Fans can pose for photos with 49 Winchester in Bristol

Here’s a roundup of brief news from Southwest and Southside. Send yours for possible inclusion to [email protected]

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49 Winchester hosts a date with fans on November 25; a concert in Bristol in April

Fans of Russell County-based band 49 Winchester have two chances to see the band up close in Bristol.

The band will be at the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Black Friday Holiday Hangout event on November 25, when fans can pose for what’s described as ‘crazy Christmas photos with members of one of America’s favorite up-and-coming bands. of southwest Virginia, 49 Winchester. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST, November 25, in the Special Exhibits Gallery at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

The Holiday Hangout with the members of 49 Winchester will be held in the museum’s Special Exhibits Gallery, where visitors are encouraged to don their flashiest holiday clothes and pose for a free Christmas photo with the band amid a set of mid-century mods curated by Cherry Bombed Beauty of Bristol. Participants can use their own camera or take pictures with their mobile phone; a photographer will also be on hand to take digital photos.

The band will be performing at Paramount Bristol on April 1, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. EST, 49 Winchester has announced. Tickets for the show will go on sale to the public on Friday, November 18, 2022. Tickets can be purchased at the Paramount box office and online at

For more on 49 Winchester, check out our previous article on the band’s rise.

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Woods Brothers will play at Rocky Mount

The Woods Brothers. Photo by Alysse Gafkjen.

The Woods Brothers have extended their 2023 touring plans with the announcement of 20 additional shows in late winter and spring. The dates will cover a wide range of terrain, including a stop at the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount on Thursday, March 9.

The Wood Brothers’ 2023 tour plans, including a previously announced West Coast leg in February, will support a new studio album to be released in the spring. The title of the collection, “Heart Is The Hero”, has just been revealed, while a first single, release date and pre-order announcement is set for February 2023.

Tickets start at $45 and go on sale Friday at 10 a.m.

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Joshua and Heather Wright are working towards an early 2023 opening for Wright Way Repair, LLC, at Clinchco. Wright Way Repair, LLC recently received a VCEDA Seed Capital Matching Grant. Courtesy of VCEDA.

VCEDA Awards Grant to Dickenson County Auto Repair Business

The Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority provided a $10,000 seed capital matching grant to Clinchco’s Wright Way Repair, LLC.

The business is owned by Heather and Joshua Wright.

“Wright Way Repair, LLC will provide automotive repair services in Dickenson County, primarily serving residents of Clinchco, Haysi and Clintwood and those traveling to the area, in accordance with their business plan,” said Jonathan Belcher, executive director/general counsel of VCEDA in a statement. “The new company expects three full-time employees within five years.”

A building at 141 Road Branch in Clinchco has been purchased and will be renovated to house the new business and also provide storage space for rent.

The Wrights worked with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Mountain Empire Community College (MECC) to develop their VCEDA application and received a letter of support from the Dickenson County Industrial Development Authority.

About the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority Seed Capital Matching Grant Fund: For-profit businesses in the VCEDA region one year and under with fewer than 10 full-time employees are eligible to apply for dollar-for-dollar matching grants of up to $10,000 from the VCEDA Seed Capital Matching Fund. Applicants work with the Small Business Development Centers at Mountain Empire and Southwest Virginia Community Colleges to prepare VCEDA applications that include detailed business and financial plans. Businesses must be located or plan to operate in the VCEDA region of Southwest Virginia, which includes the counties of Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, and Wise and the city of Norton.

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Finley joins the board of directors of Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia

Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia has added Christopher Finley as a new board member. Finley is currently Senior Director, Marketing Communications, for the LewisGale Regional Health System. Finley is also an Adjunct Instructor at Radford University’s School of Communications. He also brings his experience in seeking and building community support through a former position as Executive Director of the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce.

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Damascus organizes holiday events

The city of Damascus has fixed the following holiday events:

November 26 – Tree Lighting Ceremony at Laurel Creek Park – Tree sales kick off at noon, Santa Claus from 1 to 4 p.m., live music by Calvary’s Chosen from 5 to 7 p.m., tree lighting at 6 p.m. 25 foot community tree donated by Doe Valley Farm.

November 26 to December 3 – Christmas tree sales and holiday vendors at Laurel Creek Park through Dec. 2 or sold out; Sale of Frasier trees for the benefit of the voluntary fire department of Damascus; open on weekdays from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Trees for sale from Wolverton Mountain Fraser Firs. Tree sale price: 4′-5′ – $50, 5′-6′ – $60, 6′-7′ – $70, 7′-8′ – $80, 8′- 9′ – $90.

December 2 – First Fridays with Damascus businesses, extended hours and holiday specials from 5pm to 8pm.

December 2 – Christmas Parade at 7 p.m. in downtown Damascus; led by the Clydesdale team of Bart Long & Associates Realty and Auction, LLC; with a parade float contest and the Damascus Loves Dogs holiday costume contest; Santa at the fire station after the parade.

December 2-4 – Shop ‘Til You Drop at the Trail Town Event Center – holiday market with local vendors and live music, open Friday 2-9, Saturday 12-8 and Sunday 12-6.

December 3 – Chestnut Roasting at Damascus Trail Center 5-7pm, hosted by the American Chestnut Foundation – roast chestnuts over an open fire and learn about the history of the American chestnut.

December 7 – Gnome for the Holidays at the Damascus Library at 4 p.m. – Make your own Christmas gnome; all craft supplies are provided.

December 16 – Trail Town Twirl Contra Dance at the Rock School Auditorium from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., introductory lesson beforehand at 7 p.m.; dance called by Warren Doyle, live music by Bob Kogut & Friends.

December 17 – Dulcimer Concert at Damascus Library at 3pm – Come and enjoy a Dulcimer holiday concert with Tammy Martin and friends. Refreshments provided.

December 21 – Gift-wrapping session at the Damascus Library from 4 to 6 p.m. – Come and wrap your holiday gifts! Supplies are provided or bring your own. Expert packaging assistance available.

January 1st – Virginia State Parks Day One Hike – Find a ranger-guided hike or choose your own adventure in nearby Grayson Highlands State Park or Hungry Mother State Park. Take advantage of free parking at state parks on January 1.

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