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Welcome to Virginia’s Western Highlands, where mountain views and old-fashioned charm can be found around every bend in the road.

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This four-county region is a land of contrasts. It’s home to unspoiled vistas that have barely changed in centuries as well as a world-class resort frequented by celebrities and presidents. Old-fashioned Americana lives on in charming small towns that offer a sophisticated artistic and cultural scene enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.

Take your time and wander the many back roads and scenic byways. Discover a favorite picnic spot or a secluded fishing hole. The more you explore, the more you’ll fall in love with Virginia’s Western Highlands.

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Upcoming Events
  • Clifton Forge
    Something Wicked Haunted House at The Historic Masonic Theatre
    Friday, October 26, 2018
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    Locality:
    Alleghany County
    510 Main Street
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    Something Wicked returns to the renovated, but still haunted, Historic Masonic Theatre in Clifton Forge, Virginia All four floors will be lovingly prepared for one purpose: to make you scream! The brain-child of local 'horror queen' Brittany Feazell, will return to the renovated theatre as the backdrop for the theme of a rogue band of touring performers who want you to come and experience their 'unique talents', but have no intention of letting you leave.... Mark your calendars because the horror only lasts for two days! Tours begin every ten minutes:Friday, October 26; 7:00 pm to MidnightSaturday, October 27; 7:00 pm to Midnight

    Date:
    Friday, October 26, 2018(7:00 PM - 11:59 PM)

    Telephone:
    540-862-5655

    Email:
    info@historicmasonictheatre.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/SomethingWickedHauntedHouseatTheHistoricMasonicTheatre

  • Hot Springs
    Two Cellos
    Friday, October 26, 2018
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    403 Garth Newel Lane
    Hot Springs, VA 24445

    Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, VA presents Two Cellos, a concert featuring the Garth Newel Piano Quartet with Maureen Nelson (violin), Melissa Reardon (viola), and Thomas Kraines (cello). They will be performing the works of JS Bach/Melamed, Robert Schumann, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. 6 pm Cocktails; 6:30 pm Concert followed by an optional dinner. For more information or to make reservations call 540.839.5018 or visit www.garthnewel.org

    Date:
    Friday, October 26, 2018(6:30 PM - 10:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    Business Phone: 540-839-5018

    Email:
    tama@garthnewel.org

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/TwoCellos

  • Clifton Forge
    Julia Keller: Meet the Pulitzer Prize Winning Author
    Saturday, October 27, 2018
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    Locality:
    Alleghany County
    510 Main Street
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    Julia Keller: Meet the AuthorSaturday, October 27, 2018, at 10:00 amIn the John E. Hillert AuditoriumSponsored by Clifton Forge Public LibraryFREE Meet and learn more about Julia Keller, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and longtime literary critic at The Chicago Tribune. Julia is the author of Bone on Bone, the seventh novel in the critically acclaimed series set in a hard-luck West Virginia town that features a headstrong, haunted main character named Bell Elkins. The first book in the series, A Killing in the Hills (2012), was a Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, a Library Journal Debut of the Week and a featured selection in People. The other novels in the series are Bitter River, Summer of the Dead, Last Ragged Breath, Sorrow Road and Fast Falls the Night. Julia’s previous books include Mr. Gatling’s Terrible Marvel: The Gun That Changed Everything and the Misunderstood Genius Who Invented It, a nonfiction account of the life of the inventor of the Gatling gun, and Back Home, a novel for young adults named by Booklist as a Top 10 Debut YA Novel of the Year. Dark Mind Rising, the second book in her science fiction trilogy The Dark Intercept, will be published in November.  

    Date:
    Saturday, October 27, 2018(10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    office: 540-862-5655

    Email:
    info@historicmasonictheatre.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/JuliaKellerMeetthePulitzerPrizeWinningAuthor

  • Clifton Forge
    Something Wicked Haunted House at The Historic Masonic Theatre
    Saturday, October 27, 2018
    Show details

    Locality:
    Alleghany County
    510 Main Street
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    Something Wicked returns to the renovated, but still haunted, Historic Masonic Theatre in Clifton Forge, Virginia All four floors will be lovingly prepared for one purpose: to make you scream! The brain-child of local 'horror queen' Brittany Feazell, will return to the renovated theatre as the backdrop for the theme of a rogue band of touring performers who want you to come and experience their 'unique talents', but have no intention of letting you leave.... Mark your calendars because the horror only lasts for two days! Tours begin every ten minutes:Friday, October 26; 7:00 pm to MidnightSaturday, October 27; 7:00 pm to Midnight

    Date:
    Saturday, October 27, 2018(7:00 PM - 11:59 PM)

    Telephone:
    540-862-5655

    Email:
    info@historicmasonictheatre.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/SomethingWickedHauntedHouseatTheHistoricMasonicTheatre

  • Clifton Forge
    Moonlight Masquerade Ball
    Saturday, October 27, 2018
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    Locality:
    Clifton Forge (city) County
    518 Church Street
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    Join the Alleghany Highlands YMCA for a special night with masks, entertainment, food and PRIZES at the Clifton Forge School of the Arts on Saturday, October 27th from 6-8 pm. This event is to benefit the 2018 Annual Sustaining Campaign! Each ticket is eligible for all prizes in the drawing. Additional items will be available through special raffles. One complimentary alcoholic beverage for each eligible ticket holder (non-alcoholic beverages complimentary). Additional alcoholic beverages for purchase. 

    Date:
    Saturday, October 27, 2018(6:00 PM - 8:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    Alleghany Highlands YMCA: 540-962-9622

    Email:
    junroeahymca@gmail.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/MoonlightMasqueradeBall

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