June Cramming

Did you ever notice that the month of June is incredibly busy? It seems to start around Memorial Day and doesn’t let up until after the 4th of July. This is the month when all the organized outdoor activities occur–festivals, fairs, concerts, charity events, picnics, etc. If you’re looking for something fun to do on a weekend later in July, or in August or September, just forget about it. You must absorb it all in June or risk boredom for the rest of the summer!


My challenge to you, dear readers, is to post some ideas for events we can attend in the heat of the summer, between July 4th and early October. I’ll start us off with these:


HORSE RIDGE FILM FESTIVAL


Held the first Saturday of every August. The Peluso family set up a huge outdoor screen on their farm in Floyd County and show a movie (sometimes classic, sometimes more recent). You bring a chair or blanket, and you can either bring your own snacks and drinks or purchase concessions on the property. The festival will be held this year on August 6th, and they’ll be showing Hitchcock’s “North By Northwest”. The movie is free, but donations are accepted.


Steppin’ Out


Also held in August on the first Friday and Saturday. This takes place in Blacksburg, VA (home of the Fighting Gobblers!) and is a good event to attend in conjunction with the Horse Ridge festival (especially when you consider that both locations are at a higher elevation and temperatures are slightly cooler than here in the Roanoke Valley or the foothills). Steppin’ Out features lots of food, interesting crafts and some excellent music. In my opinion, the music line-up often rivals that of the larger festivals in Roanoke.

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