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Bart Long Shares His Clydesdale Team With Bristol

Bart Long of Bristol, VA, has a hitch of Clydesdales that he regularly brings to community parades, including to the recent Memorial Day parade in Marion, VA.

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Floyd Living Traditions Festival

The festival will showcase traditional and contemporary expressions of crafts, including basket making, quilting, spinning, weaving, instrument making, blacksmithing, woodworking, and more.

August 26, 2023 | 10AM – 6PM | Floyd
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Linda Skeens’s ‘Blue Ribbon Kitchen’

This year, Linda Skeens of Russell County returned to the VA-KY Fair with a new book in tow: “Blue Ribbon Kitchen: Recipes and Tips from America’s Favorite County Fair Champion.”

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geonovah: Big Stone Rap

Hip-hop artist Geonoah Davis was born and raised in Big Stone Gap, and he is making it his mission to build a supportive community for artists like him—artists that do not fall into stereotypical Appalachian categories.

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$52,000 in Awards Distributed to Support Folk Arts and Culture in Bristol Region

The Greater Bristol Folk Arts & Culture Team is thrilled to announce the recipients of its grant and fellowship program to support folk arts and culture in the region.

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Betty Vornbrock & Sharon Andreucci

Betty Vornbrock of Hillsville has spent the last year teaching Sharon Andreucci of Galax old-time fiddle tunes—particularly repertoire played by Appalachian women.

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Home Is the Sound of Rivers and Crooked Roads

Elsa Howell, who is learning the art of Appalachian ballad singing through our Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program, reflects on the important role music plays in her culture and community.

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Raceway Ministries Continues Serving Race Fans

Founded in 1992, Bristol Raceway Ministries is a church-led effort to organize services for spectators at the Bristol Motor Speedway. “We get to experience every aspect of life here at the track,” says volunteer Bobby Branch.

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Forging Connections with Bristol’s Tyler Hughes

Old-time musician Tyler Hughes is now co-managing a new funding opportunity for traditional arts in and around Bristol. “People in the Appalachian region deserve to have the fullest life that they can achieve,” he says.

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Elizabeth LaPrelle & Elsa Howell

Elsa Howell first met Elizabeth LaPrelle, an accomplished ballad singer, banjo player, and crankie maker, as an eight-year-old.

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I’ve Endured: Women in Old-Time Music

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum’s upcoming exhibit “I’ve Endured: Women in Old-Time Music” was supported in part by a Virginia Humanities grant.

March 23 – December 31, 2023 | Bristol
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Two New Opportunities For Traditional Arts In Bristol & Beyond

Made up of representatives from regional cultural organizations and independent artists, the Greater Bristol Folk Arts & Culture Team works to promote and support folk arts and culture in the greater Bristol community.

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