Want to learn how to brew your own beer?

22688317_1723377477735991_2649243375530334789_nA few years ago, I was at a friend’s house and his friend handed me a beer without a label on it. I looked at him confused, “What is this?” I asked. He explained to my husband and I that he had homebrewed his own amber beer. I sipped on it and it was the freshest and crispest beer I have ever had in my life. I was thinking, wow! It had never occurred to me that people actually brew their own beer at home. Isn’t that something that only people during prohibition did? Nope, it turns out, a lot of the brewery owners that are opening up microbreweries all across the country started out at home brewing their own beer.

I’ve never homebrewed, but that’s why an event press release caught my attention. Southern Hills Homebrew Supply is hosting their very own homebrew day event this weekend on Saturday, November 4.

The business says home brewing is easy and fun, that’s why they are partnering up with the Star City Brewers Guild to host an American Homebrewers Association (AHA) Learn to Homebrew Day event.

It is free (something I always like to hear) and Learn to Homebrew Day is an international event held every year on the first Saturday of November, according to their press release.

“Since 1999, thousands of homebrewers have gathered each year to teach friends and family the basics of the home brewing hobby.” -Southern Hills Homebrew Supply

If you are interested stop by anytime from 11 AM to 4 PM on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at their location: 5342 Franklin Rd SW Roanoke, VA 24014.

There will be free beer tastings, home brewing demonstrations, presentations by professional brewers, a recipe kit fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Southwest Virginia, and more! Proceeds from the sales of these kits from now through Learn to Homebrew Day are donated to our local CMHN hospital and remain local.

What’s better? You can even stick around to hear talks and Q&A sessions from the following local brewers:

  • Kevin Campbell, Head Brewer at Olde Salem Brewing Company
  • Caleb A Williamson, Owner and Head Brewer at Hammer & Forge Brewing
  • Company Ballast Point: Virginia Deschutes Brewery Duane Palmer
  • Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers Martin Keck
  • Owner and Brewer at Barrel Chest Wine And Beer

“Homebrewing is a lifelong hobby that inspires creativity, comradery and community,” said Gary Glass, director, American Homebrewers Association.

“These qualities are on full display during AHA Learn to Homebrew Day, as veteran and rookie homebrewers come together to educate and celebrate.”

I am definitely intrigued by this event. Who knows maybe I’ll go and fast forward 5 years and will opening my very own brewery. The possibilities are endless.

Click here for the Facebook event page.

 

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Yoga Fest in Blacksburg

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Courtesy: In Balance Yoga FB page

Yoga to me means feeling good, mentally and physically. So whether you are new to yoga or an experienced yogi, what sounds better than a festival all about feeling good? In Balance Yoga is offering more than 25 free community yoga classes this weekend offered every hour and half hour from 10:00 am until 5:30pm (weekend of 11/3 – 11/5) for their first ever Free Kunga Yoga Festival and Fundraiser.

100% of all donations this weekend go to Homes of Hope Orphanage in India. What’s better than doing yoga? Doing it all for a good cause.

According to organizers, for every $100 raised a comfortable bed and mattress, and some colorful sheets will be purchased for the 9th Homes of Hope Orphanage in India located in Dimapur.

Here are some more perks to the festival:

Vegan Chili Cook Off
Raffles and Giveaways
Live Music
25% off all retail Friday – Sunday
New Member Specials – One Month for $30 for New Students
Special Pricing for our Current Family
Community Building

Newcomer Specials 11/3 – 11/5
Special #1 for New Students:
Kunga Yoga Fest Special – Newcomers One Month Unlimited $30 ($1 a day)
$10 in Yoga Bucks

Special #2 for New Students:
4 Classes for $20

Special #3 for Current Students:
New Monthly Auto – Debit Member: $90
Save $50 on your first month
$25 in Yoga Bucks

**Tentative Schedule – all classes Donation Based:
Fri., 11/3
7:30 – 8:30 pm Glow-ga (Glow-In-the-Dark Yoga)
7:30 – 8:30 pm Candle Renew & Restore
8:30 pm Kombucha Kunga Kick – Off

