Nov
3
Sat
Artisan Saturdays at Explore Park @ Roanoke County's Explore Park Tickets
Nov 3 all-day
Artisan Saturdays at Explore Park @ Roanoke County's Explore Park | Roanoke | Virginia | United States

November 3 from 10:00AM – 3:00PM Roanoke County’s Explore Park will host Artisan Saturdays. Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway, at mile post 115, the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center and Gift Shop will have local artisans on hand to demonstrate a number of uniquely different crafts. Gourd work, jewelry making, plein air painting, fiber art, and woodworking are just a few of the demonstrations that will be showcased during the Artisan Saturdays season. The day may also include book signings, live music, fresh baked goods, and informative presentations. Artisans from Southwest Virginia whose work reflects both creativity and quality craftsmanship will be available for questions during the demonstrations. Additionally, their original pieces of work will be for sale.

Educational and fun craft activities for children will be available along with the amenities that the park has to offer. Make a whole day of it and take advantage of Explore Park’s hiking and biking trails and view the historical buildings at the park. Bring the fishing gear and fishing license to spend an hour or two on the Roanoke River or visit the museum located in the Visitor Center. Explore Park’s Visitor Center Gift Shop, newly redesigned and expanded, is open from 9:00AM to 5:00PM for all refreshment needs. The gift shop is home to a variety of local artisan wares that are available for sale along with Explore Park memorabilia, T-Shirts and fun items for the children.

For more information on Artisan Saturdays please call (540) 387.6078 x0 or visit us on the web at www.ExplorePark.org

Nov
11
Sun
Fall Festival and Open House at Montfair Resort Farm @ Montfair Resort Farm Tickets
Nov 11 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Fall Festival and Open House at Montfair Resort Farm @ Montfair Resort Farm | Crozet | Virginia | United States

Join us for Montfair’s 4th Annual Fall Festival and Open House on Sunday, November 11th from 12:00 – 6:00 pm. Come out to celebrate the natural beauty of the area and see why Montfair Resort, which is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is a popular wedding and vacation venue. This family and dog friendly event will begin at noon and will include hiking the wooded 128-acre property, fishing and canoeing on the 5 acre lake and mountain biking on their well-marked trails. The day will also include rustic chair making demos, nature walk and sketching, pictures at the Montfair Love sign and tours of the rustic cabins which are open year round for the public. Relaxing and enjoying the fall foliage and mountain views are also strongly encouraged. Mouth Wide Open, a local food truck, will be onsite for lunch (or you may bring your own picnic basket) and music will be provided The Doyles River Cut-Ups. The day will conclude with a s’mores bonfire by the lake and a Children’s Lantern Walk led by Tinkergarten Charlottesville, an organization that designs classes to help kids develop and grow through outdoor play based learning activities. The event is free to the public.

The afternoon will feature:
• Photos at the Montfair Love Sign #loveva
• Mouth Wide Open, a local food truck, will be onsite for lunch –or-
• Bring a picnic to enjoy by the lake or on the picturesque wedding field
• The Doyle’s River Cut- Up’s Bluegrass Band- 2- 5 pm
• Corn hole and Lawn Games on Lake Front.
• Fishing at Montfair’s 5-acre lake and two smaller ponds
• Canoe Rides
• Cabin Tours
• Hiking and/or biking on Montfair’s 129-acre wooded property and well-marked trails
• Rustic Chair Making Demo and sales by Joe Sheridan
• Nature Journal Sketching and walk for kids and adults with Leora Sheridan Vincenti
• Bonfire and S’mores from 4:00 – 6:00.
• Tinkergarten Fall Lantern Walk at 5:00 pm

For more information, please visit Montfair’s webpage (www.montfairresortfarm.com) or call the office 434-823-5202.

Nov
24
Sat
Naturalist Niche: Ecology of Chimney Rock @ Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park Tickets
Nov 24 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Naturalist Niche: Ecology of Chimney Rock @ Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park | Chimney Rock | North Carolina | United States

Of course, we are known for our amazing views, but some of the most incredible aspects of this area are often overlooked. Local naturalist Clint Calhoun has spent decades researching and studying what makes the ecology of Chimney Rock State Park and Hickory Nut Gorge so unique. Join him for this moderate hike to learn so much more about what makes our area so special.

Dec
29
Sat
Naturalist Niche: Winter Tree ID @ Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park Tickets
Dec 29 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Naturalist Niche: Winter Tree ID @ Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park | Chimney Rock | North Carolina | United States

It’s no surprise that recognizing trees without their leaves can be tricky! Bark, twigs and buds are your best tools when familiarizing yourself with our woody friends this time of year. Join naturalist and author Ron Lance to demystify the art of knowing your trees no matter the season. This hike is considered moderate.

Space is limited to 15. Please use the link below to register. Cost includes Park admission for the day.

Dec
31
Mon
App Ski’s New Year’s Eve Extravaganza @ Appalachian Ski Mountain Tickets
Dec 31 @ 9:00 pm
App Ski’s  New Year’s Eve Extravaganza @ Appalachian Ski Mountain | Blowing Rock | North Carolina | United States

Annual celebration with fireworks, torchlight skiing, moonlight ice skating, and festive restaurant specials.