Town of Fincastle Halloween Trick-or-Treating

The residents of the Town of Fincastle will once again be sponsoring their annual trick-or-treat activities on Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31.

Trick-or-treaters are invited to assemble on the courthouse square at 6 p.m. to participate in the “community candy giveaway” that will take place around 6:30 p.m. (house to house trick-or-treating will start then).

Parents are asked to bring one bag of unopened wrapped candy for each child who plans to participate.  This candy will be collected, and then re-distributed by volunteers at various homes throughout town.


Tizzone charity wine dinner Sunday

Tizzone Woodfire Kitchen and Wine Bar is holding a charity wine dinner Sunday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m. when a portion of proceeds will go to the Carilion Children’s Fund.

The charity wine dinner features the prestigious Elyse Winery of Napa, Calif.

For reservations or more information, call 540-591-9005 or visit


Shakespeare in the Vines bringing ‘The Tempest’ to Va. Mtn. Vineyard

Shakespeare in the Vines, a new troupe of local actors, is performing its second Shakespeare play at Virginia Mountain Vineyards near Fincastle Friday, Nov. 3-Sunday, Nov. 5.

The troupe had what organizer Michael Stetson called “a fantastic response to August’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’”

The November play is Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” and once again, admission is free.
“The Tempest” features Prospera, the exiled Duke of Milan, and her daughter who have been cast away on an island for 12 years when a magical intervention creates a storm bringing those who betrayed her right to their doorstep.

The public is invited laughter and song as they see revenge, romance and revelry all play out in what many consider to be Shakespeare’s last written play.
There are four performances, on Friday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m.
Wine will be available for purchase by the glass or bottle.


Eagle Rock Halloween party

at Fire House

The annual Halloween party will be held on October 31 at the Eagle Rock Firehouse. Hot dogs will be served starting at 5 p.m. Baked goods will also be available. Bingo will start at 7 p.m.

Everyone is welcome. The event is sponsored by the Eagle Rock Fire Department  and Ladies Auxiliary.


Family History Month events at Fincastle Library

The Fincastle Library will host genealogy classes at 3 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Oct. 25 – Genetic Genealogy, presented by Wendy Allen; DAR requirements by Roblyn G. Brand
  • Nov. 1 – A visit to the Botetourt Courthouse and Museum with Tommy Moore and Weldon Martin.
  • Nov. 8 – Holdings at other libraries and paid subscriptions; Virginia Room: Nathan Flinchum; Bedford County Museum, Doug Cooper.

These classes are free, but please register by calling the Fincastle Library, 928-2700, or sign up at the circulation desk.


Classic movie matinee at Fincastle Library

The Fincastle Library will begin showing classic films on the big screen in October.

On the last Monday of each month, at 1:30, a free showing of a timeless classic will be offered.  Light refreshments will also be served.

October’s movie is a horror film from 1931, starring Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Helen Chandler and Dwight Frye.

See the Botetourt County Library’s Facebook page, or call 928-2700 for more details.


Movies at the libraries

Just in time for Halloween, the Botetourt County libraries will show a variety of creepy movies to make you shiver. You may not shiver as much as shake with laughter. Either way, come for treats and lots of family fun.

The schedule: Thursday, Oct. 26-Buchanan at 4:30 (short G rated film) and 5:30 (animated spooky PG rated movie); Monday, Oct. 30-Fincastle (classic 1931 horror film-not rated).

The movies are free and snacks will be provided.

For more information, including movie titles, see the events section on the Botetourt County Libraries’ Facebook page or call the libraries at: 928-2900-Blue Ridge, 928-3005-Buchanan or 928-2700-Fincastle.


Buchanan Dates

To Remember

  • Buchanan Lions Club – Members meet on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in the North Star Restaurant. The next meeting is next Thursday, Oct. 26. For additional information contact Mike Burton at 254-3345.
  • Buchanan Town Improvement Society – Members will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 30 to continue planning for the upcoming holiday activities.
  • Friends of the Buchanan Library – Friends will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. in the Buchanan Library at 19795 Main Street.
  • Buchanan Special Events Committee Meeting – Be part of the planning of upcoming Christmas activities including Festival of Trees, open house, tree lighting, parade and luminaries during the committee’s next planning meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall.

