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Summertime in Downtown Blacksburg 2013

31 May 27

Artcrawl with Scavenger Hunt
Friday June 7, 5-8pm
FREE and open to all!
Collect Scavenger Hunt form at participating galleries, return completed form to Community Arts Information Office (CAIO) by 8pm. Prizes will be awarded!

Participating Galleries:
Armory Art Gallery, Bollo’s Gallery, Burnt Creative Boutique, CAIO, Capone’s Fine Jewelers , The Artful Place, Eucalyptus Massage Studio Gallery,Gallery at Mish Mish, Gillie’s Gallery, Kent Jewelers, Matrix Gallery, Nest Realty, Perspectives Gallery, Pita Vera, The Artful Lawyer A Fine Gallery Inc

Cash Mob
Join us on Thursday, June 27 at 5:38pm
Meet at the Odd Fellows Hall, near Buffalo Wild Wings
We will shop in a locally owned store and then celebrate in a locally owned and operated restaurant. Partnering with Valley Interfaith Chil Care Center. Bring craft supplies such as washable markers, school glue, crayola finger paint, etc to donate to VICCC.
RULES:
Meet 3 new people
Spend $20
Support local businesses
HAVE FUN!!!!

Downtown Cash Mob dates for 2013
June 27- with VICCC
July 16- Ladies Only!
August 13
September 25- with Micah’s Backpacks
October 24- with the YMCA Please join us for the next Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. Cash Mob.

Blacksburg Farmers Market
Market Hours:
Wednesday 2pm-7pm
Saturday 10am – 2 pm
Special Events:
Sunday June 2, 10am – 3pm: Vintage and Antique Market, featuring food from Bollo’s and Pita Vera
June 12- Mingle at the Market- featuring wine from Beliveau Winery, beer from Bull and Bones and music by Welcome to Hoonah!
Saturday June 22, 9 – 11:30 am: Solstice Chef featuring a food demo and tasting with VT chef Randy Van Dyke, and the grand launch of our Mobile Kitchen!
July 10- Mingle at the Market
July 20- Breakfast at the Market
August 14- Tomato Tasting

Movies on The Lawn- Presented by the Blacksburg Museum & Cultural Foundation
Thomas Connor House Lawn. 104 Draper Rd
Admission and popcorn are FREE
Bring a blanket or chair and purchase some dinner from a local food vendor prior to the Movie.
Movie starts at dark. Rain date Saturday.
For details call 540-558-0746
Sponsored by The Town of Blacksburg, The National Bank of Blacksburg, First Bank of Virginia, Real Life Dental Care, The Blacksburg Partnership, Dr. Steve Jacobs, Stellar One Bank, First Bank & Trust Co, Rocky Acres, Plott & French Financial Advisors, Christian Insurance Agency, Starshine Events and The Lyric Theatre.
June 14- The Odd Life of Timothy Green
July 12- Paranorman
August 9- Zookeeper

Blacksburg Rescue Squad
Please join us for our annual open house Saturday June 15th from 1pm until 5pm.
There will be a demonstration showing how a victim is removed from a car damaged in an accident using the jaws of life. A real car will be used. There will also be tours of the ambulances and crash trucks. Bring the kids,have a bite to eat and meet members of your local volunteer rescue.
For more details visit: http://www.blacksburgrescue.org/events

Up on the Roof
May 30th, June 27th, July 25th, August 29th and Sept. 26th.
Blacksburg Premier Creative Professional’s mixer. We meet on the last Thursday of every month (April through Sept) on the rooftop of the Kent Square parking lot from 5:30-8pm – it is a happy hour networking social.

Market Square Jam
Blacksburg’s Market Square Jam kicks off the summer 2013 season on Wednesday, June 5. The Jam is a weekly event that takes place Wednesday evenings from 8-11 pm at the site of the Farmers Market on Draper Road. The season will run from June 5 – September 25.
Whether you’re a musician wanting to jam with others or just looking for some great music on a Wednesday night, come out to the Farmers Market and enjoy a great time.
June 5- The Jugbusters
June 12 – Katie and the Bubbatones
June 19 – Sam Linkous and Friends
June 26 – The Happy Hollow String Band
July 10 – Katie and the Bubbatones
July 17 – Sam Linkous and Friends
July 24 – Indian Run String Band
July 31 – Farm Use Only
August 7 – Black Twig Pickers
August 14 – Sam Linkous and Friends

For more information, visit www.blacksburg.gov/marketsquarejam.

