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The Crooked Road: Far from Straight & Narrow

by Stefanie | Posted on August 27th, 2014

You don’t have to stay on the straight and narrow to get to The Crooked Road. This 333-mile trail of pure Virginia Heritage Music is going to take you on a journey through the history of the origins of country, bluegrass, gospel and more.

“A place of beauty, a place of song. This is The Crooked Road.”

As you travel, pull of at any of the 26 Crooked Road wayside exhibits, where you can learn more about the music and musicians who have made their mark in each location.

Home of the Birthplace of Country Music, Bristol brings musicians, scholars and fans alike to pay homage to country music’s past. The familiar melodies of the historic Bristol Sessions in 1927 still echo through the only city that can celebrate its unique title of the Birthplace of Country Music.  The Bristol Sessions were not the first country music recordings, but they were the first country music recordings to be mass produced and distributed. Because of the influence these sessions had on the music industry, the 1927 Bristol Sessions are also known as the ‘Big Bang’ of country music.

Johnny Cash once said, “The Bristol Sessions is the single-most important event in the history of country music.”

The Carter Family Fold is a rustic, 1,000 seat music shed offering traditional Appalachian music.

The Carter Family Fold is a rustic, 1,000 seat music shed offering traditional Appalachian music.The Carter Family Fold is a rustic, 1,000 seat music shed offering traditional music.

There’s nine major venues throughout the trail, each telling the story of The Crooked Road’s history.

Jams are abound throughout the trail. Stay the night around one of the venues and take in the excitement of the music.

Plan a trip around some of the eclectic annual festivals along The Crooked Road, including:

 

Heartwood Artisans Center

Heartwood Artisans Center

Experience The Crooked Road’s treasure that is Heartwood. It’s the gateway to Southwest Virginia, homeplace of traditional music and serves up the best of regional craft.

Explore the rich musical heritage of Southwest Virginia at Heartwood – and glimpse the frontiers of fusion with other traditions and instruments. Heartwood is also a performance place for the frontiers of this music, as performers explore new instruments, fuse with other musical traditions or push their horizons toward new forms of expression in special concerts and other events. Every Thursday night, enjoy live music and Heartwood’s special BBQ menu. Its restaurant serves up lunch, Thursday BBQ, Sunday breakfast, and a coffee and wine bar.

Shop at The Crooked Road store for artisan crafts, apparel, handmade instruments, music and more.

Nine major venues, more than 60 affiliated venues and 26 wayside exhibits. The Crooked Road will lead you on an adventure through the history of country music.

 

 

 



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Celebrating Virginia’s Naval History

by Tom | Posted on March 30th, 2012

Virginia’s sailing history goes back as far as its founding, so when an opportunity comes to showcase that sailing heritage, we’re all in.

Opsail Virginia 2012 logoThis summer visitors can get on board for OpSail 2012 Virginia™, a week long commemoration of the War of 1812 and celebration of the world’s great tall ships. From June 1st to June 12th, numerous sailing vessels, including current U.S. Navy ships, will ply the waters around Norfolk and Hampton Roads. Many of these ships hail from foreign ports and will bring with them their cultures and international experience to share with guests.

Piggybacking on Norfolk’s annual Harborfest®, events will include the traditional Parades of Sail, ship tours, fireworks, concerts and festivals, educational events and even more programs.

Here’s just a sampling of some of the major events in and around the Hampton Roads/Eastern Shore of Virginia:

Norfolk – June 9 – Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers will play a free concert at Town Point Park on the waterfront.

Hampton – June 1-3 – Blackbeard Pirate Festival

Virginia Beach – June 1-3 – Blue Angels Air Show – Patriotic Festival

Yorktown – June 1-3 – Yorktown Maritime Weekend

Norfolk – June 6 – Virginia Arts Festival Finale & OpSail 2012 Opening Night Gala

Norfolk – June 8-11 – Norfolk Harborfest®

Cape Charles – June 8-12 – Tall Ships Cape Charles

Tall Ship Sunset

 

 



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Happy Birthday President Wilson!

by Casey | Posted on December 28th, 2011

On December 28, 1856 Woodrow Wilson was born in Staunton, Virginia. While he was taken to Georgia as an infant, he always referred to himself as a Virginian. Wilson was the 28th President of the United States of America.

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum in Staunton, Virginia.

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum in Staunton, Virginia.

Visit the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum in Staunton today – for free – until 5 p.m. On display is his Pierce-Arrow limousine, and you’ll be intrigued with the new state-of-the-art World War I trench exhibit. Children will enjoy the interactive Kids’ Corner, and it’s a beautiful day for a stroll through the boxwood garden.

Can’t make it today? Visit 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday or from noon until 4 p.m. on Sunday (winter hours). Admission is $5 to $14 depending on age; kids 6 and under are free.

Additionally, the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond, Virginia is hosting a multi-gallery long-term exhibit called The Story of Virginia in which Woodrow Wilson is included in the Americans Again segment focusing on World Wars I and II, the Great Depression, and the Cold War. The Historical Society is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 ’til 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Learn more about Virginia’s Presidents at http://www.virginia.org/BirthplacePresidents/.



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