Lazy Southern Summer Sundays at Chateau Morrisette

lazysummerdaysThe spring and summer months are a great time to visit the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Blue Ridge Parkway’s overlooks and breath-taking views are experiences unto themselves. One of the most entertaining overlooks can be found at milepost 171.5. Just off the Parkway, Chateau Morrisette Winery and Restaurant offers great wines, food, special events, festivals and a spectacular view of the valley below.

Imagine a beautiful summer day, sitting on the terrace at 3500 feet above sea level, while taking in the view and indulging in a glass of wine and some deliciously prepared southern cuisine. This could be your reality any Wednesday through Sunday throughout the summer! Now take that one step further and imagine it’s a Sunday. Now you can enjoy Chateau’s renowned Sunday Brunch Buffet. Sunday Brunch begins April 20th and is offered every Sunday through October. Guests choose from over twenty items for the main plate and then another twenty items for the dessert course. Dave, a reviewer on Open Table, attests to the Chateau Morrisette Restaurant as being an enjoyable meal in a truly beautiful setting Kay S. from Eden, NC writes on TripAdvisor, each entree presentation is a feast for both eyes and palate. Sunday brunch is a Blue Ridge Parkway experience to savor.

Also available on Sundays at Chateau Morrisette is Sunday Sounds. Each Sunday from June through October, there is an artist who plays on the courtyard outside the Chateau Morrisette Winery. It is completely free for everyone and snack food and wine are both available for purchase. Want to pack a picnic? Bring it to Chateau Morrisette and spend some time in one of our gazebos and listen to the music. First come, first served and please, no outside alcohol during your visit. Sunday Sounds presents a different artist each week and each artist brings a different genre to the courtyard; the music ranges from jazz to bluegrass so there is something for

The Sunday of August 10th not only offers music and wine, but beer and bratwursts as well. Weeping Radish Brewery which hails from the Outer Banks, North Carolina comes to visit the Blue Ridge Mountains and brings along their delicious bratwursts and craft beer. It;s the Sunday following our Black Dog Summer Music Festival, so it makes for the perfect action-packed weekend. Between the beer and the wine, the brats and the brunch, and the Black Dog Festival and Sunday Sounds, there is something for everyone, no matter the preference.

Sundays are not the only day for fun at Chateau Morrisette. Summertime brings The Black Dog Music Festivals. These festivals are held on a beautifully landscaped field adjacent to the winery. Guests enjoy expansive views of Buffalo Mountain and the surrounding countryside. The day is filled with notable bands performing lively music, wine tastings from a number of different Virginia wineries, craft beers, and a variety of festival foods. Festival goers do not have to stay on the festival field because there are shuttles to and from the winery running all day, so guests have the opportunity to visit the winery, tasting room and restaurant too.

There are four Black Dog Music Festivals: Rhythm and Vine on July 5th with headliner Paul Thorn Band and opening performance by Alternate Routes. Next comes The Black Dog Summer Music Festival on August 9th featuring newgrass band Railroad Earth. September 13th brings The Black Dog Music and BBQ Festival featuring not only a music festival, but also some of the best Kansas City style BBQ around. Competitors come from all over the region to compete for best barbecue. Mountain Heart headlines the festival and The Greencards are back to open the show. And finally, Beach Music fans come out in droves for The Black Dog Beach Music Festival on October 11th where The Catalinas and The Embers will keep fans dancing all day long. Every festival features wonderful artists and artisans who bring the most unique handmade works to show and sell, making it a rewarding shopping experience too. The festivals are laid back, relaxed, and just an all around perfect outing. So bring your lawn chairs, your sunscreen, and your dancing shoes and have a good time. Oh, and by the way, your well-behaved canine companions are admitted for free!

Everyone has a weekend available once in a while, so there is no need to miss out on any of the fun! Sundays at Chateau Morrisette are enjoyable, relaxing opportunities to share with your friends and family. Time spent in the mountains, especially along the Blue Ridge Parkway, is always time well spent. Enjoy the summer mountain breezes, the majestic beauty, the laid-back, unhurried pace, along with some good wine, food, and song. There’s no better way to rejuvenate the spirit. Welcome to Floyd.

Written By:
Ashley Adams

The Wild Rumpus hit the stage at DogTown Roadhouse

The-Wild-Rumpus-01Live Friday Night – April 19th at the Sun Music Hall in Floyd Virginia
FREE SHOW! The fun starts at 7:30pm

The Wild Rumpus have spent the last three years introducing the world to Appalachian Stompgrass through hundreds of live shows. Take the mountains, all the influences, whether they be bluegrass, blues, punk, folk or old country and roll them together and you get Appalachian Stompgrass, a breed of music that isn’t hung up on a
certain label, but one that is forging it’s own brand.

