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Rocky Rambles Out to Fairystone State Park in Patrick County, Virginia

This week’s show is an interview with Park Ranger Charlene Goad about what there is to do at Fairy Stone State Park in Patrick County, Virginia. Click here to see it on a map: Fairy Stone State Park

Enjoy the Show! Below, I’ll put internet links and other bits of information that will help you enjoy a visit this great State Park.

One of the unique activities at Fairy Stone State Park is the opportunity to actually hunt the Fairy Stones. But, you make ask what Fairy Stones are and what the legend is behind them. Well, here is a link to fill you in. The Legend of the Fairy Stone

For Camping, Yurt and Cabin Reservations: Fairystone State Park Reservations through Reserve America

A Yurt!?! What is a Yurt. Funny you should ask. We looked at yurts in the show. You can see them by going to the show (top of page). But, basically, a Yurt is a semi-permanent camping structure, sort of between a tent and a cabin. Here’s a Wikipedia explanation: What is a Yurt

Firewood Quarantines: In the show, I promised to put information on this webpage about the firewood quarantine, what it means and why it’s in effect. Here is that link: Virginia State Firewood Quarantine

That’s my show for this week.

As always, I hope this show inspires you to get out and do your own rambling! Get out there and find the many places to go, things to do and events to attend, many of which are right there in your back yard.

As you head out, make sure you are driving a safe, well-maintained vehicle.

Here is your Defensive Driving Tip for this Week:

Keep a pair of polarized sunglasses within reach as you drive. If you drive around a curve or over a hill and suddenly find yourself blinded by the sun, grabbing a pair of polarized sunglasses is the best way to cut glare from direct and reflected glare.

Until my next Posting, here’s wishing you SAFE RAMBLING!

Rocky Rambles To the Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville, Virginia

Rocky interviews Ryan Barber and Dr. Alex Hastings about what the Virginia Museum on Natural History (VMNH) has to offer fellow ramblers!

Below, you’ll find other links and information to make your visit to the VMNH more fulfilling.

 

If you want to rent the museum for a special event or want to arrange a special tour, contact the VMNH by e:mail to cindy.gray@vmnh.virginia.gov  or by phone 276-634-4150

Click here if you would like information about VMNH Membership.

Take every opportunity to get out and do your own rambling: explore the many places to go, things to do and events to attend – many of which are right in your back yard! And, as you do, make sure that you are driving a safe, well-maintained vehicle!

This week’s Defensive Driving Tip

Put your phone down and drive. Remember that you are driving a 2-ton deadly weapon. Hazards can appear in seconds, and it takes all of your attention to react to them in order to avoid an accident.

We all know that distracted driving has killed many people. But, it takes every driving making the conscious and continuous decision to keep our hands, eyes and minds fully focused on driving.

And, as always, make sure you are driving a safe, well-maintained vehicle as you go about your own Ramblings.

Here’s some fun I had when I visited the VMNH:

As I entered the Main Exhibit Hall, I had a chance to chat with the VMNH Director, Joe Keiper.

And, then I settled in to recording for the show.

After the shoot, I got to shake hands with a Polar Bear.

And, I was even able to do a little fishing (didn’t catch anything…)
(just kidding…)

Until my next posting, here’s wishing you SAFE RAMBLING!

Rocky Visits with Mary Jordan at the Spencer Penn Centre in Henry County, Virginia

This week’s show was a real treat to record, chatting with Centre Director Mary Jordan about what’s going on at the Spencer Penn Centre. As you watch this show, the music that I announced would be before the first break ended up at the end of the show. But, never fear, because I’ve also included a few songs from that night below the show link.

If you have not been to the 2nd Friday Music Night at the Spencer Penn Centre, you really need to take that in. They provide food so you can make a whole evening of it!

For More Information about the Centre, go to their website:
Spencer Penn Centre, Henry County, Virginia

Or contact them directly at:
Telephone: 276.957.5757
E-mail: spspo04@yahoo.com

Click here for more information about the Pig Cooking Contest coming up in April. See ya there!

Now that music I promised you. These were recorded live at the Spencer Penn Centre where everyone was having fun, which was the whole idea. So, there is some background ‘noise’.

This first song is by The Courtney Rorrer Band

Below is a song by Jason Harris & Friends.

