Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Abingdon celebrates Independence Day Thursday July 4th with a day of family fun

June 25, 2019

Abingdon celebrates Independence Day Thursday July 4th
with a day of family fun

ABINGDON, Va.—On Thursday July 4, 2019, downtown Abingdon will be alive with an All-American Independence Day Extravaganza. This free event takes place at the Abingdon Market Pavilion and along Remsburg Drive in downtown Abingdon. Free activities include a watermelon eating contest, a kids’ craft area, historical reenactors, block party with a foam pit, stilt walkers, antique tractors, concert, and firework finale. Food trucks will be present to provide concessions.

The free concert starts at 7:00pm, featuring the blues and southern soul of Carolyn Wonderland. A musical force equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray, Carolyn Wonderland reaches into the depths of the Texas blues tradition with the wit of a poet. She hits the stage with unmatched presence, a true legend in her time.

At 4:00 p.m. the festivities begin with a watermelon eating contest for those ages 5 to 18. Just like any good watermelon eating competition, no hands or other unique equipment are allowed. Contestants should arrive at 3:30pm to sign up, accompanied by their parent or guardian.

Come to the Kids’ Craft area from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m, where kids of all ages can participate in creative craft projects for free. Activities at the craft area include rotating art projects every hour.

Other draws for families include an antique car show, historical reenactors celebrating Abingdon’s rich Revolutionary War history, and a block party and foam pit.  The entire extravaganza will end in true American style with a firework finale at 9:15.

All activities will take place on Remsburg Drive in downtown Abingdon, either at the Fields Penn Lawn, the Abingdon Market Pavilion or along Remsburg Drive. Public parking is available in the Municipal Lot on Main Street, or on the street as available.

For a full schedule of events and activities, visit https://www.abingdonmusicexperience.com/independence-day-extravaganza


Monday, June 10, 2019

Discontinuation of Curbside Recycling

Discontinuation of Curbside Recycling

As of June 28, 2019, the Town of Abingdon will be discontinuing the curbside, single-stream recycling program contracted through Waste Management, Inc. Waste Management, Inc. will place a notice of service discontinuation on the eighteen (18) gallon recycling bins during the week of June 17-22, 2019, as a reminder to citizens. The last week of service is June 24-28, 2019, so place your recyclables out that week for Waste Management to collect, along with the bins.

The fee on the resident waste collection bill will not change. The Town of Abingdon has been subsidizing the cost for recycling services with Waste Management, Inc. since 2000.

The discontinuation of recycling services is a global issue that has taken several years to reach our region. With China, the largest buyer of recyclable items, no longer purchasing recyclables the demand for these materials is no longer cost effective or sustainable. The decision to end the curbside recycling program within the Town of Abingdon was a mutual decision after consulting with Waste Management, Inc. Because of the lack of a global market for recycling materials, most of them end up in landfills. The Town’s goal is to look at other opportunities to reinstate modified recycling services in the future.

If you are looking for other ways to continue to recycle items, you can check with Wise Recycling in Bristol, Virginia, Revolution Recycling in Bristol, VA, the Carter County, TN Recycling Center, and other facilities in Knoxville, TN.

“It is unfortunate that we must discontinue recycling services at this time,” said Town Manager Jimmy Morani. “However, we encourage residents to practice REDUCE and REUSE to help promote sustainability.”

If you have questions regarding the elimination of curbside recycling program within the town limits of Abingdon, please contact Matt Bolick, Director of Public Works/Construction at 276-628-3167.

BZA Cancellation Notice for the June 11, 2019 Meeting

Abingdon, Virginia 24210

June 4, 2019


TO:        Board of Zoning Appeals Members

FROM:  Jason Boswell, Director of Planning/Zoning

RE:        Regular Meeting, Tuesday, June 11, 2019

The regular scheduled meeting of the Board of Zoning Appeals for Tuesday, June 11, 2019 will NOT be held due to having NO items on the agenda.

