Thursday, Aug. 6
at the Virginia Highlands Festival
Forest Ecology Hike to the Channels: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Meet at Hayter’s Gap Community Center, Free. This is a strenuous climb to one of the area’s most extraordinary natural phenomena: The Great Channels, a geologic wonder.
Build a Toy Workshop: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Barter Tent, Free. Lowe’s personnel will be bringing wooden toys for kids to build and decorate.
Opening reception for “Backcountry Makers”: 6 to 8 p.m., William King Museum of Art, Free. The community is invited to the formal opening reception for “Backcountry Makers: An Artisan History of Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee.”
Companion Plants for Rhododendrons: 7 to 8:30 p.m., Virginia Highlands Community College, Free. Gardening expert Snow Fereniea will talk about and illustrate companion plants that complement rhododendrons in your garden.
A Woman’s Place: Women in Appalachia Yesterday and Today: 7 to 8 p.m., Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Free. Dr. Angela Frye Keaton of Tusculum College will discuss her research that shows that women contributed to building and maintaining much of Appalachian society beyond the hearth and home.
Woody Pines with guests Thomas Taylor and Highrize: 7 to 11 p.m., Market Pavilion, $7.50 online, $10 at the door. Woody Pines brings his down home swing at 7 p.m. followed byTthomas Taylor and HighRize.
Antiques Market: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, $5 or $15 for the run of the show. Enjoy shopping two large tents filled with antiques: furniture, porcelain, jewelry, paintings, rugs, linens, paintings and more.
Arts & Crafts: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Remsburg Drive, Downtown, Free. The annual Juried Arts & Crafts show features dozens of vendors from throughout the U.S.
Photography Exhibition and Competition: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., William King Museum of Art, Free. View the entries of this regional photography competition.
Juried Fine Arts Show and Gallery: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Arts Depot, Free. View the work of regional visual artists at this most prestigious of art competitions in the area.
Quilts of Appalachia: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Holston Mountain Artisans, Park Street, Free. Quilts of all sizes, patterns and ages will be on display.
Youth Art Exhibit: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., William King Museum of Art, Free. Work by talented young artists is on display on the basement level of the museum.
“Back Country Makers” and “Into the Green”: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., William King Museum of Art, Free. Area historian Betsy K. White has curated an exhibition of artifacts from this region- -pottery, weavings, metalwork, quilts, furniture, etc. while another exhibit is a retrospective of the career of Abingdon artist Charles Vess.
Portraits by Aline: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Barter Tent, Varied prices. Hand drawn portraits, oil, pastel and charcoal by order. Quick sketches and caricatures by sitting or order.
Express It Face and Body Art: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Barter Tent, $5-$25. Face painting, glitter tattoos, hypo-allergenic products only.
Friends of the Library Book Sale: 1 to 5 p.m., Washington County Public Library, Free..
Re-stock your book collection at this annual sale which has thousands of selections including many regional and collectible volumes.
Colonial Trade Faire: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, Fields-Penn House, Free. Learn from craftsmen about America’s past—leatherworking, woodcarving, blacksmithing, and many others-and buy the products.
White’s Mill Tours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. White’s Mill Road, Free. See the actual working of an 18th century mill which provided stone ground cornmeal, grits, and flour for the kitchens of early America.
For a full schedule of events and travel directions, visit www.vahighlandsfestival.org where you can also download a mobile app.