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The Presence of Water ~ Watercolor Paintings by Thelma Blake
Jun
07
Arts & Crafts

The Presence of Water ~ Watercolor Paintings by Thelma Blake

The Gallery @ Barr Photographics announces the summer installment of the CornerGallery’s 2019 exhibition series with a collection of watercolor floral and still life works entitled "Presence of Water” by Abingdon, Virginia artist, Thelma Blake.          In her artist’s statement, Thelma reveals, “I am drawn to the media of watercolor for its fluidity on paper and the magical presence as it moves about on paper. Sometimes I…

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Church Basement Ladies at Barter Theatre
Jul
13
Music | Family Fun | Performances

Church Basement Ladies at Barter Theatre

The ladies of the local church fortify their flock with love, wisdom and, of course, the food they prepare in the church’s basement kitchen. Bringing their own special brand of humor, the story of the four women, as they organize the food and solve the problems of their church, mixes together wonderful music, endearing characters, and side-splitting scenes to serve up a deliciously delightful journey. Funny and down-to-earth, you will recognize and embrace these ladies as they witness the chu…

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Exit Laughing
Jul
17
Performances

Exit Laughing

For this group of genteel southern ladies, the biggest highlight in their lives for the past 30 years has been their weekly bridge night out with the “girls.” What do you do when one of your foursome, whose caustic wit and love of life makes her the bond that holds the four musketeers together, inconveniently dies? If you’re Connie, Leona and Millie, three southern ladies from Birmingham, you do the most daring thing you’ve ever done. You “borrow” the ashes from the funeral home for one last …

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Jul
17
Music | Family Fun | Performances

Shrek The Musical at Barter Theatre

Follow the adventures of Shrek, his sidekick Donkey, Princess Fiona, Lord Farquad and every fairytale adventure you know and love in this Tony Award-winning musical based on the blockbuster DreamWorks Animation film. A little green ogre grows up to be a big, disgusting, layered hero. Shrek finds himself on a life-changing journey to rescue the feisty princess with his witty and sarcastic friend, Donkey. Along the way, they encounter a lively cookie, a flirty dragon, and a small villain. Can t…

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Jul
17
Arts & Crafts | Workshops/Classes

July Lunch and Learn at William King Museum of Art

Bring something new to your lunch hour! Join us at William King from 12:00pm-1:00pm on the third Wednesday of the month to watch (or even participate in) a studio art demonstration or hear a brief arts lecture. Topics vary each month! How to participate: 1.) Call a day prior to ensure a seat is saved for you 2.) Bring your brown bag lunch the day of the Lunch n Learn. The front desk will direct you to the month's meeting place. 3.) Enjoy your lunch while participa…

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Jul
18
Music | Family Fun | History/Heritage | Performances

The Crooked Road Open Jam

The Crooked Road Open Jam 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; special a la carte BBQ menu also available. 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Thursday of each month 6:30-9:00 p.m.

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Thursday Jams Presents: John Paul White
Jul
18
Music | Family Fun | Performances | Wine/Beer | LGBT Friendly

Thursday Jams Presents: John Paul White

Warm Night, Cool Grass, The Appalachian Mountains, Free Music… and You! Thursday Jams, in the heart of Downtown Abingdon, is the place for families and friends of all ages and backgrounds to experience 10 nights of free, diverse music every year at the Abingdon Market Pavilion. Our concert calendar includes artists from all around the country and right in our own backyard, from bluegrass to soul, home-grown country to Indie rock, and fun, southern rock. Visit award-winning resta…

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Square Dancing at the SWVA Cultural Center
Jul
19
Family Fun

Square Dancing at the SWVA Cultural Center

Square dancing with Tyler Hughes is a fun filled experience for all ages! The calling consists of traditional square dance calls and is encouraging to beginners, as well as advanced dancers. The band always brings a strong repertoire of toe-tapping tunes and mesmerizing waltzes for every dance they play. The dance is FREE and open to the public! Get your dancing shoes on and spread the word!

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Summer Market at the SWVA Cultural Center
Jul
20
Music | Arts & Crafts

Summer Market at the SWVA Cultural Center

‘Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Network, in partnership with the Southwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace will host Inaugural Summer Market on Saturday, July 20th. Live music, children’s activities, food trucks and fun for the whole family!