Summer Arts Festival
“Friday Night” Out Concerts
6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
June 21-Cyrus Pace Quartet
June 28-No Strings Attached
July 5-Gerry Timlin
July 12-Three Minute Lovin’
July 19-Sexual Chocolate
July 26-Key West Band

6th annual Summer Solstice Fest
Come have a mid-summer frolic in Downtown Blacksburg on Friday June 21 5-10pm for the Carnival and Saturday, June 22, from one ‘til midnight for the Festival and Carnival.

Live music, dog parade, Treasure Island, Beer Garden, a giant sand beach, a Downtown Sundown 5K Run, Wing eating Contest,Water Wars, Carnival and much more! Bring the kids to an old-fashioned flea circus, crafts, activities, and festival foods.

Downtown Sundown 5K® – download your application here
 http://www.runaboutsports.com/images/Race_Docs/2013SundownRegistration.pdf

Art at the Market
Art at the Market 2013will take place on Saturday, July 20, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Once again, this Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. event will be in conjunction with the annual Breakfast at the Farmers Market. Live Music provided by Kat Mills and Eric Lanoue.

Download the 2013 application. Spaces are limited, so be sure to get your application in quickly. Spaces will be assigned based on indicated preference (where possible) and in the order received.

With your participation we hope to make this the biggest and best Art at the Market ever!

Thanks to our Art at the Market Sponsors: Fringe Benefit, Mish Mish and The Community Arts Information Office

33rd Annual Steppin’ Out
August 2-3, 2013 from 10 am until 10 pm.
Steppin’ Out features over 200 artists and crafts people from around the United States selling unique handcrafted items – jewelry, pottery, textiles, metal work, basketry, stained & fused glass, yard art, fine art, furniture, toys, artisan foods and so much more!

For more details of all events visit www.downtownblacksburg.com

2013-Performing Fleas, Water Wars, Carnival Rides and more!

13 May 63

The 6th annual Summer Solstice Fest and Carnival is coming and once again will include TWO DAYS OF SUMMER FUN in downtown Blacksburg! 63

Friday June 21
Carnival by Funtime Amusements will be located in the First Church of God Parking lot on Lee Street. Featuring fairground rides and games for all ages. 5-10pm
Cabo Fish Taco Beach Party

Saturday June 22 1pm-12midnight
Summer Solstice Fest
Featuring Dog Parade, Petting Zoo, Downtown Sundown 5k Run®, Beer Garden, Food, Live Music, Burnt Creative Indie & Vintage Craft Fair,Carnival, Treasure Island Play Beach, FREE Bike Valet Service, Water Wars, Wing Eating Contest,Festival foods, fun filled games and activities brought to you by your favorite local non profit groups, and so much more.

The event will take place on Main St. between Roanoke St & Washington St, Lee St. between Church St & Draper Rd. and Draper Rd between Roanoke St and Kent Square Parking Garage.

Stage Schedule
1-2pm                  PanJammers
2:15-2:45pm         Belly Dancing
2:45-3pm              Animal Antics
3-4pm                  Guilty Pleasures
4-4:30pm              Dog Parade
4:45-5:45pm         El Capitan
5:45pm                 Animal Antics
6-6:30pm             Solstice Wing Eating Contest sponsored by Sharkeys and Cafe de Bangkok
6:30-7:30pm         MH & His Orchestra
7:45-8:45pm         Urth
**** 8:30pm Downtown Sundown 5K®  Race starts from stage area Music will resume after the official race start.*****
9-11pm                 Hoppie Vaughan & The Ministers of Soul

Entertainment with:
Animal Antics with NRV Varmints ( A Fun, Educational look at a variety of birds and reptiles)
Wing Eating Contest sponsored by Sharkey’s, P.K.’s & Café de Bangkok
Belly Dancing
Fire Show by Pyre in the Beer Garden
Albert Flea Circus Performances at 2:30pm, 4:30pm & 6:30pm

Beer Garden Schedule:
11-11:30pm                  Jason Byrd
11:30-12midnight          Fire Show with Pyre

Alberti Flea Circus Performances
Located on Main Street in the NBB driveway
1:30pm
3:00pm
5:15pm

Alberti Flea Circus- Details here

Tech Bookstore Parking Lot
Nationwide Nascar- display car and Nascar simulator experience  1-8pm
Carly’s Kettle Corn
The Cellar Mobile Kitchen
Free Bike Valet Service  provided by NRV Ride Solutions , The Bike Kitchen & NRVBA

