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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
    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Barter Players
    Saturday, January 19, 2019
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    Locality:
    Alleghany County
    510 Main Street
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Barter Players Saturday, January 19th, 2019 – 3:00 pm The Adventures of Tom SawyerSarturday, January 19, 2019 at 3PMIn the John E. Hillert AuditoriumTickets: $15/$12/$10 Whether it’s fishing with Huckleberry Finn, or convincing his friends to whitewash Aunt Polly’s fence, nobody loves life more than the irascible Tom Sawyer. Then one night in a spooky graveyard, Tom and Huck stumble upon a deadly secret. Will they be able to save Muff Potter from the treacherous Injun Joe before it’s too late? Join Tom and Huck on the most exciting adventure of their life, where they learn that man’s greatest treasure is the gift of friendship. Adapted from Mark Twain by Catherine Bush

    Date:
    Saturday, January 19, 2019(3:00 PM

    Telephone:
    office: 540-862-5655

    Email:
    info@historicmasonictheatre.com

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

  • Clifton Forge
    Alexa Rose Trio in Concert
    Saturday, January 26, 2019
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    Locality:
    Alleghany County
    510 Main Street
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    ALEXA ROSE TrioSaturday, January 26, 2019, at 7:30pmIn the John E. Hillert AuditoriumTickets: Main Orchestra: $20; Rear Orchestra and Front Balcony: $17; Rear Balcony: $15; Box Seats: $30. Alexa Rose has the rare ability to find strikingly original melodies that nevertheless sound like they must have existed for a long time, stored away maybe in the ether of creativity, self-evident and awaiting discovery. Moving deftly between complex dexterity and heart-tugging familiarity, Rose achieves a sound that pushes gently alongside the bright vocal experimentalism of Joni Mitchell and Joanna Newsom while maintaining the brassy attitude and simple refrains that run straight through American roots music from mountain ballads to rock n roll. Rose spent her formative years curating original music in the Blue Ridge, including Covington, releasing two albums in her early twenties. You can often catch her sporting her dusty Frye boots in some southern lagoon, or on the regional radio stations that spin her latest full-length release, "Low and Lonesome." Written on a hand me down guitar from her mother, the title track is a toast to Rose's heritage, and its anthem-like chorus haunts the listener with a somberness evocative of Gillian Welch.  

    Date:
    Saturday, January 26, 2019(7:30 PM - 9:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    office: 540-862-5655

    Email:
    info@historicmasonictheatre.com

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

  • Hot Springs
    Pub Concert: Meltzer, Meatballs and Microbrews
    Saturday, January 26, 2019
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    403 Garth Newel Lane
    Hot Springs, VA 24445

    Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, VA presents Pub Concert: Meltzer, Meatballs and Microbrews, a concert featuring the Garth Newel Piano Quartet. 6pm Happy Hour followed by a 6:30 Concert. Pay-what-you-wish and no reservations needed.

    Date:
    Saturday, January 26, 2019(6:00 PM - 9:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    Business Phone: 540-839-5018

    Email:
    tama@garthnewel.org

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

  • Clifton Forge
    VIP Blues Jam 2019
    Friday, February 1, 2019
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    Locality:
    Alleghany County
    510 Main Street
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    VIP Blues Jam 2019 Friday, February 1st, 2019 – 7:30 pm 2019 Clifton Forge Blues Fest: VIP JamLIVE From the Thomas P. Dean/ Racey and Dean, Inc. Underground Lounge and CafeFriday, February 1 at 7:30 PMTickets: $25 per person **Feb. 2 Main Event Concert info, click here:www.facebook.com/events/525458001235686/ ** Help us kick-off the 2nd Annual Clifton Forge Blues Festival by sitting in on this up close and personal blues jam. VIP's from Saturday's line-up will sit in with a rotating group of talented blues musicians, led by the incomparable Bobby 'Blackhat' Walters. You'll wanna be part of this special evening This event sold out last year, and tickets are limited, so get your tickets early!

    Date:
    Friday, February 1, 2019(7:30 PM - 9:30 PM)

    Telephone:
    office: 540-862-5655

    Email:
    info@historicmasonictheatre.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/VIPBluesJam2019

  • Clifton Forge
    Clifton Forge Blues Festival
    Saturday, February 2, 2019
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    Locality:
    Alleghany County
    510 Main Street
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    We've got the Blues, and it feels so good! Headliner, Bobby "Blackhat" Walters and his line-up of award-winning blues bands return to shake the walls of The Historic Masonic Theatre. Bobby "Blackhat" Walters, recording artist, harmonica player, vocalist, songwriter, and actor, hails from Cleveland, Ohio and has been playing harp for over 40 years. Bobby is a retired U.S. Coast Guard Commander with 27 years of distinguished service which includes serving as Military Aide to the President and being awarded the Coast Guard Medal for Heroism. Joining Bobby is a new lineup of groups from Richmond, and, Hampton Roads. Together, they'll provide an evening sure to replace your winter blues with the kind of blues that make you happy. Stay tuned for more details and circle the weekend of February 1st and 2nd in BLUES!

    Date:
    Saturday, February 2, 2019(6:00 PM - 10:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    office: 540-862-5655

    Email:
    info@historicmasonictheatre.com

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

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