Serving a hot Thanksgiving meal to the homeless in downtown Roanoke
Roanoke, Va. – Dozens of chairs and tables were set at Elmwood Park to host a one of a kind feast for the unsheltered community. For the first time, Least of These Ministry helped host a Thanksgiving feast with Samaritan Inn to feed the homeless. Dozens of volunteers prepared enough food and drinks to serve to 200 people in downtown Roanoke. The Least of These Ministry Founder Dawn Sandoval said she wants the homeless to know despite the difficult times they face, there is a team that is on their side. “With people that want to love on them and may not be in the same circumstance,” Sandoval said.
25 Days of Dickens announces changes due to new COVID-19 regulations
Northam announced new coronavirus restrictions last week, organizers for 25 Days of Dickens had to make some changes. Performances in Elmwood Park have all been canceled, and all Kids Pass locations are limited to 25 people per time slot. You can make reservations for Kids Pass locations starting Friday at 10 a.m. Downtown Lights Bike Ride with Downshift Bikes has also been removed from the schedule. To learn more, click here.
Roanoke’s re-imagined ’25 Days of Dickens' promises pandemic-friendly festivities
ROANOKE, Va. – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — at least, it will later this month. The pandemic has forced organizers to reimagine Roanoke’s traditional Dickens of a Christmas. For this year’s event, there will be 25 Days of Dickens from Nov. 24 to Dec. 18. The event is free and will include events like The Elf on the Shelf Advenure, Kids Pass for free admission into museums and attractions, festive lighting downtown, performances in Elmwood Park and a chance to Zoom with Santa. To see a full schedule of events, click here.
Elmwood on Ice is canceled this year — Thanks, 2020
ROANOKE, Va. – Looks like this classic winter activity won’t be happening in Roanoke this holiday season, and we only have this unanticipated year to blame. Elmwood on Ice, an annual ice-skating event, has been canceled as Downtown Roanoke focuses on other priorities for 2020. Officials said that finding a new location for Elmwood on Ice took a backseat to other downtown priorities, but they hope to bring the ice rink back for 2021. Downtown Roanoke also announced that Elmwood Park was chosen to highlight a new space, but did not say what it will be. Don’t worry though — The other Downtown Roanoke holiday tradition, Dickens of a Christmas will still happen this year on Dec. 4, 11, and 18.
Roanokes Local Colors Festival goes virtual
ROANOKE, Va. An annual festival that usually draws in thousands of people to downtown Roanoke has moved online due to COVID-19. The Local Colors Virtual Festival started on Tuesday and runs through Friday. Usually, thousands of people head to Elmwood Park to watch musical and dance performances and try different foods, but this year, its all online. Even though the festival wont be held in person this year to mark Local Colors 30th anniversary, Executive Director Lisa Spencer said its still a great way to celebrate all the diverse cultures that make up the region. It reminds us of our shared humanity and that is expressed in so many different ways, said Spencer, the executive director of Local Colors of Western Virginia, Were all in this together.Check out music and dance performances on the Local Colors Facebook page.
‘We need everybody on board’: Skateboarders, roller skaters protest for racial equality
ROANOKE – Hundreds of people in Roanoke’s Elmwood Park put a new spin on social justice marches Sunday afternoon. The Rolling for Reform demonstration featured skateboarders, roller skaters, cyclists, and everyone in between using their wheels for justice. The group rolled out from Elmwood Park and went through downtown Roanoke, including Market Street. “The cause that we’re standing together for, against systemic racism, is a cause where we need everybody on board,” Preston said. “We want to do things where we’re consistently bringing in people from different demographics and groups.”
