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Phil Vassar
Harvester Performance Center
September 5
 
Dwight Yoakam
Elmwood Park
September 9
 
A Touch of Civil War
Virginia Mountain Vineyards
September 12
 
Olde Salem Days
Main Street Salem
September 12

Antique & Classic Boat Show
Smith Mountain Lake
September 12
 
"Ladies, Sigh No More"
Attic Productions
September 17-19
 
Roanoke Greek Festival
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
September 18-20
 
Harvest Time of 1865
Booker T. Washington National Monument
September 19
 
Marine Mud Run
Green Hill Park
September 19
 
Henry Street Festival
Elmwood Park
September 19
 
Franklin County Agricultural Fair
Franklin County Recreation Park
September 23-26
 
"Twelve Angry Men"
Showtimers Community Theatre
September 23 - October 4
 
Virginia Science Festival
Downtown Roanoke
September 26

Virginia's Big Ol' Baby Shower
Berglund Center
September 26
 
Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival
Lakewatch Plantation
September 26-27

CityWorks (X)po
City Market Building
October 1-3


 
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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Light House Studio's 14th Annual Youth Film Festival
Date: August 28, 6:30PM-12:00AM
Category: Film
Venue: Jefferson Theater, Charlottesville
River Lumber Railroad: Logging, Communication, and Transportation in the Blue Ridge
Date: August 28, 10:00AM-12:30AM
Category: Community Events
Venue: Blue Ridge Parkway, Montebello
Roanoke Valley Choral Society Auditions
Date: August 29, 10:00AM-12:00PM; (appointments available Aug 29 or Aug 30--eager for new members!)
Category: Community Events
Venue: Auditions at First Presbyterian Church, Roanoke
Literacy Volunteers New Tutor Training
Date: August 29, 9:30AM-4:00PM
Category: Classes/Workshops
Venue: Jefferson School City Center, Charlottesville
Taste of the Mountains
Date: August 29, 1:00PM-7:00PM
Category: Live Music: Other
Venue: Blue Ridge Music Center, Galax
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
2015 Healing Race Weekend “Caregiving, Caring for Others. Caring for Yourself.”
Date: August 29, 8:00AM-9:00PM
Category: Community Events
Venue: Beacon Ridge Retreat Center, Chatham
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
Sangīta Shakti Ensemble
Date: August 29, 7:00PM-10:00PM
Category: Live Music: Other
Venue: Blue Ridge Center for Chinese Medicine, Pilot
Quiles & Cloud and Big Hoax
Date: August 29, 7:30PM-10:00PM; (Doors Open at 5 pm)
Category: Live Music: Folk
Venue: A. Smith Bowman Distillery, Fredericksburg
Country Gospel Sing
Date: August 30, 11:00AM-12:00PM; (Worship service 10:30 AM followed by an hour of Country gospel singing at 11 AM.)
Category: Live Music: Gospel
Venue: Fork Mountain United Methodist Church, Bassett
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
Music on Mondays: Ellen Breakfield-Glick clarinet with pianist Mariah Boucher
Date: August 31, 7:30PM-9:00PM
Category: Live Music: Classical
Venue: Squires Recital Salon, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg
Painted Songs & Stories: Contemporary Gond Art Opening – a talk, short performance, and reception
Date: September 3, 5:00PM-7:00PM; (Events start at 5 p.m. starting with a lecture, followed by a performance and then the reception)
Category: Art & Museum Exhibits
Venue: Radford University Covington Center for the Arts, Radford
SENIOR CENTER’S SEPTEMBER YARD SALE
Date: September 4, 5:00PM-7:00PM; (Sep 5, 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
Category: Community Events
Venue: Senior Center Inc, Charlottesville
Meet the artists-new members Vera Dickerson, Tracy Budd, Gina Louthian. Also continuing member Rod Adams
Date: September 4, 5:30PM-9:00PM; (Artist discussions between 6:15 and 7:00 PM September 4)
Category: Art & Museum Exhibits
Venue: The Market Gallery, Roanoke
DIY Bike Repair
Date: September 5, 1:00PM-3:00PM
Category: Kids & Family
Venue: Sandston Library, Sandston
Grandparents' Day
Date: September 5, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Category: Kids & Family
Venue: Virginia Museum of Transportation, Roanoke
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
John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival
Date: September 5-6, 3:00-10:00PM; (2 DAY EVENT)
Category: Live Music: Other
Venue: Oak Hollow Festival Park, High Point
Friends of the Lynchburg Community Market Farm to Table Tour
Date: September 7, 10:00AM-2:00PM
Category: Community Events
Venue: Lynchburg Community Market, Lynchburg
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
Hypertufa Planter Workshop
Date: September 8, 5:30PM-7:00PM
Category: Classes/Workshops
Venue: Montvale Library, Montvale
The Headless Crab & Wingless Elephant: Five stories and dances inspired by Gond art and myth
Date: September 9 - 9 on
Wednesday 7:30PM-8:30PM
Category: Theater & Dance: All
Venue: Radford University Covington Center for the Arts, Radford
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
Art Reception – Beyond the Tartan: Nicholas & Kate Stewart
Date: September 10, 5:00PM-7:00PM
Category: Art & Museum Exhibits
Venue: Radford University College of Visual and Performing Arts, Radford
Bookmarks presents David Baldacci
Date: September 10, 6:00PM-7:00PM
Category: Book Readings
Venue: RJ Reynolds High School, Winston-Salem
Salem Wellness Health Fair
Date: September 11, 12:00PM-5:00PM; (No appointment is necessary.)
Category: Community Events
Venue: Salem Civic Center, Salem
American Native Band: Brulè
Date: September 11, 8:00PM-10:00PM
Category: Live Music: Other
Venue: Paramount Theater, Charlottesville
Hypertufa Planter Workshop
Date: September 12, 11:00AM-12:30PM
Category: Classes/Workshops
Venue: Moneta/SML Library, Moneta
Heiwa Matsuri Fall Festival
Date: September 12, 10:00AM-3:00PM
Category: Kids & Family
Venue: Aikido in Fredericksburg , Spotsylvania
Bookmarks Annual Festival of Books and Authors
Date: September 12, 10:00AM-5:00PM
Category: Fairs & Festivals
Venue: Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts and surrounding area, Winston-Salem
