A Happy Meal St. Patrick’s Day gets some frowns

Saturday, February 9, 2013

A Happy Meal St. Patrick's Day gets some frowns

If you’re looking for a Irish/Celtic tradition at the St. Patrick’s Day celebration you may have to look really hard for the usual fair of Irish/Celtic music. It looks like Ronald McDonald is teaming up with Downtown Roanoke Inc.’s first stab at putting together the St. Patrick’s Day parade and “Shamrock Festival” on March 16. […]

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Annual Grandin Village Christmas parade

Monday, November 19, 2012

Annual Grandin Village Christmas parade

Everybody loves a parade: The local Christmas holiday season kicked off in earnest last week – ahead of this weekend’s “Black Friday,” or Black Thursday even, with some stores set to reopen Thanksgiving night. The annual Grandin Village Christmas parade brought out thousands of spectators, and seemingly just as many parade participants.  Marchers included local schools, […]

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The Trojan Dog lives on

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Trojan Dog lives on

He’s back … or is it a she? The Trojan Dog statue that stood outside Firehouse #7 on Memorial Avenue in Grandin Village has returned, this time as a stronger and more permanent version. The original Trojan Dog, designed by local artist Ann Glover, was made of plywood and was part of Roanoke City’s public […]

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Roanoke Region to host 2013 Bike Virginia Tour

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Roanoke Region to host  2013 Bike Virginia Tour

Event to attract hundreds of cyclists in showcase of area’s best cycling routes and growing outdoor culture ROANOKE, Va. (Nov. 15, 2012) – The Roanoke Region of Virginia today was selected to host the 2013 Bike Virginia Tour, an annual event in June showcasing the area’s best cycling routes. The tour, scheduled for June 24-26 in […]

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Henry Street Heritage festival benefits from sweet potato pies

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Henry Street Heritage festival benefits from sweet potato pies

Four chef’s had the difficult task of judging six sweet potato pies Saturday evening at the Claude Moore Education Complex. The Harrison Museum of African American Culture’s sponsored by The Roanoke Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. benefited the Henry Street Heritage Festival that will be held September 15 in Elmwood Park. Daphne […]

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RFP Tidbits – Countryside/Music For Americans

Monday, May 21, 2012

RFP Tidbits - Countryside/Music For Americans

Music For Americans: Regardless of the late revelation by local TV station WDBJ7 that the July 4th Music For Americans would be canceled within days since The Roanoke Times has pulled their sponsorship there is something a brewing. According to Councilman Bill Bestpitch there is a challenge afoot. It’s not a done deal but the […]

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If it’s not a study and it’s not an amphitheater it must be a civic plan

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

If it’s not a study and it’s not an amphitheater it must be a civic plan

If it walks like a duck just call it something else says Roanoke City Council. The budget briefing was moving along swimmingly Monday morning when $hit hit the fan. No it wasn’t Terry McAuliffe this time. It was the evil FIVE-letter word “study” and the association with the other mind-cringing “amphitheater” word at a cost […]

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Halloween is not a celebration of satan

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Halloween is not a celebration of satan

The government should stay out of moving holidays. If they feel so inclined they should educate those who think Halloween is a celebration of Satanism. Brian Gottstein in 2004 wrote a column on the history of Halloween and suggests that government might be accused of religious discrimination if it tinkers with the holiday. Gottstein is […]

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National Train Day brings out the kid in everyone

Monday, May 10, 2010

National Train Day brings out the kid in everyone

If you didn’t have a camera in your hand on the railwalk Saturday you were in the minority. The bright blue skies made for a picture perfect day. Three museums celebrated National Train Day – the O.Winston Link Museum, the Virginia Museum of Transportation and the C&O Railway Heritage Center in Clifton Forge. For the […]

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Annual Mayor’s Bike Ride Saturday

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Annual Mayor’s Bike Ride Saturday

Mayor David Bowers will lead the annual Mayor’s Bike Ride on Saturday, May 1. The two and one-half mile trek will take bikers from 210 Reserve Avenue downtown to the Mayor’s Monument in Elmwood Park. The Event will start at 10:00 a.m. with the ride beginning at 10:30 a.m. sharp. Cyclists of all ages and […]

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Roanoke Becomes HOG Heaven for Virginia Harley Riders – Video

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Roanoke Becomes HOG Heaven for Virginia Harley Riders - Video

Just down the road from where I live the Virginia State Harley Owners Group were starting  their “Parade of Flags at Frontage Road. The road was closed off at 3:30 PM. I expected to be the only one waiting at the intersection of Laurel Ridge and Frontage with camera in hand. On the corner lives my neighbors […]

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Juneteenth in Washington Park Draws Huge Crowd – Video/Slideshow

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Juneteenth in Washington Park Draws Huge Crowd - Video/Slideshow

What a day – it threaten rain and sprinkled a few drops at first. Then the sun  came out and really turned the humidity up  to a full-blown “super-high red sweat” alert. The turnout for Saturday’s Juneteenth celebration was the largest since its inception 3 years ago. The Countryside Neighborhood Alliance has participated every year. This year we […]

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