Sat., 11/4
10:00 – 11:00 am Basic Flow
10:30 – 11:30 am Kunga Hot Flow – Mix
11:30 – 12:30 pm Power Flow + Weights
12:00 – 1:00 pm Kunga Restorative Class
12:30 – 1:30 pm Vegan Chili Cook Off Judging
1:00 – 2:00 pm Flow
1:30 -2:30 pm Warm Flow
2:30 – 3:30 pm Flow
3:00 – 4:00 pm Yoga Basics
4:00 – 5:00 pm Aerial
4:30 – 5:30 pm Hot Flow – Set for Beginners
5:30 – 6:30 pm Restorative Aerial
5:45 – 6:35 pm Meditation

Sun., 11/5
10:30 – 11:30 am Hot Flow – Set for Beginners
11:00 – 12:00 pm Basic Flow
11:00 am KUNGA 2 Mile Fun Run
12:00 – 1:00 Yin – Kunga Deep Stretch
12:30 – 1:30 Broga (Yoga for Dudes)
1:30 – 2:30 pm Kunga Warm Flow
2:00 – 3:00 pm Barre + Pilates Combo
3:00 – 4:00 pm Flow with Live Music
4:00 – 4:50 pm Itsy Bitsy Yoga
4:30 – 5:30 pm Hot Flow – Mix
5:00 Kirtan + Create Your Own Prayer Flag

Here is more info from organizers:

“The dedication from yoga practitioners in the surrounding area has helped our studio grow and move into our expansion, and IBY can’t wait to give back to the community! Those who are new to yoga can try it commitment-free, and those who practice regularly can try a different style at no extra cost. In addition to free yoga classes, we will also feature raffles, giveaways, specials, 25% off on all retail, vegan cook-off and more.

Donating to Charity: This event is a fundraiser for Homes of Hope Orphanage in India. Donations will be accepted during Free Yoga Day, and anyone wishing to donate who cannot make it to this event may call IBY at (540) 961- 1030.”

Click here for the event’s FB page.

Need a psychic reading? The Festival of Light has got you covered!

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Courtesy: Festival of Light

If you are into holistic health and are one to believe in psychics and mediums (or just think they are fun) then we have a fun and unique event for you the weekend of November 4-5 .

The “Festival of Light” is a two-day event near Lynchburg (only about an hour drive from Roanoke), that is a one-stop shop for massages, acupuncture, and other healing techniques as well as a chance sit down and connect with a psychic or medium.

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Courtesy: Festival of Light

Organizers say they will even have animal psychics to read your pets, living or passed on. I’m not sure how much I believe in that, but it sounds like fun. The only catch is you can’t bring your animal, you can only bring a picture of your furry friend into the building.

Be sure to bring some extra cash, because the event will also feature food and vendors that will be selling jewelry, natural products, gemstones, crystals, and clothes.

According to the Festival of Light website, there will be 40-minute lectures both days “on a variety of enlightening & interesting topics.” You can learn more about the lecture topics here.
The topics range from the paranormal to enlightenment and learning more about angels.

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Forest Recreation Center
1088 Rustic Village Road
Forest Va. 24551

Dates:
Saturday: November 4th 10:00-5:00
Sunday: November 5th 11:00-5:00.

Admission:
$5.00 Ages 12 and under free!

Contact Information:
Visit the website
Or follow them on Facebook.

Or call: 434-941-1280

13 movies to watch on Friday the 13th

I love Halloween! Seriously, every single aspect of the season. I like the cooler weather, the colors, the pumpkins, the decorations, and especially being scared!

In my humble opinion, there isn’t anything better than turning off the lights, lighting some candles, and watching scary movies or ghost shows in the dark.

So if I had the whole day off, here’s a list of movies I’d watch to celebrate this October Friday the 13th!

1. Halloween (1978)

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I love all of these movies, but I feel like the original can’t be beat. This slasher movie features a big, bad man named Michael Myers. At the age of six, he murders his older sister in, of all things, a clown costume. From there, it all goes downhill for the town of Haddonfield, Illinois as they try to stop his reign of terror.

2. Insidious (2010)

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Y’all, this movie. Every single time I watch it, I’m afraid to go to sleep for at least 3 nights. This movie travels down the rabbit hole a bit. It basically revolves around out of body experiences while you sleep. A young boy falls into a coma out of nowhere, and won’t wake up. Then it’s daddy to the rescue in this world somewhere between dead and alive. He has to be careful, though, because if the dead people find out he’s alive, they’ll take his body from him!

