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The Last Dash of Summer

With just 31 days of summer remaining, make your plans to enjoy the last dash of summer at Virginia State Parks with these special events

Last Dash of Summer at Virginia State Parks - Dancing Rangers at Grayson Highlands State Park

Music at the Marina - U.S. Navy Band Cruisers
Date: 08/23/2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.   To  8:30 p.m.
Location: Breakwater Marina Store
Description: As the U.S. Navy's premier contemporary entertainment ensemble, the Cruisers feature
seven of the Navy's most dynamic performers.  The group takes its name from the Navy's versatile, flexible, multi-missioned ship - the Cruiser - and the members live up to their namesake by presenting a variety of music including classic rock, rhythm and blues, oldies from the 50s and 60s, Motown favorites, as well as today's top 40 hits. The sheer energy of their concerts never fails to overwhelm their audiences, who often feel compelled to clap, sing, or even dance along with the group.
Farmers Market & Music
Date: 08/25/2014
Time: 5:00 p.m.   To  7:00 p.m.
Location: Shelters 3 and 4
Description: Local fresh produce, baked goods, eggs, honey, etc.  Free parking for those visiting the market - ask for your free market pass. Some farmers do not accept credit cards or personal checks, so bring your shopping bag and plenty of cash! Call 276-930-2424 for more information.
Live Music is listed below.
Aug 25:   F.A.R.M. T.E.A.M
Sept 1:    Lee Pinkerson (Native American influenced folk music)  
Music In the Park
Date: 08/29/2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.   To  8:00 p.m.
Location: Gazebo
Description: Our popular concert series returns! Join us on the lawn at the Gazebo for great music in the great outdoors. Musical styles range include bluegrass, old time, folk, acoustic, oldies and Celtic. Bring something to sit on. FREE
August 29: Night Crossing
12th Annual Papa Joe Mountain Music Festival
Date: 08/31/2014
Time: 5:00 p.m.   To  9:00 p.m.
Location: Picnic Area within Natural Tunnel State Park
Description: Presented by the Cove Ridge Center to promote the musical heritage of Appalachian Mountain culture, the festival honors the tireless work of "Papa Joe" Smiddy, a well-known old-time musician, entertainer and educator.  This year's performers are Dr. Joe Smiddy & Reedy Creek, Hello Stranger, Eastern Tennessee State University Old Time Pride Band and the ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band. Festival tickets are general admission and may be purchased for $10 in advance or $15 at the gate.  Children 12 years old and younger are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased with a credit card by calling (276) 940-2674.  Tickets are on sale at Addington Oil in Weber City, the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, UVA at Wise bookstore, and at Natural Tunnel State Park. There will be craft and food vendors.  For more information, visit
Life and Times of 1864
Date: 08/31/2014
Time: 12:00 p.m.   To  4:00 p.m.
Location: Bear Creek Hall
Description:  As a part of the statewide commemoration of the American Civil War sesquicentennial, this special event will offer displays, discussions and learning about the daily life of families and soldiers in Virginia in 1864. Discover the rich history of Cumberland and the surrounding areas during this time.
Explore family, home and camp life in 1864 at several tables of artifacts, publications, photographs and everyday tools and toys. Learn how the people of a troubled but "Victorian" time period lived, adapted, adjusted and survived. This program presented by local historical researcher, and ACW and Victorian re-enactor Barbara Cagle will provide insight into the daily lives of children and women, their arts, games, customs, food and living conditions. What did they substitute for the foods and medicines they could no longer acquire? Where are some nearby historical sites, or the remnants of homes now returned to the forest? Stop by the Bear Creek Hall any time to see the displays. Ms. Cagle will give several presentations through the day. Visit a while on your way to the beach, and stop by again later on.
Wayne C. Henderson and Friends
Date: 08/31/2014
Time: 8:00 p.m.   To  9:30 p.m.
Location: Campground Amphitheater
Description: Join us for a lively concert by master guitar-maker and musician Wayne C. Henderson and friends. Enjoy a night of Appalachian music in the fresh Appalachian air.
Bay Seafood Festival
Date: 09/05/2014
Time: 4:30 p.m.   To  10:00 p.m.
Location: Bel Air Grounds
Description: The Kilmarnock-Irvington-Whitestone Rotary Club hosts this annual fund-raiser. Guests enjoy oysters, soft-shelled crabs, crab cakes, steamed shrimp, fish, fried shrimp, clam chowder, pork barbecue, french-fried sweet potatoes, french fries, hush puppies, corn on the cob, salad, coleslaw, ice cream, soda, beer, wine, bottled water and mixed drinks. Tickets sell out quickly and are not sold at the gate. No children, please. Visit for more information and event fees.
Kids Fishing Fanatic Tournament
Date: 09/06/2014
Time: 9:00 a.m.   To  12:00 p.m.
Location: Shelter #3
Description: Share outdoor fun and create memories on Woodstock Pond.  Children 15 and younger can catch bass, bluegill, and crappie for prizes.  Bring your own rod and reel. We have a limited amount of tackle and bait.  Please call and make reservations.
