Make plans to attend! You won’t be disappointed, the Annual WV Winter Music Festival adds yet another amazing event to attend in the Greenbrier Valley.
The 8th Annual WV Winter Music Festival will take over downtown Lewisburg on Saturday, January 26th. Festival goers will be entertained by seven venues, scattered throughout the downtown, brimming with personable people, energy, and mixed musical genres. You will find old-time and bluegrass, funk and reggae, thrasher metal and classic metal, blues and R&B. Any one venue is no more than a block from another, meaning you can walk everywhere. This 2019 is an expected 40 acts (TBA) across 8 venues including Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Wild Bean, The Asylum, Sweet Shoppe, the Visitor’s Center, and the Lewis Theatre.
Last year, the event raised $16,000 as an emergency fund to help area musicians caught in unexpected financial stress and educational purposes. Over the years, the festival has helped many musicians across southern West Virginia and has sent dozens of students on field trips and music camps. It has provided Greenbrier East High School’s musical band, Second Block Rock, the opportunity to experience managing a series of performance along with Liberty High School’s aspiring young musicians. It has also helped students practice in their dedicated all-ages venue at The Hub Teen Center in Lewisburg. Moreover, the event has contributed proceeds to disease research at a Duke University. The $16,000 figure represents more than 800 locals and visitors from across southern WV and Virginia who converged in downtown Lewisburg last January. Many of the visiting attendees stayed in local hotels, b&b’s, and ate in our restaurants.
This year, the Winter Music Festival will be presenting 2 free workshops: Taxes and the Working Musician with a rep from H&R Block, and Learn the Harmonica for Beginners and Intermediate Players taught by a Hohner Harmonica rep, and the President of the Huntington (WV) Harmonica Club and Marshall University professor. PLUS! They are excited to offer everyone a free viewing of The Last Waltz on Thursday, January 24th at the Lewis Theater.
Head over to HashtagWV.com to view the full 2019 WV Music Festival Schedule!
The nation was first introduced to Mark Bowe through the DIY Network show Barnwood Builders. The show, which debuted in 2013, follows Bowe and his all-West Virginia crew as they restore some of the nation’s oldest barns and log cabins, while also turning reclaimed logs and lumber into modern homes. Much of the the rehab work required happens at the crew’s “Boneyard” in Greenbrier County.
The show has been a huge success, but Bowe and fans of the show wanted more. “The idea for the retail store/showroom was born from the desire of our fans to have a destination to visit,” Bowe says. “Retail is a totally different beast from the Boneyard and construction sites that we typically work on and around; however, I love a good challenge.”
In February 2017, Bowe opened the Barnwood Living store and showroom in White Sulphur Springs. The shop’s inventory follows the rustic and vintage vibes of the show, featuring furniture and other small household items made by Bowe’s crew from reclaimed and locally sourced wood. Fans can also find all the Barnwood Builders gear they could imagine, including T-shirts, candles, stickers, wooden signs, tumblers, “barn”danas, and even a pencil holder branded with the Barnwood Living and Barnwood Builders names.
The store also offers an array of West Virginia-made products. The Barnwood Living team is always on the hunt for hand-crafted furniture and gifts made by local artisans—things that are not in short supply in Greenbrier County. The store offers hand-turned wooden bowls, handmade wooden spoons, lamps made from repurposed materials, and individually made light switch covers. The wealth of handmade goods in the area is one reason Bowe chose White Sulphur Springs for the store’s location. His motivation goes deeper than that, though.
Bowe is a Lewisburg resident and a two-time graduate of West Virginia University. He holds a bachelor’s in business administration and a master’s in safety management, both from WVU’s College of Business and Economics. He worked as a coal miner to pay his way through college and in 1995 opened his first company, Antique Cabins and Barns. His roots run deep in the Mountain State, and he says running businesses here is his way of giving back to a place that holds a very large piece of his heart.
Fans from around the world stop into the store. “The best part of having a retail store/showroom is giving our fans and clients a destination. A place that they can visit and put their hands on 100-plus-year-old beams and barnwood,” Bowe says.
Bowe recently launched a new pop-up shop in Round Top, Texas, at that city’s annual antique fair, selling many of the same items found in the White Sulphur Springs location. He plans to add a permanent Texas location to the Barnwood family in spring 2019. But there’s no need for West Virginians to worry about Bowe relocating entirely to the Lonestar State anytime soon. “There is nothing that makes me more proud than to represent my home state in a positive way. I will continue to carry that flag proudly,” he says.