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Holston Mountain Artisans Quilt Show
Jul
26
Family Fun | History/Heritage | Arts & Crafts

Holston Mountain Artisans Quilt Show

Local quilters display over 100 quilts, created in both traditional and contemporary designs. Visitors can vote for their favorite "Viewers' Choice."

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Virginia Highlands Festival
Jul
26
Family Fun | History/Heritage | Arts & Crafts | Festivals | Antique Shows/Flea Markets

Virginia Highlands Festival

Come celebrate the Virginia Highlands Festival in historic Abingdon, VA. Named "Best Art Event" in the region by readers of Virginia Living magazine, the Festival offers activities and entertainment for the whole family. Anchored by an antiques market and an award-winning juried arts and crafts show, the Festival includes live music, historical re-enactments, fine art and photography competitions, performances, creative writing workshops, guided nature hikes, and numerous…

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Jul
27
Arts & Crafts

Sawdust Festival at Holston Mountain Artisans

FREE festival is fun for the whole family.  Over a dozen craftspeople from Holston Mountain Artisans will demonstrate their crafts, including woodworkers showing off their talents at turning, scrolling, and carving.  Enjoy food from a local vendor, and take home a souvenir from one of the country's oldest craft collectives. 

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Celtic Ceildh Concerts
Jul
27
Music | Family Fun | History/Heritage | Performances

Celtic Ceildh Concerts

As is tradition, the Appalachian Highlanders Pipe and Drum band will open this year’s ceilidh with a rousing march, followed by Celtic harpist and vocalist Sandra Parker performing traditional and original songs. Her new CD “Call of the Faerie” has been featured on NPR’s Celtic Clanjamphry, and Sandra is the founder of the Festival’s Celtic concert series. The evening will close with Jennifer Cutting and her premier Celtic folk fusion band, OCEAN Orchestra.

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Living History Tour of Sinking Spring Cemetery
Jul
27
Family Fun | History/Heritage | LGBT Friendly | Festivals

Living History Tour of Sinking Spring Cemetery

LIVING HISTORY TOUR of Sinking Spring Cemetery July 28 (Saturday)    5:00 – 7:15 pm Presented by The Historical Society of Washington County, VA. Join us for a walk through this picturesque burial ground as guides lead small groups through while interpreters in period costume tell the stories of various persons lying in rest. Each tour lasts about an hour and the last one will begin at 7:15 pm…

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App(uhg)lachian Games - 10k Run, 10k Bike, 20lb Carry
Jul
27
LGBT Friendly | Virginia Green | Eco-Friendly | Sporting

App(uhg)lachian Games - 10k Run, 10k Bike, 20lb Carry

Benefiting non-profit Appalachian Sustainable Development, this is a race series like no other.  Located in the beautiful mountains of St. Paul and Coeburn, Virginia, this event will consist of a run, a bike, and a carry, and will provide a full participant experience in App(ugh)lachia. Are you ready to be conquered, OR are you App(ugh)lachian? Registration includes: - Race swag bag and t-shirt  - Entry into all three events…

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Mimosa Flow at the SWVA Cultural Center
Jul
30
Workshops/Classes

Mimosa Flow at the SWVA Cultural Center

Join Nicole Dyer, Founder & Owner of White Birch Food & Juice and RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher), for Poses & Mimosas. Brighten your mood with an uplifting yoga flow followed by mimosas made with fresh, cold-pressed juice from White Birch. Nicole will guide you through an energizing flow ending with relaxing, restorative poses. She will also incorporate essential oils into the practice. BYOM! (Bring your own mat)

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Movie Screening - Paranormal Bigfoot at the SWVA Cultural Center
Jul
31
Family Fun

Movie Screening - Paranormal Bigfoot at the SWVA Cultural Center

Join us at Southwest Virginia Cultural Center on Wednesday, July 31st for an evening of the mysterious "Paranormal Bigfoot"! This is one of the latest films written and directed by Bill & Amy Lancaster. Together, they are small business owners in SWVA who also enjoy following cryptozoology and other fringe subjects. "Paranormal Bigfoot" is an investigation into a segment of the Sasquatch Community that believe there is more to the mysterious creature than a simple animal. "Paranormal Bigf…