            The next scheduled meeting is Tuesday July 9, 2019.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

The Gallery @ Barr Photographics announces the summer installment of the Corner Gallery’s 2019 exhibition series

The Gallery @ Barr Photographics announces the summer installment of the Corner
Gallery’s 2019 exhibition series, with the return of Abingdon, Virginia artist, Thelma Blake.   Ms. Blake is exhibiting some of the finest paintings of her career with a collection of watercolor florals and still life works entitled "The Presence of Water”.  A portion of "The Presence of Water” is presented as traditional, framed water colors utilizing mats and glass but the vast majority of the thirty seven works are presented utilizing an innovative glazing technique. This technique gives the watercolor media a richer, deeper color presentation, preserving the opaqueness of the media while eliminating the need for mats and glass in the frames. This elimination of framing components allows for a lesser price point making the art more affordable! "The Presence of Water” exhibit is reminiscent of the Georgia O’Keeffe style of florals, with wonderful rich detail and color.

Thelma Vannoy Blake is a native of the Lodi community In Washington County, Virginia, Thelma reveals in her personal biography,” I entered this world on May 18th, 1944! Being nurtured and cared for on a wonderful farm, in the county of Washington, I had the best of all worlds. A wonderful, devoted set of parents who saw to the needs of 5 children was not an easy task. Having two brothers and two sisters, I was the baby girl, so therefore my father doted on me. My oldest brother, now deceased, shared with me the reason for my father’s dotage was that he thought I might die, because I was very sickly. My brother said my dad would walk the floor at night holding me in his arms…that was the beginning of bonding for us. I was truly a “Daddy’s Girl”, Dad was always taking me with him wherever he went and splurging on me while the other four siblings remained with my mother. One of my early memories with my father is him feeding me cheerios when my youngest brother was born……I was an extremely picky eater then. Another memory very clear in my mind after all these years, was Dad taking me to the drugstore in Damascus, VA, sitting me upon a swivel stool and buying me ice cream one cone after another until I was full and could eat no more. On one of these trips he found a little golden locket there and bought it for me. I still have that little locket today!  As I grew up, I loved playing in the water. Each winter, when I was young, I ended up with Pneumonia and had to have penicillin shots. I can distinctly remember when penicillin came out in tablet form…no more shots. I always tell everyone I was raised on Cheerios, Ice cream, and Penicillin.  My youth on the farm was a wonderful experience with lots of happy memories.  My mother and father were both creative people; therefore it seemed natural for 3 of the 5 children to explore the arts. I can easily remember making Easter and Christmas decorations and just painting in general. Adolescent years were filled with chores on the farm, homework, and sports. My high school was small, each student knew the others and each teacher knew all the students. I lived in a world where education was very important. Having graduated Valedictorian of my class, we became the last class to graduate in 11 years in Washington County”. 

            Upon graduation from Liberty Hall High School Thelma began her matriculation at Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia. Thelma left Emory & Henry, after the death of her mother, during her junior year. After some time of working and trying to find a center to myself and balance in my life, I met a confirmed bachelor by the name of William (Bill) Blake aka Jim Nasium. After a year of dating, we married and later had one son who is now William Blake, II. Because my husband was in radio broadcasting, we moved throughout his career. Bill’s career took them to six different states and while in Texas, Thelma finished her undergraduate with a BA, University of Texas ’86. As life began to move full circle, Thelma and Bill came back to Virginia and she earned a MA in Education, Tusculum University ’97.  Thelma taught art for the public school system in Washington County, Virginia where she was the head of the art department at John S Battle High School, until her retirement in 2011.

Thelma also reveals in her personal biography where she states, “My career has been dedicated to teaching our youth about Fine Art and the proper discipline that it is. Now that I am retired, a widow, and a grandmother, I make frequent trips to Texas to visit my son, his lovely wife and my three grandchildren who are joys to my life. I continue to participate in education by offering private art classes, in my studio, to those interested. The sharing of technique while relating to real world experiences during instruction is the secret to my success. The mentor / single student instructional model has also given me personal time to focus on my art and the creation thereof”.

            In her Artist Statement, Thelma reveals some of the motivation behind her art with this quote, “Art is a biological necessity” – Laszlo Moholy Nagy –This is why I create art. It is a biological necessity for me! I am drawn to the media of watercolor for its fluidity on paper and the magical presence as it moves about on paper. Sometimes I force the paint to do what I want and see in my mind; other times I allow the paint to do what it wants to do, always watching for those “happy accidents” to develop.” Thelma has always been prolific in her production of art and has garnered critical acclaim throughout her career. Now in retirement these attributes have never been more pronounced!

