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FloydFest Celebrates 13th

Year with ‘Revolutionary’ Line-Up and Streamlined Logistics

Floyd, VA – April 14th, 2014 – Since its inception, FloydFest, the summer outdoor music festival near Floyd, VA, has celebrated its status as a truly unique, fiercely independent festival experience that challenges the definition of the typical ‘summer music festival.’ That’s why, for its 13th year, FloydFest is bringing its fans a Revolutionary 5-day music, outdoors, and healing arts experience that will embrace the beauty of creativity, evolution, and positive change. Among the changes taking place this year, the festival is offering attendees a full 5-day staycation, from July 23rd – 27th. Festival-goers will also discover a bold new musical line-up, featuring an unprecedented melding of R&B, Blues, Reggae, Americana, and more.

“We are committed to constantly stretching our horizons so that we may continue to grow as a festival and as a community,” says co-founder and CEO Kris Hodges. “We’re re-inventing themes, exploring new musical genres, and providing an uncharted experience for our fans that will both challenge and fulfill the body and soul.”

Implementing positive change requires a great deal of communication, and FloydFest has been working diligently to implement suggestions from attendees in years past that will help make this year’s festival as enjoyable as possible. For 2014, the following important logistical changes have been put in place:

Camping

All on- site campers will be given a designated 15×15 camping area with the purchase of a Tent Tag prior to the festival. All RV camping has been moved off the festival site to the nearby Delta lot, while the Bravo lot will be designated for off-site car camping. All car campers will be issued a parking ticket that allots for a 10×10 parking space right next to their vehicle.

Parking

All General Admission parking has been moved off-site to the Alpha lot. The Alpha, Bravo, and Delta lots are all flat, spacious, and easily-accessible to all types of vehicles. To make the check-in process easier, Alpha Lot ticket check-in and parking payment will occur directly at the lot, so be sure to bring cash! Spaces for RV’s at the Delta Lot and Car Camping at the Bravo Lot will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis during the festival, unless sold out via pre-event online sales. Powered RV spots are currently sold-out.

Shuttle Service

Shuttles to and from the festival site and all parking lots will run continuously from 9am until 2am every day. Each individual shuttle will be assigned a truck with an equipment trailer, so campers will never have to be separated from their gear.

Severe Weather Preparedness

Summer weather in the Blue Ridge Mountains is about as predictable as next year’s FloydFest theme, and the festival has taken every possible precaution to ensure that attendees will be safe, comfortable and able to access transportation should a severe weather event occur. FloydFest staff have planned extensively with all local farmers, garages, and area law enforcement regarding severe weather preparedness and evacuation procedures. Harboring fears of an on-site mud pit? Fear no longer – this year’s festival site will feature gravel pathways from the entrance all the way through the main field.

“Our top priority has been and always will be the safety, comfort, and enjoyment of our attendees,” says Hodges. “We received a lot of great feedback from last year, and we’re utilizing it to ensure that we bring FloydFest fans the safest, most enjoyable festival experience that we possibly can.”

For more information and the full 2014 ‘Revolutionary’ artist line-up, visit www.floydfest.com, or call 1-888-VA-FESTS.

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
everyone.

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