The Wild Rumpus are Appalachian Stompgrass personified! Hell raisin’, good time, high energy, footstompin’, dancin’ and hula hoopin’! Shake Yer Rumpus!


About: Hailing from Fayetteville, WV, the Wild Rumpus is an original string band led by singer and songwriter, Andrew Adkins. Forging a sound that has one foot stomping in the past and the other stomping in the present, their debut album “Love, Trains & Home” on WV label Mudbone Records rolls together bluegrass, swing, country, and rock & roll for a style that is uniquely their own. Their influences range from Leonard Cohen to Jimmy Martin and touch everything in between while managing to hold together a sound that is instantly recognizable and will start your legs to dancing on their own. They have been playing shows promoting their summer CD release to rave reviews and the dancing has been spontaneous and instantaneous!

The Deer Run Drifters (DRD) is a stringed quintet from the small mountain town of Floyd, Virginia. The group, all from former bands of different genres came together in mid 2012 to play a more Folk/Bluegrass/Americana sound.

Everyone is Welcome to BobFest in Floyd Va.

Saturday September 8th – Get dis-Kim-Bob-ulated

Baseball 2PM – Pudding Wrestling 5:30PM – Pig Roast 6:30 – Pot Luck 6:30 – KEGS & HORSE SHOES.

Everyone is Welcome!!

Live Music all day long by:

The Floorboards Blue Mule Cold Water Army Deer Run Drifters

1025 Harvestwood Road

1-1/2 Miles past Rays, Turn Right!

Blue Mountain School Barter Faire

Sunday, October 14, 2012, 8:00am until 2:00pm

Buy, sell, trade! All proceeds go to the Blue Mountain School Scholarship Fund. Vendor fee is $10, and tables are available for rent for $5 if you need one. If you have stuff to sell but don’t want to sell it yourself, BMS is accepting donations of items. For more info or to reserve a spot, contact Cassie Pierce (

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Tuggles Gap on the Blue Ridge Parkway

May 5, 2012, SATURDAY – 1PM to 6PM – Blue ridge Parkway, Mile Post 165.2 in Floyd County Virginia.  Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with DJ Ole and local group Spoonfight beginning at 1pm until 6pm

Title:     Cinco de Mayo at Tuggles Gap
When:     05.05.2012 15:00 – 18:00
Location: Tuggles Gap Restaurant, 3351 Parkway Lane, Floyd, VA 24091

Description: It’s warming up, getting sunny and it’s time to start doing your partying outside! Cinco de Mayo will be perfect for that with Spoon Fight.

We’re playing outside at Tuggles Gap in Floyd at 3 pm Saturday, May 5th. There’s going to be BBQ and burgers grilling outside along with beer and wine! What could be better than hanging out in the sun with a burger in one hand and a beer in the other seeing friends and listening to music?

We are pretty amazing guys so it’s going to be a blast either way, but the more people come out the better it will be! So put it on your calendars.

All ages are welcome and the cover is $3.

Spoon Fight is an alternative rock band with roots that dig into blues. The band formed in 2009 in Floyd, Virginia. Check out Spoon Fight’s songs, videos, and upcoming shows. Intriguing lyrics and melodic, blues-heavy guitar solos are a hallmark of Spoon Fight’s music. Their fresh, dynamic sound is the result of years of creative collaboration by three long-time friends, two of whom are brothers. The trio has been creating music together ever since they first picked up their instruments years ago. Luke, Jake, and Isaac love to entertain guests at their performances with enjoyable, tasteful music. The band is driven by a desire to connect positively with crowds and end shows with a good note. Their repertoire includes over 30 songs, half of which are originals. Their originals include “Imperfection”, which they performed live for television at the invitation of Roanoke’s WSLS Channel 10, and “The Cage” which has had airplay on WROV 96.3 in Roanoke.

Spoon Fight covers songs from artists such as:

Jimi Hendrix
Bob Marley
ZZ Top
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Foo Fighters
Kings of Leon
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Kenny Wayne Sheppard Band
White Stripes
Collective Soul
Jack Johnson
and other artists.

Spoon Fight has performed at Floyd Fest, the New River Brewfest, and Blacksburg’s Steppin’ Out. Other musical accomplishments include sharing stages with Artimus Pyle (former drummer of Lynyrd Skynyrd), William Walter, Hoppie Vaughn, Alliens, and Soulgrass Rebellion, among others.

Halloween KidFest at the Jacksonville Center if Floyd Virginia

We just collected over 100 pumpkins from Sinkland Farms that are going to need to be carved, painted and adopted by great kids for Halloween. So, join the Jax once again for our annual day of FREE funtivities! We will have all the usual fun such as pumpkin carving and painting, face painting, costume contest,treasure hunt, storytelling and fortunetelling, and of course, deliciously ghoulish refreshments—including Dogtown Pizza!!

Entrance and materials for these activities are free (pizza is not), but donations are welcome!!

