45th Annual Saltville Labor Day Celebration
Where: Saltville, Virginia
When: September 4-7
Labor Day Weekend in Saltville, Virginia will kick off on Friday, September 4th with carnival rides, crafts, and music. This jam-packed weekend of fun will feature performances by the Bellamy Brothers, Nickels Road, and Sarah Dunn. Enjoy fireworks, great food and so much more! For more information, visit saltville.org
Virginia Tech hosts Save Our Towns summit
Where: Southwest Higher Education Center, Abingdon, Virginia
When: September 9-10, 2015
People interested in improving small-town life in Virginia are invited to register for a Save Our Towns summit Sept. 10 at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon.
Derived from the monthly Internet series Save Our Towns, the daylong program of presentations, and group exercises is geared toward mayors and small-town leaders across southwestern Virginia.
Additional presentations by Virginia Tech faculty and staff, as well as other experts, will include topics such as tourism, broadband and funding for infrastructure projects.
For more information or to register:Save Our Towns
Let the classes begin at The Henderson!
Where: The Wayne C. Henderson School of Appalachian Arts
It has been a journey to get the doors open at 203 North Church Street in Historic Downtown Marion, Virginia, but The Wayne C. Henderson School of Appalachian Arts is open and adding classes weekly. There is a variety of offerings from ongoing weekly classes to private lessons to workshops. You can find something wonderful at hendersonschool.org
Of special interest to youngsters: The Henderson is now a Junior Appalachian Music (JAM) affiliate in conjunction with The Crooked Road. JAM believes that children who are actively engaged in traditional mountain music are more connected and better prepared to strengthen their communities for future generations. Classes will begin in the fall and will align with the basic principles of the JAM program
Employee anniversaires this week
Treasa Meek, Downtown Marion Main Office, 27 years
Sondra Wyatt, Downtown Marion Main Office, 17 years
Dana Carrico, The Bank of Rural Retreat, 13 years
Elizabeth Ishihara, The Bank of Rural Retreat, 1 year
Emi Sunshine at Song of the Mountains
Where: The Lincoln Theatre, Marion, Virginia
When: Saturday, September 5th
It’s impossible to explain the exceptional talents of Emi Sunshine, a 10-year-old East Tennessee prodigy who has captured the nation’s attention as a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Steeped in Appalachian music, she is a true vocal stylist, one who instinctively knows how to interpret the nuances of a song with her impressive range, even though she has yet to gain the life experience and empathy seemingly necessary to fully comprehend the words she sings. Despite a given name that reflects optimism, she is drawn to darker themes of pain, anguish and even murder, like that of The Louvin Brothers, whom she loves. Emi is a rapidly rising star! Now is the time to see this marvelous young talent and the place is The Lincoln Theatre in historic Downtown Marion, Virginia on Saturday, September 5 at 7:00 p.m. theemisunshine.com
Bluegrass legend, Jesse McReynolds from the Grand Ole Opry headlines the show and other featured performers, Lightnin’ Charlie and The Ransom notes round out this stellar artist lineup.
For more information on Song of the Mountains, visit
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out in Concert
Where: Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol VA/TN
When: Friday, September 4
WBCM Radio Bristol is proud to welcome Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out on Friday, September 4 at 7:00 p.m. to debut their new album, Its About Tyme, in the Performance Theater at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. This special event is part of the Radio Bristol Sessions series. While many bluegrass bands have come and gone in the last two decades, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out have endured. In the process, they’ve managed to climb to the top not just once, but twice—winning a slew of IBMA vocal awards. Get the details on this concert at birthplaceofcountrymusic.org
When: September 4-6
Come celebrate Labor Day in Duffield, Virginia during Duffield Daze!
This event starts on Friday night September 4 with music and dancing.
It continues on Saturday with a parade, fun events and vendors and comes to a close on Sunday with Gospel singing.
More information may be found at Explore Scott County VA
Mtn. Empire Antique Tractor & Small Engine Club
Where: Rural Retreat Fairgrounds, Rural Retreat, Virginia
When: September 24
The Mountain Empire Antique Tractor & Small Engine Club presents a garden tractor pull at 11:00 a.m. on September 24 at the Rural Retreat Fairgrounds An antique tractor pull will be held at 4:00 p.m.
if tractors are your thing, come on down and check it out!
For more information, please call 276-228-2922.