What’s Happening in Grayson County, VA? – April 22 – 28, 2019

What’s Happening in Grayson County, VA? – April 22 – 28, 2019

River Mist Retreat, Fries, VA
$75 GIFT CERTIFICATE TO ROOTS at GRAYSON, BISTRO AND TAVERN
Included for all 3 or more night stays from now until the end of May!
http://rmrcabin.com/
http://www.facebook.com/rivermistretreat
https://www.facebook.com/rootsatgrayson/

    

Rixey’s Market, 2449 Wilson Highway in Independence, is Grayson County’s Case Knife Dealer (quality knives made in the USA).  Stop by for fresh produce, heirloom tomatoes, seed potatoes, onion sets, vegetable plants and much more! https://www.facebook.com/Rixeysmarket/

    

Weekly Jams:
April 24 — Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence
April 25 — Historic Fries Theater
Both begin at 6:30 and last until the musicians quit!  The weekly jams are free and visitors are encouraged to attend. The jams are a great way to experience authentic traditional music. If you play you are welcome to join in!

Bingo every Friday night at 7:00 PM. Only .25 per game with two winner-take-all jackpots. Located in the Grant Community.
https://www.facebook.com/Goodwill-Grange-959-450824915034641/

Elk Creek Dragway April 26 Test and Tune; April 27 SSCS Heads up Points Race.
http://www.elkcreekdragway.com/

Spring Has Sprung In Virginia’s Mountains

Spring Has Sprung In Virginia’s Mountains

What’s happening in Grayson County? April 8-21

The Arts Council is thrilled to announce the return of Andrew McKnight to the Twin Counties. A Virginia singer/songwriter, guitarist and storyteller, Andrew will be performing at the Fries Theatre on Friday, April 12th at 7:00pm with admission by donation.

The 12th annual Land Stewardship Competition, sponsored by Grayson LandCare, provides high school students in Grayson County and the City of Galax (Grades 8-12) an opportunity to explore ways to increase livelihoods, enhance the environment, and improve the quality of life in our community.

Students will present their projects at the Land Stewardship Competition, Saturday, April 13, 2019, at the Grayson Co. High School Cafeteria, in Independence, VA. The ideal time to view projects is between 11:00 & 12:00 PM.

Join us for a Cello-bration at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence, VA, April 14th at 3 pm.  This exciting program features the wide range of the cello in chamber music, from solo Bach to a Schubert string quartet to the glorious Villa Lobos’ famous Bachians Brasilieras cello orchestra with soprano soloist.  Other special features include a serenade for cello and two guitars, and a virtuoso showcase on a rare 5-string cello piccolo.

SATURDAY, APRIL 20TH — the Grange’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt @ 2:00 PM! Decorated bonnet or hat contest, and lots of great prizes!The Goodwill Grange #959 in Grant offers Bingo every Friday Night @7:00 for .25 per game winner take all.

GRAYSON COUNTY’S NEWEST BUSINESS!
Contact 276-620-6599 for more information!

The 1908 Courthouse in Independence hosts a jam every Wednesday night and the Fries Historic Theater hosts one every Thursday. Both jams are at 6:30. Come out and participate or listen to the best mountain music around!

Elk Creek Dragway — April 12 & 19 Test and Tune: April 13 Points Race; April 20 Points Race and  Jrs.  #dragracing http://www.elkcreekdragway.com/

10% off if you mention this ad!

 Let Trout Chaser’s Of The Blue Ridge  take you on a guided fishing adventure in Grayson and surrounding Counties in Virginia. We’ll  send you home with memories that will last a lifetime. Mention this ad and receive a special discount. All First Responders, military veterans, disabled persons,  and senior citizens receive a 30% off discount (two-person minimum for this discount). We have special group rates and camping packages  that include clean campsite with all amenities.  RV hookups are available right on the New River in Independence, Virginia at New River Bridge Family Campground with special pricing for multiple days. All fishing trips are six and a half hours long and require a 15% deposit with a 1-week advance notice to receive this discount.
For booking info contact Trout Chaser’s Of The Blue Ridge on Our Facebook page or by text/phone 276/235/8747
Owner Joseph Biesecker
276/235/8747

New RiverTrips http://www.newrivertrips.com/index.html; 235-2514 or 236-5492; Offering 10% off 6 hour guided fishing trips floating between now and April 12 #NewRiver #fishing

Please visit Grayson County Tourism for all upcoming events!   https://www.graysoncountyva.com/

Copyright © 2019 Grayson County Tourism, All rights reserved.

