Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival

VBRMF-Photo2Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival announces 2014 Classical Music Weekend, newExecutive Director, and RSO Af?liation.

Mark your calendars now for an exciting weekend of classical music, as Virginia’s BlueRidge Music Festival returns to Floyd after a successful 11 day inaugural season last summer. Artistic director, David Stewart Wiley, has planned a varied and excitingweekend, June 6-8, which includes something for every music lover.

The fun and music will begin Friday night, June 6 at 6:30 pm at the Artisan Market inFloyd. This night of informal ensemble music will feature several 2013 fellows, and is free and open to all.

Saturday, June 7 begins with a family affair. The Family Concert: “Baroque to Billy Joel” will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Floyd EcoVillage. David Stewart Wiley, along with threeother musicians, will trace the roots of recent popular music back to Bach, Classical,and Ragtime. This concert is appropriate for all ages.

Saturday evening, June 7, is the Gala Concert and Reception. Also at the FloydEcoVillage, this concert begins at 6:30 p.m. An indoor concert will featureConcertmaster Akemi Takayama and composer & mandolin virtuoso, Jeff Midkiff playingselections from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Piazzolla’s ?ery Four Seasons of Buenos Aires,a sneak preview of Midkiff’s new Double Concerto for Mandolin and Violin, and much more. The music will continue outdoors with a “Sunset Serenade” featuring theBlacksburg Community Band, under the direction of VBRMF Board President, Jay Durner.

Sunday, June 8 features an afternoon concert entitled “Art & Music in the Mountains” at 3:00 p.m. A chamber orchestra under the direction of Maestro Wiley will presentDvorak’s beloved Serenade for Winds and Strings, Mozart’s Marriage of FigaroOverture, and Beethoven’s Octet Finale.

Weekend passes are available. Adult passes are $40 and student passes are $15. The Festival will return to an 12 day format in June 2015 and will include an Academy,pairing pre-professional Fellows with professional musicians from around the country.

The Festival Board has hired Meg Carter as Executive Director. As a professional in a varied field of industries and a community development volunteer with deep and diverse experience, Carter is delighted to bring her skills and energy to Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival.

Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival is also pleased to announce an affiliation with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. In keeping with the long and successful tradition linking symphonies with summer festivals, the Festival is proud to become an RSO affiliate and is eager to be the summer source of great classical music in the region. As RSO Conductor and Music Director, David Stewart Wiley also serves as Artistic Director for the Festival, the relationship makes sense and will benefit both entities and patrons alike.

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Virginias Blue Ridge Music Festival

virginiablueridgemusicfestivalMark your calendars now, for an exciting weekend of classical music, as Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival returns to Floyd after a successful 11 day inaugural season last summer. Artistic director, David Stuart Wiley, has planned a varied and exciting three day weekend, June 6-8, which includes something for eventhe youngest music lovers. Organizers, participants, and patrons alike were delighted with the sounds and success of the 2013 Music Festival. VBRMF Board Vice President, Barbara von Claparede, recalls with delight the feast for the senses that the festival presented everyone involved, from the outdoor performance of Handel’s Water Music timed perfectly with the sunset, to the final performance, Elgar’s “Enigma” Variations, which brought almost everyone to tears in the huge gym of Floyd High School, including the musicians. Festival organizers hope to create many new special memories with the upcoming programs. The fun will begin Friday night, June 6 at 6:30 pm at the Artisan Market in Floyd. This night of informal ensemble music will feature several 2013 fellows, and is free and open to all. Saturday, June 7 begins with a family affair. The Family Concert: “Baroque to Billy Joel” will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Floyd EcoVillage. David Stuart Wiley, along with three other musicians, will trace the roots of recent popular music back to Bach, Classical, and Ragtime.

