Gospel music fans from around the region will gather at Chantilly Farm for a day of live music, food and fellowship in the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A variety of food and drinks will be available from Bootleg BBQ and Lighthouse Ministries. Presented and organized by Pastor Jeff Dalton of Floyd, the event is in it’s fourth year. RV and tent camping will be available and reservations can be made online or by calling (540)808-4984. chantillyfarm.com
Dave's pic of the week 6/16/18
Dave's pick of the week 6/8-6/12
The Floyd County Artisan Trail Tour returns for it’s 7th year, June 8-10, 2018. Tour hours are Friday, June 8, 10am-5pm; Saturday, June 9, 10am-5pm; and Sunday, June 10, 12-5pm. Floyd Artisan Trail Annual Tour Showcasing Floyd County’s artists’ studios, local eateries, organic farms, hand-crafted jewelry, art galleries, and the beauty of Floyd County, VA The free annual tour of Floyd’s artisans will provide visitors a chance to join free lectures/workshops, tour working artists’ studios and organic farms, view pottery-making and woodworking demonstrations, purchase beautiful artwork, crafts, and farm products, learn about beekeeping, and make friends with sheep, alpacas, and goats. Many tour sites will offer refreshments for sale such as hand-dipped ice cream, wine tastings, fresh eggs, organic vegetables, pasture-raised meat, fresh-baked bread and pastries, even locally-distilled moonshine. The Floyd Artisan Trail June Tour is a free three-day event at over 30 sites across Floyd County VA and is hosted by the Floyd Center for the Arts. For the full tour schedule, and a complete list of all the sites with maps, please visit www.FloydArtisanTrail.org. “Whether a first-time visitor or a Floyd regular, the Artisan Trail Tour is a great way to explore the diversity and talents of Floyd’s creative culture.” said Jeff Liverman, Executive Director of the Floyd Center for the Arts. “Floyd County is full of talented crafters, amazing artisans, and innovative farmers who cross-pollinate to create a unique approach to life. The Artisan Trail is a wonderful way to get a taste of all there is to see and do here.” This year’s trail will feature returning and new makers of all kinds – artisan studios featuring fiber arts, jewelry, pottery, fine paintings, and woodworking. Galleries and shops on the tour include art cooperatives, country farm stores, local galleries and businesses representing numerous Floyd artists, as well as our host organization, the Floyd Center for the Arts. Bluegrass, old time music, blues and dancing will be featured at several tour sites, to include the world famous Friday Night Jamboree at the Floyd Country Store in downtown Floyd, and live rock band at Dogtown Roadhouse both Friday and Saturday nights. On one stop on the trail, participants will have a chance to meet the alpacas at a unique farm store, Ocotilla’s Mountainside Alpacas. At another stop on the tour, meet world-renowned beekeeper, Gunther Hauk, at Spikenard Honeybee Sanctuary. Floyd is known for its inspired “new folk” approach to pottery. A variety of pottery studios across Floyd will be included in the tour. The tour will include Abby Reczek, Greta Pots, Sarah McCarthy Pottery, Frog Hollow Pottery, The Phelps Studios, and Wrenn Pottery. See the potters in action at these full-time working studios. Numerous fine art studios have special activities and demonstrations planned. Find oil on canvas painting demonstrations by Joli Ayn Wood at her studio, quilt making at Calico & Old Lace. Woodworking demonstrations and information can be seen at Phoenix Hardwoods and St. Pierre Woodworking. Samplings of Floyd’s eateries are also included on the tour such as Tuggles Gap Restaurant, Grateful Bread Bakery and the Floyd Country Store. Visitors can seek lodging with another tour stop, Hotel Floyd, which features a gallery with local artists right in the hotel. The Floyd Center for the Arts will open three gallery shows on Saturday, June 8 with an artists reception at 5PM. Opening in the Hayloft Gallery, VMFA Fellowship Winners Show curated by Charlie Brouwer. Starroot will be featured artist in the Falcon Gallery and the Floyd Co. High School show will hang in the Breezeway Gallery. Tour hours are: Friday, June 8, 10 AM – 5 PM; Saturday, June 9, 10 AM – 5 PM; and Sunday, June 10, 12 PM – 5 PM. During the tour, visitor information will be available at the Floyd County Visitor Center and at the host site, Floyd Center for the Arts. Visit the Center for brochures, additional sites, directions, and to check out some of the other activities we have occurring during the tour including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellows Exhibition, the Friday Night Artisan Market, and several demonstrations and workshops. Updated schedule, details, and printable brochure can be found on our Facebook page and on our website. Hard-copy tour brochure and maps will be available at the Floyd Center for the Arts and the Floyd County Visitor Center. Updated schedule, details, and printable brochure can be found on our website: www.floydartisantrail.org Hard-copy tour brochure and maps are available at the Art Center and the Floyd County Visitor Center. For mailed copies and more info: email email@example.com or call 540-745-2784.