Christiansburg High School performs with Foreigner in front of sold out crowd
ROANOKE, Va. - In front of a sold out crowd at Elmwood Park Thursday, the Christiansburg High School choir sang their hearts out with rock band Foreigner, joining them in one of their most famous hits, I want to know what love is.A night of fame, that many only dream of, these kids lived out like rockstars. After weeks of practicing Christiansburg choir member Koby Brown said it was a moment they'll never forget. Christiansburg was one of 7 choirs from all over southwest Virginia that competed for the coveted prize of joining the famous band on stage. Foreigner actually approached us to do this choir contest, said host Dick Daniels. Christiansburg won with over 4,600 votes, earning not only the rights to perform with foreigner, but also a $500 donation to their choir.
Christiansburg High School performs with Foreigner in front of sold-out crowd
ROANOKE, Va. – In front of a sold-out crowd at Elmwood Park Thursday, the Christiansburg High School choir sang their hearts out with rock band Foreigner, joining them in one of their most famous hits, "I Want to Know What Love is." After weeks of practicing, Christiansburg choir member Koby Brown said it was a moment they'll never forget. Christiansburg was one of seven choirs from all over southwest Virginia that competed for the coveted prize of joining the famous band on stage. "Foreigner actually approached us to do this choir contest," said host Dick Daniels. Christiansburg won with over 4,600 votes, earning not only the rights to perform with Foreigner, but also a $500 donation to their choir.
7th annual Bacon Fest
ROANOKE, Va. - Bacon lovers gathered at the seventh annual Bacon Fest at Elmwood Park in downtown Roanoke on Saturday. Bacon, beer and live bands filled the streets. Local restaurants competed against each other to see who has the best bacon dish. A previous winner from Roanoke came out to the event. The festival wrapped up with a concert by The Mavericks at Elmwood Park Amphitheater.
2019 Baconfest will feature music from The Mavericks
ROANOKE, Va.- - You'll find delicious bacon dishes from all around southwest Virginia in downtown Roanoke this weekendThe 7th annual Baconfest will return to Elmwood Park Saturday. There will be everything from bacon wrap pork belly, to bacon hot sauces and bacon treats as local chefs and catering companies compete for the championship title. The Mavericks are coming to perform at the Elmwood Park Stage. It's rock, it's roll, it's country, it's Cuban,"said Michael Hemphill, director of marketing at Roanoke Catholic. Copyright 2019 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.
30th annual Henry Street Festival held
ROANOKE, Va. - Thousands of people took to the streets Saturday to celebrate the 30th annual Henry Street Heritage Festival in downtown Roanoke. The first director of the Harrison Museum of African American Culture came up with the idea of celebrating the museum on Henry Street. "It showcases the rich history and culture of African American people," said Henry Street Festival volunteer-, Anita James Price. The festival started at 12 p.m. Saturday, and closed after the headlining performers took the stage at 7. Proceeds from the festival will go toward ongoing programs and operations of the Harrison Museum of African American Culture.
Henry Street Heritage Festival honors legacy of lost district
ROANOKE, Va. - The Henry Street Heritage Festival will fill Elmwood Park with music this weekend, but the museum behind the event hopes attendees learn about its roots. Henry Street was the historic center of Roanoke's black community, specifically the Gainsboro neighborhood, during segregation. The Harrison Museum of African American Culture first organized the festival on Henry Street 30 years ago, but it has since grown and moved to Elmwood Park. The people behind the museum see the festival as a way to remind Roanokers of the way the neighborhood once was. We weren't able to let everybody hear our voices and hear our music."
Round Town: crafts, music, heritage
Olde Salem Days, SalemDowntown Salem will be filled with vendors at Olde Salem Days. There will be crafters, artists, food, entertainment and more. It's Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.Henry Street Heritage Festival, RoanokeElmwood Park is home to the Henry Street Heritage Festival. The African-American heritage festival features entertainment, crafts, food and more. It's Saturday from noon to 10 p.m.Head to Henry County for the annual Bassett Heritage Festival.
