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Get Outside Weekend Update -- 3/27-29

Festivals, Events, & Outings

Thursday, March 26

Friday, March 27

Saturday, March 28

Sunday, March 29

Monday, March 30

Tuesday, March 31

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Pete's Pick: Oysters, Bikes, & Beer

parkway brewing oysterfest picAre you down with OBB?

This weekend is all about three things: oysters, bikes, and beer. Usher in spring and support your local breweries and trails at two unique events going down in the Roanoke Region.

The first is on Saturday, March 28 when Parkway Brewing Company will host its Second Annual Oyster Roast at their Salem brewery. From 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. Bruno’s Gastro Truck and Rappahannock River Oysters will team up to bring you oysters and other fare.

There will also be live music from Blue Mule, Tara Mills Music, and The Hackensaw Boys. Free parking just up the road from the brewery, so you can stroll down on the greenway or grab a free shuttle.

Find out more and purchase tickets >>>

Then, on Sunday, March 29, head over to Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers to catch the Bluegrass, Bikes, and Beer Tour featuring Travis Book. Book is most known as the bass player in the newgrass group The Infamous Stringdusters, but is also an accomplished solo artist. Travis will be doing a solo show at 4:00 p.m.

Not only that, he is an avid mountain biker and racer and will be leading a group ride from Soaring Ridge at noon the same day. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Roanoke Chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA).

You could not ask for two cooler events happening this weekend at our local craft breweries, and this is just another example of how the outdoors and craft beer go hand in hand, and help each other.

So get out, enjoy some oysters, bikes, and beer this weekend!

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Volunteers Needed for Blue Ridge Marathon

blue ridge marathon volunteer imageThe shirt says it all, “You Run Mountains, And I Help.”  

The Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon, Half Marathon, and Anthem Star 10K attract runners from over 40 states and five countries. For most this is their first visit to our community and it takes more than 475 volunteers to roll out the welcome mat and ensure they have an incredible experience

We hope that you will join us April 18, 2015 as a volunteer, and join the army of citizens who contribute to “America’s Toughest Road Marathon”.  For runners and visitors it’s the volunteers that help ensure a safe, and fun, event.  Runners are surveyed after every race and every year we hear the same thing – the volunteer support is incredible. 

The runners love interacting with volunteers at the start, finish, and all along the course. So gather your family members, rally your co-workers, enlist your book club, tailgate with your neighbors, and register to help ensure 2015 is the best year ever.

Here are a few of the available volunteer positions for both Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18:

  • Aid Stations – help distribute water & energy drinks
  • Course Marshals – sit at key intersections along the route and tell the runners “where to go”
  • Hospitality – taking care of the runners at the finish line
  • Green Team – make sure we leave the course cleaner than we found it
  • Floaters – for those of you that thrive on last minute problem solving

Most of our volunteers are repeat volunteers, because they have that much fun with the event.  So grab a few friends and sign up to volunteer at www.blueridgemarathon.com/volunteers.

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Roanoke's Newest Outfitter Grand Opening

Roanoke Mountain AdventuresRoanoke’s newest outfitter is set for their grand opening this weekend on the Greenway!

Roanoke Mountain Adventures (RMA) will open on April 1 at their temporary location in the River House at 806 Wasena Ave. They will set up shop in The River House until they move to their permanent location just across the street in Wasena Station.

Roanoke Mountain Adventures is the brainchild of Jim and James Revercomb and is designed to give outdoor enthusiasts in Roanoke an easy route to access recreational activities in the area.

RMA will offer guided and self-guided outdoor adventures on both land and water including mountain biking, road cycling, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, and more. The will also provide shuttles and rentals, including tubes for the nearby Roanoke River.

Help support Roanoke’s outdoor culture and industry and book a trip with Roanoke Mountain Adventures.

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Get Buzzing with Beekeeping Workshop

beekeeping-workshop-imageBees get a bad rap. With the power of the sting, they punch way above their weight when it comes to their perceived threat to humans, sending many a picnicker into bouts of panicked arm flailing and running for the nearest pond.

Yes, a bee sting can hurt, but as your mother always said, “They are more afraid of you than you are of them.” Plus, the absence of bees would have a far more devastating effect on the future of the human race than too many bees (learn more about why bees are dying and what it means to you).

Also, honey! Yum.

If you have ever been interested in beekeeping, there will be a beginning beekeepers workshop at the Virginia Tech Catawba Sustainability Center on Saturday, March 28 from 9:00 to 5:00.

The workshop will provide a strong foundation of beekeeping knowledge through class instruction and field demonstrations.

