2019 Music Festivals in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains

2019 Music Festivals in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains

The musical history of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia dates back to the European settlers who brought their music to the new world. The musical legacy continues today and can be enjoyed at the many festivals which are held through the summer months.

1) HoustonFest, June 7 – 8, 2019

HoustonFest, a music festival that features multiple regional and national bands ranging in style from Bluegrass to Old Time, is being held June 8 & 9, 2018 at Felts Park in Galax, VA.  Artisans from Galax and the surrounding area demonstrate and sell their crafts, while food vendors serve up local dishes.  The festival, which honors local musician Houston Caldwell who passed away in 2010, raises money for scholarships that go to musical training and education for youth.

One of my favorite musicians, Presley Barker, will perform again this year.

Visit https://www.houstonfestgalax.com/index.html for additional information.

2) Mountains of Music Homecoming, June 7 – 15, 2019

The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming is an annual nine-day, region-wide celebration of all the communities in Southwest Virginia – their traditional music, and all their many cultural and natural assets. The event includes Crooked Road marquee concerts in approximately 20 communities and many dozens of cultural events throughout the region.  You can learn more here:  https://mtnsofmusic.com/

3) Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival & Guitar Competition, June 15, 2019

On the third Saturday of every June at Grayson Highlands State Park in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, the Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition features some of the region’s best traditional musicians. From time to time, they have shared the stage with bluegrass bands from Europe.

The event takes its name from National Heritage Award recipient Wayne C. Henderson, a musician and instrument maker who lives in nearby Rugby, Virginia. Henderson’s top-notch finger-picking is a source of great pleasure and pride to his friends, family, and neighbors in Grayson County, Virginia. His guitar playing has also been enjoyed at Carnegie Hall, in three national tours of Masters of the Steel-String Guitar and in seven nations of Europe, Asia and Africa.

Wayne and many of his musical friends are featured performers at the festival, with bluegrass and old-time music dominating the program. The Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition was established in 1995 to express appreciation for this living legend. A portion of the proceeds from the festival are placed into a scholarship fund to aid local young musicians in continuing their educations. More than $237,950 has been awarded through the 2018 festival.

Visit  https://www.waynehenderson.org/ for additional information.

4) Grayson County Old-Time & Bluegrass Fiddler’s Convention, June 28 – 29, 2019

 The Grayson County Old Time and Bluegrass Fiddler’s Convention is always held the last full weekend in June. Cash prizes and rosettes in old time and bluegrass individual & band categories. Contestants register on-site. Camping on the grounds is available, and we now offer showers! Food and refreshments available for purchase. Bring your lawn chair or blankets and the whole family for two nights of great music and dancing in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Please visit http://www.ecvfd.net/home/grayson-county-fiddler-s-convention for additional information.

 5) Floydfest, Wednesday, July 24 – 28, 2019

 FloydFest features five days of Music, Magic, and Mountains, in a picturesque paradise at Milepost 170.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd, VA. The festival takes place on 80 acres of mountain plateau land and features a “Global Village” area of progressive workshops and demonstrations, including a healing arts area, over 100 artisans, and a wide array of food options from sushi to barbecue.  Visit https://floydfest.com/ for additional information.

6) Galax Old Fiddler’s Convention, August 5 – 10, 2019

 The 84th Annual Fiddler’s Convention is being held August 5 – 10, 2019 in Galax, VA.  During the 2nd week of August of each year the City of Galax has the world tapping its feet as the Old Fiddlers’ Convention takes place in Felts Park. The convention is presented by the Galax Moose Lodge #733.

Musicians and fans from around the world travel to Galax to perform and hear the music that defines the sound of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Galax has been designated the Worlds Capital of Old time Mountain Music and is proud to be identified as hosting the world’s oldest and largest fiddler’s convention which has taken place consistently since 1935.

Learn more here:  http://www.oldfiddlersconvention.com/

7) Fries Fiddler’s Convention: August 16 – 17, 2019

The 53rd Annual Fries Bluegrass and Fiddlers Convention will be held Friday, August 16 and Saturday, August 17, 2019.  Admission is $10.00 for adults and children 12 and under are free with paying adult. Camping is $15 per spot.

Friday night’s competition will begin at 7:00 p.m. and include: Dulcimer, Old Time Fiddle, Dobro, Old Time Banjo, Mandolin, Autoharp, Flatfoot Dance, Bluegrass Bands, and Old Time Bands

Saturday’s Youth Competition will begin at 3:00 and include all adult categories.

