Thursday, September 20, 2018

Special Called Meeting Notice and Agenda for 09-26-18

Work Session Meeting on 10-25-18

Special Called Meeting on 10-25-18


September 18, 2018

Contact:  Amanda Leslie Livingston
                Marketing Manager
                Abingdon Convention & Visitors Bureau
               335 Cummings Street, Abingdon VA 24210
               (276) 492-2282


Abingdon, VA – It’s time to dig out your shoulder pads and acid washed jeans, because Abingdon is celebrating all things 1980s.  The Totally 80s Block Party, presented by Abingdon Music Experience, takes place Saturday September 29th from 4:00 to 9:00pm. Abingdon will shut down the street for a free block party featuring a costume contest, kids’ games, street fair, pop-up vintage arcade, and a concert by 80s tribute band Rubiks Groove.

There will be dancing in the street – literally. Main Street will be closed to vehicles between Cummings and Wall Streets, creating a true block party experience.

The Totally 80s Block Party kicks off at 4:00pm with free activities for all ages.  Visitors can browse the booths of the street fair, shop at Main Street stores open for extended hours, take a photo in the 80s Photo Booth, and check out a genuine vintage Delorean car (the same model as the one driven by Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future!). 

Flip-Side Retro Arcade will hold a pop-up arcade, featuring vintage arcade games like Ms. Pacman, Galaga and pinball machines. No tokens required; these will be set on free play!

Moonflower Montessori School is hosting the costume contest and kids activities, including free games, crafts and the chance to paint your own Abingdon-themed canvases.

The Totally 80s Costume Contest takes place at 5:00pm, with prizes for best female, male, child and group costume, as well as a special category for best pet costume.  The Costume Contest will take place next to Greeko’s Grill & CafĂ© (217 W. Main St.), and participants should arrive at 4:45 to enter the contest. Winners will receive exclusive Virginia is for Lovers merchandise.

At 5:30pm, head to the dance floor for a Thriller flash-mob led by Highlands Ballet and Grace Studio of Dance. The public is invited to join along, and there will be an open dance to refresh your best Michael Jackson moves, to be announced on the event’s Facebook page.

At 6:00pm, Rubiks Groove takes the stage, with a show that pays tribute to the songs – and pop culture icons – of the 1980s. This high energy, character-driven act will take you back to the best era of music in a complete 360-degree interactive experience with live music ranging from rock to rap performed with videos, costumes, and characters.

Attendees can expect extended hours at the following shops: Foxglove Antiques, Zephyr Antiques, Jerroleen’s Shed, Pretty Little Things, 149 Sweets, Candyland and Necessities.  Wolf Hills Brewing and Bone Fire Smokehouse will both offer beer gardens during the event for attendees 21+, IDs required. Food vendors include: Mama Mia’s, Peppermill, Bone Fire Smokehouse, Chef Heathers Food Truck, Chick N Little, Greeko’s, Blue Hills Market, Anthony’s Desserts, 149 Sweets and Candyland.

For more information visit


Monday, September 17, 2018


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


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, 2018.  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.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Postcard Dedication on September 13, 2018

Portion of the VA Creeper Trail CLOSED

Effective immediately, the top portion of the Virginia Creeper Trail from Damascus to Whitetop is CLOSED for anticipated heavy rain, winds, and downed trees. It will remain closed for the storm duration (Hurricane Florence) & then damage assessments. The lower section from Damascus to Abingdon will remain open unless conditions warrant a change.


Abingdon, Virginia

For Immediate Release

Invasive insect expected to kill all untreated ash and native fringe trees in our region in 1-3 years.
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), or Agrilus planipennis, is a non-native invasive insect from Siberia that has already killed tens of millions of ash trees throughout the continental U.S.  This pest was officially trapped and identified several weeks ago at various sites in Washington and Smyth Counties.
These metallic green insects (Photo 1) emerge May-August in this region.   Once the adults breed, the eggs are then laid on the bark and after hatching, the larvae burrow inside the bark.
As the larvae feed, they create serpentine galleries (Photo 2) which disrupt the the flow of food and water in the tree.   Some of the best signs of an EAB infestation are the "D" shaped exit holes (Photo 1) the adults leave on the tree and the bark blonding caused by woodpeckers feeding on the insect (Photo 3).  
The first step in managing this pest is to identify any ash or fringe trees on your property.   All untreated ash (Fraxinus spp.) and native fringe (Chioanthus virginicus) trees are susceptible.  
If you would like to save your ash or fringe trees, please contact a local ISA certified Arborist that provides plant health care services.   There are several treatment options available but the most effective option is a trunk injection of emamectin benzoate, which is viable for at least 2 years.
In addition, the Virginia Department of Forestry currently has a grant available to homeowners, non-profits, and municipalities to assist in the cost of EAB treatments.   Their link is:
For more information, please contact:

Kevin Sigmon
Abingdon Town Arborist
ISA Certified Arborist
Office: 276-492-2135

Friday, September 7, 2018

Abingdon’s Town Wide Yard Sale


For Immediate Release

Abingdon’s Town Wide Yard Sale

8.2 miles of trash to treasure for you to discover

The Town of Abingdon will host a Town Wide Yard Sale on Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. Residents and property owners will hold yard sales within the 8.2 square miles from Exit 19 to Exit 14 of the town limits. The following addresses have submitted permits to have yard sales to help you plan your places to shop on September 15th: 

