Saturday, April 30, 2011

Don't Miss This Concert...Learn The Roots of American Music

May 21st, the gang listed below will give a concert at the Floyd
Country Store, don't miss this opportunity to learn the root of American              
Mountain Music. Stay at Mountain Song Inn we have one room available.

The show tells that Southwestern Virginia was a mixing bowl where an American music was created from ingredients brought there from many places after 1720, but primarily from Ulster in Ireland, the Rhine Valley of Germany, and was mixed with English and African sounds brought to the mountains by settlers who came westward from the Tidewater.
While the music performed on the tour will be largely American, some of the musicians are not.  Cheick Hamala Diabete is a griot, a hereditary musician and historian, from Mali in West Africa.  He plays an instrument that developed into the American banjo.
Dr. Michael “Mick” Moloney is the Irish musician and musicologist who created the famed Greenfields of America shows that set off the international revival of Irish music and dance.
Joey Abarta is a brilliant young Irish musician who recently stood the world of Irish music on its head by winning the challenging world championship of uilleann bagpiping at the tender age of 22.
Nine of the most respected musicians from Southwest Virginia will show how historic music from The Crooked Road reaches around the world.
Dale Jett is a powerful singer from Scott County, and a third generation member of the famous Carter Family.
Wayne Henderson is a guitarist from tiny Rugby in Grayson County who tours internationally, and is the most respected acoustic guitar maker on earth.
Sammy Shelor is a nationally respected bandleader, singer, and banjoist from the Meadows of Dan in Patrick County.
Molly Slemp is a teenaged singing Phnom, a keeper of ancient ballads reared in the coalfields of Wise County.
Kirk Sutphin is a brilliant fiddler, old-time banjoist, and keeper of the Round Peak string band style that in recent decades has spread to the world from the Virginia-North Carolina border.
Burl Rhea is an underground coal miner from Russell County, a drop-thumb banjoist and singer in the take-no-prisoners Cumberland Mountain style.
Linda Lay is a singer who lifts audiences out of their seats with a spellbinding emotional depth.  A bassist with the precision of an atomic clock, she is Bristol-born, and a nationally respected performer.
Eddie Bond lives in the tiny New River village of Fries, but his mastery of the rich Round Peak string band style has created an audience for his music that stretches from New Zealand to the moors of Scotland.
Leigh Beamer has a way with instruments and a big voice.  She recently celebrated her fifteenth birthday by learning two great old songs from her native Wythe County.
The tour is an outgrowth of the permanent exhibit, Roots of American Music, opening at the Blue Ridge Music Center, Milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway, near Galax, Virginia, on May 27.  The exhibit was created by historians and musicologists guided by the National Council for the Traditional Arts and Blue Ridge Traditional Arts of Galax.
In development for four years, Ralph Applebaum Associates of New York, designers of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., designed the exhibit.  The Blue Ridge Music Center complex is the largest physical expansion of the Parkway in 76 years.
The tour is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, Heartwood, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, and The Crooked Road.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Need A Very Special Mother's Day Gift

Mother's Day is rapidly approaching but we still have rooms available for the weekend. How about a 2 day stay at Mountain Song Inn . If you choose Friday, Saturday you can take in the County Store Jamboree
on Friday night, then dinner at Chateau Morrisette on Saturday night. What Mom wouldn't be thrilled with that!!
So what are you waiting for book now! Other activities and venues available just give us a call and we will share our ideas for that special Mom. You can climb Buffalo Mountain or just sit in our swing on the porch and enjoy our beautiful view....

Friday, April 15, 2011

BEAUTIFUL APPALACHIA...A FLOYD COUNTY STORY

This essay by Jason Gallimore, describes our area very well. Sometime it's best to step back and let someone who can tell it better, do so. Jason story was published in the Floyd Magazine, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