"The Presence of Water” will be celebrated with a reception and demonstration of technique by Thelma Blake, to which the public is cordially invited, on Friday, 14 June from 7 - 9:00 PM in The Gallery @ Barr Photographics, 152 E. Main Street, Abingdon, Virginia.  “The Presence of Water” will hang, and be offered for sale, 01 June through 31, July 2019.   The Gallery @ Barr Photographics is housed in the Greenway Trigg Building, located in the heart of Abingdon’s main street historic district.  Please call 276- 628-1486 or visit http://barrphotographics.com for further information.  

Photo #1: “Large Iris”, Watercolor by Thelma Blake

Photo #2: “Glads”, Watercolor by Thelma Blake

Photo #3: “ Summer Beauty II” Watercolor by Thelma Blake

Monday, June 3, 2019

Lane Closure for Jonesboro Road- South Abingdon Extension

Starting June 4, 2019, Roadsafe will be doing single lane closures with an arrow board and proper signage after 9:00 A.M. on Jonesboro Road. The remainder of this week, equipment and materials will be moved to start the duct package across Jonesboro Road. Weather depending, the construction will be finished within the month. Slow your speed in this area, be alert to workers, and choose an alternate route to avoid traffic backups.



Abingdon, VA --  The Abingdon Muster Grounds announces its 2019 schedule of Living History events, featuring history reenactors in costume, bringing colonial backcountry Virginia to life.    The first event takes place June 22, 2019 from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm, with additional dates scheduled in August.   There will be activities for the whole family, and all events are free and open to the public. 

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.  Join the Overmountain Victory Trail Association, Blacks Fort Chapter-DAR, and General William Campbell Chapter-SAR as they bring history to life. 

Activities include musket and rifle demonstrations, Colonial kids games, textile demonstrations, colonial music. Living historians will interact with the public in character as backcountry colonial Virginians. 

Attendees can also view recent improvements to the Abingdon Muster Grounds, including native plantings and trout stream restorations along Wolf Creek, as well as the just completed walkway connecting The Muster Grounds to the Abingdon Urban Pathway. 

Parking for the event is located at the end of Hurt Street, alongside the Abingdon Urban Pathway.  Visitors can also park at the Abingdon Municipal Lot on Main Street, and walk approximately 1.2 miles along the Urban Pathway to the event.

The Abingdon Muster Grounds is a picturesque 9-acre park with significant history, certified by the National Park Service as the northern trailhead of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. 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 to confront the British at the Battle of Kings Mountain.  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.

Directions to event parking: From I-81 Exit 17, take Cummings Street north; left on Main Street. Go  0.5 miles to left on Preston Street. Take the second right on Hagy Street and follow it until it dead ends at the Abingdon Muster Grounds. Parking will be on the left.
Additional Living History Events are scheduled for August 1-3, 2019 and August 24, 2019.  If you would like more information, please call 276-525-1050 or email lhunter@abingdon-va.gov.


Cummings Street Lane Closures-Temporary Traffic Patterns

Cummings Street Lane Closures-Temporary Traffic Patterns

There will be temporary lane closures effective June 4, 2019 through July 1, 2019 at various locations and times throughout the Cummings Street and Cook Street intersection. These lane closures are due to construction and completion of the new Cook Street Extension and Green Spring Road. Slow your speed in this area, be alert to workers, and choose an alternate route to avoid traffic backups.

Please note the following dates:

·       June 6 – June 9, 2019--Milling & Paving Operations on Cummings Street and Cook Street from 7:00 pm-6:00 am.

·       June 6 – June 7, 2019--Barrier Rail Removal from 9:00 am- 4:00 pm.

