AmRheins Wine Cellars Oktoberfest Celebration

Octoberfest Saturday, October 15, 2-7pm

Enjoy world-famous barrel rolling AND barrel riding competitions, live music by The Kings, and more! Food available for purchase, or pack a picnic; no coolers or outside alcohol allowed; bring chairs, blankets and jackets.

Tickets at the gate on October 15: $15 adults, $7 under age 21

ADVANCE tickets by October 14: $10 adult, $5 under age 21 – get tickets at the winery or at the Roanoke & Salem AmRhein’s stores, OR use PaPal here by clicking “add to cart”

Taekwondo and Karate Open House in Floyd VA

KICKS FOR KIDS

Kicks for Kids is for underprivileged children who have an interest in the martial arts. The project is to raise money and resources necessary to participate in martial arts. The event will feature an open house and demonstration that will introduce newcomers to the styles and disciplines of Taekwondo, Shotokan Karate, and Lil’ Dragons Martial Arts. Participants will gain a better idea of the martial arts that is right for them and introducing the elements of self-control, self-discipline, and strength of body, mind and character through martial arts.

The Open house is the perfect opportunity for novice athletes, elite athletes, men, women and children curious about the martial arts to get a taste of the different styles, and who want to experience firsthand the multitude of health benefits attributed with martial arts.

Premier Championship Sports and the merchants of the Cross Creek Complex see this as a chance for the community to grow, give back to the community and helping children grow in a positive, productive and healthy environment.

For more information, visit Premier Championship Sports on Facebook or call 540-745-7271

Cross Creek Open House
Saturday October 8th, 2011, 10AM-2PM
274 Floyd Highway South

Premier Championship Sports
The Surplus Store
The Sun Dial Tanning Salon
All For You Salon
Nails by Carla
Stylist, Ellen Ambrose
Shylene’s Beauty Shop

Contact Us Master Instructor Scott Rutter Bassett
Phone: (276)629-3412 or (276)340-3944
274 Floyd Highway South Suite 111 Floyd, VA
Phone: (540) 745-7271
email:scottrutter1@yahoo.com

Villa Appalaccia Winery Cheeses of Italy and Virginia

Saturday and Sunday, October 8th & 9th.

CHEESES OF ITALY AND VIRGINIA. Sample more than 15 cheeses and learn about cheese production and what makes cheeses taste so different from each other. We will have just returned from Italy with some wonderful farmstead cheeses. This was a big hit last season, so plan to attend. Local cheeses will also be available for tasting and sale. Event Cost: tastings and a plate of savory cheese tart and a glass of wine,$20. 12-4:00 PM. Reservations required. chianti@swva.net

Cheeses that are likely to be tasted this year.
Provalone Dolce
Provalone Piccante.
Gran Padano
Pecorino Romano
Pecorino Pepe Nero
Asiago (Italy)
Asiago (North Carolina)
Gorgonzola Dolce
Gorgonzola Piccante
Fontina
Lagrein
Tallegio (Italy)
Grayson (VA Tallegio)
Ricotta
Reggiano Parmigiano
2 Soft Goat Cheeses (VA)

Villa Appalaccia Winery

A unique experience of Virginia Wine and Virginia Wineries is defined by a visit to Villa Appalaccia Winery. We are located on the Blue Ridge Parkway close to Floyd VA, Greensboro and Winston-Salem NC and Roanoke VA. The Italian Villa is situated with stunning views and a relaxing environment and one mile from Chateau Morrisette Winery and 5 miles from Primland. We predominantly grow Italian grape varieties and make award-winning Virginia Wine from Sangiovese, Primitivo, Pinot Grigio, Malvasia wines as well as extraordinary Cabernet Franc and Aglianico. This year we will be releasing the first Corvina (Amarone) in the USA! Our vineyard is one of the few in VA not planted on clay but shale (Gallestro), with the result that our Virginia Wine is unique and true to the Italian heritage. We have a wood-fired brick oven for special-event weekends, an Italian music garden for relaxation and entertainment and as always, our Bocce court is available.

