April 29, 2021

Bluegrass Circle performing May 1

Bluegrass Circle - Country Cabin II Saturday Night - May 1, 7:30 - 10:30 pm; located at 6055 Kent Junction Road, Norton. Admission: $6 adults; $1 children under 12; Alcohol free, drug free facility; must follow State Covid 19 guidelines - face covering and social distancing required. Come out to listen and/or dance to the music of a great band!

Celebrate National Kids to Parks Day

Big Stone Gap — The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park will celebrate its National Kids to Parks day on Saturday, May 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

To celebrate National Kids to Parks Day, the park is offering a special scavenger hunt for the children touring the museum with a special surprise for participants.

Admission is free for children and adult admission is $5.Due to current state Covid guidelines, social distancing is required between those not in the same household. Masks are required to be worn inside all state owned facilities.
For more information, please call the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park at 276/523-1322.

Friday Night Jams returns

Nickelsville's Allen Hicks will resume his Friday Night Jams, Friday, April, 23 with gospel music. Doors open at 6 p.m. Social distancing will be required as well as face masks. No concessions will be served. Musicians of all ages and abilities are invited to rejoin the Hicks' family at their Fri­day Jams. Located at 1844 Bethel Road Nickelsville, 276/479-2739.

Natural Tunnel State Park

• The Wilderness Road Blockhouse Open every Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

• Spring Bird Walks Saturday May 1, 8 and 22 at 9 a.m. Join volunteer Randy Smith to celebrate spring and enjoy the beautiful birds of Natural Tunnel State Park with an easy guided bird walk. Binoculars and field guides will not be available due to Covid restrictions, so guests are encouraged to bring their own. The hike will take place on the Birding and Wildlife Trail; sturdy shoes are recommended. Meet at the Blockhouse Parking Lot. Free

• Tunnel Talk, May 1 and 8 at 1 p.m. Enjoy a guided walk with a park interpreter down to the Natural Tunnel. This will be a 1/2 mile hike roundtrip that requires climbing sets of stairs on the way back up the trail. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water, snacks and a camera. Meet at the Visitor Center. * Pre-registration required. Free

• Saturday, May 15 National Kids to Park Day
9 a.m. - Stock Creek Passage* View the tunnel from the inside out. This strenuous walk will include crossing creeks and rocks, just like the early adventurers. *Pre-registration required. Cost: $5/person

 1 p.m. - Critter Crawl* What’s under that rock? We’ll search the creek for underwater creatures and explain their roles in the environment. Wear closed-toed shoes and expect to get wet. Meet at the Stock Creek Recreation Area. *Pre-registration required. Free

3 p.m. - Wildlife Olympics* How would you stand in competition with the wildlife of Virginia? Each animal has a special adaptation making them some of the most elite athletes in the world. Meet at the playground area at Cove View Campground. *Pre-registration required. Free

Saturday, May 22

10 a.m. - Pioneer Candle Making Learn and observe the process of candle making and its’ importance to pioneers living on the frontier during the 18th century. Meet at the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Interpretive Center. Free

1 p.m. - Stock Creek Passage* View the tunnel from the inside out. This strenuous walk will include crossing creeks and rocks, just like the early adventurers. *Pre-registration required. Cost: $5/person