Street Entertainment
Jesters’ Jubilee- juggling, unicycle riding and more
Tech Tron
Man in White Living Statue
Water Wars- 1-8pm   Water Wars- Get your opponent wet and HAVE FUN! – details here
Dunk Tank 1-8pm provided by NRV Roller Girls
Sand Beach Treasure Island located next to Starbucks 1-8pm
Zombie Walk 8pm

Vendors
Fanciful Fun Face Paint
Sand Art
Fire by Dragon
Little Leapers
Filamina Jewelry/Susan Brickhouse
Concrete Garden Art
Burnt Creative Craft Market- vendors listed below our Sponsors
Rita’s Italian Ice

Alexander Black House
Blacksburg Recycling
Montgomery County Friends of Animal Control- Cotton Candy
NRV Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists- Family friendly activities
Planned Parenthood- Bean Bag Toss
Town of Blacksburg- Recycling ideas and activities
Sustainable Blacksburg- Recycling ideas and activities
NRV Apartment Council- Sand Beach Treasure Island
NRV Roller Girls- Dunk Tank
Democratic Party- Family Friendly Trivia game
Generation Opportunity- Family games

WDBJ7
WDBJ7 will be onsite throughout the festival- stop by and see them on the corner of Lee St and Main Street, outside Starbucks!

Cumulus Radio Broadcast Schedule:
WSPK, The Bear & Mix 100.7 will be live onsite throughout the day.

Summer Solstice Fest is a DEQ Certified Virginia Green Event

Treasure Island  sponsored by the New River Valley Apartment Council
Come and play in the sand beach next to Starbucks and you might even find a few pieces of eight and a Pirate or Two!

Family Rejuvenation Station  sponsored by Rhythm of Birth,  and The Sleepytime Teacher

DOWNTOWN SUNDOWN 5K RACE® .  This year the race will start and finish on Draper Road in front of the the stage in the heart of the festival! Packet pick-up and race day registration: Begins at 3pm on race day. The registration table is located on the Alexander Black House Lawn on Draper Rd. Race day registration for the event will close promptly at 7:15pm. The race begins at 8:30pm
Race proceeds benefit: Blacksburg Cross Country & Track & Field Programs & Summer Solstice Fest

Downtown Sundown 5K® – download your application here

 http://www.runaboutsports.com/images/Race_Docs/2013SundownRegistration.pdf

 

Thanks to our wonderful Sponsors

Cabo Fish Taco- Stage Sponsor
New River Valley Apartment Council- Stage Sponsor
Valley Distributing- Beer Garden Sponsor
Beliveau Estate Winery- Wine Tent Sponsor
Montgomery Regional Tourism Office- Water Wars Sponsor
Comcast Spotlight- Media Sponsor
WDBJ7- Media Sponsor
Cumulus Radio- Media Sponsor
NextThreeDays.com- Media Sponsor
NRV Macaroni Kid- Media Sponsor
Amodeo Photography LLC.- Media Sponsor
Freedom First Credit Union- Flea Circus Sponsor
NRV Varmints Pet Sitting Agency- Dog Parade & Petting Zoo Sponsor
Animal Antics- Animal Antics stage show Sponsor
Cafe de Bangkok- Wing Eating Sponsor
Sharkeys- Wing Eating Sponsor
Dr. Steve Jacobs O.D.- Supporting Sponsor
Filamina Jewelry- Supporting Sponsor
Nationwide Insurance- Supporting Sponsor
Go Fit Moms- Supporting Sponsor
Solar Connexion- Supporting Sponsor
Edible Arrangements- Supporting Sponsor
Amerigroup Inc. VA- Supporting Sponsor
First Bank of Virginia- Supporting Sponsor
Blacksburg Live Music- Green Room Sponsor
Rhythm of Birth- Family Rejuvenation Station Sponsor
The Sleepytime Teacher-Family Rejuvenation Station Sponsor

 