A Fantastic Bluegrass Show in Galax, VA

A Fantastic Bluegrass Show in Galax, VA

It’s toe tapping time! Big Country Bluegrass and Shadow Grass are performing Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Fairview Ruritan Club in Galax, VA. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Shows begin at 7:30 pm. Children under 12 admitted FREE.

Cost: $15

Venue:
The Fairview Ruritan Club
2265 Fairview Road
Galax, VA 24333

Formed in 1987 by Tommy and Teresa Sells, Big Country Bluegrass reflects much of the deep musical heritage found in this region, the heart of the Crooked Road Music Trail. The band has enjoyed recent success on the bluegrass charts. Each of their last four Rebel Records releases has had a # 1 song on the Bluegrass Unlimited air-play chart.

Shadow Grass is an up and coming bluegrass band consisting of young musicians from southwest Virginia and western North Carolina. They have been called “one of the most thrilling bluegrass bands to emerge from the musically-rich Crooked Road area in recent memory.” They’ve earned numerous awards in youth and adult competitions across the region while holding true to their bluegrass roots.

Craft Beer, Brick Oven Pizza, & Live Music in Galax, VA

Craft Beer, Brick Oven Pizza, & Live Music in Galax, VA

If you’re a fan of craft beer and wood-fired brick-oven pizza, you must visit Creek Bottom Brewing Company in Galax, VA.  Creek Bottom produces six year around beers and multiple seasonal ales from their attached brewery at their Meadow Street location. This pub focuses on wood-fired brick-oven pizza, smoked wings, handcrafted sammiches & awesome appetizers. Order up a brew from the 22 taps at the pub or 18 taps at their restaurant on Country Club Lane. CBB has lots of special events throughout the week, like Team Trivia, Open Mic, Bluegrass Jams & Tap Takeovers from various breweries. There is live music most every weekend featuring some fantastic talent. Creek Bottom Brewing Company has created a destination where locals and travelers alike can enjoy the local heritage through their handcrafted creations & a robust selection of events.  Please visit their website for menus, directions, and upcoming events.  https://www.cbbrews.com/big-bottom/

Plan a visit to their Country Club Lane location this Saturday, February 23 at 8:00 pm to enjoy a fantastic show by Clinton Scott.  Hailing from Mayberry, NC, Clinton covers music from Hootie & The Blowfish to Lynyrd Skynyrd. Enjoy Clinton’s rendition of Lightning Crashes here:  https://youtu.be/kT1h-uSB55E

Book Direct & Save Money On Your Next Vacation

Book Direct & Save Money On Your Next Vacation

FIVE REASONS TO BOOK YOUR NEXT VACATION RENTAL DIRECT

Book Vacation Rentals Direct And Save the Fees

Did you know that Airbnb, VRBO, HomeAway, and TripAdvisor add hundreds of dollars of fees to your booking total?  These service fees are buried in the online quotes and do not go to the homeowners. The homeowners have already paid to list their properties.

Direct Contact With The Owner Helps Make Your Stay Better

When booking a vacation rental, peace of mind is important. Want to know if there is a grill, a hammock, a grocery store close by? Is the vacation rental pet friendly? When you book direct, you can get answers to all of your important questions before you commit to booking.

Many Of The Best Vacation Rentals Aren’t Listed On The Major Sites

Because of the cost of using the big sites, the best vacation homes with the highest demand cannot be found on the big websites. Along North Carolina’s beaches, alone, only 30 percent of the homes for rent can be found on the big websites. By limiting your search to HomeAway, VRBO, Airbnb, etc., you might be missing out on the best vacation home for your family or group.

Owners Have Intimate Knowledge About The Destination And The Home

Owners can provide important details about their home and amenities. As an expert for the destination, they can send you to the best activities, restaurants, and area service providers.

