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Dottie's Thank You to Moms

14 May, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

Hi, Hokies! Sunday was Mother’s Day and I was oh so excited to spend the entire day with Momma Dot. I’m thankful for Momma Dot every single day, and even though I love her very much, sometimes I forget to tell her. Thankfully, Mother’s Day reminds me of how lucky I am to have a Momma bird like mine. In honor of all the mothers everywhere, today’s blog will focus on the beauty mothers bring to this world.

Stevie Wonder once said, “Mama was my greatest teacher; a teacher of compassion, love, and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.” Truthfully, I couldn’t have said it better myself. Mothers do so much; they do things that are noticed daily, and they do things that are sometimes subtler and forgotten. They carry their children until their wings are weak. They snuggle until their babies fall asleep. They give the last bite of their favorite food to their child when they ask. They share laughter, love, and memories with their child. They teach their children how to speak and sing and walk and dance. They help shape personalities and mold important moments. They share secrets and happiness. A child’s happiness is the mother’s happiness – and that says so much.

I have so many favorite moments with Momma Dot. She taught me what it means to be a Hokie and the true meaning of ut prosim. She taught me respect and love, passion and determination. She’s done so much for me over the years, and she continues to love me with her soft Hokie heart.

I could write a thousand pages about mothers and all they do for their children, and that still wouldn’t be enough. From the heart of a child, thank you to all mothers around the world. You continuously touch hearts and change lives. We love you oh so much. You’re truly heroes. Happy (belated) Mother’s Day!





Graduation Gift Ideas for Hokies

10 May, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

Hi there, Hokies! Can you believe how close graduation is? That’s unbelievable to me; my year has flown by. With graduation upon us, most families and friends will be searching for the perfect gift to purchase for their Hokie. Luckily, Dottie’s here to save you – I have the perfect graduation gifts for your Hokie.

1.) An A-Z Book

Is your Hokie a reader? Does your Hokie adore the town of Blacksburg?  The A-Z book is a perfect way to keep Blacksburg and Virginia Tech in memory. On each page is a colorful rendition of popular Blacksburg locations, events, and people. From The Lyric Theatre, to Frank Beamer, to the Duck Pond, this adorable book contains everything to remember about Blacksburg. You can fill each page with memories at each location, write notes in the front and back cover, and even place smaller gifts (such as gift cards or stickers) between the pages of this book. Trust me, it’s a worthy purchase and the illustrations are precious!

2.) A Member of the Flock

Luckily, I have crafted the perfect graduation sale for you if you’re interested in purchasing a member from my flock. If you’d like to purchase me, Uncle Stoney, X, GG, or Cade, you can get $50 off on your purchase at checkout with the promo code “GRAD50” If you’re interested in having your Hokie match your personality, you can take the “Which Hokie Bird Are You?” quiz to see which member of my flock will fit you or your Hokie the best. Here’s the link if you need quick access: https://www.tryinteract.com/share/quiz/5a70be4f7c5be00014965d99

If you read the spotlights, you know all the members of the flock are lovely birds. Your Hokie certainly wouldn’t be disappointed taking one of us home. Trust me, we’re pretty entertaining!

3.) A Hokie Grad Basket

If you like to be creative and make your gifts super cute, I have the perfect idea for a Hokie graduation basket. You’ll need a VT bin of some sort: it can be maroon, orange, a VT bucket, anything Virginia Tech related. In this bucket, you can put loads of Hokie merchandise! Here’s a few ideas:

 Hokie T-Shirts – We have t-shirts on our website for $5.00

A Postcard Booklet – We have postcard booklets on our website for $7.00. They’re filled with lots of big members of my flock! The booklet is perfect for a Hokie enthusiast who loves to travel!

A Hokie Poster – We have a Hokie Poster for $4.00 on our website. Your Hokie graduate can hang it on his or her wall in a frame. Their friends can sign all over it and it will make a perfect memorable gift!

Hokie Stickers – Hokie feet, the VT logo, stickers of the pylons, you can’t go wrong with stickers!