Get ready to gather your friends and family with some of these great recipes and decor tips! Greenbrier County is popping with adventure and events this time of year! Whether your floating on the Greenbrier River, hiking the Greenbrier River Trail, or experiencing the PGA Golf-Military Tribute at the The Greenbrier –we’re sure that you are outside and enjoying this time of year!
Check out these links and pictures to get your backyard BBQ ready!
We absolutely loved this article featured on Reader’s Digest website! They posted the question “Do You Live in the Nicest Place in America?” And this article sure shows that yes we just might! –Article credit to Valerie Pritt
Coming upon the two-year anniversary of a devastating flood to our area, what better time to focus and reflect on just how great our community is. This truly is a wonderful article showcasing many wonderful events in our area but mostly it shows just how caring and compassionate the people of the Greenbrier Valley are.
We enjoyed this article and hope that you will too!
You can also go to Reader’s Digest website to comment on the article and let them know just how nice the Greenbrier Valley is!
Greenbrier Valley, WV
“OUT OF TRAGEDY COMES HOPE” NOMINATED BY VALERIE PRITT
People describe the Greenbrier Valley as nice. They complement the beauty of the mountains, the genuinely friendly people, and the quaintness of its towns. Walk down any street, and it’s likely that someone will smile and say hello.
With a population less than 40,000, the Greenbrier Valley has a strong sense of community. Most of the families that live here descend from a long line of Appalachian resiliency and compassion. When residents are faced with hardship, community rallies. The Greenbrier Valley thrives on neighbors helping neighbors. Through floods, fires, and the current opioid crisis, residents are there to step forward and ask, “How can I help you?” Together they have rebuilt neighborhoods, organized benefits, and created programs to help friends in need. Every community experiences hardships, but it’s how a community works together that reveals its true character and genuine hospitality.
Stories About Greenbrier Valley
A Fresh Start and New Beginning
In 2016, a 1,000 year flood swept through the Greenbrier Valley, devastating the towns of Rainelle and White Sulphur Springs. In the wake of tragedy, 4,600 volunteers stepped in, totaling 62,000 hours to help rebuild the areas impacted. We’ve yet to reach full recovery, but communities finally feel a sense of hope for their future. As the water receded from Greenbrier County, it revealed the harsh realities of the disaster underneath. While most were still reeling from its aftermath, Tom Crabtree and Rob Vass were formulating a recovery plan to rebuild the community of White Sulphur Springs.
Tom is the owner of 50 East, a restaurant and gathering spot in town. Although his home was not directly impacted, the destruction was personal, as employees’ homes and his Main Street business incurred significant damage. Rob is an architect and contractor in the area and lives in White Sulphur Springs with his wife and young son. The two men wanted to give hope to this close-knit community that is now displaced. It was realized in the form of Hope Village. With land gifted by the city of White Sulphur Springs and an operational childhood-home-turned-office-space hub donated by Frank Alderman, founder of MedExpress Urgent Care, the project took less than two years from concept to completion. Today Hope Village is filled with energy and activity, giving 42 families a new start as they discover the meaning of home once again. Although the impetus for the project falls squarely on Tom and Rob, the vision would not have been realized without the support and contributions made by countless community members and other organizations. Special thanks go to Frank Alderman, Maggie Hutchison, Storm Aid, Mennonite Disaster Service, Brad Paisley, pharmaceuticals company Mylan, United Way of Greenbrier Valley, and Appalachia Service Project.
A Fire Sparks a Festival
Musicians are bound by the beat; it’s what drives a song forward. Just as they are bound to the beat, they become bound to each other, creating a community. So when one of their own needs help, they unite around them.
When an electrical fire engulfed Tim and Tammy Pynes’ home in December 2012, the family was left with few possessions. Days before Christmas, the Pynes were homeless. Close friends took action, helping them find housing, clothing, and other day-to-day household items that were lost to the flames.
Tim is a drummer for the West Virginia Jazz Orchestra and has been a part of Greenbrier Valley’s music scene since he graduated high school. Fellow musicians suggested a benefit concert to fundraise for the family. As multiple local bands offered to perform, the concert-turned-festival was taking shape. John Foster and Jim Snyder spearheaded the benefit, orchestrating 25 bands and five venues for the first TNT Winter Music Festival, a nod to Tim and Tammy. On a cold snowy evening in February, Lewisburg was beating to the spirit of its community.
John and Jim have kept the festival going, changing to West Virginia Winter Music Festival. The event has expanded to two nights, seven venues, and more than 50 performing acts. Despite all the changes, the event stays grounded in its missionof providing financial help to musicians in crisis.