Second Amended Agenda for Town Council Meeting on June 3, 2019

Friday, May 31, 2019

Amended Agenda for Town Council Meeting on June 3, 2019

Street Closure- Car Show 6-1-19

Street Closure:

The annual Cruisin’ Classics Car Show will take place in downtown Abingdon on Saturday, June 1st. To accommodate the car show, Remsburg Drive will close at 2:00 p.m. to allow for registration and staging.  At 3:00 P.M, we will close West Main Street from Cummings Street to Russell Road to allow the car show participants to set up.  PLEASE DO NOT PARK ON WEST MAIN STREET AFTER 2:00 P.M.  Once the streets close, you may be stuck for the night if you are parked on West Main during the closure.

Streets will open to normal traffic at 10:00 P.M.

Please be alert for detours and officers directing traffic for this event. 


Part-Time Laborer Positions Available

Full-Time Laborer Position Available

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Washington County Fair in Abingdon, VA Presents “Let the Good Times Grow” the 70th annual Fair.

Washington County Fair - Abingdon, VA                                                  17056 Fairground Drive
www.washcofair.com                                                                                         Abingdon, VA 24210
Jennifer Berry Blankenship - Publicity                                                                      276-628-6233

Washington County Fair in Abingdon, VA Presents “Let the Good Times Grow” the 70th annual Fair.


ABINGDON, VA, May 30, 2019The Washington County Fair presents the 2019 entertainment lineup for the 70th annual fair. Bringing to the main stage artists from New Country, Bluegrass, and Traditional Country genres. This years theme is Let The Good Times Grow. The fair kicks off on Monday, September 9, 2019 and runs through Saturday, September 14, 2019.

Monday, September 9th Monday night Mystery Guest brought to you by WXBQ 96.9. Stay tuned to WXBQ and Washington County Fairgrounds website and social media for the announcement of the mystery guest.

Tuesday, September 10th – Church Sisters. Originally from the coal mining district of Dickinson County, VA and then Danville, VA, The Church Sisters' mesmerizing music chronicles their childhood with a haunting sound and blue-grass twist. Their roots extend through Bluegrass and Gospel, performing alongside legendary acts from a young age. The duo is featured on Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited, which was co-produced by Grammy® Award-winner and mentor, Carl Jackson. The Church Sisters delivered with “Where We’ll Never Grow Old,” one of the tracks on the two-disc project that also features legendary artists Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton. They recently released a moving cover of Lukas Graham’s megahit “7 Years.” The song continues to see airplay at SiriusXM and comes to life in the girls’ first music video. Sarah and Savannah are currently in the studio with Grammy Award-winning producer Julian Raymond working on their debut project for The Valory Music Co.

Wednesday, September 11th Cody Johnson. After landing two releases in the Top 10 of Billboard’s country albums chart on his own CoJo label and selling 74,000 tickets for a single show, to earn recognition as the only unsigned artist in history to sell out NRG Stadium at RodeoHouston, one of Texas’ most-sought-after talents finally agreed to sign with a major label. Warner Music Nashville won a Music Row sweepstakes and enticed Johnson – who’d turned down several majors before – to join the team and take a shot at turning a concert success story into one with multimedia, national hit-making cred. Johnson’s passionate, rowdy concerts have already drawn comparisons to Garth Brooks, and the music from his previous albums – inspired by ‘90s country foundations but built for the 21st century – has made him a familiar presence on Texas and Oklahoma red-dirt radio. It’s Cody Johnson’s time.

Thursday, September 12th – Brent Cobb. With a Grammy-nominated album under his belt, Brent Cobb spent most of 2017 on the road, touring behind his major label debut, Shine On Rainy Day. It was a hard time to not be inspired. Anchored by southern storytelling and swampy, country-soul swagger, Shine On Rainy Day had become a critical and commercial hit, earning Cobb a long string of shows with artists like Chris Stapleton and Margo Price. He embraced the road-warrior lifestyle, picking up ideas for new songs every time his band hit the highway. Somewhere between the whirl of shows, hotels, and truck stops, Providence Canyon began taking shape. During breaks in the band’s schedule, Cobb would return to Nashville—his hometown for a decade, ever since he left his childhood stomping grounds of rural Georgia—and head over to RCA Studio A. There, in an historic studio run by his cousin, producer Dave Cobb, he brewed up a sound that nodded to his previous material while still pushing forward. The songs were faster. More upbeat. More personal, too. Together, they formed his sophomore album, 2018’s Providence Canyon.