We serve local cheeses, salamis, olives, humus and crusty bread for a relaxing lunch with a glass of wine.

EVENTS AT VILLA APPALACCIA

We are open holiday Mondays 10:00 to 4:00 PM, Friday 11:00 until 5:00 PM. Saturday from 11:00 until 6:00 PM. Sunday from 12:00 until 4:30 PM.Wine tastings are $5 per person and include at least 7 different wines as well as several desert and/or bubbly wines.

In order to provide a relaxed atmosphere and the best service to our visitors, we are unable to accomodate groups without prior notification, (more than six people) and preferably, not between 1-3 PM. Thanks for your cooperation.

PLEASE NOTE; WE ALWAYS NEED HELPERS TO POUR WINE AND GREET FOLKS AT THESE FESTIVALS. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP, PLEASE E-MAIL US EARLY; WE REWARD YOU WITH WINE AND T-SHIRTS AND/OR DINNER IF YOU WORK BOTH DAYS. YOU ALSO GET IN FOR FREE (SAVE $20-35) AND GET SOME TIME TO SAMPLE WINES.

LOCATION. 752 Rock Castle Gorge, Floyd VA 24091. PLEASE do not enter this address into navigation devices. For GPS, when you are near Floyd, enter “WINERIES” or gps location N 36.79848, W 80.37401. GOOGLE MAPS also has us listed almost correctly (we are 100 yds further along the gravel road). Alternatively, go to our Direction pages. PLEASE realize there are no signs permitted on the Parkway and the road number signs are small.

HOURS & TASTINGS. We are open holiday Mondays 10:00 to 4:30 PM, Friday 11:00 until 5:00 PM. Saturday from 11:00 until 6:00 PM. Sunday from 12:00 until 4:30 PM. Wine tastings are $5 per person and include at least 7 different wines as well as several desert and/or bubbly wines.. 540-3580357 or e-mail us: chianti@swva.net

SUSANNE BECKER & JOCELYN KUZELKA WINEMAKERS: STEPHEN HASKILL WINEGROWER

Villa Appalaccia Winery – 540-358-0357
http://www.villaappalaccia.com

Buckwheat Pancakes at the Floyd Farmers Market, SustainFloyd

SustainFloyd and the Floyd Farmers Market will host an All U Can Eat Buckwheat Pancake “Breakfast at the Market” Saturday September 24th.  This is a fundraising event and all profits will go to support the Floyd Community Market.

The event, held under the Floyd Community Market Pavilion in downtown Floyd, will feature local ingredients from area farms.  SustainFloyd staff, board members, community advisors and volunteers will prepare and serve the breakfast.  Floyd acoustic guitar player and singer/songwriter Mr. Billy will entertain diners with acoustic music during the breakfast.

“We decided to make this a real home-spun event this time and prepare the breakfast ourselves.  It’s total amateur hour for sure but we will be there with servants’ hearts, feeding our community,” says Mike Burton SustainFloyd’s Director.  “Watching us should be worth the price of admission in itself.  But it’ll be good stuff, this much we promise.”

This year’s entrance fee of $7 ($5 for children 11 and under) will buy all the buckwheat pancakes you can eat with toppings of fruit compote, butter and maple syrup available plus a serving of local scrambled eggs and stewed apples.  An extra $2 will buy a nice serving of local pork sausage from Heritage Crossing Farms (Floyd).  Red Rooster Coffee Roasting Company and Blackwater Loft will supply their gourmet brew.  Juice and local milk will also be available.
Every Saturday morning throughout the season, the market draws shoppers interested in local, sustainably produced vegetables and meat products. Local florists, herbalists, bakers and wild crafters also sell their wares.  In addition, each Friday evening the Community Market hosts the Artisans Market full of the best local crafters in the area.
Breakfast Saturday begins at 8:30 a.m. and runs until 11 a.m.
For more information about the breakfast, contact Mike Burton at info@sustainfloyd.org or 250-0111. SustainFloyd is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that assists in developing new ideas and initiatives supporting the next generation of our rural community, while preserving our local traditions and history. To learn more about SustainFloyd and its mission, go to http://www.sustainfloyd.org.

