Can you believe it’s finally peak leaf season in the Roanoke Valley? The hills are rolling out the red carpet for us, and this weekend, I hope you get out and enjoy the show — whether you hike, bike, camp, kayak, or just take a drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway.
In between all the leaf-peeking, here are a few weekend events I’m getting into:
Dracula, with the Roanoke Ballet Theatre — Jefferson Center — Saturday, October 22, 7 p.m.
Ballet with a bite!
I can’t help but cheer for RBT, a group of ballerinas who are slowly building a local appreciation for dance in Roanoke. While most of RBT’s performances are glittery, sweet and family-friendly, Dracula is dark, moody and a little seductive — perfect for the Halloween season. I’ll be wearing sleek black vintage silk and towering heels (but of course). This is your perfect excuse to do the same!
Apple Picking in the Shenandoah Valley — Carter Mountain Orchard, Charlottesville, VA — Open Daily (Hours Vary)
While Fall is the perfect time to visit the Roanoke Valley, it’s also a fun time to get outta town and enjoy other corners of the Blue Ridge.
It’s apple harvesting season in Virginia, and while there are many places to sink your teeth into a crunchy, locally-grown apple, my family goes the touristy route and joins the throngs at Carter Mountain Orchard in C’ville. We always come home with giant sacks of Winesaps and Jonagolds to nosh on through the winter, plus a box (or two) of cider donuts.
If you’ve got a thing for the Homeplace here in the valley, you might enjoy rounding out your excursion with an all-you-can-eat fried chicken supper at Michie Tavern at the base of the mountain. You’ll be a local tourist, for sure.
Looking for more things to do this weekend? Here are a few other events to consider….
Hokies vs. Miami — Lane Stadium, Blacksburg Virginia — 7 p.m. At posting time, tickets are still available at the link provided, most starting at around $70.
Celebrating Art & Sole with Fashionista Roanoke — Taubman Museum of Art — 5-9 p.m. (Free Admission; Donations Welcome). Every third Thursday, the Taubman stays open late for art, mixing and mingling. This time, local nonprofit Fashionista Roanoke will celebrate the museum’s current exhibit of bedazzled footwear from the Jane Gershon Weitzman collection. A runway show begins at 7 p.m. and features local designers’ pieces inspired by the collection. See the link for more details.
Big Lick SOUP — Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers — 6 p.m. ($10 suggested donation). It’s really, really hard to explain this big-hearted community micro-grant meal in just one sentence. So jump on over to the group’s Facebook page and read more!
Taste 3, Take 1 Wine Tasting — Barrel Chest Wine & Beer — 12-8 p.m. I always love this chance to taste of flight of three special wines … and take home a bottle of my favorite … all for $20!
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday:
Peter and the Starcatcher — Hollins Theatre — Times Vary. ($10 general admission). Don’t miss this special play — a winner of five Tony Awards — performed by our own Hollins Theatre group. Buy tickets online here.