Monday, May 22, 2017

Abingdon Recognized for its Appeal to Postgraduates Starting Their Careers


Abingdon Recognized for its Appeal to Postgraduates Starting Their Careers

Abingdon ranked as one of the best cities in the United States for postgraduates to move to and start a career according to LendEDU’s new report.

Analyzing over 30,000 U.S. cities based on factors deemed important to postgraduates such as cost of living and age demographics, Abingdon ranked #84.

A number of other factors were taken into account. The full report and methodology can be found here:




Memorial Day at Veterans Park


Temporary Lane Closure for June 2017


APD Job Posting



Tuesday, May 16, 2017

May 20 & 21 to “Paint the Town” in Abingdon!


May 20 & 21 to “Paint the Town” in Abingdon!
                                
The Virginia Highlands Festival in partnership with the Abingdon Arts Depot and the William King Museum of Art announces their 2nd annual plein air paint-out and pop-up gallery to provide an opportunity for local artists to show their work, highlight all that downtown Abingdon has to offer, and build support for the Festival’s annual art prizes.

On Saturday, May 20 from 10am-3pm artists are invited to come and paint outdoors throughout Abingdon’s Main Street district. Historic architecture, quaint shops, and abundant natural beauty provide the backdrop for your imagination. Artists in all forms of media are welcome, and pre-registration is required. Please visit the Festival website for the registration link and detailed information. www.VaHighlandsFestival.org

On Sunday, May 21 from 2-4pm the WKMA hosts a pop-up gallery where the art created on Saturday will be available for sale. This fast and fresh work is sure to be one-of-a-kind. All proceeds from the art sale will be shared between the artist and the Festival in support of its Juried Fine Art prizes. Attendees will be able to vote on their favorite piece of new work to receive the event’s People’s Choice prize of $100.

"We are extremely pleased to partner with the Virginia Highlands Festival and William King Museum of Art in this new and creative project." said Susan Yates, Arts Administrator at Abingdon's Arts Depot. "The Arts Depot has proudly housed the Festival's Juried Fine Arts Exhibition each year since 1990. Future artists that are accepted in the Festival's shows will certainly benefit from additional prizes and awards generated through this activity. The entire arts community is strengthened when our organizations work together."

“We are privileged to give artists the time and space to create new work, and to give our town access to these artists and to the creative process,” said Festival Executive Director Becky Caldwell. “In my experience, when you help create something you’re excited to see it live on!”

In addition to the Arts Depot and the William King Museum of Art, the weekend event is sponsored by Necessities (266 W. Main St, Abingdon), Anthony’s Desserts and Zazzy’z Coffee Roasters.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Abingdon Garden Club’s 18th Historic Garden and Home Tour 2017


The Abingdon Garden Club is proud to announce that their 18th Garden Tour will be held on Saturday, June 17th, from 10 a.m. - 5p.m., rain or shine. Tickets are $10.00 per person and will be on sale starting June 1st at various downtown Abingdon businesses, including Greer Jewelers at 253 W. Main Street, and Necessities at 266 W. Main Street. You can also pick up tickets the day of the tour at the Visitors Center, 335 Cummings Street or at any of the gardens on display.

This year there will be seven gardens open to the public for a leisurely, self-guided tour which will feature: outdoor kitchen entertainment centers, horse paddocks, a pond with cascading waterfall, a running creek, hardscapes and patios with specimen trees and an abundance of beautiful flowers, plus the butterfly garden at Eberhardt Park. The home of William and Kristy Davis will also be open for guests to view their first floor.

Proceeds from the event will go toward purchasing plants and flowers for the community to enjoy at Eberhardt Park, the Blue Star Memorial, the Shakespearean Garden at the William King Museum of Art, and the Cancer Center at Johnston Memorial Hospital.

The Abingdon Garden Club was formed in 1927 and has continually been involved in community education and beautification.


Please come join us for an exciting day of simple beauty in the gardens of several homes for our Garden Tour.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Work Session Meeting Agenda 5-15-17


Town of Abingdon Community Garden Update

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The Community Garden has lowered the cost to $25.00 for a 20X20 plot. Also, the community garden is now open to Washington County residents.