And again this year, Ferrum University students host a hands-on art education component in which kids will have the opportunity to create colorful Day of the Dead sugar skulls! Of course, the main goal is fun, fun, fun! But along the way, the kids will use color and design in special ways, learning about the color spectrum, color values (lights and darks), primary and secondary colors, the effects of using opposite and complementary colors, and how to maximize design using negative and positive space.

Sunday, October 30 · 1:00pm – 4:00pm
220 Parkway Lane South, Floyd, VA 24091
Phone 540-745-2784

Live Music, Dogtown Roadhouse, American Babies

September 24 9:00 pm – 12 am Live Music – American Babies Sun Music Hall / Dogtown Roadhouse 540-745-OVEN

Since 2007, American Babies has been the mouthpiece for Philadelphia based musician Tom Hamilton. The past four years have seen Hamilton hit the road playing his rootsy, country-infused songs, inspired by storytellers of past generations. Sun Music Hall and Cultural Arts Center 302 S Locust Street, Floyd, VA 24091

American Babies’ Flawed Logic is filled with gems, but “Joeline” always seems to rise to the top for me. The band has just released this video for the song in correlation with the launch of their new web site ( and their fall touring plans that include dates supporting Bruce Hornsby and the Felice Brothers.

The Floyd Harvest Festival and County Fair

See you again September 22nd 2012 at the Floyd County 4-H & Extension Office grounds on Fox Street!

Come enjoy the day’s festivities!!! There will be live music, vendors, displays and exhibits and lots of food! All activites, events, exhibits and displays will be held off of Fox Street in the Cooperative Extension parking area or in the extension offices. All exhibits entries will be received at the Extension Office on Fox Street  Friday, Sept 9th between 4 and 7pm.

More detail will be available the day of the event.

FOODS – VENDORS -EXHIBITORS:   Floyd County 4-H New River Kettle Corn Big Willie’s Pork ____,    Zachary Reynolds (baked goods) Farmers Supply New River Valley Master Gardeners Barbara VonClaparede (baked goods) Floyd Farm Bureau Women Marvin West (Dairy History) MajestaCare

The Floyd County Homecoming and Harvest Festival, featuring the County Fair, was created as an extension of the celebration of the County’s 175 years.  The first year was deemed a success and the fifth year is here. The name has been shortened to the Floyd County Harvest Festival and County Fair but the purpose remains the same.   The goal is to highlight Floyd’s agriculture, both past and present, to recognize our history and provide an opportunity for residents, visitors and family that have moved away to gather. The Festival will be held in the Town of Floyd this year.

Come enjoy the day’s festivities!!! There will be live music, vendors, displays and exhibits and lots of food! All activites, events, exhibits and displays will be held off of Fox Street in the Cooperative Extension parking area or in the extension offices.

Lots of Great Food All Day

Bootleg Barbeque, Jon Beegle servers up his famous Hickory Smoked Southern Style Chicken, Ribs and pulled Pork, Big Oak Chuckwagon, Applegate Hotdogs, Home-made Chili made from their own farm grown beef, Slaw and spiced apple cider, Buffalo Mt Concessions, Funnelcakes ,Fresh Squeezed Lemonade, Nachos and Fries, Barbara Von Claparede, Fabulous Cakes, Cookies, Sweet Breads, and Home-made Jams and Jellies. Ready to eat and beautifully packaged to make great gifts.

Multiple Vendors and Exhibitors with unique crafts and skills

Special products display by Farmers Supply, The Farm Bureau Women with Local Produce and games for the kids, The Rotary Club will be selling their new “Floydopoly Game”, Mystic Lavender, Old time Tractors display, Master Gardeners, Educational Exhibit by Spikenard Farms on Bee Keeping, Kids Games and Activities, Teen “Ag Olympics”, Floyd Amateur Ham Radio Club, Jennifer Riggs Face Painting and Air Brush Tattooing, Zachary Reynolds Home-Made Cookies, John Riddle – Blacksmithing (Exhibitor & Vendor)

All participating County Fair Exhibits of crafts, canned goods, produce, flowers and flower arrangements(fresh and dried), and photography, and woodworking, sewing, quilting and more will be on public display, including the Blue Ribbon Winners!

2011 Livestock Schedule of Events

All Events Held at Livestock Arena (behind 4-H office)

10:00 Dairy Heifer Show

12:00 Blade/Electric Shearing Demonstrations— Farm Bureau Young Farmers Professional Sheep Shearer-Derrick Spangler

1:15 Ag Olympics – Farm Bureau Young Farmers (sign-up at 1:00)

2:30 Lamb Show:

Leadline (Special Award-Overall-$75) Sponsored by Lord Willin, Inc – Costume Showmanship: Senior- Intermediate-Junior- Novice- Non Owner – Classes According to Lamb Weights

Dawn Barnes at 745-9307
or email