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Having a Blast in the Burg' this 4th of July

03 July, 2018 1 comment Leave a comment

Hello Hokies,

It’s me Cade, the Cadet Hokie Bird. I asked my sister Dottie if I could write a guest blog today because it’s my favorite time of the year; it’s the United States of America’s birthday!

Even as a young chick, the Fourth of July, full of red white and blue and patriotic pride has always been my favorite holiday. I am a huge fan of the tasty cookouts and beautiful fireworks, but what I really love about the fourth is the rich history behind it. 

Without being too much of a snooze, I’d like to give a brief history on the birth of our beautiful country. Two days after the congenital congress voted in favor of America becoming independent, representatives from all 13 colonies ratified the Declaration of Independence. This made America an independent country on July 4th, 1776.

This historic decision calls for a celebration 242 years later! No need to worry, I have the top ways to party like it’s 1776 in the Burg’! Here’s a schedule of events to suit your red white and blue fancy.

  1. Kick of the national holiday on the right feather by getting your flock together and heading down to Smithfield Plantation for their 2018 Fourth of July Celebration! There will be readings of the Declaration of Independence and live history presentations. There will also be fun activities for the young chicks and a delicious apple pie contest. This event is sure to set the patriotic mood!
  1. If parades are more your style, don’t get your feathers in a bunch! You can fly down to Main Street at 2 p.m. to see a patriotic parade. This parade is part of the 32nd Annual Blacksburg Fourth of July Celebration. The parade will begin at the old Blacksburg Middle School and conclude at Alumni Mall. The theme to this year’s parade is “Blacksburg Volunteers.” You won’t want to miss this event that is sure to be a spectacle of all things American!
  1. If you’re looking for more family fun after the parade, you can head to the Lyric Theatre for a free viewing of Up, sponsored by the Mount Tabor Ruritan Club.
  1. You can conclude your day of celebration by heading to Blacksburg’s Municipal Park to experience live music and entertainment with a firework extravaganza at 9:30 p.m. I know I’m excited for this festivity, especially the fireworks, which are sure to be a blast.

As you see Hokies, there are plenty of ways to enjoy America’s birthday and celebrate your freedom. How will you be celebrating your Independence Day? Comment your suggestions below!

Happy Fourth of July Hokies! Save me a piece of Apple Pie.




Dottie's Favorite Blacksburg Summer Activities

30 May, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

Hi there Hokies, its officially summertime; meaning not only is there a plethora of parking spots in the Burg’, but also a bounty of fun things to do. Here are my top five things to do in Blacksburg during the summer!

  1. Enjoy a Farm to Table Dinner Cheese Dinner

As a native of Blacksburg, I enjoy eating and experiencing the local foods that come straight from the farms of our area. Additionally, I’m a big fan of cheese. I just think it’s gouda, if you know what I mean. The Virginia Cheese Fest’s Farm to Table Dinner is June 8th this year, only week away.  I can’t wait! I’m excited to feast on Virginia Cheese, spend a beautiful night at the Smithfield Plantation and enjoy a meal provided by The Palisades. I also heard that Chef T from Hell’s Kitchen will be making the dinner this year!  Maybe I’ll even get an autograph. You can purchase tickets for the dinner here:  https://www.virginiacheesefest.com/tickets

  1. Experience Blacksburg’s Annual Steppin’ Out Festival

This festival needs to be on your summer bucket list. If handcrafted art, food trucks and live music gets you clapping, you must attend Blacksburg’s annual Steppin’ Out festival. This large event has various local vendors, making it the perfect way to get all your holiday shopping done early, or get yourself the perfect gift. Additionally, it is a family friendly event, so bring the kids! Make sure to mark your calendars for August 3rd and 4th to experience Steppin’ Out.

  1. Go on a hiking adventure.

I always like to kick off my summer antics by rustling my feathers and hiking up to see the rushing falls of the Cascades. The two-mile hike is perfect for getting in touch with the greenery of the New River Valley and exercise.

  1. Spend the day on the river

Time-to-time I get a wild feather and have a desire to swim with the elements. If you’re like me and enjoy a day spent splashing in the water and enjoying nature, I suggest driving down to the New River Junction, located on Big Falls Rd. in McCoy.  You can spend the entire day floating down the river. Just make sure to wear your sunscreen!

  1. Check off #52 of the Hokie Bucket List

With all this time and sunshine on your hands, I recommend putting your summer days to good use by checking of #52 of the Hokie Bucket list…. Getting your picture with one of my flock members! My flock nests all over Blacksburg. Make sure to snap your picture with my family member, tag Gobble de Art in your post, and use #findyourhokiebird to get featured on our social pages! Here is a map to help get you started on your Hokie Bird Hunt: https://www.zeemaps.com/view?group=1092471&x=-80.386696&y=37.218042&z=5


These are just a few of my favorite things to do in the summer. What are yours? Let me know in the comments below!




The Founding of Hokie Town

05 July, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

Did you ever stop to think about our very own history here in Blacksburg?  Blacksburg is a special place,  so for this week’s blog we’ve decided to look  at our own local history, and what we found may surprise you.

Our beloved Hokie town was founded on January 13th 1798. Prior to this, Blacksburg was merely an establishment settled between Christiansburg and Montgomery country discovered by English settlers in the mid 1600’s. The settlers were drawn to the land by plentiful trees that would be used for lumber, animal species such as deer and bear that could be used for meat, and hide used for clothing.  There was also fresh water easily accessible. 

However, this land came at a cost. Blacksburg was located near various Native American settlements. As a result numerous conflicts arose between settlers and the Indian tribes, the most famous being the Draper Meadows Massacre occurring in 1775.  On this day the settlement was attacked by a tribe of Shawnee Indians.  At least 5 settlers were killed and 5 more were taken hostage. One of the hostages was Mary Draper Ingles who lived in captivity for months before finally escaping and reuniting with family.

23 years after the massacre, William Black petitioned the state to establish the settlement into a town. Then in 1789 the 38-acre plot of land was deemed a town. The original Town of Blacksburg was only 16 square blocks built on land donated by Black. Our beloved town was named in honor of Black, creating what we now know as the Town of Blacksburg.  The years following were filled with excitement as more and more people moved into the newly developed town making it their new home.

The small town began to grow and new streets and buildings developed; some of which can still be seen today; the oldest being Solitude. Solitude was built more than 200 years ago by Colonel Robert Preston. Then, during the early 1800’s, one of the first churches was built on Main Street.  This building is also still in use, although it’s no longer used as a church. You may better know it as Cabo Fish Taco.

Years later in 1872, our favorite university was born. The Morril Act of 1862 provided the federal funds for the Virginia General Assembly to buy the facilities of the Preston and Olin Institute. At the time, the facilities housed a small Methodist school in Southwest Virginia. That same year, the assembly acquired 250 acres of the Solitude Farm for $21,250. With the newly acquired land and facilities, the commonwealth created  a public, land-grant military Institute named Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College, later to be known as Virginia Tech.

There’s no doubt that Blacksburg is a town full of rich and exciting history Hopefully this post helps you to understand a little more about this maroon and orange town that we all love so dearly. Like and share this blog if you want to see more like this.

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