Part Time Laborer Position


THURSDAY JAMS BRING FREE CONCERTS TO DOWNTOWN ABINGDON THIS SUMMER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

THURSDAY JAMS BRING FREE CONCERTS TO DOWNTOWN ABINGDON THIS SUMMER
Abingdon, VA -- The Town of Abingdon has big plans for its summer concert series, now in its fifth year.  The Thursday Jams summer concert series showcases a wide range of nationally recognized bands at the Abingdon Market Pavilion each Thursday evening, May 18 through July 20.  Presented by Blue Ridge Beverages and the Abingdon Music Experience, the concerts are free and open to the public; a beer garden will be provided by Abingdon Main Street, and local food vendors will be on hand.
Beginning May 18th with the diverse jazz sound of Polyrhytmics, the series includes well-known musical acts such as Aaron Lee Tasjan, The Marcus King Band and many others.  For a full listing of musical acts and dates, visit www.abingdonmusicexperience.com.
This summer will mark the 5th annual Thursday Jams series, which drew thousands of locals and visitors last year. The series is sponsored in part by Virginia is for Lovers Eastman Credit Union,  Universal Fibers and First Community Bank.
Music will begin 7:00 pm each Thursday at the Abingdon Market Pavilion, with a beer garden benefitting Abingdon Main Street opening at 6:30 pm. A variety of food truck and local vendors will be on hand offering concessions.  The events are family-friendly, and attendees are encouraged to bring their chairs and or blankets to enjoy the shows. No outside alcohol is allowed. In case of inclement weather, updates will be posted to social media, and Wolf Hills Brewery will serve as the alternate venue, located at 350 Park Street SE in Abingdon.
The series will host a variety of musical genres including Americana, southern rock, bluegrass, indie folk, soul and roots.  Bands performing during Thursday Jams have also appeared at internationally-recognized festivals like Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Floyd Fest, and Bonnaroo as well as Conan, The Late Show and Music City Roots. Local talent will open each Thursday for the headliners, who will start their sets at 8pm.
Abingdon Music Experience is now in its fifth year of presenting live music in Abingdon.  Other programs include January Jams at Barter Theatre, Virginia Creeper Fest, Thursday Jams, Summer Lovin’ Concert June 10th, Independence Day Extravaganza July 1st and the 3rd Annual Main Street Busker Fest September 2nd, a one-day festival that will fill downtown Abingdon with street performers.
For a full listing of musical acts and dates, visit www.abingdonmusicexperience.com. For more information, call 276-676-2282 or email ssaavedra@abingdon-va.gov.

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Thursday Jams 2017 Lineup
May 18th: Polyrhythmics
For fans of: TAUK, Pimps of Joytime, The New Mastersounds
Creating vivid instrumental imagery with complex rhythms and a unique precision that redefines the term “funk” for 21st Century audiences, the 8-piece Polyrhythmics are proving to be one of Seattle’s finest exports.

Founded from a collective desire to make classic vinyl recordings, Polyrhythmics have been a defining musical force and west coast institution for the better part of a decade.  With four studio albums under their belt as well as a growing pile of limited-release 7-inch 45's, the boys are back at it in 2017 working on a new full length that is scheduled for release later in the year.

2016’s LP release ‘Octagon’, as well as last summer’s blockbuster single collaboration with NW Deep Funk Pioneer Lucky Brown entitled I Believe in Love, is evidence of the band’s ever evolving studio prowess, but it is the seemingly non-stop live performance schedule that has helped make the band quickly known universally for their high energy and dance floor igniting performances.  Fusing elements of afrobeat, funk, psych rock, and world music, the unparalleled musicianship and undeniable chemistry that Polyrhythmics exudes has earned the band nation-wide recognition, and their stellar original songwriting and impeccable analog album production has earned the dedication of music aficionados and vinyl collectors the world over.

