Connections Youth Camp

On the WireConnections Youth Camp is an adventure-learning camp for active girls and boys. At Connections Youth Camp, we provide elementary and middle school children with a quality camp experience. We combine traditional camp activities with challenging exercise, project building, science, creative play, individual and team challenges, special events, skits, field games, hobbies, and TaekwonDo. Our mission is helping children to understand the complex connections between themselves and their world through exercising both body and mind. We teach individual and community responsibility in a fun and engaging environment.

Every summer, our themes change and new activities are added. Activities include, Adventure Pirates and Cannons week: we will play dirty dogs on Pirates Isle, fire a real Pirate Cannon, and storm the Pirate’s fort with water bombs and swords! It’s a week full of fun, games, swimming, and also some Pirate martial arts. Outdoor activities like, treasure hunting, tree climbing, an obstacles course, archery, natural art, and the upside down forest are also enjoyed by the campers!

During Adventure Hobbies, Science Hacks & the Natural World week, we present the real world off-line with special guest appearances and activities by Adventure Hobbies of Christiansburg, the Robotics Club, and the Chemistry Club. Adventure – Boot Camp is our Flagship session and a week that makes me extra proud of our kids. Campers can expect to be happy and tired by the end of the day because we have a Monster Obstacle Course which is twice the size of the one in 2014! By the end of the week, campers will be stronger, faster, smarter, and more confident. Throughout the year, the majority of a child’s time is spent in passive thrall of a computer or video screen.

We believe it is important to stimulate children to think critically, creatively, and to get them up and moving. Connections Youth Camp is a safe place for a child to test him or herself, to connect with others, and to discover just how amazing they really are! Connections Youth Camp has 26 acres in which to roam and play, with access to nearly 350 more acres. The camp includes a solar heated endless pool, 20’x25’ climbing wall, huge climbing trees, hanging tree-house, solar powered electric cart, solar hot dog cooker, SEAL inspired obstacle course, pirates isle, rocket sled, zip line, wood and metal shop, and the volvo tractor-trailer double-decker-cab club house with certified teachers, amazing guests, special events, and more…

Our staff includes licensed highly qualified teachers, a special educator, certified medical staff, Black Belt instructors, and special event leaders who are distinguished in their fields. Also, we are an American Camping Association member. About the Director Camp Connections was founded by Skip King who has 25 years of experience working with children of all ages. Mr. King is a Post Graduate licensed Special Education Teacher, Master of Special Education, Wilson Reading Instructor, TaekwonDo Black Belt instructor, and former industrial and exhibit designer. He founded and directed a highly successful adventure learning camp in Massachusetts where his skill at making learning fun brought profound results. Connections Youth Camp is located in Pilot, Virginia. Our camp day runs from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm with extended hours from 7:30 am and until 5:00 pm. For more information on our summer camps, party weekends or field trips, contact Skip King, 540.745.5075 or visit

Urth at Dogtown Roadhouse tonight in Floyd Va.

urth-floydFriday May 16th at 8:00pm Dogtown Roadhouse & The Sun Music Hall – Floyd VA –

Progressive Rock Funk Fusion

Dynamic funk/rock/fusion trio URTH delivers a powerful blend of music that blurs genres and infuses crowds with high-energy grooves and infectious movement of the feet. Their unique, innovative sound and exploratory improvisation engage audiences and inspire new fans.

Frontman Brach Rauchle’s multitasking instrumental approach involves playing multiple instruments simultaneously to create a unique, multifaceted sonic & improvisatory experience as he moves between modified 7-string guitar, saxophone, vocals, electronic wind instrument & keyboard along with customized “foot keyboards” and finger triggers. The dance-inducing rhythm section of drummer Brett Reynolds and bassist Nick Kalen cement the foundation of the band with their rock-solid grooves.

URTH has performed at a variety of music festivals including The Werk Out, Camp Barefoot, Pink Moon, and Rooster Walk and has also shared the bill with acts such as Ozric Tentacles, Consider the Source, The Mantras, The Jeff Sipe Trio, The Bridge, Dangermuffin, and DJ Williams Project.

In the words of Tad Dickens, Roanoke Times music columnist: “If you haven’t heard Brach Rauchle wail on guitar, sax, keys and electronic wind instrument, you are missing out on an astounding display… and the rest of his trio – bassist Nick Kalen and drummer Brett Reynolds flat nail the grooves.”