Friday, September 13th – Confederate Railroad. From rowdy country to raw emotion, a Confederate Railroad concert today covers a wide range of feelings. Young people will be there rocking to "Trashy Women", while their parents and even grandparents will likely be singing along to "Jesus and Mama". The band plays 100 or so dates each year. Whatever the venue, they are right at home...be it a fair, a club, or a biker show. Shirley, the lead singer and vocalist, and his mates, Mark Dufresne on drums, Mo Thaxton on bass and vocals, Rusty Hendrix on lead guitar and Joey Recker on keyboards and vocals are obviously having fun right along with their appreciative audience. At the end of each show, the band stays around until every fan who wants an autograph, or to pose with the group for a
picture or just say "hello" is taken care of. Headed by founder and front man Danny Shirley, the former backup band for both David Allan Coe and Johnny Paycheck got their big break by signing with Atlantic Records.

Saturday, September 14th Restless Heart. Thirty Years and Those Musical “Wheels” are Still Going Strong. For years, audiences have sung along with their record-shattering string of hits, such as “I’ll Still Be Loving You,” “Fast Movin’ Train” and “When She Cries.” Restless Heart lead singer Larry Stewart says it’s humbling to know Restless Heart has made an impact. “I’m proud of the fact that we get to hear stories from young artists and musicians that we might have made an impression or inspiring them to come to town – having number one records and hearing the stories of what they meant to people. To know that you have been a part of something that made a difference, the power of music, the power of a song. To be a part of something that made a mark. However big or small of a mark Restless Heart made, it’s still a mark. To be able to appreciate and feel blessed that we got lucky enough to get together. I feel like it was something that was meant to be.” And, the story is far from over, as Stewart says Restless Heart still has a lot of history to make.

The nightly grounds attraction: NoJoes & TooTs Clown Circus
The laughs never end with this interactive circus-comedy show filled with fun, excitement, and hilarious entertainment. Through this show, the performance along with the audience participation guarantees a family-friendly atmosphere exciting for all ages. Together, this father and son duo have performed and toured across America together for more than 10 years, gaining the title of “Clowns of the Year.” NoJoes and TooTs Clown Circus is sure to make the whole family laugh.
This is a free show with price of admission.

Ticket Information – 70th Anniversary Special Ticket Pricing
Tickets go on sale 10:00 am, on May 30, 2019 at https://www.itickets.com/events/425852.html or Meade Realty, Abingdon.
Single Day General Admission Tickets – Advance Adult tickets discounted to $8.00, Kids tickets $2.00 Ages 6-12 until August 1, 2019.
Reserved Seats for Concert - $10.00. 
Season Ticket Booklets $45.00 until September 1, 2019

General Admission Tickets will be good for each night of the fair. Reserved Seats must be purchased separately.  Season Tickets, Discounted General Admission Tickets and reserved seats for each concert throughout the week may be purchased at
https://www.itickets.com/events/425852.html or in person at Meade Realty, Abingdon, VA. For more information visit www.washcofair.com or call 276-628-6222, 276-628-6233.

The Washington County Fair is a family friendly event in Abingdon, VA that has grown to be a permanent and well recognized part Washington County. For 70 years the fair has hosted a variety of events and fun activities, such as Music Concerts, Livestock Shows, Horse Shows, Demolition Derby, Truck Pull, School Days, Senior Day, Carnival Rides, Food, Commercial Exhibits, Educational Exhibits, Arts, Crafts, and Old McDonald’s Petty Zoo plus other special events. 


Media Contact:
Jennifer Berry Blankenship

Historic Preservation Review Board Meeting Agenda 6-5-19

2019 “Best of Abingdon” Winners

2019 “Best of Abingdon” Winners

From May 7-10, 2019, Community Development Coordinator, Tonya Triplett; Community Relations Coordinator, Tenille Montgomery; and IT Specialist, Jon Phelps, delivered the “Best of Abingdon” awards to thirty (30) businesses. Each winner received a framed certificate, a garden flag, and window cling. In addition, each winner was announced live on the Town of Abingdon, Virginia Facebook page.

