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September 2017

  • 09/01 – 09/29 – Uniquely Alleghany! Photo Contest – 2018 Calendar

    The Uniquely Alleghany Photo Contest is coming up soon, with entries due to the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Tourism between September 1 and September 29 by 5:00 pm. Get some last shots in now! Grand Prize: the best overall photo will receive a cash prize and be featured on the cover of the 2018 Uniquely Alleghany Calendar. Other cash prizes will be given for various award categories: best seasonal, best recreation, best festival/event, etc. – dependent on entries. Focus on what makes us “Uniquely Alleghany” whether it be a local icon, event, concert, festival, what have you. If it is unique to the Alleghany Highlands capture it on camera! One winning entry will be featured on the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Christmas card. CLICK THE LINK for Rules, Regulations and Forms. Please read carefuly as all forms are not necessary, but all entries must be accompanied by the Entry Form and Photo Release. •

  • 09/01 – 09/30 – National Library Card Sign-up Month

    Do you have the “Smartest Card” in your wallet? If not, register for an Alleghany Highlands Regional Library card any time during the month of September. All area residents who sign up for new cards will have their names entered for a prize drawing! •

  • 09/01 – 09/30 – After-School Fun Time

    Both children and teens are invited to stop by the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library after school Mondays through Fridays from 3:30-5:00 p.m. to unwind. Cards, board games, and coloring sheets will be set up on tables in the Children’s Area. •

  • 09/10 – 09/24 – Playful Renderings /Art Class/

    PLAYFUL RENDERINGS A non-threatening art experience to jump start creative play and to see things differently. Sundays Sept 10, 17, 24, 1-4 pm $25/ session or $65 for all three. Most materials supplied. Please register by September 8. Perfect for anyone who wants to paint but is a bit shy about it- or for those who want to refresh their skills. Local artist Sally Grace Branch will guide participants through some simple and engaging exercises that use various materials to create something from life. (plants, flowers, figures, landscapes) Students will use simple materials charcoal, conte crayon, colored pencil or pencil, acrylic and watercolor. Learn how to prepare a surface on which we can create loose studies designed to boost self-confidence and have some fun. Play with simple/basic art materials as you move quickly and confidently from “doodles” to painted and collaged images. You will work with different expressive art materials over the course of these exercises. Please bring a kneaded eraser, soft charcoal, soft pencil (6 B), a ½’ flat brush, medium ( #8 or #10) round brush and any of scraps of colored paper for collage, masking tape and a roll of paper towels. If you have a drawing board, please bring it. We’ll provide at the working surfaces of several small-ish sizes and the rest. Come amuse and amaze yourself. •

  • 09/13 – AHRL Book Club

    The Alleghany Highlands Regional Library Book Club members will meet in the Community Room to discuss Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly on Wednesday, September 13th, at 2:30 p.m. •


  • 09/14 – 09/15 – Hot Dog Days

    Please join us with the Bank of Fincastle for their famous Hot Dog Days on September 14 & September 15 from 11:00 am-4:00 pm each day. Ice Cream sponsored by Colonial Mortgage Company. •

  • 09/15 – Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives

    WE HEARD YOU! After last year’s sold out show, you told us you wanted Marty and his talented musicians back. Here he comes! ************* Tickets: $35/30/27 Box Seats: $55 If you were to give country music an address, you might say it’s at the corner of sacred and profane, two doors up from the blues and folk, and just across the street from gospel, R&B and rock ‘n’ roll. And on a deeper emotional and spiritual level, it resides where Saturday night meets Sunday morning. No one understands these coordinates better than Marty Stuart. No one understands these coordinates better than Marty Stuart. For over forty years, the five-time Grammy winning multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, photographer, and historian has been building a rich legacy at this very crossroads. “I’ve always thought that country music had a really unique relationship with gospel music,” Stuart says. “It is interesting to me that country stars can sing drinking and cheating songs authentically, then at some point during the evening or the broadcast, take their hats off and say, ‘Friends, here’s our gospel song.’ If it’s the right messenger it seamlessly flows. That’s a time-honored tradition, from Jimmie Rodgers to Hank Williams to Johnny Cash. Rogue prophets and rogue preachers. That is my world.” •