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
National Literacy Month Celebration
Date: September 13, 1:00PM-3:00PM
Category: Book Readings
Venue: Ash Lawn - Highland, Charlottesville
National Theatre Live in HD Presents: The Beaux’ Stratagem
Date: September 13, 7:00PM-9:40PM
Category: Theater & Dance: Plays
Venue: The Paramount, Charlottesville
Music on Mondays: Jerry Tachoir, jazz viabraphone
Date: September 14, 7:30PM-8:30PM
Category: Live Music: Jazz & Blues
Venue: Squires Recital Salon, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg
Hypertufa Planter Workshop
Date: September 15, 1:30PM-3:00PM
Category: Classes/Workshops
Venue: Big Island Library, Big Island
League for Animal Protection Fundraiser at Hollywood's Restaurant & Bakery
Date: September 16, 4:00PM-10:00PM
Category: Misc.
Venue: Hollywood's Restaurant & Bakery, Roanoke
Madison Piano Trio
Date: September 17, 7:30PM-9:30PM
Category: Live Music: Classical
Venue: Radford University Covington Center for the Arts, Radford
Building Goodness Foundation Battle of the Bands & Auction
Date: September 18, 7:00PM-11:00PM
Category: Live Music: Other
Venue: Jefferson Theater, Charlottesville,
FIFTH ANNUAL WESTOVER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH SPAGHETTI DINNER TO BENEFIT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY GREENE COUNTY
Date: September 18, 5:30PM-12:00AM
Category: Charity & Outreach
Venue: WESTOVER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, RUCKERSVILLE
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
Southwest Virginia Kidney Walk
Date: September 19, 10:00AM-4:00PM; (Check-in time starts at 9:00 AM)
Category: Charity & Outreach
Venue: Fallon Park and Tinker Creel Greenway, Roanoke
Looking at Appalachia Photography Exhibit
Date: September 19, 8:00AM-6:00PM; (Will run through October 31, 2015)
Category: Art & Museum Exhibits
Venue: Blue Ridge Business Development Center, Sparta
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
Paws For Bunco
Date: September 20, 1:30PM-4:30PM
Category: Community Events
Venue: PAWS FOR BUNCO, Afton
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
De Temps Antan: Music from Quebec
Date: September 20, 7:00PM-9:00PM; (Doors open at 6:00)
Category: Live Music: Other
Venue: The Haven, Charlottesville
Yard Dreams
Date: September 18-20, 12:00-12:00AM; (Begins 5 PM Friday, September 18th and Ends 5 PM, Sunday, September 20th)
Category: Art & Museum Exhibits
Venue: Belmont Avenue, Charlottesville
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
Duo Piano Recital
Date: September 25, 7:30PM-9:00PM
Category: Live Music: Classical
Venue: Oakwood Country Club, Lynchburg
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
Seth Glier with Opening Act Lea
Date: September 26, 7:30PM-10:00PM; (Doors Open at 5 pm)
Category: Live Music: Folk
Venue: A. Smith Bowman Distillery, Fredericksburg
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
Paramount Presents: José Porcel – Flamenco Fire
Date: September 27, 7:30PM-9:30PM
Category: Theater & Dance: Dance
Venue: Paramount Theater Charlottesville, Charlotesville
Compañia Flamenca José Porcel, José Porcel, Artistic Director
Date: September 29, 7:30PM-9:30PM
Category: Theater & Dance: All
Venue: Radford University College of Visual and Performing Arts, Radford
Paramount Presents: Josh Turner
Date: October 2, 8:00PM-10:00PM
Category: Live Music: Country
Venue: The Paramount Theater, Charlottesville
MET Live in HD: Il Trovatore
Date: October 3, 12:55PM-3:40PM
Category: Theater & Dance: Opera
Venue: The Paramount Theater, 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
Live Nation Presents: Brian Regan
Date: October 8, 12:00AM-12:00AM
Category: Stand-Up Comedy
Venue: The Paramount Theater, Charlottesville
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
Beyond the Tartan: Nicholas & Kate Stewart
Date: September 10 - October 10 on
Monday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Tuesday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Wednesday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Thursday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Friday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Category: Art & Museum Exhibits
Venue: Radford University College of Visual and Performing Arts, Radford
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
MET Opera Live in HD: Otello
Date: October 17, 12:55PM-3:00PM
Category: Theater & Dance: Opera
Venue: The Paramount Theater, Charlottesville
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
Jose Carreras Concert with the University of Mary Washington Philharmonic
Date: October 17, 7:30PM-9:30PM
Category: Live Music: Classical
Venue: William M. Anderson Center, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg
National Theatre Live in HD Presents: Hamlet
Date: October 18, 7:00PM-11:00PM
Category: Theater & Dance: Plays
Venue: The Paramount, 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
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
Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra Presents Symphonic Masquerade: An Evening of Global Espionage
Date: October 23, 7:30PM-9:00PM
Category: Live Music: Other
Venue: The Paramount Theater, 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
disAbility Resource Center's Halloween Bash
Date: October 24, 7:00PM-11:00PM
Category: Community Events
Venue: A. Smith Bowman Distillery, Fredericksburg
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
Painted Songs & Stories: Contemporary Gond Art from India
Date: September 3 - October 25 on
Monday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Tuesday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Wednesday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Thursday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Friday 10:00AM-5:00PM
Saturday 12:00PM-4:00PM
Sunday 12:00PM-4:00PM
Category: Art & Museum Exhibits
Venue: Radford University Covington Center for the Arts, Radford
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


