Events

2018 Calendar of Events

January

Community or civic organizations are invited to contact the Highland County Chamber of Commerce to put their events on this calendar. Just send your event to director@highlandcounty.org with the “who, what, why, where, and how” info!

 


February

“Molsky’s Mountain Drifters” at Garth Newel • Saturday, February 10 • Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, VA, presents “Molsky’s Mountain Drifters.”  A workshop will be held from 1-3 pm. Participants should be able to learn short phrases of music by ear. All instruments are welcome.  Workshop is free and open to the public. An optional picnic will take place at 6 pm; doors open for the concert at 7 pm; concert begins at 7:30 pm. • For more information and to make reservations, visit www.garthnewel.org or call (540) 839-5018

Maple Queen Contest • Saturday, February 24 • 7:00 p.m. • Highland High School Gymnasium • Monterey, VA • Sponsored by the Highland County Chamber of Commerce • Entry fee • 540-468-2550

Maple Queen Ball • Saturday, February 24 • 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. • Band: Your Best Shot • Blue Grass Ruritan Building • Blue Grass, VA • Sponsored by the Blue Grass Ruritan Club • Entry fee • 540-468-2550

 


March

“Kernis, Kahlua and Kebabs” at Garth Newel • Saturday, March 3 • Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, VA, presents the second Pub Series concert of the year, “Kernis, Kahlua and Kebabs,” featuring the Garth Newel Piano Quartet performing the works of Ivan Božičević, Pyotr Apollonov, Frederick Frahm, Aaron J Kernis and PDQ Bach. Happy Hour at 6 pm; Concert at 6:30 pm. Pay-what-you-wish. No reservations required. Refreshments will be available following the concert. • Sponsored by the Bath County Arts Association with funding in part from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music. • For more information, visit www.garthnewel.org or call (540) 839-5018

Highland Maple Festival • Saturday & Sunday, March 10 – 11 & 17 – 18 • Monterey, VA • Sugar camp tours, pancake and buckwheat cake breakfasts, arts & crafts, bluegrass music and clogging • 540-468-2550

 


April

VAST Rocket Launch • Saturday, April 7 • Come to Jack Mountain Village, which is located approximately three miles south of Monterey, to watch the excitement of the Valley AeroSpace Team rocket launches! • Monterey, VA

“April Showers” concert with Stephanie Nakaisian • Saturday, April 14 • 7:30 pm • Enjoy an evening of jazz with singer Stephanie Nakaisian. Admission $10. Sponsored by the Highland County Arts Council • The Highland Center • Monterey, VA

“From Russia with Love” • Saturday, April 21 • 6:30 pm • Garth Newel Music Center presents “From Russia with Love,” a concert featuring the Garth Newel Piano Quartet’s pianist, Jeannette Fang, performing with her brother, cellist Stephen Fang, in a concert featuring the works of Prokofiev and Shostakovich. 6:30 pm Cocktails; 7 pm Concert followed by light refreshments. • Garth Newel Music Center • Hot Springs, VA • For more information or to make reservations, call 540.839.5018 or visit www.garthnewel.org.

60 Sweet Years Celebration • Friday, April 27 • 7 pm • Gather with friends and neighbors to celebrate 60 Sweet Years of the Highland Maple Festival and honor those who paved the way for an event that is so important to our county. • The Curly Maple • Monterey, VA 

VAST Rocket Launch • Saturday, April 28 • Come to Jack Mountain Village, which is located approximately three miles south of Monterey, to watch the excitement of the Valley AeroSpace Team rocket launches! • Monterey, VA **Date subject to change


May

Highland Farmer’s Market • Every Friday starting late May • 3:30 pm – 6 pm • Each week at the Farmer’s Market you can expect to find the finest in fresh local produce, baked goods, and other locally crafted items. For more info, visit The Highland Center website. • The Pavilion at The Highland Center • Monterey, VA • 540-468-1922

VAST Rocket Launch • Saturday, June 2 • Come to Jack Mountain Village, which is located approximately three miles south of Monterey, to watch the excitement of the Valley AeroSpace Team rocket launches! • Monterey, VA

Emerging Artists Concert Series I • Saturday, May 5 • 6:30 pm • Garth Newel Music Center presents the “Emerging Artist Concert Series I” featuring the Puck Quartet performing the works of Haydn, Golijob, and Mendelssohn. 6:30 pm Cocktails; 7 pm Concert followed by light refreshments. • Garth Newel Music Center • Hot Springs, VA • For more information or to make reservations, call 540.839.5018 or visit www.garthnewel.org.

