Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

Crafting, traveling and everything in between.


Weekend activities — May 22, 2010

There’s lots going on this weekend. If you’re in the area, plan on stopping by one of these spots:

Wildflower Walk, Whitetop, Va.
The Blue Ridge Discovery Center (which is a group, not a place) is going wild flower hunting in the Whitetop Mountain area tomorrow.

A description of the hike, found on the group’s flyer, says the hike will begin in “Spruce-Fir forest and descend into rich forests of birch, maple and oak.”

To reserve a spot, contact Carol Broderson at carol@ls.net. She is a longtime hiker, discovery center volunteer and Mount Rogers Recreation Area trail maintainer.

The meeting location will depend on weather, the flower bloom status and, hopefully, should be settled on by now.

Arts Festival, Carter Home, Hillsville, Va.
The Historic Carter Home, Main Street, Hillsville, will host an art festival from noon to 8 p.m. tomorrow.

I don’t know too much about it, but heard lots of local artists would have their wares on display. Patty at the Time Factory told me about it.

If you go toward the end of the day, you’ll be able to catch Hillsville’s first summer concert of the year.

Hillsville Concert and Classic Car Cruise-in
The town has added even more concert dates this summer. This one snuck up on me. I thought the summer concert series would start in June.

I’m excited that The Embers are kicking off the event this year. The Embers usually end the concert series in late summer.

And, as always, the streets will be parked with hot rods, classic cars and some motorcycles. People come from all over to hang out and check out other’s rides. It seems to grow every year. My favorite last year was a car made completely of wood. So cool!

The event also includes children activities, food and beverages.

The concert is 5:30-9:30 p.m.

The remaining concerts of the year are:
June 26 — The Entertainers
July 24 — Craig Woolard Band
Aug. 21 — Jim Quick and Coastline
Sept. 11 — Mark Roberts and Breeze
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And, unrelated, here’s some photos from our yard. The plants are looking great this year and we even got a peony bloom!

(From front to back) Coral bells, hosta and catmint./Photos by E.A. Seagraves
Please do not use photos without permission. Thanks!
(From front to back) Weigela and mock orange.

Peony . . . the only one we have and the first time they have bloomed.


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Dizzy Gillespie’s home place

We just got back from a weeklong trip to Georgia and Florida.

To help break up the trip along the way, Chris and I would keep an eye out for brown tourist signs along the highway for interesting places to stop.

Heading south on U.S. 1 we saw a sign pointing toward jazz great Dizzy Gillespie’s home place in the middle of beautiful Cheraw, S.C.

The house is no longer standing, but the plot where the home was is now a small park with metal benches and a historical marker.

The back of the benches are sculpted in the shapes of trumpets, music notes and, presumably, Dizzy himself.

Chris sneaked this picture of me while I read the historical marker.

Chris standing in front of a statue and a bench in the park.

Heading south on U.S. 1, turn right onto Huger Street. It’s on the same street as the library. Here’s a map.


Chestnut Creek School of the Arts opens

Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, Galax, Va., is now open and registering students for classes.


Most classes last a week or take place once a week for four or so weeks.


The school, in downtown Galax, was created to preserve and promote the heritage of Southwest Virginia, located in the Appalachian Mountains.

Here’s pdfs to the Chestnut Creek School of the Arts’ flyer: front page and back page.

I’m interested in Todd Price’s drawing classes in February and March and guitar or banjo lessons in February, March or June.

There’s also classes in pastels, basket weaving, woodcarving, creative writing, jewelry making, pottery and Appalachian dance.

I hope in the future they’ll include photography and canning/home preserving among the offerings.