Hokie Key Chain


These are just a few options! Get creative with it. You can make the coolest Hokie gift ever! Fill it with cute Hokie memorabilia and little notes about how proud you are of your Hokie. They’ll never forget such a thoughtful gift! 


Congratulations 2019 graduates.





A Time to Remember

13 April, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

As we Hokies know, spring brings about some beautiful traditions and opportunities to uphold Ut Prosim. However, spring also brings some sad memories as well.  

This year marks the eleventh year since we lost 32 lovely Hokies. These 32 individuals deserve to be at the front of our memory this week, next week, and forever. As Hokies, it is our duty to commemorate these souls by showing each other true kindness, participating in altruistic service, and embracing the foundations of our community. We must show love in order to properly love those we so heartbreakingly lost.

As Nikki Giovanni so brilliantly put it, let us never forget that “We are Virginia Tech.” Monday will be a hard day for many families and individuals of our community. It will be a hard day for the Hokie community as we mourn those who lost their lives. It will be a hard day for the faculty and staff that so reluctantly had to experience the tragedy. It will be hard. But, to quote Giovanni once more, “We will prevail.” We will always prevail. We will always hold hope in our Hokie hearts and love in our Hokie souls. We will cherish each other as individuals, cherish each other as a community, cherish each other as friends, and cherish each other as large Hokie family.

We will never forget; but, we will never lose our hope for this nation and our love for this college. We remember.


In loving memory of the following lives:

Ross A. Alameddine, Christopher James Bishop, Brian R. Bluhm, Ryan Christopher Clark, Austin Michelle Cloyd, Jocelyne Couture-Nowak, Kevin P. Granata, Matthew Gregory Gwaltney, Caitlin Millar Hammaren, Jeremy Michael Herbstritt, Rachael Elizabeth Hill, Emily Jane Hilscher, Jarrett Lee Lane, Matthew Joseph La Porte, Henry J. Lee (Henh Ly), Liviu Librescu, G.V. Loganathan, Partahi Mamora Halomoan Lumbantoruan, Lauren Ashley McCain, Daniel Patrick O’Neil, Juan Ramon Ortiz-Ortiz, Minal Hiralal Panchal, Daniel Alejandro Perez Cueva, Erin Nicole Peterson, Michael Steven Pohle, Jr., Julia Kathleen Pryde, Mary Karen Read, Reema Joseph Samaha, Waleed Mohamed Shaalan, Leslie Geraldine Sherman, Maxine Shelly Turner, and Nicole Regina White


Click on the names above to read each Hokie’s individual biography.


With love and endless hope,






Friday Favorites: Easter Egg Hunt

06 April, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

Hi Hokies, I’m back. Wow, it’s been one long month of March! I’ve been so busy with our Easter Egg hunt that I haven’t been able to write much, but that’s okay! I’m here now. Let me just say that the Easter Egg Hunt was such an amazing experience! I loved meeting all of the Hokies who participated. I greeted so many new faces; it made me happy! Since the hunt is over, your favorite Friday bird is back. That’s right, Friday Favorites with Dottie returns! Today we’re discussing my favorite part of the Easter Egg Hunt!

To begin with, I adored meeting new people every week and smiling faces! Something else I absolutely loved was hiding the eggs. That right, I did it – I hid them all. Dottie was behind everything. I loved coming up with creative little hints to send you to my distant flock members. It was so much fun. I also loved hiding the sparkly eggs. Everyone loves sparkles. Something else I enjoyed about the hunt was catching up with my distant flock members. It’s been so long since I had seen some of them. It was nice of them to hold the eggs for me, and it was really nice spending time chatting and catching up.

However, my favorite thing about the entire egg hunt was the community involvement. We all know I adore Blacksburg but seeing the businesses and Hokies join together to create a successful activity really made my heart swell with Blacksburg love and Hokie pride. It was a beautiful sight. The business that participated were amazing. They gave away such brilliant prizes – I was jealous!