Pay particular attention to the young Mandolin player, Nick Goad from Stuart, Virginia. He was the winning Mandolin player, as well as the Best All Around Performer at the 2013 ‘Old Fiddlers Convention‘ in Galax, Virginia. He is now a professional Mandolin player for the Jeff Brown & Still Lonesome Band, but happened to be home the weekend that Jason Harris & Friends were scheduled to play at Spencer Penn Centre.

In addition to music programs, classes, special events, and all of the things that Mary Jordan discussed in my interview with her, the building is also a tremendous asset to the community. The sense of history, evidenced by dedication plaques and murals throughout the facility are worth seeing firsthand. I’ll close this posting with pictures from my tour through the building as part of putting this show together.

Defensive Driving Tip of the Week:

No matter the weather you’re driving in, make sure that all of your windows are clear. In the winter season, clear your windows completely of snow and ice on the outside. And, make sure that all of your windows are clear of fog and ice on the inside.

We’ve all seen drivers who have cleared just enough of the windshield to be able to peer through – and otherwise have no idea what’s going on around their car. Remember, the window you can’t see through may be the one that brings you a surprise you won’t like.

And, as always, make sure you are driving a safe, well-maintained vehicle as you go about your own Ramblings.

Murals and Plaques Inside The Spencer Penn Centre

Rocky Rambles up to Rocky Mount, Virginia to Discuss Franklin County’s Parks and Recreation Program

This week, Rocky interviews Paul Chapman, Franklin County Director of Parks and Recreation. and Matt Ross, Franklin County Outdoor Recreation Manager. We met at Waid Park and talked about the parks and the recreation programs being managed by Franklin County. You can watch the show here, and below you’ll find more information

More Information: Franklin County Parks or call (540) 483-9293

Here’s a map that you can use to get to Waid Park.

Waid Park, Rocky Mount, Virginia

I’m going to do a special posting to show the progress on the entrance bridge to Jamison Mill Park. Check in later to see that.

Defensive Driving Tip For This Week:

Always use your turn signal to let drivers around you know what you’re going to do. Surprises are great for birthday parties, but not so much on our busy roads. We share our roads with other drivers, slower moving vehicles, emergency response vehicles, and pedestrians. It is important that we communicate with each other so that we can all anticipate what the others are doing. That’s why our vehicles have turn signals, brake lights, back-up lights and 4-way flashers. Use them! Not only does that let others on the road know what you’re going to do, it also lets them know that you are paying attention and driving defensively.

And, as always, make sure you are driving a safe, well-maintained vehicle to do your own Rambling!

 

 

Rocky Rambles Over to Stuart, Virginia to Talk with Clyde Crissman, Patrick County Director of Recreation and Patty Hazelwood, Part-Owner of Wayside Park

This was a fun show to record, talking with Clyde about the County’s park system and all the activities going on in Patrick County. That led to a special treat, chatting with Patty Hazelwood about the park that her family and two other families allow the community to use for special events.

Click here for More Information:

Patrick County Parks and Recreation.

A list of Parks in Patrick County.

Activities at Wayside Park.

Phone numbers for:

Reservation of Shelters in Patrick County Parks – 276-694-3917.

Events at Wayside Park – Patty Hazelwood – (276) 692-4149.

Defensive Driving Tip For This Week:

As you approach an intersection, if the light turns yellow and you CAN stop safely, do so. If you’re running a light that is yellow – maybe turning to red, you are focused on getting through, not on what else might be happening in the intersection. There may be someone jumping the gun from one of the other directions.

And, as always, make sure you are driving a safe, well-maintained vehicle to do your own Rambling!

 

Rocky Interviews Roger Adams, Director of Parks & Recreation for Henry County, Virginia

This week, Rocky talked with Roger Adams about Philpott Marina, other County Parks, and the Recreation Program run by the County Parks program.  Hey, notice the new Intro to the show!

For more information!

Henry County Parks and Recreation

Next week, Rocky will interview Clyde Crissman, the Recreation Director of Patrick County, Virginia.

Defensive Driving Tip For This Week:

As you drive, leave a safe distance between behind the car ahead of you. Use the 2 second rule. Pick a landmark – a pothole, a marking – as the car ahead of you passes this spot, count ‘One-Thousand-One, One-Thousand-Two’. If you cross the same spot before you finish One-Thousand-Two, you’re TOO CLOSE. Back off and try it again. See you next week. Remember, if the car ahead of you has to stop or makes some other move suddenly, it will take you a second or two AT BEST to react and respond, even if you’re paying close attention.