“May Flowers” concert with Eve Watters • Sunday, May 6 • 2 pm • Harper, vocalist, storyteller, and multi-instrumentalist Eve Watters brings Sunday afternoon entertainment to Highland County. Admission $10. Sponsored by the Highland County Arts Council • The Highland Center • Monterey, VA

American Made Series • Saturday, May 12 • 6:00 pm • Garth Newel Music Center presents an American Made Series concert featuring Scythian, an Americana, bluegrass, country, folk, world group from Washington D.C. Pre-concert picnic at 6 pm; Doors open at 7 pm; Concert at 7:30 pm. • Garth Newel Music Center • Hot Springs, VA • For more information or to make reservations, call 540.839.5018 or visit www.garthnewel.org.

Strut Your Mutt Fun Run • Saturday, May 19 • 9 am – 12 pm • Highland County Humane Society is pairing up with the Highland County Recreation Commission for a fun event! Mark your calendar’s for our 2nd annual dog walk/run starting at the pool complex in Monterey. Meet pets for a adoption, visit vendors, and stay for lunch with us! Black Cat Coffee Cafe and Blue Grass BBQ will be on-site. Family friendly, playground available. Free face painting, raffles, 50/50 and more! Walk, Run, Sit, Stay, Play !!! • Monterey, VA • Find us on Facebook!

Horsemanship Demo and Open House • Saturday, May 19 • 1 pm – 5 pm • Come learn about Therapeutic Horsemanship and Dare to Dream Therapeutic Horsemanship Center! Campfire, yard games, food, and beverages. Free event. Donations appreciated • Dare to Dream Therapeutic Horsemanship Center • Mill Gap, VA • For more information, visit the Dare to Dream website!

Emerging Artists Concert Series II • Saturday, May 19 • 6:30 pm • Garth Newel Music Center presents the “Emerging Artist Concert Series II” featuring former Garth Newel Emerging Artists, Leah Plave, cello and Michelle Kim, violin, joined by their accompanists, pianists Dan Sato and Mi-Eun Kim. The works of Manuel de Falla, Nikolai Kapustin, Astor Piazzolla, and Maurice Ravel will be performed. 6:30 pm Cocktails; 7 pm Concert followed by light refreshments. • Garth Newel Music Center • Hot Springs, VA • For more information or to make reservations, call 540.839.5018 or visit www.garthnewel.org.

Allegheny Mountain String Project’s Spring Concert • Sunday, May 20 • 3 pm • Garth Newel Music Center presents the Allegheny Mountain String Project’s Spring Concert. Students of the AMSP will perform in their end-of-season concert of ensemble and orchestral pieces. 3 pm Concert; reception to follow; Free and open to the public; No reservations required. • Garth Newel Music Center • Hot Springs, VA • For more information or to make reservations, call 540.839.5018 or visit www.garthnewel.org.

Founder’s Day Concert of Archduke Weekend • Friday, May 25 • 6 pm • Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, VA presents the Founder’s Day concert of Archduke Weekend, featuring the Garth Newel Piano Quartet performing the works of Mozart and Schumann. 6 pm Cocktails; 6:30 pm Concert followed by optional dinner. • Garth Newel Music Center • Hot Springs, VA • For more information or to make reservations, call 540.839.5018 or visit www.garthnewel.org.

Second Concert of Archduke Weekend • Saturday, May 26 • 6 pm • Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, VA presents the second concert of Archduke Weekend, featuring the Garth Newel Piano Quartet performing the works of Piazzolla, Bridge, and Brahms. 6 pm Cocktails; 6:30 pm Concert followed by optional dinner. • Garth Newel Music Center • Hot Springs, VA • For more information or to make reservations, call 540.839.5018 or visit www.garthnewel.org.

Final Concert of Archduke Weekend • Sunday, May 27 • 12 pm • Garth Newel Music Center presents the final concert of Archduke Weekend, featuring Garth Newel Piano Quartet members Teresa Ling, Isaac Melamed, and Jeannette Fang performing Beethoven’s beloved Archduke Trio. 12 noon Lunch Buffet; 2 pm Concert. • Garth Newel Music Center • Hot Springs, VA • For more information or to make reservations, call 540.839.5018 or visit www.garthnewel.org.


June

Highland Farmer’s Market • Every Friday • 3:30 pm – 6 pm • Each week at the Farmer’s Market you can expect to find the finest in fresh local produce, baked goods, and other locally crafted items. For more info, visit The Highland Center website. • The Pavilion at The Highland Center • Monterey, VA • 540-468-1922

Swimming Pool Opening • June (after graduation) • Sponsored by the Highland County Recreation Commission • Monterey ,VA • 540-468-2978

Mountain Boyz Motorsports Truck Pull • Saturday, June 9 • 5 pm • Cheer for your favorite monster machine as the black smoke rolls and the sled flies down the track. For more info, visit the Mountain Boyz Motorsports website. • Highland County Fairgrounds • Monterey, VA • mtnboyz@yahoo.com

