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bike smyth countyBike Smyth County & Family Fish and Fun Day
Where: Hungry Mother State Park
When: Saturday, June 4

The Chamber of Commerce of Smyth County is again teaming with Hungry Mother State park to host the Annual Family Fish & Fun Day and Bike Smyth County. These events are held each year in conjunction with Virginia's Free Fishing Days, and this year they will take place on Saturday, June 4. For more information, contact the Chamber office: 276-783-3161 or info@smythchamber.org.

Bike Smyth County will benefit the Imagination Library, a childhood literacy program which provides free books to children. Find details and sign up at bikesmythcounty2016.eventbrite.com.


song of the mountainsSong of the Mountains June Concert
Where: The Lincoln Theatre in Downtown Marion Virginia
When: Saturday, June 4 at 7:00 p.m.

The amazing bluegrass music of Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper will headline Song of the Mountains on Saturday, June 4th at the historic Lincoln Theatre in Marion. Also on the concert will be The Trinity River Band, Appalachian Trail and Riley Anglen. Song of the Mountains concerts are taped for national distribution on over 190 public television outlets across America.

Michael Cleveland is one of the premier bluegrass fiddlers of his generation and, with ten International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Fiddle Player of the Year awards under his belt, he is the most awarded and celebrated fiddler in the history of the music. Cleveland plays with so much fire, drive and virtuosity that audiences are often left shaking their heads in amazement.

The multi-award winning Trinity River Band from Callahan, Florida will also be featured. Their mix of Inspirational Country, Acoustic Roots, Folk and Bluegrass music performances have garnered them a devoted nationwide following.

We are an underwriter of the Song of the Mountains PBS series.

More at: songofthemountains.org and thelincoln.org



art exhibitRooted in Appalachia…

… connects residents of and visitors to the Appalachian region of southwestern Virginia and northeast Tennessee to our vibrant and delicious food heritage of these mountains by highlighting the restaurants and businesses here that celebrate local foods.

There is a rich heritage of agriculture in Appalachia. Fruits and vegetables are grown in the fertile mountain soil and harvested with care. Exceptionally high-quality meat, poultry and dairy items are produced on family farms across the region.

Rooted in Appalachia is going on a road show! Look for the truck at your local farmers market. Here’s the schedule: rootedinappalachia.com/events.


birthplace of country musicBirthplace of Country Music Honored

The Birthplace of Country Music (BCM), parent organization of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, and Radio Bristol, took home top honors at the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association's (NETTA) 19th annual Pinnacle Awards, including "Best of Show" for BCM's interactive remote exhibit at the Bristol, Virginia Welcome Center. BCM received two Pinnacle Awards for its public relations and advertising campaigns on the CD release of Orthphonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited, an award was given for the organization's website, and one for the economic impact of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, which is estimated to add more than $16 million in tax revenue for Bristol and the surrounding region.


mountains of music2016 Mountains of Music Homecoming
Where: Throughout the Crooked Road Region
When: June 10 - 18

Mountains of Music Homecoming is nine days of old time, bluegrass, gospel and heritage music concerts and events throughout The Crooked Road region. More than 200 of Southwestern Virginia’s finest artists will perform concerts in over 20 different communities where traditional music has been kept for many generations.

The official 65-page Homecoming Guide is available at any of our 16 Hometown Community Banks throughout the region.

Tickets for Crooked Road Concerts are available online at mtnsofmusic.com at the door of each performance (unless sold out), and at local ticket outlets. The full list of local ticket outlets is available on the Homecoming website.

For complete concert and event schedules, updates and more information about the Mountains of Music Homecoming, visit mtnsofmusic.com.

We are a sponsor of Mountains of Music Homecoming.


memorial dayMemorial Day Observance in Marion
Where: Historic Downtown Marion, Virginia
When: Underway

  • See the famous downtown Marion display of American flags on the Smyth County Courthouse lawn.
  • Join the Town of Marion and VFW Post 4667 at the traditional patriotic parade at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 30 at 10 a.m. followed by a community hot dog lunch at VFW Post 4667, 861 Goolsby Street, at 12:00 noon.

abingdon music experienceThursday Jams in Abingdon
Where: The Abingdon Market Pavilion
When: Every Thursday at 7 p.m.

It’s springtime and the Thursday Jams are back in Abingdon with bands and artists that are on the cutting edge of today’s music. Concerts begin at 7:00 p.m. and last until around 9:00. Admission is free and food & beverages are offered for sale. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. No coolers allowed. No outside alcohol allowed. Artists lineups and more information is available at abingdonmusicexperience.com/category/thursday-jams.

We are a sponsor of The Abingdon Music Experience’s Thursday Jams.


film makers competitionFirst Annual Young Filmmakers Competition

The City of Bristol, Tennessee is holding its First Annual Young Filmmakers Competition for high school students. The objective of the competition is to engage young filmmakers by providing them with a platform to showcase their creativity alongside the city’s array of public parks.
Entrants must create a short film, 30-seconds to 2 minutes long, featuring at least one of the 30 city parks. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three films by the Tennessee Entertainment Commission. In addition to cash prizes, the top three filmmakers will be honored at the local PUSH Film Festival scheduled for the fall. All high school students, grades 9-12, are encouraged to participate.

For information and official rules, go to bristoltn.org/1043/Filmmakers-Competition.

 

 

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