A large and lovely thank you to Benny Marzano’s, Blacksburg Fork & Cork, Bollo’s Café & Bakery, In Balance Yoga, Kent Square Starbucks, Mellow Mushroom and The Lyric Theatre for all the awesome prizes. Also, a huge thank you to you, Hokies! You went out of your way – in the snow, rain, or shine – to find the eggs that I placed. You all are excellent Hokie Bird Hunters— You followed the hints beautifully. Without you, there wouldn’t have been an event to enjoy. Most of all, thank you to Blacksburg for being such an amazing town. Thank you for having the most amazing people. Thank you for allowing us to swarm your streets and share your mountains.


It’s true. There’s no place like home. And my home is certainly here.





Gobble de Art Scavenger Hunt Thank You

04 April, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

Our First Ever Gobble de Art Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt was a great success! Thank you to all our scavenger hunt participants and supporters. The clues were tough, but we have some very intuitive Hokie Bird hunters out there! We had a lot of fun with this event, but we wouldn’t have been able to do it without the support from generous Blacksburg businesses. Thank you for donating towards our scavenger hunt. Here’s one last look at what these wonderful businesses do in the community!

Benny Marzano’s

This pizza-place is known as “The Virginia Slice,” and with good reason. The pizza is about as big as the state of Virginia. Well maybe not that big, but at 28’ inches a pie, this pizza is no joke. Benedito “Benny” started his pizza business after leaving Brooklyn New York, where he gained experience working under two decades of Italian Chefs. He landed in a small Virginia town and started making pizzas for his neighbors in a brick oven in his house. Since then, his pizza business has grown, along with our appetites.

Blacksburg Fork and Cork

This year, the Blacksburg Partnership, a non-profit economic development organization is hosting its 10th annual Blacksburg Fork and Cork Festival! Festival attendees can enjoy live performances, delicious food, locally made art, and of course, wine from all over the state! If you’re looking for a day full of fun, you will definitely need to mark your calendars for April 21.

Bollo’s Café and Bakery

This little gem is home to gourmet coffee, espresso drinks and freshly baked pastries. Bollo’s Café and Bakery is located right next to campus and provides the perfect spot to study or contemplate life over a nice cup o’ Joe. The coffee shop yields a laid-back vibe and local roots. Whatever your reason for finding this local coffee shop, you are sure to be pleased!

In Balance Yoga Studio

Our local Yoga Studio In Balance Yoga, is owned by Blacksburg natives Nicole and Justin Boyle. Their mission is to support and lead a yoga community that practices and provides yoga to all populations. They are passionate about giving back both to their community and the earth. They offer a variety of classes, trainings and workshops. From hot yoga to aerial classes, there’s something for everyone. In Balance Yoga practices a variety of charitable activities such as making donations to non-profits, as well as hosting classes to support causes that are close to the hearts of Virginia Tech students.

Kent Square Starbucks

With their charmingly green aesthetic and friendly Baristas, this place is a great location for studying, or Instagram worthy pics.  With every caffeinated drink under the sun, you’re sure to find your go-to at the Kent Square Starbucks. After a day of frolicking downtown or as quick pick me up, make sure to stop by this welcoming spot!

Mellow Mushroom

If you’re looking to fill a hunger void, but also want an artistic and funky experience, the Blacksburg Mellow Mushroom will not disappoint! The company is relatively new to Blacksburg, but has made a huge impact. The business loves serving up their signature stone baked pizzas to hungry students, townies and visitors. Pop in today to enjoy their delicious food and a great atmosphere!

The Lyric Theatre

This delightful piece of history has been a Blacksburg feature since the 1930’s. When you walk into The Lyric Theatre you will be greeted by the warm smell of  buttery popcorn, the friendly face of a ticket salesman and the charming interior of a 1930’s circa lobby.  The theatre is known for its regal auditorium, original tapestries, golden replica lanterns and of course, the stunning architectural masks that overlook the building. You can enjoy a classic or feature film, in addition to a wonderful performance when you come to the Lyric.