3. The Shining (1980)

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A freaking classic. I’ve seen this movie a bajillion times, and I still love watching. It’s a Stephen King book made into a movie about an author. Jack Torrance takes his family to an empty hotel for some peace and quiet so he can write his next hit book. It’s not long before some really crazy things start happening. You know, like some scary twin girls on tricycles and imaginary friends that scream “Red Rum!” What could possibly go wrong?

4. A Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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This pairs the best of both worlds for me! It’s Halloween and Christmas in one movie. Jack the Pumpkin King is the world’s best scarer, but after years of doing the same thing, he finds himself asking if there’s more. He walks through an enchanted forest and comes across a tree with a door shaped like a Christmas tree. Once he discovers the joy of Christmas, he also wants to celebrate, but what happens when Santa Claus is kidnapped by the Boogie Man!?

5. Scream (1996)

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Another great classic movie. This is probably one of my biggest nightmares made into a reality. Imagine you’re at home by yourself, you’re getting ready to watch a scary movie when the phone rings. On the other end is someone you’ve never spoken with before in your life, and they seem to know a lot about you. Like exactly where you’re standing, and what you’re doing! Then they force you into a little stupid game of trivia, but if you get the answer wrong you die. Ummm…yeahhh…nahh. Don’t want to play, but I’ll watch the movie.

6. IT (2017 & 1990)

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I’ve got to be honest, anything involving a clown is a huge NOPE for me. But I have seen both of these movies, and it does get me into the Halloween spirit. What more do I need to say? This demonic clown is as evil as they come. Listen up, kids! Whenever someone says “we all float down here,” it means to run your a** away!

7. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

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Freddy Krueger is my all time favorite slasher. This guy literally haunts your dreams and is absolutely planning to kill you. But he will almost always deliver an amazingly funny punchline before or while he’s doing it. The trick here is to not be afraid of Freddy. If you’re afraid, well, you’ll be meeting his hand of knives.

8. The Amityville Horror (2005)

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It doesn’t get much more haunted than this. If you’re more about ghost stories than slashers, this is your movie. The house itself wants to like eat your soul or something. A family scores a great deal on this beautiful New York home, but the man of the house quickly turns violent, and threatens to “catch ’em, and kill ’em.” His family, I mean.

9. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

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I may never go into the woods again. A group of film students goes out into the woods of Maryland to shoot a documentary about a local legend, The Blair Witch. They get lost, and then some really scary shiz goes down! Seriously, I’m never going in the woods again.

10. The Exorcist (1973)

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I swear to all that is holy, this movie ruined a part of my teenage years after watching it. I did not sleep for 5 nights. Every time I felt myself falling asleep, I thought my bed was shaking or I swear I saw a face in the dark. If you want to be scared, look no further than The Exorcist.

11. The Strangers (2008)

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Another movie that ruined me for another 5 nights! So this movie starts off in conflict. A couple goes to a wedding, and the guy plans to propose to his longtime girlfriend. It backfires, and now they’re in a house in the woods alone. And when I say woods I mean like they’re in the sticks! So why in the hell would you answer the door when some crazy woman shows up in a porcelain mask? NOPE! By the way, I first watched this movie while staying at a friend’s house in the freaking woods!

12. Paranormal Activity (2007)

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I’m sure we’ve all seen a preview for one of these movies. It’s pretty self-explanatory from the title of the movie. A family moves into a new house, hoping to turn a leaf and start a new life. There’s only one problem: the woman of the house is possessed, and stands over her husband at night before going absolutely bat sh*t crazy!

13. Friday the 13th (1980)

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It may be cliche, but it is a classic, and the movie is named after the day. Jason is the slasher in this movie. He’s one baaaaaad dude. He walks around with his machete, in a not so fast fashion. Trust me, he’ll catch you eventually. If you ever come across a Camp Crystal Lake, just walk the other way.

Yeah, I’m crawling under my blanket now…

What to do this weekend: October 13-15

IMG_5172Sometimes I get overwhelmed by how many fun events there is each weekend here in the Roanoke Valley, it’s hard to choose when there is so much going on! But I guess having too many options is better than living in a place where there aren’t any at all.

So here is a smorgasbord of things to do, the world is your oyster!

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Tribute Band: The Wildflowers 

  • Friday, October 13 – Dr. Pepper Park (9 Old Whitmore Ave, Roanoke)
  • 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Admission is $15 IN ADVANCE and $18 after 12 noon on 10/13. Purchase them here. Kids 12 and under are FREE and do not require a ticket.
  • Event Description: Tom Petty tribute band will perform. Shuttle service begins from the Carilion Riverwalk Parking Garage at 5:00pm. Gates Open at 5:30pm. Groova Scape plays from 5:45pm-7pm. The Wildflowers play around 7-7:15pm.