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Grand Finale: Farm-to-Table Dinner
Aug
04
Culinary | Wine/Beer

Grand Finale: Farm-to-Table Dinner

We’re bringing together premier culinary artists of the region to create an exquisite multi-course dinner made from locally-sourced ingredients and complete with wine and cocktail pairings. Chefs:*Hyacinth Barbara (Morgan’s)Steve Gilbert (Morgan’s)Bradley Griffin (Milton's Trailhead Grille)Joel Jerkins (JJ's Restaurant and Sports Bar/Papa Tom’s Cantina)Travis Milton (Taste) *Chefs subject to change. Space limited, adva…

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Throwback Thursday with Russ Taff
Aug
08
Music | Family Fun | Performances

Throwback Thursday with Russ Taff

FREE Part of the LOVE FM 97.3 Summer Concert Series However you choose to label it, Russ Taff’s music as won him a wide audience and critical acclaim, as well as a total of six GRAMMY awards and 18 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. He has been hailed by Billboard Magazine as ‘the single most electrifying voice in Christian Music,’ and cited as a musical influence by artists as diverse are Bart Millard of MercyMe, Jason Crabb, Michael Tait, and the Kings of …

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Aug
21
Arts & Crafts | Workshops/Classes

August Lunch and Learn at William King Museum of Art

Bring something new to your lunch hour! Join us at William King from 12:00pm-1:00pm on the third Wednesday of the month to watch (or even participate in) a studio art demonstration or hear a brief arts lecture. Topics vary each month! How to participate: 1.) Call a day prior to ensure a seat is saved for you 2.) Bring your brown bag lunch the day of the Lunch n Learn. The front desk will direct you to the month's meeting place. 3.) Enjoy your lunch while participa…

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Blue Ridge BuskerFest
Aug
31
Music | Family Fun | Performances | Wine/Beer | LGBT Friendly | Festivals

Blue Ridge BuskerFest

Weird and wonderful street performers will fill downtown Abingdon for Blue Ridge BuskerFest  We’ve lined up acts from all over the region & country to thrill your senses. From fire-eaters to magicians, human statues, one-man bands and everything in between, there won’t be a corner of the Main Street that will disappoint. There is something for all ages! The Imagination Station is all for kids & kids at heart from 11-3pm on the Barter Green. Join them for FREE puppet making, impro…

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Sep
01
Music | Family Fun | Performances

Labor Day Blues & BBQ with Victor Lawson & Boogie Chillen

Enjoy rockin' blues by Victor Lawson and Boogie Chillen and delicious BBQ!~ Food, drinks and WINE SLUSHEES available for purchase~ Boat and kayak parking available~ All ages welcome!

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Sep
14
Music | Family Fun | Wine/Beer

Oktoberfest at Abingdon Vineyards

Grab your favorite glass of wine from Abingdon Vineyards and join the Mountain Top Polka Band for a fun German-themed party!

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Sep
14
Family Fun | Antique Shows/Flea Markets

Abingdon's Town Wide Yard Sale

Abingdon’s Town Wide Yard Sale 8.2 miles of "trash to treasure" for you to discover The Town of Abingdon will host a Town-wide yard sale.   Residents are encouraged to sell their goods in a yard sale type setting only on private property, no commercial vendors allowed.

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Sep
18
Arts & Crafts | Workshops/Classes

September Lunch and Learn at William King Museum of Art

Bring something new to your lunch hour! Join us at William King from 12:00pm-1:00pm on the third Wednesday of the month to watch (or even participate in) a studio art demonstration or hear a brief arts lecture. Topics vary each month! How to participate: 1.) Call a day prior to ensure a seat is saved for you 2.) Bring your brown bag lunch the day of the Lunch n Learn. The front desk will direct you to the month's meeting place. 3.) Enjoy your lunch while participa…

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Bristol Rhythm & Roots
Sep
20
Music | Festivals

