Monday, June 27, 2016

You absolutely must try Homestead Creamery Ice Cream and Pop's

I saw the blogger Only in Virginia post this "These 12 Ice Cream Shops In Virginia Are An Absolute Must-Try" and there are two that I know of that should be on that list:

1. POP's in Grandin Village, Roanoke
2. Homestead Creamery in Wirtz, Franklin County
Perk Up Sundae: Cappuccino tea cakes topped with two scoops of Homestead Creamery espresso chip ice cream, coffee syrup, fresh whipped cream, and dark chocolate espresso beans (from Pop's)
They are often featured at dairy events, like this one. They have deliveries in the area and are sold in Kroger Grocery Store (best buttermilk around)

Homestead Creamery has a front porch to enjoy your cone (they have creamery tours as well, call ahead to reserve this)
Pop's was not on the list, and this is purely because they share photos on Facebook and not on Flickr where this blogger derives all her blog inspiration. So allow me to share both of these with you now, and you will be happy I did!
Pop's Ice Cream and Soda Bar
Pop's uses Homestead Creamery Ice Cream. Of course they do, it's the best.
1916 Memorial Ave SW Roanoke, VA (540) 345-2129
Follow Pop's on Facebook here, if you dare.

Homestead Creamery
Yes, there really are dairy cows at back. In fact they have a small petting zoo, it is always good to know where your food comes from.
7254 Booker T Washington Hwy Wirtz, VA (540) 721-2045 
Follow Homestead Creamery on Facebook here.

Both of these do not have regular websites, so follow them on Facebook to see delicious photos of their scintillating dairy creations (yes I looked up how to spell sin-till-ate-ing).

Since I have posted google map driving directions to both from The Claiborne House B&B, there is no excuse to not enjoy Homestead Creamery Ice Cream (and yes, it is extra creamy, almost custard-ish).

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Let the Mayhem Begin Floydfest 16

Calling all hippies, hipsters and anyone otherwise known as a real cool dude...

There are so many great acts coming to FloydFest 16 it's hard to remember them all. So now that they've wrapped another season of their annual Battle-of-the-Bands competition at The Phoenix, and solidified the On-the-Rise lineup segment.

Make welcome to FloydFest 16, July 27-31:

Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes Ashes & Dust, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, Leftover Salmon, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Railroad Earth, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Keller Williams w/ More Than A Little+, Femi Kuti & Positive Force, Shakey Graves, The Wood Brothers, Greensky Bluegrass, Elephant Revival, Anders Osborne, Pimps of Joytime, Rich Robinson, Bombino, Monophonics, Otis Taylor Band, The Larry Keel Experience, Love Canon, Con Brio, The Legendary Shack Shakers, Head for the Hills, Liz Vice, Los Colognes, Selasee & The Fafa Family, Dave Eggar Trio, Monster Atlantic, Roosterfoot, Blue Mule, Look Homeward, The Midatlantic, Bloodkin, The Steepwater Band, Dead 27s, Mingo Fishtrap, Honey Island Swamp Band, Polyrhythmics, The Congress, The Defibulators, Banditos, Caravan of Thieves, Dead Winter Carpenters, Dustbowl Revival, Keller & The Keels, T Sisters, The Screaming Js, Marley Carroll, Higher Learning, TigermanWOAH!, These Wild Plains, Little Tybee, The Show Ponies, The Wild Reeds, Mallett Brothers, Cask Mouse, Cactus Attack, Hanumen, Party Liberation Front, Blind Owl Band, Cabin Creek, Dalton Dash, The Devyl Nellys, Forlorn Strangers, Grand Ole' Ditch, Mason Via, Moonshine District, Of Company, Rob Nance & The Lost Souls, The Wildmans, Zoe Ravenwood, The Shack Band, Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey, Skribe, The Hip Abduction, Urban Soil, Octo Pus, Doby, Dale & The ZDubs, FeelFree,
                                and the return of SPIRAL!

Floydfest 16 is located up on the Blue Ridge Parkway and about 50 minutes from The Claiborne House B&B if you want to stay with us and "be a dreamer" to attend this music fest!
But don't settle for a soundtrack. Nothing touches the LIVE MUSIC EXPERIENCE, which FloydFest 16~Dreamweavin' offers in spades. You have 25 days left to purchase before the July 1 price increase! Whether you're a High Roller or High Occupancy (HOV),campingglamping, commuting for a single day or staying for the whole delicious5-day enchilada, follow your dream!
Click here to anchor your summer.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Darrell Scott plays Rocky Mount in September

Darrell Scott performs at the Harvester Performance Center on September 17, 2016. 
Darrell became one of the more successful country songwriters of the late '90s and early 2000s, placing songs with the biggest names in country music, including several major chart hits. 

