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1 Blue Ridge Highlands October 2007 Events Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Chilhowie SMYTH COUNTY JAM. This musical event at the Chilhowie Lions Club building showcases local musicians and singers. The jam helps encourage the development of new talent while teaching key aspects of musicianship. No alcohol is allowed. 6:30-11 p.m. (276) 646-3916, (276) 496-5467. E-mail: email@example.com. Web site: www.smythcountyjam.com. Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Radford RADFORD FIDDLE AND BANJO JAM. More than a dozen musicians and a full house of music lovers gather at The Coffee Mill for an evening of traditional mountain music. 1144 East Main Street. 7-10 p.m. (540) 267-3008.E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: radfordfiddle.com. Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Bristol LIVE DOWNTOWN BLUEGRASS MUSIC. Come hear various music groups performing live outdoors in the Birthplace of Country Music. 5:30-9 p.m. (423) 764-4171. Web site: www.visitbristoltnva.com/. Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Whitetop MT. ROGERS COMMUNITY JAM AND MUSIC LESSONS. The Mt. Rogers Combined School offers free music lessons (banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, bass and dance) and a community jam session. Everyone is welcome. 7 p.m.-midnight. (276) 388-3489. E-mail: email@example.com. Web site: whitetopmountainband.com. Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Hillsville HILLSVILLE’S WEDNESDAY NIGHT VFW MUSIC JAM SESSION. This jam session is growing in popularity every week. Bring your guitar, bass, fiddle or banjo and join in the fun. Some just like to listen, yet others can’t help but tap their toes or do a little flatfooting. A music jam is worth experiencing, with the concept and heritage going back many generations. This event is held almost every week, so be sure to check. Grover King VFW Post 1115. 7-10 p.m. (276) 728-2911, (276) 730-3100. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: www.vfw1115.com. Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Independence MOUNTAIN MUSIC JAM. Come to play. Come to listen. Come to dance. Experience a true mountain music jam, with acoustic, unamplified music as it is played when folks seek only to entertain themselves and each other. This is not a performance, but an opportunity to “sit close.” Bring a comfortable chair, or use one of the folding chairs provided. 1908 Courthouse. 7-9 p.m. (276) 773-2000. E-mail: email@example.com. Web site: www.graysoncountyva.com. Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Rocky Mount BERNARD’S CARPET SHOP JAM SESSIONS. Check out this venue of the Crooked Road Music Trail for a night filled with music. 1696 Franklin Street. 6-8 p.m. (540) 483-3825. Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25 Fries PICKIN’ & GRINNIN’ AT SHAYLYN’S NEW RIVER TRAIL CAFE. Come out for a friendly jam of old- time, bluegrass and country music. A favorite with locals and visitors alike, this is must-see event on the Crooked Road. While there, try one of Shaylyn’s mouthwatering daily specials. 6-8 p.m. (276) 744-3446. Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25 Stuart STATE LINE GROCERY JAM SESSION. Come join in a jam session on the Virginia/North Carolina border as local musicians gather to play bluegrass and mountain music. A piece of Patrick County’s history is communicated through their ballads. 6-10 p.m. (276) 694-6377. -more- 2 Oct. 5 Dugspur MUSIC JAM SESSION AT DUGSPUR RESCUE SQUAD. Come enjoy bluegrass, old-time, country and gospel tunes. There is no admission, but they do sell tickets to people who would like to buy them; they then have a drawing and split the pot with the owner of the winning ticket. 7-10 p.m. (276) 766-3791, (276) 728-0081. E-mail: Tourism@VisitVirginiaBlueRidgeMountains.com. Web site: www.VisitTheBlueRidge.com. Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26 Ararat WILLIS GAP COMMUNITY CENTER OPEN JAM. Jammers of all skill levels are invited to attend these lively sessions. While the emphasis is on bluegrass, the center also loves gospel, country and oldies. All proceeds go to the center. Be sure to come out and visit for good food, good fun and the chance to make new friends. 