Fruits of Labor, Fruits of Hope
While the Greenbrier Valley is full of nice residents, it has not gone untouched by the opioid crisis. The effects have brought a darkness to the community. While some neighbors are struggling, one woman is trying to help people get back on their feet.
It all began in 2009 with a visit to the women’s prison not far from Tammy Jordan’s home in Greenbrier County. As she sat in the waiting room, she watched the women pass by and noticed their despondence. She could see it on their faces and in their quiet posture. With each return visit, the feeling got stronger: what could she do to help these women re-enter society with a renewed sense of hope?
Tammy runs her own local restaurant. It’s not just a dining experience, but encompasses all phases from soil to service. It took three and a half years from her observations at the prison to transform her cafe and farm into an educational training center with a certified culinary curriculum.
From the outside, Fruits of Labor Cafe & Bakery is a quaint downtown diner in the heart of Rainelle. Behind the scenes, Tammy gives women going through the county’s drug court system new purpose and a career path, which become vital components of long-term recovery.
For Tammy and her staff at Fruits of Labor, it’s about supporting and nurturing their students as they learn life skills to recover from addiction. She offers the program free of charge, with 80% of the cost absorbed by her cafe. It’s now in its sixth year and has realized a 75% graduation rate, with 90% of the women completing their drug court requirements.
With Tammy’s faith firmly rooted at the center of her life and business, she has expanded the training center to include an at-risk youth and young adult prevention program. She and her team have found one way to abate addiction while opening new doors for the next generation.
A Whacky Start to the New Year
Throughout the year, many parades come marching down the center of the Greenbrier Valley towns, though none more unique than the first of the year.
Downtown Lewisburg’s year starts with the Shanghai Parade. With no rules or guidelines for participation, the only requirement is to show up! The lack of limitations and day-of signup process make the parade a unique curiosity, like llamas in pajamas, a pack of dog lovers and their canine friends, and a life-sized Rock’em Sock’em Robots float have been known to march in the bitter cold on the first day of January. While the participants can be whacky wild cards, a few traditions hold constant.
Everyone who marches receives a crisp $2 bill. The judges award prizes to specific categories, but the judging can be skewed with participant bribes. Leading the parade is Baby New Year in an oversized diaper. For years this role went to the local fire chief with the police chief playing the nursemaid. After their retirement, the oversized diaper has been passed on to other pillars in the community. In recent years, Lewisburg’s very own mayor donned the diaper. Closing the parade are the Super Duper Pooper Scoopers who, as indicated by their title, serve as cleanup crew. The origins of the parade are a mystery, as are most of its traditions, but the unknown is half the fun.
From the Outside Looking In
It’s easy to brag about your hometown, but someone else’s perspective can truly make you proud of where you live.
In 2014, the Greenbrier Resort opened its doors to new guests: NFL teams. The Sports Performance Center originally brought the New Orleans Saints to train in White Sulphur Springs. When the Saints training returned to Louisiana, the Houston Texans were quick to step in. Looking for relief from the heat, a sports facility in the cool, mountain air of West Virginia was sure to be the right fit.
Sports writers journeyed 1,200 miles from Texas to cover the day-to-day training, but they were covering more than just football. Their stories were being peppered with the hospitality of the Greenbrier Valley. They found themselves captivated by the natural beauty of the region and how genuinely friendly the residents were. Chris Baldwin for Paper City noted, “Visitors are treated like royalty.”
John McClain for the Houston Chronicle quickly fell in love with the area. In his first article recapping the Texans training camp, he ended with an unexpected call to action — visit the Greenbrier Valley. McClain wrote, “If you’re thinking about coming to the Texans’ training camp or just looking for a cool place visit, I’d highly recommend this charming part of West Virginia. It’s beautiful, the food is great, and the people are friendly.”
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We would love to offer our expertise and knowledge of the area to you during your home buying or selling process.
Greenbrier Real Estate Service
1047 Washington St. E.
Lewisburg, WV 24901 304.645.2255
This time of year is always busy with family events, festivals, fairs and we can’t forget its a very busy time in real estate!This weekend in the Greenbrier Valley is jam packed with events. Not only is it a busy weekend in Greenbrier County but it sure has been a busy week in our real estate world! New listings and SOLD properties are keeping us busy, and for that we are very thankful! Stay tuned for a blog post next week about the many properties that have found their new owners! For now…take a look at a few events this weekend that we’d like to highlight.