Burnt Creative Vendors

A Little Twisted https://www.facebook.com/ALittleTwisted1 (Pembroke, VA)
Stitched & Salvaged (Radford, VA)
Wrenn Pottery http://wrennpottery.com/ (Floyd, VA)
All Mapped Out http://allmappedout.etsy.com (Clemson, SC)
Whispering Willow Soap Co. http://www.whisperingwillow.net/ (Lincolnton, NC)
Dashing Dog Studio http://dashingdogstudio.com/ (Blacksburg, VA)
Marshfluff http://marshfluff.etsy.com (Radford, VA)
Diament Jewelry http://www.diamentjewelry.com/ (Alexandria, VA)
Heart Rock Vintage (Eggleston, VA)
Blue Planet Creations http://blueplanetcreations.etsy.com (Beavercreek, OH)
Paris Mountain Botanicals (Blacksburg, VA)
Live Pretty Jewelry http://liveprettyjewelry.etsy.com (Huntersville, NC)
The Parsonage Handmade Soap http://parsonagesoap.com/ (Lovettsville, VA)
Dancing Dog Tees (Floyd, VA)
Sandra Eileen Designs http://sandraeileenjewelry.etsy.com (Blacksburg, VA)
Sophie’s Bistro https://www.facebook.com/sophiesbistro (Blacksburg, VA)
OmBeautiful http://www.ombeautiful.com/ (Manakin Sabot, VA)
Folkthreads (Roanoke, VA)

 

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See your design on 2013 Steppin’ Out T-shirt!

18 Nov SO_silly_design

How would you like to see this as the design on the 2013 Steppin’ Out T-Shirt?

Well neither would we! So now is the time for you to submit your design and you could win not only $500 in cool hard cash..(well a cool hard check actually but you know what we mean right?!) But you would also be the proud designer of the 2013 Steppin’ Out t-shirt which carries the honor of  being profiled through advertising/news articles, in store windows where t-shirts are sold, online prior to the festival, and at Steppin’ Out. Seriously you would go down in the annals of Blacksburg History alongside many other renowned t-shirt design artists from past years- including George Wills, Cece Bell, Forrest Worley and Robin Rogers. 33 years of Steppin’ Out t-shirt history.

You can get all the details that you need by downloading this nifty little pdf. SteppinOut_Design_Competition

So what are you waiting for? We are anxiously awaiting your design….or we could all be wearing Steppin’ Out t-shirts that look like this…….

And that would not be good for anyone!

T-shirt Design Contest deadline is Dec 14. Don’t spend the rest of you life saying “If only…..”

Performing Fleas, Water Wars, Carnival Rides and more!

5 Jun dog_poster2012

The 5th annual Summer Solstice Fest and Carnival is coming and this year will include TWO DAYS OF SUMMER FUN in downtown Blacksburg!

Friday June 22
Carnival by Brinkley Entertainment will be located in the First Church of God Parking lot on Lee Street. Featuring fairground rides and games for all ages. 5-10pm
Cabo Fish Taco Beach Party

Saturday June 23 1pm-12midnight
Summer Solstice Fest
Featuring Dog Parade, Petting Zoo, Downtown Sundown 5k Run, Beer Garden, Food, Live Music, Burnt Creative Indie & Vintage Craft Fair,Carnival, Sand Sculpture Contest,Water Wars, Wing Eating Contest,Festival foods, fun filled games and activities brought to you by your favorite local non profit groups, and so much more.

The event will take place on Main St. between Roanoke St & Washington St, Lee St. between Church St & Draper Rd. and Draper Rd between Roanoke St and Kent Square Parking Garage.

STAGE SCHEDULE
1pm PanJammers
2:15pm Belly Dancing
3pm Badunkafunk
4pm Dog Parade
4:45pm Electric Woodshed
6:15pm Animal Antics with NRV Varmints ( A Fun, Educational look at a variety of birds and reptiles)
6:30pm Wing Eating Contest sponsored by Sharkey’s, P.K.’s & Café de Bangkok
7pm Animal Antics with NRV Varmints
7:15pm The Alliens
9pm The Key West Band
11pm Fire Show by Becca in the Beer Garden

Albert Flea Circus Performances at 2:30pm, 4:30pm & 6:30pm

WDBJ Onsite Schedule:
WDBJ7 will be onsite throughout the festival- stop by and see them on the corner of Lee St and Main Street, outside Starbucks!
1pm-4pm Brent Watts will emcee on stage
4pm-9pm Orlando Salinas will emcee on stage

Cumulus Radio Broadcast Schedule:
WSPK, The Bear & Mix 100.7 will be live onsite throughout the day.
WPSK  1pm to 3pm
Mix  100.7 3pm to 5pm
The Bear 5pm to 7pm

Scott Stevens and Caroline Cook from WPSK will emcee on stage from noon to 4pm.
Kerry Taylor will emcee on the stage from 3:30pm until 6p.
Drez will emcee on the stage from 5:30 to 7:30p.

