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First Ever Gobble de Art Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt

23 February, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

Hi everyone! We are so excited to announce that we will be hosting our first ever Gobble de Art Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt throughout the month of March. Starting at the beginning of March we will begin placing an egg under a specific Hokie Bird statue around Blacksburg. If you find the egg, you will receive a prize that can be redeemed at the Blacksburg Partnership office. The prizes are generously provided by local businesses in the Blacksburg area.

To participate in the scavenger egg hunt, follow our Instagram and Facebook accounts for special clues that will lead you to the specific bird that has the egg. If you need help locating the birds, use our online map.

Look out for an announcement specifying a date for when the scavenger hunt will officially start. We are so excited to have the opportunity to get the community involved in the Gobble de Art Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt!

We have a few rules for participation. We have several prizes provided, so we will be doing the scavenger hunt throughout the month with different birds around town. The first person to find the egg will be the winner of the prize. Additionally, when you find the egg, take a picture of yourself in front of the Hokie Bird and tag Gobble de Art in your picture on Instagram or Facebook. Follow the directions found on the note inside the egg to pick-up the prize at the Blacksburg Partnership which is located on 506 South Main Street. Call our office ahead of time at 540-443-2008 before redeeming your prize. We will get a picture of you at our office with the prize. You will not be able to redeem your prize without doing these steps. Furthermore, we are only allowing one prize per person over the course of our Easter egg scavenger hunt. Once you find an egg, you will redeem a prize, but cannot redeem another prize later in the scavenger hunt. The search will be limited to our Blacksburg flock.

We hope you are as excited as we are about our first ever egg hunt! Stay tuned for more details closer to the start of the scavenger hunt. Follow our Facebook and Instagram pages to keep up to date!


If you have any questions, please contact our office at 540-443-2008 or email info@gobbledeart.org




Bird Spotlight: Meet Colonel Cade T. Gobbler

22 February, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

Welcome to another bird spotlight, Hokies. It’s Dottie, and I’m here with one of the most inspiring individuals of the flock: Colonel Cade T. Gobbler. This member of the flock is always in uniform, as he is proud of his job and even more proud of his country. Sometimes known as the Fightin’ Gobbler, Cade has a very well-respected reputation and is one of the most renowned members of the flock.

There are many things to love about the Colonel. He’s quiet by nature and doesn’t say much unless he must. He’s very orderly, organized and likes to keep things in tip-top shape. He’s a natural-born protector. He would risk his life for any Hokie bird, blood or not. He’s one of the bravest birds, one of the most dedicated birds and perhaps one of the most loyal birds I know. Despite his occupation, Colonel hates fighting and disagreements. He prefers peace, happiness, and a calm environment. He respects all types of Hokies, but he expects the same in return. He takes Ut Prosim very seriously and models his life after the motto in every possible way. Colonel never lies, never cheats, never steals, and certainly does not tolerate those who do. He claims his country and his campus were founded on honor and he expects people to uphold that honor. Despite his strict morals, Colonel is completely selfless, the most caring, and the best of cuddlers. He’s very patient and his feathers don’t get ruffled very easily.

Colonel favorite past time is sleeping. As a Colonel, he spends many hours serving other people and doesn’t get much rest. But when he does get to rest, he rests a lot. He also loves to run the game ball from time to time, as he was a former Hokie Cadet. Colonel takes care of his flock family passionately, while making time to keep up his physique. You’re most likely to meet him in War Memorial Hall’s gym. If you don’t see him around campus, meet him on https://www.gobbledeart.org/products/cadet-hokie today.




Bird Spotlight: Meet GG

20 February, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

Hey, guys! Dottie here. Welcome to our third bird spotlight. This week I want to introduce the sportiest member of the flock: GG. GG is, of course, a short version of this bird’s name. His full name? It’s Gobbler (after our great-grandfather) Golf.

GG is one of the most active members of the flock. He loves to spend time outdoors, especially when golf clubs are involved. He’s no Tiger, but he’s the best golfing bird out there. GG also loves to hike, ride bikes on the New River Trail, camp, kayak and all things outdoor. Since he spends most of his time on the golf course, you’ll always catch GG in the cutest sweater-vests and argyle socks. He’s such a fancy bird. When GG isn’t scoring birdies, he’s spending his time doing his other favorite activity: reading.