Joined by opening act: Devon GilfillianThis concert is part of the 5th annual Thursday Jams series, presented by Blue Ridge Beverage. Music will begin 7:00 pm each Thursday at the Abingdon Market Pavilion, with a beer garden benefitting Abingdon Main Street opening at 6:30 pm. A variety of food truck and local vendors will be on hand offering concessions. The events are free, family-friendly, and attendees are encouraged to bring their chairs and or blankets to enjoy the shows. No outside alcohol is allowed. Get more info atThis concert is part of the 5th annual Thursday Jams series, presented by Blue Ridge Beverage. Music will begin 7:00 pm each Thursday at the Abingdon Market Pavilion, with a beer garden benefitting Abingdon Main Street opening at 6:30 pm. A variety of food truck and local vendors will be on hand offering concessions. The events are free, family-friendly, and attendees are encouraged to bring their chairs and or blankets to enjoy the shows. No outside alcohol is allowed.

 May 25th:  Aaron Lee Tasjan

For fans of: Tom Petty, Todd Snider, Drive By Truckers
East Nashville-based musician Aaron Lee Tasjan has always considered himself a songwriter first and foremost, writing his own off-kilter folk-inflected songs since he picked up his first acoustic as a teen guitar prodigy. “A lot of the stuff I did previously was never the main focal point,” Tasjan explains. “It’s all just been pieces along the way.”  His most recently released Silver Tears offers a glimpse through the eyes of one gifted songwriter and versatile musician. Whether playing guitar in the late incarnation of riotous glam-rock innovators the New York Dolls, the gender-bending, envelope-pushing sleaze n’ tease arena rock band Semi Precious Weapons, the Neil Young-signed alt-country act Everest, British roots rock band Alberta Cross, Southern rock stalwarts Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ or even as frontman of the devilishly cleverly-named Heartbreakers meets Replacements rockers Madison Square Gardeners,  offer a glimpse through the eyes of one gifted songwriter and versatile musician.
While those stints may have never been his main destination, each one has been a stepping stone that has uniquely informed his songwriting and made him a compelling, singular artist. Tasjan’s songs, as first heard on his debut solo EP, 2014’s Crooked River Burning, are indebted to great American storytellers like John Prine, Tom Petty, Guy Clark, Steve Goodman, Arlo Guthrie and Todd Snider. They are imbued with wry wit, a sharp tongue and a lot of heart.
Last year’s self-released LP, In The Blazes, received accolades from American Songwriter, Rolling Stone, Nashville Scene and NPR and suggested Tasjan was an artist to keep an eye on. While that album hinted at Tasjan’s enormous potential, it’s his sophomore effort, his New West Records debut, Silver Tears, that best realizes his artistic ambitions and solidifies him as one of the most intriguing singer/songwriters to emerge in sometime. An inspired and confident set of songs, the 12-track album, which features a cover with Tasjan decked out in a reflective suit and Stetson, careens from woozy pot paeans to brooding, cinematic observations to laid back ‘70s country-rock and galloping anthems to introspective folk and rollicking honky-tonk. “I might have made something that will surprise people,” Tasjan admits. “I didn’t completely abandon the recipe, but I really stretched myself and pushed beyond what people might expect from me. Being true as a musician, I’m not just one thing – and a variety of styles is a way to accomplish that. “
Joined by opening act: Amythyst Kiah
June 1st:  Jakubi
For fans of: Bruno Mars, Arrested Development, Leon Bridges, The Suffers
Jakubi is a Melbourne-based band composed of two brothers, two cousins and one friend whose love for producing music brought them together and whose pure talent propelled them forward. Jakubi’s unique flavor stems from an irresistible combination of jangly guitars, hip-hop beats and sailing synth rhythms. Flawlessly melding the sounds of a talk box one minute and reggae-inspired guitar the next, the band’s infectious experimental songs are guaranteed to get everyone dancing.
2014 saw the band touring two continents and three countries including Australia, the US, and Canada. Since the release of their first single in 2013, the band’s music has been streamed on SoundCloud almost 5 million times and has amassed over 4 million views across YouTube.
The band’s latest single, “Couch Potato,” earned the praise of the king of pop culture commentary himself, Perez Hilton, who says, "It's so dope! They've got a real laid-back, positive vibe that's infectious.” The playful video for the track features a couch coasting down the street and was filmed by dragging the couch behind a car, a stunt that accidentally got the band featured on "Highway Patrol," a national television show in Australia.
After a whirlwind 18 months the band is excited to announce their second tour of the US and will be celebrating with the release of their debut EP.
Joined by opening act: Leeda “Lyric” Jones
June 8th: The Broadcast
For fans of: Grace Potter, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac
Three decades from now, a documentary filmmaker in search of his next rockumentary will come across The Broadcast and realize he’s hit gold. The story of the rock and soul outfit not only comes with its own high-octane soundtrack, it hits on all the key points: Challenges are overcome, miles are logged, performances are slain and an oft-jaded music industry is enticed. There’s dancing. There’s a love story.