Corn Maze Open for Romantic Moonlight Walks

$10.00 per couple: THESE NIGHTS ONLY – September 23rd and 24th – From 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM

Advance reservations are required for “Moonlight Couples’ Night”.

For Couples 25 years and older

September 23 & 24, 2010

The “Corn Acoustics!” Corn Maze will be open late on September 23 & 24 to take advantage of the light of the full Harvest Moon. From 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM, couples 25 years and older can walk through the corn maze, enjoying the challenge of finding the way through the paths and the beauty of an early fall evening.

Mountain Meadow Farm and Craft Market

P. O. Box 894

Meadow of Dan, Virginia 24120

Home Office: 540-593-3279

Shop/Cell Phone: 276-952-5568

Email: sueshe@swva.net

The Electricity Fairy

Everyone is invited to view “The Electricity Fairy” at the Floyd Country Store at 7 p.m.

Floyd, Virginia – SustainFloyd will present three award-winning documentaries in its 2011 Fall Film Series at the Floyd Country Store.  This series, which begins Thursday, September 22nd at 7 p.m. with the screening of “The Electricity Fairy,” will serve as a fund-raiser for SustainFloyd.  Tickets will be $5 at the door.  Popcorn, soft drinks, home-baked goods and locally roasted Red Rooster coffee will also be offered for donations.   The Association of Energy Conservation (AECP) will sponsor the first film. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Floyd Country Store
206 South Locust Street
Floyd, VA 24091

Thursday, September 22, 2011 (6:30 PM-9:00 PM)
Thursday, November 03, 2011 (6:30 PM-9:00 PM)
Thursday, December 08, 2011 (6:30 PM-9:00 PM)

Mike Burton: (540) 250-0111
Becky Pomponio: (301) 980-0886
Becky Pomponio beckypom@verizon.net

SustainFloyd www.sustainfloyd.org

http://electricityfairy.org/ – coal, mining, Appalachian mountains

Black Dog Wine and Rock Festival

Ring out your fall by adding the 2011 Black Dog Wine & Music festival to your calendar!

October 8 – Black Dog Wine & Rock Festival

The October Rock event features amazing bands, great food, our famous sangria and your favorite wines. Dance the day away from 11:30am-5pm or sit back and take in the show (and some fabulous sun!) from your lounge chair. You’ll find a variety of foods, arts & crafts and wine sales areas in the courtyard and festival field.

Ponderosa
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
www.ponderosamusic.com

Ponderosa naturally carries the type of swagger that most bands spend years rehearsing. Their catalog of campfire songs, southern rock anthems and drunken, two-step shuffles has won the admiration of listeners and the envy of musicians – throughout the Southeast Region. Featuring former members of The Butch Walker Band, Sovus Radio and Variac, Ponderosa’s rhythm section has the chops to craft timeless, impeccable songs.

JJ Grey & Mofro
2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
www.jjgrey.com

Singing with a passion and fervor directly influenced by the classic soul heroes, JJ Grey has written and recorded five albums of original songs steeped in the rhythm & blues, rock and country soul of his native backwoods home outside Jacksonville, Florida. Grey comes from a long tradition of southern storytellers and, in that spirit, he fills his songs with details that are at once vivid, personal and universal. After a decade of hard touring, he still spends eight months of the year on the road bringing his music to a loyal, ever-growing, worldwide fanbase..

Chateau Morrisette Picnic Baskets Available for 2011

Floyd Town Jubilee June 18th Virginia

The Floyd Town Jubilee, is a celebration of our town and the citizens of Floyd County. This event will showcase the art, craft and cultural activities of Floyd including fine art, folk art, Heritage and contemporary craft, music, farm products, and local foods.

