Arts & Culture

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Mountains of Music: The Landscape

Jun 11, 2015

As the name suggests, the Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming is about music. But the nine-day festival—opening June 12-- staged in nineteen counties and four cities across Southwest Virginia is about much more. 

You’re here to take in the music, but this place is so, so interesting so scenic that that’s a huge part of the overall experience that that’s a huge part of the overall experience, way beyond just a concert or even the festival, a sense," says Jack Hinshelwood, executive director of the Crooked Road.

Mountains of Music Homecoming

Jun 10, 2015

The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming is a nine-day festival staged in nineteen counties and four cities across Southwest Virginia. Events range from Barter Theatre performances to canoe and snorkeling trips to tours of an alpaca farm. But at its heart, the Homecoming is about music.

This weekend is a big one for horse-racing, with American Pharoah going for the Triple-Crown.  Here in Virginia, the horse has some special fans – people who know where he came from and hope he’ll bring new honor to the state. 

It’s been more than forty years since Secretariat stunned the racing world with a spectacular win at Belmont.

“He is moving like a tremendous machine.  Secretariat by 12.  Secretariat by 13 lengths on the turn.”

Salvage Dawgs Season 4 Debuts

Jun 4, 2015

The reality TV show “Salvage Dawgs” begins its fourth season on cable Sunday night, airing on the DIY network.  The show is centered on the architectural salvage operations of the guys from Black Dog Salvage.  Their Roanoke store is a mecca of all things vintage and upcycled.

Black Dog Salvage sells refurbished goods; everything from mantels and doors to vintage plumbing and lighting. Robert Kulp, the co-owner, and the rest of his crew are in the middle of filming season 5, which will introduce some of the show’s most exciting repurposing projects.

Farmers markets in this country are growing. New ones are springing up all over Virginia.  These community markets are morphing into more than just places to buy fresh local produce.  They’re becoming places to hang out, eat, drink, shop, and more.

Ten  years ago, there were around 80 farmers markets operating in all of Virginia.  Today it’s 3 times that.

“Now we’ve got between 200 and 250. I say between 5: because the numbers keep changing, new markets are coming on.”