Over 50 years ago, Bob Dylan traveled—as many would after him—from the American heartland to New York City, singing his way to the stage at The Bitter End in Greenwich Village. For Caitlin Krisko and her band The Broadcast, the story began at The Bitter End and wound up in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Like Dylan in reverse, lead singer Krisko grew restless in the city that never sleeps and dropped everything to move to Asheville, N.C., in 2010. It was there Krisko met guitarist Aaron Austin spending the next couple of years working as a songwriting duo releasing their debut LP, Dodge the Arrow, in 2013 (recorded at famed Echo Mountain Studios with LA producer, Eric “Mixerman” Sarafin). The record was an exploration of “bombastic, larger-than-life” sounds which went on to sell over 10,000 copies independently and ranked #4 on the college radio charts.

In 2015, The Broadcast got “the call” from producer Jim Scott (Tedeschi Trucks Band, Tom Petty), and the band began recording their sophomore effort, From the Horizon, which was released in June to rave reviews from Relix Magazine, Paste, and Live for Live Music. From The Horizon embodies a new sense of home, comfortably seating The Broadcast in the company of their Americana contemporaries. With a mix of soul, blues and classic rock arrangements, The Broadcast has shared stages with Mavis Staples, John Prine, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, The Wood Brothers, Brandi Carlisle, Keller Williams, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, George Porter Jr. (Funky Meters), Betty LaVette, Charles Bradley and Holly Williams, among others.
Joined by opening act: David Earl
June 15th: Forlorn Strangers
For fans of: Pokey LaFarge, Mipso, Gillian Welch, Old Crow Medicine Show
Forlorn Strangers is a Nashville, TN based Americana quintet, with members hailing from the great states of Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania & Minnesota. The band is comprised of five songwriters, each having their own distinct sounds & styles that blend into one cohesive voice. Their music is rooted in family harmonies & flavored with guitars, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, & foot stomping percussion. The band is comprised of sisters Abigail Dempsey (fiddle, percussion, vocals) and Hannah Dempsey Lusk (mandolin, percussion, vocals); along with Chris Banke (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Benjamin Lusk (banjo, guitar, vocals), and Jesse Thompson (upright bass, dobro, guitar, vocals). Since 2013, Forlorn Strangers has released two EPs (While the Grass Grows and American Magic Tricks) and has toured continuously across the United States, playing for an ever­increasing group of appreciative fans. Forlorn Strangers recently wrapped up production on their first full­ length release, which was recorded at John Prine’s Nashville studio, The Butcher Shoppe and produced by Grammy winner Phil Madeira. In 2015, Forlorn Strangers played over 180 shows, including dates with Anti­ Records’ Sean Rowe.
Joined by opening act: Missy Raines & The New Hip
June 22nd  The Marcus King Band
For fans of: Tedeschi Trucks Band, Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Songwriter. Guitarist. Singer. Bandleader.  At only 20 years of age, Marcus King’s dazzling musical ability is evident throughout The Marcus King Band, the young phenom’s 2nd full-length LP and first for Fantasy Records.  Operating within the fiery brand of American roots music that King calls "soul-influenced psychedelic southern rock," the album highlights King’s gorgeous, rough-hewn vocals, soaring guitar work and heartfelt songwriting all amidst a group of masterful musicians who, together, are quickly becoming one of the country’s most sought after live acts.

