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Happy Halloween!

'FALL' in love with the Alleghany Highlands!

Enjoy the parks and forests breathtaking views as the leaves are changing colors!

Help the Chamber make improvements at Humpback Bridge!

 

With the recent damage to the โ€œVโ€ in the iconic LOVEwork sign at Humpback Bridge, paired with years of natural erosion and high amounts of overall use at the wayside park, there is a definite need for improvements to be made at Humpback Bridge. The Chamber has taken the lead on ensuring the LOVEwork sign is re-created so that it can continue to be viewed by the thousands of tourists and local residents that visit the wayside park each year. We also want to take the improvements a step further by making additional updates to this beautiful, historic site. Stay tuned for more details and a link to donate to this cause โ€“ we hope you will help us keep Humpback Bridge, Uniquely Alleghany!

Chamber Member Spotlight!๏ปฟ

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This week, we are highlighting Blue Spring Run Farm!

Blue Spring Run Farm is a small, family run farm located in the beautiful mountains of the Alleghany Highlands of Virginia! They specialize in herbs, fresh seasonal garden produce, lavender, honey, and pumpkins in the fall.

Cut your own lavender bouquets, grab some honey made onsite from the many honeybee hives on property, browse in the shop for items made on the farm, treat yourself to goodies from the bakery, bring a camera for the endless photo opportunities including the unique LOVE sign which highlights the history and inspiration of the farm or bring a lunch and enjoy the beautiful views and rustic luxury while relaxing by the creek.

: 3901 Blue Spring Run Rd. Covington, VA

: 540-747-2055

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You are cordially invited to attend the Ribbon Cutting Celebration for Barnwood Blessings, located at 376 W. Main St. in Covington on Friday, October 27th at 11:30 am.

Wine Pairing Social

RSVP due by October 26th

The Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Tourism cordially invites you to the Annual Wine Pairing Social! This year's social will take place at beautiful Fyvie Farms, located at 111 East Country Club Lane in Covington (Just above Alleghany High School).

The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. on November 3rd and will feature local wines from Rock Roadhouse Winery in Bath County as well as small plates and hors d'oeuvres stations catered by the Brewhouse at Cliff View!

The cost to attend is $50 per person. For more information, please contact the Chamber by phone at 540-962-2178 or by email at info@ahchamber.com.

See you there!!

The Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Tourism will again be producing it's Hometown Holidays Brochure! 

Please send any events that you may have scheduled during this holiday season - November 15th - January 1st so that the Chamber can include these events in it's annual Hometown Holidays Brochure!

Please have these events submitted by Wednesday, November 1st! They can be sent to Pam Warren - pwarren@ahchamber.com. If you have any further questions, please feel free to reach out to the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce & Tourism at 540-962-2178.

Fall / Halloween Events

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๐—–๐—ต๐—ถ๐—น๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ง๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—–๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜๐—ผ๐—ป is back for a ๐Ÿฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ - ๐™พ๐™ฝ๐™ด ๐™ฝ๐™ธ๐™ถ๐™ท๐šƒ ๐™พ๐™ฝ๐™ป๐šˆ!

Join us for a walking tour through downtown Covington led by the one and only David Crosier.

Saturday, October 21st - check in at 7:00p.m.

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The tour begins and ends at Nowhere Brewing.

Hear ๐šŒ๐š‘๐š’๐š•๐š•๐š’๐š—๐š stories of times past, this years tour will have a ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐˜๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜!

Advance tickets are $10 each and include a ๐—™๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—˜ drink of your choice. They can be purchased at Peoples Bank and the Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce (beginning Wednesday, October 11th). Purchase online on Olde Town Covingtonโ€™s website (a $1.00 convenience fee is applied to each ticket).

Tickets are $15.00 the day of.

Clifton Forge Fall Foliage Festival

October 20th-22nd

Downtown Clifton Forge

Each year October heralds the magnificent beauty and abundance of the Alleghany Highlandsโ€™ forest and mountains. We welcome you to scenic, busy and friendly Clifton Forge, Virginia to view the splendor of Autumn foliage and browse through the many exhibits and shows in downtown Clifton Forge.

Local civic groups and organizations have a myriad of refreshments made on the premises, including fresh doughnuts, country ham sandwiches, roast beef sandwiches, home baked goods, hamburgers and hot-dogs.

