Grayson Landcare Rocks The River – July 29, 2018 – Fries, VA

Grayson Landcare Rocks The River – July 29, 2018 – Fries, VA

LandCare Rocks the River celebrates the New River as a part of our natural heritage and an economic driver in our community. The theme for this year’s event is “The Current That Connects Us.” LandCare Rocks the River is sponsored by:  LandCrafted Food, Skyline National Bank, Grayson County Tourism, Mountain High Chiropractic, Earth Mama Music, & Bear Tree Farm.

Grayson LandCare is a member-driven non-profit, addressing the challenges of life in a rural, agricultural community. LandCare promotes economic self-reliance, preserves local traditions, and helps landowners to protect and enhance our natural heritage by starting conversations, problem-solving, and appreciating the value of the place we call home.

Over 600 people attended last year’s event, and for 2018 we have even more fun planned with 3 bands, food trucks, arts and crafts vendors, the Fries Farmers Market, and a kids area. Rocks the River has something for everyone and admission is FREE!  Bring a blanket or chair, family and friends, and come spend the afternoon on the River with us!

About the Bands:
Superband is a collaboration between four of the hardest-working session musicians in the NC triad area. They have all played together in various groups for years, and formed Superband as a way to play dance/cover music in their own unique, virtuosic style. The members are all trained jazz musicians and accomplished in many other styles of music, but expect a continuous dance party from this ensemble.
Urban Soil is focused on creating the best possible original music. The combination of all out, electrified, jam band inspired musical explorations and the more Americana, acoustic flavors makes Urban Soil truly unique. Sarah’s powerful voice is complex and thought-provoking, while being strong and soulful at the same time. Eric and the rest of the band provide a tight, concise backdrop for her to fully explore the sonic space. Visit them at: www.urbansoilmusic.com
The Kind Thieves are a group of 8 from the heart of Appalachia, unique in the way that they are a chameleon of a musical experience. Transitioning from a bluegrass wildfire to a psychedelic experience, you never know what to expect. Many members being multi-instrumentalists, the style stays switching up and the jams stay fresh for your listening pleasure!
With John Colby Elswick dancing between the electric guitar & dobro, Drew Shinhearts plucking the bass, Annie Starshine sliding around on the fiddle, Archibald Johnson picking the acoustic and electric guitars, Andrew Brown beating the skins, Dustin Roberts on auxiliary percussion & ukulele, Gary Reynolds on Trumpet and Banjo, and Jason Lockart on the keys, this diverse group of musicians from different musical backgrounds and areas creates a distinct fusion that is hard to define with a label. Check them out online at: www.thekindthieves.bandcamp.com

Bring a Blanket or Chair & JOIN US @THE RIVER!
Sunday, July 29, 2018 from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Firehouse Drive
Fries, VA

Summer Concerts at The Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax, VA

Summer Concerts at The Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax, VA

Located at milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Galax, Virginia, The Blue Ridge Music Center is a music venue, museum, and visitor center. The center honors the music and musicians of the Blue Ridge Mountains through concerts, exhibits, and programs that highlight the musical heritage of the Blue Ridge Mountains region. The center was planned when the town of Galax donated 1,000 acres for its development. The center has a state-of-the-art amphitheater and a 17,000-square-foot museum. It was officially established by Congress in 1985. The site is operated through a partnership between the National Park Service and Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

The Blue Ridge Music Center hosts concerts each summer on Saturdays at its outdoor amphitheater from May through October. The concerts include old-time, bluegrass, folk, Americana, gospel, and country blues performances. Free Midday Mountain Music acoustic sessions featuring local musicians are offered from noon to 4 p.m. daily. The 2018 summer schedule can be viewed here.  http://www.blueridgemusiccenter.org/concerts.htm

The Steep Canyon Rangers, performing on July 14th, is an American bluegrass band from Brevard, North Carolina which formed in 2000. The band has become widely popular since 2009 for collaborating with actor/banjoist Steve Martin. In 2013, the Steep Canyon Rangers’ solo album Nobody Knows You won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album.

The Roots of American Music exhibit tells the compelling story of the region’s rich music heritage. Visitors can listen to and enjoy music while learning about the development and national significance of this part of Blue Ridge Mountain cultural heritage. This is a state of the art museum exhibit and brings visitors from around the world.  Admission to the museum is free.

If you would like to stretch your legs during your visit to the Music Center, two trails are located on the property. The 1.35 mile High Meadow Trail, an easy stroll, takes you through a hayfield and a wetland with an abundance of wildflowers and birds. It also winds through a forest with a rich display of rhododendron, ferns and rock outcrops. The Fisher Peak Loop is a 2.24 moderate loop. Begin this trail at one of its junctions with the High Meadow Trail. The trail winds up the side of Fisher Peak through a variety of vegetation. At the lower elevation the trail follows a stream through mixed pine and hardwoods. Higher up, the blooms of azaleas, mountain laurel and Catawba rhododendron provide a spectacular display in May. They give way to a diverse second growth forest of oak, poplar, maple and sourwood trees. Look for abundant signs of animal life—woodpecker holes, deer tracks, and turkey dust baths.

Trailhead parking is located on Foothills Road (State Route 612). Follow signs to the Music Center, then turn right onto Foothills Road just before passing through the Music Center gates. Continue 0.5 miles to the parking area. The gates to the Music Center are locked at 5 p.m. so you’re not allowed to leave vehicles in the visitor center parking area later than 5 p.m. It is recommended that hikers park at the trailhead parking area on Foothills Road. The trails are for hiking only. Bicycles, horses and motorized vehicles are prohibited.

Please visit http://blueridgemusiccenter.org/index.htm for additional information.

