Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Coomes Center Holiday Express- 12-1-17

Abingdon is “dreaming of a White Christmas”- Discount Participants

*Did you know that for every $100 you spend locally, $68 stays in the community!*

Join us in Abingdon this Sunday, November 19, 1:00PM-6:00PM for early shopping opportunities, specials, refreshments, concerts and Santa will be at The Antique Barn!  Most shops have gift items under $20

See the list of merchants who will be open and the specials they will offer.  Please join the Hearts Of Gold Choir for a Sing Along at the Main Street Park (across from the Post Office) from 1:00PM-2:00PM and the VHCC Women’s Choir 2:00PM-3:00PM at Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church.

Solid Waste Schedule - Thanksgiving 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017

Abingdon is “dreaming of a White Christmas”

November 9, 2017

Abingdon is “dreaming of a White Christmas,”
 with a month of holiday activities for families November 17 – December 9

Abingdon, VA – It’s going to be a white Christmas in Abingdon this season, regardless of the weather forecast.  Beginning Friday November 17, Abingdon celebrates “An Old-Fashioned White Christmas,” a month of family-friendly holiday activities.  At the heart of the holiday schedule is Barter Theatre’s “White Christmas,” which provided inspiration for the Town’s holiday celebration.

Experience a Christmas “just like the ones we used to know,” with a month of holiday celebrations in Abingdon, November 17th through December 9th.   Abingdon’s quaint downtown will be transformed in to a Christmas wonderland, with carolers, magical storefront displays, the scent of roasted chestnuts on the air and special events to celebrate the season.  There will be plenty of opportunities to find the perfect gift, as Abingdon’s merchants will stay open late each weekend to accommodate shoppers.

The Christmas season begins in Abingdon with the opening of Barter Theatre’s “White Christmas,” Friday November 17th.  Barter is a holiday tradition for many families in the region, and this year’s offering is a lavish production of the beloved Christmas movie. It’s a timeless tale of joy and goodwill filled with Irving Berlin’s best songs, topped off with glorious dancing and lots of snow, making this a show a holiday classic for all audiences. The fun continues with “Rudolph,” a holiday story for young audiences, and the hilarious comedies “A Tuna Christmas,” and “The Santaland Diaries,” (better suited for adults).

With plenty to see and do each weekend, families will want to plan to spend the entire day in Abingdon.

The Abingdon Farmers Market will hold a Holiday Market each Saturday morning from 10am to 12pm with baked goods, crafts and gifts, and Abingdon’s merchants will compete for the best store window, with “White Christmas” themed displays.  Other activities include free Christmas concerts, holiday craft workshops for kids, and photos with Santa, hosted by Abingdon’s businesses and non-profits. For a full list of holiday activities for families, go to

Town-wide events include:

Abingdon Merchants’ Holiday Open House
Sunday November 19th, 1pm to 6pm
Kick off the holiday season with a town-wide open house, hosted by Abingdon’s merchants. Jump-start the holiday season, with extended shopping hours (1pm to 6pm), free holiday concerts, and free refreshments at many stores. New this year, Abingdon’s businesses will compete for the most over-the-top window display, inspired by Barter Theatre’s “White Christmas.”   For more information, go to

Small Business Saturday
Saturday November 25th, 11am to 7pm
Skip the Black Friday madness, and head to downtown Abingdon for Small Business Saturday.  Abingdon will celebrate with free family activities and extended merchant hours 11am to 7pm. Roasted chestnuts will be on sale at Main Street Town Park starting at 11am until supplies run out, and the cast of Barter Theatre’s “Rudolph” will be caroling 11am to 1pm on West Main Street. block between Cummings and Russell Road. For more information, go to

Santa’s Mailbox
November 15 – December 10
Make the holidays extra special for your little ones this year with a personal letter from the big guy, postmarked from North Pole, Alaska.  Write your letter to Santa, and drop it in Santa’s Mailbox, located next to The Candy Shed at 272 W. Main Street in downtown Abingdon.  Letters must be dropped off between November 15 and December 10, and must include a name and full return address.   For more information, go to

Abingdon Christmas Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade
December 1st and 2nd
Friday December 1st is the annual Abingdon Christmas Tree Lighting, at 6:00pm At the Market Pavilion on Remsburg Drive. Saturday December 2nd is Abingdon’s Annual Christmas Parade, presented by the Kiwanis Club, 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  Abingdon Baptist Church will offer free cocoa and hot cider during the parade, while the American Chestnut Foundation will offer roasted chestnuts for sale.  Both events are free, and Abingdon’s merchants and restaurants will be open late to welcome families.

Go to for a full list of holiday events and promotions. 