Since GG is such an active bird, he likes to take time to himself to relax and rest. His favorite way to relax is by soaking in a nice bath with a good book. GG is also a very healthy eater. He makes sure what he puts in his body is nutritious and delicious. If he’s healthy, he’s happy.

GG is also a free-spirit. Because he’s active all the time, his stress levels are relatively low. He’s the bird we go to for advice or a good time. He laughs constantly, sings constantly, and dances constantly. He’s such a fun bird, let me tell you. He always lives his dreams and looks on the bright side of things. You can find him golfing at Ballyhack Hack Golf Club or the Blacksburg Country Club. If not, you can always visit our website to catch up with GG.  

See you next week, Hokies.





Favorite Spring Time Events

16 February, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

It’s Friday, Hokies! Even better, it’s warm today! I hope that you’ve all had a wonderful week. Even though it was a rainy, there’s a positive to all the dreariness: spring time! It’ll be here before you know it, folks. Although rain can be gloomy and gray, it brings beautiful flowers to the world. I’m so excited for spring! Spring time in Blacksburg is filled with amazing activities that are so much fun to get involved with. Without further ado, here are a few of my favorite spring activities coming to a campus near you….


1. March 20, 2018: International Day of Happiness

March 20th is a special day for two very important reasons. One, it marks the beginning of spring, which means flowers, warm weather and sunshine; two, it’s the international day of happiness! I mean, who could not be happy on the first day of spring? This day will be one of the days I look forward to the most because everyone will be smiling, laughing and having a great time. Happy Hokies make me one happy bird. 


2. April 7, 2018: The Big Event

Big Event is coming soon, which means I get to selflessly serve the community that I love so much. This event is one of my favorites because it brings the community closer to the students, and it shows that Virginia Tech is one of the most service-focused and loving campuses around. Ut Prosim, baby! This day is full of exciting performances, dancing, Enter Sandman and pure altruism. As a Hokie, it’s a beautiful sight to see other Hokies showing love for each and every individual through service. I can’t wait.


3. April 14, 2018: The Spring Game

You all already know that there’s absolutely no place like Lane. To date, Lane Stadium is one of the most feared football stadiums around. We are just so very spirited. Sadly, football season ends in the winter, but thankfully, we have a spring game to look forward to. It’s fun, it’s tradition and it’s free! Everybody loves Hokie football. This day is one of my all-time favorite days out of the year because every student, every family, tons of professors, staff, faculty and community visitors gather in the stands to support the team. It’s also the last time that senior Hokies get to jump to Enter Sandman. The most exciting part is that Virginia Tech wins— and who doesn’t love a game where the Hokies win?


4. April 20, 2018: Relay for Life

To date, Virginia Tech is one of the top colleges in the nation when it comes to Relay for Life. We’ve been the number one Relay college for many years.  Just like Big Event, Relay allows Hokies to come together and serve for a beautiful and necessary cause. We walk, jog and run for Hokies who have cancer, are affected by cancer, or have passed from cancer. It’s a huge charity event in which all the funds go straight to cancer research. I look forward to it every year, simply because it feels like I’m doing my best to make a change.


5. April 21, 2018: Fork & Cork

Blacksburg Fork and Cork is one of my most favorite spring activities. It’s a day filled with glorious wine tastings, music, art and delicious food. It falls on a Saturday and there is always a huge gathering. Multiple foodies, artists and wine lovers come to set up at this event. This day is filled with laughter and grand memories. I certainly recommend it.


Of course, those aren’t my only favorite activities in the spring, but they certainly are my top five. If you haven’t participated in all five of these, you certainly need to. I promise you, you won’t regret it. Stay happy, Hokies. The rain shall pass and flowers are on the way.




