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May 2017

The Bicycle Culture of Blacksburg

May 16 @ 8:00 am - August 19 @ 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 in 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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July 2017

Afternoon Tea Party with special guest Nikki Giovanni

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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Afternoon Tea Party Join us for a tea party in the elegantly restored Alexander Black House & Cultural Center. Be sure to dress for tea! Wear your white gloves and your favorite hat for you chance to win the hat contest. There will be music, door prizes, and a poetry reading with nationally renowned author and Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech, Nikki Giovanni. Ms. Giovanni will read selections from her recent book "Bicycles: Love Poems." 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. Special thanks to Carolyn Ansley (A Spot of Tea) and Nicole Schwartz (the Devotea) for helping us organize this event! Seating is limited, so purchase your tickets today! CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE ONLINE You can also purchase your ticket at the Alexander Black House (Tues-Sat, 10 AM-4PM) or by calling 540-558-0746.

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August 2017

Alexander Black Tie Masquerade 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 Masquerade Gala! Take advantage of this rare opportunity to dine and dance in the elegant atmosphere of the Alexander Black House. Your ticket includes dinner, hors d'oeuvres, dancing, live music, and a champagne toast. There will also be a silent auction, 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. Purchase Your Black Tie Gala Ticket Today! To purchase individual tickets or to pay for a table sponsorship, please click the link below. You can also pay by phone by calling 540-558-0746. Tickets are $95.00 per person. Table sponsorships are $850 each, and include reserved seating for 8 guests at 1 table, 2 bottles of wine, and sponsorship recognition. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE

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October 2017

“On the Street Where You Live” – Art Exhibition by Martha Olson

October 3 @ 10:00 am - October 29 @ 4:00 pm
Alexander Black House & Cultural Center,
204 Draper Road, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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Martha Olson works with altered papers to create new works of art. She begins by recycling glossy magazine pages that are altered by crumpling, tearing, cutting, and applying a releasing agent to dissolve the ink printed in the paper. Each page produces a one-of-a-kind image and color palette that gets filed and collected. She applies many layers of paper to draw the viewer in for closer inspection, allowing them to discover and experience surprise images and personal interpretations. "On the Street Where You Live" presents all new original works. This show embodies what one might discover on streets and neighborhoods near and far, real or imagined. "I have always searched for a medium to express the long unspoken artistic language that I knew was a part of me. Altered paper has provided a visual voice releasing memories of silent observation, or life experiences, or a turn of a word or a phrase." - Martha Olson

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December 2017

Once in a Lifetime Experience!

December 28, 2017 @ 8:00 am - December 28, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Alexander Black House & Cultural Center,
204 Draper Road, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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$500,000- Enjoy a once in a lifetime experience at the Alexander Black House! Start your stay with a champagne greeting with the Executive Director. Enjoy a private all-access behind-the-scenes tour hosted by our Director of History and an Alexander Black descendant including access to the full unfinished house. An elegant private dinner will be served on Alexander's personal China catered by your choice of local caterer complimented by live harp music. Conclude your evening with an overnight stay in Alexander's bedroom. Wake up to a continental breakfast catered on Alexander's personal China by Our Daily Bread followed by tickets to a local event for that day. In addition, you will receive naming rights to a wing of the Alexander Black House! Don't miss out on this once in a lifetime experience in Blacksburg's Living Room! Choose your stay dates from the dates below.

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