Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

Crafting, traveling and everything in between.


Hillsville, Va., Downtown Celebrations 2011

It’s about that time again! I can’t wait for Hillsville’s first beach music concert series of the year.

Each show also features a Classic Car Cruise-in. Admission is free and the show starts around 5 p.m.

Here’s the dates and line-up.

May 14 — The Holiday Band

June 25 — The Tim Clark Band

July 23 — The Embers

August 20 — The Craig Woolard Band

September 10 — Jim Quick and Coastline

Need more info? Call (276) 728-2128, ext. 16; visit www.townofhillsville.com; or email hillsville@embarqmail.com.

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Upcoming September events

Lots of events are coming up that are on my radar.

Carroll County (Va.) Fair
First off, this weekend is the Carroll County (Va.) Fair. I think Chris has to work some this weekend to cover it, so we might actually go.
(Please do not use any photos without permission.)
A girl pets a pig at the Carroll County Fair/Photo by Christopher Brooke
I’ve never been to the fair although it’s been held for a few years now. It’s really small, so there’s not much to it. But maybe it’s supposed to be small. I’ve never been to a county fair, only a state one. And state fairs are huge.
The county fair is held at the Southwest Virginia Farmers Market, right off I-77 at exit 14.
Hillsville’s Labor Day Flea Market and Gun Show
Next weekend is Hillsville’s Labor Day Flea Market and Gun Show. I know many, many people probably already have this on their calendars.
I wonder if this will be the largest flea market yet. I swear tents started popping up along U.S. 58 a week ago.
I’m looking forward to seeing if the market expands this year and seeing if the sidewalks and streets will be hard to move through because of the thousands of people wandering around booths.
Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th
One of the biggest events I’m looking forward to is the Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th Anniversary Festival, Sept. 10-12.
I know there have been several events throughout the year, but this will be the official celebration.
I want to go to the Blue Ridge Music Center in Galax, Va., and Cumberland Knob for the activities. I’m really looking forward to seeing Dr. Ralph Stanley at the music center that Saturday. I gotta see that man perform before he dies! (I’m not a big old time or bluegrass music fan, but I do enjoy some of it.)
If you go to the music center, check out the trail that winds up and down the peak behind the stage. It’s a nice, short hike.
You can check out the schedules and more information of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s 75th Anniversary website here.
Hillsville’s Downtown Celebrations
Don’t forget about Hillsville’s downtown celebrations, featuring arts and crafts, classic car cruise-in and beach music.
I wrote about that here. The next concert is Sept. 11.
Chateau Morrisette’s Black Dog Wine and Beach Music Festival
Chateau Morrisette, 287 Winery Road SW, Floyd, Va., will continue its music festivals Oct. 9 with the Black Dog Wine and Beach Music Festival. The winery is located at Milepost 171.5 off the Blue Ridge Parkway.
We visited the winery Aug. 14 for the Black Dog Wine and Jazz Festival. The day’s music featured salsa, jazz and Caribbean music, courtesy of Beleza Brazil and Los Gatos. It was so much fun!
The price of a ticket gets you admission, free wine tasting and a free wine glass. It’s a pretty good deal.
The glasses of wine we got this year at one of the Chateau’s wine and jazz festival./Photo by E.A. Seagraves
We also enjoyed lunch in the winery’s restaurant. I had a delicious lamb chop, couscous and asparagus. The dessert was a heavenly chocolate cake with espresso ice cream. We enjoyed the meal with a bottle of Chateau’s Blackberry Wine, probably one of our favorites.
The next events are Oct. 9 music festival will feature The Embers and Key West Band.


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Happy (Belated) 4th!

Chris’ parents just left this morning after a weekend visit. They usually spend every July 4th with us.

So, this post is a little late, but, nonetheless, I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July!

Here’s some visual goodness from various 4th of July celebrations we attended. (All photos by either E.A. Seagraves or Christopher Brooke. Do not use without permission.):

Fancy Gap, Va. (July 3rd)

Chris (left) samples some kettle corn at one of the first booths we came to.

