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    Good Times at Virginia State Parks

    by Casey | Posted on April 8th, 2013

    You’ll find tons of fun at Virginia State Parks this spring and summer with festivals, concerts and more.

    Pork, Peanut and Pine FestivalWilderness Road State Park will host the annual reenactment of the Raid at Martin’s Station, May 10-12. It’s your chance to see the frontier of 1776, complete with Cherokee warriors and colonial militia.

    Love a beautiful classic car? Head to Douthat State Park in Millboro on May 18-19 for the Douthat Lake Run Car Show, complete with live music.

    Pocahontas State Park, located in Chesterfield, hosts music a music series each summer. This year brings country music sensations Justin Moore (May 23), Creedence Clearwater Revisted (June 13) and Lee Brice with Josh Thompson (July 10). On July 31, catch O.A.R. and keep an eye peeled for a few more concerts to be added.

    O.A.R.

    Gathering in the Gap is an annual event held at Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park in Big Stone Gap. Gathering is a celebration of Southwest Virginia’s music heritage – bluegrass, old-time, blues and Americana. Don’t miss it! May 25.

    The tastiest event at any Virginia State Park is the Delaplane Strawberry Festival at Sky Meadows State Park in Delaplane. It’s held May 25-26 and includes great entertainment, fun for kids and of course, strawberry deliciousness.

    Chippokes Plantation State Park in Surry hosts the annual Steam and Gas Engine Show on June 1. This 23rd annual showing will feature tractor pulls, sawmill demonstrations, and a variety of “hit-and-miss” engines, and antique tractors and cars.

    Later at Chippokes, catch the Pork, Peanut and Pine Festival. It will be held July 20-21 and celebrates the region’s treasured resources on one of America’s oldest continually farmed plantations.

    Wayne Henderson

    Virginia’s luthier legend, Wayne Henderson, hosts the annual Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition at Grayson Highlands State Park in Mouth of Wilson each year. This year’s date is June 15. See Wayne and many more traditional musicians perform.

    Try your hand a fairy stone hunting during the Family Summer Fun Day at Fairy Stone State Park in Stuart on June 22. Free hot dogs and sodas while supplies last, and a DJ from WZBB99.9 will keep the day rocking with a live broadcast.

    The Hungry Mother Arts and Crafts Festival is always a big draw for Hungry Mother State Park in Marion. The juried arts and craftsmen will take their places on July 19.

    Need  a place to stay while you’re enjoying the fun? Check out Virginia State Park cabins. Book early and plan for a week-long getaway.

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    Add a Little Art or Music to Your Weekends

    by Casey | Posted on April 5th, 2013

    Take a break from your Saturday yard work and find an art or music festival to LOVE in Virginia.

    Dayton Redbud Arts & Crafts Festival

    This Weekend - The Fredericksburg Spring Arts & Crafts Faire takes over the Expo & Conference Center Saturday and Sunday to bring you any and every thing that can be classified as art or craft: jewelry, photography,  foods and sauces, candles, wood turnings, paintings,  scarves … The admission is $6/adult, $4/senior and kids 12 and under are free.

     

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    Isaac Gay, winner of the Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Festival Emerging Artist Contest 2010

    This Weekend – The 6th Annual Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Festival hit the streets of Norfolk as of yesterday and offers great music opportunities through Saturday night. From 4 p.m. to midnight music lovers can hit up a variety of venues to enjoy the performances for free. The fun kicks off Saturday at 11 a.m. and wraps up at 7 p.m. with the Emerging Artist Contest at Attucks Theatre ($10).

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    There are many more festivals this spring and summer in Virginia. Find one close to you, that appeals to you, that has a long history or is brand new. You’re sure to find one to love!

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    Crazy … for Patsy Cline

    by Casey | Posted on April 4th, 2013

    Winchester, Virginia was the home of Virginia Hensley, the woman the world knows as country music legend Patsy Cline.