Saturday’s Adult Competition will begin at 5:00 and include: Folk Songs (Vocals), Guitar, Bluegrass Fiddle, Bass Fiddle, Bluegrass Banjo, Flatfoot Dance, Bluegrass Bands, and Old Time Bands.

Flatfoot Dance, Bluegrass and Old Time Bands must compete both nights to be eligible for prizes. Bands typically play one song Friday night and two songs Saturday nights.  You can learn more here:  https://friesfire.com/fries-fiddlers-convention/

An Awesome Outdoor Adventure Company in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains

An Awesome Outdoor Adventure Company in  Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains

New River Outdoor Adventures, located in Galax, VA is the one stop shop for all your outdoor recreational needs! Enjoy some of their scenic floats down the beautiful New River from canoe, kayak, tandem kayak, or river tube. River floats are tailored for the beginner, family, first-time boater, or the experienced thrill-seeker.  If biking is your preference, NROA provides great trail bikes for rent so you can cover all 57 miles of the New River Trail. Shuttle service is provided for boats and bikes as well. Delivery service to local vacation rental homes is provided. Many guests at River Mist Retreat have taken advantage of this service. The NROA shop also has lots of merchandise for sale to help make your adventure an enjoyable experience. They’re also a point of sale for Virginia hunting and fishing licenses. Make sure to speak with one of the owners, Tim Dixon, for expert fishing advice and assistance choosing the best bait to catch the “big one!” Tim, a lifelong resident of neighboring Fries, VA has spent his entire life fishing and navigating the New River.   For additional information, please visit their website:  https://www.newriveroutdooradventures.com/

The Best Fishing Spots in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains

The Best Fishing Spots in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains

Three of the most highly sought after destinations for anglers from all over the country can be found in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Whether you’re looking to catch some wild trout or you’ve got your sights on hooking a trophy, you won’t be disappointed with our favorite fishing spots!

1)  The New River

Contrary to its name, The New River is the oldest river on the North American continent and one of the few rivers to flow northward. The New is home to every major freshwater game fish in the state of VA, from walleye to trophy smallmouth bass and musky, black crappie and redbreast sunfish. The warm waters of the New River flow through Grayson County and 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)  Big Wilson Creek

Accessible by way of the Mount Rogers Recreation Area in Grayson County, Big Wilson Creek is referred to as one of Virginia’s finest stocked mountain trout streams. In the upper most sections of Big Wilson, you’ll be treated to a plethora of brook, brown, and wild rainbow trout that hide in the many deep pools which are protected by huge boulders. Spring is the ideal season for a trip to Big Wilson Creek. March is one of the best months to fish this stream and the most effective method is dry fishing.

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 33 miles to US 58 in the community of Volney. Turn right onto US 58. Travel eight miles to the park’s entrance.

3)  Whitetop Laurel Creek

One of Virginia’s most beautiful streams, Whitetop Laurel Creek, is considered one of the best trout streams in the entire Southeast. For anglers, the place to begin on Whitetop is the 6 miles of stream below Konnarock beginning at Creek Junction, near the convergence of Whitetop and Green Cove Creek. This marks the beginning of a 6-mile artificial only stretch where all trout smaller than 12 inches must be released. This stretch can be accessed by way of Creek Junction Road, just east of Damascus. Locals say that prime time on Whitetop is during the spring months, when feeding trout will appear for just about any type of dry fly.

From I-81 south take exit 29 (Glade Spring) to 91 east towards Damascus, in Damascus take 58 east. Whitetop Laurel flows along 58 east, where it can be accessed easily. Signs to the parking areas and the Virginia Creeper Trail are along 58 east. Sections of Whitetop Laurel Creek that are not adjacent to 58 east are easily accessed from the Virginia Creeper Trail. Parking areas have maps and trail information on display.

For Virginia Licensing Requirements, go to:

https://www.dgif.virginia.gov/fishing/regulations/licenses.asp

Matt Bizzell Playing April 27th At Roots At Grayson Bistro & Tavern – Independence, VA

Matt Bizzell Playing April 27th At Roots At Grayson Bistro & Tavern – Independence, VA

Matt Bizzell will perform on Saturday, April 27th at Roots At Grayson Bistro & Tavern, 203 N. Independence Ave. Independence, VA 24348.  Bizzell, a cross between Dave Matthews and country, is a singer, song writer, and guitarist not to be missed!

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.

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  https://www.graysoncountyva.com/
  •  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/