including Atkins, Chilhowie, Marion, Saltville, and Whitetop, Virginia
Holston Hills Golf Club
Smyth County's Newest B & B
GRANNY BRANCH INN!
Regional Visitor Center • 408 Whitetop Road • Chilhowie, VA 24319 • I-81, Exit 35
(276) 646-3306 • Toll Free 877-255-9928 • email@example.com
Southwest Virginia Motorcycle Trails 2014!
Come Visit Marion!
Weekly Jams and Festivals for 2014
Weekly Jams for Smyth, Wythe, Grayson, Washington and Scott Counties, plus a complete 2014 schedule of area festivals!
Lincoln Theatre Schedule of Events FALL 2014 - NEW!
Civil War 150 Updates
Local sesquicentennial partners:
Below are a few reminders and new items:
1. Signature Conferences: Registration for the 2014 Signature Conference, "The American Civil War in a Global Context" remains open. Please help spread the word within your community. Not only is this going to be an outstanding program featuring historians of international acclaim, but there will also a lunchtime "Ask the Commission" Q&A with members of the Commission and staff, and many special programs are being planned by the Fairfax sesquicentennial committees. Last, we are planning something very special at next year's conference for those who've attended all the programs, so please spread the word and encourage everyone to attend.
Need more Save the Date cards? Let me know how many and we'll send them right out.
2. Local Civil War 150 Roundtable meetings: Civil War 150 Commission staff are planning to hit the road again this summer to share the latest updates about special programs in 2015, grants, and information on scheduling CW150 programs: the HistoryMobile, "An American Turning Point" panel exhibition, and Legacy Project. Roundtable meetings will be held in late July/early August - we're planning the schedule soon, so please let me know if you'd like to host one.
3. Sesquicentennial Recognition Awards: You'll be hearing more details very soon about a new Sesquicentennial Recognition Award program that the Commission is creating to recognize the leadership of local partners and the success of sesquicentennial programs throughout the state. More details to follow soon (especially at the Roundtable meetings where we'll discuss the awards program in depth), but for now, be sure to keep details, press clippings, and other documentation about sesquicentennial programs in your locality.
Sugar Grove Farmer's Market
Blue Ridge Highlands Fishing Trail
Clinch Mountain Wildlife Management Area Detail
NEW! Birding Loop Map!
If you enjoy birdwatching, you'll want to take a closer look at the new Smyth County Birding Loop Map. Click here for a larger map.
BANO BASH 2014 SET FOR AUGUST 23rd and 24th
Marion, VA July 08, 2014 - With millions of fans avidly following the soccer World Cup in Brazil, it’s a good time to take note of an upcoming soccer event closer to home. Organizers announced this week that Bano Bash 2014 will be held August 23rd and 24th at Hungry Mother State Park in Marion, Virginia.
Bano Bash is the major fundraiser for the Eric Albano Youth Soccer Foundation (EAYSF), a Marion-based organization dedicated to fostering and promoting the sport of soccer for youth of all ages. EAYSF was founded shortly after the sudden death of Eric Albano in 2009. Eric was a revered soccer coach at Marion Senior High School and a tireless supporter of the sport of soccer. Eric’s family and some of his many friends quickly came together with a common desire to honor Eric’s memory by promoting his beloved sport. Eric was an inspiration to countless youngsters whom he introduced to soccer.
Bano Bash is a weekend of sports challenges that include 5K, 10K and half-marathon runs; a kayak race, five-person beach soccer tournaments, and team challenges in most events. A run/walk event for adults, families, and “Kids & Krittters” are also featured. Event organizers say other events and challenges are in the works. Last year’s Bano Bash had well over one hundred participants and dozens of volunteers who assisted with the event. Participants came from as far away as Ohio.
The funds provided by Bano Bash have assisted EAYSF in supporting the Upward Bound Soccer program of First United Methodist Church in Marion. Last year, more than 80 children participated in Upward Bound Soccer. In addition, EAYSF awards $1,500 scholarships to graduating male and female seniors each year. This year, EAYSF is looking to sponsor traveling youth soccer teams.
“On behalf of all our volunteers, I want to thank everyone for their support in the past and your consideration of support for this year’s Bano Bash and EAYSF’s fund raising efforts,” said Ron Reedy Jr., EAYSF’s President. “We look forward to seeing you at Bano Bash 2014 in August. It will be fun and it’s for a great cause.”
EAYSF also accepts donations for its on-going projects and for its ultimate goal of creating a public youth soccer facility.
Complete details on Bano Bash 2014 events are available at www.banosoccer.com
Contacts: Ron Reedy Jr. 276.782.0770
Pat Albano 276.783.7257 or 276.783.3019
Outdoor Painting Adventure
ATTENTION ALL ARTISTS!
The Town of Marion and the Crossroads Art Center is happy to announce a wonderful adventure in Marion, Virginia. Marion is located in the mountains of the Southwestern part of Virginia about 4.5 hrs from Richmond!
Jenni Kirby, Owner of Crossroads Art Center, was raised there and has been asked by the town to help kick off this Outdoor Painting Adventure. The Adventure will be held at the height of the Fall Leaf Viewing Season! Jenni hopes that you can participate. She also looks forward to meeting you and seeing your creations from the adventure. In November the participating artists, if the artists so choose, can display their paintings at Crossroads Art Center for the month.
This painting adventure is in association with The Wayne C. Henderson School of Appalachian Art in Historic Marion Virginia that will officially open in the spring of 2016. For more information on the school, please contact Community and Economic Development Director Ken Heath at (276)378-5026.