 

Celebrate July 4th in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains

Celebrate July 4th in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains

Come celebrate an old-fashioned Fourth of July 2018 in beautiful Independence, VA.

8:00 am – Freedom Day 5K and downhill mile starting at Grayson County High School, 110 Blue Devil Drive.

10:00 am – Parade beginning at 171 West Main Street.

11:00 am – Come to the Town of Independence Park, 85 County Park Lane, and enjoy children’s activities, DJ Steve, food, crafts, and much more.

7:00 pm – Don’t miss Briana Atwell’s free concert at the Town Park. Food & beverage by Creek Bottom Brews. Bring a lawn chair.

Dark – The Town of Independence presents a beautiful display of fireworks!

Go With The Flow Brewfest – June 23, 2018 – On The New River in Fries, VA

Go With The Flow Brewfest – June 23, 2018 – On The New River in Fries, VA

CRAFT BEER JUST TASTES BETTER ON THE RIVER!

Creek Bottom Brewing is kicking off the summer by hosting a dozen breweries at the 1st Annual GO WITH THE FLOW BREWFEST at Fries Park on THE NEW RIVER in Fries, VA on Saturday, June 23 from 1-7 pm.

  • General Admission ONLY $15 (Includes Souvenir Pint Glass)
  • 13 Breweries with LOTS OF CRAFT BEER
  • MUSIC ALL DAY! Shelley Ruffin & Soul Revival + Radio Revolver
  • Creek Bottom Brick Oven FOOD TRUCK
  • Cornhole
  • 5K Race Starts at 10 am
  • VIP Tickets Get A Chance To WIN A KAYAK!!!

Go to gowiththeflowbrewfest.com to purchase tickets or for more information.

Here’s a preview of Radio Revolver:

The Best Ice Cream Place in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains

The Best Ice Cream Place in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains

The best ice cream in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains can be found in a historic railroad caboose by The New River in Fries, VA. Sweet Lily’s, named in honor of the proprietor’s granddaughter, serves up classic ice cream shop items such as hot fudge sundaes and banana splits. However, their signature sundae, which consists of chocolate ice cream, brownie, nuts, waffle cone, pineapple, caramel, chocolate, blueberry, blackberry, whipped cream, and a cherry, is a customer favorite.

Special features offered by Sweet Lily’s include hosting opportunities for small birthday parties, tasting parties, and a monthly ice cream social offering all-you-can-eat sweet treats for a flat fee. Sweet Lily’s also serves regular and decaf coffee, teas, slushies, and lemonade.

Sweet Lily’s is located at 321 Firehouse Drive, Fries, VA 24330. Their hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Kid’s Summer Camps in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains

Kid’s 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 2018 summer camps.

Easter Brunch in Virgina’s Blue Ridge Mountains

Easter Brunch in Virgina’s Blue Ridge Mountains

If you enjoy delicious southern comfort food, you must visit Creek Bottom Brewing Company Restaurant for their Easter Brunch this Sunday from 9 am – 2 pm.  Their brunch includes a full special breakfast menu and a stocked and awesome Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar.

Creek Bottom Brewing Company
103 Country Club Lane
Galax, VA  24333

Web page:  https://www.cbbrews.com/
Phone number:  276-236-2337
Email:  info@cbbrews.com

3 Great Places You Must Take Your Camera in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains

3 Great Places You Must Take Your Camera in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains

 

Blue Ridge Parkway

Winding its way through the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, The Blue Ridge Parkway offers visitors breathtaking views. The Blue Ridge Mountains, famous for their bluish color when seen from a distance, are a nature photographer’s paradise. Mabry Mill, located at mile 176.1, is one of the most photographed spots on the parkway.

Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains

Grayson Highlands State Park

Located in the Jefferson National Forest and near the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, Grayson Highlands State Park offers stunning mountain views and many hiking trails to explore. The park’s most popular residents, a heard of wild ponies, provide plenty of photo opportunities.

Grayson Highlands State Park

New River

The New River, which is actually an ancient river, flows generally northeastward across the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Whether you choose to bike or hike the New River Trail or spend a lazy day boating on the New, you’ll find yourself surrounded by magnificent scenery. During a float trip a few years ago, I was lucky enough to capture a photo of a black bear club splashing in the river.  The historic dam in Fries, Virginia, built in 1901, provides a beautiful backdrop when the red buds are in bloom in the early spring.

New River

New River

Fries Dam

Explore Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains On Horseback

Explore Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains On Horseback

Appalachian Horseback Riding Adventures, located in Grayson County VA, offers guided horseback riding trips in Mt. Rogers, Virginia’s highest peak, as well as Pine Mountain. There are Guided 2 Hour, 1/2 Day, or All Day rides, as well as overnight camping trips available. They have horses for riders of all experience levels, from beginner to advanced. Their schedules are available throughout the year and they will tailor them for your convenience.

Experience the breathtaking scenery of Grayson County’s mountains, with 365 degree views, or the amazing Wild Ponies of the Grayson Highlands. If you have a love for horses, adventure, mountain views, peace and tranquility, you will love Appalachian Horseback Riding Adventures! Check out their website for additional information.  https://ahra.webs.com/

The Six-String Soldiers To Perform At HoustonFest in Galax, VA — June 8 & 9, 2018!

The Six-String Soldiers To Perform At HoustonFest in Galax, VA — June 8 & 9, 2018!

The Six-String Soldiers band is a five-member acoustic group of Active-Duty U.S. Army Soldiers performing Americana, folk, country, bluegrass, and Irish music.  Through audience interaction and story telling, the Six-String Soldiers offers one of the most personal musical experiences found in the United States Army.  Come see them live June 8 & 9, 2018 at HoustonFest in Galax, VA.  Event information can be found at https://www.houstonfestgalax.com/