Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
4:00 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Trail of the Lonesome Pine

Jason Barnette

A novel set in southwestern Virginia was enormously popular when it came out – in 1908.  “Trail of the Lonesome Pine” is the story of a young engineer who goes to that mountain region to develop its underground resources.  He finds himself in the middle of a blood feud between two powerful local clans ---and falls deeply in love with one of their daughters.  

The novel, based on true events, has been made into a move three times. The 1936 version starred Henry Fonda and Fred McMurray.  

Read more
Big Stone Gap
4:00 am
Tue August 6, 2013

End of An Era: Mutual Drug Closing

It’s the end of the line for the last privately owned drug store –slash- cafeteria in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. “Mutual Pharmacy” was immortalized in the novel, “Home to Big Stone Gap” as the beating heart of a fictional mountain community in southwestern Virginia.

People are flocking in to say their goodbyes on the last day before Mutual Pharmacy and Cafeteria closes its doors for good after 60 years in downtown Big Stone Gap.  The CVS drug store chain bought the business but not this building, which for now, will add to the growing number of vacant shops here.

Read more
Shenandoah Harmony: A New Four-Shape Tune Book
2:44 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Shape Note Singing

Credit Shenandoah Harmony

Since the mid 18th century, Americans throughout New England and the South have been gathering for shape note singing, a form of a capella sung mostly from a popular tune book called The Sacred Harp.

Now there's a new tune book that captures some of Virginia's musical past.

Click here for more information about Shenandoah Harmony.
 

Read more
Arts & Culture
4:00 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Virginia Craft Beer Month

August is here—and that has some of us thinking about beer.

This is Craft Beer Month in Virginia, celebrating the more than 60 craft breweries in the state.

The Virginia Tourism Corporation is calling it “Love on Tap”— a nod to the state’s famous Virginia is for Lovers slogan.

The centerpiece of Craft Beer Month is the Virginia Craft Brewers Festival at Devils Backbone Brewery in Nelson County August 24.

Read more
Saving a Landmark
7:47 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Efforts Underway to Preserve Natural Bridge

Credit www.naturalbridgeva.com

Thomas Jefferson once owned it-and you could too….It’s the Natural Bridge property and attractions in Rockbridge County, up for sale and scheduled for public auction in November.


But in an effort to save and preserve the landmark, Congressman Bob Goodlatte  has proposed the property actually be considered for addition to the  national or state park system.


And in the latest move to protect the tourist attraction from a sale, a new coalition has been created by the Rockbridge Area Conservation Council and Valley Conservation Council.

Read more

Pages