Looking back on 2010 just before it slips away forever tonight, let’s think about some of the Botetourt things, people and events that made this year extra special.
How can we forget the fire at Daniel Knight’s home? But the owner of Blue Collar Joe’s kept on making his doughnuts, and business came back “better than ever.” The fire didn’t hurt his sense of humor, either. “It was one way to get out of spring cleaning,” he quipped. And better for all of us lovers of his donuts, he has a half price special on any left an hour before closing. Yum.
The race for the Fincastle District’s supervisor’s seat, to fill the rest of the late Don Meredith’s term, attracted three candidates but not one bit of mud slinging. Larry Ceola won the seat, while all of Botetourt won.
Their many fans mourned the departure of Daleville’s Lin-Z-Jack’s hot dog stand (and its delicious chili) as well as Buchanan’s Mountain View Restaurant, but hungry folks kept coming to Fincastle’s Leonardo’s Pizza, the Three Pigs, Li’l Cucci’s, Bella Pizza, Veranda Bistro and so many other great local places to eat, and greeted the new Chinese restaurant next to the Daleville Kroger, C. L. Asia.
Plus with Diane Dixon’s new twist on fine dining, Troutville’s Pomegranate now offers not only great food but also live music. Those who claim there’s nothing to do around here haven’t been to Pomegranate yet.
The Goodwill store opening turned into another big event for Botetourt. You can drive up, hand in your donations and never even have to leave your car. And the shopping beats all. A friend of mine just bought two pairs of like-new work jeans for less than eight dollars. So when you think that the proceeds from the sales go to support training and jobs for persons who otherwise could not work, it really impresses.
The Glebe shone as a Botetourt star this past year, bringing in music we just haven’t had before. Carole Edwards saw to it that the conductor of the Roanoke Symphony, David Wiley, came to play the piano along with Julee Hickox on the flute. Edwards and her piano ensemble gave several concerts, and presented Deanne Vance as a solo artist. When you combine the church cantatas, the school music programs and other events, you don’t have to go away from Botetourt to hear good music.
And speaking of music, if you missed Attic’s “My Fair Lady” this summer, you missed a gem. Attic is another organization that just keeps keeping on, getting better all the time. They ended their 2010 season with “Christmas Belles,” featuring Freda Wood as a ditzy female with enough business sense to use a disastrous holiday pageant to promote her BooBoo BoKay florist shop. When you have the chance, get a season ticket – only $60 for an adult – so you don’t miss a single play in 2012. A little bird told me they will present “Anastasia,” about the woman who claimed to be the last Czar’s daughter, in February. This you have to see.
Another Botetourt success story comes from Troutville. Saturday farmers’ markets, fun events in the town park, even a party for singles. Look for more good things to come out of Troutville in 2012. Buchanan, too, has offered many farmers market times, as well as its traditional Mountain Magic in the fall. And the continuing success of the Saturday market at Ikenberry’s store shows how much we all like buying from our local farmers. Plus Historic Fincastle’s emphasis on local creative talent made their Marketplace, joined with the home tour, a big success.
So stay tuned to this space for more about the exciting people and events of Botetourt. Happy New Year!