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March 2017

“Wind Chimes: Elements and Seasons” Art Exhibition

March 11 @ 10:00 am - May 12 @ 4:00 pm
Alexander Black House & Cultural Center,
204 Draper Road, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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These beautifully quilted "chimes" were created by Fiber Artists @ Loose Ends, a collective of ten fiber artists who challenge themselves to explore new ideas, techniques, and materials in their art. Each artist created a "chime" representing the four elements: fire, water, air, and earth. Within the parameters set by the group, the eight pieces reflect each artist’s unique style and individuality. Techniques range from traditional quilting designs to painting on silk to fused fibers that have been stitched and then melted. “We are always looking to challenge ourselves to create art and explore new ideas and techniques, and to inspire and nurture creativity. By sharing our work in private and public venues, we express our passion for the textile medium.”  

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May 2017

The Bicycle Culture of Blacksburg

May 16 @ 8:00 am - August 31 @ 5:00 pm
Alexander Black House & Cultural Center,
204 Draper Road, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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Rambler Bicycle Club of Roanoke. Historical Photograph Collection, Special Collections, University Libraries, VPI & SU. Since the 1970s, bicycling has gained popularity for a number of reasons: for leisure and exercise, as a means of commuting, and as a way to live a more sustainable lifestyle. In Blacksburg, community organizations, local stores, and a network of public trails have created a bicycle culture that continues to evolve. This exhibit will explore the origins of the bicycle and its influence in our region and in the town of Blacksburg.

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June 2017

New Town Festival: Gospel Sing

June 3 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
St. Luke & Odd Fellows Hall,
203 Gilbert St
Blacksburg , VA 24060 United States
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Join us for our 3rd Annual Gospel Sing, part of our New Town Festival series, at the St. Luke & Odd Fellows Hall. The afternoon will be filled with singing, dancing, and fellowship as local groups and soloists perform their favorite current and old-time gospel favorites. The event is free, though donations are encouraged. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Back by popular demand, Chef Richard Perry will offer a traditional fish fry. Former residents of New Town - an African American neighborhood in Blacksburg during the time of segregation - will participate in a panel discussion to share what life was like living in New Town. Tentative Schedule 12:00 Voices of Expression - First Baptist Church, Clay Street, Blacksburg 12:40 Indian Run Gospel Duet 1:20 The Berger Family 2:00 New Town Panel Discussion 2:40 The Approvals & New Beginnings - Greater Mt. Zion Church, Christiansburg 3:20 Heaven Bound - Fairview Community Church 4:00 Bob & Claudia Goldstein 4:40 Alexis Johnson Sponsored by the Virginia Tech Foundation, Downtown Blacksburg Inc., and the North End Center.

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July 2017

Afternoon Tea Party

July 9 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Alexander Black House & Cultural Center,
204 Draper Road, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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Join us for a tea party, and be sure to dress for tea! Wear your white gloves and your favorite hat. There will be a poetry reading, hat contest, music and door prizes. A special selection of locally-blended teas will be served and available for sale in our gift shop. Tickets are $25 per person, proceeds will benefit the continued restoration of the Alexander Black House & Cultural Center. Call (540) 558-0746 to reserve your spot today. Special thanks to Carolyn Ansley (A Spot of Tea) and Nicole Schwarz (the Devotea) for helping us organize this event!

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August 2017

Alexander Black Tie Gala

August 26 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Alexander Black House & Cultural Center,
204 Draper Road, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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Join us for one of Downtown Blacksburg's premier events - the 5th Annual Alexander Black Tie Gala. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to dine and dance in the elegant atmosphere of the Alexander Black House. Your $95 ticket includes dinner, hors d'oeuvres, dancing, live music, and a champagne toast. There will also be live and silent auctions, beer, wine, and a selection of mixed drinks. A limited number of tickets will be sold, so purchase yours early! If you would like to sponsor an entire table (for 8) for $800, please call 540-558-0746. Table sponsors receive a table reserved exclusively for your group, two bottles of wine, and recognition for your generous support.

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