Monday, November 6, 2017

2017 America Recycles Day

America Recycles Day

On Saturday, November 11, 2017, the Town of Abingdon Sustain Abingdon Committee, Keep Southwest Virginia Beautiful and the WACOVA Timebank will hold an America Recycles Day/SWAP event. This event will be from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Abingdon Police Department parking lot (425 West Main Street, Abingdon). There will be on-site FREE e-waste recycling and FREE document shredding.  Donations needed this year are gently used shoes and supplies for the local animal shelter (food, treats, cat litter, blankets, bleach & detergent) and are greatly appreciated.  If you bring donation items, you will be entered into a raffle to win various prizes.  New this year is a SWAP event.  The SWAP is a “bring something, take something” swap.  Items to bring/take include tools, home electronics, and pet products.  There will be free coffee and doughnuts while supplies last. For more information on the America Recycles Day event, please call 276-628-3167 or like us on

*See the attached flyers for acceptable items for e-waste recycling and for more information. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Location and Design public hearing scheduled for Interstate 81 Exit 17 improvements

Thursday, November 2 from 6 - 8 p.m. Virginia Highlands Small Business Incubator in Abingdon

BRISTOL – This week, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will hold a location and design public hearing for improvements to the Interstate 81 exit 17 interchange in the Abingdon area of Washington County.
The public hearing will be held Thursday, November 2 from 6-8 p.m. at Virginia Highlands Small Business Incubator, 851 French Moore Jr. Blvd in Abingdon.

The purpose of the meeting is to give citizens an opportunity to review the proposed project plans that include improvements to the exit 17 northbound on and off ramps, improvements to a segment of Route 75, reconstruction and relocation of Gravel Lake Road, and relocation of the frontage road located adjacent to the northbound exit 17 off ramp (Commerce Drive).

VDOT encourages all interested citizens to attend the information meeting. To give citizens more flexibility in their participation, there will be no formal presentation. Instead, citizens will be able to review plans with VDOT representatives at their convenience anytime between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Also, citizens will have an opportunity to record verbal comments for the official record anytime during the meeting. Written comments will be accepted during the meeting or may be submitted to VDOT by November 20, 2017.  Mail comments to Mr. Ron Flanary, Project Manager, 870 Bonham Road, Bristol, Virginia 24201. Or, email comments to, referencing “Interstate 81 Exit 17 improvements” in the email subject line.
For additional information, or if you require special assistance to participate in the meeting, please call the VDOT’s Bristol District office at (276) 669-6151 or device for hearing impaired (TTY) at 711. (END)

Reporters: A media availability will be held at 5:30 p.m. to walk you through the displays and to answer any inquiries you have for VDOT prior to the 6 p.m. meeting.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Robert Duvall Visits Abingdon, VA

Abingdon, Virginia

For Immediate Release

On October 5th, 2017, Town Manager Greg Kelly met briefly with actor, Robert Duvall, prior to his speaking engagement at the Barter Theatre. Mr. Kelly presented Mr. Duvall with a key to the Town of Abingdon, and thanked him for his visit to help support the State Theatre of Virginia.

The Town of Abingdon was honored to give Mr. Duvall the key and we hope that he enjoyed his visit to Abingdon.

Pictured: Town Manager Greg Kelly with actor, Robert Duvall. 

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Community Center of Abingdon launches a new campaign to Drive Away Hunger

NEWS ADVISORY                                      CONTACT: Nathalie Graham 276-628-3911
September 14, 2017                          

The Community Center of Abingdon launches a new campaign to Drive Away Hunger

Abingdon, VA - On Monday, September 11th The Community Center of Abingdon (CCOA) launched a new campaign to raise awareness and funds for the only Meals on Wheels program operating in Abingdon and all of Washington County, Virginia. The new campaign is focused on raising the awareness of the availability of the program to all the disabled and 80% homebound citizens of these areas regardless of age. The Center is seeking additional funds to help meet the needs of these individuals during these trying times. More information is available at: or
WHO: The Community Center of Abingdon Meals on Wheels program.

WHAT: Launches a new campaign Drive Away Hunger to help raise funds to continue the program.

WHERE: The Community Center of Abingdon, 300 Senior Dr., Abingdon, VA 24210.

WHEN: Critical and immediate relief needed to help maintain and operate the sole Meals on Wheels program for the entire Washington County, Virginia area. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


In recognition of General William Campbell and John Broady

In recognition of the service of General William Campbell and John Broady during the American Revolution, specifically at the Battle of Kings Mountain, two wreath laying ceremonies will take place on September 23, 2017.  The program will begin at 3:00 p.m. at the Broady Cemetery in Saltville, VA.  Participants and guests will then travel to the Aspenvale Cemetery in Seven Mile Ford where the program will continue at approximately 3:45 p.m.