7-10 p.m. (276) 755-3636. Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26 Floyd FLOYD COUNTRY STORE FRIDAY NIGHT JAMBOREE. This is still the place to be for authentic bluegrass and old-time music. Come hear the music, learn or show off some mountain dancing, enjoy a hot dog or an ice cream cone and take home a gift from the store. $3/adults, free/under 16. 6:30-11:30 p.m. (540) 745-4563, (540) 745-3900. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: www.floydcountrystore.com. Oct. 5, 19 Rocky Mount CANNADAY’S WHOLESALE JAM SESSIONS. This venue of the Crooked Road features two bands playing at each event. Please come join us for a music-filled night. 7:30-10:30 p.m. (540) 484-8852, (540) 484-1094. Oct. 5-7 Ararat CIVIL WAR ENCAMPMENT & REENACTMENT—17TH ANNUAL. The Blue Ridge Mountains will ring again with the clash of sabers, the thunder of the big guns, and the battle cries of the bloodiest war ever fought. Hundreds of re-enactors will fill these hills—Laurel Hill, home of General J.E.B. Stuart. (276) 251- 1833. E-mail: email@example.com. Web site: www.jebstuart.org. Oct. 5-7 Moneta SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE TOUR OF HOMES. Get your cars and boats ready to come look at some homes with spectacular views of Smith Mountain Lake and help out local charities. A map guide to each home will be provided to view the homes at your own pace. $. (540) 721-1203, (540) 297-8687. Web site: www.visitsmithmountainlake.com. Oct. 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28 Meadows of Dan CHRISTOPHER’S PIZZA JAM SESSIONS. Christopher’s features live bluegrass music and the best pizza in Southwestern Virginia at historic Cockram Mill, part of Blue Ridge Passage Resorts. Free. (276) 952-3457. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: www.blueridgepassageresort.com. Oct. 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, 26-28 Meadows of Dan CORN ACOUSTICS CORN MAZE DAYS. Enjoy the fun at this musically themed four-acre corn maze right off the Crooked Road, as well as a hay bale maze for children. Mountain Meadow Farm and Craft Market. $. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (540) 593-3279. Web site: www.mountainmeadowcrafts.com/. Oct. 6 Galax BAYWOOD FALL PUMPKIN FESTIVAL. Don’t miss this community festival in the spectacular mountains of Grayson County. Start the day with a hearty country breakfast, then enjoy the parade, crafts, gospel and mountain music as well as heritage exhibits. See an old-fashioned horse pull. There will be lots of great food and pumpkins galore. Baywood School. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (276) 236-9177. -more- 3 Oct. 6 Marion SONG OF THE MOUNTAINS AT THE LINCOLN THEATRE. The award-winning Song of the Mountains concert series continues with TV tapings for PBS at the Lincoln Theatre. Showcasing the music of the Appalachian Region, Song of the Mountains is now syndicated and offered to 190 PBS stations nationwide. You are invited to be part of the live audience and hear bluegrass and old-time music. $. (423) 323-7829, (423) 383-7829. Oct. 6 Wytheville GARLIC THYME OPEN HOUSE. Join other garlic lovers at Beagle Ridge Herb Farm for a day of garlic and herbs in the garden, where you can sample herbal goodies, herbal tea and lots of garlic. Enjoy a garden tour, a nature hike or sip tea on the patio and enjoy the views. Classes begin on the hour, including Growing Great Garlic, Cooking with Herbs and Herbs for Fall Planting. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (276) 621-4511. E-mail: email@example.com. Web site: www.beagleridgeherbfarm.com. Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 Ararat ARARAT RURITAN CLUB—DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY! Support your Ruritan Club and have a great time doing it at this event that is back and better than ever. Hear fabulous bluegrass, gospel and old-time music just minutes from Mt. Airy, North Carolina, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. 7:30-10:30 p.m. (276) 251- 5436. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 Fries FRIES THEATER—SATURDAY NIGHT MUSIC. Local musicians offer up gospel, bluegrass and/or old- time music. Join a square dance or try your luck at the cakewalk. Bring your dancing shoes or bring an ear, but come and experience some great Crooked Road fun. Concessions are available. Free, but donations are appreciated. 7-9 p.m. (276) 744-2231. Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 Patrick Springs AMERICAN LEGION POST #105 DANCE. Experience Southwest Virginia traditions as square dancers take the floor and twirl the night away. Wonderful bands will keep the night alive. $. 6-10 p.m. (276) 694- 4843. Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 Troutdale FOOD & FUN IN FLATRIDGE. Help yourself to local fare at the Flatridge Community Center. There’s a country buffet at 6 p.m. and bluegrass music begins at 7 p.m. Mingle with locals, enjoy some delicious country food and join the fun. Buffet: $7/adults; $4/12 and under. 6-9 p.m. (276) 655-4269. E-mail: email@example.com. Web site: www.graysoncountyva.com. Oct. 6-7 Floyd ALL THINGS OLIVE AT VILLA APPALACCIA. Celebrate the flavors of ten different olives from around the world, as well as nine or ten different Mediterranean olive oils. On Sunday we will also sample a variety of balsamic vinegars. Both days include wine sampling, pasta and focaccia from Zeppolis’ Restaurant in Blacksburg. Check the Web site for updates. $; reservations are required. Noon-4 p.m. (540) 593-3100. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: www.villaappalaccia.com. Oct. 12-14 Galax STEIFF ON THE MOUNTAIN 2007. Join us for a fun-filled weekend in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Antique and vintage Steiff dealers from around the country will have many Steiff items for you to view and purchase. Exclusive event bears will also be available. Galax Recreation Center. $; evening events require a reservation. Fri., 7-9 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (276) 238-0555, (800) 559-4585. E-mail: email@example.com. Web site: www.bearlyamemory.com. -more- 4 Oct. 13 Bent Mountain AMRHEIN WINE CELLARS PRESENTS FALL WINE OKTOBERFEST. Bring your family to enjoy the fall colors of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. Sample AmRhein’s award-winning wines in your souvenir glass. Live entertainment, German cuisine, and a traditional barrel-rolling contest are part of the fun. Bring children dressed for Halloween fun, as the activity tent will be busy with fall games and a pumpkin- painting contest beginning at 2 p.m. $. 1 p.m.-6 p.m. (540) 929-4632. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: www.amrheinwinecellars.com. Oct. 13 Dublin DIGGING INTO HISTORY. Join us at Claytor Lake State Park for archaeology programs in celebration of Virginia’s 400th anniversary. Participants will be archaeologists for the day. Programs include history walks, presentations about Virginia’s history and an arrowhead hunt, during which participants learn about Native American culture. 1-6 p.m. (540) 643-2500. E-mail: email@example.com. Web site: www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/cla.shtml. Oct. 13 Floyd BLACK DOG WINE AND MUSIC FESTIVAL. Spend an entire day being entertained at Château Morrisette. Enjoy an exciting musical lineup, multiple tents featuring local artisans, wine seminars, food demonstrations, local delicacies and so much more. No picnics or coolers are allowed. $. Noon-7 p.m. (540) 593-2865. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: www.thedogs.com. Oct. 13 Independence MOUNTAIN FOLIAGE FESTIVAL & GRAND PRIVY RACES. Spend an unforgettable day in the mountains, featuring the Grand Privy Races (you’ve never seen a race like this before!), an art and craft fair, live mountain music and great mountain home-cooked food. This is a fun family festival for everyone. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (276) 773-3507. E-mail: email@example.com. Web site: www.independenceva.com. Oct. 13 Marion FALL FEAR BIKE RACE. A special day is in store at Hungry Mother State Park. Enjoy bike races for all levels of riders on trails throughout the park’s miles of beautiful scenery. $. (276) 781-7400, (800) 933- 7275. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/hun.shtml. Oct. 13 Radford RADFORD HIGHLANDERS FESTIVAL. This celebration of Southwest Virginia’s Scots-Irish heritage features musical entertainment by Beggars Circus. Other events include highland dancing, a gathering of Scottish clans, massed pipe-and-drum bands, amateur heavyweight athletic games, a magic show, a performance by Sterling Swordplayers, a falconry demonstration, border collie herding demonstrations and arts and crafts. Moffett and Heth Fields, Radford University. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (540) 831-5324, (540) 831- 5804, (540) 831-5182. E-mail: email@example.com. Web site: www.radford.edu/festival. Oct. 13 Woolwine OCTOBERFEST AT WOOLWINE FIRE DEPARTMENT. Come for the fun and for the homemade apple butter, which is made from early Friday morning until Saturday morning. Vendors of arts and crafts are lined up for your enjoyment and purchasing pleasure. A variety of different bluegrass bands will play all day to keep your toes tapping and the dancers active. $. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (276) 930-2100. Web site: www.woolwinefire.com. Oct. 14 Whitetop WHITETOP MOUNTAIN MOLASSES FESTIVAL. Enjoy the spectacular fall views (bring your camera!) and see molasses and apple butter being made. This traditional mountain festival also features a craft show, live music with some of the region’s best mountain music makers, dancing and a chicken BBQ dinner. Mt. Rogers Fire Hall on Rt. 58. $. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (276) 388-3422, (276) 388-3246. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: www.graysoncountyva.com. -more- 5 Oct. 18 Bristol STORYTELLING IN APPALACHIA. Listen to genuine Appalachian storytelling while sipping a latte at Java J’s Espresso Bar, across from the Paramount Theater on famous State Street, the boundary between Virginia and Tennessee. Members of the local Beaver Creek Storytelling Association tell tales in this informal setting. Free, but donations are accepted. 7:30-8:30 p.m. (276) 669-8358. E-mail: email@example.com. Web site: www.appalachianstory.com. Oct. 19 Floyd THE HACKENSAW BOYS. Drawing on the spirit of the mountains, this group’s music incorporates the best elements of punk rock and classic country music, pushing the Americana envelope to its most vibrant edge. There’s something for everyone here, which probably helps explain why everyone likes the Hackensaw Boys, the perfect anodyne for the aches and pains of modern life. Sun Music Hall. $. 9-11:30 p.m. (540) 745-7883, (540) 745-7880. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: www.wintersuninc.net/thesun. Oct. 20 Dublin FOOTPRINTS OF THE PAST. Celebrate Archaeology Month at Claytor Lake State Park with hikes and educational programming about Virginia’s history and cultural heritage from Native American through modern times. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (540) 643-2500. E-mail: email@example.com. Web site: www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/cla.shtml. Oct. 20 Independence BRIDLE CREEK FALL FESTIVAL. Enjoy live entertainment, including gospel and mountain music, games for the kids, a dunking booth, door prizes all day and a basketball exhibition by the perennial national favorites from Oak Hill Academy. Concessions are available. Bridle Creek Elementary School. 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (276) 773-2611. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: www.graysoncountyva.com. Oct. 20 Meadows of Dan COMMUNITY SQUARE DANCE IN MEADOWS OF DAN. Festivities start at 6:00 p.m. with the local VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary selling hot dogs, homemade barbecue and desserts. At 7:00 p.m., the dance begins with music provided by Barbara Bowman and the Slate Mountain Ramblers. Bring your instruments and jam between sets. Meadows of Dan Fire and Rescue Building. $. (276) 952-2670. Oct. 20 Rocky Mount LORD’S ACRE SALE. Organized in 1964, this event now has 25 local churches involved. The proceeds are used to build and improve churches and to donate