Free live music and exciting events will be happening on three different stages and around town. Throughout the day the Jubilee will showcase primarily local bands and musicians. The music will range from Bluegrass and Old-time to Gospel and country, rock and everything in between. This event will also feature local performance artists and student presentations. Other attractions will include street performers, vendors, civic organizations, special activities for children, as well as unique coordinated activities among the businesses in Town.

The organizers of the event are mostly volunteers and range from the Town Manager, Floyd business owners, artists, musicians and other interested Floyd folks. The Floyd Town Jubilee is meant to showcase and celebrate Floyd and all that it has to offer.

Third Annual Floyd Town Jubilee to feature live music, artisans, local foods and more!

The third annual Floyd Town Jubilee will be held in downtown Floyd, VA on Saturday, June 18th from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and will feature four stages of free live music of local and regional bands ranging from Bluegrass to Old-time to Gospel and country.  The Jubilee offers much more than just live music, however.  Visitors to Floyd will be able to experience the culture of the town in full bloom.  Exciting new businesses have opened up in Floyd this year and will be showcasing their excellent food and merchandise. The Floyd Community Market will be a featured part of the festival, offering locally grown produce.  Non-profit organizations in the area will have educational booths interspersed with crafts people vending jewelry, pottery, clothing and more.

This year there will be many highlights for children including free crafts and games. The Jacksonville Center for the Arts will simultaneously offer a Kid’s Creativity Jubilee with two hour workshops for kids ages 5-14.  Parents are able to drop off children at one of these workshops. Please visit www.jacksonvillecenter.org or call (540) 745-2784 for more information and cost, advance registration is encouraged.

New this year will be free music and dance workshops and even a dance competition.  Music workshops will be lead by the award winning Kenny and Amanda Smith Band who won the International Bluegrass Music Association’s prestigious Emerging Artist of the Year award in 2003.  Also new this year there will be an evening concert held in the park from 5 pm – 9 pm.  “We are hoping that people will be more comfortable and come and enjoy music in the park in the evening when it is not quite so hot” says Heather Krantz, one of this year’s festival organizers. The Kenny and Amanda Smith band will headline the main stage, in the park that evening at 7:30 PM following local groups High Noon and Windfall.

Floyd Town Jubilee Entertainment schedule:

Main Stage:

Warren G. Lineberry Park
5:00 – Park Dedication Ceremony
5:15 – High Noon
6:15 – Windfall
7:30 – Kenny & Amanda Smith Band

Pickin’ Porch & Patio in the Park:
12:30 – Young Actors Co-op Skit
1:00 – Guitar Workshop with Kenny Smith
2:00 – Clogging Workshop with Back Porch Studio
2:30 – Dance Contest
3:30 – Band Workshop with Kenny & Amanda Smith Band
4:30 – Young Actors Co-op Skit

Hotel Floyd Stage:

10:30 – Back Porch Studio Students
11:00 – Bernie Coveney & Students
12:00 – Floyd Music School Students
1:00 – Hollerin’ Contest
2:00 – Pickin’ Porch Students
3:00 – Front Porch Swing
4:00 – Mac & Jenny Traynham with Janet Turner

The Community Market Stage:

8:30 – 11:30 Breakfast at the Market
11:30 – Ben Kirkland
12:30 – John & Linda Franklin
1:30 – John Wilson & Friends
2:30 – Shenandoah Drive
3:30 – Rootstone

This Jubilee is a free event.  More information and the schedule of performers and a list of sponsors can be found at www.floydtownjubilee.org  Floyd Town Jubilee is also on Facebook.

The goal and vision of Floyd Town Jubilee is to bring people together to celebrate the unique, cultural heritage and community of Floyd, VA.   The Jubilee is a one of a kind celebration of music, art, food, and community pride.

