A Conversation with Heartwood Artisan, Lily Kusmik

`Round the Mountain artisan, Lily Kusmik, will be at Heartwood this Friday & Saturday, November 23rd and 24th to share her approach to creating beautiful, very TOUCHABLE sculptural vessel forms in porcelain like this.

One of Lily Kusmik’s sculptural vessel forms in porcelain

Click the link, below, to hear Lily talk about her work, then come meet her at Heartwood this Friday & Saturday, and bring one of her lovely creations home for the holidays!

A Conversation with Artisan, Lily Kusmik

Heartwood artisan, Lily Kusmik

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Grayson County Community Day

Earth Mama, Joyce Rouse, talks with Wytheville radio personality, Danny Gordon, about Friday’s Grayson County Community Day in this podcast of The Cultural Heart of Southwest Virginia, which aired earlier today on WEHC 90.7FM.

Hear what’s in store, then head to Heartwood this Friday, November 16 from 10am-4pm for Grayson County Community Day, and receive a 2013 SWVA Collectible Calendar valued at $19 if you’re among the first 50 people through the door!

Click the link, below, to play the podcast

Grayson County Community Day Podcast

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There’s No Place Like Heartwood for the Holidays!

Heartwood Executive Chef Barry Boothe and Group Sales & Marketing Manager, Alex Veatch, talk about what’s in store in today’s podcast of the Cultural Heart of Southwest Virginia: Authentic, Distinctive, Alive, which airs each Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time on WEHC 90.7FM streaming live at http://www.ehc.edu/wehc.

Hear all about what Heartwood has in store for the holidays by clicking the link, below.

Heartwood Holidays Podcast

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`Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Network

Catch the conversation between `Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Network’s Neva Bryan and Debby Loggans in today’s podcast of The Cultural Heart of Southwest Virginia: Authentic, Distinctive, Alive.  You’ll learn more about the organization’s entrepreneurial approach and about their Handmade Fighting Hunger Food Drive, which kicks off tomorrow.

Click the link, below, to hear their conversation and learn more.

`Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Network

`Round the Mountain Food Drive

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Blues Plate Special!

Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) presents Blues Plate Special, a fundraiser featuring Mac Arnold and the Plate Full of Blues Band, this Saturday, October 6, 6:30 p.m. at The Cradle, 618 State Street in Bristol.

Mac Arnold

Mac’s musical past includes James Brown, Muddy Waters, Otis Redding, BB King, and Soul Train; he is now an organic farmer, whose Greenville, SC-based “I Can Do Anything” Foundation’s mission is similar to ASD’s.

Nicole Vachon Hanlon shares a taste of what’s in store in this Cultural Heart of Southwest Virginia podcast, which you can hear by clicking the link, below.

Appalachian Sustainable Development’s Blues Plate Special with Nicole Vachon Hanlon

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Abingdon Crooked Road Music Fest Takes the Stage October 5-7!

The first weekend in October, the air will be filled with the sounds of bluegrass and traditional music in Abingdon as The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Music Heritage Trail and the Town of Abingdon team up to host this first ever Crooked Road Music Festival that will feature musical performances, workshops, and competitions.

On Friday, October 5, at Latture Field, The Crooked Road will spotlight their Youth Music from 7 to 9 p.m.  There will be performances by three amazing regional youth groups: The Iron Mountain Ridgerunners, Adam McPeak & Mountain Thunder, and The Wright Kids. The Wright Kids, a young sibling band from Rocky Mount, Va., won national acclaim as Top 10 finalists on season three of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”

The Wright Kids (Photo Credit Michael Vest)

Adam McPeak & Mountain Thunder was formed in 2009 and this dynamic group has performed at venues, festivals, and competitions throughout the East Coast.

Adam McPeak & Mountain Thunder (photo credit Debbie Frye)

The Iron Mountain Ridgerunners, formed in the mountains of Grayson County, Va., play a wide variety of traditional old time dance tunes. Tickets to the Youth Music Showcase are $5 in advance and $10 the day of the show; admission for children 8 and under is free.

Iron Mountain Ridgerunners

On Saturday, October 6, the event continues in downtown Abingdon at Latture Field with an evening full of music, traditional dance and song workshops, great local food, regional crafts, and a tent devoted to the Abingdon Farmers Market Country Roads Cook-Off. The music will be presented on two stages, one main stage and a workshop stage from 3 to 10 p.m., where audiences can hear performances and presentations that provide context for the music. The workshop stage will feature a dance and singing styles workshop and the Bluegrass and Old-Time Band Competitions.  Bands competing in this competition are first or second place finishers from the various music festival competitions in Virginia.  The headliner for the main stage is Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, who is nominated for the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Album and Song of the Year; they will perform at 8:30 p.m.  Other performers on the main stage are Les Moore (blues artist), Whitetop Mountain Band (old-time music), Séamus Connolly (Irish fiddler), Good Shepherd Quartet (gospel) and the winners of the Bluegrass and Old Time Band Competitions.   Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 day of show; admission for children 8 and under is free.

Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice

The final event will be Sunday, October 7, at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway with its weekly Farm Fresh Sunday Gospel Brunch beginning at 10 a.m. The feature group will be The Jackson Family.  Tickets to the Farm Fresh Sunday Gospel Brunch are FREE but must be ordered online in advance to reserve a seat. The brunch is not included in the ticket and can be purchased at an additional cost.

For more information on the performers, the full schedule and to purchase tickets, visit www.abingdon-crookedroadmusicfest.com/ or call the Abingdon Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-435-3440.

Tenille Montgomery | Town of Abingdon

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West Wind Farm Vineyard & Winery

This might sound trivial if it wasn’t so heartfelt — I love everything about West Wind Farm Vineyard & Winery. From our Wytheville front door, we can be there in 20 minutes; but when we arrive, I feel transported. It’s one of those places that my husband and I stop and consider could be any where in the world — of course, Napa Valley comes to mind when I think of West Wind — when, in fact, we’re in Southwest Virginia.

West Wind Farm Vineyard & Winery

For starters, West Wind Farm is just so incredibly honest. The 4th generation farm turned vineyard at the hands of proprietor, Paul Hric. The vineyard draws you in, and you are immersed in authentic wine country, at once and completely removed from all distraction of everyday life.

Paul Hric talks about the West Wind Farm bottling process

According to a series of Facebook posts, this week finds them in the midst of harvest and production. On Monday, “A big week of picking ahead!” followed later that same day by “Today we picked the remainder of the Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris. Up next: Vidal Blanc.” By yesterday, “In the press now: Pinot Gris. Later this week we start picking Vidal Blanc. Busy times!”

Next weekend marks the finalé of their summer concert series with Wine & Swine — wine & BBQ paired with Envision’s live Motown, soul, and beach sounds — Saturday, October 6 from 4-7:00 p.m.

Catch the podcast of today’s Cultural Heart of Southwest Virginia radio show as David Manley talks more about what makes their West Wind Farm family operation so special by clicking the link, below.

West Wind Farm Vineyard & Winery Podcast

West Wind Farm’s Jason (L) and David (R) Manley

Karen Quina-Doyle | Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation

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