In 1780, William Campbell was Colonel of the Washington County Virginia Militia and John Broady was his man-servant.  When a call was issued for militia to respond to British Major Patrick Ferguson’s threat that, “he would march his army over the mountains, hang their leaders, and lay their country waste with fire and sword,” men from all over the region moved into action.  Under the leadership of Colonel William Campbell, 400 Virginians set out to join patriot militia from modern-day Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.  After a two week campaign, the Overmountain Men fought the Battle of Kings Mountain with overwhelming success.  Thomas Jefferson said it was “the turn of the tide of success which terminated the Revolutionary War, with the seal of our independence”. 

Please join the Black’s Fort Chapter-Daughters of the American Revolution, Royal Oak Chapter-Daughters of the American Revolution, General William Campbell Chapter-Sons of the American Revolution, and the Overmountain Victory Trail Association as we celebrate the lives, achievements, and service of these remarkable patriots.

Directions to the Broady Cemetery from Interstate 81: Take exit 35 and turn onto Highway 107 from the exit ramp going toward Chilhowie.  Drive straight, north from Chilhowie to Saltville, on Highway 107.  Travel approximately 8 miles.  At the first traffic light, turn right onto Highway 91 North.  Go about a mile and turn left onto Battleground Avenue.  You will pass the Saltville Rescue Squad.  At the dead-end of Battleground Avenue, proceed down the dirt lane labeled Broady Cemetery.

Directions to Aspenvale Cemetery from Interstate 81: Take exit 39 and turn toward Seven Mile Ford.  Turn left onto Highway 11 South, Lee Highway, and then turn right onto Seven Mile Ford Road.  The cemetery will be on the right.  (for GPS purposes, use 303 Seven Mile Ford Road, 24354).
If you would like more information about this topic, please call 276-525-1050 or email


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Celebrating the 237th Anniversary of the Muster in Abingdon and the Battle of Kings Mountain

Celebrating the 237th Anniversary of the Muster in Abingdon and the Battle of Kings Mountain

Hear ye!  Hear ye!  Overmountain Men and Living Historians will come to life at the Overmountain Victory Celebration, to be held September 23-24, 2017 at the Abingdon Muster Grounds.   This event will highlight the importance of the Washington County, Virginia militia and the Revolutionary War Battle of Kings Mountain, 1780.  Throughout the 9 acre park, there will be educational stations and demonstrations related to life in backcountry Virginia during colonial times.

On September 23, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., we will have a ribbon cutting ceremony, celebrating the completion of the Wolf Creek Stream Bank Restoration.  The restoration focused on the stretch of Wolf Creek which runs through the Abingdon Muster Grounds, a site which is owned by the Town of Abingdon and is certified by the National Park Service as the northern terminus of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail.  This restoration project helped stabilize the stream bank, improve the hydrology, create habitat and re-introduce native species of plants and trees.  Now that the restoration is done, this section of Wolf Creek is a prime location to support the “Trout in the Classroom” program. Many partners came together to restore the Wolf Creek stream bank, including: Town of Abingdon Virginia, Mountain Empire Chapter-Trout Unlimited, Virginia Department Game and Inland Fisheries, Virginia Department of Forestry, Upper Tennessee Roundtable, National Park Service-Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, Carter Land and Water and the Virginia Chapter-Overmountain Victory Trail Association.

Living History stations will be open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on September 23, 2017.  Visitors can walk the historic Muster Grounds and engage with historians portraying the Overmountain Men, backcountry women and children, Cherokee Peace Chief Attakullakulla, Timothy the Irish Linen maker, blacksmiths, redware pottery artisans, the Muster Grounds Musick Fife and Drum Corps, and much more!

The Overmountain Victory Trail Association (OVTA) will perform the story of the Overmountain Men and the Battle of Kings Mountain at 11:00 a.m. on September 23 and again at 10:00 a.m. on September 24, 2017.  After their presentation, the OVTA will begin their journey down the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, spending more than two weeks following the route of the Overmountain Men to the battle of Kings Mountain.  The OVTA will perform this story to over 10,000 people during the commemorative campaign.

This event has activities for the whole family!  Join the Overmountain Victory Trail Association, Blacks Fort Chapter-DAR, and General William Campbell Chapter-SAR as we bring history to life.