Town of Floyd, VA ~ 540-745-2565 ~ www.floydtownjubilee.org

The Schedule of bands is here:

floydtownjubilee.org

Heather Krantz
540-230-6714

Floyd Country Store
206 South Locust St
Floyd, VA 24091

Store: 540-745-4563
www.floydcountrystore.com

Floyd Country Store Event Schedule June 2011

The Floyd Country Store is more than a music venue. It has become a traditional gathering place on Friday nights for musicians, dancers, and visitors from all over the world. The Friday Night Jamboree is an outstanding and authentic experience you can share with new visitors to Floyd. Many of those who attend the Jamboree are regulars, and for them, the Jamboree is a place to see old friends week after week. But the Jamboree also gets visitors every week from all across the country, and very frequently from around the world.

Other Events & Class Schedule

Thursday, June 2
9:00 – 12 Noon National Music Festival Event
7:30 National Music Festival Concert

Friday, June 3
6:30 Janet Turner & Friends
7:30 Roscoe P. & Coal Train
9:00 Mountain Music String Band

Saturday, June 4
12:00 Americana Afternoon with Kat Mills
1:30 Americana Open Mic, Sign Up

Sunday, June 5
9:00 – 12 Noon National Music Festival Event
2:00 – 5:00 Traditional Mountain Music Jam

Sunday, June 8
6:30 National Music Festival Workshop

Friday, June 10
6:30 Downhome Gospel
7:30 The Friday Night Old Time Band
9:00 The Don’t Tell Darlings

Saturday, June 11
12:00 Americana Afternoon with Laura Beth & Clover Hollow
1:30 Americana Open Mic, Sign Up

Sunday, June 12
2:00 – 5:00 Traditional Mountain Music Jam

Friday, June 17
6:30 Lester & Judy Weddle
7:30 The Buck Mountain Band
9:00 The Lone Ivy String Band

Saturday, June 18
Floyd Town Jubilee Celebration!
12:00 Americana Afternoon with Dave Fason & Friends
4:00 Book Reading by Charles Thompson, author of “Spirits of Just Men”
7:30 Old Time Country Dance with the Dry Hill Draggers

Sunday, June 19
2:00 – 5:00 Traditional Mountain Music Jam

Friday, June 24
6:30 The Glory Road Singers
7:30 The Black Twig Pickers
9:00 The Clyde Williams Band

Saturday, June 25
12:00 Americana Afternoon with Lighting Jack
1:30 Americana Open Mic, Sign Up

Sunday, June 26
2:00 – 5:00 Traditional Mountain Music Jam

Saturday, July 23
12:00 Americana Afternoon
7:30 Old Time Country Dance with The New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters

Beer and Wine Festival at the Floyd Fandango

Celebrate Independence Day with style and raise a glass to Independent Wineries and Craft Beer!

It’s back! The Floyd Fandango Wine & Beer Festival combines the best of both worlds. A unique merging of Wine Down the Music Trail and the infamous Floyd Fandango make for a stellar event. Featuring two
dozen of the finest regional wineries and craft beer makers, this is sure to be a one-of-a-kind event! Festival will take place at the beautiful festival venue, Blue Cow Pavilion, which is located at milepost 170.5 off the
scenic Blue Ridge Parkway.

Wineries: Joining us so far are AmRhein’s Winery, Byrd Cellars, Château Morrisette Winery, Cooper Vineyards, Davis Valley Winery, Fincastle Vineyard & Winery, Horton Vineyards, Mattaponi Winery, Rockbridge Vineyard, and Villa Appalaccia Winery.

Breweries: Joining us so far are Blue Mountain Brewery, Breckenridge Brewery, Bull & Bones Brewhaus, Crispin Natural Hard Apple Cider, Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company, Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, Foothills Brewing, Highland Brewing Company, Long Trail Brewing Company, Old Dominion Brewing Company, the River Company Brewery, Starr Hill Brewery, Stillwater Artisanal Brewing Company, Terrapin Brewing Company, and Woodchuck Hard Cider.

Food: Floyd Fandango features a fine tradition of southern and gourmet cuisine, including local pit BBQ from Due South Restaurant, brick oven pizza tossed fresh by hand from local favorites Dogtown Pizza, a variety of beer battered delicacies from Bull and Bones Brewery, long-standing favorite lobster mac-and-cheese and gator bites from Outback Kates and more!

