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November 2017

Downtown Blacksburg Art Walk & Winter Lights Festival

November 30, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Friday, December 1 is a great night to visit downtown Blacksburg! In addition to the annual Winter Lights Festival taking place, the Alexander Black House is participating in an Art Walk along with a number of other downtown businesses and galleries. Asiatic Orange Lily by Carole Davis Between 4 and 7 PM, local artist Carole Davis will be on hand to discuss her latest exhibit "Blacksburg in Bloom." Carole painted Blacksburg in Bloom as a response to the beautification of downtown Blacksburg that takes place each spring. She dedicates this show to everyone who plans, plants, digs, weeds, waters, trims, mulches, or helps coordinate the beautification effort. Her show will be on display until Saturday, January 6, 2018. Click the following links for more information on the Art Walk and the Winter Lights Festival.

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December 2017

Holiday Open House

December 2, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Alexander Black House & Cultural Center, 204 Draper Road, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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Stop by the Alexander Black House & Cultural Center for our Holiday Open House! There will be something fun for everyone in the family to enjoy. * Bring the kids by to visit with Victorian Santa Claus from 10 AM to Noon. * See the home decorated for the holidays, including a display of vintage ornaments and children's toys. * Enjoy a 10% discount on everything in our gift shop. * Enjoy hot cider & cookies. * Self-guided tours of the beautifully restored Queen Anne Victorian home. This event is free, though donations are always encouraged!

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Closed for a Private Event

December 30, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Alexander Black House & Cultural Center, 204 Draper Road, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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The Alexander Black House & Cultural will be closed on Saturday, December 30 for a private event. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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January 2018

Tellico: “Appalachiacana” Music from Asheville, NC

January 12 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Alexander Black House & Cultural Center, 204 Draper Road, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24060 United States
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Blacksburg native Anya Hinkle returns for a special concert with her Asheville, NC-based band Tellico. Tellico is a product of Asheville’s thriving roots music scene, its members well schooled in bluegrass but with an unbridled, organic “Appalachiacana” style. Their distinctive sound combines some of the most authentic voices, compelling songs and talented instrumentalists in North Carolina and beyond. Tickets are $20 per person, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Blacksburg Museum & Cultural Foundation. Light refreshments will be provided, beer & wine will be available for purchase. Space is limited, so purchase your ticket today! ANY REMAINING TICKET SALES ARE STANDING ROOM ONLY Tellico Concert Tickets $20 Ticket for Tellico Concert at the Alexander Black House on Jan 12, 2018 Click Here to PurchaseMore about Tellico Tellico features the singing and songwriting of Anya Hinkle (guitar, fiddle) and Stig Stiglets (bass, harmonica), with Aaron Ballance on dobro and Jed Willis on mandolin and clawhammer banjo. Tellico independently released their debut album Relics and Roses in 2015 with a sophomore release planned for 2018. Tour highlights include appearances at MerleFest, Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, WUNC Back Porch, IBMA Bluegrass Ramble, Jammin’ at Hippie Jack’s, Appaloosa Festival, as well as many concert series, live music venues and listening rooms, across the Southeast. “Tellico threads the needle of top-notch musicianship and compelling songwriting while simultaneously honoring their forebears and making music that is fresh and new. Their songwriting crafts an acoustic soundscape of Appalachian daydreams that stack up to the works of John Hartford, Emmylou Harris and the Avett Brothers.” -- Joe Kendrick, WNCW FM, Spindale, NC “On the new Relics and Roses, Asheville's Tellico puts their ‘Appalachiacana’ sound to work showcasing some of what western North Carolina is known for...” --The Bluegrass Situation “While timeless and authentic are words you hear describing music quite often, here they both ring true.” --The Daily Country

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February 2018

Soul Food Sampling

February 10 @ 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
St. Luke & Odd Fellows Hall, 203 Gilbert St
Blacksburg , VA 24060 United States
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Food is important to every culture; however, the role, ingredients, and traditions that define procuring, preparing, and consuming food differ as cultures develop over time and places. The Soul Food Sampling event will include a brief discussion on the history and traditions of soul food, the recollections of residents of the former New Town neighborhood where the St. Luke and Odd Fellows Hall is located, and samplings of traditional soul foods. Enjoy great food as we explore the origins of this cuisine that developed through the imposed privations of enslaved people as they persevered and prospered by creating “food families.” The remarkable cooks who devised the cuisine not only put food on the table but also made it taste good! Today, “soul food” describes certain tastes and ingredients as well as the traditions of survival, community cohesion, and caring family relationships. Guests will enjoy typical soul food in an atmosphere of lively conversation, informative discussions, and excellent examples of this truly American cuisine. THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT.  Please try again next year if you were not able to join us! Sponsored by the Virginia Tech Foundation, the merchants of the North End Center, Downtown Blacksburg, Inc., Champs, and Blue Ridge Catering & Wikiteria.

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