INDY Week: Oak City Cycling Project

Winners of the 2014 Indy Week Best of the Triangle Award, Oak City Cycling Project in Raleigh is a different kind of bike shop. Not only can they help you purchase a new or used bike, but they will also teach you how to maintain it. Huge supporters of the local community, OCCP also hosts public rides, races, maintenance classes and other community events. oakcitycycling.com

Kickstarting Community: Prodigal Farm

At Prodigal Farm, owners Kathryn Spann and Dave Krabbe handcraft farmstead goat cheeses which have a reputation for being some of the best and most luxurious in the country. Operating on a small scale, Prodigal Farm is able to put extraordinary time and attention into creating their fresh and short-aged cheeses. These styles are seasonal, delicate and with short shelf lives, and cannot be made year-round. It is their hope to expand their provender to include hard cheeses that can be aged and sold after milking season ends. Building a specialized aging space onto the dairy will enable Prodigal Farm to kickstart the small farming movement in their community by providing steady jobs to young farmers and cheesemakers, all while bringing a new range of cheeses to their customers in markets and restaurants near and far.

Thank you to everyone who backed our Kickstarter. We successfully met, and exceeded, our goal!

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Community Art Series: Blacksburg Southern Mountain Square Dance

The Blacksburg Southern Mountain Square Dance is one of the most unique and longest-running dances in the New River Valley and features some of the finest old-time string bands and square dance callers in Southwest Virginia.

Dances are usually held on the first Saturday of the month from February through May and October through December.

For more information, please visit New River Old Time Music and Dance Association at nrot.org/nrot/pp/dance_square.php

The Community Art Series is a joint project of the Blacksburg Partnership Collaborative for the Arts and the Town of Blacksburg. The series highlights the many creative talents of artists who live, work, or perform in and around Blacksburg, Virginia. Many of these artists are members of ‘Round the Mountain, Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Network and have studio stops along the Montgomery County Artisan Trail.

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Interview by Kathryn Rende

Town of Blacksburg: Art Lover’s Club

Blacksburg Parks and Recreation has numerous programs and activities designed for adults and seniors. If you are looking for fun and adventure, join us for special events, field trips or just come and hang out with friends at the Community Center.

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Camera and Sound by Kathryn Rende
Edited by Kathryn Rende
Interviews by Kathryn Rende