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
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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Weekend events – March 27-28

If you’re up for a road trip during the weekend of March 27, I’ve got two great ideas for you.

On March 27, West Wind Winery (Meadows of Dan, Va.) will host “Riesling Around the World,” an event featuring tastings of this type of wine — one of my favorites, by the way. Not sure I’ve had West Wind’s riesling, but I love their blackberry wine.

According to a newsletter from the winery, winemaker Jocelyn Kuzelka will present the program and offer education about wine growing as well as tastings of various rieslings.

The event is $20. For more information, see West Wind Winery’s Web site here and click the calendar of events.

This event is near the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Milepost 180.

On either March 27 or 28, you should really check out the Whitetop Maple Festival (Whitetop, Va.). This is one of several festivals that I covered annually when I was the Grayson County reporter for The Gazette (Galax, Va.).

You can watch some folks tap maples for the sweet syrup and eat some delicious pancakes while you’re there. You should buy some of the syrup to take home before you leave because after tasting real maple syrup you’re not going to want that fake corn syrup stuff you buy in the grocery store.

A wildflower slide show and storytelling event also take place every year.

And, like every event in the Twin County region, there will be lots of old time music.

The festival takes place at the Mount Rogers Combined School and is hosted by the Mount Rogers Fire and Rescue Squad. Proceeds go toward the volunteer squad’s operating expenses.

For more information, visit the Virginia Is For Lover’s Web site here or here on the Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th Anniversary site.

This event is near the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Milepost 213.