It’s wine month in Virginia!


It is the official wine month in Virginia! It’s a time to celebrate all of the wonderful vineyards in Virginia. There is no shortage to the list either, the Commonwealth has 280 + wineries. Here in the Roanoke area, there are at least 25 wineries within immediate driving distance.

According to the Virginia Wine, this October is the 29th year of Virginia Wine Month.

Click here to see a list of the vineyards in the state.

The state-wide celebration will include promotions and events all month long.

IMG_7418Check out some of these events at wineries this month to celebrate!

Hickory Hills Vineyards – Moneta, Va

Cabs by the Campfire
October 7 & 14
4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Event description:

Join us for an evening by the campfire where we will have a vertical Cabernet tasting available from our library stock. The regular wine list will be available by the glass or bottle to enjoy while we watch the campfire flames dance. Select library vintages will be for sale. Please bring chairs and/or blankets. Scheduled to perform October 7th is Kat Mills. Scheduled to perform October 14th is Ed McNamara.

Beliveau Estate Winery- Blacksburg, Va

Saturday, October 28
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Event description:

Beliveau Estate’s annual Halloween Party! There will be live music, prizes for the best costume and of course, great wine!

$10 for general public, members are free.

We’ll add more events to the list as we get them!


Ghost walking in Salem, Virginia


It is officially October!

For those of you who love all things scary, this is your month.

If you aren’t into the completely spooky Halloween activities, a ghost walk full of history may be more your speed.

I, for one, am not into being scared so you won’t see me at one of those haunted houses where people in scary costumes jump out at you. But not all of our staff at Star City Living feel that way and later in the month, we will feature the top spooky activities to do in the Roanoke area.

One thing I will agree to do around Halloween is ghost walks or tours. I like those because they are usually filled with history lessons, rather than the manufactured “boo!” type scariness.

Apparently, others feel the same way I do, because a spokesman at the Salem Museum recently announced they are reviving its popular annual Ghost Walk through East Hill Cemetery October 5-7. The event has gone on for 18 years and is so well attended they are even adding another ghost event at Sherwood Memorial Park with a new cast of characters from Salem’s past October 12-14. The new event is not a ghost walk, but a ghost performance.

“Guests will visit Salem’s graveyards to meet characters from the past – real people who made an impact on the history of Salem, the Roanoke Valley, and beyond. Each ghost will tell his or her own story,” a press release states.

If this sounds like your kind of scary, you should check out either the walk or the performance.

Want to go? Here are the details:

The Ghost Walk at East Hill Cemetary and East Hill North

  • October 5-7
  • Walking tours leave Salem Museum every 15 minutes starting at 6 p.m., the last tour leaves at 8 p.m.
  • Good walking shoes are recommended.

The Ghost Walk at Sherwood Memorial Park Amphitheater

  • October 12-14
  • The performance begins at 7 p.m. at the amphitheater.
  • The guests will be seated for the performance and are invited to bring folding chairs, cushions, or blankets.


  • Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. You can buy them here.
  • The tour is suitable for all ages.
  • Rain location is at the Salem Museum.