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I “Fall” for Squash


I “Fall” For Squash Blog provided by Chef Charles Parker The “crunch” of the leaves underneath your shoes, with every step.  The Halloween decorations gracing the streets, the shops, and the neighborhoods.  The colors. Oh, the colors:  yellows, oranges, ambers, that cover the trees, the sidewalks, and everywhere in between like a cozy blanket.  These are just...

‘Round the Mountain: Organizational Update


Please see the attached informational letters from the Board Chairman of 'Round the Mountain and Chris Cannon detailing an exciting new partnership to continue the development of the artisan community in Southwest Virginia. This is an exciting new day for our region and RTM as we renew our regional commitment to the arts community...

Heartwood Gardens


On May 11, Mr. Ben Casteel, Horticulture Instructor and Program Coordinator at Virginia Highlands Community College, approached me and asked "Would you be interested in us (Virginia Highlands Community College) putting in a garden here at Heartwood?" My response? An eager and enthusiastic "YES!"  Imagine the stunning architecture and design of Heartwood complimented by beautiful...

The Appalachian Trail Center


Damascus, VA is soon to be home of the southern most Appalachian Trail Center! The center is made possible through funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission, Tobacco Commission and Department of Housing and Community Development. The trail center is one component in the Friends of SWVA POWER 16 which focuses on utilizing the regions...

New Friends of SWVA Partner Website


FRIENDS OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA LAUNCH NEW WEBSITE AND COMMUNICATIONS PROGRAM FOR TOURISM AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS ABINGDON, VA – Friends of Southwest Virginia announced today the launch of a new informational website and toolkit designed exclusively for tourism and economic development partners and businesses throughout Southwest Virginia. The new partner website, FriendsofSWVA.org, is now available...

4th Annual Mountains of Music Homecoming


THE CROOKED ROAD PRESENTS 4TH ANNUAL MOUNTAINS OF MUSIC HOMECOMING ACROSS 19 COUNTIES, FOUR CITIES OF SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA ABINGDON, VA – Organizers throughout Southwest Virginia are gearing up for the 4th Annual Mountains of Music Homecoming, an extraordinary nine-day celebration of traditional music and culture taking place June 8 - 16, 2018, in over forty communities...

New River Action Plan


New River Boat launches –Giles County has a unique asset in that each of its five towns has the potential to access the New River. While this outdoor recreation anchor is full of potential, a gap still exists in connecting the towns to a broad range of river users from outside the region and...

Community & Economic Development Initiatives


In 2015, Damascus was awarded funding for downtown revitalization through a Community Development Block Grant. Additionally, in 2016, the town was awarded an Appalachian Regional Commission grant for the development of a downtown “river walk” including improved public facilities and amenities. This POWER project includes a proposed destination center at the heart of these...