What is Appalachia?  It is our area, and our culture – a region of the eastern U.S. of which we are a part.  The historical facts and the accompanying stories are both stirring and endless. We have an abundance of many things:  rural resources, picturesque landscapes, and a unique and talented population.
One Floyd County resident, Jason Gallimore, writes his story of appreciation –
Perched high atop a plateau in the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge, you will find one of the most beautiful rural areas in the country.  An uncommonly pristine place, which inspires not only those that live there, but many others who’ve passed through on their travels.  A place where people know their neighbors by name, and passing strangers always get a warm welcome. A place where time has stood still in many ways, without its people turning their backs on the future.  Does this sort of utopic place sound too good to be true? Well, it’s not too good to be true.  Welcome to Floyd County.
I grew up in Floyd County, and it was very much the ‘Mayberry’ experience that many imagine.  With an old-timey hardware store, ice cream parlor, barber shop, supermarket and a few local diners, Floyd provided a respite from the suburbia and sprawl that many Americans had come to know.  On any Saturday morning, breakfast at the Blue Ridge Diner was no less than a local meet and greet.  A stop at the local supermarket was sure to have you mired in conversation, a different neighbor in every aisle, stopping to speak as if they haven’t seen you in years.
I suppose my childhood wasn’t all that different from most, with one exception worth mentioning:  I was part of the last generation of children to grow up in an environment where most of the old Appalachian traditions were still being practiced.  That is not to say that the people of Floyd County have in any way shunned tradition.
To the contrary, people in Floyd take pride in their past and do a great deal to preserve it when possible. But, as technology has progressed and our lifestyles have been increasingly influenced by convenience and efficiency, we’ve lost so many of the important threads that were once a part of this amazing fabric we call Appalachia.
Does anyone really churn fresh butter anymore, aside from a demonstration at a local festival? Does anyone still tie their own brooms, from straw gathered in a local field? How many people still get their water from a mountain spring? Or wash their clothes with a lye soap made from leftover lard? While it’s true that we’ve moved beyond these things due to the progress of man, it is also important to be reminded of the beautiful simplicity that once governed everyday life in Floyd County.  It is fortunate that, for some of us, this simplicity remains, and to a greater degree than you’re likely to find most anywhere else.
I feel privileged to have grown up in Floyd, and feel just as privileged to be from Appalachia.  Life is not perfect no matter where you are…  After the joyous and carefree years of my adolescence came the usual angst.  You know that stretch of time during the teenage years, when one is overtaken with the notion that “I just have to get out of here”.  I was no different.  From the time I reached my early teens, I decided that getting out of these mountains was something I just had to do. One might consider such a notion to be strange, considering all the fond memories that I associate with growing up in Floyd.  But, like many other young people in the mountains, I set off on a journey of self-discovery far away from Floyd County.
In 2008, I was living on the coast of Maine.  Having grown tired of the long and brutal New England winters, I made plans to move somewhere warmer.  I wasn’t sure where I wanted move, but my plans were to come back to Southwestern Virginia and visit with family and friends for a few months, taking time to plan my next adventures. While I was packing my belongings in Maine, I came across a poem that I had written a few years earlier upon the death of my grandmother in Floyd. The poem reminded once again of the heart-warming sentiment that I still had for this place.  The poem went something like this:
Sometimes we drank Dr. Pepper,
sometimes we drank Sweet Tea.
Sometimes we’d pop popcorn,
how she did it still puzzles me.
She would stand by the stove,shaking the pan,
‘till each kernel was popped with love.
Then we’d sit down to watch some TV
and talk about whatever came up.
We would sit on the porch,
in a weathered old swing,
and sing until the sun went down.
But then it was time to get all fixed up,
for a square dance was happening in town.
She’d take me out on that wooden dance floor,
we would tap and shuffle our feet.
It’s moments like these in the eyes of a child,
that are just plain hard to beat.
After church on Sunday,
Grandma would always cook lunch.
What a feast she would always prepare.
Fresh from the garden she’d tended all week,
no restaurant could ever compare.
The green beans, the pickles, the biscuits,
the bread… nobody’s were better for sure.
We’d all sit around her small kitchen table;
her soul food was always the cure.
Since she’s been gone, I think to myself,
how lucky I was back then.
To look back and see the love she gave me,
I’d give anything to be there again.
So if you’re passing through our part of the mountains,
stop by—come over and see!
Her spirit will be out tending the garden…
growing love…
like the kind she gave me.
Soon after arriving back in Virginia, I was given an opportunity to live in my grandmother’s old farmhouse on Beaver Creek in Floyd.  No one had lived in the house since her death in 2006, and it seemed like this might be the adventure I was looking for. But was I ready for life in a rural holler of Floyd County? After thinking long and hard about the situation, I began to realize that maybe I was ready for another shot at life in Floyd County.  After all, there are so many things you take for granted as a child that you learn to appreciate as you grow older.  The beautiful culture of Appalachia in Floyd County is one of those things.
After moving back, I quickly realized that I had made the right choice. Floyd has so much to offer to those who are tired of the hustle and bustle of city and suburban living.  Floyd has a true sense of place, a true sense of the importance of the simple things in life.  In many ways I find myself re-living those wonderful memories that I wrote about in that poem.  And now I find myself sitting on that very same weathered porch swing, singing as the sun goes down.  It’s funny how life comes back around full circle. I’m just blessed beyond measure that my completed circle has landed me back in Floyd County.
Jason Gallimore is a producer, writer and founding member of Festival Farm Productions, LLC  in Floyd. In his free time he enjoys hiking, local history, playing music, book collecting and enjoying all the wonders of this special place on the planet that we call Floyd County.
This story was published in Floyd Magazine Spring/Summer 2011 ~Dee Wallace, Luis A Garcia

Friday, April 8, 2011

ARE YOU A CIVIL WAR BUFF??

All civil war buffs know this is the 150 anniversary...if you would like  to attend a reinactment  close to Mountain Song Inn and tie the festivities at Rockwood Manor, with other local happenings we would love to have you visit.
A great weekend plan would be: make a reservation at Mountain Song Inn for Friday the 29th and Sat. the 30th, attend all the festivities in Floyd on Friday Friday night Jamboree,  then go to the reinactment on Saturday, and Sunday after breakfast swing by Chateau Morriestte before returning home. Now doesn't that sound like a spectacular plan....Book now, you won't be sorry.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

MORE REASONS TO VISIT FLOYD COUNTY,VA

If you need more reasons to visit us in Floyd County, VA here is a link to all the Spring and Summer
events. This doesn't take in consideration, sitting on our porch and looking at one of the best views in
all the county, or hiking the 100 plus acres that surround us. However this list will give you a whole lot of other events so you can pick your time for a visit to Mountain Song Inn Bed and Breakfast.
Come for a visit and see why Trip Advisor lists us as the highest rated place to stay in the whole county.


Here is the link and thank you Floyd Magazine for publishing it. Be sure and look for a copy of the magazine in all of Floyd retailers.
http://floydmagazine.com/images/FloydMagazineSpring2011CalendarofEvents.pdf

We hope to see you soon, just give us a call: 540-789-3000