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Festival

The award-winning Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion isn’t just a music festival. It’s an infectious, three-day music experience, bursting with creative passion, electricity, and soul - a celebration of the legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings. Headliners in 2019 include Wynonna & The Big Noise, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Patty Griffin, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, Sam Bush, Mike Farris, Elizabeth Cook, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Jim Lauderdale, CAAMP, Ruston Kelly, M…

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Abingdon Block Party
Sep
28
Music | Family Fun | Performances | LGBT Friendly | Fall

Abingdon Block Party

GET YOUR COSTUMES READY Abingdon's newest event will have you dancing in the streets...literally! We're closing down Main Street for a block party, featuring a street fair, costume contest, kids activities and live music. Come and join us at the 200 Block of West Main Street. For ALL AGES & FREE!

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Abingdon Harvest Festival
Oct
05
Family Fun | Culinary | Festivals | Fall

Abingdon Harvest Festival

Bring your whole family to enjoy our annual Harvest Festival, featuring apple butter stirring and apple cider pressing, and take home some goodies! Artisans will be demonstrating their crafts as well.  Members will stir off delicious apple butter the traditional way in a copper kettle over a wood fire while sweet and tangy apple cider pours out of the apple press. Bring your own apples and our volunteers will press them for homemade apple cider that you can take home and enjoy.&nb…

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Oct
16
Arts & Crafts | Workshops/Classes

October Lunch and Learn at William King Museum of Art

Bring something new to your lunch hour! Join us at William King from 12:00pm-1:00pm on the third Wednesday of the month to watch (or even participate in) a studio art demonstration or hear a brief arts lecture. Topics vary each month! How to participate: 1.) Call a day prior to ensure a seat is saved for you 2.) Bring your brown bag lunch the day of the Lunch n Learn. The front desk will direct you to the month's meeting place. 3.) Enjoy your lunch while participa…

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Oct
18
Music | Family Fun | Wine/Beer

Oktoberfest! at Wolf Hills Brewing

Join us for our annual Oktoberfest event with Mountain Top Polka Band, traditional food and our Oktoberfest lager. The Oktoberfest tradition started in 1810 to celebrate the October 12th marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to the Saxon-Hildburghausen Princess Therese. The citizens of Munich were invited to join in the festivities which were held over five days on the fields in front of the city gates. Come join in the revelry. Prost!

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Abingdon Veterans Day Ceremony
Nov
11
Music | Family Fun | History/Heritage | Holidays

Abingdon Veterans Day Ceremony

The Town of Abingdon, the Veterans Association and the VFW invite the public to a special ceremony for Veterans Day on November 11, 2019 at 11:00am.    The event will include a flag raising ceremony, memorial tree dedications, music by the fife & drum corps and local marching bands, and a special guest speaker. 

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Nov
20
Arts & Crafts | Workshops/Classes

November Lunch and Learn at William King Museum of Art

Bring something new to your lunch hour! Join us at William King from 12:00pm-1:00pm on the third Wednesday of the month to watch (or even participate in) a studio art demonstration or hear a brief arts lecture. Topics vary each month! How to participate: 1.) Call a day prior to ensure a seat is saved for you 2.) Bring your brown bag lunch the day of the Lunch n Learn. The front desk will direct you to the month's meeting place. 3.) Enjoy your lunch while participa…

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Abingdon Christmas Parade
Dec
07
Family Fun | Holidays | Winter

Abingdon Christmas Parade

The Kiwanis Christmas traditional holiday parade will flow down the Main Street of Abingdon. Come and enjoy the many floats and entertainment for the Christmas season!

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Dec
18
Arts & Crafts | Workshops/Classes

December Lunch and Learn at William King Museum of Art

Bring something new to your lunch hour! Join us at William King from 12:00pm-1:00pm on the third Wednesday of the month to watch (or even participate in) a studio art demonstration or hear a brief arts lecture. Topics vary each month! How to participate: 1.) Call a day prior to ensure a seat is saved for you 2.) Bring your brown bag lunch the day of the Lunch n Learn. The front desk will direct you to the month's meeting place. 3.) Enjoy your lunch while participa…

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Lodging

Shrek The Musical at Barter Theatre

127 West Main Street | 12:00AM

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