• Music center now open

    The Blue Ridge Music Center will open on Saturday, and live music at the amphitheater will begin on May 28.

    The center on the Blue Ridge Parkway celebrates Virginia’s mountain music heritage with exhibits, concerts, presentations and daily musical performances.

    The summer concert series for 2010 will include a special weekend of performances celebrating the parkway's 75th anniversary in September.

  • Smokin' Aces

    The Nervous Wreck Cookin' Crew always lives up to its name this time of year.

    Their stomachs clench, and not just from eating too much barbecue.

    They sweat, and it's not just the heat from their cookers making those beads roll.

    The Galax-based team — headed by Cody Cline and Mark Davis — takes competitive barbecuing seriously.