3rd Annual String and Pig Pickin’ Fundraiser

string-and-pig-pickinSaturday, June 21st – Tickets are on sale now for the 3rd Annual String and Pig Pickin’ Fundraiser to benefit Floyd County Public Schools. Presented by the Ridgeview Rider’s ATV Club of Floyd, this one day event features performances from the legendary Seldom Scene, and one of Bluegrass music’s most acclaimed female vocalists,Sierra Hull! Get your tickets today

Inaugural Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival

May 30 through June 9

David_Stewart_WileyWelcome to the inaugural season of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival, centered in beautiful Floyd County — a vibrant rural community nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. We are preparing for a dynamic and exciting eleven days – May 30 through June 9 — of orchestral concerts, intimate chamber music, and other diverse musical experiences, presented in both traditional venues and unusual sites in this friendly mountain community.

Our 2013 Festival, “Classics in the Blue Ridge – from Bluegrass to Beethoven”, features young, highly talented emerging artists, supported by extraordinary, experienced professional musicians who both perform with and serve as mentors to rising young talent. As Artistic Director and Conductor, I feel privileged to work with such capable musicians, as well as an active Board of Directors and impressive group of volunteers, in a community that has opened its hearts, homes, and financial resources to support this unique and collaborative musical adventure.

The music will be diverse. Among the Classics to be performed, you will hear Dvorak’s beloved Symphony No 9 “From the New World”, Sibelius’ masterpiece Finlandia, and Beethoven’s wonderful Fifth Symphony. Elgar’s beloved “Enigma” variations will showcase our full Festival Orchestra, and we connect to the mountain heritage with mandolin virtuoso and composer Jeff Midkiff ‘s new concerto “From the Blue Ridge”. There are programs for every music lover to cherish, and you should be prepared for some delightful surprises. The broad array of music will be performed in some grand sites, as well as warm and intimate settings.


We are in the process of welcoming applications from emerging artists to be Academy Fellows. Fellows, ranging in age from roughly 18 to 30, will perform in the Festival Orchestra alongside the professional musicians. The Fellows will also perform in coached chamber groups and a variety of other ensembles, receive private and master class instruction, and have opportunity to attend useful seminars. Several Fellows will be featured on “Concerto Night”, June 8th. Fellows will have the opportunity to experience the beauty and extraordinarily diverse and welcoming resources offered in Floyd, and free housing in the community will be provided. Additional information about the Academy and opportunities for Fellows is given in the Festival Academy tab.

Whether performer or audience, you are invited to join us in this dynamic enterprise. Experience Floyd as many locals do: where sustainable living is valued, and where the musical, visual, craft, and movement arts are cherished. And where the physical beauty of the hillsides, the unique galleries, shops and local restaurants, as well as the sustaining traditions of our heritage music create a heart-full and value-centered atmosphere in which our Festival can thrive.

We are grateful to our sponsors, donors, partners, and volunteers — who have enabled us to be “on track” with our fund raising events and pre-Festival concerts. We invite you to join us on April 18 for our Spring Gala Benefit at the beautiful, newly constructed Floyd EcoVillage. We also invite you to subscribe to the Festival season, from May 30 through June 9, and to consider making a donation to help make this exciting collaborative undertaking sustainable.

The 2013 Music Festival will soon be here, and we hope you will immerse yourself in the varied opportunities available in this exciting venture! All are welcome at Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival.

Yours Truly,

David Stewart Wiley

For the Calendar of Events –  CLICK HERE

16Hands Spring 2013 Studio Tour

16hands-spring-3013May 4th and 5th

16 hands offers 2 studio tours each year – Thanksgiving weekend and the first weekend in May.  The next Studio Tour will be May 4th and 5th 2013.

After many wonderful years, David Crane will no longer be showing at the 16 hands studio tour. He will continue to create His work and show his pottery at galleries and at his studio in Blacksburg. You can visit his web site for more information at

There are five visiting artists in the Spring 2013 Tour

16hands-Chris-GryderChris Gryder

There is a subtle architectonic logic which pervades the artwork I make. I think of this aesthetic as a sort of “organic tectonic”; a construction involving a language of natural forms, an assemblage of patterns associated with systems of phenomena which make up the natural world. Inspired by the life sciences, including the fossilized record and the amazing worlds opened up by electron microscopy, I create a world where botanical and geological forms seep into an organic/geometric matrix. “Earth forming,” my novel process of making is a technique which involves carving intricate one-off molds out of sand and clay. These fragile earthen “form works” last only long enough to capture my clay creations (containers, vessels and relief tiles), until they can be excavated and eventually fired.

