The Town of Abingdon will be
participating in the statewide Tornado Drill
on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 9:45 AM. The Town's AlertAbingdon Notification
system will be activated to simulate an actual Tornado Warning
Notification. This will include the Town's warning sirens, as they will sound
as part of this drill. DO NOT CALL 911 in regards to warning siren inquiries!
In the event that an emergency occurs during the time of the drill, the proper
precautions will go into effect.
Virginia Creeper Fest returns Saturday April 28 in Abingdon
Abingdon, VA – The Virginia Creeper Fest is a free,
family-friendly event celebrating all things outdoors, and now, in its second
year, it can add “award-winning” to that list of adjectives. At the
recent American Advertising Federation Awards, SWVA Chapter, Virginia Creeper
Fest took home a Gold Award for the Virginia Creeper Fest advertising campaign,
as well as the People’s Choice and overall Best in Show. The festival
returns Saturday April 28th to downtown Abingdon.
Virginia Creeper Fest celebrates the creation of the
famous Virginia Creeper Trail, and highlights the multitude of outdoor
recreation opportunities along the trail. The festival includes hands-on
activities and demos for all ages, live music, food trucks, and information
about how to get outside and enjoy the Creeper Trail.
Virginia Creeper Fest received the Gold designation at
the 2018 AAF SWVA American Advertising Awards Gala, held February 24, 2018 at
K-VA-T Corporate Support Center in Abingdon. The advertising campaign,
including posters, ads, merchandise and website, were also awarded the People’s
Choice Award and Best in Show. The American Advertising Awards, formerly the
ADDYs, is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative
competition, attracting over 40,000 entries every year in local AAF Club (Ad Club)
competitions. The mission of the American Advertising Awards competition is to
recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of
Virginia Creeper Fest returns for a second year
Saturday April 28, from 10:30am to 5:00pm. With activities like a climbing
wall, hammock hangouts, disc dog exhibitions, and field games for the kids,
tree identification along the trail and scavenger hunts, there will be plenty
to keep the hard-core outdoor enthusiasts and novice nature lovers busy all
day. There will be also be live music, food trucks and local outfitters
throughout the day, as well as raffle giveaways.
The festival takes place in Abingdon, at the
intersection of Green Spring Road and A Streets, near the trailhead.
Additional activities, like nature walks and bike rides, will take place on the
trail itself. A full schedule and festival guide will be available on www.vacreeperfest.com
beginning April 1st.
One of the earliest rails-to-trails
success stories, the Creeper Trail is now a major economic engine for Southwest
Virginia, drawing over 200 thousand visitors annually.
Appreciation Day Proclaimed for Washington County Virginia and Localities
County, VA - This March, local governing bodies, including Abingdon Town
Council, Washington County Board of Supervisors and Damascus Town Council, are
simultaneously proclaiming March 20, 2018 as Agriculture Appreciation
Day. This date coincides with the National Ag Day, as proclaimed by the
Agriculture Council of America. The Agriculture Council of America (ACA)
is an organization uniquely composed of leaders in the agriculture, food and
fiber communities dedicated to increasing the public awareness of agriculture's
vital role in our society. The Agriculture Council of America and the National
Ag Day program was started in 1973
is the leading industry in Washington County, Virginia, and as such plays a
critical economic role in the county and the towns held within. Washington
County ranks statewide at the top producer for goats, sheep and lambs, number
of farms, and eggs. Washington County is one of the largest livestock marketing
centers east of the Mississippi, selling over $40 million in livestock. In town
limits, Damascus, Glade Spring and Abingdon Farmers Markets provide local
produce, meat, and artisan goods to the local community. Abingdon Farmers
Market has consistently led the state in progressive efforts, including offering
EBT access to low-income consumers, and has been recognized as a model market
by the USDA.
Blevins, Unit Coordinator and Extension Agent remarks on the importance of an
Ag Appreciation Day, “Agriculture should be recognized by the citizenry because
it is our largest industry and the foundation of our communities. I believe
that farming and agriculture will always be important to our area,
because farmers do what they do because it is part of who they are. They love
the land and the animals they care for and when one enterprise doesn’t work out
they will find another way to make it farming. I believe this because of the
young farmers I meet who are hardworking, enthusiastic farmers that are willing
to use part of their precious time be an advocate for the industry”
push for local governing bodies to recognize National Ag Day was led by a group
of participants in the Leadership Washington County Program. Each year,
participants of the Leadership Washington County group are required to complete
a team project after learning about local government, history and economic
development. This team included members: Carter Bauman, Chris Hanor, Jeff
Jones, Sara Saavedra, Wayne Stevens and Kristen White who successfully
advocated for the Towns of Abingdon, and Damascus, as well as the Washington
County Board of Supervisors, to proclaim the third Tuesday of March as
Agriculture Appreciation Day.
of the community are encouraged to show appreciation for those in the
agriculture industry on March 20, 2018 by using the hashtags provided below
through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Media hashtags: #AgDayWashCo #FoodforLife #AgDay18
DAY CELEBRATION, PAPER SHREDDING & E-WASTE RECYCLING
The Town of Abingdon will hold its 2018 EARTH DAY CELEBRATION
on Saturday, April 21st from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fields-Penn
House on Main Street across from the Farmers Market in Abingdon. Admission is FREE. This year there will be approximately 60 groups (non-profits,
private groups, local businesses, educators and state & federal agencies) providing
a great deal of fun and information to share. The theme of
the event is Biodiversity:
Plants, Animals & Habitats of SWVA.