302 South Locust St.
Floyd, VA 24091

Civil War Living History in Floyd County Virginia

floyd-virginia-civil-warFloyd County Historical Society

Civil War Living History Day at the Phlegar House – Saturday, May 11th Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Floyd Regional Commerce Center – ADMISSION IS FREE

Please join us for a day of historical activities and civil war camp live exhibits. Soldier and home front presentations begins at 10:30 am. Research your local CIVIL WAR ANCESTORS! Your featured speaker is Chris J. Hartley, author of “Stoneman’s Raid, 1865. Group talk begins at 1:00 pm. Military demonstrations at 3:00 pm. Food and drinks available and bring your lawn chairs.

Co-Sponsors: Floyd County Historical Preservation Trust and Floyd County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee.


Floyd County Historical Society BannerHelping preserve and share a unique history in Southwest Virginia

The Society encourages interest in the history of Floyd County through the collection, preservation, and stewardship of significant historic materials. Educational programs include lectures, publications, community outreach and exhibits. The Society maintains a substantial archive of historic artifacts, documents and early photographs.

The Society is trying to reach out to Floyd natives who now live in other places. Would you like to be on a mailing list to learn about activities planned for the future? Just email us with a note to add you to the mailing list.

The Ridgemont Hospital-Marie Williams House is now the
Floyd County Historical Society Museum
217 N. Locust Street

Hours are:

Thursday, Friday and Saturday Noon- 5:00 pm
phone: 540-745-FCHS (3247)

Come join us!!

Admission is FREE but donations are accepted!

If you need a private tour, information or calendars please call

Rhonda Smith 540-392-5806.

Images of America Floyd County books will be available for sale at the Floyd Chamber of Commerce during these winter months or through mail order to the Floyd County Historical Society.

2013 calendars are available at Floyd Pharmacy and a few other local outlets or by mail to the Floyd County Historical Society.

Floyd County Historical Society

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 292
Floyd, Virginia

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.

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

Concert at The Jacksonville Center for the Arts

Featuring Judy Bevans and Lynne Mackey –  Saturday, May 11 at 7:30pm

The Jacksonville Center for the Arts presents “An Evening of Music for Two Harpsichords”, on Saturday, May 11 at 7:30pm. The concert, featuring Judy Bevans and Lynne Mackey, will be held in The Jacksonville Center Community Room. Tickets are $25 in advance and can be purchased online, by phone, or in person at The Jax. Tickets purchased at the door are $30.

The 2013 Jax Concert Series is sponsored by WDBJ7.

JUDY BEVANSJudy Bevans studied Piano at the Eastman School of Music. She holds a Master of Education degree in Music from Harvard University, and a Master of Music degree in the Performance of Early Music from the New England Conservatory. After completing Early Music studies, she served as harpsichordist with the Cantabrigia Trio, performing music for flute, bassoon and harpsichord in New England.

Preferring music of the Baroque and Pre-Classical Periods, her harpsichord activities center on chamber music and the repertoire for two harpsichords. She has performed with numerous musicians in the New River Valley, including concerts at The Jacksonville Center, Hollins Univerisity, Radford University, Virginia Tech and Shenandoah University, as well as several concerts for two keyboard instruments sponsored by the Roanoke Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Her most recent solo harpsichord concerts featured Bach’s “Goldberg Variations.”

Judy Bevans lives in Blacksburg with her husband, Patrick, with whom she travels, bikes, hikes, gardens and listens to Bach.

Pianist and harpsichordist Lynne Mackey has performed in solo and chamber music settings in the United States and overseas, and also currently tours as an artist with the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Ms. Mackey received graduate degrees from The Juilliard School, and the Eastman School of Music where she studied harpsichord with Arthur Haas. She holds her Bachelor’s degree from The University of Michigan School of Music.

LYNNE MACKEY1Ms. Mackey is director of the Virginia Baroque Performance Academy, celebrating its fifth year as part of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Most recent Baroque performance highlights include Bach Concerto for 4 harpsichords with the Staunton Music Festival, and Bach Concerto for 2 harpsichords with the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival Chamber concerts, as well as various recitals with violin, and baritone. She is currently associate professor of music at Eastern Mennonite University.

A reception in the Hayloft Gallery with a cash bar will follow the concert.

For more information about The Jax visit or call 540-745-2784. The Jax is located at 220 Parkway Lane South in Floyd, ½ mile south of the stoplight on Route 8. “Winter” hours are Monday to Friday, 10-3; Saturdays, 11-4; Closed on Sunday. The Jax will resume regular business hours on Sunday, May 5th. Regular hours are Monday to Saturday, 10-5pm and Sunday, 12-5.

About The Jacksonville Center

The Jacksonville Center for the Arts seeks to showcase, support, and facilitate artistic endeavors and rural creativity throughout Southwest Virginia. Located in a historic dairy barn in Floyd, Virginia, the center pursues its mission through year-round educational opportunities, housing resident studio artists, mounting rotating exhibits that feature local and regional artists and artisans and more.

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!