to the Apple Ridge site/ observatory information
     http://appleridge.org/news/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=38&Itemid=85
    We will meet monthly every 2nd Monday of the month (freeing the 3rd Monday for people wishing to attend the Roanoke Valley Astronomical Society (RVAS) meetings in Roanoke). Like the RVAS, we will meet from 7:30pm till approximately 9pm monthly.
    Every meeting will begin in the Meador building . A decision will be made early if the weather and road conditions will allow driving up thegravel road to the observatory (limited parking). If so, the primarypurpose for the club will be to observe at the GE Dark Sky Observatory.If the weather does not permit, a program will be presented to thepublic.
    Link to directions to the camp on the Apple Ridge site:
    http://appleridge.org/news/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=68&Itemid=118
    Michael R. Good

    GE Volunteer Project Lead: GE Dark Sky Observatory at Apple Ridge Farm
    Home: 774-7411

    Rosalie M. Kell

    Apple Ridge Farm, Inc.
    Jefferson Center, Suite 304
    541 Luck Avenue, SW
    Roanoke, VA 24016


    (540) 982-1322o
    (540) 239 4660c

    http://www.appleridgefarm.org/




    Art Exhibits at The Old Church Gallery
    The Old Church Gallery is pleased to sponsor the biennial "A COMMUNITY OF WOMEN", a show that presents works created by women artists who make their homes in Floyd County.  The women artists include both professionals and amateurs; an amateur defined as "one who does something for the love of doing it."  Our goal for the show is to share the diversevisions, styles and interpretations embodied in their work and to celebrate the wealth of talent and creative diversity among the women artists in our community.
    Gallery Hours:  Saturdays:  10 :00 A.M.- 1:00 P.M.,  Sundays:  2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. Free Admission.

    The Old Church Gallery House, 110 Wilson St. off E. Main St in Floyd, is open weekends except for holidays  745-2979 or for more information e-mail: writeus@oldchurchgallery.com.  The Gallery is an all volunteer, tax-exempt, nonprofitorganization: www.oldchurchgallery.com .



    EVERY SATURDAY-Floyd County Humane Society members are available at the Floyd County Animal Shelter from 8:00 to 11:30 a.m. to show pets that are available for adoption. For more information call 745-9365. Animals up for adoption can be viewed on the animal shelters website at www. nrv animal shelters.com

    LINK MUSEUM A POPULAR TRAVEL DESTINATION    

    The O. Winston Link Museum in Downtown Roanoke offers railroad fans, art and history enthusiasts, and community residents a new destination in Western Virginia.  Since the museum's grand opening in January, more than 15,000 people - sixty percent from beyond the Roanoke Valley, from most every state in the U.S.and many foreign countries - have admired the exhibition of Link's world-famous work.

    Photo by O. Winston Link
       
    O. Winston Link's photos of the last days of steam locomotion along the Norfolk and Western Railway take a nostalgic look back to 1950s life - to the world of drive-in theaters and old country stores along the rail lines.  Set in the rural Appalachian Mountains and locomotive shops, Link captured a simpler era that many in the United States look back to with fond memories.

       The museum, housed in the renovated Norfolk and Western Railway passenger station, exhibits more than 225 prints from Link's acclaimed Norfolk and Western project, Link's photographic equipment, and artifacts from N&W's freight and passenger services. Several interactive stations present the chance to examine Link's elaborate lighting arrangements or hear his steam locomotive sound recordings.

        "Some of our visitors worked for N&W for more than 30 years - they really enjoy seeing their memories of the railroad displayed for the public" said Kim Pulice, Manager of Museum Operations.  Many visitors leave noticeably stirred by the photographs - reminded of working with the long-gone steam trains and fellow railroad employees.photo by O. Winston Link

       Most images are black and white, and most are taken at night.  Using hundreds of flashbulbs, Link dramatically lit his subjects to highlight the life around the railroad.  Pulice noted, "Link had a knack for adding a human element to photos of machines.  His most striking images are those that show how  rail interacted with communities and individuals."  Small communities that rarely got attention from the outside world at that time  - Rural Retreat, Vesuvius, Iager, Green Cove - were documented by Link's cameras.

       One of the most popular features in the museum is the 30-minute documentary film "What a Picture I Got," containing interview footage and background information about Link.  The film also dramatically documents the troubles with Link's ex-wife, Conchita, and her plans to steal Link's prints and other equipment.

       Additionally, the museum gift shop has expanded since the grand opening to include a diverse inventory.  Children's items - including toys and books - are now available, and the shop has an extensive line of Norfolk and Western and O. Winston Link memorabilia.

       "We're always adding something interesting.  "

        As an added convenience,visitors can now buy joint tickets for the Virginia Museum of Transportation at a 20 percent savings.  The two museums are connected by a three-block O. Winston Link Rail walk.

        The O.Winston Link Museum is located at 101 Shenandoah Avenue in Roanoke,across from Hotel Roanoke.  The museum is open year-round, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5p.m.  Admission: Adults $5, Seniors $4, Children $3. Group rates are available, and the museum is available for after hours functions.  More information is available on the web at www.linkmuseum.org or by phone at 540-982-5465.





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