Drake White reveals he has debilitating brain condition after nearly collapsing onstage
White suffered an onstage medical emergency and was rushed to the hospital by emergency medical technicians, leaving fans in a state of confusion and worry. The condition happens when abnormal blood vessels connecting arteries and veins in the brain become tangled, disrupting blood flow, according to the Mayo Clinic. It was basically stealing blood from my brain, White told People in July, just weeks before his onstage scare happened. Though it is still unclear if his onstage fall is directly related to his condition, White decided it was time to share his medical journey with fans. Im not telling this story for me, White told People last month.
'Can't wait to get back out there with y'all' Drake White tweets after medical emergency
ROANOKE, Va. - After a scary medical emergency Friday night at Elmwood Park in Roanoke, country singer Drake White is okay. Im gonna take some time to rest up and I cant wait to get back out there with yall. pic.twitter.com/ZWL1pVPBuk Drake White (@DrakeWhite) August 19, 2019While opening for main act Scotty McCreery Friday night, White suffered an onstage medical emergency and was taken to the hospital by emergency medical technicians. ORIGINAL STORYScotty McCreery rocked Roanoke's Elmwood Park on Friday night, but not before his opening act, Drake White, suffered an onstage medical emergency and was taken to the hospital by emergency medical technicians. Music fans are thrilled that Elmwood Park is becoming a destination for people they actually want to see perform.
What's News Today: August 16, 2019
Here's a look at some of the stories we'll be following today as they make headlines across the country and Southwest Virginia. The Roanoke Sox Special Olympics Unified team will begin competing today in Nashville as part of the Special Olympics North America Softball Championship. Southern Trust Homes Services will host a Back to School Bash today. It runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Southern Trust Home Services on Starkey Road. One of the men, facing charges in connection to the death of Lynchburg teen, Raymond Wood, is expected to enter a plea in court today.
Round Town: fairs and trucks
Here are some of the events happeing 'Round Town this weekend. The annual event left kids get a hands-on experience, climbing into the driver seat and explore fire trucks, police cars, dump trucks and more. Enjoy dancing, music, and great food. Amherst County Fair, AmherstHave fun at the Amherst County Fair. Enjoy a day of music, food trucks, beer and more.
Roanoke Wine Festival coming to Elmwood Park
ROANOKE, Va.- - The Roanoke Wine Festival is back after 10 years. The event is happening Saturday from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Elmwood Park and features Virginia-based farm wineries, breweries, eateries, cideries and more. But we really wanted to make this as family-friendly as possible. It's an all-ages event,"said JD Sutphin, president of Big Lick Entertainment. http://biglickentertainment.com/event/roanokewinefest/Copyright 2019 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.
Enjoy great food, wine and music this weekend for just $20
ROANOKE, Va. - JD Sutphin, from Big Lick Entertainment, is here with details on the Roanoke Wine Fest happening this Saturday at Elmwood Park. Hear more about the incredible selection of wine, beer, cider, food and more! Copyright 2019 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.
Roanoke Valley Autism Awareness Month events
ROANOKE, Va. – April is Autism Awareness month. Word Autism Day is Tuesday, April 2. Different community organizations will come together in Roanoke to light up Elmwood Park blue from 6 to 8 p.m. The Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center wants to increase the understanding and acceptance of people with autism with multiple events this month. For more on other events, you can visit braacroanoke.org
Round Town: Ice skating and roller derby
(WSLS 10) - This weekend is your last chance to ice skate this season at Elmwood Park. Hours are 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. It's a family event featuring a Cookie Box Creation, inflatables, karaoke, face painting, and of course, cookies. The Star City Roller Girls open up their season at the Berglund Center this weekend. Enjoy great roller derby action as the team takes on the Greenbrier Roller Vixens of Lewisburg, W.V.
Round Town: Strawberries, music and art
(WSLS 10) - Enjoy sweet treats while helping to keep tuition low at a Roanoke Valley School at the Community School's Strawberry Festival. Enjoy strawberry shortcake or chocolate covered strawberries. Fork and Cork, Blacksburg's premiere food, wine and art returns Saturday. You can also take home art or enjoy live music. Take in some baseball in Martinsville this weekend in the National Club Baseball Association's District three, division two regional tournament.