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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
    Game Night in the Gallery
    Friday, September 30, 2016
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    Locality:
    Clifton Forge (city) County
    439 E. Ridgeway St.
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    NON-CON GAME NIGHT IN THE GALLERY Friday September 30. 6-9:30pm A gaming event for those who are not into Dungeons and Dragons, Super-Heroes or Steam Punk heroines….. Join us for the fall’s first Game Night in the Gallery.  You bring the partners, cards, or board game; we’ll provide food, drink and tables.  A table if 4 is $35 if one registers for all, or $10/person.  We’ll play from 6-9:30. Register now and reserve your place!  Parents waiting on Con participants will be welcome of course. Join us for Great Food, Great Games, Great Company.

    Date:
    Friday, September 30, 2016(6:00 PM - 9:30 PM)

    Telephone:
    540-862-4447

    Email:
    highlandsartsandcraft.org@gmail.com

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

  • Hot Springs
    Farmers Market: Bath County
    Saturday, October 1, 2016
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    Natural Retreats Park on Main Main Street
    Hot Springs, VA 24445

    Join us for our local food festival the first Saturday of the month, bringing together local growers, producers and artisans offering locally grown produce, grass fed beef, lamb and pastured pork, country eggs, cut flowers, fresh herbs, raw honey, local maple syrup, fresh baked goods, jams & jellies, and unique artisan crafts.  Live music each week, delicious food from local food truck vendors, free kids activities and lots of fun in a beautiful mountain setting! August 6th:  Music by Juanita Fireball & The Continental Drifters September 3rd:  Music by The Strum Sum Band October 1st:  Music by Southern Rail Express

    Date:
    Saturday, October 1, 2016(9:00 AM - 1:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    540-839-6644

    Email:
    bacofarmmkt@yahoo.com

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

  • Clifton Forge
    Cards, Cards, Cards
    Sunday, October 2, 2016
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    Locality:
    Clifton Forge (city) County
    439 E. Ridgeway St.
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    CARDS! CARDS!  CARDS!  Sunday, October 2 1-4 pm   FEE $45  The holidays will be here before we know it and many like to create their own cards to send or use as gifts.  This workshop offers two distinctive techniques for creating notecards, place cards, ornaments or other small gifts. Learn how to make and use make marbleized papers and small monoprints that can be used in any number of ways. If you have oil supplies, please bring them. Monoprinting plates, paper and pack of five cards with envelopes) is included in cost of class, as it the paper. If you have other oil supplies, brushes, please bring them. List of supplies available upon registration.

    Date:
    Sunday, October 2, 2016(1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    540-862-4447

    Email:
    highlandsartsandcraft.org@gmail.com

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

  • Clifton Forge
    The Larry Keel Experience
    Friday, October 7, 2016
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    Locality:
    Alleghany County
    The Historic Masonic Theatre
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    Larry Keel is described by some reviewers as the most powerful, innovative and all-out exhilarating acoustic flatpicking guitarist performing today. Keel has absorbed the best lessons from his Bluegrass family upbringing, both sides deeply steeped in the rich mountain music culture and heritage of Southwest Virginia. From there, he has always integrated that solid musical grounding and natural-born talent with his own incomparable approach to flatpicking the guitar and composing original music. He’s also got a knack for choosing interesting and appealing material from all realms of music with guts, whether it’s a tune written by a fellow song-writer/musician friend, or a tasty cover from any number of genres all over the map. The combination is pretty irresistible, and has earned Keel the highest respect and billing among the top acoustic musicians alive, and some now gone. And his fierce, high-spirited energy also appeals to young rockers, jammers and alt country pickers and fans who are equally drawn to Keel’s deep rumbling voice, his earthy and imaginative song-writing, and his down-home-gritty-good-time charm. $20/$17/$15

    Date:
    Friday, October 7, 2016(7:30 PM - 10:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    540-862-5655

    Email:
    masonictheatre@yahoo.com

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

  • Hot Springs
    Schubertiade
    Friday, October 7, 2016
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    403 Garth Newel Lane
    Hot Springs, VA 24445

    Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, VA presents “Schubertiade,” an intimate gathering at Garth Newel’s Manor House featuring resident artists Shawn Puller, tenor, Teresa Ling, violin, Isaac Melamed, cello and Jeannette Fang, piano, performing the works of Franz Schubert.  6 pm Cocktails; 7 pm Concert followed by optional dinner.  For more information or to make reservations, call 540.839.5018 or visit www.garthnewel.org.

    Date:
    Friday, October 7, 2016(7:00 PM

    Telephone:
    540-839-5018

    Email:
    tama@garthnewel.org

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

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