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Today's Features

  • Movies

    Twin County Cinema III, Galax, (276) 236-7469, www.southeastcinemas.com.

    • Annabelle Comes Home (R)

    • Toy Story 4 (G)

    • Men In Black: International (PG-13)

    • The Secret Life of Pets 2 (PG)

    Music

  • Movies

    Twin County Cinema III, Galax, (276) 236-7469, www.southeastcinemas.com.

    • Toy Story 4 (G)

    • Men In Black: International (PG-13)

    • The Secret Life of Pets 2 (PG)

    Creekside Cinema, (336) 783-0001, 605 Bluemont Road, Mount Airy, N.C.

    No listings available at press time

    Marquee Cinema, (276) 228-9875, 187 Dominion Street, Wytheville, Va. 24382

    No listings available at press time

    Music

  • Winners of the 84th Annual Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention, held Aug. 5-10, 2019 in Felts Park.

    BEST ALL-AROUND PERFORMER

    Mattias Thedens — Oslo, Norway

    OLD-TIME FIDDLE

    1. Mattias Thedens - Oslo, Norway

    2. Anissa Burnett - Boone, N.C.

    3. Asa Nelson - Zionville, N.C.

    4. Maxwell Brown - Wilmington, Del.

    5. Richard Bowman - Mount Airy, N.C.

    6. Jesse Maw - Mount Airy, N.C.

    7. Kirk Sutphin - Walkertown, N.C.

  • Good news for Twin County natives who missed it last year: the “Fiddlin’” documentary about the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention is coming to Twin County Cinema III in September.

    Last year, the film by sisters Julie Simone and Vicki Vlasic made headlines for its portrayal of the convention and has continued to garner awards on the film festival circuit.

  • WHITETOP — A group of old-time musicians, some from as far away as Pennsylvania, converged on Whitetop Mountain in western Grayson County on July 14 to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the last White Top Folk Festival.

    The festival ran from 1931 to 1939 (except 1937) on the second-highest peak in Virginia. The 1940 event was cancelled because of severe flooding and it never resumed. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt famously attended the 1933 festival.

    The 2019 anniversary observance was organized by Rita Scott and Greg Troxell.

  • Staff Report

    Over the course of this week, about 40,000 musicians and fans will attend the 84th Annual Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention.

    Fans of old-time and bluegrass from the Twin Counties to California, from the British Isles to Australia and Japan, will be in Galax playing string music into the wee hours under ball field lights, seeing old friends and camping no matter the weather.

  • This year’s Smoke on the Mountain Virginia State Barbecue Championship was held in downtown Galax on July 19-20, and even in the sweltering 90˚F-plus heat, 16 teams turned out to vie for the grand prize of $2,500, a custom-made banjo and a spot at the Memphis Barbecue Network’s “Memphis in May” competition.

    This year’s Smoke featured new food and merchandise vendors and the amateur “No Pro Wing Show” competition on Friday.

  • Staff Report

    This year’s “Take a Break from the Interstate” U.S. 21 Road Market is scheduled for July 26-28.

    Four years ago, tourism officials in Virginia and North Carolina joined forces to create a multistate road market event along U.S. Route 21. Over the years, the three-day event has been expanded and now covers more than 100 miles of Historic U.S. Route 21, running from Wytheville to Harmony, N.C. The event passes through Grayson County and the Town of Independence.

  • “You would be amazed how hard it is to glitter a chicken,” says Lori Baumgardner at the No Pro Wing Show tent.

    She’s indicating one of the awards for the amateur wing contest at this year’s Smoke on the Mountain, a shiny gold plastic chain with a spangly silver poultry silhouette dangling from it, called “the golden chain of the wing.”

  • Staff Report

    Preparations for the 15th Annual Smoke on the Mountain Virginia State BBQ Championship and accompanying street festival are under way this week.

    Smoke on the Mountain will be held July 19-20. Once again, the event will be held on historic downtown Galax, but will have a few changes to mark this milestone year.