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March 2021

Digital Trail Guide: Sugar Hill Loop

March 30 @ 9:00 am - December 31 @ 11:59 pm EDT

Join us for a digital tour of the Sugar Hill Loop Trail in the Clinch River State Park in St. Paul. Trail guide and video will be posted online at http://www.nortonva.gov/digitaltrailguides. Contact Katie Dunn, katied@nortonva.org or (276) 679-1160, for details.

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April 2021

Moonshine Heritage Car Show

April 24 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT

The sixth annual "Moonshine Heritage Car Show" will be held at the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum on the beautiful campus of Ferrum College. Over 100 vehicles that were used, or would have been used for hauling liquor, will be on display. This thoroughly authentic car show is FREE and open to the public so bring the family! And, Franklin County favorite, Bowling's Hot Dogs will be on- site! Souvenir t-shirts commemorating the event will…

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May 2021

Virtual Speaker Series – A Brief Tour of Virginia’s Cultural Festivals

May 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

Free online event; must pre-register. Join our Virtual Speaker Series Tuesday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m. EDT when we will join Pat Jarrett, Interim Director of the Virginia Folklife Program, for “A Brief Tour of Virginia’s Cultural Festivals.” Since its inception in 1989, the Virginia Folklife Program has documented folklife activities, filmed musicians and festivals, and recorded traditional artists all across the Commonwealth. Many of these recordings have remained on physical tapes since the time they were…

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Annuals and Perennials: Planting in Your Garden

May 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT

 Perennials and Annuals 1:00- 2:30 What kind of perennials are hardy in our area, what is a hardiness zone? What is a Temperennial? This and many more questions will be addressed. As more of you become interested in perennials ( plant once and not again) there are ways to keep them going for years and how to create micro-climates to "trick" your plants. Annuals are great for quick color in the garden, learn how to…

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The Crooked Road Open Jam at the SWVA Cultural Center

May 27 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

The Crooked Road Open Jam at the Southwest Virginia Cultural Center is an informal musical gathering on the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Thursday of each month. You don't have to play an instrument to partake, though it's always open to those who do. Either way, just come prepared to have fun and be blown away by the level of talent Southwest Virginia has to offer. Entertainment is free; SWVA Cafe food options available. 1st, 3rd, 4th…

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July 2021

Abingdon’s Independence Day Fireworks

July 3 @ 9:30 pm - 10:00 pm EDT

Abingdon Independence Day Fireworks will be held on Saturday, July 3, 2021, at 9:45 pm. The fireworks will be set off from Latture Field in downtown Abingdon. Come check out one of the area's best fireworks displays. 

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Fourth of July Annual Celebration

July 4 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT

Free food, games, music and fun for the entire family after the parade at 4:00 pm at the VFW. Fireworks begin at Dark at the VFW, weather permitting. 

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Drums of the Painted Mountain Pow Wow

July 16 @ 12:00 am - July 18 @ 12:00 am EDT
FREE Admission; Donations Appreciated

Open to the public and hosted by Southwest Community College, Drums of the Painted Mountain Pow Wow is an annual three day event honoring the traditions of the Native American culture.  Live performances, demonstrations, Native American dancing, singing, arts, homemade crafts and food vendors.  Free Admission. Donations accepted.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket.    

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September 2021

Annual Coal Miners Reunion-Pocahontas

September 6 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT
$3 – $12

The Coal Miners' Reunion is sponsored by Historic Pocahontas, Inc. (HPI) and serves as a tribute to miners and railroad workers across southwest Virginia.  Held in historic Pocahontas, the event includes a breakfast, dinner, honorary parade, live music and giveaways.  2021 will serve as the 30th anniversary.       

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Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

September 10 @ 12:00 am - September 12 @ 12:00 am EDT
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Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in Historic Downtown Bristol, VA-TN! The award-winning Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion festival celebrates the legendary 1927 Bristol Sessions - and its influence on the music of today - annually along State Street in Historic Downtown with approximately 100 acts of live music over a three-day weekend. Visitors may dance in two states while enjoying the very best in Americana, country and traditional bluegrass and…

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