Several activities are planned
throughout the celebration such as a rain barrel workshop where you can make
your own rain barrel to take home (registration required).MECC’s mobile solar powered energy system, SPARC-E, will be
on-site for walk-through tours. There will be a free Kids Zone area
with free games & prizes, a “trash
to treasure” crafts tent, educational displays, face painting, and a local
foods food court.Kids who bring the Earth Day flyer
to the Sustain Abingdon table will receive a free “green” item! There will be a
food drive to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. Bring in two (2) cans of food
and receive a free gift (one per family, supplies are limited).
Just down the street in front of the Arts Depot, we
will have free document shredding and a drop-off area for electronic waste
(e-waste).Any item that has a
power-cord or uses batteries is considered e-waste. E-waste includes but is not
limited to laptop/desktop computers, CRT /LCD monitors, hard drives, modems, plug
and play devices, printers/scanners, copiers, commercial telephone equipment,
fax machines, power backups, power transformers, misc. electronic business
equipment, wires, cables, circuit boards, video game systems, DVD/VCR players, microwave
ovens, televisions, and small electronic household appliances. This will be a free service provided by the
Town of Abingdon.Items with compressors
like refrigerators, ACs and dehumidifiers cannot be accepted.Other household hazardous materials (like
batteries, chemicals, petroleum products and fluorescent light bulbs) can be
taken to MXI Inc.
during their annual HHW event in May.
ABINGDON, VA. /
Morgan’s announced today that the upscale restaurant will open its doors on
2018 at 190 East Main Street, Abingdon, VA.
offer lunch, dinner, and Sunday Brunch featuring fresh seafood, handmade
pastas, local ingredients, and global inspirations. One of the featured menu
items, a Wattle Seed Spiced Tasmanian Salmon, melds traditional Appalachian
white bean and corn succotash with an Aboriginal Australian spice, wattle seed,
and Tasmanian Salmon. Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon comes from one of the purest
and most pristine environments in the world. Australia’s southernmost state is
renowned for its cool, clean waters which make it an ideal location for salmon
farming. Chef Stephen Gilbert will also feature lunch items such as a Bahn Mi,
a traditional Vietnamese pork sandwich with pickled vegetables and a jalapeno
and garlic marmalade. Brunch items will be a mixture of lunch and breakfast
items including Steak and Eggs and Shrimp and Grits.
concept will explore the idea of “Old world, new world, whole world,” which
utilizes traditional techniques of cooking, new technologies and styles, and
global influences. Through a love of travel and international culture, Chef
Gilbert has been taking influences from all over the world and creatively
presenting them using some of the freshest ingredients from the southwest
Virginia area. Menus are changed seasonally to
allow for the utilization of seasonal ingredients and to highlight chef
creativity. “Experimentation and presentation are the driving
points of our cuisine as we create seasonal menus and daily specials that
highlight the best flavors and ingredients of that season, as well as allowing
for creative explorations of these ingredients, says Chef Stephen Gilbert.”
A native of
Abingdon, Gilbert graduated from Southeast Culinary Institute in Bristol, VA
and began a career focused on fine dining in southwest Virginia. Since then,
Stephen has developed a clientele that has followed him and continues to follow
him wherever he goes. Stephen most notably has served as Executive Chef at The
Tavern, Sous Chef at Bristol Motor Speedway and Heartwood, and has worked at
House on Main.
The new restaurant
is named for Chef Steve's intrepid world-traveling wife Morgan, a local artist
and art educator whose love of exploring other cultures and talent for
documenting them in art photography will be on bold display throughout the
dining rooms. She is an art teacher at Lebanon High School and an art history instructor
at Virginia Highlands Community College in Abingdon. Her students are helping
make artisan style plates and bowls for the restaurant and will help her create
the prints of her travel photography.
Bar Manager and
Sommelier Heather Davis is thrilled to be bringing her years of experience
developing cocktail and wine programs in the San Francisco Bay Area home to
Abingdon. Morgan's theme of "Old World, New World, Whole World" is a
perfect fit with Ms. Davis's passion for pairing traditional international
spirits, beer, and wine with contemporary American cooking. Diners who belly up
to the bar at Morgan's are in for an adventurous world tour of time honored
classics and unique, rarely imported new finds.