“It was an honor to meet with the winners in their businesses and give them a small token of our appreciation,” said Community Development Coordinator, Tonya Triplett. “Our goal is to highlight our local businesses and remind the residents of the outstanding opportunities Abingdon offers.”

Below is a list of all the winners and their categories:

Breakfast Spot - Cracker Barrel
Lunch Spot - Chef Heathers 
Dinner - The Tavern
Restaurant Dessert -Anthony’s Desserts
Sweet Shop/ Dessert - Anthony’s Desserts
Supermarket/Grocery Store - Food City
Retail Shop - Necessities Speciality Gifts, Food & Local Art
Entertainment Venue- Barter Theatre
Best Clothing Store- Forget-Me-Not
Antique Store - The Antique Barn
B&B/Hotel/Cottage- The Martha Washington Inn and Spa
Art Gallery/Museum - William King Museum of Art
Medical Provider - Dr. Alison Whitman, HMG Primary Care at Abingdon
Dentist - Brown Dental Associates, PC
Optometrist - Eye Physicians of Southwest Virginia
Pharmacy - Food City Pharmacy
Chiropractic - Boothe Chiropractic Clinic
Law Firm - Penn Stuart, Attorneys at Law
Financial Advisor - Cary Street Partners 
Realtor - Highlands Realty, Inc.
Bank/Credit Union- Eastman Credit Union
CPA/Bookkeeper - Spiegler Blevins & Company, CPAs
Insurance - Wampler’s Insurance Agency
Flower Shop- Humphrey’s Flowers & Gifts
Auto Service Center - Gibson’s Service Center
Auto Dealer - Pioneer Chevrolet
Hair Salon - Cuttin’ Up Hair Salon
Spa - The Martha Washington Inn and Spa
Nail Salon - The Polished Diamond 
Fitness/Gym - Dyna Body By Lee 

*Check out the YouTube video with all the winners’ here- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1RKAJWTLGo

Thank you to everyone who voted for these businesses, tuned in to Facebook live, and showed support for this campaign. The Town of Abingdon hopes to continue this positive initiative for years to come.

Sinking Spring Committee Vacancy

Economic Development Authority Meeting on June 13, 2019

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Abingdon Police Department: 2019 Plumb Alley Day Parking Information

Abingdon Police Department

For Immediate Release

This Saturday, May 25, 2019, is the 37th Annual Kiwanis Plumb Alley Day event in Abingdon, VA. The Abingdon Police Department wants to remind the community and visitors of parking restrictions in advance to avoid any conflicts on Saturday. Like most tourist communities, Abingdon has several parking restrictions that you should be aware of, to avoid violating any of the parking provisions and subjecting yourself to an unwanted fine. 

To assist you in planning your visit, the following parking restrictions are provided for your information. 

In the Town of Abingdon, it is unlawful to:

1.     Block a driveway.
2.     Park in a loading zone.
3.     Park in a space designated “No Parking.”
4.     Park in any alley.
5.     Park on a sidewalk.
6.     Block an intersection.
7.     Park in a space designated by signage as a “Bus Stop.”
8.     Park so the parked vehicle partially blocks a driveway.
9.     Park so the parked vehicle encroaches an intersection.
10.  Park so the vehicle occupies a portion of two marked parking spaces.
11.  Park Overtime – OVERTIME parking is enforced Monday-Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm.  It is NOT enforced on weekends (Saturday and Sunday). 
12.  Park so that the left (driver’s) side of a vehicle is against the curbing of the roadway. This is commonly called “Parking Against the Traffic Flow” or “Parking Against the Flow” and is our most common violation.

FREE public parking lots are located at 208 West Main Street and 425 West Main Street.

We warmly welcome your visit to our community.  Abingdon thrives on tourism, and we hope that your visit is greeted with smiling faces and a friendly atmosphere. Please follow these parking tips to avoid the annoyance of a parking ticket.  

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

May 14, 2019 BZA Meeting Cancellation

Abingdon, Virginia 24210
May 7, 2019


TO:        Board of Zoning Appeals Members

FROM:  Jason Boswell, Director of Planning/Zoning

RE:        Regular Meeting, Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The regular scheduled meeting of the Board of Zoning Appeals for Tuesday, May 14, 2019 will NOT be held due to having NO items on the agenda.