Raised in Greenville, South Carolina, King was brought up on the blues, playing shows as a pre-teen sideman with his father—bluesman Marvin King, who himself was the son of a regionally-known guitarist—before striking out on his own. Going beyond the sonic textures of his acclaimed 2015 debut album, Soul Insight; The Marcus King Band broadens his sound, touching upon everything from funky R&B to Southern soul and Americana in the process. His band gets in on the action too, stacking the songs with blasts of swampy brass, a lock-step rhythm section and swirling organ. Ever the multi-tasker, King bounces between several instruments, handling electric and acoustic guitar — as well as pedal and lap steel — while driving each track home with his soulful, incendiary voice.

Having spent the past year tirelessly playing ever-larger venues and festivals to a burgeoning fan base, The Marcus King Band was written on the road and recorded during a series of live takes at Carriage House Studios in Stamford, CT. The album captures the energy of the band's blazing live show, as well as the talent of a rising young songwriter reaching well beyond his years.

Joined by opening act: The Get Right Band

June 29th:  Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys

For fans of: Lake Street Dive, Jill Andrews
In 2009 The Flatbellys recorded Get ‘Round in a house on Foster Ave in Lansing, MI. Flatbelly mandolinist, Josh and Spencer, Flatbelly bassist, joined a local bluegrass band, and Lindsay left the country for my last semester of college. When Lindsay returned she had an album’s worth of material and convinced the two remaining Flatbellys, and a handful of other Michigan musicians, to help me record it. We called it Lindsay Lou - A Different Tune.

In October of 2013 they solidified the current lineup with PJ George on bass. His knack for harmony singing and playing soulful music on just about any instrument he choses has undoubtably had an effect on their music. PJ’s musical background spans from being a bluegrass bassist [Barefoot, Nora Jane Struthers] to a drum major to a jazz pianist to co-founder of an alt rock outfit [The Cheap Seats]. He’s toured extensively and has played a major role in recording a good number of albums.

 The group has all up and moved south of their home state in the Great Lakes to make Nashville their home base. They tour so much that home is usually on their backs like the old bluegrass standard declares and the road is feeling more like home than ever.
Joined by opening act: Jenni Lyn
July 6th:  Eric Gales
For fans of: Jarekus Singleton, Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr.
Blues guitar phenom Eric Gales was born and raised in Memphis, learning to play at age four from older brothers Eugene and Manuel in imitation of their upside-down, left-handed style (a tradition actually passed down from their grandfather, Dempsey Garrett Sr., who was known to jam with the likes of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf). Winning his first blues contest at 11, four years later Eric signed to Elektra to issue his 1991 debut LP, recorded with Eugene on bass; Picture of a Thousand Faces followed in 1993. Manuel (who previously performed under the alias Little Jimmy King) reunited with his siblings for 1995's Left Hand Band, credited to the Gales Brothers.
A newly matured Gales returned in spring 2001 to release his debut for MCA, That's What I Am. Often billed as the second coming of Jimi Hendrix, Gales, an adequate singer at best but a dynamite guitarist, suffered for the comparison. With Gales always influenced by Hendrix and the power trio format, his next albums, 2006's Crystal Vision and 2007's Psychedelic Underground, both released by Blues Bureau Records, seemed like facsimile Hendrix albums, right down to the album art. His next two releases from Blues Bureau, 2008's The Story of My Life and 2009's Layin' Down the Blues, found the Hendrix influence muted somewhat, but Gales, a breathtaking guitarist at times, still seemed to be looking for a way out of the Hendrix shadow and into his own voice. Gales returned in 2010 with Relentless, a collection of 13 originals, and followed it with the passionate Transformation a year later in 2011.
Eric Gales is a very talented Blues-Rock guitarist and vocalist from Memphis, Tennessee, USA. His music is a fusion of Hard-Rock, Blues and Funk. Eric Gales has released nine studio albums so far, his latest being "Relentless".

