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May 2018

Blacksburg’s Hiking Culture

May 8 @ 10:00 am - September 1 @ 4:00 pm
Alexander Black House & Cultural Center, 204 Draper Road, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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Hiking means different things to different people. Hikers often like to submerge themselves in nature - for anywhere from a few hours during a short walk, to thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail for several months. With easy access to the Jefferson National Forest and the Appalachian Trail, as well as plenty of green space in town, Blacksburg’s hiking culture spans across a broad spectrum and is embraced by many of its citizens. This exhibit explores what hiking does for our community, what hiking opportunities are available in and near Blacksburg, and what goes into making these trails safe and available for people. In addition to our hiking culture exhibit, there is also a collection of hiking-related photos on display called The Green Tunnel: Works by Matt Gentry.

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The Green Tunnel: Works by Matt Gentry

May 15 @ 10:00 am - July 28 @ 4:00 pm
Alexander Black House & Cultural Center, 204 Draper Road, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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Appalachian Trail Hikers commonly call Virginia "The Green Tunnel." Virginia has more of the famous footpath than any other state with 550 miles of trail out of the 2,185 miles and 14 states the Appalachian Trail runs. Most northbound thru-hikers enter Virginia in the early spring, just as fiddle head ferns appear, the trees begin to leaf, and corridors of rhododendron and mountain laurel nestle them. This exhibit explores Virginia’s Green Tunnel as it meanders through the Roanoke and New River Valleys. While Hiking the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club’s 113 mile section of trail as well as a portion of trail maintained by the Outdoor Club at Virginia Tech, Gentry explored the color green in its many facets through a series of photographs and drawings. Matt “Sharpie” Gentry is a Blacksburg citizen, artist, and photographer. Gentry completed a three decades long section hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2014 and continues his evolvement with the trail by volunteering and co-maintaining an 8.5 mile section of the trail in Giles County through the Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club. He earned the trail name Sharpie while keeping a sketch book journal of his hikes and adventures and continues to leave drawings and musings in shelter journals, written in Sharpie.

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August 2018

6th Annual Alexander Black Tie Gala

August 25 @ 6:30 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 an elegant evening of dining and dancing at one of downtown Blacksburg's premier events. This year's theme will be "Black Tie & Boots." Click here for more information or to purchase tickets.

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October 2018

Blues, Brews, and BBQ

October 13 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
St. Luke & Odd Fellows Hall, 203 Gilbert St
Blacksburg , VA 24060 United States
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Join us for our Fifth Annual Blues, Brews, and BBQ event. With 8 bands, 2 stages, great food, beer, and wine, you are sure to have a good time! The event is free, though donations are encouraged. Click here to see last year's schedule - the 2018 lineup will be available later this summer.

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December 2018

Once in a Lifetime Experience!

December 28 @ 8:00 am - 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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