If you would like more information about this topic, please call 276-525-1050 or email

Certified by the National Park Service as the northern trailhead of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, the Abingdon Muster Grounds is a picturesque 9-acre park with significant history.  When a call was issued for militia to respond to British Major Patrick Ferguson’s threat that, “he would march his army over the mountains, hang their leaders, and lay their country waste with fire and sword,” men from all over the region moved into action.  Under the leadership of Colonel William Campbell, 400 Virginians set out to join patriot militia from modern-day Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.  After a two week campaign, the Overmountain Men fought the Battle of Kings Mountain with overwhelming success.  Thomas Jefferson said it was “the turn of the tide of success which terminated the Revolutionary War, with the seal of our independence”.  
The Keller Interpretive Center, located at the Abingdon Muster Grounds, houses southwest Virginia’s premier Revolutionary War exhibits.  Artifacts associated with backcountry Virginia and the Battle of Kings Mountain are on display.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Town Talk with Mayor Lowe on 9-25-17

Town Talk With Mayor Lowe

On Monday, September 25th, 2017, Mayor Cathy Lowe will hold the next “Town Talk” event. She invites the public to discuss town initiatives, share ideas, ask questions, and connect with others in the community. This FREE event is in a casual, friendly environment and all are welcome.

The September “Town Talk” event will be held at The Gallery @ Barr Photographics at 4:30PM. The Gallery @ Barr Photographics is located at 152 East Main Street, Abingdon.

Please join us at Barr Photographics for the next Town Talk,” said Mayor Cathy Lowe.  “Dean's art is the talk of the town” and we are thrilled to showcase his business. Come out and join us Abingdon, we're listening!

For more information on “Town Talk,” call 276-451-0439. 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

September 2017 Meeting Notice

*Please make note that there will be NO Work Session Meeting on September 5th and the Regular Council Meeting will start at 6:30PM.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Main Street Buskerfest returns to Abingdon Labor Day weekend

Main Street Buskerfest returns to Abingdon Labor Day weekend

Abingdon, VA – Abingon’s popular festival Main Street Busker Fest returns Saturday September 2, 2017 with a lineup of brand new acts, including sword swallowers, yo-yo artists, psychics and musicians.  The free street festival aims to bring totally unique performers to downtown Abingdon, for a weird and wonderful experience for all ages. After the daytime festival, select acts will return for Buskers After Dark, a 21+ event to benefit Abingdon Main Street.  
“Busking” is an age-old tradition in which artists perform on street corners and play publicly for tips.  Musicians, jugglers, aerialists, acrobats, and more – street artists add character and fun to their communities.  
Now in its third year, Main Street Busker Fest has grown, offering more artists in more locations.  Thanks to support from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the Virginia Tourism Corporation, AMS has scheduled over 30 acts, including 11 new performers from as far away as Colorado, Kansas City, Asheville, and NYC as well as home-grown talent from the Tri Cities area.
Schedule: The fun starts at 11a.m. for the youth and the young at heart with the Imagination Station on the Barter green, sponsored by Paper Moon Studio. From noon until 5 p.m., entertainment can be found all along Main Street. When the sun goes down, adults 21+ are invited to the Abingdon Market Pavilion for Buskers After Dark at 8p.m., a fundraiser featuring roving performances from the best of the buskers (photo ID required to enter, no exceptions). In keeping with the traditions of the festival, attendees are encouraged to bring a “tip” for Abingdon Main Street, aka a donation at the door.   
The 2017 festival features performers like Imagine Circus Aerialists, A Great Distraction (sidewalk chalk art), Nerdy Noah (comedy variety show), Justin Weber Yo-Yo, Jonathan Austin (juggling and magic show) and Rob and Miss Jane (comedy variety show), in addition to musicians, jugglers, clowns, circus performers and psychics. Busker Fest will also feature fantastic local musicians including JP Parsons, Ian Feathers, Pointer Brothers and even students from the high school marching band.
Three anchor stages will offer space for larger acts, with additional performers located along Main Street in downtown Abingdon.  Food trucks will be available, and Abingdon’s downtown restaurants will be open for lunch and dinner.  Downtown merchants are participating in the festival with sidewalk sales and giveaways, turning all of downtown Abingdon into a carnival atmosphere for the day.  
The festival is free, but visitors should plan to bring change so they can show appreciation to their favorite artists with a tip.  Volunteers will be available to help make change, and several ATMs are located on Main Street.
Festival maps will be provided at the event; for a sneak peek at some of the artists performing, visit
This event is sponsored by the Virginia Tourism Corporation, Virginia Commission of the Arts, Holston Medical Group, and Virginia Highlands Community College. Media sponsors include Bristol Herald Courier, The Loafer, and 99.3 The X.  
For more information, visit or contact Event Coordinator Sara Saavedra at (276) 676-2282 or