Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

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.”

Roanoke's J 611 Prepares to Return Under Her Own Steam

May 29, 2015

Roanoke is rolling out the red carpet for a locomotive tomorrow. . .but it's not just any locomotive.  The N&W Class J 611 is the only passenger locomotive of its class left in existence.  It rolled out of Roanoke's east end shops May 29th, 1950 at a cost of more than $251,000.  Now people from across the globe have contributed about $3 million to bring the 611 back to life.  It's been in Spencer, North Carolina for the past year undergoing repairs but tomorrow makes its triumphant return to the Star City.  Tomorrow's celebration at the former N&W Passenger Station is free.