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Music in the Virginia Highlands

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Music infuses the mountains of the Virginia Blue Ridge Highlands. Indeed, all travelers to the Blue Ridge Highlands should listen to live music at least once. The good news is that there are many opportunities to do so.

The best mountain music is likely to be found in small venues and jam sessions. There is a good chance your Virginia Blue Ridge Highlands Bed and Breakfast innkeepers will have their finger on the pulse of the local music scene; if so, they will surely be able to make knowledgeable recommendations.

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Friday Night Jam Sessions at the Floyd Country Store.

 

Read on for a list of weekly live music in the Virginia Highlands:
Radford Fiddle and Banjo Jam at the River City Grill in Radford. Unparalleled bluegrass and old-time mountain music, Mondays 7-10 p.m.
Mountain Music Jam at the Courthouse lawn in Independence. Sit close to the music every Wednesday evening from 7-9 p.m.
The Pickin Porch at the Bristol Mall. Enjoy a great variety of local and national performers play bluegrass, old-time, and Americana music. Thursdays, 7-9 p.m.
Floyd Country Store Friday Night Jamboree: Bluegrass Gospel music gives way to regional bluegrass and old-time music that is sure to make your feet move. Fridays, 6:30-11:30 p.m.
Carter Family Fold Weekly Music: continuing the music the Carter Family helped create. Saturdays from 7:30-11 p.m.

 

If you have a mind to pick up a banjo, guitar, or fiddle yourself, join the Pickin’ Parlor Jam Sessions in Weber City, Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Phone: 276-386-2654). Or head to the Floyd Country Store on a Sunday afternoon.

There are so many opportunities to listen to live music in the Virginia Blue Ridge Highlands that you are sure to find something your schedule will accommodate. Plan to hop from one venue to the next, and one inn to the next. You’ll find many inns located near great live music: Floyd VA B&Bs; Abingdon VA B&Bs; Radford VA Inns, and more.

Holidays in the Blue Ridge Highlands

Monday, December 13th, 2010

December is a lovely time to travel to Bed and Breakfasts in the Blue Ridge Highlands, Virginia – a festive place any time of year. Music infuses these mountains, called the birthplace of Country Music. With music comes a certain joie de vivre that is so welcome during the holidays.

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Listen to the music in the Virginia Blue Ridge Highlands

Find something special for the music lovers in your life in quaint, historic towns such as Bristol and Floyd. The Floyd Country Store features barrels of candy and some of the rarest and best Old-Time and Bluegrass CDs in the country. In Bristol, where the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, and Ernest “Pop” Stoneman were discovered, there are a number of interesting shops. If possible, swing by the Pickin Porch at the Bristol Mall on Thursday evenings, when local, regional, and even national performers take the stage and do their best to put everyone in a good mood.

You’re sure to find something unique at the Damascus General Sore, be it handmade quilts, scarves, or homemade jewelry. In addition, fantastic Bluegrass and Old Time Mountain Music musicians take the stage every Saturday evening at 7 p.m. Dance while you shop and then relax while you listen.

Enjoy these last weeks as you prepare for the holidays. Get away for a few days and visit interesting old towns in the Blue Ridge Highlands; while there, enjoy lodging in Virginia Bed and Breakfasts and gift hunting for friends and family.

Blue Ridge Parkway Foliage

Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Blue Ridge Parkway Foliage is peaking right now – mid through late October. Make sure the batteries in your camera are fresh or charged, hop in the car, and spend a few days at Virginia bed and breakfasts Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Meander along the Blue Ridge Parkway this fall.

Get in the spirit of Halloween with a walking tour of historic Abingdon VA. Abingdon Spirit Tours depart at 7:30 p.m. and last about two hours. Plan to walk about a mile (often on cobblestone streets and sidewalks, which can be bumpy) and delve into centuries of history. Guide Donnamarie Emmert has researched the haunts of Abingdon rigorously, and the results are both fascinating and entertaining. She is an expert storyteller, and often spins yarns at festivals when not roaming about Abingdon on October evenings. Expect to be astonished, amused and amazed by what you hear. Additional information about Abingdon Spirit Tours may be found at the website.

Autumn means brilliant fall foliage, but it also means harvest time. For many, the most anticipated harvest of the season is the grape harvest, for it brings promise of Virginia wine. Enjoy a taste of autumn at Château Morrisette, which serves lunch daily through October between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. After feasting and perhaps touring the winery, return to a Floyd VA bed and breakfast and enjoy Blue Ridge Fall Foliage from the comfort of a porch chair. For directions to the winery, visit Château Morrisette.

Stop by Williams Orchard Saturdays and Sundays through October 30 for fall festival fun. Hayrides, corn maze, and fields of pumpkins are surrounded by glorious fall foliage. Freshly pressed apple cider, Indian Corn, fall decorations, and pumpkins await those who stop by this Wytheville VA farm.

There is much to do this fall along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the brilliant Blue Ridge Parkway foliage makes a glorious background.

The Virginia Highlands Festival

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

The first Virginia Highlands Festival took place in Abingdon in 1948. It was born out of a desire to preserve and celebrate the rich culture and heritage of Virginia’s Appalachia Mountains region. And what a culture it is!

Appalachia is considered the birthplace of old time, country, mountain music. In fact, the Carter Family Memorial Music Center is less than 40 miles west of Abingdon, in Hiltons, VA. Central to the Virginia Highlands Festival is traditional Appalachian old time and bluegrass music. Each year, we look forward to hearing music by folks who spend a whole lot of time pickin’ on the porch, and this year is no exception. The Bearded, Houser & Co., and Wolf Creek are just a few of the musicians featured this year. In addition to mountain music, the Virginia Highlands Festival now brings in musicians from around the globe, making this a truly exciting musical event.

The Virginia Highlands Festival, in Appalachia. Photo by Festival Photographer Claude Kelly.

The festival is more than music, of course. It also features antiques and arts and crafts from Appalachia. There are literary events (including a creative writing day), performing arts, and living history events. Abingdon is a charming town, with a large historic district, stunning examples of Federal and Victorian architecture, and brick sidewalks; it feels like living history just to walk down the street.

The Virginia Highlands Festival runs Saturday July 24 through Sunday, August 8, 2010, from 10 am to 6 pm. It is located at Virginia Highlands Community College and in historic Abingdon. For more information, visit the festival website. Lodge in a Virginia Appalachia bed and breakfast during the festival for a truly authentic experience.

The Virginia Appalachia region is rich in history, culture, and natural beauty. Once you glimpse its charm, you’ll need to return again and again. Virginia Appalachia bed and breakfasts will welcome you every time.