Del. Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, held a golf fund-raiser Thursday — at the Putt-Putt course on Peters Creek Road. Dubbed the Greater Griffith Open, the event raised money for his re-election campaign.
Kathryn Hanson, the delegate’s niece, shares these photos, which you can view in the slideshow above or in this gallery format.
Most of the photos, as you’ll see, focus on the delegate’s two sons, Davis Griffith, 3 and a half, in the red and white striped shirt and Starke Griffith, 2, in the solid red shirt with American flag on the front.
Do you have photos involving people from Salem? We’re happy to post them all right here, even political fund-raisers. You can share at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(For Democrats wondering about equal time, we posted photos on August 24 that a reader shared from when Creigh Deeds, the Democratic candidate for governor, campaigned in Salem.)
Art Bailie of Salem is organizing a picnic for former residents of the U.S.S.R. and countries in Eastern Europe. It will be Sept. 20 in Garst Mill Park in Southwest Roanoke County. He says last year’s picnic was in Longwood Park.
Here’s the information he sends us:
TO FOLKS FROM THE FORMER USSR AND EASTERN EUROPE–LIVING IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY (AND BEYOND)
YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN YOUR FRIENDS—AND TO MAKE NEW ONES –AT A PICNIC IN THE PARK
WHERE—Garst Mill PARK in the picnic shelter
WHEN—SUNDAY–SEPTEMBER 20, 2009, FROM 4PM UNTIL ??? (9pm)
WE REQUEST THAT YOU BRING ENOUGH VOLUME OF FOOD AND NON-ALCOHOLIC DRINKS FOR YOUR FAMILY AND A LITTLE EXTRA FOR VISITORS.
PLATES, CUPS, ICE AND SOME SERVING UTENSILS WILL BE PROVIDED
When someone says “quilting,” it generally brings thoughts of old-fashioned little ladies sitting around a sewing room stitching symmetrical squares on a large piece of thick fabric. Well, former East and South Salem Elementary art teacher Judy Loope isn’t old-fashioned, and the quilts she makes don’t belong on a bed or in a trunk. Her creations usually hang proudly on a clean wall for lots of folks to see.
Starting Thursday, August 27, a gallery of her textiles and mixed-media quilts, “Stitch Attitude” will be on display at the Gallery on the James in Buchanan through October 4.
Her works are made of mostly synthetic fabric along with almost any other art material she can get a needle through. Her mother and grandmother did a lot of traditional quilting, so she knew the basics, but she started quilting in the late 1980s, early 1990s after making her son a quick throw together “blankie.”
“It was one of those moments where you’re cutting out little pieces of fabric and then wait a minute. Why am I following someone else’s pattern – I’m an art teacher!,” the Longwood College graduate said. She attended there after graduating from Andrew Lewis High in 1969.
She embraced her new hobby as a hobby, in her spare time as a creative outlet, until she retired six to seven years ago. That’s when she got serious. She set up an official studio in her sunroom, and got to work.
Loope’s husband, John, has supported her new career wholeheartedly. When Judy goes to new craft stores or to faraway art shows, he researches a fly fishing spot and finds a place to entertain himself while she’s doing her thing.
So far, she has shown her quilts at galleries in Scotland, England, North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, Colorado, and all over Virginia.
“I think that’s probably a dream of anyone that’s in the arts field,” she said. “Being an arts education person, my career was in teaching, not in the business side of things. So I’m having to learn a lot.”
So far, she’s been having a lot of luck getting herself noticed. Sam Pettway, CEO of Boardwalk Consulting, a company in Atlanta, contacted her to do commission pieces as awards for the nonprofits that his company works with. Some have gone to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, to the Susan G. Komen breast cancer organization, and to food banks and child services. One even went to Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin - it depicts a jovial character with a large flower on her lapel, just like Franklin usually wears.
Loope has also made fast friends with a British textile artist, Kathy Colledge. That’s how some of her work has landed in England. She and her husband, John, even visited Europe for the first time recently because of her quilting shows.
“Most people think of quilts as grandma’s work going on the bed … Now we’re seeing more and more of them as more of a fine art than a bed art,” Loope said.
Loope is teaching a class on fabric and paper printing from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 18 at the gallery. The cost is $20 per person and has a simple supply list of scraps, old sheets, rags, used wrapping or scrapbook paper, old maps or other assorted papers. Call 254-9708 or email email@example.com to register.
Gallery by the James is located in an historic building on Main Street (Route 11) in Buchanan. Summer hours are 11-2 on Thursday, 11-5 on Friday and Saturday, 2-5 on Sunday or by appointment.
Here’s what’s going on at the Glenvar Public Library at 3917 Daugherty Rd. in the month of September, submitted by Michael Meise. If you’re interested in attending a workshop or class at the Glenvar library, call 387-6163 for more information.
Tween Scene @ Glenvar
CD scrapbook craft
Tuesday, September 1, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Teen Gaming @ Glenvar
Tuesday, September 22, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Teen Creative Writing Group @ Glenvar
Glenvar Branch Library
Tuesday, September 29, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Family Movie “Earth” @ Glenvar
Tuesday, September 8, 6:00 pm
Movies played on a large screen with surroundsound. Families Welcome! Free admission! Free freshly popped popcorn too!!
Keep reading for events and classes at the Vinton, Hollins, and Electric Road Libraries:
Meats: Highland farms should have lots of grass finished beef
Cheeses: Saturday, Sterling Bridge Dairy should have several varieties of jersey cow and goat specialty cheeses to choose from including fresh mozzarella, Colby style, cheddar style, pepperjack style, farmers style, and soft cheeses.
Other goodies: Fresh local honey, garlic products, barbecue rubs and sauce,
doggie treats, icy cold bottled lemonade, and homemade lotions and soaps.
Gardening: Saturday’s gardeners will find lots of beautiful landscaping shrubs to inspire them from Accent Nursery!
Chef Brian completes the Circle this Saturday!
This Saturday, the Salem Market is proud to welcome Chef Brian Murtagh to the Chefs Circle! Brian is Executive Chef of the Roanoke Country Club and has delighted his guests for over 24 years with his culinary creations! He is a graduate of Johnson and Wales Culinary Arts University and has worked in various locations including Richmond’s Butlery Restaurant, the Commonwealth Club, the Westwood Racquet Club, The Hotel Roanoke, the University of Virginia, and VMI. Brian has been instrumental in the establishment of a chef’s apprentice program in the Roanoke Valley, and was wonderful enough to drop in and give us input and suggestions when we were putting together our mobile kitchen!
Tomorrow’s program completes this summer’s scheduled lineup for the Chef’s Circle! So don’t forget to join us tomorrow morning at 9:30 on the market!
A representative from Russian Pointe, the Chicago based shoe manufacturer, will be giving a seminar at Twinkletoes Dance Wear in the Ridgeway Shopping Center (across from Lewis Gale) 1 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday August 29.
The seminar is for parents, instructors, and students and is on how to take care of your shoes, how to get a proper fit, and more.
Personal fitting sessions will start at 10 a.m. and go until 7 p.m. Owner Kay Huffman said that she may stay open until 9 p.m. if people are still shopping.
To read the So Salem article from August 2008, when Twinkletoes was first opening, click here.