Archive for the ‘Blue Ridge Happenings’ Category
This is a special story written directed and produced by a Pulaski Hometown Boy. To think that Scott now lives in an area with other personal friends of ours and is near the Navy Seals of whom this story is about. We are blessed to have such a talented individual in our midst and the story he tells of Lt Michael Murphy is enthralling. Thanks to both for making me Proud to be an American.
These lovely Ladies have really got the talent and we are so lucky they are coming to our local Pulaski Theater this Valentines Day 2013. T he Marvelous Wonderettes is a great off -Broadway musical written by Roger Bean . You are taken to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet the Wonderettes. Four crazy girls with all sorts of talent and spunk! As we learn about their lives and loves, we are treated to the girls performing classic ‘50s and ‘60s songs with a do wop style as good as it gets on over 20 classic hits! A real musical trip down memory lane!
Have you been trying to come up with a great VALENTINES Day gift for your Lady. Well here it is. Rockwood Manor has some rooms available on a first come first served basis and at a discounted price of only $125 for the evening and breakfast the next morning. And better still is the fact that “the Marvelous Wonderettes” will be spending the evening and joining us for breakfast.
Ryan Pelton and his wonderful crew are here again to weave another magical tribute to Elvis. We had the pleasure of their staying here at Rockwood Manor and getting to know them on a somewhat personal basis. Their show tonight at the Pulaski Theater is almost sold out and I can see why. He is a true artist with a voice to match his looks and both are so close to the King’s it is scary. I see why he is so popular and traveling the world performing and yet so down to earth and humble. So many of the performers that have stayed with us are completely different from their stage persona and he is too. At this one of their last performances as a Tribute Band, Ryan told of his intentions of creating his own musical style and going for it. I know he has the talent to do so.
You GO Ryan.
Celebrate the 5oth Anniversary of our great local New River Valley Airport in style. So many acts on the ground and in the air that will take you back to the good old days of barnstorming.
Our family has ties to those great days. My wife Rochelle’s father was a young man in Kansas who fell head over heals for aviation and even designed and built his own plane the Murray Sport.
He then went on to teach another young man (Mudhole Smith) to fly and that became his life story in Alaska.
My father engineered and built aircraft with Glenn L Martin in Baltimore during WWII and later sold missile systems to knock them down
and I too worked in the Army Air Defense with Nike Hercules missiles that now stand at the entrance to Radford Army Arsennal next door.
Check out all they have to offer at www.nrvairshow.com and for a great place to stay while you visit the show try Rockwood Manor and all it has to offer.
Honky Tonk Angels’ musical will be performed Tuesday, April 17 at Pulaski Theatre
The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley and the Pulaski Theatre presents “The Honky Tonk Angels” on Tuesday, April 17, at 7 p.m.
It happens every day of every year. Somewhere in America, a girl quits her job, kisses her loved ones goodbye and climbs aboard a Nashville-bound Greyhound. And every day of every year, those girls arrive in Music City with little more than a dream to sustain them.
“Honky Tonk Angels” is a raucous and touching musical by the author of the hit Broadway show “Always, Patsy Cline,” and spotlights three women who gamble everything for a chance to become country music stars. The show is Ted Swindley’s funny and tender valentine to the female singers in the country music pantheon – many of whom rode that same bus from Anywhere, USA.
The show tells the story of three aspiring young singers who walk away from their work-a-day lives and head for Nashville. Hear the classic tunes of Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn as they were meant to be sung. “The Honky Tonk Angels” features powerhouse singer-actresses performing 20 country classics including “Stand by Your Man,” “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “Harper Valley PTA,” “Nine-to-Five,” “Ode to Billie Joe” and “Harper Valley PTA.”
“ ‘The Honky Tonk Angels’ is a unique musical theatre entertainment,” says producer and director Paul R. Pierce. “It explores the unbridled desire that drives a poor young farm girl, a weary housewife or a stressed-out secretary to drop everything and roll the dice in the world’s most competitive and brutal industry – all for the love of music. Of course, the song list for this show reads like a Nashville greatest hits record, so ‘The Honky Tonk Angels’ is also a thrilling nostalgic journey for the audience.”