Topics will include:

  • History of the Hive and Honeybee
  • Honey Bee Biology
  • Necessary Equipment
  • Honeybee Pests and Diseases
  • Laws and Regulations
  • African Honeybees
  • Pollen and Nectar Sources
  • Harvesting Your Honey

Find out what all the buzz is about, and get started with your new hobby.

Update - join the local bee Facebook page The Buzz for more information on bees.

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Get Outside Weekend Update -- 3/20-22

Festivals, Events, & Outings

Thursday, March 19

Friday, March 20

Saturday, March 21

Sunday, March 22

Monday, March 23

Tuesday, March 24

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Pete's Pick: It's Big Wheel Time

At last year’s GO Fest we introduced Roanoke to the High Roller adult big wheels. I hadn’t had that much fun in a long time . . . and I’m no stranger to fun.

Last week Roanoke Parks and Recreation posted a video and ideas for a big wheel outing that I just had to share.

  1. Wake up, put some pants on.
  2. Study your route (you may want to print the map).
  3. Head to UnderDog Bikes and rent a big wheel for $10/hour (40% of rental fee goes toward the funding of future parks and recreation programs). Reservations are highly recommended as there are only four big wheels.
  4. Big Wheel Cruising Map of Roanoke VAPractice power skids in parking lot (a must have skill).
  5. Ride to Sweet Donkey Coffee House for some fuel (perhaps a double espresso).
  6. Ride to Wasena City Tap Room for lunch and/or beverage
  7. Walk next door for a climbing session at River Rock Climbing Gym.
  8. Continue to Black Dog Salvage - as seen on HGTV Salvage Dawgs show - for some exploration.
  9. Ride back to Sweet Donkey and check out their beer garden. If you happen to score the big wheels on March 21 power skid on over to Forkapalooza at Fork in the Alley.
  10. Return your big wheel to Underdog and give Chris a huge high five.
  11. Walk next door to HITS Frozen Treats for some homemade ice cream (opening for the season April 6).
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Trade Up, or Down, at Bike Swap

roanoke-va-eastcoasters-bike-swapWe have an incredible cycling community here in Roanoke. You can see it on the streets, on the trails, and on the greenways; bikes are everywhere.

One of the perks of having such a strong riding community is that there is a near-constant stream of used gear available to pick up on the cheap. East Coasters Bike Shop is trying to streamline the process with their Bicycle Swap Meet.

The swap meet will take place on Sunday, March 22 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. at East Coasters’ Brambleton Avenue location.

The concept is simple, if you have used gear you want to sell, bring it to East Coasters, tell them how much you want for it, and they’ll do the rest. If you are looking to purchase a bike or parts, just show up at the swap and throw down some cash.

Sellers have a couple of options on how to receive payment: either take 100% of the sale in a East Coasters gift card, or take 75% of the sale in the form of a check through the mail.

Either way, the swap meet will be a great way to pick up some gear on the cheap or get ahead on that gear shed spring cleaning. Just make sure you don’t buy more than you sell!

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Ride with Travis Book of the Infamous Stringdusters

bluegrass-beer-bikes-roanoke-soaring-ridge

Most know Travis Book as the bass player for the new-grass band The Infamous Stringdusters, but he is much more than that.

Book is also an accomplished solo acoustic artist and an avid mountain biker. This spring Book is going on a solo mini-tour of the Appalachians to combine his favorite pastimes: playing music and shredding singletrack.

Each tour stop will be at a local brewery and includes a group mountain bike ride in the afternoon before the show. The Bluegrass, Beer & Bikes tour includes stops in Virginia and North Carolina.

Book will be coming through Roanoke on Sunday, March 29, to perform at Soaring Ridge Craft Brewery at 4 p.m. There will be a group ride leaving from the brewery at noon.

Proceeds will benefit the Roanoke Chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (RIMBA). They're the ones building lots of trails..so go drink some beer to support them.

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Climb the Spring Summits

The Blue Ridge Bicycle Club wants to help you get back in the saddle this spring and riding your bike.

Bent_mtn-climb-roanoke-vaThe club’s Spring Summits Challenge is you against the mountains, and against your friends. They have chosen 10 classic summits to ride (ranging from Bent Mountain to Mill Mountain) between March 20 and June 21. Document the ride with a selfie at the top, and then submit your photo to springsummits.com. The website will be updated each week with everyone’s progress.

If you climb all 10 during the time frame, you’ll receive an exclusive Spring Summits 2015 finisher’s shirt – “And not some cheesy shirt, a nice one.”

A King of the Mountain and a Queen of the Mountain will also be awarded to the participants who complete the 10 summits in the shortest amount of contiguous calendar days.

You must be a member of the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club to participate, so join now...it's only $20/year.

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