Bird Spotlight: Mr. X Ecutive

15 February, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment


Dottie here! Ready for my second spotlight? You should be! This bird is all business, and he doesn’t mess around. Meet X, the most professional of the flock. Always dressed to the nines, X holds his beak up with the utmost confidence. He is extremely proud of his intelligence, his experience, and his abilities. There is a 99% chance you’ll see him strutting around with multiple electronics in wing because that’s how he maintains his business from afar. X is the Founder and CEO of HokiePets, an organization that reduces Hokie stress by allowing all Hokies to snuggle and pet puppies for an allotted amount of time.

X is always on top of things. He is the first to finish his tasks, the first to complete his chores, and the first one at the gym in the mornings. He has an abundance of ideas about the world, and even more about Virginia Tech. X is a natural leader; he works well with others, but others naturally follow his lead. While X is extremely busy, he has a soft spot for his flock family. He always makes time to be with us! X is all business. He’s a straight-to-the-point type of bird who has a realist outlook on life. He aims for the best, but expects the worst. He is well-prepared, well-mannered, and well-spoken. He thrives under stress and longs for a challenge. What a bird!

If you want to meet him, you’ll be lucky if you bump into him at StarBeaks. He has a slightly unhealthy obsession with coffee. It’s the only thing that keeps him going for so long. If you’d like to meet him now, visit https://www.gobbledeart.org/products/executive-hokieto catch a glance. Until next time, Hokies!



Dottie's Hokified Valentine's Day Gifts

13 February, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

Greetings, Hokies. Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! If you’re still searching for the perfect gift for your family member, friend, or significant other, I have just the solution for you. I’m the queen bird of procrastination, so if you haven’t gotten a gift yet, I know exactly how you feel. Luckily, I prepared ahead of time this year and wrote up the perfect list for people struggling this holiday. Below are some perfect, simple gifts to get your favorite Hokie.


Ho-quet Bouquet

Most people get flowers for Valentine’s Day. And that’s just fine because flowers are beautiful—but you have the chance to step it up a notch with the Ho-quet. This gift is a bouquet of Hokie perfection. Purchase a few fake maroon and orange flowers, place these flowers in a Hokie jar or glass, and fill the glass with your Valentine’s favorite orange and maroon candies, accessories, and activities. Your Valentine will be elated!


Hokie Bird

What’s not to love about the flock! My family and I would love to come home with you to help you celebrate such a wonderful day full of love! What better way to celebrate your significant other by buying them the cutest Hokie Bird statue? Trust me, your significant Hokie will certainly appreciate it.


Hokie Socks

If you’re anything like me and love cute and cheesy puns, this gift is perfect for you. Purchase a pair of Hokie socks and fill them with goodies. Then, make your own Valentine’s Day card with the following saying: “Valentine, you knock my socks off.” You’ll get a good laugh out of your Valentine and the moment will certainly be memorable.


A-Z Book

If your significant other loves to read AND loves Blacksburg, then I have the perfect gift for you. The A-Z Books detail Blacksburg in the cutest of ways and it makes for a perfect heirloom. This book is filled with the most adorable illustrations, but you can amp this gift up even further by writing a memory you have with your Valentine on each page. Every time your Valentine visits this location, they’re bound to think of you!


Simple Valentine’s Day Card

Sometimes, Valentine’s Day isn’t about the gift. It’s about the thought! Sometimes, it only takes a card to make your Valentine happy. Visit my blog from last week to see the perfect Virginia Tech Valentines that are sure to make your Valentine extremely happy.


I hope you have a lovely holiday tomorrow, Hokies. Every single one of you deserve an immense amount of love and happiness. Never forget that!


With love,



Friday Favorites: Favorite Hokie Valentines Day Cards

09 February, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

What’s up, Hokies? Dottie here with your weekly Friday Favorites! It’s finally February guys. It felt like that January lasted an entire year. But we made it. And guess what? Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Excited? I know I am. Valentine’s Day is such a looooovely holiday. Single? Don’t worry. Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples, you know. Valentine’s Day can be for anyone you love, whether it’s your family, your friends, or your co-workers. Today, I want to share some fun Hokie Valentine’s cards that you can send to any loved one!