Parkway After Dark – Parkway Brewing’s first late night “after dark event”

  • Friday, October 13
  • Admission is $5. Tickets available here. 
  • Event Description from the brewery: We’ll have live music from Human Infection. Specials available with a Lyft or Uber receipt. Have a dd? They get a free natural soda or kombucha and you get a discount.

Big Lick Brewing Co. Beer Garden Grand Opening – New beer garden in downtown Roanoke to check out!

  • Saturday, October 14
  • 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Admission is $15 at the door for beer drinkers. This includes your first two beers (two beer tickets), plus a special, limited edition Grand Opening commemorative pint glass, while supplies last! Admission for non-drinkers, DD’s and persons under the age of 21 is free.
  • Event Description from the brewery: “Come out to help us celebrate this huge milestone and sample the first beers ever brewed on our 15 bbl system! We will have three delicious food trucks and three fantastic local live bands on hand for the occasion as well! We look forward to seeing you all there! Cheers!!”

Roanoke Go Fest 2017 – Annual festival of everything outdoors (There is goat yoga at this festival, I repeat GOAT YOGA!)

  • October 13-15
  • Admission is FREE!
  • Event Description: The festival features live concerts, over 100 activities and workshops, professional athlete demos, games and giveaways, food trucks, bike and running races, beer tents, onsite camping, and exciting live entertainment! There is also the opportunity for you to demo (try out) equipment: stand up paddleboards, bikes, climbing gear, fly fishing, shoes, and more.

Craftsmen’s Fall Classic Art & Craft Festival – Hundreds of Artists & Craftsmen, thousands of unique choices!

  • October 13-15
  • Admission is FREE! But bring food to donate to the food bank.
  • Event Description: Find pottery, jewelry, fine art, home decor, clothing, furniture, glass, specialty foods and so much more! Interact with talented exhibitors and bring home items that cannot be found anywhere else. Start your holiday shopping and find something for everyone on your list – including yourself!

Ghostwalk: Sherwood Memorial Park – Performance by actors portraying ghosts of Salem’s past

  • October 13-14
  • Show starts at 7 p.m.
  • Admission: $10 adults, $5 students. 3 and under are free.
  • Event Description: The Sherwood Amphitheater has concrete risers. Guests are invited to bring folding chairs, cushions, and/or blankets. There is limited handicapped parking at the Amphitheater. Other parking is in the cemetery. A flashlight may be handy when returning to your car.
  • Read our blog post about this event here.

 

Get a new fur child at the Vinton Fall Festival

vinton fall festivalOctober is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month!

Shelter dogs are the best types of dogs to adopt, because they NEED homes! If you are in need of a new fur child, then the Vinton Fall Festival is your place to be this weekend.

The Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection (RCACP) will be set up in the parking lot of the Vinton Library (300 S. Pollard Street) on Saturday.

The RCACP says they will be debuting their new adoption trailer purchased with a PetSmart Charities grant to transport and display their adoptable animals.

“This trailer will allow RCACP to attend more events with our animals as we work with the community to find loving, forever homes for them,” organizers explained in a press release.

Of course, the fall festival won’t be only exclusively about adopting animals, there will also be music, food, and fun!

Here is the music lineup:

2017 Fall Festival Entertainment
Vinton Farmers’ Market Stage
10:00 – 11:00 am, The Peery Crawford Band (Rock, Blues)
11:00 – 12:00 pm, Floyd Ward Dance Ensemble
12:15-12:45 pm, Doggie Costume Contest by Parkway Veterinary Hospital
1:00 – 1:30 pm, Jon Weems – One Note at a Time
1:30 – 2:00 pm, Thrasher Sanctuary Choir
2:30 – 4:00 pm, Exalted(Contemporary Christian Band)

Vinton Municipal Building Stage
10:45 – 11:30 am, Virginia Bluebelles Baton
11:30 – 12:00 pm, Shaolin Martial Arts Academy
12:00 – 12:30, Fame Cheerleading
12:30 – 1:30 Derailed Band, oldies and Rock and Roll
1:30-2:00 pm, Will I Am & Will I Is, Originals and Covers
2:00 – 3:00 pm, Vocal Students of Susan Lewis
3:00-4:00 pm, Joe Overfelt, Gospel Soloist

Click here to see more of what the Vinton Fall Festival is all about!