Musical performances can be heard almost nonstop from such diverse types as gospel, country, blue grass, rock bands and local high school. Many types of crafts can be purchased such as handmade jewelry, wooden toys, quilts, Christmas ornaments, wood carvings, and leather goods. Typical tables at the flea market will contain a variety of antiques and collectibles: glassware, furniture, books, silverware, pottery, china, and other items to numerous to mention. The flea market, which lines the main streets of the town is one of the biggest drawing cards of the festival.

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Mountain Magic Festival

Saturday, October 21st from 2:00p.m.-6:00p.m.

Jackson River Sports Complex

Pumpkins in the Park

Ages 2-12

Starting at 2:00p.m. the kids will be able to walk through the pumpkin patch, pick out a pumpkin of their choosing, and decorate it with a couple of different options of pumpkin dรฉcor. There will also be Trunk-Or-Treat available which is sponsored by Kars Unlimited.

Hayrides begin at 3:00p.m.

The DRB Band will then take the stage from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m. Grab an adult fall-themed beverage from Olde Town Covington and enjoy it while the band plays. There will also be several different options for food from JKK Concessions, German Bratwurst Truck, Kanawha Cafรฉ, and Flurries. Kids can enjoy games, bounce houses, and face painting. Smores stations will also be available. Don't miss out on what's going to be a great fall event!

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Join the YMCA for their 3rd Annual Halloween Spooktacular!

Saturday, October 21st from 3:30p.m. - 7:00p.m.

Games, Fun, Horror, and More!

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Hometown Halloween 2023

Friday, October 27th from 5:00p.m.-7:00p.m.

Join us for ๐—›๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป ๐—›๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฏ, downtown on Main Street in Covington for the area's biggest Halloween candy grab!

FREE event.

 We invite businesses, organizations, churches and individuals to come and set up a space to pass candy out to the children of the community.

 To ๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—š๐—œ๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—˜๐—ฅ please email ๐—–๐—”๐—ฅ๐—ฌ.๐—Ÿ๐—œ๐—ก๐—ž๐—ฆ๐—ช๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐—ฅ@๐—š๐— ๐—”๐—œ๐—Ÿ.๐—–๐—ข๐—  with subject line "๐—›๐—› ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฏ"

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Halloween in the Forge

October 28th from 1:00p.m.-5:00p.m.

Live music, vendors, mini pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating, costume contest, games, decorate a trick or treat bag, food

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Trick or treat at all your favorite downtown Clifton Forge merchants from 1to 3pm on Tuesday, October 31st!

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Sign up today to join Clifton Forge School of the Arts for their Broom Making class!

Just a few days before Halloween, you can discover the fascinating legacy of broomcorn and the art of broom making in this engaging class with master broom maker Gary Robinson!

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Registration for this class will only remain open for a few more days, so be sure to sign up today and take advantage of this awesome opportunity!

You can sign up online at cfsota.org or in person during our regular business hours! (Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-2pm)

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Looking for a Spooky Good time?

Join Cliffview on Saturday October 28 for their Annual Halloween Golf Tournament 

 Call (540) 962-2200 for details and to register your team

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Boys Home of Virginia is excited to host their 7th Annual Boys Home Harvest Hustle 5K, 10K, and half-marathon! Each year this event has grown bigger and better and they are certain that 2023 will be no exception.

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RACE DESCRIPTION

All races start and end at the Intervale Trailhead of the Jackson River Scenic Trail, in Covington, VA. The USATF-certified course has a smooth crushed gravel surface and is mostly flat, with some small hills. The course follows an old railroad bed of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad, winding along the Jackson River through the scenic Alleghany Highlands. You are welcome to run or walk at your own pace; please be aware that aid stations will close at noon.

Drive-thru Packet Pick-up will be from 4 p.m. โ€“ 6 p.m. on Friday, October 27th at Boys Home of Virginia, 414 Boys Home Drive, Covington, VA 24426.

On-site packet pickup the day of the race (Saturday, October 28th) will be available starting at 8:30 a.m. There will be separate tables for each race, as well as another table for same day registrations.

Area Events

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The Alleghany Highlands Arts Council Presents

Good Shot Judy

Thursday, October 26, 2023 at 7:00 pm

@ The Historic Masonic Theatre 

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Grounded in the swinging cadence of the big band era, Good Shot Judy boldly ventures wherever whimsy leads them. The big amp jazz band brings melodic muscle to every show. Sound, energy, and swagger all arrive onstage when Good Shot Judy shows up.