Chris is exhibiting with Silvie Granatell

16hands-Sandi-PierantozziSandi Pierantozzi

My pieces are slab built from cone 6 Porcelain. After rolling a slab with a rolling pin, I use rectangular or circular templates as a starting point for each pot. I then either cut out darts or pinch the clay into the desired form. I often work from sketches I’ve made, or just let the process guide me into the form. My forms are inspired by many sources such as nature, architecture and beads. My surface decoration is mostly inspired by fabric and clothing. Making pots is meaningful to me because I appreciate food, celebration, and setting a beautiful table. In this “age of communication,” where most communicating is done electronically, and food is eaten out of paper, plastic or Styrofoam, my hope is to communicate through my pots, by bringing some creative life into eating and drinking. A handmade pot contains the soul and energy of the maker, and when used, a human connection is made. These basic connections between people keep our souls alive.

Sandi is exhibiting with Brad Warstler and Ellen Shankin

16hands-Neil-PattersonNeil Patterson

I am lucky enough to have discovered early in my life that I am a potter. I form my stoneware pottery on the wheel and by hand building. I feel certain that for as long as I am alive I will take the Earth’s body into my hands and form it into containers for sustenance. To experience the potters’ attention to volume, texture, weight, color, and space while savoring a cup of coffee or a bowl of soup is one of life’s sublime pleasures. More recently I have been making sanctuaries to creation and animal forms in addition to pottery. My more sculptural work enables me to extend the conversation and my hope is that you will slow down enough to wonder, and be curious, and ask questions. We live in a violent world. I consider it my mission to help create a culture where hand made objects matter deeply, where they enrich our lives. To create a world where destruction, consumption and violence are overcome by creation, respect and non-violence. To create a world worthy of our perfect natural one. One piece of clay at a time.

Neil is exhibiting with Brad Warstler and Ellen Shankin

16hands-Sarah-McCarthySarah McCarthy

I am drawn to functional ceramics for its usefulness and its ability to enhance the beauty of a given moment, whether in sharing a meal or having a cup of tea. I am driven in the studio by experimentation and creating interesting surfaces on my pots. My new work is playing with the contrast of bright colors on a more organic matte surface. My surface designs are inspired by my daughter’s drawings and the naturalness of kid art.

Sarah is exhibiting with Donna Polseno and Rick Hensley

16hands-Julie-CovingtonJulie Covington

When I make pots it is with the hope that they will nestle comfortably into the lives of the wild and wonderful artists and farmers and musicians all around me and beyond, who seem to be forever raising the bar of what it means to walk around on this earth in a good way. I aim to create simple, sturdy tableware that works well, has a hearty, cheerful feeling, and is equally at home on a cozy dinner table or on the floor of an old pick-up truck.

I make functional, high-fired pots that tend to lean in the direction of everyday tableware – cups, plates, bowls, teaware – with a healthy smattering of things like corked bottles, little boxes and fermenting crocks thrown in for good measure. My forms are fairly simple and sturdy, ranging from earthy tones to brighter hues, and are usually sporting playful brushwork decoration like scratchy circles or wandering vines.

Julie is exhibiting with Josh Copus

3rd Annual Chantilly Farm Bluegrass & BBQ Festival

DOYLE LAWSON & QUICKSILVERMay 25, 2013 | 10am-10pm | The very best in national, regional, and local Bluegrass and Old-time Mountain Music!

Award Winning BBQ ~ Delicious Food Vendors ~ Arts and Crafts ~ Antique Tractor Show ~ Antique Cars ~ Kite Flying ~ Expanded Children’s Activities ~ Musicians Workshops

2012 IBMA Hall of Fame Inductees 2012 ICM Vocal Group of the Year – 7 time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year

Living legend and Tennessee native Doyle Lawson, began playing mandolin at the age of 11 and has been burning up stages across the world for decades! By the age of 18, Lawson was touring with Jimmy Martin and J.D. Crowe, playing mandolin, banjo or guitar, and singing tenor harmony. From 1971 until 1979 he was a member of legendary group The Country Gentlemen.

