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Bristol Rhythm & Roots
Weekend Pass $55 Through August 31
Where: State Street, Bristol Virginia/Tennessee
When: September 19-21, 2014

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion isn’t just a music festival. It’s an infectious three-day music experience, bursting with creative passion, electricity, and soul. It is, and isn’t, your Daddy’s country and bluegrass music. It’s not a rock show, but it totally does. And if you’ve never been, you’ll never know how much.

Each online ticket buyer will receive a uniquely coded, high security RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) wristband 30 days in advance of the festival. Every wristband will be scanned as you enter and exit festival site, so there’s no waiting. Purchase advance tickets at bristolrhythm.com. The price goes up to $60 September 1 – 18.Tickets are $70 at the gate. We’re a proud sponsor of Rhythm & Roots Reunion.

Annual Break Away 5K
Where: Downtown Gate City, Virginia
When: Saturday, September 13, 8 a.m.

The 3rd Annual Break Away 5K Race Against Domestic Violence will be staged at 8 a.m. Saturday, September 13 in downtown Gate City. The event is organized by Hope House of Scott County to raise awareness about domestic violence. Awards will be presented to the top male and female overall finishers and the top three male and female finishers in each age group. All registered runners and walkers receive an event T-shirt and bracelet. For more information, email hopehousebreakway5K@gmail.com. Online registration at active.com

VHCC Offers ‘Crooked Road’ Course
Where: Virginia Highlands Community College
When: Thursday Evenings This Fall

The rich history and musical traditions of Southwestern Virginia will be examined in a Virginia Highlands Community College course designed to give K-12 teachers the materials and methods they need to incorporate “The Crooked Road” into their lesson plans. Teaching on the Crooked Road will be offered on Thursday evenings this fall, and will be taught by David Winship, a retired public school teacher and former Curator/Education Director for Bristol’s Birthplace of Country Music (BCM).

Enrollment is under way for the three-credit class, which is offered through VHCC’s Workforce Training and Continuing Education Division. The class will meet on the VHCC campus Thursday evenings starting August 28, from 5-8 p.m. Music instruction is not a core element of the class and it is not necessary to play an instrument to participate. Additional information is available at vhcc.edu/teachingonthecrookedroad

RTE 23 Music Festival
Where: Campus of the University of Virginia's College
at Wise, Virginia

When: Saturday, August 30

A crooked road runs through Route 23 from southwest Virginia and over the state line into Kentucky, a region steeped in the Appalachian music tradition. On Saturday, August 30, Birthplace of Country Music will debut an added roadside attraction for music lovers - the RTE 23 Music Festival - and the admission is free.

Held on the campus of the University of Virginia's College at Wise, RTE 23 Music Festival brings a diverse mix of artists together for a full day of live music that's off the beaten path and features fun activities for the kids. More information at birthplaceofcountrymusic.org

Glade Mt. Saddle Club Horse Show
Where: Rural Retreat Fairgrounds, Rural Retreat, Virginia
When: Saturday, September 20

The Glade Mountain Saddle Club Horse Show features almost seventy events and competitions for all ages. This eagerly anticipated show is set for September 20 at the Rural Retreat Fairgrounds. Gates open at 9 AM and the competition starts at 11 AM. For more information, call 276.686.6414 or 276.620.3563. Email:gmsc4fun@gmail.com

The Abingdon Music Experience
Where: Farmers Market Pavilion, Abingdon, Virginia
When: Thursday Evenings

Get your jams on at The Abingdon Music Experience at the Farmers Market Pavilion every Thursday evening. Artists’ schedules and other information can be found at abingdonmusicexperience.com.


Music in the Park
Where: Hungry Mother State Park in Marion, Virginia
When: Every Friday evening

Enjoy Music in the Park every Friday evening at the gazebo in the center of the park. Different artists are featured each week. We’re a proud sponsor of these events.

Saltville Labor Day Celebration
Where: Main Street Saltville, Virginia
When: August 29 – September 1

The 44th Annual Saltville Labor Day Celebration is set for August 29 – September 1 in downtown Saltville, Virginia. More information is available at 276.496.5342 and at saltville.org/44th-Saltville-Labor-Day-Celebration

4-H Horse & Pony Club Meeting
Where: Chilhowie Elementary
When: September 11th

The Smyth County 4-H Horse and Pony Club will meet September 11th at the Smyth Chilhowie Elementary School at 6:30 PM for learning, riding, and hands on events with equine from local communities. Levels of learning are from elementary to advanced. Participants must be at least in the 4th grade to participate in this club. For more information, contact the Smyth County 4-H Office at 276-783-5175 or Club Leader Julia Jones at 276-782-8888. Participants do not have to own a horse.

Crooked Road Youth Music Series
Where: Heartwood in Abingdon, VA
When: 1st & 3rd Thursdays

The Crooked Road Youth Music Series features youth music performers and showcases venues of the Crooked Road region. These events, along with open jams on the 1st, 3rd, (and 5th) Thursday of every month, are hosted at Heartwood, Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway at I-81 Exit 14 in Abingdon, VA. A complete schedule for the music series is available on The Crooked Road website at thecrookedroad.org and at heartwoodvirginia.org.


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