to missions. An auction during the event benefits the local fire department, rescue squads and the VEFC. Enjoy fried apple pies, homemade cake and pies. Molasses and apple butter, quilts and other arts and crafts are on sale. This is a fun day for the family. Come early and enjoy ham biscuits and hot coffee. Franklin County High School. (540) 483-9293. Oct. 20 Stuart APPLE DUMPLING FESTIVAL. Experience the quaint, historic “Depot” area while enjoying the live bands performing at the Farmer’s Market stage area. Numerous artisans line the streets with unique Southwestern Virginia arts and crafts. Come hungry and enjoy the abundance of delicious food—from apple pies and apple butter to Stuart’s famous apple dumplings. (276) 694-3811. Oct. 20 Stuart CELEBRATION OF PRIDE. Come celebrate with us as numerous high school bands compete from across the Commonwealth and North Carolina. This annual event unfolds on the beautiful Cougar campus of Patrick County High School for a stunning day of musical expression. The beautiful fall foliage of the Blue Ridge Mountains serves as a breathtaking backdrop. (336) 778-0469. Web site: www.freewebs.com/patrickcountymarchingcougarband/. -more- 6 Oct. 20-21 Meadows of Dan INDIAN SUMMER DAYS. Come to this craft show and enjoy musical entertainment, locally grown fruits and vegetables and the Corn Acoustics Corn Maze for a small admission fee. Bring your lawn chairs. Mountain Meadow Farm and Craft Market. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (540) 593-3279. E-mail: email@example.com. Oct. 21, 28 Meadows of Dan PANCAKE DAYS CELEBRATION. Come join us in all-you-can-eat buckwheat and regular pancakes as well as sausage and gravy provided by Meadows of Dan Fire Department as part of its annual fund- raising. The smell is alluring! Nothing is better than a great breakfast, great company and a relaxing stroll through the various specialty shops. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. (276) 952-2744. Oct. 27 Bentonville HAUNTED TRAIL AND HAY RIDE. Come celebrate Halloween at Shenandoah River State Park, if you dare! A spooky hayride down the haunted trail delights crowds every year. Take part in a variety of Halloween festivities and fun. $. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. (540) 622-6840, (800) 933-PARK. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/and.shtml. Oct. 27 Ferrum BLUE RIDGE FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL. The Ferrum College campus will be transformed into an exciting place of folk traditions, music, food and fun. Festival visitors will delight in an unmatched presentation of old-time customs and competitions. The Blue Ridge Institute & Farm Museum chooses participants for their authenticity, making this event Virginia’s largest showcase of regional traditions. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (540) 365-4416. E-mail: email@example.com. Web site: www.blueridgeinstitute.org/festivals.htm. Oct. 27 Stuart FAIRY STONE FALL FROLIC. Enjoy a day of fun including hayrides, bluegrass music, a cakewalk, crafters and children’s games, all taking place at the Fairy Stone State Park’s upper beach conference center parking lot. (276) 930-2424, (800) 933-PARK. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web site: www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/fai.shtml. Oct. 27 Stuart PATRICK COUNTY MUSIC ASSOCIATION OPEN JAM SESSION. Come join the fun at this open jam session. Bring your guitar, banjo or fiddle and pick a few while you’re there. Rotary Field. Free, but donations are welcome. 6-9:30 p.m. (276) 694-4232. Web site: www.patrickcountymusic.com. Oct. 30 Foster Falls NEW RIVER TRAIL AUTUMN HALF-DAY VAN TOUR. Seniors can enjoy fall colors on a half-day van tour that includes the historic Shot Tower, Galax and Fries along the scenic New River Trail. A complimentary trail map is included. Call for information or to make a reservation. $. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (276) 699-6778, (800) 933-PARK. E-mail: email@example.com. Web site: www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/new.shtml. -End-
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