  • 09/16 – Historic Masonic Theatre Tour

    September 16, 11:00 AM Meet in the Theatre Annex, 510 Main Street. Join this 90-minute interactive tour and learn all about the uniquely beautiful Theatre. All four floor are open and the tour includes history, stories, video and hands-on sound and light experiences. The Theatre is handicap accessible–wear comfortable clothing and shoes and meet in the Theatre Annex, 510 Main Street, Clifton Forge. Free Admission–donations welcomed. •

  • 09/16 – National Play-Doh Day at the Library

    Celebrate National Play-Doh Day by using your imagination on Saturday, September 16th. Play-Doh will be set up in the Children’s Area at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library for kids to create masterpieces that they can take home with them. •


  • 09/16 – Digital Literacy Classes at the Library

    As part of the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library’s continuing Digital Literacy series, three classes will be offered on Saturday, September 16th: 10 a.m.—Microsoft Word Basics I  11 a.m. —Microsoft Excel  1 p.m. —Social Media Safety for Students Registration is required, and each class will be limited to ten participants. Stop by the AHRL or call at 962-3321 to sign up for one or more classes, which will be held in the Computer Learning Lab. •


  • 09/16 – 09/30 – Comic Book Scavenger Hunt

    Celebrate National Comic Book Day with a scavenger hunt at the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library from September 16th – 30th! Both children and adults are invited to complete the hunt and enter their completed forms in a contest for a “sweet” prize. •


  • 09/16 – Allegheny Mountain String Project Presents

    The Masonic Amphitheatre Stage, 513 Church Street, Clifton Forge,will host several groups of talented musicians who come together each year to work with the local Allegheny Mountain String Project students. The Evening of Folk Music will feature world-class musicians from across the country with music from Old Time Appalachian Fiddling to Swing Jazz, Pop Recreations and some Folk Ballads as well. The resident musicians will also join forces to showcase some of the tunes they taught earlier in the day. This is a night you won’t want to miss! The Evening of Folk Music will also offer picnic food so families are encouraged to attend the concert and plan a picnic on the Masonic Amphitheatre grounds. Picnic at 5pm Concert at 6pm •


  • 09/18 – Voter Registration at the Library

    Celebrate U.S. Constitution Day! Representatives from the Alleghany County and Covington City Registrar’s offices will be set up in the Reading Area of the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library on Monday, September 18th, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. They will register voters or complete change-of-address forms in order for participants to vote in the November general election. •

  • 09/20 – Watercolor with Ed Bordett

    WATERCOLOR WITH ED BORDETT This is a general class for beginning and intermediate watercolor students. It will focus on composition and design as well as learning wet-in-wet, dry brush, and some experimental skills. Fincastle artist Ed Bordett is a graduate of the National Academy of Art in New York City and the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida. Although these days he is best known for his silkscreen and oils, Bordett has never stopped doing watercolors, using them as a preliminary version for other media but also for the sheer pleasure of the medium’s special characteristics. His strong focus on how to organize a picture and his wry sense of humor should keep the class interesting. As he says, “a good time will be had by all!” The class will run from September 20, 27, October 4 & 11; cost is $100. A materials list will be available at the Center’s front desk. Students should register by September 18, and may pay in person, by mail or on line at •

  • 09/21 – 10/12 – Clever & Catchy Creative Writing Class at the Library

    Join the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library staff as we harness our creativity and try our hands at writing fiction. Classes will be held in the Computer Learning Lab at 6:30 p.m. on consecutive Thursday evenings: September 21st and 28th and October 5th and 12th. There is no cost to participants, but registration is required. Stop by the AHRL or call at 962-3321 to sign up for classes. •