Joined by opening act: Austin Aaron Band

July 13th: Brent Cobb

For fans of: Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Eady

Just off of his tour in support of Chris Stapleton, Brent Cobb and his band join us in Abingdon, VA for a free show downtown at the Abingdon Market Pavilion. Brent Cobb didn’t set out to write an album that feels and sounds like the place he grew up. But now that the grooves have been cut in his debut LP, Shine on Rainy Day, there’s no denying the people, the places and the vibe of his southcentral Georgia home infuse almost every song.
“It just is Georgia,” Brent says in his musical drawl. “It's just that rural, easy-going way it feels down there on a nice spring evening when the wind’s blowing warm and you smell wisteria, you know?”
It’s quiet down there where he’s from in Ellaville – “population 1,609” - laid back and forgotten in the shadow of Atlanta and Savannah. The people have blue-collar values and believe in treating your neighbor like you want to be treated. They believe in curses and the dark finger of Fate and wield a sharp, dark sense of humor that sustains them through the hardest of times. Distant radio stations, roadside honkytonks made of cinderblock and back-porch picking sessions heavy on the backbeat predominate under Spanish moss-strewn live oaks and loblolly pines.  It was the perfect place to grow up.
Cousin, Dave Cobb, began building a reputation as one of music’s most exciting producers for his work with Chris Stapleton, Jamey Johnson, Sturgill Simpson and Jason Isbell. As part of his deal with Elektra, he conceived of a concept album called Southern Family and thought it only right his “little cousin” have a part. “So I was like, ‘I’ll be there,’” Brent said. He contributed “Down Home” to the album and also mentioned the project to Lambert, who wanted in and sang the Brent-written “Sweet By & By,” a standout on an album full of them.

It was during these sessions that the Cobbs began to notice a real connection in the way they would approach songs during the recording process. “It just felt like home, you know?” Brent said. “I made the comment, ‘Dude, let's just do it.’ So we did.”
From the Nashville slice-of-life narrative of “Solving Problems” to the delicate and powerful interplay of acoustic and electric guitars on the stunning closer “Black Crow,” the album feels like the people, places and sounds of Brent’s life.
Joined by opening act: Logan Fritz
July 20th:  Look Homeward
For fans of: Avett Brothers, Ballroom Thieves, Humming House
Look Homeward is a band of brackish brethren hailing from the piedmont of North Carolina. Lee Anderson (guitar, vocals), Alex Bingham (upright bass), Evan Ringel (trombone, fiddle) and Wilson Greene IV (banjo) pair the Appalachian drawls and passionate picking of venerated field recordings with the soul tones of Atlantic beaches and boggy bayous. Marrying banjos with brass, the quartet celebrates the American South in a mingling of old and new, traditional yet surprising. Add honest folk songwriting and the result is music that just might sound like home, wherever you’re from.
Look Homeward’s first EP ‘The Hunger and the Ghost’ was released in Fall 2013 and met with unexpected success. Their first full length, studio album was released in May 2015 and is available on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify.
Joined by opening act: The Lords of Liechtenstein

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Town Talk With Mayor Lowe 6-12-17


Town Talk With Mayor Lowe

On Monday, June 12, 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.

“Please join us at Anthony’s for the next Town Talk,” said Mayor Cathy Lowe. “It promises to be a “sweet occasion. We’re listening!”

The June “Town Talk” event will be held at the Anthony’s Desserts at 4:30PM. Anthony’s Desserts is located at 284 West Main Street, Abingdon.


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


Monday, May 8, 2017

LIVING HISTORY AT THE ABINGDON MUSTER GROUNDS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Leigh Anne Hunter                                                                                                   
Tel. 276-525-1050


LIVING HISTORY AT THE ABINGDON MUSTER GROUNDS
Find Your Trail!    Find Your Ancestor!

Hear ye!  Hear ye!  Overmountain Men and their families will come to life at the Abingdon Muster Grounds, June 24, 2017 from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm.   This event will highlight the importance of the Washington County, Virginia militia and the Revolutionary War Battle of Kings Mountain, 1780.  There will be demonstrations related to life in backcountry Virginia during colonial times.  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. 

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.

If you would like more information about this topic, please call 276-525-1050 or email lhunter@abingdon-va.gov.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

BACKCOUNTRY COLONIAL DAY CAMP 2017


Contact: Leigh Anne Hunter                                                                     
Tel. 276-525-1050

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


 BACKCOUNTRY COLONIAL DAY CAMP 2017
Life in Backcountry Colonial Virginia and the Battle of Kings Mountain


The Abingdon Muster Grounds will host a free day camp, June 26-30, 2017 from 9:00 am to 1:30 pn, for children ages 9-11.  Come learn about life in the Backcountry of Virginia in 1780 from interpreters in period dress!  Activities will include educational presentations, fun and games, and hands-on crafts.  Only 25 spots are available so sign-up today!  Snacks and lunches will be provided.