This Valentine is one of my favorites because it’s a classic at Virginia Tech. This Valentine could apply to anyone, from your best friend to your significant other. It’s especially relevant if you met at Virginia Tech too! Here is the link to check it out:

I also looooove this Valentine! I love the fact that it includes one of the prettiest buildings on campus, and I love that it makes a pun. This Valentine is so adorable, there’s no way you’ll be valentine-less. Check out this Valentine made from our favorite university here.

Let’s face it. Lane is one of the best places on earth. We all know it’s one of my favorite places ever. This Valentine created by your favorite university is perfect if you’re a Hokie football fan!


All these Valentines Day cards have me in a sappy, gushy mood. That’s all for today, I hope you have a glorious Valentine’s Day spent with your absolute favorite Hokie.

Much love, Hokies.





Bird Spotlight: Mr. Stoney Hokiestone

08 February, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

Hi friends, Dottie here! One of my New Year’s resolutions is to spend more time with the members of my flock. As I was spending time with Uncle Stoney, I realized that the whole world deserves to know my flock. I’ll be posting a bird spotlight to get you familiar with my family members. Without further ado, meet my flock member Mr. Stoney Hokiestone.

There’s nothing quite like tradition, right? Stoney is a traditional bird with an uncanny resemblance to Virginia Tech’s campus buildings. Aside from our great-great Grandpa Gobbler, Stoney represents all things Virginia Tech. Stoney has a visibly hard exterior, but his hard shell says nothing about the mushy ball of love he truly is on the inside. The reason we call him “Uncle Stoney” is because of his strength and toughness. Like an uncle, Stoney takes care of the flock, courageously protecting us from all aspects of life. He is the strongest bird of the flock in terms of emotions, mentality and physicality. Some could say he’s tougher than the stone that built us!

Despite Stoney’s hard exterior, people simply fall in love with his character and endless support. Everyone adores Stoney, just as Stoney adores and accepts everyone. He has a dry sense of humor that could make – well – even stone laugh. Stoney has a strangely inviting personality, and his feathers are certainly more unique than most birds. The atmosphere Stoney evokes is one of happiness, peace and strength. He’s not afraid to be himself, not afraid to embrace his traditional spirit, and not afraid to stand up for what he believes. He’s one special Hokie!

Want to meet Mr. Stoney Hokiestone yourself? Visit https://www.gobbledeart.org/products/hokiestone-bird and keep your eyes open. Stoney loves to wander around campus. He claims it provides him with inspiration and daily strength.

Friday Favorites with Dottie: Hokie Hiking

02 February, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

Greetings, Hokies!

It’s a beautiful day for January. The sun is shining and I can feel spring in my feathers. Around here, Hokies get antsy in the cold weather; cabin fever is a real issue. So, even though it’s cold, it’s still a sunny day that shouldn’t be wasted. Momma Dot and I plan on going on a hike. But of course, I want to help a Hokie out before I go. If you’re feeling adventurous today, here’s a list of my favorite hiking places near or around the ‘Burg. Each destination is unique and beautiful in its own way.

Bald Knob

One of my go-to places to hike is Bald Knob at Mountain Lake. The hike there is enough to get you sweating, but it’s not a very long hike at all. Plus, there are two routes: the difficult one and the moderate one. The difficult route is much shorter, but let me tell you Hokies, it is quite the workout. It is straight up the mountain, but it does allow one to feel in tune with nature. The alternative route is much like the New River Trail. It’s longer, snakes its way up the mountain, and is a graveled and leveled path. Either route is great, but the view is even greater. At the top of Bald Knob, a hiker can see blankets of mountains rolling over top of each other. It’s amazing, especially at sunset. Additionally, if you’re a fan of the movie Dirty Dancing, the movie was filmed at this area. You can walk around the museum area at the parking lot to reminisce on this film. This hiking area is about 40 minutes away from campus.

Buffalo Mountain

Buffalo mountain is a beautiful little area and a nice place to hike. It’s a longer hike than Bald Knob, but less intense. It’s a great family hike, especially if you have little ones. The view from the hump of the mountain is gorgeous, especially in the fall. You can see for miles from the top of this mountain. This hiking area is again, about 40-50 minutes away from Blacksburg.