Artist Q and A with Gwynn Hamilton

23 March, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

Gwynn Hamilton is a seasoned Gobble de Art artist that has been with the program since the beggining. When she's not busy painting Hokie Birds, you can find her and her husband at the local Blacksburg Farmer's Market, or helping around the farm.

Q. How did you get involved with the Gobble de Art program?

A. I worked with the Downtown Merchants and through that, I was involved with The Blacksburg Partnership. I have seen the cows and lobster that other communities have, so I was excited to see what a program like that would be like within our own community. I submitted a design and signed up. I painted birds within the initial flock, so I have been a bird painter since the very beginning. If I am trying to make small talk with someone, or if I am playing a party game, my little-known fact is that I paint Hokie Birds.

Q. What is the most challenging aspect?

A. I like the design process and the challenge of trying to implement the clients vision on an nontraditional surface. That is the most challenging part of painting the Hokie Birds— the bumpy nature of the surface. The most difficult bird that I ever painted was from a Northern Virginia affiliate of Virginia Tech. The client was hoping for a lot of architectural rendering on arms and chest of the Hokie Bird. I found that you must find some middle ground of impressionism because you’re not going to get it exact.

Q. What was your favorite bird to work on?

A. I was most pleased with the one I finished, the Theodore Roosevelt Hokie. I didn’t have to do architectural rendering and I could make it look like a bird but with famous features. I got to do research on Theodore Roosevelt, which was fun because I used to work at Frederic Remington Art Museum in New York. Frederic Remington painted Theodore Roosevelt, so I got to pull that information from my experience and use it again.

Q. When you’re not painting Hokie Birds, what kind of art do you like to do?

A. I love oil painting, but I have simplified my life and try to do water colors because the cleanup is easier. I like to do Georgia O’ Keeffe style paintings. I’ll take something small in nature and blow it up really big. I enjoy painting nuts, walnut pods and seed pods.

Bird Spotlight: Dottie

27 February, 2018 0 comments Leave a comment

Hey, guys! Welcome to my final bird spotlight. Today the bird I want you to meet is … ME! You guys have followed me long enough to know a few things about me, but I want to get down to the nitty-gritty aspects of my life and my personality. And I’ll be completely honest, too! Flaws and all, I’m introducing you to the real-life Dottie.

As you all may know, I’m a creative soul. I love to write, read, take photography and participate in every aspect of art. Art adds a splash of color to every life. I’m also the bubbliest of birds. I’m extremely outgoing and I’m not afraid to talk to strangers. In fact, I love socialization. I think communication is key to loving all people and birds. I’m not shy at all. In addition to my creativity comes my happiness. I’m always happy, even when I’m having a bad day. I like to look on the bright side of life. There’s always good in every single day, and I intend to live the happiest life I can. I’m easily inspired and easily entertained. I love laughter and fun stories.

I’m an avid sports fan. This bird gets real serious when it comes to her Hokies. Due of my dedication to sports, I tend to get a little heated from time to time. Don’t let that deter you! It comes straight from my passion and love for Hokies. I’m quite the family bird, and I love and respect every member of my flock, but I also like my independence as well. I need a perfect balance of alone time mixed with socialization. I’m quite the care-free bird, which sometimes leads to procrastination.

Although I’m very easily inspired and quite care-free, I tend to be overly self-critical. Unlike X, my confidence is in others, not myself. Unlike Cade, I need protecting and sheltering; I’m not a natural leader with protective instincts. But, I do love to make others happy. And that’s the best thing about myself. I genuinely love everyone! And of course, the biggest fact about me? I love polka-dots! Momma Dot even named me after my obsession with them.

Well Hokies, I hope that gave you a little more insight into the mind of Dottie. I feel like every one of my audience members needs to know the real-live Dottie, and I hope you love her just as much as I love you. Make today a beautiful day, Hokies!




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, first follow and like our Instagram and Facebook accounts. Reminders will be posted on our Facebook page, but the clues will be updated in real time on our Instagram page once the egg is placed. The clues will lead you to the specific bird that has the egg. If you need help locating the birds, use our online map.

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. 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 page 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.





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