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V.A. $1.95 Cleaners

On November 14, 2016, Posted by , In Roanoke people and places, Tagged , With No Comments

In recent years, I’ve started to jettison clothing requiring dry cleaning. Laundering costs became so expensive I started calculating how many new outfits I could buy for what I was spending to keep old ones clean. If you’re traveling or living in the area and wearing nice clothes, it’s always…

Virginia Horse Center

This is a massive facility on 600 acres with eight barns that house 750 horses, 19 show rings, a combined carriage driving & five mile cross country course and campgrounds. There’s also coliseum that seats 4000 people. It’s about an hour north of Roanoke, in Lexington, Virginia, right off 81….

Roanoke’s Blue Ridge Parkway

You haven’t seen Roanoke right until you’ve spent some time on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Although it extends 469 miles, starting in the south at the Great Smokey Mountains National Park in North Carolina (go there too – it’s a spiritual place, particularly if you land in winter when roads…

Walter’s Greenhouse in Hardy, VA

I first saw Walter’s Greenhouse goods at the South County Farmers Market. The displays were better than others, occupying the largest area. It seemed they were a large conglomerate simply there to push people to their multiple area retail locations . I was wrong. During a later visit toward the…

Parks & Arts in Roanoke offers free family fun

This weekend, I headed out for the first of five events planned for the summer as part of Parks & Arts. It wasn’t what I expected. Parks & Arts is a series of free events held at parks throughout the Roanoke created as a “collaboration with the City of Roanoke…

Roanoke Visitors’ Association

I finally scheduled the time to find and travel to the Roanoke Visitors’ Association. Technically, that’s not what it’s called. Virginia’s Blue Ridge, Roanoke Valley is the website moniker. I suppose that’s a search term that might make sense for someone who knows the area, but as one who’s only…

Showtimers offers a cozy community theatre in Roanoke

Since so much of Roanoke is focused on outdoor activities, sometimes it can be a pleasant change to escape into air conditioning for a live entertainment treat. There are a number of community theatres in the surrounding area offering affordable entertainment with dedicated local talent, plus Mill Mountain Theatre (more…

The people no longer with us

On May 30, 2016, Posted by , In Roanoke people and places, Tagged , With No Comments

On this Memorial Day, this blog is dedicated to those from Roanoke – and across the United States – who paid the ultimate price. Follow us:

Floyd Virginia

Floyd is about 40 miles, or an hour drive time, from Roanoke. It’s a small, passionate, artisan community (the town population was 432 in 2013). The area is also known for the large number of family farmers in the county. The town went through a revival about 10 years ago…

Fantastic cheese find

One challenge in coming to Roanoke I didn’t anticipate was locating cheese. When you live in an area for a long time, you start to assume your reality is universal, forgetting other places have different lifestyle choices. Over the past 20 years or so, I witnessed a cottage industry of…