Artists’ Weekend • Friday – Sunday, June 22 – 24 • An outdoor painting event. 2018 Deadline TBA • Sponsored by the Highland County Arts Council • 540-468-2916 • Monterey, VA

 

July

Highland Farmer’s Market • Every Friday • 3:30 pm – 6 pm • Each week at the Farmer’s Market you can expect to find the finest in fresh local produce, baked goods, and other locally crafted items. For more info, visit The Highland Center website. • The Pavilion at The Highland Center • Monterey, VA • 540-468-1922

4th of July Children’s Parade • Wednesday, July 4 • 5 p.m. • Blue Grass, VA • Sponsored by the Blue Grass Ruritan Club • 540-468-2550

Blue Grass Ruritan Club Lawn Party • Wednesday, July 4 • 6 p.m. • Sponsored by the Blue Grass Ruritans • Food (pay for what you eat!), horseshoe, volleyball, entertainment, and games • 540-468-2550

VAST Rocket Launches • Saturday, July 7 • Come to Jack Mountain Village, which is located approximately three miles south of Monterey, to watch the excitement of the Valley AeroSpace Team rocket launches! • Monterey, VA 

Lions Club Street Dance • Saturday, July 14 • 5 pm • BBQ meal, bluegrass music, square dancing, cake walks, and clogging • Spruce Street – Monterey, VA • Sponsored by the Monterey Lions Club

AMI Summer Open House • Saturday, July 21 • 1 – 5 pm • Tour the AMI Farm Campus, meet the Fellows, and enjoy farm fresh appetizers. AMI produce available for sale. For more info, visit www.alleghenymountaininstitute.org • Hightown, VA • 540-468-2300

Mountain Boyz Motorsports Truck Pull • Saturday, July 28 • 5 pm • Cheer for your favorite monster machine as the black smoke rolls and the sled flies down the track. For more info, visit the Mountain Boyz Motorsports website. • Highland County Fairgrounds • Monterey, VA • mtnboyz@yahoo.com

Taste of Highland • Saturday, July 28 • 5:30 pm • Taste of Highland promotes local foods, new businesses, and connects people with the mission of The Highland Center. Your ticket cost of $40 includes dishes made by local caterer’s and chefs.  A cash bar, which features nearby wineries, breweries and our own county cider, is also available. • The Highland Center • Monterey, VA • For more info, visit their website


August

Highland Farmer’s Market • Every Friday • 3:30 pm – 6 pm • Each week at the Farmer’s Market you can expect to find the finest in fresh local produce, baked goods, and other locally crafted items. For more info, visit The Highland Center website. • The Pavilion at The Highland Center • Monterey, VA • 540-468-1922

Highland Historical Society Spaghetti Dinner • Friday, August 3 • 5 pm – 8 pm • Come out, enjoy a plate of spaghetti, visit with neighbors, meet new friends, and support the Highland Historical Society and Museum • Monterey Firehouse • Monterey, VA • 540-396-4478

Mountain Mama Road Bike Challenge • Saturday, August 4 • Monterey, VA • This annual event features two states, three counties, nine mountains, 105 miles, and over 10,000 feet of climb with four courses of different ability level. Enjoy the scenic beauty of Highland County while riding on two wheels! • 540-468-2550 • Sponsored by the Highland County Recreation Commission • For more info, visit www.highlandcountyrecreation.org

VAST Rocket Launch • Saturday, August 12 • Come to Jack Mountain Village, which is located approximately three miles south of Monterey, to watch the excitement of the Valley AeroSpace Team rocket launch! • Monterey, VA

School Starts at Highland County Public Schools • Date TBA • Monterey, VA • 540-468-6360 or 540-468-6320

Maple Workshop • Friday, August 24 – 25 • FREE Workshop – Tim Wilmont, a retired maple specialist from the University of Vermont who now works as a researcher for Dominion and Grimm, Inc., will offer classroom and field instruction about a new sap collection method designed to improve production for small-scale maple producers.  • Laurel Fork Sapsuckers Sugar Camp • Monterey, VA • For more info, click here. To register, please contact Missy Moyers-Jarrells at 540-290-1676 or email laurelforksapsuckers@yahoo.com

Highland County Horse Show • Saturday, August 25 • Monterey, VA • Western and English riders compete in a county tradition older than the Maple Festival and the Highland County Fair. • 540-396-3144 • For more info, visit www.highlandcountyfairva.com.


September

Highland County Fair • Wednesday – Saturday, August 29 – September 1 • Monterey, VA • Virginia’s oldest continuously running small county fair. For more info, visit www.highlandcountyfairva.com.