"We want the
bar menu at Morgan's to read like a travel guide. Expect a metropolitan-style
craft cocktail menu that explores culinary combinations from all over the
world, a wine list offering familiar varieties from classic regions alongside
some rare exotic gems, and beer and spirits lists that celebrate old world
tradition and local innovation side by side."
Morgan’s is now
taking reservations for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch by calling (276)
258-5632. Reservations are recommended.
Abingdon is in
bloom with spring events and activities in March and April
Abingdon, VA – The town of Abingdon is in bloom
this spring, with outdoor activities, arts events and shopping specials taking
place March 24-April 28, 2018. “Abingdon in Bloom” is a town-wide
initiative, inspired by the new exhibit “Art in Bloom” at William King Museum
of Art. During the museum’s special exhibit, running April 14-16, over 25
expert floral designers from the region will interpret artwork from the
museum’s galleries – through flowers.
Abingdon in Bloom includes family-friendly events each
weekend, March 25th through April 28th.
Kicking off the season Sunday March 25th, the Abingdon Merchant’s
Open House offers kids activities like an Easter Egg hunt, shopping specials
throughout town, and a window display contest inspired by Art in Bloom.
Other Abingdon in Bloom events include a community
garden day at Fairview Historic Homestead, live scale impressionist painting on
the lawn of the Martha Washington Inn and Spa, the Mid-Atlantic Garden Faire at
SWVA Higher Ed Center, Earth Day, and the Opening of the Abingdon Farmers
The series of events wraps up with the 2nd
Annual Virginia Creeper Fest, Saturday April 28th 10:30am to
5:00pm. This free, family-friendly festival highlights the multitude of
outdoor activities available in the region. Participants
can get hands on with a rock climbing wall, yogain the park, tree identification along
the trail, scheduled bike rides, geocaching, disc dog exhibitions and
clinics, stand-up paddle board demos, food trucks and live music
throughout the day. More information at vacreeperfest.com
Art in Bloom is a special event at William King Museum
of Art. Over 25 expert floral designers from the region will interpret artwork
from the museum’s five galleries April 14-16. Visitors can tour the floral
designs inspired by the exhibitions on display including Suzanne Stryk: Notes
on the State of Virginia, Coal Country, Touching the Sacred, and Appalachian
decorative arts from our the Museum’s permanent Betsy K. White Cultural
Heritage Gallery. Admission is just $5 and includes access to all exhibitions
list of Abingdon in Bloom events
March 24, 2018
Kickoff Day at Fairview Historic Homestead, 11am – 2pm
event to learn about all things gardening. Guest speakers, info, local food,
March 25, 2018
Merchants Open House, 1:00 – 5:00pm
window decoration contest, one-day-only specials and sales, kids activities at
Main Street Park, including an egg hunt, refreshments, and ribbon cutting for
the new playground.
April 1, 2018
Gardens at Fairview open up for planting
a spot in Abingdon’s “Grow Your Own” Community Garden
24 – April 12, 2018
Scale Impressionist Painting with William King Museum of Art artist Ron Bayens
on the lawn at The Martha Washington Inn & Spa.
& Saturday, April 6-7, 2018
Garden Faire at the Southwest Virginia Higher Ed Center, 8am – 5pm
you have a favorite breakfast spot? Do you have a favorite grocery store? We
are searching for Abingdon’s BEST- chosen by you.
The month of May is Business Appreciation Month
throughout Virginia. Town of Abingdon, VA Mayor, Cathy Lowe, and the Town of
Abingdon Economic Development department have collaborated to create the “BEST
OF” Abingdon, VA initiative.
This initiative will help promote businesses
throughout the Town of Abingdon, and give them extra promotion during the month
of May. Abingdon businesses play an essential role in strengthening our
community through their innovation, creation, expansion, and employment of area
workforce that preserves the economic well-being and quality of life for all
our citizens. This initiative is a small token of the town’s appreciation for
all the businesses and what they do for our community.
a previous small business owner for nearly 30 years,” said Mayor Cathy
Lowe.“I appreciate the challenges that
small business owner’s face and it is my goal to continue to promote small
business development in Abingdon, VA.”
The “BEST OF” initiative will feature a public driven
survey with twenty-eight (28) different categories. No one knows Abingdon better
than the people who live here do or visit here do, so cast your VOTE for the
“BEST OF” Abingdon, VA.The survey will
run from March 8, 2018 to April 5, 2018. Click the link to participate in the
Only ONE ballot per email address. The email addresses will only be used for
the survey and not shared in any way.
At the May 7, 2018 Abingdon Town Council Meeting,
Mayor Lowe will present this initiative and read a proclamation designating
May, 2018 as Business Appreciation Month. The winners of each category will be
announced on the Town of Abingdon, VA Mayor facebook page and the Town of
Abingdon, VA facebook page within the following weeks of May. Mayor Lowe and
members of town staff will visit each winning business to give them their
Thank you for your participation in the survey and for
helping share the town’s passion for small business!