Registration forms can be picked up at the Keller Interpretive Center at the Abingdon Muster Grounds.  They can also be found online at www.abingdonmustergrounds.com.

If you would like more information about this topic, please call 276-525-1050 or email lhunter@abingdon-va.gov. 



Council Work Session 5-15-17


Business Appreciation Month



May is Business Appreciation Month, so a shout out and great big THANK YOU to all Abingdon business owners!  Thank you for choosing Abingdon!    

Please see below a Proclamation signed by the Mayor and read at the May 1st Council Meeting.


And a challenge for citizens to visit Abingdon businesses to celebrate National Small Business Week. 
Many  retailers are open until 5:30pm and several are open even later. 







Thursday, April 20, 2017

Construction Work Notice For VA Creeper Trail

Construction Work Notice:

The Virginia Department of Transportation will be conducting repair work on the Northbound and Southbound bridges of I-81 over the Virginia Creeper Trail. The repair work is scheduled to begin on Monday night, April 24th, 2017.

For the next several weeks, the repair work will take place at night from below the bridge, with periodic night-time lane closures on I-81 NB and SB as necessary.  Flaggers will be utilized on the trail to protect pedestrian traffic while bridge work is taking place.

*As a reminder the Virginia Creeper Trail is only accessible from dawn to dusk.  


Spring Compost Sale


Drug Take Back Day on 4-29-17


NOTICE OF TRAFFIC ALERT FOR 4-20-17


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

IMMEDIATE Road Closure - Colonial Road, Main Street to Old Reedy Creek Rd

TRAFFIC ALERT:

A section of Colonial Road from Main Street (at TruPoint Bank) to Old Reedy Creek Road will be CLOSED to through traffic until sometime this evening for utility crews to repair a damaged power pole and line. Utility crew flaggers will be present to allow local access for residents and businesses in the closed section of Colonial Road. 

Residents on Campbell, Fulkerson, Gilliam and Mosby, and Hughes are asked to use Hassinger Street to get to Colonial Road, and Old Reedy Creek Road to get to Main Street.


May 2017 Town Council Work Session and Regular Meeting Notices



Monday, April 17, 2017

Virginia Creeper Fest on 4-29-17


United Way Yard Sale Donations

It’s time for spring cleaning…so why not donate those unwanted items to the Town of Abingdon/United Way Yard Sale. The Town of Abingdon is accepting donations for the yard sale on Plumb Alley Day. If you have items you would like to donate, contact Kim Kingsley at 276-492-2138 to make arrangements to drop your items off or to have your items picked up. When you give your items, you will receive a tax deduction receipt in return. All proceeds from the yard sale benefit United Way of Southwest Virginia and stay in Washington County, VA!



VENUE CHANGE: Town Talk With Mayor Lowe on 5-8-17


Town Talk With Mayor Lowe

* Change of venue in leiu of Town Talk, we will meet at The Community Center of Abingdon with Governor Terry McAuliffe from 5-7pm in The Virginia Ballroom, 300 Senior Drive NE, Abingdon, VA 24210. The Governor will be addressing the opioid crisis in Virginia. 


We will hold the June 12th, 2017 Town Talk at 4:30PM at Anthony’s Desserts.



Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Notice for Budget Work Session on 4-10-17


Town of Abingdon, Virginia New Utility Billing

TOWN OF ABINGDON, VIRGINIA

Town of Abingdon, Virginia New Utility Billing

The Town of Abingdon, VA will be using a new billing format starting April 2017. The “post card” type bill will no longer be mailed to customers. The bill will now be letter sized and be mailed out in windowed envelopes. The new bill will contain more data than previously seen on the card like bills. These bills will provide useful information to customers and the new format will be easier to read. A copy of the new bill is attached below.


For more information on the new utility billing, contact Town Hall at 276-628-3167.