  • 09/26 – LEGO Builders at the Library

    Children from ages 6-12 are invited to join an Alleghany Highlands Regions Library staff member for LEGO Builders. This hands-on, fun, and educational program will be held on Tuesday, September 26th, at 6:30 p.m. The AHRL will provide LEGOs. No registration is required. •

  • 09/28 – You Only Live Twice

    The Historic Masonic Theatre, 510 Main Street, Clifton Forge We kick off our ‘British Spy Weekend’ by celebrating the 50th Anniversary of You Only Live Twice. YOLT is the 5th film in the James Bond series and the fifth to star Sean Connery as MI6 agent 007. The film’s screenplay was written by Roald Dahl, and lightly based on Ian Fleming’s 1964 novel of the same name. In the film, Bond is dispatched to Japan after American and Russian spacecraft disappear mysteriously in orbit. With one side blaming the other, and an American moonshot just a few days away, Bond goes undercover on a remote Japanese island with local agent Kissy Suzuki, to find the perpetrators, bringing him face to face with Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the head of SPECTRE. This film reveals the features of Blofeld, who was previously a partially-unseen character RATED: PG Free. Donations appreciated Movies in our ‘British Spy Weekend’ include: You Only Live Twice: Thurs., Sept. 28 at 7pm Kingsman: The Secret Service: Fri., Sept 29 at 7pm Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery: Sun., Oct 1 at 2:30pm Join us! •

  • 09/29 – Kingsman: The Secret Service The Historic Masonic Theatre

    The Historic Masonic Theatre, John E Hillert Auditorium, 510 Main Street, Clifton Forge As the ‘middle-child’ of our ‘British Spy Weekend’ movie series, we present the first in this ongoing spy franchise. Based upon the acclaimed comic book and directed by Matthew Vaughn, Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. Rated R Free. Donation appreciated. Movies in our ‘British Spy Weekend’ include: You Only Live Twice: Thurs., Sept. 28 at 7pm Kingsman: The Secret Service: Fri., Sept 29 at 7pm Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery: Sun., Oct 1 at 2:30pm Join us! •

October 2017

  • 10/01 – Austin Powers: Internatinal Man of Mystery, The Historic Masonic Theatre

    The Historic Masonic Theatre, 510 Main Street, Clifton Forge, 2:30 pm We wrap up our ‘British Spy Movie Weekend’ with this smashing shagadelic party as Mike Myers and Elizabeth Hurley star in the first of his a non-stop, hilarious comedy adventure franchise. Frozen in the ’60s, secret agent Austin Powers (Myers) is thawed back into action to once again battle his archenemy Dr. Evil. With his sexy sidekick Ms. Kensington (Hurley), Austin must stop Dr. Evil’s outrageous plot to control the world. You Only Live Twice (being shown in our theatre on Sept 28 at 7pm) is an iconic representation of the collective memory of what Bond films represented to that first generation 007 fan. Mike Myers certainly conveyed that with his Austin Powers films, which, while serving as a take-off of the ‘60s spy genre in general, certainly takes much of its inspiration from YOLT (Bond fans love their acronyms). Ausitn Powers is a wacky, far-out trip you won’t forget. Donations appreciated Movies in our ‘British Spy Weekend’ include: You Only Live Twice: Thurs., Sept. 28 at 7pm Kingsman: The Secret Service: Fri., Sept 29 at 7pm Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery: Sun., Oct 1 at 2:30pm Join us! •

  • 10/02 – Boys Home of Virginia Golf Tournament and Fundraiser

    Boys Home of Virginia is proud to announce the 2017 Golf Tournament and Fundraiser at the Greenbrier Sporting Club. The Snead, designed by Tom Fazio, is situated between three picturesque mountains on this exclusive members-only course. The format will be a four-person scramble golf tournament. All proceeds will go to Boys Home of Virginia in Covington, Virginia, where young men from all parts of the country, ages 6-18, can find structure, education, spirituality, and a real chance to succeed in the world. Please visit to learn more. Accepting sponsorships and golfers today! •

  • 10/05 – Dabney Day Career Fair

    A career fair held at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College to connect high school and DSLCC students with career pathways to local employers.