A craft show for a good cause in Roanoke

 

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Courtesy of Gilmore Shows

I am a huge sucker for all things crafty. I love craft shows where I can find the cutest home decor that nobody else will have. I think I like crafts so much because I’m not crafty at all, so I’d rather pay for the crafts rather than get really frustrated making them.

If you related with anything I just wrote, then I’m sure you’ll be interested in the upcoming three-day event (October. 13, 14, & 15) called The Craftsmen’s Fall Classic Art & Craft Festival. It’s the 30th year the festival has come to Roanoke and is partnering with our local food bank, Feeding America Southwest Virginia.

Admission is free – something I can appreciate because there is nothing I hate more than having to pay an admission fee to get into an event to shop. Instead of an admission fee, organizers ask you to bring food donations for the food bank.

Get this, organizers say, this event gives the Feeding America SWVA the second largest donation of the year. Last year, the event was able to collect 25,000 pounds of food to donate.

So who will be there? There will be hundreds of artists and craftsmen from more than 20 states.

What exactly will you be able to find there? Here is a description:

“Contemporary, traditional, functional, whimsical and decorative treatments of pottery, fine art, glass, jewelry, baskets, weaving, clothing, furniture, sculpture, photography, wood & much more, including specialty foods.  THOUSANDS of unique choices for every style, taste and budget!  Find amazing gifts for all ages, collections, home accessories, and personal treasures.” -Gilmore Shows

Want to go? Here are the deets:

Location:

Berglund Center, 710 Williamson Road, Roanoke, VA 24016

When:

October 13, 14 & 15

Fri. 10-8, Sat. 10-6, Sun. 11-5

Admission:

FREE with food donation to Feeding America Southwest Virginia

 

Review: Underwhelmed at Jefferson Pools

IMG_7483When I heard there was a place in Virginia called “Warm Springs”, I was immediately curious to see if there was a bathhouse located in the county seat of Bath County. I mean they had to call it Bath County for a reason, right? Turns out I was right! A quick google search led me to the Jefferson Pools website, owned and operated by luxurious Omni Homestead Resort.

According to an article written by the University of Virginia,  the Gentleman’s Pool House is the oldest spa structure in the United States, built in 1761. Thomas Jefferson even visited the exact wooden structure surrounding the spring in 1817.

“Local legends say that Native Americans journeying through the valley discovered these magnificent crystal springs hundreds of years ago, and archaeological evidence seems to confirm that this area has been used by humans for at least 9,000 years.” – Jefferson Pools website

I love history and since the Jefferson Pools in Warm Springs, Virginia is only 80 miles directly north of Roanoke, I decided to check it out. To make a reservation I called the Omni Homestead Resort the same day I wanted to go to the warm spring. The woman I spoke with on the phone was very friendly and willing to answer my several questions. In order to reserve my spot, I had to give my credit card number over the phone, but my card wasn’t charged at that time. The reservation was non-refundable.

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You can see the sun through the crumbling roof in one of the changing rooms.

After reserving my spot, I pulled up reviews about the bathhouse and found that a lot of people commented on the terrible condition of the building the wood structure surrounding the spring is in. However, several people also noted that once they got in the water, they felt the experience was worth it despite the deteriorating building. So I imagined I may be able to enjoy my experience despite the lackluster appearance.

Boy, I was wrong.

The co-ed soaking for adults 18 and older is 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. so I arrived around 1:30 and waited in line to sign a waiver at the gift shop and paid $38 for two adults. We decided to soak in the men’s bathhouse because it is deeper than the women’s bathhouse. We were pointed in the direction of the bathhouse and walked over. As soon as we opened the doors to the building, we were greeted by our attendant. He immediately looked at my phone in my hand and told me I couldn’t bring my phone in there. “No pictures!” he nearly shouted. I asked if I had to go bring my phone to my car or if I could put it in my bag. “I don’t care where you put it, I just don’t want to see it out,” he said very gruffly. He then handed us each a towel and didn’t give us any directions where to go or what to do next. As soon as we stepped into the pool area, we quickly realized why they didn’t want us to take pictures. The wooden structure surrounding the warm spring is literally falling apart. There are holes in the ceiling, jagged edges and broken wood everywhere. The building literally looks like it will fall apart any second. The spring is surrounded by changing rooms with a curtain to close for privacy. After changing, we walked out to the pool and grabbed pool noodles to use to float with because the pool is pretty deep. When I grabbed the pool noodle, I noticed all of them were severely bent, looked really old and worn, and seemed to be covered in mildew.

