Aug 12 2016

Aug 18 – Chicago Blues Night

August 18 – Chicago Blues Night

“The Blues” is the theme for the August 18 Pearisburg River Sculpture Walking Trail Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Farmers markets are public gathering places where community members are provided with a location to meet friends and family and engage in civic activities. With this in mind, Thursday, August 18, the Pearisburg Community Market venue has been scheduled for the river sculpture walking trail ribbon cutting ceremony. The walking trail will open with River Sculptures created by artisans Robert Tuckwiller, Nikki Pynn, Tacie Jones, Corbin and Tim Vierling and Julie Ferrari.

“On August 18, at 5:30pm, the Art in Public Places Program will officially open the walking trail to the public. Five sculptures, designed and constructed from elements collected from the New River, its boat ramps, and Giles County roadway cleanup activities, have been permanently installed ” stated Betty Herbert, Giles Arts Council President.

The idea of creating a river sculpture walking trail grew from discussions with ReNew the New. Since 2007, the ReNew the New committee has drawn attention to the trash found in the New River and on its riverbanks and boat ramps. ReNew sponsors two annual river clean-ups: “Ramps n’ Roads” in the spring and “Fall Into The New” at summer’s end. ReNew is focused on stewardship of the 37 Giles miles of the New River and includes river guide organizations, DGIF, Army Corps of Engineers, and Giles County personnel; as well as private citizens committed to the preservation and renewal of the river.

“It is our hope that the walking trail exhibits will stimulate conversation about trash, recycling and conservation; provide an opportunity for environmental education; and, inspire artists and students to use recycled materials in art work,” stated Ann Goette, ReNew the New Coordinator.

Other activities/exhibits that will be incorporated into the August 18 ribbon cutting event include a live musical performance by Chickenwings & Gravy; a Chicago Blues Duo who will perform from 6-8pm and the Giles County Chamber of Commerce Mixer.

A special “Blues” Dinner will be available for purchase from The Farm Table.  Menu items will include:

  • Fresh Mozzarella and Roma Tomatoes topped with fresh baby arugula-basil salad on flat bread
  • Marinated Chicken, white rice, Andouille sausage, sweet peppers and green onions in Jambalaya Sauce
  • Shrimp, sautéed in a white wine garlic cream sauce with sun dried tomatoes, sausage and green onions served over smoked Gouda Grits
  • Scotch Caramel bread pudding with caramel cream sauce
  • Beliveau Estate Winery will host a wine garden featuring their red and white wines by the glass and bottle.

“During the event, visit the local and regional Community Market Vendors for fresh food, baked goods, plants, and art,” stated Ken Vittum, Pearisburg Town Manager.

Live music performance and river sculpture trail are funded in part by a local Challenge Grant Awarded by VA Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for The Arts, and matching funds contributed by the Town of Pearisburg, in partnership with Giles Art Council and WNRV Radio.

The event will be held indoors if raining.

The Pearisburg Community Market is open every Saturday 8:30-1pm and the third Thursday of each month from 5-8:30 pm on 1410 Wenonah Avenue. The public is invited to all events and activities sponsored at the market.


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