This isn’t a great picture, but I posted it anyway. I like the birdhouse, the bowls and cutting boards.

Local woodworker Tod Price makes a wine stopper. (The wood products above are not his.)

A crowd shot.

This lady (right) is originally from Arizona, but now lives in the Twin Counties, Va., area (Grayson and Carroll Counties and City of Galax).

Another vendor (right) talks about some of her products.

The music got started in the early afternoon, right before we headed home.

Hillsville, Va. (July 4th)

Members of the local VFW

More local veterans

A local Girl Scout troop. They won the award for best overall parade entry.

A local Christian Association of Bikers club.

At least four dogs participated in the parade, including this patriotic dachshund.

Classic cars are always a part of local parades.

The Kazim Hillbillies is a regional Shriners group. They’re usually a lot of fun.


More upcoming events — June and July

Galax Leaf and String is June 11-12 in Galax, Va. This is a great event with a weekend full of music, arts and crafts.

Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition is June 19 at Grayson Highlands State Park. Henderson is a famous guitar player and luthier. This competition draws thousands each year and is always held on the 3rd Saturday of June, the day before Father’s Day.

Another Hillsville Downtown Celebration concert series will be 5:30 p.m. June 26. I wrote about the concert series here.

Also on June 25 and 26 is Grayson County Fiddlers Convention. It’s located in beautiful Elk Creek, Va. I always enjoyed covering this event for The Gazette. I once saw and took a photo of Roni Stoneman. No joke! I also met Justin Robinson of Carolina Chocolate Drops there (I don’t think it was another fiddlers convention, although it could have been. There are several in the area). Good band. Go check them out here.

Smoke on the Mountain Barbecue Festival is July 16-17. This is another not-to-miss event. It’s fun to sample the barbecue and learn who the reigning team will be each year.

I knew most of these events were coming up but couldn’t find a good, complete online calendar. I was able to find info on these events through Davis-Bourne Inn’s calendar. It appears this inn is becoming a good resource. (Another source, and, yes I’m biased because I worked there, is The Gazette and its visitor guide.)


Weekend photos — May 22-23

Though I had to work Sunday and most of Saturday was spent doing chores, Chris and I did find time to take two 2.6 mile walks on the New River Trail State Park.

Here are some beauties and what I think that they are. Now, my identification skills aren’t that great and Newcomb’s just isn’t my friend, but this is what I came up with. If you have any suggestions or can correctly identify them, let me know in the comments below.

I think the flower below is possibly a campion of some kind. I’m not too sure. Any ideas?

I couldn’t find the fuzzy bloom below or anything that closely resembled it in Newcomb’s or our other wildflower book. I’m leaning toward an orchid. Anyone?

I’m certain the purple beauty below is a Virginia Waterleaf:

And, of course, this is a Virginia Spiderwort, one of Chris’ favorites:

And the very familiar fire pink:

While I was at work Sunday, Chris ventured out and took some more pictures in Carroll County and our yard. Check ’em out:

Mountain Laurel

Bug on a leaf

Tulip poplar bloom

Peony

Titmouse

And, if you were wondering, we did go to see the Embers play at Hillsville’s summer concert series, checked out the cars in the cruise in and talked with some artists at the Carter Home’s Art Festival. Chris took some pictures for The Gazette.


Memorial Day Weekend Flea Market, Hillsville, Va.

The annual Memorial Day Weekend Flea Market in Hillsville, Va., is about to start. Are you ready to scour hundreds of vendor booths for antiques and flea market finds?

I like looking for dishes that complete sets that I have that have been broken or were given to me with missing pieces. That includes discontinued designs of Princess House Crystal and other lines.

I know the link above says the market is only held in Bowman’s lot, but it’s grown much larger than that over the years and covers a large portion of town.

The market is smaller than Hillsville’s famous Labor Day Flea Market and Gun Show, but still draws in a crowd and vendors from all over.

The market opens Friday and runs through Monday.