Each year Blue Ridge Discovery Center visits a wide variety of venues where we share the wonders of the Blue Ridge Mountains with the general public. Come join us at one of the following events this year:
- Matthews Farm Museum
- Independence 4th of July Celebration
- Floyd Fest!
- Independence Farmer's Market
- Go Green
- SW Virginia Outdoor Expo
- Hokie Bugfest
Dr. William Hylander, Duke University Professor of Anthropology Emeritus, dropped by the Grayson County Library on Friday July 8th to share his 'How Mammals Make a Living' program.
Darin Handy recently joined BRDC for an event held at the Grayson County Library. His amazing mammals program captivated an audience of 50 people from infant to 80 and over.
On May 13th, BRDC participated in Matthews Living History Farm Museum's Farm Day for Grayson County 1st graders.
Kids Farm Day
BRDC set up shop at Hungry Mother State Park this past weekend where we shared our traveling booth of wonders with visitors. Area youth dissected owl pellets and studied raptor wings, skulls and talons. While tending our booth we got to scope birds on the lake including, pied-billed grebe, red-breasted mergansers and eastern kingbirds.
Clyde Kessler and Scott Jackson-Ricketts set up a BRDC booth at the 4th annual Hokie Bugfest. This year's Hokie BugFest (HBF) attendance was 6,112 - a significant increase over 4,229 of last year.
BRDC's commitment to the community extends to frequent participation in local events, such as the Independence Farmers Market. Passing through town on Fridays during the garden months, one cannot miss the festive array of multicolored tents and throngs of vendors and shoppers milling about. When the IFM asked BRDC to share a kids event tent on site, we willingly accepted.
A Day at the Farm: Stories On Saturday, October 19th, folks gathered at the Matthews Living Historic Farm Museum for its annual Apple Harvest Day. Though slightly on the chilly side, with a bit of sprinkles thrown in, we hosted a steady stream of people of all ages from infants to geezers coming and going throughout the day. Musicians positioned themselves on the porch of the log cabin, and played traditional mountain tunes while people visited and caught up on neighborly news and gossip.
As has been our habit now for at least 4 years running, BRDC set up on the lawn of the Historic 1908 Courthouse to help celebrate the holiday and community spirit. This year, Eric Harrold and William Roberts joined me for 5 hours of kid-oriented activities, with special attention given to sharing our prized raptor bird parts gifted to us by the Carolina Raptor Center.