            The next scheduled meeting is Tuesday June 11, 2019.




Abingdon, VA – The Martha Washington Inn & Spa invites the public to view “Miniatures at The Martha,” a special exhibit of hand-crafted dollhouses, on display June 1-30, 2019.  The thirteen dollhouses featured were built by Asheville artist Sally Habermeyer for her own private collection, and have never before been displayed to the public.  The exhibit will be located in the East Parlor of the Inn, and open daily from 2pm to 7pm. 
Each of the 13 dollhouses on display is hand-constructed and decorated, with an astounding level of detail, including working electric lights, needlepointed carpets and wall hangings, and custom furniture pieces. The houses include a Christmas-themed house, a [fill in the blank], and a Tudor design inspired by the artist’s own home in Asheville, NC.
For dollhouse constructor Sally Habermeyer, these one-of-a-kind creations are a labor of love. “As the mother of two boys, I was not interested in dollhouses until after my first granddaughter was born,” says Habermeyer. Since that time, she has constructed over 20 houses, as well as “rehabbing” dollhouses for select friends and clients.
The exhibit is free to view, but The Martha is encouraging the public to make a donation at the door to benefit Washington County Virginia Habitat for Humanity.  As an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, WCHFH provides the community with hope for the future. Putting faith in to action by helping build, renovate and educate partner families to become financially stable and independent homeowners. WCHFH has been leading the community for 20 years in promoting the understanding of housing as a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty. 
Adds Chris Lowe, General Manager of The Martha, “This is a great partnership for all involved and we are excited that The Inn was chosen to showcase this remarkable exhibit.”
In addition to the exhibit, open daily from 2:00pm to 7:00pm, The Martha Washington Inn & Spa is offering a special high tea on Saturdays and Sundays {add the time here} during the month of June.  Guests and members of the public can enjoy a refined tea service, including sweet and savory goodies, while they explore the dollhouse collection. Perfect for girlfriend getaways and mother-daughter outings. Reservations required.
Book the “Miniatures at the Martha” overnight package, and enjoy the exhibit as well as one night in a luxury room, high tea for two, full-service hot breakfast for two, and a special miniature gift set to commemorate your visit.
For more information on “Miniatures at The Martha,” or to make a reservation for High Tea during the month of June, call (276) 628-3161. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Gate 10 Featured in Crooked Road Series

Gate 10 Featured in Crooked Road Series

Abingdon, Virginia – The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail presents Gate 10 in concert on Thursday, May 9th from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Southwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace (formerly Heartwood) in Abingdon, VA. This concert is part of The Crooked Road Music Series.

Gate 10 is a high energy band from the New River Valley of Virginia. They have found their way by performing traditional bluegrass, gospel and country music along with original music. Gate 10 is excited to travel this musical journey with a hard driving, solid style, but one that is firmly rooted in traditions with their own innovative sound. A true style of their own makes them a highly entertaining group to watch. Their stage presence is beyond their young years with their musicianship, vocals, and harmonies.

The Crooked Road Music Series takes place each Thursday at the SWVA Cultural Center & Marketplace. Visit the SWVA Cultural Center & Marketplace and experience Southwest Virginia's creative and authentic culture. Located off I-81 at Exit 14 in Abingdon, VA, the Cultural Center features youth artists each 2nd Thursday along with open jams on the 1st, 3rd, 4th (and 5th) Thursdays to showcase Southwest Virginia performers.

As part of The Crooked Road's Thursday night live music, the SWVA Cultural Center & Marketplace Cafe features a SWVA Patty Melt or Soup Beans & Cornbread. Admission to the concert is free and donations will be accepted for Crooked Road Traditional Music Education Program (TMEP).

The flavors of the Southwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace are nothing short of inspiring. From the sounds of the region’s distinctive heritage music to the sights of world renowned folk artists from around the mountains, you’ll find moments of discovery for the entire family. Stop in and sit a spell with us as you get a taste of the culture, cuisine and music of #SWVA.

More information can be found at The Crooked Road website,www.thecrookedroad.org, and at SWVAculturalcenter.com. For additional information, please call (276) 492-2409 or email: admin@thecrookedroad.org.