2nd Annual Zumbathon for Rett Syndrome
Spend Labor Day weekend enjoying the beauty and cool breezes at the Peaks of Otter and enjoying three free performances of traditional mountain music. On Saturday, September 3, come to the amphitheater, located behind the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center to hear "Bill and Maggie" Anderson play traditional mountain music from 2-4 p.m.
On Saturday, August 27, National Park Service Park Ranger Charles Wray will present the hour-long program Habitat Hunt at the Otter Creek Campground campfire circle, milepost 60.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The program will discuss three different types of habitats found in the Blue Ridge Mountains and how one organism obtains what it needs to survive from that habitat. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. Parking for visitors not registered to camp at the campground is available in the Otter Creek restaurant parking lot.
At Peaks of Otter, Saturday, August 27, 8 p.m. Join National Park Ranger Richard Nash as he examines the life of our eastern giant, the Black Bear. Learn about the interactions between bears and humans where their habitats meet. Following the program, a Ranger will lead our weekly night hike through woodland and meadow habitat; bring a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes if you plan to attend.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp 1475, will hold its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night, August 30. Revely Carwile from the Campbell County Historical Museum will discuss his work in locating Civil War soldier's graves and other historical subjects. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library, 201 East Main Street, next door to the court house. There is plenty of parking and there is no charge. The public is welcome. For more information, call Boyd Hubbard at 434-546-7415.
Smith Mountain Arts Council (SMAC) will present David Wiley and friends in two concerts on Labor Day Weekend. Both will take place at Trinity Ecumenical Parish, Lakemont Drive and Route 122 in Moneta.
Yesterday afternoon, we had a brief glimpse into what many Californians and others in earthquake prone areas experience regularly without a second thought. In my house, I was lying down and the wall next to my bed began shaking, the knick-knacks on the shelf attached to that wall began rattling. And there was a sound - a roaring sound. We have an elliptical machine which is about 2 feet away from that wall in the next room. I was sure one of the kids was on their pumping it really hard and causing this problem!
On Saturday, August 20, National Park Service Ranger Charles Wray will present an hour-long program Where are the Critters? at the Otter Creek Campground campfire circle, milepost 60.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The program will introduce visitors to the habits and habitats of some of the Parkway's nocturnal mammals. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. Parking for visitors not registered to camp at the Otter Creek Campground is available in the Otter Creek restaurant parking lot.
Over the years, I've developed a hobby of making little tiny sites dedicated to small topics. I thought it was something fun to do. It's a much different type of writing than simple blogging, where you write anything that's on your mind.
On Saturday, August 20 from 7 to 9 p.m., the 13th annual Creative Spotlight will be held at the Peaks of Otter Lodge in the Flat Top room. The show will highlight performances by local adults and teens from the various counties surrounding the Peaks of Otter. The featured poets are June Hamlett, Tony Martin, Megan Poindexter, Chris and Phil Raintree as well as Ranger Sandra Ludwig.
Saturday, August 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. plan on joining the 2011 Bedford County Family Farm Tour, a free family-oriented event. In celebration of Bedford's diverse agriculture, this year's tour will high-light Little Doc's Llamas and Alpacas, home to an array of farm animals including, in addition to the llamas and alpacas, beef cattle, sheep, goats, ducks, chickens, and more. Other anticipated activities include hands on history with Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest; a demonstration of an antique cider press, farm equipment and livestock including miniature horses and Bedford Area Master Gardeners on hand to share their knowledge of gardening in our area. Additionally, groups scheduled to be with us with information and displays include other local farms, the Bedford County Hunt, the Farm Bureau Women's Committee, Peaks of Otter Soil and Water Conservation District, the Virginia Department of Forestry and Bedford 4-H/FFA. Lunch will be available for purchase. You are welcome to bring a picnic but please leave your pets at home. For a copy of the brochure visit the Web site or call Bedford Extension Office at 540-586-7675
Spent some time today re-reading Buffett's argument for making the rich pay their fair share and providing some analysis.
On Saturday, August 13, National Park Service Ranger, Charles Wray will present an hour-long program at the Otter Creek Campground campfire circle, milepost 60.8 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The program will discuss some of the invasive animal species which now live in the Southern Appalachians and some of the ways they have impacted native species. The program begins at 7:30 pm. Parking for visitors not registered to camp at the Otter Creek Campground is available in the Otter Creek restaurant parking lot.
The Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library will present its monthly bluegrass concert on second Friday night Aug. 12, at 7 p.m. This is part of the Bedford Main Street promotion to showcase downtown Bedford and its many shops and attractions. Come early and eat in our restaurants, shop in the stores, and then come to the Museum for several hours of good music. If the weather permits, they will be in the parking lot, so bring a lawn chair. If the weather is not good, they will be in the third floor meeting room (elevator available). There is plenty of parking. The Reed Creek Boys will lead the concert with the Dalton Brothers and Brenda Smith also performing. The Museum is located at 201 East Main St in Bedford.
The following information is subject to change. Please call 1-800-RedCross to confirm drive dates and times before attending.
Smith Mountain Lake - USA Dance 6042 will meet at New London Ruritan, August 19, from 7:30-10:30 p.m. There will be a one hour waltz lesson followed by social dancing. Members: $7, Nonmembers $10, students $5. Light snacks provided. Beverages available at the snack bar. Newcomers and singles welcome. Contact Cindy at 434-426-9787.
Do you have a photograph with a story waiting to be told? What about some of the wonderful family stories you have heard over the years or are you interested in local history? Trying your hand at fiction or poetry? Write Now welcomes anyone interested in writing to join us on August 18. The group will meet at 7 p.m. at the Bower Center for the Arts at 305 N. Bridge Street in Bedford. Bring a piece of writing you are willing to read aloud to the group. Write Now meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month. For more information, call Betsy Mercer at 434-841-4199.
Wharton Foundation's Bower Center for the Arts will host Riddle on the Harp for a concert on Saturday, August 13 at 7:30 p.m. The concert which is open to the public will be cabaret style. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online or at the door the evening of the concert. The Center is located at 305 North Bridge Street in Bedford. For more information, call 540-586-4235 or check the Bower Center website.
Katrina and I went to this last year and we really enjoyed it and learned a lot! And we got pictures of a mama bear and her cubs behind the lodge!
If you are interested in learning about photography, or you want to share your photo ideas with others, join the Bedford Photo Group. The Group meets the second Monday of each month at the Bower Center, 305 North Bridge Street at 7 p.m. The next meeting is Monday, August 8 at 7 p.m.. For further information, call 540-586-4235.
At the Peaks of Otter, Saturday, August 6, 8 p.m. Farmin' On the Mountain. Join Ranger Richard Nash as he explores the way of life for the Johnson and Bryant families as members of the Mons Mountain Community. Following the program a National Park Service Ranger will lead the weekly night hike through woodland and meadow habitat; bring a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes if you plan to attend.
Learn to play the keyboard from the talented musician, songwriter and music educator, Paddy Dougherty. The young and the young at heart will have fun with Paddy learning to actively enjoy music in their lives.
The Worx will give their third annual performance at the Sedalia Center on Saturday, August 6, in a fundraiser concert sponsored by Century Beverage Distributors.
Free parking is available at the Midtown Parking Deck, located at 9th & Commerce Streets.
Programs at the Otter Creek Campground Campfire Circle (Milepost 60.8), 7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 6. Hey! What's That Tree? Do you ever wonder what kind of tree you might be looking at? One of the ways to identify trees is by their leave. Meet National Park Service Ranger Charles Wray to find out what a dichotomous key is and how to use one. Then you can use the key to identify trees by their leaves. Parking for visitors not registered to camp at the Otter Creek Campground is available in the Otter Creek restaurant parking lot. Night Hike: Following each Saturday evening program, weather permitting, join a National Park Service Ranger for an hour of nighttime exploration. Bring a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes. Free!
A Cruise-In will be held on August 6, 3-8 pm (rain date August 13). $10 donation per vehicle show entry. Door prize drawings for vehicle show entries. Music provided by Tory Bailey. Food will be available for purchase. All proceeds go to the Bedford Fire and Rescue Squads. Directions: from 460W, 1st exit past Walmart, bear left onto Rt 714, 2nd right onto Smith St, left at stop sigh onto 43S, take 2nd left onto Four Seasons Drive, Bedford. For more information, call Willie 540-330-9193, Steve 540-586-5378 or Don 540-874-4883.
Started a new site this week, caption of the day. We're going to put some funny pictures up and ask folks to write their own captions.
The Wharton Foundation's Bower Center for the Arts has a new exhibit entitled "Abstraction" which will hang until August 27 in both of the galleries.
August 3rd, 9 - 11 am. Free. Bedford Post Office, 500 E Main Street. No registration required.
August 6, 2011
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
William Campbell Combined School
$2.00 admission; children 12 and under free
Created to honor Campbell County’s rich heritage, this event will offer: the “Amazing Grace” mule show; antique car show; sheep herding and shearing demonstrations; mule jumping; a quilt show; tobacco tying demos; corn husk doll making; grist mill; apple butter and cider making; basket weaving; historical reenactments; antique tractors/power show; fiber spinning; antique tools; crafters; children’s activities and live musical entertainment.