Summer Solstice Fest is a DEQ Certified Virginia Green Event

SAND SCULPTURE CONTEST  sponsored by the New River Valley Apartment Council
• Sculpting will begin at 1pm and end promptly at 4pm.
• Voting will be conducted by the general public from 4pm – 7pm at the designated voting table.
$1 per vote. Winning entry will be announced at 7:30pm and receive a cash prize of $200.
ANY QUESTIONS: please contact Stephanie Weeks: 540-951-1221 or smweeks@foxridgeapts.com
Download the Sand Sculpture Contest registration form here: http://www.downtownblacksburg.com/summer_solstice_fest.aspx

DOWNTOWN SUNDOWN 5K RACE.  This year the race will start and finish on Draper Road in front of the the stage in the heart of the festival! Packet pick-up and race day registration: Begins at 3pm on race day. The registration table is located on the Alexander Black House Lawn on Draper Rd. Race day registration for the event will close promptly at 7:15pm. The race begins at 8:30pm , download the registration from here: http://www.downtownblacksburg.com/summer_solstice_fest.asp
Race proceeds benefit: Blacksburg Cross Country & Track & Field Programs & Summer Solstice Fest

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
Freedom First Credit Union, Mike & Sue Drzal on behalf of LeClair Ryan, Wireless Zone, Dr. Steve Jacobs, WDBJ7, NRV Macaroni Kid, Cumulus Radio, Town of Blacksburg, Shelor, It Works, PK’s, Sharkeys & Cafe de Bangkok, Cabo Fish Taco, NRV Varmints, Tech Bookstore, Firehouse Pizza, Leslie Hager-Smith

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GOT TUBA?

1 Nov

Missed TubaChristmas in 2010?
Check out this performance of Hark the Herald!

Now you are in the mood for some TUBA…we need YOU!

ATTENTION ALL TUBA AND EUPHONIUM PLAYERS
All ages and ability levels!
TubaChristmas is coming back to Blacksburg to join the Winter Lights Festival. Join in the fun as downtown Blacksburg celebrates with the annual lighting of the tree, parade, Holiday Market, Horse & Carriage rides, Art Crawl and more. TubaChristmas will make this the best holiday celebration ever! Bring your tubas, euphoniums and all of your friends to downtown Blacksburg on Friday, December 2nd , 2011.

Participants, please RSVP to ecrone@vt.edu

Schedule and Details:
• Parking: Kent Square Parking Garage – 207 Draper Rd, Blacksburg, VA 24060.
• Registration: 3:00 to 4:00pm – $5.00 per musician (Department of Music, rm. 243, Squires Virginia Tech)
• Rehearsal: 4:00 to 5:15pm (Department of Music, rm. 243, Squires Virginia Tech)
• Break: 5:15pm to 6pm (Dinner will be provided for the musicians.) Pizza, hot chocolate, coffee and water.
• Performance: 6pm to 7pm, Market Square Park, outside with heaters. (Warm weather dress and plastic mouthpieces are in order.)
• Available for purchase: TubaChristmas hats and/or scarves, Music ‘Carols for a Merry TubaChristmas ,  and Commemorative buttons.

TubaChristmas is sponsored by Downtown Blacksburg, Inc.and the Department of Music at Virginia Tech

About TubaChristmas

You are again invited to participate in one or more of the TUBACHRISTMAS concerts/events presented throughout the world. TUBACHRISTMAS was conceived in 1974 as a tribute to the late artist/teacher William J. Bell, born on Christmas Day, 1902. Through the legendary William J. Bell we reflect on our heritage and honor all great artists/teachers whose legacy has given us high performance standards, well structured pedagogy, professional integrity, personal values and a camaraderie envied by all other instrumentalists. The first TUBACHRISTMAS was conducted by the late Paul Lavalle in New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza Ice Rink on Sunday, December 22, 1974. Traditional Christmas music performed at the first TUBACHRISTMAS was arranged by American composer Alec Wilder who ironically died on Christmas Eve, 1980. Wilder composed many solo and ensemble compositions for tuba and euphonium. He was a loyal supporter of every effort to improve the literature and public image of our chosen instruments. Through Alec Wilder we express our respect and gratitude to all composers who continue to embrace our instruments with their compositions and contribute to the ever growing solo and ensemble repertoire for tuba and euphonium.
Every Christmas season, tuba and euphonium players of all ages, from specific geographic areas, gather to pay respect – through William J. Bell – to all the great artists/teachers who represent their heritage. Every TUBACHRISTMAS performance features traditional Christmas carols especially arranged for the first TUBACHRISTMAS, (December 22, 1974 in NYC’s Rockefeller Plaza) by American composer Alec Wilder (died Christmas Eve, 1980). Through Wilder, TUBACHRISTMAS concerts pay grateful tribute to composers who have embraced these noble instruments with solo and ensemble compositions. Depending on the population of any given geographic area, TUBACHRISTMAS ensembles may attract multiples of 100 participants aged 8 to 85 years! The warm, rich organ-like sound of the tuba-euphonium choir has won the ears and hearts of every audience. It is no wonder that TUBACHRISTMAS is an established Christmas tradition in cities throughout the world.