The Cascades

The Cascades is a great spot to go to during all seasons of the year. Hop on 460, drive 30 minutes down the road from Blacksburg, and you’re there! If it’s a hot day, you can act as if the destination is a well-deserved treat and take a nice dip under the falls. The Cascades is a beautiful waterfall that crashes over the side of a mountain. It’s a nice transition from hiking to the top of a mountain. This hike is only 4 miles round trip, but it is beautiful. This hike is even worth it in the wintertime; I’ve seen the frozen Cascades and they are just as beautiful as the fully-thawed, fully-crashing Cascades. You should certainly take the time to visit.

Sharp Top Mountain

Sharp Top Mountain is one of the hardest hikes I’ve ever been on. Me and Momma Dot thought we’d never get to the top. It’s straight up the mountain for multiple miles, so make sure you pack plenty of water and plan your time well. However, I’ve never, ever been on a hike so beautiful. When I reached the top of the mountain, I stood in awe. It was absolutely and unbelievably stunning. I’d hike the mountain 100 more times if it means I’d get to see that view again. I highly recommend it. This mountain is about an hour and a half away from campus. It’s closer to Liberty’s campus, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit. Try it out on a weekend when you aren’t too busy. I assure you, you will not regret it.

Grayson Highlands State Park

Grayson Highlands State Park (also known as Mount Rogers) is an amazing park with hundreds and hundreds of acres and hiking trails. If you’re looking for waterfalls, the Highlands have them. If you’re looking for wild ponies, the Highlands have those too. If you’re looking for amazing views from the peak of mountain-tops, you guessed it. The Highlands have multiple. You can also camp and backpack at the Highlands. It is literally one of my favorite places on earth. About two hours away from Blacksburg, the Highlands offer a wide variety of activities and trails for all walks of life.

If you’re itching to get out Hokies, here are some places I recommend. Exercise is good for your body, especially after winter hibernation. Take a break from your school work and get out for a little while. You won’t regret visiting any of these locations.





Gobble de Art is Looking for Artists

30 January, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

We need help creating new Gobblers! The Gobble de Art project is growing, and we need more artists to help us create these whimsical statues. Currently we are looking for New River Valley based artists that are interested in participating in the Gobble de Art project. If you would like to add “Hokie Bird Painter” to your resume, this job is for you!

The Gobble de Art project is sponsored by The Blacksburg Partnership, a non-profit, independent economic development organization formed by the town, business and University communities. The purpose of the project is to increase awareness and interest in Blacksburg and bring attention to the visual arts. The funds raised from the project will go towards enhancements to Blacksburg that improve the quality of life and add to the current attractiveness as a tourism and retirement destination of Blacksburg and the surrounding communities.

Project Overview

Artists from the New River Valley are invited to participate in our Gobble de Art program. The program entails working on a commissioned Hokie Bird project, collaborating with the client to come up with a design, submitting the design to The Blacksburg Partnership for approval and then bringing the design to life through painting a fiberglass Hokie Bird. After painting, the Hokie Bird will be brought to a local auto body shop to be clear-coated. Birds will be displayed in private homes, businesses or public areas. The process (purchase to completion) takes roughly four months. The birds are five feet tall and weigh approximately 60 pounds.

Artist’s Fees and Responsibilities

The Blacksburg Partnership will pay an honorarium of $1,000 to artists selected, upon completion of the commissioned project.

Artists are responsible for the cost of all materials related to completing the design and will be given specific instructions regarding the fiberglass material, painting and finishing.  The manufacturer specifies the use of acrylic paint.  Artists will be expected to pick up and transport Hokie Birds to and from the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center. 


To apply artists must submit:

  • Contact Information – name, address, email, phone number
  • Three examples of the artist’s portfolio in the format of a PDF or portfolio link
  • A short bio of the artist

Email your examples, bio and contact information to info@gobbledeart.org or contact Diane Akers, President of The Blacksburg Partnership, at 540-443-2008 if you would like more information on becoming a Hokie Bird artist.

We hope you will accept this invitation to participate in painting a Hokie Bird for the Gobble de Art program.

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