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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.
 

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… 
 

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   

 
(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… 
 

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.   
    
 
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… 
 

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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Around Stuart/Patrick County/Franklin County/Southside SWVA

SATURDAY, AUGUST 29
YOUNG EAGLES RALLY: sponsored by Twin County EAA Chapter 1426; free airplane rides for children ages 8-17, parents must be present to sign waiver; call or email Cody at (919) 623-7423 or farmerfalconer@aol.com; registration from 9 a.m. to noon; Micro Airfield off Rt. 58 at Rotometrics, Meadows of Dan.
SUPER SATURDAY CHILDREN'S FUN DAY: food, inflatables, water fun, wear swimsuits with cover-up and bring towel; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Harvest Worship Center, 21225 Jeb Stuart Hwy., Stuart.
 
SUNDAY, AUGUST 30
WORSHIP SERVICE: speaker: Dr. Clint Hopkins, 11 a.m., Stuart Baptist Church.
VIPPERMAN REUNION: for descendants of Charlie A. and Mary E. Vipperman; for information call 952-2807; lunch at 1 p.m., Vesta Community Building.
FIFTH SUNDAY EVENING SINGING: with singer-songwriter Debbie Bennett, 7 p.m., Peters Creek Baptist Church, Rt. 8 at the VA/NC state line; pastor: Rev. Terry Ragsdale.
HOMECOMING: 63rd annual event, speaker: former pastor Ben Reed; special music by Newfound at 10 a.m.; worship service at 11 a.m., and meal after the service; Fairystone Baptist Church.
SPECIAL SINGING: by Rev. Jackie Spence and family from Rocky Mount; 5 p.m., Fairview Pentecostal Holiness Church, Salem Hwy., Stuart.
SPECIAL SINGING: with Phillip Adams, 6 p.m., Hills Grove Baptist Church, 1220 Little Dan River Rd., Claudville.
 