The idea is to float and relax for an hour. But I just couldn’t relax when everywhere I looked I saw a building that is falling apart.

I was shocked at the condition of just about everything I set my eyes on. I also felt disappointed that such a historic structure had been left to rot and fall into disrepair. All the while, the luxury resort is collecting nearly $20 a ticket and charging people to use nearly unusable conditions.  I tried to make the best of it and close my eyes and relax in the warm water, but it was tough.

We ended up leaving well before the allotted time of one hour.

Overall, I would not recommend Jefferson Pools to anyone until the building is renovated and preserved.

Review: Walking with ghosts in Salem

The large full moon loomed over us and there was a slight chill in the air as we followed a group of strangers into a cemetery at night, what could go wrong?

That’s usually the start of a scary movie, but luckily for us, our experience was not as spooky.

We were on a ghost walk hosted by the Salem Museum. The museum has been doing this walk for 18 years now, so we thought, there must be something to it.

IMG_5226When we first arrived, we easily bought our tickets ($10 for adults, $5 for students) at the front of the museum and were told we could check out the museum while we waited. We had about 15 minutes to meander through the exhibits and learned some intriguing stuff about Roanoke College. You’ll have to go check out the museum to see what we’re talking about.

At promptly 8 p.m., our guide holding a lantern led us out of the museum and into the cemetery across the street.

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The actor portraying Katie Dillard Robertson.

Each actor portrayed a ghost that was buried in the graveyard. They all told us stories of their lives and deaths, with one exception. The ghost of Katherine “Katie” Dillard Robertson told us another person’s story buried in the graveyard. She detailed a moment in time when crews digging on Chestnut Street discovered an ornate casket with a girl inside. The street crew ended up shattering the casket and the girl inside was never identified and has since been buried in the cemetery with her headstone labeled as “the Chestnut Street lady”.

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The actor portraying Brigadier General Andrew Lewis on the Salem Ghost Walk.

Walking from person to person was exciting and each story was a great one. Our group couldn’t help but break out into applause after some of the performances. One of our favorites was the story of Andrew Lewis, a revolutionary war hero and friend of George Washington, who had many claims to fame.

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The Deyerle Brothers

I would have to say the award for best acting and most in character would have to go to the actors playing the ghosts of the Deyerle Brothers, who talked about their time in the Mexican War and Civil War. The banter between the three was really funny and they interacted with the crowd fully in character. They wouldn’t even break character when I stopped to take a picture.

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Actor portraying Susan Price

We loved all of the ghosts, but one that does stick out was the performance of Susan Price, who described what African-American life was like after the civil war. She explained why we had to walk over from East Hill Cemetery to East Hill North Cemetery to see her. It’s because back in the day, white and black people were not buried in the same areas. She spoke of the areas of Salem that were segregated and was a great representation of the history of the people that weren’t able to be buried with great monuments across the street at the highest point of land like some of the other characters we had heard from that night.

Overall, it was a great Halloween type activity that didn’t require us to scream at things jumping out at us. Instead, it was an educational and thought-provoking lesson on the people who made an impact not just in Salem, but in all of Virginia and beyond.

Check out our slideshow of the night:

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Science and craft beer!

beerCombine craft beer and learning science, all for a good cause. What more could you want?

The Science Museum of Western Virginia is hosting their monthly STEM Tavern next Wednesday at Soaring Ridge Brewing.

Stem stands for science, technology, engineering, and math. It’s a great way to learn about interesting science topics while drinking a delicious craft beer.

Plus for every beer sold, Soaring Ridge will make a donation to the Science Museum of Western Virginia.

At their October 11 event, the speaker will be Kari Zacharias, who is a PhD candidate in Science, Technology, and Society at Virginia Tech and a researcher at the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT). The topic will be “Living at the Nexus of Science, Engineering, Art, and Design”.

The STEM Tavern takes place every 2nd Wednesday of each month at 5:30 pm at Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers (523 Shenandoah Ave.). Talks start at 6 pm!