Archive for the ‘Blue Ridge Happenings’ Category
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.
My wife Rochelle and I are fans of the New River Community College’s Fiddle, Banjo and Dance Club and for years this group has been putting on shows next door in the wonderful Edwards Hall once a month. Usually they are free to the public and donations are asked for the Bands. We rarely get to enjoy these events as our events and weddings are on almost the same schedules. On our 4th Anniversary this past weekend (April 2nd) we did obtain tickets ( the last four) to see the “Cracker Barrel sponsored group Dailey & Vincent. A sold out show and I can see why!!! WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We were simply blown away. What a group of fine musicians and their harmonies were amazing. The Bassman (Christian)
was absolutely incredible. And the show was not only a mixture of Bluegrass and Gospel but a great comedy routine too. I cannot stress the fact that if you have the opportunity to see these guys in action you must take it. I am already planning to be there next year when they return on April 28 2012. Which will be the Reenactment of the Battle of Cloyd’s Mountain weekend too. TOO MUCH FUN!!!!!!! Come and see both of these and have a wonderful stay at Rockwood Manor too.