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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:
larry.hogston@smythcountyjam.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: jam@radfordfiddle.com. 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: wtmbbanjo@hotmail.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: vfw1115@ls.net.
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:
tourism@graysoncountyva.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.




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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: info@floydcountrystore.com. 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: laurelhill@jebstuart.org. 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: christopherspizza@blueridgepassageresort.com. 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.




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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: herbgal@beagleridgeherbfarm.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: ararat@ruritan.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:
tourism@graysoncountyva.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: chianti@swva.net. 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: bearlyamemory@yahoo.com. Web site: www.bearlyamemory.com.




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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: info@roanokewine.com.
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: claytorlake@dcr.virginia.gov. 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: info@thedogs.com. 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: lundgren@ls.net. 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: hungrymother@dcr.virginia.gov. 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: broberts@radford.edu. 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:
mrfdrs@naxs.net. Web site: www.graysoncountyva.com.




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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:
appalachianstory@aol.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: thesun@wintersuninc.net. 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: claytorlake@dcr.virginia.gov. 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: tourism@graysoncountyva.com. 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/.




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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: sueshe@swva.net.

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:
shenandoahriver@dcr.state.va.us. 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: dbrowell@ferrum.edu. 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: fairystone@dcr.virginia.gov. 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: newrivertrail@dcr.virginia.gov. Web site:
www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/new.shtml.




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