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If you don’t play Tuba come downtown and enjoy a spectacular performance on December 2nd at 6:00pm in Market Square Park.

Please share your favorite TubaChristmas story in the comments section below! The best story will win a TubaChristmas commemorative button!

TUBACHRISTMAS is a property and presentation of the
HARVEY PHILLIPS FOUNDATION, INC
P.O. Box 933 • Bloomington, IN 47402-0933
(812) 824-8833 • FAX (812) 824-4462
e-mail: coord@tubachristmas.com. Web site: www.tubachristmas.com
“. . .dedicated to developing, expanding, and preserving the music arts. . .”

Know your Town Council

6 Sep

Citizens First invites you to the:
Blacksburg Town Council Candidate Forum
Wednesday, September 14th, 7pm-9pm
Community Room, Blacksburg Library

Come hear the positions of Blacksburg Town Council Candidates on the important issues facing Blacksburg in the coming years:
School property development
Blacksburg quality of life
Residential code enforcement
Downtown revitalization
Bikeways and safe routes to schools
Relations with Virginia Tech
Sustainable landscapes
Neighborhoods
Candidate management style

There are 5 candidates running for 3 positions this year:
John Bush
Leslie Hager-Smith
Melvyn Jay “Mel” Huber
Paul Lancaster
Michael Stuphin

Election Information
The election of members of Town Council and the Mayor are held on the general election date in November of odd-numbered years beginning in November 2009. The mayor serves a four-year term and the council members serve four-year staggered terms.

Citizens age 18 and over may register to vote at the Montgomery County Voter Registration Office, Room 220, Christiansburg, VA, 540-382-5741; at the DMV when applying for a motor vehicle driver’s license; by mail (applications available at the Blacksburg Library, Blacksburg Post Office, DMV, Christiansburg Library); or in person at special registration locations set-up prior to elections.

Blacksburg has two polling places for local elections: the Blacksburg Community Center and the Library. Call 540-382-5741 for voter registration information and locations that provide public assistance or are primarily engaged in serving persons with disabilities.
Blacksburg Town Council

Citizens First for Blacksburg is a non-partisan Political Action Committee constituted by Blacksburg area residents (including Montgomery County & Christiansburg) to promote good governance and vibrant citizen democracy.
You can find out more about Citizens First

What makes Steppin’ Out tick?

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Two days away from Blacksburg’s premier festival seems like a great time to take a look behind the scenes to find out what it takes to make Steppin’ Out great.

Admnission to Steppin’ Out is FREE!

Downtown Blacksburg, Inc.(formerly Downtown Merchants of Blacksburg) has been bringing Steppin’ Out to the Blacksburg Community for 31 years.

Work begins in December when Steppin’ Out Craft Vendor Application packets are updated and compiled and Sponsorship Packages are sent out.

There are only two staff members working part time all year round putting together all of Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. events and services.

Approximately 50 volunteers working 200 hours are needed to keep the festival running smoothly.

Food vendors from our downtown restaurants have to submit their applications for Health Department permits a month before the festival.

Town of Blacksburg Public Works Department staff are out putting up tents, tables, chairs,stages and more in the wee hours of Friday morning to be ready for the start of the festival at 10am.

Steppin’ Out t-shirts help to pay for the festival each year.

DLP Concerts schedule the excellent entertainment for all three stages.

Blacksburg Fire and Rescue Squad set up their center of operations at Steppin’ Out.

NRV Varmints Pet Sitting Agency provide a safe, fun area for dogs while their owners visit the festival.

There have been family reunions, high school reunions, college reunions,and even wedding receptions at Steppin’ Out.

This year will be the biggest and best Steppin’ Out ever with an expanded footprint into the Market Square Park and down College Ave to Otey St. containing 246 craft vendors and downtown merchants booths.

50 non profit and community groups participate in the event.

It takes many hours in the hot sun to mark the booth spaces for 296 booth spaces!

So now let’s hear from you? Send in and share your favorite Steppin’ Out story.

See you at Steppin’ Out!