Augusta Drive
B Street
Barclay Drive
Barter Drive
Beverly Drive (5)
Birdie Drive
Bogey Drive (2)
Bradley Street
Brookhill Drive
Colonial Road (4)
Country Club Drive
Court Street (3)
Crosscreek Drive
Depot Square (2)
East Main Street (7)
Fairway Drive (2)
Falcon Drive
Florist Drive
Fulkerson Street
Fuller Street
Gillespie Drive
Heartwood Circle (6-15)
Hickman Street (2)
Highland Street
Hill Drive (2)
Hillman Highway
Jamison Street (2)
Leonard Street
Lowland Street
Lowry Drive
McBroom Street
Merion Circle
Morningside Drive (2)
Mosby Street
Norfolk Street (2)
Oak Hill Street
Old Eleven Drive
Panacella Drive
Panorama Drive
Roberta Street
Russell Road
Senior Drive
Stone Mill Road
Sunset Drive
Taylor Street
Timberland Court
Valley Street (2)
Valley View Drive (2)
Wayne Avenue
West Main Street (7)
Wheeler Street
Whites Mill Road (2)
Winterham Drive

We expect an increase in vehicle and pedestrian traffic for this event. Please plan accordingly, and be alert for pedestrians.  

Check out the Abingdon Town Wide Yard Sale event on Facebook for updated information and a map of the locations-

For questions about this event, you can contact Tonya Triplett at 276-492-2234 or Kim Kingsley at 276-492-2138.

September 10, 2018 Meeting Agenda

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Coomes Fall Festival - Fur Fest

Public Input Session- September 18, 2018

Public Input Session- September 18, 2018

Come view exhibits and discuss potential street improvements to the Church and College Streets in the downtown area. Town Staff and elected officials will be available on September 18, 2018 from 5:30PM to 6:45PM in the Abingdon Town Council Chambers. For more information, contact Matt Bolick, Director of Public Works, at 276-492-2128.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Notice of Vacancy- Virginia Highlands Small Business Incubator Board

Questions about the Town Wide Yard Sale

The Town of Abingdon has received several questions regarding the Town Wide Yard Sale that will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018. We would like to address and answer those questions for you to eliminate further confusion.

1.      Where will the Town Wide Yard Sale be located?
We are encouraging residents and property owners to hold yard sales throughout the town on September 15, 2018. The person holding the yard sale will need to obtain a permit at no cost on that day. We will compile a list of addresses/neighborhoods from the permits and post that information on the Facebook event the week before the yard sale.

2.      Where are the town limits?
The Town of Abingdon is 8.2 square miles. We have attached a map to this information to clarify where the town limits start (Exit 14 area) and where they stop (Exit 19 area). If you are holding a yard sale within the town limits, you must obtain a yard sale permit for September 15, 2018.

3.      Where can I set up a yard sale if I am not in the town limits?
You are welcome to set up a yard sale anywhere within the town limits, at a church, organization/business, etc. As long as you have coordinated it with the private property owner and obtained a yard sale permit.

4.      Where can I get a yard sale permit?
You can fill one out at the Town Municipal Building (133 West Main Street, Abingdon, VA) or you can print one on the town website- and return it to the Municipal Building.

5.      For more information on this event, whom do I contact?
Feel free to contact Tonya Triplett, Community Development Coordinator, at or 276-492-2234.

Work Session Meeting on September 10, 2018

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

August 27, 2018 Planning Commission Meeting Agenda

Abingdon Vineyards Opens with New Management, New Vision

August 20, 2018

Abingdon Vineyards Opens with New Management, New Vision

Abingdon, VA –  Abingdon Vineyards is entering the fall season with new owners, and a new vision for creating a hub of community events and activities.  Elizabeth and Loren Gardner purchased the winery July 31st, after relocating from Point Reyes, California.

The winery will be open year-round for tastings and farm tours, with regular live music and special events.  Picnickers and Creeper Trail riders are welcome, and the tasting room will feature a deli case offering local cheeses, charcuterie and snacks. The owners also plan to host weddings, groups and corporate retreats. Regular hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11am to 6pm. 

Abingdon Vineyards is located on 45 acres adjacent to the South Holston River in the tiny community of Alvarado, midway between Abingdon and Damascus.   The winery is just a quarter mile from the Virginia Creeper Trail, making is a perfect stopover for bikers starting in Alvarado or Abingdon.

Abingdon Vineyards (formerly Abingdon Vineyard and Winery) was started in 2001 by Bob Carlson and his wife, Janet, as their retirement project. They ran it well into their 80's and have now passed it on to the next generation of wine enthusiasts.

New owners Elizabeth and Loren plus baby Ava Jean and doggies Eli and Jackson are also known as the "Country Gingers." They stumbled upon a winery for sale when visiting their best friends who moved from California back to Virginia. They fell in love with the beautiful land, delicious wine and gracious community.

Loren grew up in Napa Valley and has always been fascinated with the wine industry. He studied viticulture and wine making at UC Davis and built many wineries and vineyards with his construction company. He is thrilled to learn about a new terroir and new varieties of grapes.

Elizabeth is passionate about food, art, nature and education. She is a Stanford graduate, Master Gardner, Certified Natural Chef and has a Masters in Education. She combined her passions with her business in Point Reyes, California - Food & Farm Tours ( She is looking forward to hosting events and bringing delicious artisan products into the winery.

Abingdon Vineyards is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11am to 6pm. Tastings are 4 for $5, 8 for $10, or a glass of wine $7.  Picnickers are welcome during business hours.

To reach the winery by car, take I-81 to exit 19 in Abingdon, VA, and head east on US Hwy 58. Turn right on Osceola Road (Hwy 722) and travel 9.5 miles, winery will be on your right.  To reach the winery by bike from the Virginia Creeper Trail, exit the trail at Alvarado Station (mile marker 9) and head northwest on Alvarado Road for a quarter mile. Winery will be on your left.

For more information, call 276-623-1255 or visit

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