Sunday, April 27, 2008

Bluegrass Overdose at Festival in The Pines at Tripple Creek


Festival in The Pines 28th Annual Tripple Creek Show April 30 - May 3, 2008

Celebrating 28 years of puttin' on toe tappin' bluegrass with the hottest artists in the Blue Ridge!

Come on out to Rocky Mount Virginia to hear Bluegrass like none other. Our local Tripple Creek Campground is the host to this annual bluegrass festival. Don't forget to bring a chair! Just in case you do, we have one y'all can borrow. Here is this year's line up:

Featuring...

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. Click here for the full schedule and lineup.




Gate Price 3 days for $70 or
4 days for $75 -- Children under 12 free with an adult
Directions from The North (Roanoke) - Take Hwy 220 South take the 3rd Rocky Mount Exit and go up and over the highway, go approx half mile then take left onto Tripple Creek Road - go 1/4 mile, entrance on right, follow the signs.

Directions from the South (Martinsville) - Take Hwy 220 North take the 1st Rocky Mount Exit, go a half mile then take left onto Tripple Creek Road - go 1/4 mile, entrance on right. Follow the signs.

From the Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast take either one. (Actually we can give you very simply directions from the B&B as we are only about 3 miles from Tripple Creek.) Address is 1184 Tripple Creek Road, Rocky Mount VA 24151


540.483.9839 for more information on this amazing toe tappin' festival.

A little bit 'bout headliner Larry Stephenson:


"One of the best and most influential of high lead/tenor singers in recent years." - Bluegrass Now Mag.

"One of the finest voices in Bluegrass today" - Bluegrass Unlimited

“A true treasure is the singing of Larry Stephenson. This guy is one of the finest singers Bluegrass has ever seen." - Bluegrass Canada

“Among the brightest and most reliable carriers of bluegrass tradition” - International Musician

Visit Larry Stephenson Band website at: http://www.larrystephensonband.com/



Life is too short for bad coffee... Shellie @ The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in Rocky Mount Virginia http://www.claibornehouse.net/

Friday, April 18, 2008

The Carolina Road and Waid Recreation Park


Here through the Waid Homestead, The Great Wagon Road from Philadelphia to Georgia, known locally as "The Carolina Road" passes through the Blue Ridge.

Orginating as The Great Warrior Path of the Iroquois centuries before, the path was frequently used by The Iroquois before being ceded to the whites in 1714 to become one of the most heavily traveled roads in all of colonial America.


Located just 7 miles from The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast, is Waid Homestead and the last existing stretch of this Carolina Road.

I have heard it said that one in every 4 Americans has a relative that has traversed this road. So believe it or not, many of you have ties here to our Franklin County Virginia.


Waid Recreation Area is open daily and home to some great trout fishing, thrilling canoe trips, beautiful walking trails, exciting ball games, and adventurous bike riding. Named Waid Park after the family who owned and lived on this land, it is The Waid Homestead. The barn and two tall old chimneys are all that remain from their farm.


Waid Park is located off of Six Mile Post Road in Rocky Mount, Virginia. This Park offers a variety of Walking and Biking Trails, Baseball and Softball Fields, Soccer Fields, Pigg River Fishing and Canoeing, Playgrounds, and Picnic Shelter Facilities.
The Picnic Shelters are located near playground equipment and have restrooms and grills. This Park is nestled near the Pigg River and is home of the "Pigg River Ramble" and the "MW Country Mountain Bike Race."

I have said it many times on the blog, that Franklin County is the moonshine capitol of the United Stated. Well here on the Waid Homestead is a small cabin, and my daughter took a photo of what is found inside this small cabin after climbing past poison ivy and possible snakes!

These are unused bottles of course, but looking at the style and markings, they are easily pre-1930's.

There is no sign of CAUTION DO NOT ENTER on the outside of this dilapidated cabin. In Virginia, we don't like people telling us what to do (as evidenced many years back in the War between The States) so we only ask that you use common sense when exploring glass riddled shacks.

So if you would like a place to hike, ride your bike, wiggle your toes in a cool trout stream or simply stand on a trail where many Iroquois have passed and wagons have tread during colonial America...just head on over the Waid Park. Less than 10 minute drive from The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast.


If you leave Waid Park and stay on the same road heading West (Six Mile Post Road aka Route 640) it will land you on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Life is too short for bad coffee... Shellie @ The Claiborne House Bed and Breakfast in Rocky Mount Virginia http://www.claibornehouse.net/






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 Road.org. 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. http://www.thecrookedroad.org/

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

MOONSHINE EXPRESS
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 http://www.franklincountyvirginiahistoricalsoc.org/

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: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=193583882


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

Featuring...
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 http://www.tripplecreek.com/ .

1ST ANNUAL RHYTHM & VIEWS FESTIVAL AT SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE
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. http://www.dlpconcerts.com/ 540-721-2759

For other events not listed here you can also visit our Franklin County website: http://www.visitfranklincountyva.org/

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 http://www.claibornehouse.net/