  • 10/07 – ZoSo: World’s Greatest Led Zeppelin Tribute

    WHY WE ARE EXCITED: Firstly, because its Zeppelin!! Secondly, these lads are hailed as the greatest tribute band EVER. ZoSo executes the music of Led Zeppelin flawlessly…… For real though. (Like- for real, for real.) CHECK IT OUT IF YOU LIKE: British Classic Rock WHY YOU SHOULD COME: Because its the closest that you’re gonna get to Led Zeppelin unless you have a time machine- in which case, we want a spin. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR: Lawrence Welk fans. OPENING ACT: The Reliefs FOOD TRUCKS: The Saucy Bird, and The Dirty Bean. The Saucy Bird will be Serving up Chicken Tenders, Chicken Sammies, and Homemade Sauces! The Dirty Bean will be Dishing out Empanadas, Quesadillas, Coffee & Sweet Treats! TICKETS: $20 in Advance, $25 at the Gate Ages: 21 & Older Show. Free Parking •

  • 10/07 – 3rd Annual Jackson River Scenic Trail Poker Run

    3rd Annual Jackson River Scenic Trail Poker Run Saturday, October 7 – 9:00 am. Starting at the Smith Bridge Trail Access. Event day registration opens at 8:00 am. * Entry fee is $10.00 for everyone registered by 9/22 +$5 for each additional immediate family member that registers. After 9/22 entry fee is $20 + $5 for each additional member. * Participants may choose from one of the distances that is best suited for them: “Stroll” – 2 miles, “Sprint” – 6 miles, “Beast” – 14 miles * Go to facebook page “Jackson River Scenic Trail Poker Run” for more information and to download a registration form, or e-mail to request information about the Poker Run and to get a registration form e-mailed to you. Details available at: •


  • 10/11 – TUESDAY WITH MORRIE with Jamie Farr

    See M*A*S*H* star Jamie Farr in this play based on the New York Times Best Seller by Mitch Albon. •

  • 10/20 – 10/22 – Clifton Forge Fall Foliage Festival

    Each year October heralds the magnificent beauty and abundance of the Alleghany Highlands’ forest and mountains. We welcome you to scenic, busy and friendly Clifton Forge, Virginia to view the splendor of Autumn foliage and browse through the many exhibits and shows in downtown Clifton Forge. Local civic groups and organizations have a myriad of refreshments made on the premises, including fresh doughnuts, country ham sandwiches, roast beef sandwiches, home baked goods, hamburgers and hot-dogs. Musical performances can be heard almost nonstop from such diverse types as gospel, country, blue grass, rock bands and local high school. Many types of crafts can be purchased such as handmade jewelry, wooden toys, quilts, Christmas ornaments, wood carvings, and leather goods. Typical tables at the flea market will contain a variety of antiques and collectibles: glassware, furniture, books, silverware, pottery, china, and other items to numerous to mention. The flea market, which lines the main streets of the town is one of the biggest drawing cards of the festival. The Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center organizes and administers anopen art show awarding prizes in seven categories – oil and acrylic, watercolor, graphics, drawings, mixed media, fiber, and photography. So come join us this year as we celebrate friendship, family and fraternity with social activities and provide support, both monetarily and by volunteer service to the “Worlds Greatest Philanthropy”, the 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children. •

  • 10/31 – Clifton Forge Main Street Trick or Treating

    Join us in downtown Clifton Forge from 1-5pm to enjoy trick or treating at each of the participating merchants. •

November 2017

  • 11/03 – SAVE THE DATE – Chamber Wine Pairing Dinner

    SAVE THE DATE for the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Annual Wine Pairing Dinner on Friday, November 3, at 6:00pm.

