Posts Tagged ‘Bluegrass’

Virginia Harvest Celebrations, 2011

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

 

Along with the ever-growing crispness of the weather and the emerging tones of red, brown and gold, autumn also brings forth a myriad of harvest festivals. Each festival retains a common theme while managing to be entirely unlike all of the others, so if you enjoy the spicy scent of apple cider, the rustic charm of hayrides and corn mazes, and the jaunty tunes of bluegrass bands, then proceed to the lovely little list below:

 

Fall Harvest Family Days at Mount Vernon- This is a wonderful family event with horse-drawn wagon rides, a straw maze, colonial games, and demonstrations of candle making.

 

Carter Mountain Orchard Apple Harvest Festival, Charlottesville, Va- This festival features apples, cider, homemade donuts, pumpkins, apple butter and bluegrass and is located near Monticello.

 

Fall Farm Festivals at Sky Meadows State Park, Delaplane, Va- Celebrate the harvest with living history demonstrations, corn mazes, and a pumping patch!

 

Fall Festival at Massanutten, McGaheysville, Va- Reach your party destination with free chairlift rides, and then enjoy crafts, wine tasting, a beer garden, and plenty of children’s activities!

 

Fall for Fairfax KidsFest, Fairfax, Va- Enjoy juried crafters, ethnic foods, music and kids’ crafts!

 

These are only a few of the long list of harvest festivals and celebrations coming up in Virginia. For a more complete list, click here!

© Jarek Tuszynski

By Tara Stoll

 

 

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.

music wall

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.