Tickets: Overnight camping included with weekend tickets. Limited number of RV camping spots available for $50. Adult day tickets are $25 advance/$30 gate. Adult tickets include a FREE commemorative Wine Glass and tastings or Beer Glass with 4 pogs for beer tasting. Discounted Designated Driver and Teen passes also available. Kids 5 and under admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying adult. Outlets: Tickets can also be purchased in Floyd at Harvest Moon, in Roanoke at Wine Gourmet and in Blacksburg at Vintage Cellar.

Support: Floyd Fandango thanks community supporters Blue Cow Arts Foundation, StreamLine TimberWorks, WROV, and Chateau Morrisette for their continued support of the event.

Performers: JJ Grey & Mofro, Anders Osborne, These United States, Acoustic Syndicate, Dangermuffin, Butch Robbins’ Imagicnation, Blue Mule, Becki the Balloon Lady and more!

FLOYD FANDANGO BEER AND WINE FESTIVAL CELEBRATES INDEPENDENCE DAY WITH TRADITIONAL CRAFT BEVERAGES, MUSIC, FAIRE AND FIREWORKS

Floyd, VA – April 28, 2011 – If the true definition of ‘Fandango’ is a lively dance done in triple time, then Floyd Fandango, a weekend-long Independence Day celebration, is not too far off the mark. This unique event, which is held annually off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Floyd, Virginia, has garnered somewhat of a cult following since its 2004 inception. Unorthodox festivities are often the headline, including past performances by Junior Brown playing under an Italian carnival tent with snake charmers and a trained dog show, and other carnival-themed attractions. This year’s attendees can expect an equally solid roster of non-traditional entertainment and merriments.

Upon arrival at the pristine mountain venue, located at milepost 170.5 off the beautiful, and non-commercial, Blue Ridge Parkway, attendees exchange a ticket for a commemorative wine or beer glass and wooden pogs for beer tasting (wine tastings are free throughout the day). Meander along a shady garden path, past a small stage of string musicians, and onto the main field- a 40-acre expanse culminating with a jaw-dropping, timber framed stage set against the tree-lined backdrop of Rock Castle Gorge. Set up a chair or shade tent and relax to the alt-country sounds of the aptly-chosen band These United States and Big Easy musical favorite Anders Osborne, both opening acts for headliner JJ Grey and Mofro, a southern-born crooner with a large southwest Virginia following.

Two large covered tents feature wine tastings on one side of the field and beer tastings on the other, with a competition for ‘best in show,’ ‘people’s choice’ and ‘judges choice,’ as well as best red wine, best white wine, and best light, medium, and dark beer. This year’s event showcases over 50 vintages of wine from local favorites Chateau Morisette, Villa Appalaccia and AmRhein wineries, as well as Cooper Vineyards, Davis Valley, Fincastle, Horton, Mattaponi, and Rockbridge vineyards. Craft beer options include Long Trail Brewing, Highland Brewery, Starr Hill, Blue Mountain Brewery, Breckenridge Brewing, Bull and Bones Brewhaus, Crispin Hard Apple Cider, Foothills Brewing, Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales, Old Dominion, River Company, Stillwater Artisanal Brewing Company, and Woodchuck Hard Cider.

With the 4th of July falling on a Monday, there’s no reason to rush back to school or work – weekend tickets include on-site camping and a low-key, high-octane Saturday night party, held after hours for those with a weekend camping ticket, extending the fun until midnight.

All told, Floyd Fandango shares many of the attributes that might be used to describe the beverages it showcases- lively, full-bodied, and with a hint of blush.

For tickets or more information on this fine event, visit www.floydfandango.com or call 1-888-VAFESTS

Floyd Fandango Wine & Beer Festival
When: July 2 & 3, 2011
Where: Blue Cow Pavilion, mp 170.5 Blue Ridge Parkway, Floyd, VA.
Tickets: On sale April 1st 2011
www.floydfandango.com