Lawson organized his own band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver in April, 1979. The group immediately rose to the top of the bluegrass music world, elevating standards of the genre and exhibiting high levels of professionalism both vocally and instrumentally on dozens of albums.

In 2012, Doyle Lawson was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, a status so few artists have acheived. With over 35 albums to their credit, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have multiple Grammy, Dove, ICM, IBMA and SPBGMA Award nominations, and are seven-time winners of IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year!


2012 IMBA Song of the Year 2012 IBMA Album of the Year

Hailing from Franklin County, VA, Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice are one of the most critically acclaimed acts in Bluegrass music today. From their stellar songwriting talents to their haunting vocals, this is one group you won’t want to miss out on!

Nominated numerous times for Male Vocalist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA), Junior Sisk has surrounded himself with a top notch band of musicians including Jason Tomlin on bass and vocals; Chris Davis on mandolin and vocals; Billy Hawks on fiddle and vocals; and Jason Davis on banjo and vocals.

Adding to a string of #1 hits, the band is releasing their fourth studio album on Rebel Records in the Spring of 2013!


2012 IBMA Best Instrumental Performance
Multiple SPBGMA Band of the Year
5 time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year
SPBGMA Vocal Group of the Year

Celebrating over 30 years in the music business, the Lonesome River Band has consistently been referred to as one of the best Bluegrass bands on the planet! Led by banjo virtuoso Sammy Shelor, the band consists of Brandon Rickman (lead vocals and rhythm guitar); Mike Hartgrove (fiddle); Barry Reed (bass); and newest member, Randy Jones (mandolin and vocals) all performing the legendary sound that fans love. The group has won nearly every major award in the Bluegrass music industry and is still mesmerizing crowds all over the country with their amazing talents.

Recognitions include the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) honoring the group with numerous awards for Album of the Year and topping it off with an amazing five-time award wins for Shelor as IBMA Banjo Performer of the Year. The band won the 2012 IBMA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year for their song, “Angeline The Baker” from their Chronology, Volume One album. They have also received recognition by SPBGMA for numerous Bluegrass Band of Year wins, Vocal Group of the Year, Song of the Year and Shelor as Banjo Player of the Year.

Sammy Shelor was the recipient of the 2nd Annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Lonesome River Band with special guest Steve Martin made an appearance and performed on the Late Show With David Letterman on November 11, 2011. During that year, members of LRB received five IBMA nominations, including Album of the Year for their participation on The All-Star Jam: Live At Graves Mountain album on Rural Rhythm Records.

The Deer Run DriftersThe Deer Run Drifters

The Deer Run Drifters (DRD) are a stringed quintet from right here in Floyd, Virginia! The group, all from former bands of different genres, came together in mid 2012 to play a more Folk/Bluegrass/Americana sound.

Made up of Chris Link, Sean Edgell, Joe Link, Shane Edgell and Will Norton; these talented musicians bridge the gap between several genres of roots music and are sure to leave you wanting more! The band is currently working on their first album which is slated to be released in 2013. With the influence of the mountains and the moonshine, this band is not one to miss!


Floyd Virginia Auto Fair at Chantilly Festival Farm

floyd-car-showMay 11, 2013 at 10:00AM – 10:00PM

Last fall we had over 1,000 spectators and over 100 vendors! Tons of amazing cars, trucks, bikes, and rat rods! We had great response from everyone that attended the show and had several vendors tell us they sold more in 1 hour at the Floyd Auto Fair than they’d sold all day at the Charlotte or Bristol swap meets!!

This year the Car and Truck Show will be held on Saturday the 11th, as well as the wildly popular Sound Off Competition!!

ATTENTION BIKE OWNERS: Sunday will be the bike show!!!

The big Cruise-In will also be held on Sunday the 12th.

Yep, that’s Mother’s Day, so bring your Mom out, because she gets in for free on Sunday!!

There will be tons of new and used parts, tshirts, toys and so much more available on both days!!

Also, the Girl Scouts are coming! Troup 3051 will have breakfast food for us early risers and they will be having an awesome children’s area to keep the kids amused. As always, kids under 12 get free admittance to the show both days!