MONDAY, AUGUST 31
FARMERS' MARKET OPEN: open every Monday, rain or shine, through September 7; fresh garden produce, eggs, honey and more; most vendors only accept cash; barbecue for sale from food truck; free market pass for shoppers, 5 to 7 p.m., Shelter #4, Fairy Stone State Park.
ALZHEIMER'S MEETING: help plan fall events to help Alzheimer's patients, 7 p.m., basement of Hill's Tax Service, extra parking available next door at the Masonic Lodge.
 
SUNDAY-WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30-SEPTEMBER 2
REVIVAL: speaker: Preacher Noah Frye; Sun. at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., Mon.-Wed. at 7:30 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, Patrick Springs.
 
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
DEADLINE TO RSVP TO PCHS CLASS OF 1995 REUNION: reunion will be held October 24 from 5:45 to 10 p.m. at the New College Institute, 191 Fayette St., Martinsville; cost: $40; payment is due Sept. 1; contact Brandi Patterson Willie at brandi.willie@gmail.com or (540) 292-1156 for information.
FARMERS' MARKET OPEN: fresh local produce, 3 to 6 p.m., downtown Stuart.
INTEREST HANGOUT: learn about a new church coming to Patrick County High School on Oct. 4 at 10:30 a.m.; learn about Mercy Church at this meeting or visit www.mercy.church; 7 p.m., Honduras Coffee Shop.
 
FRIDAY-SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4-5
YARD SALE: hamburgers, hot dogs and ribs with fixings will also be sold; proceeds go to youth camp 2016 for New Beginnings Baptist Church in Patrick Springs; call (276) 692-8127 for information; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Four Rivers Realty, Patrick Springs, on Rt. 58 across from Friendly's.
 
FRIDAY-MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4-7
CARROLL COUNTY GENEALOGY LIBRARY CLOSED: in observance of Labor Day, will reopen Tues., Sept. 8 at 10 a.m.
 
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
COUNTRY BREAKFAST: menu: biscuits, gravy, eggs, bacon, sausage, coffee, juice; $7 per person; sponsored by Community Exercise Group; proceeds go to the community building fund; 7 to 10 a.m., Meadows of Dan Community Building.
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 Dr., Patrick Springs.
 
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
DAVE MORRISON REUNION: bring a covered dish or dessert and drink; everything else provided; meet between 11 a.m. and noon, lunch by 1 p.m., Fairystone Volunteer Fire Department, Rt. 57.
SHELOR REUNION: for directions or questions, call Amy Shelor at (276) 692-8328; bring a dish to share, food and fellowship at noon followed by a cappella hymn singing; Concord Primitive Baptist Church, Concord Rd., Meadows of Dan.
 
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
HYLTON-CONNER REUNION: for descendants of Moss "Coon" and Sara Hylton and Posie Chapman and Naomi Conner; bring a covered dish; paper products furnished; for information call O'Bain at (276) 629-2613; noon to 3 p.m., Community Primitive Baptist Church.
 
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
BOOK DISCUSSION: of Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen about the memories of a 90-year-old man who had been involved with the circus in his younger years; 3:30 p.m., Hylton Library, Spencer-Penn Centre.
PATRICK COUNTY SENIORS MEETING: entertainment by Junior and Ramona Cassady, bring a side dish or dessert to share; for information on upcoming Patrick County Senior events and trips, call the Patrick County Recreation Department at 694-3917; 11 a.m., Hooker Building, Rotary Field, Stuart.
 
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
MUSIC NIGHT: music by Oh Brother Where Am I, Over the Hill Gang, and Skyline Drive; admission: $4; concessions at 5 p.m., open mic at 5:30 p.m. followed by bands; Spencer-Penn Centre.
 
FRIDAY-SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11-12
YARD SALE/BAKE SALE/LUNCH: Fri.: yard sale and breakfast biscuit sale beginning at 8 a.m.; Sat.: yard sale/bake sale begin at 8 a.m.; hot dogs and hamburgers sold at 10:30 a.m., sodas, water and chips available; Providence United Methodist Church.
 