First Saturday Community Coffee House
Date: 09/06/2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.   To  9:00 p.m.
Location: Museum
Description: Each month, a different host performer takes center stage and welcomes all family-friendly performers to step up to the open microphone. 
Come hear music, poetry, and stories from some of the community's best performers. Admission is free. Refreshments will be available for purchase. All performers are asked to arrive by 6:30 p.m. for sign-in and scheduling.
SuperMoon Night Float
Date: 09/09/2014
Time: 8:00 p.m.   To  10:00 p.m.
Location: Concession Stand
Description: Come see a SuperMoon, which is the biggest and closest view of our moon for the year. Join us in a reflective SuperMoon Night float, learn about why this occurs and discover loads more about the summer night sky. 
Pre-registration appreciated. Call or stop by our Main Office for more info. Please no children under 10. $5.00 per person or $4.00 per person if group of 5 or more.
James River Clean up by Kayak -Stewardship Virginia
Date: 09/11/2014
Time: 11:00 a.m.   To  2:00 p.m.
Location: Meet at the canoe launch
Description: Join the park staff in cleaning up the James River from the park down to Maidens Landing. Ages 6 and up only. Bring drinking water, sunblock, sun glasses, hat and snacks. This event is a volunteer activity so there is no program or parking fee to participate. Please register by calling 804-598-6193. The park has 6 tandem kayaks (2 -seaters) or you are welcome to bring your own canoe or kayak. Participants will receive a Stewardship Virginia certificate.
Pocahontas Premieres: Richmond Symphony
Date: 09/13/2014
Time: 6:00 p.m.   To  7:15 p.m.
Location: Heritage Amphitheater
Description: Bring a blanket, share a picnic dinner and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Richmond Symphony with friends and family! Gates open at 6 p.m. Concert is free to the public and does not require a ticket. A $5.00 parking fee applies. Refreshments and light snacks available for purchase. Adult beverage sales sponsored by the Friends of Pocahontas. Proper ID required. 
Suerat Sunday- Artists in the Park
Date: 09/14/2014
Time: 10:00 a.m.   To  4:00 p.m.
Location: Visitor Center lawn area
Description: The Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts presents "Seurat Sunday," an event for artists and art patrons. Featuring creative fun for all ages, everyone is invited to participate, to paint, draw, photograph, and model or perform in the park. Special musical performances will take place throughout the day, and visitors will be provided transportation to the many scenic trails in the park. Activities will conclude with a viewing of the day's creations and a light refreshment reception in the Visitors Center. 
Pre-registration is requested by Sept 13. For more information or to pre-register, call (540) 663-3861 or visit . *Parking fee of $4/vehicle for spectators/non-artists.
Canoeing on Lower Chippokes Creek
Date: 09/19/2014
Time: 4:00 p.m.   To  7:00 p.m.
Location: Meet at the Mansion Parking Lot
Description: Join us for a scenic wagon ride to our canoe launch on part of the John Smith Water Trail. The parks most eastern boundary, Lower Chippokes Creek, is usually a peaceful paddle on calm tidal water. Length and intensity of trip is dependent upon conditions. Check local forecasts and contact canoe guides at 757-294-3439 for program status. To be eligible for our excursion, guests must be over 45 lbs or supply their own coast guard approved type III personal floatation device. Canoes are outfitted with two seats and cargo room. Total weight load maximum per canoe is not to exceed 1000 lbs. No pets permitted. Cost is $9 per individual.  Fees include canoe, paddle, safety equipment, instruction, and interpretive guides. Participants are required to bring their own drinking water, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, and bug spray. Please wear appropriate footwear.  (NO bare feet and/or shoes that may slip off the feet). Reservations are highly recommended. Register and pay at the Visitor Center.
Candlelight Ghost Tour and Haunted Dinner
Date: 09/20/2014
Time: 8:00 p.m.   To  11:00 p.m.
Location: Karlan Mansion
Description: You are invited to tour the hallowed grounds of Wilderness Road State Park. Visitors will experience a candlelit tour with chilling ghost stories based on actual historical events. Retrace the steps of lost souls on the Wilderness Road, visit Uncle Jack's barn and feel the hair on your neck raise in anticipation as you enter the Karlan Mansion for a haunted dinner you won't forget. Advanced tickets are required. Tickets are $10 per person.
Early Bird Paddlers
Date: 09/21/2014
Time: 9:00 a.m.   To  12:00 p.m.
Location: Meet at Little Island City Park for transport into False Cape
Description: Join us as we paddle the wildlife packed scenic Back Bay. Back Bay is a slow moving scenic watershed that meanders along maritime-forests and wind-driven marshes. On this adventure we see plant and wildlife rarely seen in the city.  We regularly see: Bald Eagles, songbirds, White Egrets, Blue Heron, Night Heron, Cormorants, many types of Raptors, and more!
Reservations are required, space is limited. No experience needed and all equipment is provided. Cost:$20/person 
False Cape State Park sunrise

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Published: 08/22/2014

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