Ronceverte River Festival kicked off Friday June 8th! This isn’t a one day event at all, this festival offers so many activities including the Great Rubber Ducky Race held on Saturday June 9th at 4 p.m. The festival also offers carnival rides, food vendors and lots of live musical performances. Find more information from the link! Ronceverte River Festival
On Saturday, June 9th, the 36th Lewisburg Home and Garden Tour will feature three homes and one garden in Lewisburg, WV and two homes in White Sulphur Springs, WV. These homes are absolutely beautiful and so very unique! You’ll want to participate in this tour! You may begin the tour at any home from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available the day of the tour at all featured homes. Follow the link for more information and pictures of the homes featured. Lewisburg Home & Garden Tour
Greenbrier Real Estate Service and REALTOR® Jill Allman are hosting an OPEN HOUSE event for a lovely Cape Cod style home right here in Lewisburg. This home is absolutely full of character and is waiting for someone to make it HOME! This home on Court Street in Lewisburg, WV is the perfect place to make home, with quick access to all things downtown Lewisburg has to offer-you’ll love living here! You’ll want to see more.
The OPEN HOUSE event will be held on June 10th 1-3 p.m. Stop by and check it out!
For any questions or other real estate needs…Contact us!
Greenbrier Real Estate Service
1047 Washington St. E.
Lewisburg, WV 24901
Memorial Day often is a time to enjoy some company and maybe have a BBQ in your backyard, it’s the unofficial start of summer here in the Greenbrier Valley and across our country. People often enjoy a long three day weekend, pools opening, and other fun warm weather activities.
However, it is primarily a time for us to remember those that lost their lives serving in the American armed forces. We would like to thank those that served or are serving and honor those that died fighting for our country.
We are truly grateful to live in this beautiful country, our Wild & Wonderful WV, and mostly to live and work among the unmatched beauty of the Greenbrier Valley.
It’s a true privilege to work with wonderful people of our area. We appreciate your business and continued support!
We hope that you have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!
Memorial Day Porch Decor Ideas:
Check out these tasty Memorial Day recipes from All Recipes.com!
Our agents have been busy the past week! In the last 6 days, we have had 8 new listings go live, we have at least more 2 we are working on to go live this week, and we had 4 sales!! Some say this is the time of year in the real estate market that activity starts to slow because: families like to be moved and settled before school starts or the seasons are starting to change from Summer to Fall. Well that is not been the case here are Greenbrier Real Estate! We are as busy as ever and our agents are out there working hard with sellers to get homes sold and with buyers to find their dream home. If you are looking to sell your home or land or are looking to buy your dream home or place to build it, look no further that the Realtors here are Greenbrier Real Estate Service!
Vacation season is upon us! Kids are nearing their last days of school, the weather is getting warmer and we just can’t wait to get our toes in the sand or go to our favorite theme park.
While packing your bags and making sure you have everything ready is very important, what are you doing to make sure your home is safe while you are away?
We have done some research and have made a small list of things to do (or not do) while on vacation to make sure your home will be protected.
Ask a friend or neighbor to come over and periodically check on the house.
If possible, hire a “House Sitter”.
Keep the curtains open! May sound strange, but it gives the persona of someone being home.
Have a friend or neighbor turn a light on at night or set a timer.
Call the post office to stop the mail from being delivered or have someone pick it up.
(This one can be hard) Do not post on Social Media that you are on vacation. Post the pictures the week after you come home from vacation with a heartfelt Thank You to whomever watched the house while you were away.
Make sure to Unplug your Televisions and Computers while you are away, just in case of a storm.
Wherever you go and whatever you do this Summer, we wish you a safe and wonderful time with family and friends!
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At Greenbrier Real Estate we work hard to assist buyers and sellers with all of their Real Estate needs in the Greenbrier Valley and surrounding areas.
When you are ready, feel free to call us at 304.645.2255 and one of our professional REALTORS will be happy to help you in any way!
You may be ready, but is your house ready to be put on the Market? As a REALTOR, we want to share some tips with you based on buyer feedback that will help sell your home quickly and get top dollar asking price.
Here are some things that a homeowner may miss, but a potential buyer notices immediately.
SPRING CLEAN YOUR HOME:
Clean Grout in kitchens and bathrooms
Have the carpets professionally cleaned
Replace furnace filters
SPRUCE UP THE LANDSCAPING:
Mow the lawn
Trim bushes and trees
Pressure wash home and deck
Pack away winter clothes
Sell or donate items that you don’t use
Pack personal cherished belongings and valuable items
Stage the cabinets, shelves, and closets
COLOR COLOR COLOR:
Buy new bedding with pillows that incorporates fresh bold color
Replace the old heavy drapes with light curtains
Add pops of color by painting older furniture
Replace towels, shower curtains and bathrugs
Beige is OUT….It is ok to go a bit bold with color (just don’t go overboard!!) Make sure the colors compliment each other and flow throughout the home.