David Austin & Friends Christmas Music Dec. 1 & 2

This holiday season, “David Austin & Friends” will present a service of  “Lessons and Carols” at two area churches. The music will include original songs written by Austin, as well as traditional carols. The musical service includes readings, prayers, and congregational singing.

The dates and venues are:

  • Saturday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m. at Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church, 707 East Washington Avenue in Vinton.
  • Sunday, Dec. 2, 4 pm at Trinity United Methodist Church, 19637 Main Street in Buchanan.

The “Friends” band includes: Heather Morrow, Lee Dunbar, Leslie Dunbar, John Stump, Tommy Coburn, Curt Baker, David Austin, Marty Crow, Andrew Coburn, Keith Wood, and Hannah Austin. The readers for the services are Greg Spickard and Ellyson Spickard.

Admission is free; a love offering will be received. For more information visit www.davidaustinmusic.com or call 540-254-2696.


Buchanan Dates to Remember

  • The Buchanan Town Improvement Society is holding a spaghetti dinner in the historic Wilson Warehouse/Community House this Friday, Nov. 30 from 5-7 p.m. The evening’s menu consists of fresh green salad, spaghetti with homemade sauce, garlic bread and homemade dessert for $10. Dine in and carry out will be available.


  • Solomon’s Mission Christmas Bazaar Saturday, Dec. 1, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., 592 Lowe Street. Breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase. Be sure to let the kids check out the special Kid’s Shopping Corner with affordable gifts. There will be handmade crafts, vendors, a gift wrap station, a bake sale and lots of great fun and fellowship. Come early for best selection. Free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus by Picture This Promotions. For more information contact Pam at 460 3207.
  • Buchanan Festival of Trees – Experience Christmas as it can only be seen through the eyes of a child during this year’s Festival of Trees on display in the Buchanan Library on Main Street through New Year’s. Teacher Sarah Boblett worked with students to make ornaments that decorate the trees in the Buchanan Library and encourage you to drop in to discover the creative talents of the area youth.
  • Polar Express movie Saturday, Dec. 8 – The whole family is invited to see the holiday classic “Polar Express” in the Buchanan Theatre beginning at 1 p.m. Admission is $5 with proceeds benefiting the Buchanan Backpack Buddy Program which provides food for students in need. The day’s activities are being hosted by the Buchanan Town Improvement Society.
  • Buchanan Christmas Parade – Share in an “Old-Fashioned Christmas” with family and friends during Buchanan’s Annual Christmas Parade Saturday, Dec. 8 on Main Street starting at 4 p.m. This year’s parade features the Botetourt County Sheriff’s Department acting as Color Guard, marching bands from James River High School and Lord Botetourt, marching units and floats as well as antique autos, clowns, horses and honored guest, Old St. Nick. Main Street will close at 3 p.m. for line up with the parade beginning at 4 p.m. To be a participant in this year’s parade, call the Town Hall at 254-1212.
  • Fingerprint Jewelry in Botetourt – Gallery By the James is hosting a show featuring Patina Creek Silver on Sunday, Dec. 9 from 2-5 p.m. Patina Creek Silver specializes in sterling silver jewelry that has been personalized with the names, fingerprints and birthstones. Each piece is custom designed with the help of the client and handcrafted by precious metals artist Anna Metheny.
  • Volunteers are needed for Christmas Eve Luminaries – Buchanan is looking for volunteers to help with this year’s Christmas Eve Luminary display. Two shifts of volunteers are needed to help on this project. The first shift of volunteers will gather at the side of the Carson Memorial Building on Monday, Dec. 24 at 3 p.m. to place luminaries along Main Street. The second shift will meet in front of Town Hall at 6 p.m. to receive lighters and candles, then will disperse to light luminaries along Main Street. Make it a family and friends event. If you are available to help, call the Buchanan Downtown Revitalization Program at 254-1212, Ext. 4 to sign up.
  • Epiphany Tree Burning, Thursday, Jan. 6 – Area residents and visitors will gather on the Buchanan Town Park on Lowe Street to enjoy carols and light refreshments on Twelfth Night, culminating in a bon fire made from the town’s Christmas tree and dozens of family Christmas trees. The fun begins at 7 p.m.


Fincastle Library’s Jingle Bell Jamboree

The Fincastle Friends of the Library will sponsor an arts and crafts fair to provide a unique opportunity to shop and support the library.

The second annual Jingle Bell Jamboree will feature local artists and craftsmen displaying and selling their works. Some of the items offered will include fine art, pottery, wreaths, Scandinavian trolls, jewelry, handmade wood products, soaps, scents, quilts, cards, ornaments, food, felted items and books by a local writer. The Friends of the Library will have items for sale as well. Proceeds from the library’s sales will benefit the library’s children’s programs, including the Summer Reading Program.

The event takes place on Friday, Nov. 30 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Admission is free. For more information call the library at 928-2700.


November book club at the Eagle Rock Library

The Eclectic Readers Book Club will be reading “Everything I Never Told You” by Celeste Ng and will meet on Thursday, Nov. 28 at 11 a.m. for discussion.


Buchanan Library yard sale

The Friends of the Buchanan Library will be holding a “Basement Yard Sale” in the basement of the Buchanan Library on Saturday, Dec. 1, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Hundreds of items, including household, crafts, Christmas and holiday decorations, and other miscellaneous items will be for sale. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Buchanan Library. At the same time, Solomon’s Closet will be holding its Christmas Bazaar from 8 a.m.-2 p.m..  Plan on visiting both sales and stock up on items for your home or the holidays and support both organizations, the Buchanan Library and Solomon’s Closet. Use the Lowe Street entrance for both sales. The Buchanan Library is located at 19795 Main Street, 928-3005.


Christmas craft classes at the libraries

The Blue Ridge, Buchanan, and Fincastle libraries will offer free afternoon craft classes in December to make a festive paper wreath.

The classes are for all ages, although young children will need help from an adult. All materials will be provided.

Class schedules are: Monday, Dec. 3 at 4 p.m., Blue Ridge; Thursday, Dec. 6 at 4, Fincastle; and Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 4:30, Buchanan.

For more information, see the Botetourt County Libraries Facebook page or call the libraries at 928-2900 (Blue Ridge), 928-3005 (Buchanan) or 928-2700 (Fincastle).