Highland Farmer’s Market • Every Friday • 3:30 pm – 6 pm • Each week at the Farmer’s Market you can expect to find the finest in fresh local produce, baked goods, and other locally crafted items. For more info, visit The Highland Center website. • The Pavilion at The Highland Center • Monterey, VA • 540-468-1922

Star Party • Friday, September 7 – Sunday, September 9, 2018 • Highland County will host astronomers from the Charlottesville Astronomical Society for a Star Party on one of these September nights. The public is invited and will have a chance to view nebulas, galaxies, planets, and other astronomical wonders. No charge. • Monterey, Virginia. • For more info, contact Michael Bedwell at (540) 468-2316 or click here!

VAST Rocket Launch • Saturday, September 8 • Come to Jack Mountain Village, located approximately three miles south of Monterey, to watch the excitement of the Valley AeroSpace Team rocket launch! • Monterey, VA **Date subject to change.

AMI Fall Open House • Saturday, September 15 • 1 – 5 p.m. • Tour the AMI Farm Campus, meet the Fellows, and enjoy farm fresh appetizers. AMI produce available for sale. For more info, visit www.alleghenymountaininstitute.org • Hightown, VA • 540-468-2300


October

VAST Rocket Launch • Saturday, October 6 • Come to Jack Mountain Village, located approximately three miles south of Monterey, to watch the excitement of the Valley AeroSpace Team rocket launch! • Monterey, VA

AMI Capstone Presentations • Wednesday, October 10 • Time TBD • The Highland Center • AMI Fellows present their culminating projects that explore the needs and opportunities for the AMI farm and the wider community. Learn more about Allegheny Mountain Institute at www.alleghenymountaininstitute.org • 540-468-2300

Hands & Harvest Festival Friday – Sunday, October 12 – 14 • Monterey, VA • Arts & crafts, farm tour, clogging, cider making & tasting, and seasonal foods • 540-468-2550

Used Book Sale • Friday – Sunday, October 12 – 14 • Highland County Public Library • Monterey, VA • 540-468-2550

SPCA Annual Sweater Sale • Friday – Sunday, October 12 – 14 • The Highland Center, Spruce Street • Monterey, VA • 540-468-2550

Southernmost Maple Products • Friday & Saturday, October 12 – 13 • 9 a.m. • Maple Pork BBQ, Chicken Dinners, bluegrass music, and Maple donuts. For more information, visit their website! • Bolar, VA • 540-468-2682

Fair Lawn Farm • Friday & Saturday, October 12 – 13 • “Pick Your Own Pumpkins & Gourds”, Kettle-Cooked Apple Butter, Fresh Eggs, Cider Tasting. For more information, visit their website! • Mill Gap, VA • 540-468-3094

Laurel Fork Sap Suckers Friday & Saturday, October 12 – 13 • Hay rides, corn maze, apple butter making, pumpkins, music, bonfire & more • Hightown, VA • 540-468-2289

Ginseng Mountain Store “Open House” • Friday & Saturday, October 12 – 13 • Door prizes, discounts, and Lamb, Beef & Marinade tasting on the front porch • Forks of The Water, VA • 540-474-3663

Farmers’ Market • Friday & Saturday, October 12 – 13 • Produce, flowers, baked goods, crafts • The Highland Center, Spruce Street • Monterey, VA • 540-468-1922

Highland County Humane Society Family Fun Day • Saturday, October 13 • 10 am – 4 pm • FREE kids activities including the bouncy house, games, arts and crafts, giant bubbles, face painting, prizes, and more. Silent auction, 50/50 raffle, pets for adoption, homemade pet treats, and toys! Blue Grass BBQ for breakfast and lunch. • 100% of the proceeds benefit the Highland County Humane Society • 540-468-3288. • Monterey Firehouse • Monterey, VA

Rabies & Microchip Clinic • Saturday, October 13 • 10 am – 12 pm • Monterey Firehouse • Monterey, VA • $10 rabies vaccinations $25 microchip with lifetime registration. • Sponsored by the Highland County Humane Society • 540-468-3288

 


November

VAST Rocket Launch • Saturday, November 3 • 11 am to 5 pm • The Valley AeroSpace Team will be holding a Sport Launch at Karl Mey’s Jack Mountain Village Launch Pad off Rt 220 south approximately three miles from Monterey.  All are welcome to attend and participate or simply watch the activities. This will be our last launch of the 2018 season. We hope you can come out and fly with us! For more info, visit the Valley AeroSpace Team website. • Monterey, VA


December

Wintertide • Saturday, December 1 • An old-time Christmas celebration featuring seasonal music, a parade with Santa Claus, a Christmas Lighting Trail, unique downtown shopping opportunities, and (the main event!) the traditional lighting of the Christmas Tree! • 540-468-2550 • Monterey, VA

Highland Community Chorus Concert • Friday – Sunday, November 30 – December 2 at 7 p.m. • Individuals from Highland County and neighboring locations come together to perform traditional holiday favorites. • Locations to be announced.