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49 Winchester meets with fans on 25 November; a Bristol concert in April

Fans of Russell County-based band 49 Winchester have two opportunities to see the group up close in Bristol.

The band will be in attendance at the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Black Friday Holiday Hangout event on November 25, where fans can pose for “crazy Christmas photos” with members of 49 Winchester, one of Southwest Virginia’s most popular rising Americana acts. The event will take place on November 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST at the Special Exhibits Gallery at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum.

The Holiday Hangout, featuring members of 49 Winchester, takes place at the museum’s Special Exhibits Gallery, where visitors are encouraged to don their flashiest holiday attire and pose for a complimentary Christmas photo with the band amidst a mid-century mod set curated by Cherry Bombarded Beauty of Bristol. Participants can use their own cameras or take photos with their cell phones; A photographer will also be on hand to take digital pictures.

The band will perform live at the Paramount Bristol on April 1, 2023 at 7:30pm EST, 49 Winchester has announced. Tickets for the show go public on Friday 18th November 2022. Tickets can be purchased at the Paramount box office and online at

For more on 49 Winchester, see our previous story on the band’s rise.

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Woods Brothers play in Rocky Mount

The Woods brothers. Photo by Alysse Gafkjen.

The Woods Brothers have expanded their 2023 touring schedule with the announcement of 20 additional late winter and spring shows. The data will cover a wide spectrum including a stop at the Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount on Thursday 9th March.

The Wood Brothers’ 2023 tour plans, including a previously announced West Coast leg in February, will support a new studio album due out in the spring. The collection’s title, Heart Is The Hero, has just been revealed, while a first single, release date and pre-order announcement are planned for February 2023.

Tickets start at $45 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday

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Joshua and Heather Wright are working toward an opening for Wright Way Repair, LLC, in Clinchco, early 2023. Wright Way Repair, LLC was recently awarded a VCEDA Seed Capital Matching Grant. Courtesy of VCEDA.

VCEDA awards grants to Dickenson County Auto Repair Company

The Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority has awarded a $10,000 Seed Capital Matching Grant to Clinchco’s Wright Way Repair, LLC.

The company is owned by Heather and Joshua Wright.

“As per its business plan, Wright Way Repair, LLC will provide automotive repair services in Dickenson County primarily serving residents in Clinchco, Haysi and Clintwood and travelers in the area,” said Jonathan Belcher, VCEDA executive director/general counsel in a statement. “The new company envisages three full-time employees within five years.”

A building at 141 Road Branch in Clinchco was purchased and is being renovated to house the new store and also to offer storage space for rent.

The Wrights worked with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Mountain Empire Community College (MECC) to develop their application for VCEDA and received a letter of support from the Dickenson County Industrial Development Authority.

About the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority’s Seed Capital Matching Grant Fund: Profitable VCEDA region companies up to one year and fewer than 10 full-time employees are eligible to receive up to $10,000 in dollar-for-dollar matching grants from the VCEDA Seed to apply for Capital Matching Fund. Applicants work with the Mountain Empire and Southwest Virginia community college Small Business Development Centers to prepare applications for VCEDA, which include detailed business and financial plans. Businesses must be located or plan to be located in the VCEDA region of southwest Virginia, which includes Buchanan, Dickenson, Lee, Russell, Scott, Tazewell and Wise counties and the city of Norton.

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Finley joins the Board of Directors of Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia

Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia has added Christopher Finley as their newest board member. Finley is currently Senior Director, Marketing Communications, for the LewisGale Regional Health System. Finley is also an Adjunct Instructor at Radford University’s School of Communications. He also brings experience in finding and securing community support from his previous role as Executive Director of the Smith Mountain Lake Chamber of Commerce.

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Damascus schedules holiday events

The city of Damascus has established the following holiday events:

11/26 – Tree Lighting Ceremony at Laurel Creek Park – Start of tree sale at 12pm, Santa 1pm – 4pm, live music by Calvary’s Chosen 5pm – 7pm, tree lighting at 6pm. 25-foot community tree donated by Doe Valley Farm.

November 26th to December 3rd – Christmas Tree Sale and Holiday Vendors at Laurel Creek Park through December 2nd or sold out; Sale of Frasier fir to benefit the Damascus Volunteer Fire Department; open weekdays 12pm-7pm and Saturdays 10am-7pm. Trees for sale by Wolverton Mountain Fraser Firs. Tree retail prices: 4′-5′ – $50, 5′-6′ – $60, 6′-7′ – $70, 7′-8′ – $80, 8′-9′ – $90.

2. December – First Fridays with shops in Damascus, extended opening hours and holiday offers from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

2. December – Christmas Parade at 7pm in downtown Damascus; led by the Clydesdale team at Bart Long & Associates Realty and Auction, LLC; with a parade float contest and the Damascus Loves Dogs Holiday Costume contest; Santa Claus in the fire hall after the parade.

2nd-4th December – Shop til you drop at Trail Town Event Center – Christmas market with local vendors and live music, open Friday 2-9, Saturday 12-8 and Sunday 12-6.

3rd of December – Chestnut Roast at Damascus Trail Center 5-7pm hosted by the American Chestnut Foundation – Roast chestnuts on an open fire and learn about the history of the American chestnut.

December 7th – Gnomes for the Holidays at the Damascus Library at 4:00 p.m. – Make your own Christmas Gnome; All craft supplies will be provided.

December 16th – Trail Town Twirl Contra Dance in the Rock School Auditorium from 8pm to 11pm, beginner lesson before at 7pm; Dance by Warren Doyle, live music by Bob Kogut & Friends.

December 17th – Dulcimer Concert at Damascus Library at 3:00 pm – Come and enjoy a dulcimer concert with Tammy Martin and her friends. refreshments provided.

21st December – Gift wrapping session at Damascus Library 4-6pm – Come and wrap your Christmas gifts! Material is provided or you bring your own. Expert packing assistance available.

January 1st – Day 1 Hike at Virginia State Parks – Find a ranger-led hike or choose your own adventure at nearby Grayson Highlands State Park or Hungry Mother State Park. Enjoy Free Parking in State Parks on January 1st.

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