If you’re looking for a little bit of heritage and nostalgia, as well as a way to be included in something as notable as the 50th anniversary of the longest continually running outdoor drama in Virginia, head to Big Stone Gap this summer.
The Trail of the Lonesome Pine is an outdoor drama based on the novel by John Fox, Jr. that tells of a sweet Appalachian girl and a handsome miner. As the brochure puts it,
“This is a musical drama that depicts the story of the great boom in Southwest Virginia when the discovery of coal and iron ore forced the lusty, proud mountain people into making many drastic changes in their way of life.”
Mark one weekend this summer (maybe June 21, opening weekend?) to adventure to the June Tolliver Playhouse for this, the official Outdoor Drama of Virginia.
Rates: $15/Adult; $12/Senior 55 and older; $8/child aged 6-12; $8/person in a group of 15 or more
Show Times: Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings with the box office opening at 7 p.m. and pre-show performances from 7:15 to 7:45 p.m.
Virginia’s artisan trails are rich with history and beauty, and I’m not just talking about the stunning drive that gets you where you’re going. Regional flavor is highlighted in meticulously woven, painted, hammered, thrown and blown pieces. Every stained glass has a story to tell, as does every hand carved wooden treasure.
Virginia’s largest artisan network is ‘Round the Mountain, connecting 19 counties and four cities’ worth of studios, galleries, craft venues, farms, vineyards and other creative points of interest via 15 trails. More than 400 artisans and craftspeople are represented, with Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway in Abingdon serving as the primary entry point.
Enjoy these artisan trail adventures for genuinely charming interactions and a great sense of Virginia hospitality. You’re truly going to LOVE what you find. Shall we sweeten the pot? Go ahead and enter to win one of three exclusive vacations to experience Southwest Virginia’s artisan trails, unique places to stay and more.
Plan a weekday or weekend visit to take in a show or two. Nearby hotels offer packages that include show tickets, although another notion is to purchase a deal from the Barter itself. Enjoy your show with extras thrown in. See below!
Summer 2013 Schedule
May 2, 4, 5, 7, 9-11: “I’ll Never Be Hungry Again” - Gone With the Wind as a musical-comedy! Described as Mad magazine meets Scarlett O’Hara as performed by Monty Python.
May 2-4, 8-9, 11: “Little Women” – Adapted pretty straight forward from Louisa May Alcott’s treasured novel of the same name.
May 2, 4-5: “Half a World Away” – Noted as a timely story of the timeless desire to belong, this is a powerful play about the immigrant experience of a 17-year-old boy who has spent half his life in Burma and the other half in America.
Select dates May through August – “Les Miserables” – One of the most loved musicals of all time, entirely in the Barter’s own production.
Select dates May through August – “Southern Fried Funeral” – A big-hearted comedy about Southern family, manners and traditions. You’ll laugh out loud!
Select dates June and July – “A Streetcar Named Desire” – One of the 20th century’s most enduring plays by Tennessee Williams, one of the south’s greatest writers.
Select dates June and July – “The Gin Game” – Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winner, “The Gin Game” is a game of gin rummy between two nursing home residents that drums up old heartaches and resentments.
Select dates July and August – “Hanging Mary” – This is a brand new tale of a significant regional story – that of a circus elephant named Mary who meets an untimely end for murder. Only eight performances!
Select dates August and September – “Good Ol’ Girls” – Love a strong southern woman? Don’t miss this musical quilted together by chart-topping country pop writers. Bring the girls and tap your toes!
Take a break from your Saturday yard work and find an art or music festival to LOVE in Virginia.
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.
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).
The big event is the Virginia International Tattoo, occurring April 25-28 at the Scope Arena in Norfolk. Presented in the grand tradition of the world’s oldest tattoos, this Tattoo is an all-American show of patriotism and pride. The dynamic cast of more than 850 hails from several countries and offers something for everyone. Count on marching bands, massed pipes and drums, military drill teams, Celtic dancers, choirs and as always, surprise guests!
Coppelia, performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet, is receiving great acclaim. Daily Express (UK) calls it, “mischievous and vivid,” while The Stage (UK) says it’s, “staged and so beautifully danced … Cheer for BRB, they are at their peak.” See the performance at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk April 19-21.
Mature audiences will be treated to Meow Meow, a cabaret performer. This show is suggested for ages 16 and older. Meow Meow is hailed a “dazzlingly multi-talented performer” by The Age (Australia). See her March 19-24 at Robin Hixon Theater in Norfolk.