Look for more details coming soon.

We are pleased to announce that Jon Beegle of Bootleg BBQ will be bringing his amazing BBQ back to the show.  And this year we’ll also have the much loved Ray of Ray’s Rest, joining us with his fabulous burgers and more!!!

Spring Gala Benefit Concert for Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival

virginia-blue-ridge-music-festivalThursday, April 18, 2013 from 6:30pm until 8:15pm
Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival presents “Classics Around the World”
– Don’t miss this exciting pre-Festival spring benefit concert –

Come hear violin virtuoso Akemi Takayama, Maestro David Stewart Wiley at the grand piano, and other acclaimed Festival principal musicians, as they perform classic favorites from around the globe.

Concert includes: –Mendelssohn’s youthful and memorable violin concerto – the Romance by female pioneer Amy Beach – a traditional Japanese classic Haru no Umi by Michio Miyagi – George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue finale – Vittorio Monti’s Gypsy-infused Czardas – and the fun and up-tempo Jazz suites by French master Claude Bolling.

The evening of show stopping masterpieces from around the world will benefit Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival for its Inaugural Season, May 30 – June 9, 2013.

Thursday, April 18, 2013 Concert at 6:30 PM, Reception to follow Celebration Hall at Floyd EcoVillage 188 EcoVillage Trail, Floyd, VA (see directions below)

$25 in advance $30 at the door Students $10

Tickets may be purchased online via the PayPal link below or in person at The Jacksonville Center.

4th Annual New River Valley Spring Bridal Showcase

nrvbe-brida-expo-crosspointeSaturday, April 13, 2013 From 1:00pm until 5:00pm
CrossPointe Conference Center – Christiansburg, VA

If you have wedding dates in the fall of 2013 and all of 2014, then this bridal show is for you. Have all your questions answered in one place! WE are your “One-Stop-Shop” for all your wedding needs!!

Please join us for an exciting afternoon full of fun, Fashion Shows, door prizes, food & cake tasting, music, entertainment, wedding planning, Q&A Live with our finest wedding professionals; and many more wedding providers, all in one place!!!

Bride – $5 (only one guest; Groom included); $10 at the door.
All other Guest – $7
Total Collections to benefit Chi Delta Alpha Sorority of Virginia Tech

This Spring Bridal Showcase is presented to you by the following:
NRV Bridals and Events, Inc.
CrossPointe Conference Center
Best of NRV Bridals & Events Magazine
Virginia Wedding & Event (VAWE) Network

Vaughn Designs Custom Bridals, Formals & Events

Special Participation from Members of:
NRV Virginia Wedding & Event (VAWE) Network
Roanoke Virginia Wedding & Event (VAWE) Network
Southwest Virginia Wedding & Event (VAWE) Network

TO ALL WEDDING PROFESSIONALS: Booth spaces are limited on a first come, first served basis. Application deadline: March 4, 2013; $75 fee after the deadline. Request for your booth application today, here’s the link…

Floyd Virginia Oktoberfest

Saturday, October 20th at Chantilly Farm in Floyd Virginia.

2697 Franklin Pike Southeast  Floyd, VA 24091 (540) 353-5898

Join us for a day of home brew beer tasting, quality microbreweries, live music, local food and local art at the picturesque Chantilly Farm in Floyd, Virginia.

Vote for your favorite home brew and the winner goes home with the “People’s Choice” Award.  Admission includes free beer glass and home brew tastings tickets* that can be redeemed at participating home brew booths.

  • The fun starts at 11am and ends at 5pm.
  • Children aged 12 and under are free.  There is no discount for designated drivers or under 21.  Designated driver/Under 21 ticket holders receive free water.

Please Bring: Cash as there is no ATM onsite and some vendors don’t accept cards and attendees are advised to bring own seating and comfort items–chairs, blankets, umbrellas, etc.

Please Leave At Home: No alcoholic beverages or coolers are allowed to be brought on site and no outside food is allowed.  

Free, onsite parking.

For questions, please contact The Jacksonville Center at 540-745-2784 or