Cookbooks for sale at Eagle Rock Library

Cookbooks, sponsored by Friends of the Eagle Rock Library, are now available. “Hometown Favorites” are $10 and may be obtained at the library.


Vendors wanted for Eagle Rock Craft Fair

Friends of the Eagle Rock Library is seeking vendors for a Craft Fair that will be held at the library Saturday, Nov. 18. Vendor spots are $10. To reserve a spot or for more information, call 928-2800.


Blue Ridge Library Book Sale Friday & Saturday

Friends of the Blue Ridge Library will have a book sale at the library on Friday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The sale will offer a wide variety of both hardcover and paperback books. Most hardcover books are priced at $1 each and most paperback books are priced at 50 cents each.

Proceeds from the sale are used by the Friends to purchase items that the library needs.   The Friends help to fund the annual Summer Reading Program, purchase furniture and equipment and also purchase promotional items.

Blue Ridge Library is located at 28 Avery Row, Roanoke, about a half-mile mile east of the Bonsack Walmart. For directions, call the library at 928-2900.


Fincastle Library’s Jingle Bell Jamboree

The Fincastle Friends of the Library are seeking vendors for their first annual Jingle Bell Jamboree.

The Jamboree will feature local artists and craftsman displaying and selling their works.  The event takes place on Friday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m.-5p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 2 from 9-1.  Setup will be Thursday, Nov. 30 from 5-9 p.m. in the library’s meeting room.

A donation of $10is requested for a 5’x6’ space with a table. The sale benefits the library’s children’s programs, including the Summer Reading Program.

Space is limited so reserve today by calling the library at 928.2700.


Va. Gentlemen annual show Nov. 4

The Virginia Gentlemen, Roanoke’s premiere a cappella chorus, invites residents and visitors to its 48th annual show at the Northside High School Auditorium on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 2:30 p.m.

The performance, “Then & Now…Now & Then…A Story in Barbershop Harmony,” features guest performers Route 1, the 2016 Mid-Atlantic District Quartet Champion and the Virginia Gentlemen.  Route 1 is an a cappella quartet with members from Laurel, Md., Northeast Philly, Hershey, and Etters, Pa. Their musical influences include Frank Sinatra, The Eagles, The Beatles, The Four Freshmen, and The Temptations.  Visit the website at to learn more.

Ticket prices for the November 4 show are $10 per person and may be purchased at the door or from a member of the Virginia Gentlemen.  For ticket information, call 540-798-4136 or visit

Sponsors of this year’s show include Friendship Foundation, Oakey’s, The Glebe, Thrivent Financial and Merrill Lynch.


Fincastle Library Craft Class

Adults are invited to the Fincastle Library for a free fall make-and-take craft on Friday, Nov. 17. The class will be taught by Branch Librarian Rhonda Bandy from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.


Program on ‘Grains’ at Buchanan Library

Master Food Volunteer Becky Allen will present a program on “Grains” at the Buchanan Library at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 9. She will discuss the importance of whole grains in the daily diet and the part that they play in the My Plate food chart. Becky will also be preparing  easy, quick recipes using whole grains for everyone to sample. The “Grains” program is sponsored by the Friends of the Buchanan Library. The Master Food Volunteer programs are free and everyone is invited.  The Buchanan Library is located at 19795 Main Sreet, 928-3005.


YMCA Breakfast with Santa Dec. 2 at Greenfield

The Botetourt Family YMCA is hosting Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 8-10 a.m. at the Greenfield Education and Training Center.

Families are invited to come to this special holiday celebration. The event will include a continental-style breakfast, two keepsake photos from photographer Kevin Hurley and a visit from Santa Claus.

The cost is $25 for adults and $12.50 for children. All proceeds from the event will directly benefit the Botetourt Family YMCA.

To purchase tickets contact Dale Parris at or 540-527-9622, Ext. 3112.