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
BOWMAN-HORTON REUNION: paper products and beverages provided, bring a covered dish; for information call Bernell Flippin at (919) 528-6369; lunch at 1 p.m., Dry Pond Community Building, Rt. 103.
BELCHER-BOYD REUNION: bring a covered dish to share along with photos and memories; talent to share will be appreciated; for information call Karen Belcher Bowers at (276) 930-3153; meal begins at 5 p.m., Smith River Wildlife Building, Rt. 40, Woolwine.
FREE CAR WASH: sponsored by Fairystone Baptist Church which is participating in Operation In As Much; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fairystone Fire Department, Hwy. 57.
BASSETT HERITAGE FESTIVAL: pancake breakfast: adult plate: $5, child's plate: $3; craft and food booths, free rides for children, historical displays, parade, music by Geneva's Convention; sponsored by the Stanleytown Ruritan Club; breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m., opening ceremony at 8:45 a.m., displays open at 9 a.m., music at 11:30 a.m., parade at 2 p.m.; all events take place in downtown Bassett, Main St.
GRILL TO THRILL: with Dan Russell, instructor; chicken appetizers, four-hour class on grilling techniques; learn about outside cooking with inside help, take home easy recipes, cost: $15 for members, $20 for non-members; call (276) 957-5757 for information, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Spencer-Penn Centre.
 
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
WOOD REUNION: for descendants of Alexander and Jane Hopkins Wood; bring a picnic lunch, begins at 10 a.m., Meadows of Dan Community Building.
HUGHES FAMILY REUNION: 39th annual reunion, music by "Almost There" bluegrass gospel group; covered dish lunch at 1 p.m. after a brief business meeting; Hughes Family Picnic Shelter, Trot Valley Rd.
HOMECOMING: speaker: Josh Sechrist; special singing by Tina Smith, meal after service; 10 a.m., Hills Grove Baptist Church, 1220 Little Dan River Rd., Claudville.
 
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
CRAFT AND COLLECTIBLE FAIR: vendors needed, call to reserve space, inside or out, (276) 957-5757; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Spencer-Penn Centre, Spencer.
SPENCER COMMUNITY FAIR: Brunswick stew, fried chicken and homemade desserts available, eat in or take out; horse and wagon rides, entertainment by Don Smith and the Foggy River Boys; auction; stew ready by 10 a.m., kids' games at 1 p.m., music from 3 to 5 p.m., auction at 6 p.m., Spencer Ruritan Building.
 
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
165TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: special meeting followed by a meal; 10 a.m., break at 10:45 a.m., continuing from 11 a.m. until noon; Sycamore Baptist Church.
FRIEND DAY: concert by the Glory Street Quartet at 10 a.m., worship service at 11 a.m., carry-in dinner after worship; Minnie's Chapel Wesleyan Church.
 
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
MOOREFIELD REUNION: for descendants of Thomas R. and Maryann Dollarhite Moorefield; bring a picnic lunch; paper products and drinks provided; for information call (276) 694-6680; lunch at noon, Peters Creek Community Building.
 
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BOOKMOBILE SCHEDULE
Monday, September 7: closed for Labor Day.
Tuesday, September 8: 9:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., Woolwine Elementary School; 2-3:15 p.m., Rose Window, intersection of Rt. 8 and Rt. 40 (Charity Hwy.); 3:30-4 p.m., Charity Primitive Baptist Church; 4:25-5 p.m., Roberts' Market, Rt. 57.
Wednesday, September 9: 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., Jeb Stuart Grocery; 2:30-2:45 p.m., gas station across from Blue Ridge Elementary 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, September 10: 10:30 a.m. to noon, Walmart; 12:15 to 12:30 p.m., Wildwood Acres--off St. Rd. 694; 12:45 to 1:45 p.m., Unity Mission Baptist Church; 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Patrick Henry Fire Station; 4 to 5 p.m., Salem United Methodist Church.
 
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HOLIDAY BAZAAR VENDORS NEEDED
Vendors interested in participating in the eighth annual Holiday Bazaar to be held November 14 at Rotary Field in Stuart may call (276) 694-5273 for information. This offers a good venue to set up for early Christmas shoppers. Proceeds benefit Relay for Life of Patrick County.
 
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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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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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2015 PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

 

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
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    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
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    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

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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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