Summer Road Trips: For The Music Lovers

first_imgLocation: Southwest VirginiaDistance: 196 milesDriver: Daniel DavisGuitarist and lead vocalist, Folk Soul RevivalBristol, VA.“I like the idea that this is the birthplace of country music, that I can be part of a community where that all started and is still considered a place where real country music comes from, as opposed to a lot of the stuff they call ‘country’ on the radio. It’s nice to be close to those roots.”Day 1  |  20 miles | Wise – Saint PaulYour trip down country music memory lane begins about as far west in Virginia as you can go before you hit the Kentucky state line. First stop: the town of Wise, Virginia. Just 10 miles from Daniel Davis’ hometown of Coeburn, Va., Wise is near the westernmost terminus of Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail, the 333-mile-long Crooked Road. Of The Crooked Road’s nine major historical music venues, Country Cabin II is just down the road from Wise in Norton, Va. The cabin regularly hosts classes on traditional Appalachian pastimes like clogging and in-line dancing as well as its annual Dock Boggs Festival in September.In Wise proper, roots lovers should be sure to check out the RTE 23 Music Festival, which is set to take place August 25 this year. This homegrown festival has built a tremendous following since its inception in 2014 and has become a staple event in the region. In the evening, head east to the up-and-coming town of Saint Paul, Va., located on the Clinch River. Sugar Hill Brewing Company makes great beer and serves southern inspired pub eats. For a truly local dining experience, head over to Southwest Virginia native Chef Travis Milton’s new restaurant, Milton’s, located in the super chic Western Front Hotel. After a sumptuous meal of chicken fried bacon, leather britches, and sausage and kraut, head upstairs to one of the hotel’s hip rooms, starting around $109 per night.Day 2  |  42 miles | Saint Paul — BristolOn day two, make the hour-long trek south to the border town of Bristol Virginia/Tennessee. After you stop to take your obligatory selfie with the Bristol sign on State Street, check out The Birthplace of Country Music Museum ($13 per person). This thoughtfully curated museum, which is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, takes visitors through Bristol’s music history, from the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings to today.If you really want to get the most bang for your buck this trip, time your visit to coincide with Brisol’s pride and joy, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion (September 21-23). You can catch Bristol-based Folk Soul Revival here performing their newest self-titled album, which is set to go live late August. Thunder Mountain Campground is your best bet for camping, unless there’s a race (the campground is adjacent to Bristol Motor Speedway). Holston River Brewing Company is located on-site and shuttles will be offered for guests staying here during Rhythm & Roots.Thought not located in Bristol, The Carter Family Fold Memorial Music Center is nearby and one of the region’s most important cultural sites. The annual Carter Festival takes place August 3 this year, but the intimate venue also has shows every week featuring the likes of Ralph Stanley II and the Clinch Mountain Boys and Appalachia Rising.Day 3  |  134 miles | Bristol — FloydYou could easily hop on the interstate and zip up to Floyd, Va., in two hours, but if you’re more of a Sunday drive kind of road tripper (which, we trust you are), take the aptly named Crooked Road along U.S. Route 58. You’ll wind through the charming town of Damascus and up through Mount Rogers National Recreation Area and Grayson Highlands State Park. Once the road straightens out, be on the lookout for Galax, home of Rex Theater and the Old Fiddlers’ Convention (August 6-11), the world’s oldest and largest gathering of fiddlers.Once in Floyd, head down to The Floyd Country Store, which holds a Friday Night Jamboree, Saturday Americana Afternoons, and Sunday jam sessions year-round. The timeless setting of the country store makes the whole experience feel like a big family reunion. Before you hit the road headed home, stop in for wood-fired pizza, craft beer, and more live music at Dogtown Roadhouse & The Sun Music Hall.last_img read more

Chilean Army Factory and Armory opens New Industrial Maintenance Center

first_imgSupport for the CMIF began after FAMAE reported $2.6 million in profits during fiscal year 2014, recording sales of $56.1 million that year — an increase of 7.38 percent compared to 2013. Its supply division, which acquires replacement parts, raw materials and direct purchases, contributed 50 percent of FAMAE’s total revenue; its services section, which maintains armored vehicles, contributed 33 percent of its revenue. Product portfolio Sincerely,Tony Lyons.Eng. Mgr.Cell: 713 349 3773www.robcoamerica.com FAMAE’s also planning to manufacture ammunition under international standards, such as those of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Currently, it maintains commercial relations with the United States, Canada, Israel, Spain, Germany, Uruguay and Ecuador. The facility was built to improve maintenance for the entire ground fleet of the 3rd Armored Brigade “La Concepción” in the north while providing services to other countries; the project is part of FAMAE’s strategic plan, which also includes other investments intended to strengthen support for the Army and other branches of the country’s Armed Forces. It’s also working to open its “business portfolio, with both products and services, to other potential international markets at a competitive cost,” said FAMAE Director and Brigadier General Mauricio Heine. Building on positive results The Colombian service members were accompanied on a tour of the light armament and ammunition plants, and the industrial maintenance center, where they learned the company’s capabilities and its maintenance services and solutions. The service members also participated in shooting practice on the firing range. Brigadier General Heine attributed the company’s success to its employees’ focus on research and innovation. “We have been able to come up with solutions to problems of obsolete technology with recycling materials and more efficient designs of products and services,” he added. We would like to offer our services for your future sealing requirements. The Chilean Army Factory and Armory (FAMAE) opened its new Industrial Maintenance Center (CMIF), a 1,335 square-meter complex in the northern city of Antofagasta, on July 16. Among the designs FAMAE is developing for the international market is a new version of the SG 542-1 (5.56mm) rifle, which includes ergonomic and interface elements that allow the user to incorporate accessories and enable the soldier to use the weapon better. By Dialogo July 27, 2015 My name is Tony Lyons with Robco of America here in Houston, Texas.We are a Mechanical Seal manufacturing & repair service company.We offer fast turnarounds & competitive costs. “[Since this involves a domestically-manufactured product], we will be able to provide support during its entire life cycle,” Brigadier General Heine said. “We will be able to incorporate technological innovation processes, expanding our capabilities and applications according to market demand. Therefore, we will be able to keep the portfolio using a product family concept.” During its 204-year history, FAMAE – the oldest Military government-owned company in Latin America – has a record of developing technological innovations to meet market demands. Armed Forces officials from countries throughout the region often visit FAMAE facilities. “They come to learn about the business model being used by FAMAE for the Army and other defense institutions,” Brigadier General Heine said. “[The Colombian military delegation’s visit] gave us a positive impression because we are considered to be a reference point for the Latin American defense industry,” Brigadier General Heine said. In its sights In mid-May, delegates from the Colombian National Army toured FAMAE’s facilities, a visit that was permitted because it was within the framework of the 1st Bilateral Meeting of Army Chiefs of Staff for Colombia and Chile, which was held in the Chilean capital of Santiago. last_img read more