Crossroads Art Center - 2016 Staples Mill Road - Richmond, Virginia 23230 - 804.278.8950
Take in the Wonderful Fall Colors and Historic Assets of Downtown Marion while Painting in an Outdoor Painting Adventure!
October 8th - 11th, 2014
The Wayne C. Henderson School of Appalachian Art in Historic Marion VA is sponsoring the Outdoor Painting Adventure. Discover the beautiful historic Marion Downtown in Smyth County, Virginia.
Artists - Bring your paints, outdoor art gear and join other artists in a two-day independent "Plein Air" event. Non-painting friends and family are welcome.
Explore Hungry Mother State Park.
Located in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains, Hungry Mother is one of the premier tourist attractions in Southwestern Virginia. Long a family favorite known for beautiful woodlands and a placid 108-acre lake in the heart of the mountains.
Wet Paint Show and Artist Reception
Friday, October 10th 5 - 8pm, During Marion's Downtown Artwalk
The public will be invited to stop in, see and purchase the works you created.
Please indicate on registration if you plan to participate.
4.5 Hours from Richmond, VA
2 Hours from Roanoke, VA
1 Hour from Bristol TN/VA
3 Hours from Charlotte, NC
Directions from I-81, Exit 45 Upon exiting, just follow the Marion sign to Main Street, about 3 minutes drive time. Turn left on Main Street and go through one traffic light.
Directions from I-81, Exit 47
Upon exiting, just follow the Marion sign. You will turn left onto Highway 11 West, which becomes Main Street. Proceed approximately 3 miles on Highway 11 West / Main Street through 5 traffic lights until you come into downtown Marion.
Fall Color Predictions from WDBJ 7.
Region could see the most vibrant fall colors in years!!
Tuesday, October 7th 1pm - 5pm
Appalachian Spirit Gallery
144 West Main Street, Marion, VA 24254
Each participant will be given a "Welcome Tote Bag" full of information and special goodies from Marion businesses! There will also be refreshments for you to enjoy!
Registration Fee $50
The fee needs to be mailed and paid by check to
Wayne C Henderson School of Appalachian Art
c/o Town of Marion
138 West Main Street, Marion, VA 24254
Registration includes - chance to compete for prizes, and opportunity to show your work.
Collin House Inn Guests
Two night's stay at the Collins House Inn, two tickets to "Song of the Mountains" at the Lincoln Theater (based upon availability), a complementary dinner at The Black Rooster and a complementary dinner at Wooden Pickle
Collins House Inn Guests
One night's stay at The General Francis Marion Hotel, two tickets to an upcoming show at the Lincoln (based upon availability) and a complementary dinner at 27 Lions
Third Prize: Marion Gift Basket
For Questions Contact:
Executive Director of Marion Downtown Revitalization Association
Director of Community and Economic Development
Round the Mountain Jury Session September 9
Take your place among Southwest Virginia's finest artisans. 'Round the Mountain is holding a Jury Session on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. Members whose work passes the jury process will be eligible to sell their work at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia's Artisan Gateway.
Marion Raising Funds for Totem Pole Project
MARION (VA) A beautiful bird with a 10-foot wingspan outstretched, a beaver, a fox, a bear holding a green fish….. coming soon to the site of the Wayne C. Henderson School of Appalachian Arts!
Marion Downtown in conjunction with the Appalachian Spirit Gallery are now working to bring a hand carved totem pole to historic downtown Marion. Anne Hull, a Board member at the Appalachian Spirit Gallery in Marion states “ When installed the totem pole will tower more than 20 feet over downtown Marion." Back in the early part of 2014, when Bristol artist Carl B. Jessee mentioned that he would like to carve another totem pole, Marion officials jumped at the chance to have that sculpture come to Marion. In 2012, Carl completed a beautiful 30 foot hand carved totem pole which was given to the City of Bristol for installation at Sugar Hollow Park across from Target on Exit 7 in Bristol. At the time Carl said “I thought I’d try something big!”
Carl is now ready to try “something big” again and Marion will be the recipient of a very unique sculpture. Working with the Appalachian Spirit Gallery and Marion Downtown, Carl now has created artwork to depict the finished totem pole and has created scale drawings to use in the carving of Marion’s pole.
The log that will be used has been cut and transported to Carl Jessee’s Art and Framing Shop on Commonwealth Avenue in Bristol, Va. Carl and several of his friends who will assist him are busy stripping off the bark, staining and sealing the wood so that it won’t dry out in the carving process. Carl, a sign painter by trade, will use a chainsaw, chisel and hammer to carve wonderful critters found in our region. Work is expected to take all summer and early fall with an anticipated installation and dedication to take place before 2014 ends.
“We are so excited to know that Carl and his carving friends will put their passion and their hearts into a piece of art for our community," said Hull. “Carl has been extremely generous in giving us a price that we can afford and we're so excited to see the transformation of a tree turning into a totem pole take place," said Olivia McDonald, Executive Director of Marion Downtown.
Marion Downtown and the Appalachian Spirit Gallery are now taking donations to pay for the installation of the totem pole. “We hope that everyone in the community will read about the progress of the carving of the totem pole on Facebook and on the Town of Marion and Appalachian Spirit Gallery’s websites, will donate at least a dollar or as much as they can," said Hull. Everyone who donates will be recognized on a plaque for the pole and larger donations will receive mementos!
Donations and checks can be made payable to the Appalachian Spirit Gallery and mailed to:
Anne Hull, Treasurer
Appalachian Spirit Gallery
634 Berry Place
Marion, Virginia 243654
After the totem pole project is paid for, any excess dollars will be used to bring other outdoor art projects to Marion.