Thursday, April 3, 2008

Franklin County on The Crooked Road - Music, Art, Moonshine and More Music

If you walk to the end of our street from The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast (Claiborne Ave) and turn right you will be facing the building Antiques and Collectibles of The Crooked Road. Inside this new building you will find anything from old crockery to jewelry to furniture. If you get the chance to wander upstairs you will come to Carol Yopp's Wildlife Art Gallery. This just opened this week and features paintings by area artists, sculptures, hand-carved wood works, pottery and other local items of interest.

Our local photographer Dwight Haye's has an area featuring many of his photographs of Rocky Mount and Franklin County's most well known places, in addition to landscape scenes.

Rocky Mount is the Gateway to The Crooked Road: Virginia's Heritage Music Trail. One block north of the gallery you will find the Kiosk installed by the Crooked At this kiosk you can tune your car radio into an a.m. station and hear the interesting facts about our county and its heritage music and why we are included in this fascinating road trip - called The Crooked Road.

There is also a large map of the trail posted on the kiosk and inside The Depot (Visitor's Center) you can get more information on the trail and other sites of interest along the way.

The Depot features live bluegrass and mountain music every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month called Footlights of The Blue Ridge. Bill Fuller brings together some of the top artists from our region and take my word for it, your toes will tap.

The next concert of Footlights of The Blue Ridge is April 11 at 7pm. Artists performing will be the amazing David Parmley and Continental Divide.

Across the Street from The Depot is Downtown Music. Inside this music store you can see some of the instruments that make bluegrass and ol' timey music what it is. Handmade banjo's are created right here in this studio.

Enroute into Rocky Mount on Route 40 (kitty-corner to the McCarty's McDonalds) is Hall's Music, another wonderful place to pick up some authentic bluegrass instruments. Hall's Music also has some local music on CD as well as sheet music of some of your favorite songs. If you want to see a mandolin, dulcimer, banjo, dobro or fiddle up-close this is the place! 540.484.8890

Sunday, April 20 - "Moonshine Express" - ride a vintage bus through Rocky Mount, meeting "characters" associated with Franklin County's liquid industry. Tickets are $14 and go on sale March 20. Displays and old vehicles will be available. See our replica moonshine likker still and talk to folks from both sides of the law at tour headquarters.

Choose your departure time: 1:30 p.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:00 p.m.Sponsored by the Franklin County Historical Society (540) 483-1890 or

Friday, June 6 Community History Days begin at Sheriff Shively's Storehouse on "The Crooked Road" - VA 40 West of Rocky Mount. Hosted by Lane & Sue Rakes. This date marks the one-year anniversary of this community project. Learn about the Endicott/Shooting Creek area - mini museum in the store. History and music theme items for sale and sale. Locally produced arts & crafts. Continuing each Friday.

Photo of local Rocky Mount group Pickin Buds - - hear them on their myspace page and book 'em if you like:

Festival In The Pines 28th Annual Event is Apri 30 - May 3. 2008 Kicks off with a barn dance.

The Larry Stephenson Band, The Lost & Found, Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys, Ramblers Choice featuring Jr. Sisk, The James King Band, The Bluegrass Brothers, Patrick Henry, Travelers Dance Team, The Churchmen, Michelle Nixon & Drive, The Little Mountain Boys (2005 Showcase Win) In The Tradition (2006 Showcase Win) Roan Mountain Hill Toppers Marcie Horn & Next Step, Midnight Ramblers (2007 Showcase Win) Hard Drivin' Grass, Ted Jones & The Tarheel Boys

For more information contact Tripple Creek Campground at .

JUNE 2008 Join us for the 1st Annual Rhythm & Views Festival at Smith Mountain Lake. This Lakeside Concert Series kicks off with an incredible lineup of bluegrass musicians on Sunday, June 8, 2008. Gates open at 2 pm and music starts at 4 pm.

The Rhythm & Views Festival will take place at the W.E. Skelton 4H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake. Featuring Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, Nothin Fancy, Acoustic Endeavors. Go to the website listed for more details. 540-721-2759

For other events not listed here you can also visit our Franklin County website:

Lastly, if you come a road trip to visit The Crooked Road, we invite you to stay with us and enjoy all that Franklin County has to offer. But please note, this is not just a music trail, as I illustrated above, it is about the fascinating people of these Blue Ridge Mountains, it is the culture, the day-to-days that make this Crooked Road such a special place.

Life is too short for bad coffee... Shellie @ The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in Rocky Mount Virginia