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September 2017

A Conversation with Kathleen Grissom and Leah Weiss

September 14 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Alexander Black House & Cultural Center, 204 Draper Road, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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Join us for a conversation with two accomplished Virginia authors as we celebrate the release of "If the Creek Don't Rise," the debut novel from Leah Weiss. Born in North Carolina and raised in Virginia, Leah Weiss describes her writing as "southern and musical and best when read aloud... always about people who are self-sufficient and hard working with humble dreams." "If the Creek Don't Rise" tells the story of Sadie Blue, a young wife and new mother living in remote Appalachia, desperate to make her own mark on the world. This intimate insight into a fiercely proud, tenacious community unfolds through the voices of the forgotten folks of Baines Creek. With a colorful cast of characters that each contributes a new perspective, "If the Creek Don’t Rise" is a debut novel bursting with heart, honesty and homegrown grit. In her review of "If the Creek Don't Rise," bestselling author Kathleen Grissom says "This one nearly broke my heart. With deeply human characters I will not easily forget, Weiss captures the fierce pull of desperation and the formidable power of hope. An impressive debut from a talent to watch.” A reception begins at 5:00 PM, the formal program starts at 5:30 PM.

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Virginia Tech vs. Clemson Tailgate Party!

September 29 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Historic Linkous House, 2190 Merrimac Road
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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Join us for a Tailgate Party the Friday evening before Virginia Tech’s big game against Clemson! Hosted by Larry Linkous at his family’s historic home on Merrimac Road. Tickets are $25 per person and must be purchased in advance. Your ticket includes: A Traditional Pork BBQ Meal with Side Dishes Live Music from Local Favorites The High Grass Band Tours of the Historic Linkous Home (See Below for More Info) Cash Bar Serving Wine and Local Beer from Rising Silo Brewery Cornhole & Other Tailgating Games Free Parking We’ll have the big tent set up, so this a RAIN or SHINE event! *** The Historic Linkous Home was built in 1798 by Heinrich Linckost, one of the earliest settlers in the region, and an ancestor to many of the region’s well known families. Heinrich first came to the region as an indentured servant for the Preston family at nearby Smithfield Plantation, where he worked as a blacksmith. Although the home has gone through a number of changes, it has stayed with the Linkous family for more than 200 years and still retains many of its original features. While the home itself is impressive - the huge collection of antiques and historic artifacts compiled by Larry Linkous are enough to fill multiple museums. As an auctioneer and avid history buff, Mr. Linkous has amassed hundreds of items related to local, state, and national history, including: Bodell pottery made in Blacksburg, milk bottles from the old VPI creamery, Civil War artifacts, and a clock that dates to 1690. There are more items than we could possibly list here, so purchase your ticket today for this rare opportunity to view this unique private collection! Purchase Tickets Online $25.00 per person for dinner, music, games, historic home tour and more! CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS NOW

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October 2017

The Press Gang: New Music in the Irish Tradition

October 4 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Alexander Black House & Cultural Center, 204 Draper Road, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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The Press Gang fuses the talents of squeezebox player Christian “Junior” Stevens, fiddler Alden Robinson, flute-player and vocalist Hanz Araki, and guitarist Owen Marshall into a high-octane musical partnership. The quartet blends their skill and fluency in traditional Irish music with their curiosity and aptitude for other styles. The joy that these musicians pour into playing music together is unmistakable and infectious. The result is a unique sound; at once energetic and sensitive, innovative and reverent.  To hear a sample of their music, click here to visit their website.  Doors will open at 6:30 PM, music will begin at 7:00 PM. A $15 donation suggested. Drinks available for purchase, proceeds to benefit the continued restoration of the Alexander Black House. Feel free to bring a snack to share!

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Art Walk in Downtown Blacksburg

October 6 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Alexander Black House & Cultural Center, 204 Draper Road, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. is sponsoring an Art Walk on Friday, October 6. Galleries throughout Blacksburg will be open from 5 to 7 PM featuring a variety of local and regional artists. Local artist Martha Olson will be at the Alexander Black House & Cultural Center to open her new exhibit "On the Streets Where You Live." 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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Blues, Brews, & BBQ

October 14 @ 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 Fourth Annual Blues, Brews, and BBQ! 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 for more information, including a schedule of performers.

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