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Thirty-two Franklin and Henry county residents stopped Thursday morning to hear the Dairy Queen Band on 40 West in Rocky Mount.
Monday, October 15, 2012
By MORRIS STEPHENSON - Special to the News-Post
A bus load of senior citizens filed into the Dairy Queen on Route 40 West early Thursday morning to hear the music of the DQ Band.
It was the first stop on a four-day tour of attractions along the Crooked Road for 32 residents of Franklin and Henry counties.
Libby Bondurant, co-author of "Grazing Along The Crooked Road" cookbook, organized the trip that will take the group along the 265-mile music trail.
The trip is crammed full of stops with emphasis being placed on the region's music, Bondurant said. After leaving Rocky Mount, the group was scheduled to stop at the Blue Ridge Institute on the Ferrum College campus. A stop at Floyd's Country Store to hear the music was to have concluded Thursday's schedule.
The group planned to visit the Blue Ridge Music Center off the parkway to begin Friday's schedule. Then there were planned stops at Heartwood in Abingdon and Lay's Hardware.
Saturday, the group planned to visit Bush Mill before seeing the Guess River Gorge in Coeburn. The highlight of the trip was to be the annual fall fling in the town of Wise, which attracts thousands of people. Music at the County Cabin Saturday night was set to close out the schedule.
On the return trip, the visitors planned to stop at the Primland resort in Meadows of Dan for breakfast, Bondurant said. The trip was set to end at Collinsville.
"Right now it appears we are going to have perfect weather for this trip, which should be concluded before the predicted rain begins," she added.
"We are all looking forward to seeing the places that are scheduled, and everyone is anticipating the visit to Heartland, which recently opened its doors and also spotlights 'Round the Mountain along with The Crooked Road," Bondurant said.