    Patsy Cline on the porch of her Winchester home.

    Cline was the first solo female member of the Grand Ole Opry (1960) and the first female Country Music Hall of Fame inductee (1973). Her hit song, “Crazy,” was written by Willie Nelson and is still the number one jukebox hit of all time.

    Patsy Cline’s home, now the Patsy Cline Historic House, is where she lived, slept and spent her “prime years” (1948-53) while pursuing her career. Visitors enter her home, rather than a museum, to find the cupboards stocked with Quaker Oats and other staples in vintage containers.

    A 30- to 45-minute guided tour shows off Cline’s clothes, jewelry, newspaper articles and more in rooms with original furnishings, set up just the way any home would be. Purchase a souvenir from the gift shop and be sure to take a seat on the front porch glider for a photo reminiscent of Patsy’s (above).

    To explore and learn more about Patsy Cline, check out Crazy for Patsy Cline – an itinerary for those wanting to explore all things Patsy in Winchester.

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    Spring for Virginia State Park Cabins

    by Casey | Posted on April 3rd, 2013

    There’s something awesome about retreating to a cabin. Most often they offer more room than a hotel, more comfort than a tent and more solitude than a bed and breakfast. Truly, cabins are what you make them.

    Bear Creek Lake State Park

    Virginia State Park cabins include basic kitchen equipment (no dishwashers), a set of linens for each bed and one set of towels per person. If you’re used to camping and a cabin is an upgrade for you, you’ll find this to be pleasant news!

    The furniture is rustic, mission style, and the bedrooms even include clock radios. If your kids likes to ham it up like mine do, the missing television and phone aren’t a problem. Truth be told, they’re actually a welcome omission in this age of technology and busyness.

    Having 35 state parks to choose from, you have a wide range of cabin selections, too … 260 of them, in fact. From two-bedroom cabins to six-bedroom lodges, anywhere from one to 16 people can be accommodated. Additionally, waterfront and water view cabins are available at some parks while others are tucked into wooded seclusion.

    Unique state park cabin experiences include Breaks Interstate Park in Southwest Virginia where five hand-hewn waterfront luxury cabins are available. These include laundry amenities and hot tubs.

    Mountain views are plentiful for the ten cabins and one lodge at Natural Tunnel State Park, called the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” They’re all perched high on a mountain ridge with great access to trails.

    Buggs Island Lake is Virginia’s largest lake and the centerpiece of both Occoneechee and Staunton River State Parks – just pick which side of the lake you prefer!

    What You Need to Know

    Natural Tunnel State Park Cabin and Lodge

    • Virginia State Park cabins are rented on a weekly basis Memorial Day through Labor Day (prime season)*.
    • Cabins are non-smoking.
    • While Virginia State Parks are pet friendly, not all cabins are pet friendly. Inquire with the park you’re interested in to learn more.
    • Bring:
      • dish detergent, dish towels, paper towels, coffee and filters, salt and pepper and non-stick cooking spray
      • toiletries, extra bath/beach towels
      • flashlights, board games, books, a deck of cards, etc.
    • Don’t Bring:
      • firewood
    • You’ll Like:
      • an emergency phone at the contact station
      • climate-controlled cabins
      • picnic tables, fire rings and grills
      • decks or porches with rocking chairs
    • Prime Season Rates:
      • Virginia resident rates are about 12% cheaper than non-residents.
        • Efficiency from $474/week
        • 1 Bedroom from $557/week
        • 2 Bedrooms from $643/week
        • 3 Bedroom from $729/week
        • 6 Bedroom from $2,104/week
        • *Prime season starts the Friday night prior to Memorial Day and ends the Sunday night prior to Labor Day, with the exception of eight parks that include October 1-31 (fall foliage season) “prime” as well.

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    See all of the Virginia State Park cabin offerings at Virginia.org/StateParkCabins, then make your plans to getaway for family fun.

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