If You Have Special Needs, The Owner Can Help

Looking for help with your families special needs or help with pets? An owner can work with you directly to help with any of your individual needs and give you these assurances before you commit to booking.

HOW TO BOOK DIRECT WITH THE OWNER

  • Search for your perfect vacation rental on any of the listing sites. Identify your top choices, noting the property’s name and location. Use your search engine (i.e. Google) to search for the property name and city and possibly the owner’s name.
  • Search on Facebook for the house name and location to see if some of your favorite properties have a website or a Facebook page; most do. From there you can contact the owner/manager directly.
  • Search for property listings on state and local tourism sites such as https://www.virginia.org/  or  http://www.graysoncountyva.gov/ These steps can save you hundreds of dollars in booking fees from the listing websites (and you won’t be bombarded by their continual spam after you inquire on a property).

The following listing sites do not charge a service fee to guests:

Book directly with us and get the best prices and our local knowledge of restaurants, outfitters, things to do, and must see attractions.  Please feel free to contact us. We’re happy to share our knowledge about the New River and our beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

Valentine’s Dinner At The Twisted Fork Bistro — Galax, VA

Valentine’s Dinner At The Twisted Fork Bistro — Galax, VA

Love is in the air!  Make your dinner reservation for Valentine’s Day 2019!

The Twisted Fork Bistro
Wednesday, February 14, 5 PM – 9 PM
110 W Oldtown St, Galax, Virginia 24333
(276) 238-3313

https://twisted-fork-bistro-galax-va.business.site/

Wine & Chocolate at Chateau Morrisette Winery — Floyd, VA

Wine & Chocolate at Chateau Morrisette Winery — Floyd, VA

Chateau Morrisette is a third generation winery in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. During their Wine & Chocolate event held February 16th & 17th, 2019, you can indulge in six courses of their select wines paired with chocolates handcrafted by local chocolatier Cocoa Mia.  Course interludes of artisanal cheeses and charcuterie let you explore both sweet and savory pairings.  Saturday seatings at 1p and 5p; Sunday seating at 2p.

Prepaid reservations required. $50 per person includes wines, pairings, taxes, and gratuities.  Please visit their website for additional information:  https://www.thedogs.com/Events/Calendar-of-Events

Chateau Morrisette Winery
291 Winery Road SW
Floyd, VA 24091
(540) 593-3647

Summer Camps in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains

Summer Camps in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains

If you’re searching for the perfect summer camp for your child that will inspire their curiosity while they’re immersed in a beautiful nature setting, you’ll want to check out the Blue Ridge Discovery Center. Founded in 2008, BRDC, is a non-profit organization dedicated to exploring, discovering and sharing the natural history of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  BRDC currently operates out of Southwest Virginia and Northwest North Carolina. Summer camps are led by highly skilled guides who focus on teaching skills through river expeditions, fly fishing, wilderness discoveries, and ornithology. Please visit their website: http://blueridgediscoverycenter.org/ for a complete list of the 2019 summer camps.

Check out their 2018 New River Expedition here:  https://youtu.be/Pzlnwy4rVNM

The Top 5 Things to Do in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains

The Top 5 Things to Do in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains

1) Explore the New River

Flowing 160 miles through Virginia, the New River is a true recreation destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The New River is recognized as the second oldest river in the world, (the Nile in Egypt is the first). Its headwaters begin near Blowing Rock, NC and is one of the few rivers in North America that flows northerly. If you’re looking for a peaceful float trip on the water, plan a trip to the New River to venture into some of Virginia’s most beautiful waterfront acreage. The warm waters of the New River offers resourceful anglers the opportunity to catch the smallmouth bass of a lifetime. Fast water and large rock outcroppings are a feature of the New River, creating the perfect habitat for big smallmouth bass and flathead catfish. Several lazy, slow stretches also abound, where you can fish for rock bass near grass beds. The slow waters near the dams along the river will yield big flathead and channel catfish, as well as walleye and smallmouth bass.