Dave's pick of the week 6/1/18
Mitch Clark will be preforming at The Pine Tavern Pavilion Friday June 1st, 8:00 pm. Exceptional artist, exceptional venue. Hope to see you there.
Dave's pick of the week 5/25-27
Each year crowds gather in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Floyd, Virginia to celebrate the coming of summer with some of the biggest bands in bluegrass and mountain music. Additional activities throughout the weekend include RV and tent camping, beer and wine garden, arts and crafts vendors, childrens activities, opportunities for jamming, hiking and biking trails, cornhole tournament, midnight campfire jams, kite flying and so much more!
Dave's picks of the week 5/18-19
In addition to the Friday Night Jamboree at The Floyd Country Store the Tour de Floyd takes place Saturday the 19th. The Tour de Floyd is a scenic 62 mile long ride with nearly half the distance along the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway.
You don’t want to miss the Floyd Farmers Market Saturday morning in beautiful downtown Floyd.
16 Hands Studio Tour 5/5-5/6
About the Tour
In the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains there is an enclave of craftsmen who have solidified deep friendships as well as a network of creative, technical, and professional support over the past 25 years. Drawn to the area by it’s beauty and tranquility, with much determination, they established working studios, vital careers and a way of life.
From the beginning they shared many common goals and apprehensions, offering each other feedback, assistance and courage. In the fall of 1998 this commonality blossomed into a formalized association called 16 Hands. They recognized a shared desire to deepen the relationship with the people who appreciate their work by inviting them into their studios.
Over the years many of them attempted this in individual ways, hosting sales independent of one another and on different dates. It became apparent that by joining resources they could offer a broader more enjoyable experience to a greater number of people by creating a tour of all the studios on the same weekend.
So, the 16 Hands Studio Tours came about, offered twice yearly: the fourth weekend in November and the first weekend in May.In the spring of 2000, each craftsmen opened their doors to welcome visitors year round. The members of 16 Hands has evolved over time, and now includes both original members and the next generation of craftsman.
Dave's picks of the week 4/19/18
Buffalo Mountain Brewery is now open in Floyd! Stop by, kick back and sample a selection of really good craft beers.
Also you don’t want to miss the Friday Night Jamboree and the Paul Simon Tribute Show, both at The Floyd Country Store.
Hope to see you this weekend.
Dave's picks of the week 4/7/18
Chateau Morrisette is hosting their Winemaker’s Dinner this Saturday 4/7, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. The annual Winemaker’s Dinner includes an exquisite five course meal and hand-selected wine pairings. Their winemaker will be on hand to discuss wine pairings and new wines he is developing. Click on the Chateau Morrisette link for reservations.
In addition to the Friday night jamboree, you don’t want to miss the Floyd Radio Show this Saturday, 4/7 at The Floyd Country Store. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 the day of the show. Guest include Tyler Hughes & Sam Gleaves, Curtis Eller & The Bipeds and Amber Collins & Branch House Pavilion.
Looking forward to seeing you in Floyd this weekend, The Pine Tavern Lodge still has some availability.
Over a foot of snow at the lodge
Wow, what a weekend in Floyd. Our little hotel saw 14″ of snow. Never lost power and our guests were warm and cozy in their suites. Looking forward to warm weather and fire pit time.
Dave's pics of the week 3/23 & 24
There’s always something special going on in our little town in the mountains and this weekend is no exception. In addition to the Friday Night Jamboree at the Floyd Country Store, Folk Soul Revival will be appearing at the Sun Music Hall/Dogtown Roadhouse Friday 3/23. Folk Soul Revival is one of southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee’s most beloved and sought after acts. Tickets: $8.00 in advance, $10.00 the day of the show.
Chateau Morrisette is hosting their Winemaker’s Dinner this Saturday 3/24, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. The annual Winemaker’s Dinner includes an exquisite five course meal and hand-selected wine pairings. Their winemaker will be on hand to discuss wine pairings and new wines he is developing. Click on the Chateau Morrisette link for reservations.
This little hotel in Floyd looks forward to seeing you this weekend.