Rocky Interviews Patrick, Henry and Franklin County Tourism Officers Separately

Our second episode has now aired on BTW21! You can watch the entire episode right here. In this episode, I am interviewing the Tourism Officers of the three counties surrounding Philpott Lake. In the last episode, I interviewed them all together. In this episode I am interviewing them each separately, concentrating on tourism for each of the three counties.

For more information on places to go, things to do and events to attend, here are the tourism websites for each of the three highlighted counties.

Martinsville-Henry County Tourism
Franklin County Tourism
Patrick County Tourism
Virginia State Tourism Office
Virginia State Travel Guide

Defensive Driving Tip For This Week:

Keep your headlights on in anything less than ideal lighting. Remember that your car insurance can only help you after an accident. The best insurance you can buy to help AVOID an accident is to keep your headlights on to make sure that other drivers can see you.

Rocky Interviews Tourism Officers from three Virginia Counties: Henry, Patrick and Franklin Counties

Our first show is ‘in the can’ and online! Watch Rocky interview the tourism officers of three Viriginia Counties: Beth Stinnett, Martinsville-Henry County, Sandra Puckett, Patrick County, and David Rotenizer, Franklin County. In this first episode, we look at tourism from a regional perspective and how this new show will help promote tourism in this unique region in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains! In our second episode, Rocky will interview the same three tourism officers, but looking at each county separately.

For more information from these three tourism sources:

Martinsville-Henry County Tourism
Franklin County Tourism
Patrick County Tourism
Virginia State Tourism Office
Virginia State Travel Guide

Defensive Driving Tip For This Week:

Virginia State law requires that if your windshield wipers are on, you should have your headlights on, as well. Remember, any conditions that would require use of your windshields reduces light conditions. Your headlights are the best way to assure that other drivers can see you.

Yes! Rocky’s Ramblings Will Air Our First Show 7:00 p.m. Monday Evening, February 6, 2017!!

At Rocky’s Ramblings, we have been working madly with the BTW21 team to get our show on the air. It’s finally happening! We still have a few details to finish up. But, we will be ready for our first show to air at 7:00 p.m. NEXT Monday, and every Monday following!

Not only that, but Monday evening’s show will be re-broadcast three times through the week:

Thursday mornings – 9:30 a.m.
Saturday evenings – 6:00 p.m.
Monday mornings – 10:00 a.m.

Once each show has aired, we will upload it to this website to be available to people outside the BTW21 viewing area.

Our first show will be an interview with the Tourism Officers of Martinsville-Henry County, Franklin County and Patrick County, which are at the confluence of The Southern Hills, The Virginia Mountains, and The Blue Ridge Highlands, three unique regions, according to the Virginia Tourism Office.

Joining me for my first show will be (from right to left) Franklin County Tourism Officer David Rotenizer, Patrick County Tourism Officer Sandra Puckett, (that’s me, Rambling Rocky Rockwell in the center), and Martinsville-Henry County Acting Tourism Officer Beth Stinnett, discussing tourism across the three counties that they represent. Also with us to assist (far left) is Patrick County Administrator Tom Rose.

We’ll be looking at tourism from a regional perspective – places to go, things to see and events to attend that are important to the whole tri-county area. I encourage you to tune in and start planning your next outing!

Our First Show – Discussing the Tri-County Area at the Confluence of Three Tourism Regions

I cannot tell you which Monday in February, yet (soon…very soon). But, I can now tell you a bit about our first show.

I will be interviewing the Tourism Officers of the three counties at the confluence of The Southern Hills, The Virginia Mountains, and The Blue Ridge Highlands, three unique regions, according to the Virginia Tourism Office.

Joining me for my first show will be (from right to left) Franklin County Tourism Officer David Rotenizer, Patrick County Tourism Officer Sandra Puckett, (that’s me, Rambling Rocky Rockwell in the center), and Martinsville-Henry County Acting Tourism Officer Beth Stinnett, discussing tourism across the three counties that they represent. Also with us to assist (far left) is Patrick County Administrator Tom Rose. It’s going to be a great show. You won’t want to miss it.

I will get the time and date to you as soon as I can lock it in.  In the meantime, keep on rambling!