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Summer Fun…here it comes!

20 May dog_beercan

Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. presents:
4th Annual Summer Solstice Fest

Saturday June 18, 2-11pm in Downtown Blacksburg, Main Street & Lee Street

Featuring:
Alberti Flea Circus
Alexander Black House Activities
Beer Garden- sponsored by Modea
Bike Rodeo- East Coasters, Blacksburg Police Dept. &; Blacksburg Rescue Squad
Blacksburg Recycling & Sustainable Blacksburg- Recycling Activities
Blacksburg Contra Dance Group
Blacksburg Fire Dept
Carriage Rides- MacArthur Inn
Chef Demos- sponsored by Gourmet Pantry
Concessions
Dog Contests and activities- sponsored by NRV Varmints Pet Sitting
Downtown Sundown 5K race- to benefit BHS Field & Track Club
Fire Performers
Hula Hooping with Wild Earth Hoops
Midway Games and activities
Oyster Eating Contest- sponsored by Awful Arthur’s
Plant Sale- Hahn Horticulture Garden
South West Virginia Social Dance Group
Smithfield Plantation
Spa & Relaxation Tent- Beauti Control, Tuck Chiropractic and In Balance Yoga Studio offering yoga and massage therapy
Street performers including poi spinning, juggling, unicycles and more
VT Surf Club- Tarp Surfing
Sand Beach Activities- sponsored by Cabo Fish Taco
Sidewalk/Graffiti Art- interactive
Zumba- sponsored by New Tech Fitness

Main Stage Schedule
2:00- 3:00pm PanJammers
3:00- 3:30pm South West Virginia Social Dance Society
3:30- 5:00pm Badunkafunk
5:00-5:30pm Oyster slurping contest
5:45-7:15pm Alliens
7:15- 7:45pm Blacksburg Contra Dance Group
7:45-10:00pm Key West Band
10:00pm Awesomesauce in the beer garden
10:30pm Fire Show in the beer garden

Bike Rodeo Registration form: Bike_Rodeo_flyer

Downtown Sundown 5K Race registration form: 5Kreg form 2011

Participating Non-Profit Groups:
Downtown Blacksburg, Inc., Alexander Black House, Auburn UMC Women’s Group, Blacksburg Fire Dept, Blacksburg Live Music, Blacksburg Rescue Squad, Children’s Museum for Blacksburg, Hahn Horticulture Garden, MC Friends of Animal Care & Control, Mental Health Association, MOMS Club, New Life Christian Fellowship, New River Bicycle Association,New River Valley Apartment Council, NRV Macaroni Kids, NRV Roller Girls, Planned Parenthood, Rita’s- Alex’s Leomonade Charity, SEEDS, Smithfield Plantation, Special Olympics- Area 9, Sustainable Blacksburg, Virginia Interfaith Child Care Center

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A Virginia Green Event

Main Stage Sponsor: Freedom First Credit Union
Beer Garden Sponsor: Modea

Media Partners:
Comcast Spotlight
WDBJ7
Mix 100.7
The Bear 105.3

For specific information on Downtown Blacksburg Events please contact:
Laureen Blakemore, Director of Special Events
Tel: 540-951-0454
Email: events@downtownblacksburg.com
For regular updates please visit our website: http://www.downtownblacksburg.com

Spotlight: Southwestern Virginia Social Dance Society

17 Apr

SVSDS Dance Night: April 15, 2011

Since its establishment in 1990, Southwestern Virginia Social Dance Society or SVSDS, a local non-profit organization, has been encouraging dance in Blacksburg community by bringing together dancers from other local dance organizations under an inclusive dance family. These dance organizations include Solely Swing, Ballroom Dance at Virginia Tech, and SalsaTech. SVSDS’s current President, Chaky Sriranganathan, a Blacksburg native
has been dancing in the area with SVSDS for 8 years, teaching for Solely Swing and SalsaTech. As he described his passion of dance, he highlighted how SVSDS serves to bring the Blacksburg community closer together as part of a dance family.

Over the years, SVSDS was housed in various locations with the most recent locations being the old Center of Dance location on Draper Road and DanceTech. The organization partnered with the YMCA to construct a sprung dance floor at its current location in the Stuart Event Room at The Y Center. It offers weekly lessons from 7:30pm to 8:30pm and open dance from 8:30pm to12:00am on Fridays. Each night averages around forty to sixty dancers! Are you a newcomer to SVSDS or beginner dancer? Don’t worry; try SVSDS for the first time free of charge!



