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Apple Valley 5K Supports Development of Artisan Trail in Bedford County
In generous support of the artisans and businesses who are working hard to develop an artisan trail in Bedford County, the 16th annual Apple Valley 5K will donate the proceeds from the race toward the trail project.
The Apple Valley 5K will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 at Gross’ Orchard, 6817 Wheats Valley Road, Bedford. The 3.1-mile cross country race is for runners and walkers of all ages and abilities. The course is not stroller friendly and dogs are allowed but only as spectators. The entry fee is $20 and sign-ups will be held on race day beginning at 8 a.m. Awards will be given to the top man and woman overall and to the top three men and women in eight age categories. The awards are crafted by Emerson Creek Pottery.
For more information or a registration form, call Theresa Boyes, (540) 529-0131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. http://grossorchards.com/
Rappahannock County, VA - The Artisans Center of Virginia (ACV), in partnership with Rappahannock County citizens announces the initiation of the development of the Artisan Trail Network program in Rappahannock County.
Under the leadership a community management team made up of artisans and local businesses in partnership with the Artisans Center of Virginia, Rapphannock County citizens are embarking on a new public-private initiative to further strengthen the relationships and connectivity of their creative and agricultural businesses while emphasizing unique visitor experiences, special places and locally-made products.
“This is an exciting time for Rappahannock artisans, farms and businesses to come together to co-create a marketable experience for visitors to our community,” said Patricia Brennan, ACV Juried Virginia glass artisan, owner of De’Danann Glassworks, located in Sperryville, VA.
ABOUT RAPPAHANNOCK COUNTY
Historically agricultural and with a strong commitment to land conservation, Rappahannock County in Virginia’s Piedmont Region has remained pristine and is described by many as “a scenic masterpiece made perfect by nature.” Rappahannock County has a population of approximately 7,000 people and is a rural oasis close to the busy Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C., region. While there are no traffic light intersections, fast food franchises or “big box” stores, and cell service is sparse, the lifestyle enjoyed by county residents is both modern and connected. Tourism, specialized farming and entrepreneurial businesses characterize the county. Volunteerism is strong. Nonprofit organizations protect the land, support the arts and enrich the lives of Rappahannock County’s children and families.
For more information contact:
Sherri Smith, Executive Director, Artisans Center of Virginia: Phone: 540-886-1684: Email: email@example.com
Additional interviews are available with:
• Jim Dye, ACV Board of Directors
• Patricia Brennan, owner of De’Danann Glassworks, Sperryville
This exquisite, lightweight set of reins, handmade by Anne Ross, was judged to be Best Of Show at the recent Western Design Conference in the USA. Anne is one of our customers and she cut, stretched, split and braided over 400 meters of kangaroo-hide lace to create the showpiece for her first appearance at the conference. Judges said the “museum-quality” work “epitomises Western American art at the highest level.”
Read more about Anne on her ACV “Our Artisans” profile page: http://artisanscenterofvirginia.org/index.php/home/entry_results_artisan/ross_anne
Congratulations to ACV Master Artisan Chuck Pinnell and Pinnell Custom Leather for being recognized in this month’s Martha Stewart Living magazine for his STYLE as a 2013 American Made honoree.
“Charles Pinnell is keeping history alive, one stitch at a time. In his workshop—an antebellum railroad depot in the sleepy town of Crozet, Virginia—the leather artisan makes custom riding chaps, bags, belts, and holsters, all individually cut and sewn. Some of the tools he uses are well over 100 years old. It’s a craft he first learned as a young man when…..”
Read more about Chuck’s story at: http://www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/tastemaker/83417
“O Shenandoah County Artisan Trail” Launched” By: Lindsay Cobb, ABC Winchester
Shenandoah County is the newest addition to Virginia’s Artisan Trails Network.
The Artisan’s Center of Virginia has been promoting private industry, artisan entrepreneurs, and agricultural tourism for years.
Now, Shenandoah County has a chance to be a part of the trail network and showcase anything from handmade art, to bed and breakfasts.
The O Shenandoah County Artisan Trail features 75 locally owned destinations, spanning the length of the county along Old Valley Pike.
The Artisan Trails give people a chance to see what an area has to offer, and let them choose where they want to go.
Visitors can contact artists and business owners featured on the trail and visit studios and shops, like Kary Haun’s pottery studio.
“I love that the way the county is sort of long and you can describe the little towns as a string of pearls… they’re all little pearls along route 11. I think that the trail represents the best of what Shenandoah County has to offer.”
It took over a year to organize and launch the trail. Now that the state has recognized the county as a point of interest on the map, people like Haun hope to see more visitors to the area and possibly spark some curiosity in fellow locals.
"I love the ancient history of celebration, the beauty of the colors, and the meditative experience of creating Pysanky."
Mixed Media: Pysanky,
"My pots meld early British studio pottery traditions with the influences of historical American functional salt ware."