Friends of SWVA to Host 2nd Annual Spring Break Blitz, Hold 21 Public Orientations

ABINGDON, VA – Friends of Southwest Virginia and ‘Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Network announced today their 2nd Annual “Spring Break Blitz” to be held during the first two weeks in March. 21 public meetings throughout Southwest Virginia will take place March 1st - March 13th to orient communities to the services and programs of the organization.    Friends of Southwest Virginia represents 19 counties,...

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Feb 19 2019

Professional Development Workshop for Musicians Offered

Abingdon, Virginia – The Crooked Road (TCR) is offering a Professional Development Workshop for Musicianson Saturday, March 16th from 10:30 am - 4:00 pm at Heartwood in Abingdon, VA. The workshop will serve 24 musicians from Southwest Virginia*, ages 16 and older, who are in the beginning to intermediate stages of their careers. Participants will gain a heightened awareness of...

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Pembroke Completes RALLY Southwest Virginia Project

Pembroke Completes RALLY Southwest Virginia Project Giles County, VA- RALLY Southwest Virginia is building community leadership capacity and reinforcing collaborative communities across the region of Southwest Virginia. The region consisting of 19 counties from Giles to the far southwest counties in Virginia, has embraced this program and others to find creative outlets for suppressed economies and the revitalization for downtown areas.   The...

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Apr 11 2018

Pearisburg Day Trip

SUGGESTED ITINERARY | PEARISBURG DAY TRIP   Morning- Enjoy breakfast at Friends and Family Restaurant. Pearisburg is the county seat and as such there are many things to do and enjoy in this community.   For the rest of your morning delight in shopping and strolling the historic downtown. Pearis Mercantile is a premier gift shop in the region. Located just across the street from the Visitors Center (203 N....

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Feb 13 2018

Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation & Friends Of Southwest Virginia Release 2017 Annual Report

Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation & Friends Of Southwest Virginia Release 2017 Annual Report   ABINGDON, VA – The Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation and the Friends of Southwest Virginia have released their 2017 Annual Report which outlines the regional economic impact of the tourism economy and spotlights economic, community and tourism development initiatives, regional marketing and branding and updates to Heartwood: Southwest...

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Feb 07 2018

Town of Pembroke receives RALLY grant to implement downtown improvements

Town of Pembroke receives RALLY grant to implement downtown improvements   Originally posted to the NRVRC blog HERE.   NRV- The Town of Pembroke will develop downtown improvement projects as part of the RALLY Southwest Virginia program. RALLY is a mini-grant program which provides a $3,000 award to communities in Southwest Virginia to implement a community development project through a team structure. Pembroke is the...

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Nov 28 2017

Adventure Tourism Entrepreneur Workshop Coming To The New River Valley

Adventure Tourism Entrepreneur Workshop Coming To The New River Valley   Giles County, VA – The Friends of Southwest Virginia, in partnership with Virginia Tourism Corporation, Virginia Community Capital, Spearhead Trails, and Small Business Development Centers, are hosting adventure tourism workshops to highlight regional initiatives, opportunities, best practices, and expert advice for starting an adventure tourism business in Southwest Virginia.     Southwest Virginia includes...

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Nov 02 2017

Cultural Event Applications for the 2018 Mountains of Music Homecoming Now Open

The Crooked Road Opens Cultural Event Applications for the 2018 Mountains of Music Homecoming Nine Extraordinary Days of Concerts and Cultural Events Along The Crooked Road   Abingdon, VA:   The Crooked Road has opened the application period for Cultural Events for the 4th  annual Mountains of Music Homecoming, June 8-16, 2018.  Cultural and civic organizations, colleges, churches, businesses, and individuals are encouraged to...

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‘Round the Mountain Announces New Juried Artisans

'Round the Mountain Announces New Juried Artisans Abingdon, Va. - 'Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia's Artisan Network has announced results from the September 12, 2017 jury session. A total of 11 artisans from throughout Southwest Virginia were accepted in 'Round the Mountain's most recent session. Those artisans include: Jamee Gillespie (Chilhowie, VA), Jessica Bier (Pound, VA), Nancy Brooks (Tazewell, VA), Mark Cox (Floyd,...

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Sep 01 2017

Motorcycle Adventures in Southwest Virginia

Sturgis, South Dakota, is what pops into most people’s minds when they think of motorcycle adventures. While this rip roaring party of a motorcycle rally is perhaps the most iconic, it hardly speaks for the lot of ‘em—there are a variety of places and ways to embark on a motorcycle adventure across our grand country. If you’re on the hunt for...

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