The show is produced by Springer Theatricals, the national touring unit of the Springer Opera House, the State Theatre of Georgia. The Springer is a 140-year-old National Historic Landmark with a year-round schedule of plays, musicals and a top-ranked theatre academy. The theatre also has one of the nation’s busiest touring schedules, performing in sixty American cities each year.
Since Reconstruction days, the Springer has been a cherished Southern cultural institution with the world’s most celebrated artists making pilgrimages to perform in the elegance of this famous theatre. From Edwin Booth, Lilly Langtry, George M. Cohan, Ethel Barrymore and Irving Berlin in the old days to more modern appearances by Truman Capote, Hal Holbrook, Burt Reynolds, Chet Atkins and Garrison Keillor, the Springer Theatre has been a centerpiece for the performing arts in the South since 1871.
“The Honky Tonk Angels” will be performed Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Pulaski Theatre, 14 West Main Street, Pulaski, VA 24301. Tickets for the show are $20 in advance and $22 at the door and are on sale now. Ticket outlets are Martin’s Pharmacy, Coffee Buy the Book and the Fine Arts Center in Pulaski and the Pulaski County Visitor Center in Dublin. Call 540-980-7363 for more information. Visit the Fine Arts Center on Facebook at www.facebook.com/facnrv.
– Submitted by Donna Rorrer, Fine Arts Center
Mother and I met a wonderful man, Ralph Casey, and his friend driving a covered wagon from Georgia to Washington, DC with a mission to get answers for small businesses everywhere. Are you sick and tired of America taking care of everyone in the world and not being there for our own small business people or even our veterans? We are what made America great and yet we are being taxed and regulated to death.There are 1000′s of small businesses in America that simply need some of the incentives to create jobs that have been given to bailout many large and inefficiently run businesses. Running a government like any other business would be a good start and trimming back that government to what our forefathers had envisioned and allowing the private sector to move on and create jobs without all the interference and regulation is what we need now. Follow Ralph Casey on Facebook and look for his wagon. He just came through Pulaski Va on Route 11 today
Being a part of “Round the Mountain” and watching it grow into a viable organization for showcasing the natural and
cultural heritage in the Music, Art & Crafts of our 19 county region of Southwest Virginia has been a exciting journey.
The soft opening of “Heartwood” was held last Sunday May 15th to an awed crowd and I will have to say it is an amazing
structure inside and out. The buildings’ design incorporates a barn like appearance along with some truly wonderful
cabinet work for showcasing the arts and communities in our region is beyond comparison.
Well done and we thank the hard work and efforts of the Board of “Round the Mountain” and the future home of
“The Crooked Road” as well as all the other contributors to this project.
Check them out at this link
Roots of American Music Tour
Presented by The Crooked Road, Heartwood and Blue Ridge Traditional Arts
7:30 PM (doors open at 6:30)
$12 in advance or $15 at the door
Music from Ireland, Africa and The Blue Ridge:
Cheick Hamala Diabate
The Roots of American Music is a tour of 12 concerts celebrating the permanent exhibit of the same name opening May, 2011 at the Blue Ridge Music Center, located at Milepost 213 of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Galax, Va.
Roots of American Music salutes our region’s creation of the first truly American sound. Hear what happened when the European violin met the African banjo in an unforgettable performance by some of the finest Irish, African and Blue Ridge Mountain musicians playing today. Jig dancing, old ballads, uilleann piping, the griot’s twang; it is all here.
Rochelle and Frank just returned from the 12th annual McGlothlin Awards at Radford University and what a wonderful event it was! Teachers are such a wondrous gift to the children of the world and to see them honored in such a great way made my heart jump. Thank you to Thomas McGlothlin and his family Foundation. Thank you to Radford University and to Blue Ridge Public Television for the educations they supply us all on a daily basis. And Thank you to Homer Hickam for the insightful stories about his teachers and their inspiration to him.
The best part of the Awards was the fact that one of our local girls who graduated from RU and teaches at Belview Elementary in Montgomery County VA won. Congratulations to Lisa Taylor. Keep up the good work and enjoy your travels.
Also due congratulations is the secondary winner Liz Phillips from Wallace Middle School in Washington County Va. And to the finalists in both categories and all the other teachers who inspire children everyday we thank you.