2) Go for a Bike Ride

Biking On The New River Trail

The New River Trail parallels 39 miles of the New River. Bikers will experience miles of beautiful scenery along the trail.  The trail contains two tunnels:  135 feet and 193 feet long, and three major bridges, Hiawasee-951 feet, Ivanhoe-670 feet, and Fries Junction-1,089 feet.  The trail is relatively flat and appropriate for all skill levels. Visit New River Trail State Park for additional information.

3) Climb a Mountain

Mount Rogers is the highest natural point in Virginia, with a summit elevation of 5,729 feet above mean sea level.  The Appalachian Trail passes within a half mile of the summit, making it especially popular with hikers.  You may come upon the residents of Mt. Rogers, a herd of more than 100 wild ponies that roam free.

4) Take in a Show

Grayson County VA is rich in musical history and the legacy continues today.  Fries is a proud affiliate of The Crooked Road, a 330 mile driving trail through the mountains of Southwest Virginia that connects nine major venues and over 60 affiliated venues and festivals that visitors can enjoy every day of the year.  Jam sessions can be enjoyed at The Fries Community Center every Thursday night from 6:30 to 9:00 PM.  The world’s oldest and largest Old Fiddler’s Convention is held in Galax, VA the second week of August annually.  Numerous other towns and communities also have music festivals throughout the year.

5) Savor the Local Cuisine

Award winning barbecue can be enjoyed at The Galax Smokehouse, a local institution in Galax VA. See if you can guess the secret ingredient in their delicious banana pudding.  The Smoke On The Mountain Barbecue Championship is held in July each year.

First Day Hike in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains

First Day Hike in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains

Start 2019 off on a healthy track with a hike on New Year’s Day. An interpretive ranger will be your guide on the Rhododendron Trail as it meanders along the rocks and mountain meadows, or balds, of Wilburn Ridge. The views along the trail are breath taking with snowcapped mountains, and you may even see the local residents, the wild ponies, of Grayson Highlands. This moderate hike will be a total of 2 miles, so be sure to dress warmly, as the highlands experience particularly cold, windy, and sometimes snowy weather during the winter months. You may want to bring a water bottle, snacks, binoculars, a camera, your family, and/or your dog. Parking fees are waived for the day. The first 100 visitors will receive a First Day Hikes bumper sticker. As an added enticement, you can participate in the “New Year Challenge” contest. For additional information please see: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/blog/virginia-state-parks-first-day-hikes-2019

Date: 01/01/19

Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Parking: Massie Gap Parking Area

About Grayson Highlands

Located near Mount Rogers and Whitetop Mountain, Virginia’s two highest mountains, Grayson Highlands offers scenic views of alpine-like peaks more than 5,000 feet high. Facilities include a visitor center, campgrounds, and hiking trails leading to waterfalls and overlooks. The park hosts a number of outdoor activities including hiking, camping, mountain biking, horseback riding, and backpacking. Scenic horse trails and a horse camping area with electric and water hookups, stables and parking for trailers are available. The park provides year-round access to the Appalachian Trail and the Virginia Highlands Horse Trail.

Park Hours

8 a.m. – 10 p.m

Location

The park is on U.S. 58 midway between Independence and Damascus and is reached from I-81 at Exit 45 in Marion; turn south on Route 16 and travel 24 miles to US 58 in the community of Volney. Turn right onto US 58. Travel eight miles to the park’s entrance. Latitude, 26.628322. Longitude, -81.496889.

From I-77, take Hillsville Exit 14 to U.S. 58. Travel west on U.S. 58, 40 miles to Volney. Turn left to stay on U.S. 58 and go eight miles to the park entrance.

The address of the park is 829 Grayson Highland Lane, Mouth of Wilson, VA 24363; Latitude, 36.628322. Longitude, -81.496889.

Drive time: Northern VA, 6.5 hours; Richmond, 5.5 hours; Tidewater, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, 7.5 hours; Roanoke, 2.5 hours; Winston-Salem, NC, 1.5 hours; Charlotte, 1.5 hours; Raleigh, 4 hours

Park Size

4,502 acres. Various elevation: Entrance – 3,698 feet; Visitor Center – 4,953 feet; Little Pinacle – 5,089 feet.