The Alleghany Highlands Arts Council

Since 1953, the mission of the Alleghany Highlands Arts Council has been to provide the highest quality, professional performing arts events to our community and to introduce the performing arts to area youth through presentations of music, theatre and dance. A further purpose is to cultivate and nurture talent within this community. This is achieved by providing opportunity for local performers through participation in the Alleghany Highlands Chorale, the Alleghany Highlands Orchestra and Alleghany Community Theatre.

Find out more here!

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THE HISTORIC MASONIC THEATRE AND THE VIRGINIA OPRY PRESENT THE KENTUCKY HEADHUNTERS

October 28 from 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Nashville has hardly been the same since the Kentucky Headhunters took it by storm in 1990. A country actโ€“in the loosest sense of the termโ€“the Headhuntersโ€™ hard-driving music ranges far afield into boogie, old-style rock โ€˜n roll, and white-boy electric guitar blues. The result is as rowdy and woolly as the singers themselvesโ€“a guitar-charged stomping sound variously described as โ€œpsycha-billyโ€ and โ€œhillbilly speed metalโ€.

Historic Masonic Theatre & Amphitheatre

The Masonic Theatre and Amphitheatre provides a first-class venue for performances as well as multi-use space for community activities. From exciting concerts and performances to community events and festivals, HMT is a must-visit icon of the Alleghany Highlands!

Upcoming Events

October 20th ~ Purple Rain (musical drama film)

October 21st ~ An operatic version of the story of The Three Little Pigs

October 21st ~ Opera on the James

October 21st ~ Clifton Forge Shrine Club Fall Foliage Festival presents: The Announcers

Learn about the current events scheduled at HMT!

Clifton Forge School of the Arts

The Clifton Forge School of the Arts is a private non-profit organization dedicated to teaching the fine and applied arts to people of all ages and abilities living in the Alleghany Highlands and beyond. 

Click here to learn about the School's offerings!

Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center

In operation since 1984 with a mission to stimulate an interest in and appreciation of visual arts in the Alleghany Highlands. Classes are offered for all ages year round. New Exhibits of a wide range of style, technique, and media are featured in the Center's Gallery free of admissio๏ปฟn every 4 to 6 weeks. The Center Shop provides a location for regional juried artists and craftspeople to display and sell high-quality fine arts and crafts.

Learn More about what's going on at the Center!

Area Information

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The River Retreat Apartments are now open! Offering 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. Each unit has quartz kitchen counter tops, stainless steel appliances, luxe plank hardwood flooring, and a patio/balcony. On top of all that, enjoy views of the beautiful Jackson river right from your community.

All initial residents will receive a FREE one year membership to the YMCA that is right across the street!

Contact R. Fralin and Associates for more information:

livenew@rfralinassociates.com or 540-302-4327

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Hunting & Trapping in Virginia July 2023-June 2024 Printed Guides are available at the Alleghany Highlands Chamber Office located at 110 Mall Road, Covington

There is also a digital PDF version available here: https://dwr.virginia.gov/wp-content/uploads/media/2023-2024-Virginia-Hunting-and-Trapping-Regulations-Digest.pdf

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Workshops & Events Upcoming

Workshops, events, and programs are designed with a small business owner in mind. Actionable, sharing of ideas, and takeaways to keep things straight.

Click here for the full schedule!

The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association launched a website and campaign last year to help with recruitment efforts at the hospitals across the state. Here, candidates can search and apply to all posted hospital jobs in Virginia, and learn about the amenities and offerings of the distinct regions of Virginia. There are also clickable links and information on all Virginia hospitals by region, and educational institutions where students can obtain healthcare degrees. These opportunities are not just clinical jobs, this site includes all posted positions including IT, human resources, facilities and maintenance, and many entry-level positions with available employer support for tuition assistance and career development.

Learn More

The Virginia College Advising Corps seeks service-minded, motivated undergraduates in their last semesters to serve as college advisers in partner high schools.

Hiring Locations
General Information

Contact the Chamber!๏ปฟ

Chamber Information Office

(540)962-2178

Address

110 Mall Road

Covington, VA 24426

Email

info@ahchamber.com

Chamber Office/Visitors Center Hours

Monday through Friday

9am - 5pm

Saturday

9am - 3pm

Sunday

Closed

Staff

๏ปฟTeresa Hammond

Executive Director

Josh Taylor

Director of Marketing

& Special Events

Missy Green

Office Manager

Pam Warren

&

Pam Myers

Customer Service

Susan Knick

Special Projects

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