  • 11/17 – 11/18 – 6th Annual KRISKINDLMARKT in The Mill, Clifton Forge School of the Arts!

    Friday, November 17th, 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Saturday, November 18th, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Enjoy “The Mill” filled with laughter, lights, holiday scents & cheer, shopping & entertainment!! Last year we had 55+ artisans! It grows every year! Wood turned bowls, cutting boards, fresh greenery, hand-made sweaters, felted alpaca hats, silk purses, hooked rugs, wall-hangings, blacksmith-forged items & jewelry, soaps & lotions, pottery, antiqued tiles, knit & crochet for infants, photography, decorative art, handmade silver, copper & beaded jewelry, carved eggshells, German wooden Christmas carvings, decorative gourds, quilted items, milk-painted wood decor, designer wreaths, brooms & brushes, coffees & seasonings, home-made biscotti, maple syrup & products, German, Irish & Scotch breads, pastries & cookies AND oh so much more! The Mill Cafe Bar will sell hot mulled apple cider, hot chocolate, gluhwein and German beer (for ages 21+), in addition to soft drinks & water. We’ll have a Food Bar with authentic German food choices, plus we’ll have 2 dining areas available. Father Christmas just might make a visit! An assortment of live music will be featured throughout the two days. Multiple raffles of artisan-made items from KRISKINDLMARKT vendors will be held throughout the two days. Raffle tickets will be sold at the Raffle Display in the Café area. Several items will be featured in a Silent Auction Fund-raiser. The general public is invited to attend. Entry fee $1 per person; Free for children 12 years of age or younger. Questions? Call 540-862-7275 •

  • 11/17 – Clifton Forge Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

    Join us at the steps of Town Hall at 6pm for our annual town tree lighting and activities. •

December 2017

  • 12/01 – Clifton Forge Annual Christmas Parade

    Clifton Forge Main Street, Inc. invites you to be a participant or a spectator in our 2017 Christmas Parade beginning at 6pm. PARADE THEME-CANDY CANES AND CHRISTMAS CAROLS The parade will begin at the intersection of Ridgeway and Roxbury Streets and continue down Ridgeway Street through the historic district to the Clifton Forge Fire Station on D Street. Trophies will be given in various categories to those who best exemplify the theme. •

  • 12/02 – Clifton Forge Woman’s Club Holiday Home Tour and Christmas Tree Silent Auction

    Get into the holiday spirit by touring an array of beautifully decorated homes in the Alleghany Highlands. Tour is $15 and is from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Includes holiday goodies to enjoy as you gather ideas for Christmasing your home. Decorated trees and wreaths will be available for bidding at the Historic Masonic Theatre. All proceeds are filtered back into the community. Holiday Home Tour–a Christmas tradition!

  • 12/11 – Roanoke Symphony Holiday Pops

    Maestro David Wiley and the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra will ring in the holidays with spectacular music of the season. •

January 2018


February 2018

  • 02/05 – BRASS 5 Greatest Hits of the BIG BAND ERA

    Always playful and fun-loving, these raucous horn players make up one of the finest brass ensembles around. They have traveled all the nation and Europe. Hear the music Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Artie Shaw, and Woody Herman hits. Their soul-elevating music from a by-gone era is just the ticket to shake off the winter blues. •

March 2018

  • 03/19 – CHURCHILL A one-man play starring Andrew Eldin

    British-born actor and playwright Andrew Edlin stars as England’s ‘rock star’ of World War II, Winston Churchill in his one-man play set on April 5, 1955. This is the day an 80 year-old Churchill must decide if he is going to resign his position as Prime Minister. •

April 2018

  • 04/16 – The Annie Moses Band

    This Juilliard-trained family offers outrageously outstanding music. From the Grand Ole Opry to Carnegie Hall, these amazing musicians have wowed audiences with their unique brand of classical crossover. Their music combines the best of beloved genres in a style that unifies audiences, young and old, classical connoisseurs and roots enthusiasts, jazz aficionados and bluegrass buffs. •

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