Fincastle Library events for Frolic

The public is invited to the Fincastle Library during the Fincastle Frolic on August 11 for a meet and greet with new Branch Librarian Rhonda Bandy.

Local authors Rhonda McDonald, Bruce Ingram and Dewy Plasters will be present with their new books.

Thomas Hearn will have entertainment and door prizes. Paul Lee will DJ with an opportunity for open mic.

Rena Worthen will give a Genealogy Room tour at 7 and 8.

Refreshments will be served.


County Chorus beginning rehearsals

The Botetourt County Chorus will begin rehearsals for the fall concert on August 7 at 7 p.m. at Mill Creek Baptist Church, 11475  Lee Highway, Fincastle.  The Halloween Concert will be performed on Saturday, October 21, at 6 p.m.  and will directed by Stephen Harris and accompanied by Lillian Cook.

New, former and current members are always welcome. For more information, call Faye at 798-8142.


Buchanan Dates To Remember

  • Buchanan Special Events Committee Meeting – Join in the planning of community events like the upcoming Mountain Magic In Fall Festival and Twilight In Buchanan Christmas activities. Held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the meeting room of the Buchanan Town Hall.
  • Botetourt County Fair – Celebrate Botetourt’s rural roots during Botetourt County’s annual Botetourt County Fair beginning on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 11-12 on the Buchanan Town Park in downtown Buchanan. Activities include a draft horse pull, livestock show and auction, homemaking contest and more. For additional information, call the Botetourt County Extension Office at 473-8260 or visit the Botetourt County Fair website at
  • Second Sunday Dinner – Enjoy dining in the historic Wilson Warehouse/Community House on the second Sunday of each month. The next dinner is Sunday, Aug. 13 from 12 noon-2 p.m. The meal will feature homecooked food. Dine-in and carry-out are available. Meals are $10 each. For additional information, call 597-2399. Proceeds from the meal help to maintain Buchanan’s best-known Antebellum structure, the historic Wilson Warehouse.
  • An Evening In Buchanan is Friday, Aug. 18 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Buchanan invites the public to appreciate the simpler things in life, good friends, good food and good times during “An Evening In Buchanan” Third Fridays Block Party & Cruise In. The evening includes a free concert featuring Hoppy Vaughn & The Ministers of Soul, a beer garden, kids’ activities, carriage rides, antique auto cruise in and more. Take part in the Community Market that evening by calling -254-1212, Ext. 4 for details.
  • Buchanan Tri – Run, Ride & River Race – Experience the James River as you’ve never seen it before as you run, ride and paddle your way through this multi-sport adventure in Botetourt County on Saturday, Sept. 9. The run portion of the race is approximately 2 miles from start to finish on the Buchanan Town Park, then bike through the countryside approximately 14 miles to the Springwood boat launch where you will begin the final 5-mile journey of the race paddling the James River back to the Buchanan Town Park finish line. For additional information
  • Pork by the James Seriously Smoking Barbecue Competition – Buchanan’s Pork by the James Seriously Smokin’ Barbeque Competition is the evening of the Buchanan Tri, Saturday, Sept. 9 from 5-9 p.m. on the Town Park. Visitors are invited to enjoy the barbecue competition that will also feature the Amateur Barbeque Cook Off where you get to cast your vote for the “People’s Choice Award.” There will be a beer garden and a live performance by Groova Scape. To enter the barbecue competition, contact the Buchanan Town Hall at 254-1212, Ext. 4 or check the town website at


Mysteries of Soil at Buchanan Library Aug. 3

Mountain Castles Soil and Water Conservation District and Valley Conservation Council will offer a program for all ages, including adults, at the Buchanan Library at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 3.

The program is a celebration of the amazing properties of soil, “the living skin of the earth.” Participants will explore why soil is essential to life on the planet through a series of hands-on activities. Information about the 2017 poster contest, “Healthy Soil Is Full of Life” will also be available. Tim Miller, education specialist for Mountain Castles SWCD, says that after the program, “You’ll never again think of soil as ‘just dirt.’ But come prepared to get a little messy.”

“Mysteries of Soil” is co-sponsored by Mountain Castles SWCD and Valley Conservation Council.  For more information, contact Tim Miller at or 797-0217.  Information about the sponsoring organizations can be found at and


‘Sundaes on Sunday’ at Eagle Rock

The Eagle Rock Fire and Rescue Department is having “Sundaes on Sunday” again this summer. The remaining dates are August 13 and September 10 from 3-6 p.m. Twelve toppings, whipped cream and cherries will be available. The members will also be serving hot fudge brownies and banana splits. The first scoop for sundaes is $2, and additional scoops are $1; hot fudge brownies are $5 and banana splits, $6.


Backyard Botetourt returns Aug. 14

Mountain Castles Soil and Water Conservation District and Valley Conservation Council will resume their monthly “Backyard Botetourt” workshop series, starting Monday, Aug. 14 at the Fincastle Library at 7 p.m.

The topic for August is “Family Gardening: Parents & Children Growing Together” presented by Debbie Ray of the Roanoke Valley Master Gardeners.  Designed with “beginning” gardeners in mind, this session will provide participants with the basics for growing vegetables, flowers, and herbs as a family activity. Ray will also share ideas for garden-related crafts, art projects, and how to incorporate play space into the garden.  She will focus on plants suitable for late in the growing season as well as how to use the cooler months to prepare for next year’s garden.

Co-sponsored by Mountain Castles SWCD and Valley Conservation Council, the Backyard Botetourt series is intended to increase public awareness, understanding, and appreciation of local natural resources and conservation topics. Fall meetings will be held September through November on the fourth Monday of the month at the Fincastle Library.

For more information, contact Tim Miller at or 797-0217.  Information about the sponsoring organizations can be found at and