Currently, the organization is working with Solely Swing to host the VTLX (Virginia Tech Lindy Exchange). Lindy Exchange originally started with dancers in Chicago traveling to the west coast to meet new dancers and exchange community dialogue around dance. Attracting dancers all the way from San Francisco and Ohio, VTLX will run on April 29th, April 30th and May 1 and will feature two live bands! On Friday April 29th, SVSDS is presenting gypsy swing by Christabel and the Jons. The event will be held Stuart Event Room at the Y Center. Following day, Saturday April 30th, Soley Swing is presenting The Atomic Rhythm All-Stars, a swing band, at the Commonwealth Ballroom Squired Student Center. Both events will consist of a basic lesson, starting at 7:30pm on Friday April 29th and 7:00pm on Saturday April 30th for only $10/person. Bring your dancing shoes and join SVSDS and Solely Swing for VTLX!

You are cordially invited……

13 Apr prince william and kate middleton

Referred to by Christian Trejbal of The Roanoke Times as “Blacksburg’s traitorous celebration”, Downtown Blacksburg Inc. and The Lyric Theatre have taken on the role of “wedding planner” for this very special event!

The Royal Wedding Party will take place on Friday, April 29th,  in the Lyric Theatre.

The wedding cake is ordered and amidst much excitement the talented chefs of Next Door Bake Shop are keeping the design plans under wraps. The secret is  as closely guarded as that of the blushing bride’s dress. What we do know is that it will feature a unique wedding cupcake design and that it will be delicious.

There will be flowers and bunting, traditional decorations for British Street Parties which accompany any Royal Celebration. During the recent First Friday Wedding Fever event, participants enjoyed making some of the decorations.

Trejbal went on to state: “the royals couldn’t even pay America the courtesy of scheduling the festivities for a decent hour.”  Obviously due to the time difference the party in the Lyric will start before the birds are up, although for the Royal Couple it will be a mid-morning event across the pond.  As guests arrive at the Lyric at the uncivilized hour of 5am, they will be serenaded by ‘Patent Pending Clarinet Quartet’ and a Bassoon and Flute duet comprising of  Virginia Tech Music Majors. Not a bad way to start the day, really.   How many other early morning activities soothe you with such classical tunes as Beethoven’s “Six Minuets” or Handel’s “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba”?

On March 22nd Mayor Ron Rordam signed a proclamation on behalf of Blacksburg Town Council, declaring April 29 a “Day of Public Celebration” to mark the nuptials of “the commoner Catherine Elizabeth Middleton and His Royal Highness Prince William Arthur Phillip Louis of Wales of the Kingdom of Great Britain”. And in a heartfelt response to Trejbal’s editorial Mayor Rordam pleads “guilty to being a Royalist….if only for a day” and  admits to “getting choked up a little when they play God save the Queen.”

In keeping with British tradition wedding guests will be able to participate in a TOMBOLA. In this variation of a raffle, people purchase numbered tickets, each ticket having the chance of winning a prize. The winning tickets end in a “0” or  a “5” .  The drawn tickets are checked against a collection of prizes with numbers attached to them, and the holder of the ticket wins the prize. Guests will be drawing to win a plethora of imported British delights including delicious Cadbury’s chocolates, sparkling Vimto, Tetley teas, the infamous “Spotted Dick”, and so much more!

There will be tea and coffee, served in real teacups and saucers, of course; homemade scones, cucumber sandwiches and other nibbles all included in the price of the ticket. Care to indulge in a Buck’s Fizz? Step up to the cash bar to enjoy the champagne treat known in the Americas as a Mimosa!

Come in your favorite funky formal wear or your silliest millinery and you could win a smashing prize! The Roanoke Times Paparazzi will be  on the scene offering guests the photo opportunity of a lifetime–there will be two very special guests on that red carpet with you.

The event will be full of fun and surprises in addition to being able to watch the wedding of the century on the big screen in your favorite theatre. Tickets are a mere $5 a piece but be warned…they are moving fast! Tickets are available in the Lyric lobby, or call 540-951-4771.

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We would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors: the Lyric Theatre, and Downtown Blacksburg, Inc., and for the support of WDBJ7, New River Stage Town Criers, The Roanoke Times, Next Door Bake Shop, Gourmet Pantry, Kent Jewelers and Bollo’s Cafe, Mayor Rordam, the Blacksburg Town Council, and the Town of Blacksburg.

And to our dear friend, Christian Trejbal- thanks for the fun, we hope you will be our guest and join this “traitorous celebration”!

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