Here are a few songs that have been covered by other artists you may know:

Singles composed with others[edit]

Saturday night September 17 you can hear and see Darrell live at The Harvester here in Rocky Mount Va, tickets are for sale online, and you can walk to this show from The Claiborne House B&B, if you want to. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Random Ramblings from an Innkeeper: Wing Dingin' it

I had not been to the Floyd Country Store since April 29, 2005 for their Friday Night Jamboree. 

We always have guests checking in on Fridays and cannot go, although last Friday Bill Hunt's buddy from his band Orion "Steve the fiddler" said they were all goin' and said I could too, but I didn't and they did.

...and he played a mean fiddle with other wing dingers in the streets of Floyd outside the country store.
The Friday Night Jamboree at The Floyd Country store is something to see. The room fills up with people from all over, some in nice clean overalls, some dressed in a way you know they are foreign visitors, some hippies, some cowboys, all walks of life. But one thing that happens is when the strings begin to get plucked and strummed the toes commence to tappin' and the dance floor quickly fills up shoulder to shoulder. 

This is called "flat footin'" and if you have never experienced it then you won't get it, I hope you do experience it, which is the purpose of this blog.

Beyond the music, and the singing on the occassional song you will notice a strange noise, what is that? Percussion? It sounds sharp and click click click. Ahhh it is tap shoes. You see if you want, you can put on tap shoes when you flat foot dance.

I went to the grocery store yesterday and ran into this nice fella who we met that night at the Friday Night Jamboree way back in 2005. He and his sweet sister were there that night and she came up to me and said "You know, I have a pair of tap shoes that I brought with me just in case I saw a little girl about your girls' ages, would they like to have them?"

If you look real close at the photos above that I took back in 2005 (our girls are now 19 and 22) you will see those black tap shoes. Some of the others on the dance floor are wearing white taps.

At the grocery store he immediately asked me how the girls were. That is how it is around here, nice folks.

You see the Friday Night Jamboree is for everyone, the man in the long sleeved black t-shirt with Levi's is my Dad. He is dancin' with his sister who came out that trip with their Mom, my Nana from Northern California. That was the last time I saw my Nana.

We took these photos on the porch and ended up at the Friday Night Jamboree that evening. I just cut the girls hair off to donate to Locks of Love.
I recently read:

 "What if today you didn't have what you weren't thankful for yesterday?"

Let that sink in for a bit, ponder it a bit throughout the day, like I am.

Learn more about the Floyd Country Store here, they have Americana Afternoons on Saturday and the world famous Friday Night Jamboree. It is a 50 minute scenic drive from The Claiborne House B&B.

Part of the destination is the journey, if you want to go to Floyd from Rocky Mount and you don't want to enjoy the drive then you have missed the journey entirely. 

Here are some of the things we saw on Sunday headin' to Floyd, Virginia:

Monday, June 20, 2016

Amazing news from Rocky Mount

We now have TWO Natural Area Preserves in our town, how cool is that! June 6 is National Trails day, so here is our contribution...2 trails in Rocky Mount Virginia.

What is so amazing is that you can see both of them from The Claiborne House B&B.

Grassy Hill Natural Area Preserve and now the newest kid in town, which I wrote a blog articles about "Balds are Beautiful" and "Colonist Scalped on Bald Knob".

Both of these are extraordinary hikes. 
The first, Grassy Hill has a trail head with maps and information about the flora and fauna found there, why it is a preserve, etc. 6.6 miles of trails, steep, rocky and then bam you get his with the view, and it will knock your socks off.

The second, Bald Knob Natural Area Preserve is just acquired and will have DCR led hikes (or if you are like most in Rocky Mount, you go hike it yourself). We did this when it was private property. But we took only photographs and left only footprints, well not even that. The high school ROTC were the one running up to the top and back (since it is next to the highschool track)

Bald Knob is where Rocky Mount got her name. I wanted to use that in a book one day, where they tried to save "Bald Knob" and now it has happened, so my quirky story may not be as fun. I will still include Hazel's Holy Ghost Hair Salon in my story tho...wait for it.

Click here to see a list and map of all of Virginia's Natural Area Preserves.

When you stay with us at The Claiborne House we can give you directions to these trails, they are just 2 miles away and 6 blocks away.