Suzanne Williams Be sure to visit artist, Suzanne Williams Heritage Day demonstration of silk products, leather bracelets and jewelry at the CF School of the Arts. Heritage Day is Saturday, June 2 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Free admission for all kinds of entertainment, delicious food and demonstrations and displays.
Andrea Curry – Painted Barn Quilts Visit the CF School of the Arts during Heritage Day to see talented artist, Andrea Curry and her exhibit of Painted Barn Quilts. Alleghany Highlands Heritage Day and Railway Festival, Saturday, June 2 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Strum Sum Band Early in 2012, Bob DuCharme (banjo) met Mike Reed (mandolin, guitar) at his store in White Sulphur Springs and together they noticed that they had mutual musical interests. After strumming a few times together, Bob set up a meeting with Tom Hefner (12 string guitar, bass singer) and George Piasecki (bass guitar) both […]
Area native, Mike Hayslett, is The Lowfarb Pedlar, a colonial reenactor and frontier trader. His suttlery tent peddles a wide variety of period-appropriate small wares, costume articles, cabin décor, and miscellaneous sundries from the 18th century for sale. This merchant-demonstrator-professor can also “talk your leg off” concerning Early American cultural and natural history of the western Virginia […]
Donna Markey, is a fiber artist, who works with fine natural fiber to spin yarn and felt fiber into functional art to wear and use. Come see a spinning demonstration and try your own hand (and feet) at spinning fine fiber into yarn too! See her creations at www.woolyfiberworks.com. Visit Donna at the Masonic Amphitheatre grounds […]
Kevin Markey, a Master Falconer, has been training and hunting with hawks for 30 years. Come learn all about his passion for this ancient hunting sport from a true expert. Meet Kevin and his “birds” on the Amphitheatre Grounds on Heritage Day. June 2, 10 am to 5:00 pm.
“MAKE PIECES NOT WAR” with Quilt Historian Neva Hart, Roanoke, VA For soldiers in the field or citizen soldiers who declared the moral equivalent of war, quilts have been used throughout America’s history not only to comfort but to further “the Cause.” YOU MAY BE SURPRISED TO LEARN that it wasn’t the Boston Tea Party […]
Troy Cottrell, is a native of Alleghany County, is married with nine children. Troy grew up in a household of crafters and has worked in construction his entire adult life. He fell in love with woodworking as a teen and discovered wood turning about six years ago and now focuses on wood turning as a […]
QUILT PEW DISPLAY There are quite a few quilters in the Alleghany Highlands. We are from various backgrounds, locales, and ages. Our love of quilting brought us together from Bath, Botetourt, Alleghany Counties and beyond. Most of us met and continue to meet monthly at the Clifton Forge Library, to exchange new techniques and to share our quilt […]
DEBRENA GORDON John and Debrena Gordon own Blue Spring Run Farm, an agritourism venue specializing in Lavender with plantings of herbs and perennials for the bees as a main component of their honey operation. Debrena manufactures a bath, body and soap line available year round in The Shop on the farm.
Patrick Henry: For the last twelve years Ray Baird has been the head interpreter at St. John’s Church where Patrick Henry gave his “Liberty or Death” speech. Ray tells the story of Patrick Henry, his life and the historical elements that led to this special time in American history. Ray started as a Civil War […]
Remembering Green Pastures Join us in the John E Hillert Auditorium of The Historic Masonic Theatre at 2:30 on June 2 for Heritage Day’s Story Telling Event, Remembering Green Pastures. The audience will be able to eavesdrop on the stories of six friends who remember Green Pastures well. Green Pastures was built by the Dolly Ann Civilian Conservation Corps […]
Meet Terry Winborne; “I have been a tinsmith as a hobby since 1976. I got started because of having access to old tools that my mother acquired in her collecting. She got me interested after she took a tinsmithing class at Landis Valley Museum in Pennsylvania. Since I first started I have worked with tinsmiths […]
Major Kim Feinauer, Salvation Army, will be performing musical medleys at Heritage Day this year. Major Feinauer plays piano, organ, clarinet, and a variety of flutes and brass instruments. He has been the piano accompanist for many Salvation Army Songster brigades including that of The Salvation Army College for Officer Training. He has played French horn with […]
Boy Scout Troop 2 Welcome back to our wonderful Boy Scout Troop 2 who has been with us for six previous years of Heritage Day! Troop 2 members are essential to the operation of smooth and successful events at Heritage Day. They help the vendors unload, they help set up tents, they are ever-ready to […]
Jim Lloyd is a barber, musician, and storyteller, who lives, works, and plays in Rural Retreat, Virginia. Lloyd doesn’t fit in a single neat category as musician or entertainer. Much like Doc Watson, his mountain upbringing provided a much more eclectic background that just the traditional music they mastered, including the pop and jazz they […]
Chuck Almarez, “Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.” Chuck Almarez is an artist as well as a top-notch photographer. If you have photos that span the generations, Chuck will talk about restoration of photos and how to keep them safe. Photos are memories and Chuck will feature photos taken […]
Alan Miller, a retired forester from West Virginia will be at Heritage Day demonstrating making white oak baskets. Alan cuts the tree and makes all splits etc. to create the oak baskets. Alan is a white oak basket instructor at Augusta Heritage workshop at Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia. Before retiring, Alan […]
Alleghany Highlands Genealogical Society: We all want to know from where we came…it helps in knowing where we are going! Be sure to stop by and visit the Alleghany Highlands Genealogical Society at Heritage Day to learn more about YOUR heritage. The AH Genealogical Society brings all kinds of interesting displays from their location at […]
Threadbenders is a local group of talented needle artists that pursue education and implementation of the various types of needlework that were the core of our heritage in the Alleghany Highlands. Threadbenders has a history of exciting displays at Heritage Day and this year is no different. The theme of this year’s display is “Pincushions […]
In the past decade, ukuleles have regained popularity, partly because they now have geared tuning machines instead of the historical friction pegs. This makes it much easier to tune. The charm of a ukulele is that because of its small size, nylon strings, pleasing tone, and only 4 strings, they are remarkably easy to play. […]
Although I am of Native American heritage (Cherokee) I am not a tribal member so my flutes must be called Native American Style Flutes. This is a federal law. All of my flutes are made in my shop in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Greenville, VA. They are handmade from Eastern Red Cedar, Spanish Cedar […]