FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 29, 2012 Autumn Burch Marketing & PR Coordinator (434) 376-2044 firstname.lastname@example.org
This Saturday, Patrick Henry’s Red Hill hosts its Second Annual Bluegrass, Barbecue & Brew Festival! Brookneal, VA –In tribute to Patrick Henry’s love of music, Red Hill is hosting the second annual
Bluegrass, Barbecue & Brew Festival on November 3, 2012 from 11:00am until 5. For all you bluegrass lovers, we have an exciting lineup of bands this year! We are featuring one returning band, The Bluegrass Brothers from Salem, and two bluegrass bands new to our stage: the Darrell Webb Band from Knoxville, Tennessee, and Tara Mills & Strings Attached from Charlottesville. The Bluegrass Brothers are a high-energy bluegrass band that is a must see show for a traditional bluegrass delight! The band members grew up in Virginia bluegrass music families and it is evident as soon as they hit the stage. We are so thrilled to have The Bluegrass Brothers join us again! Grammy-nominated Darrell Webb Band is one of the two new bands to our stage this year. Fans are calling the Darrell Webb Band the most electrifying show they have ever seen. Darrell Webb brings energy and excitement to the concert stage, reaching beyond traditional boundaries. The band records for Rural Rhythm Records located in Nashville, Tennessee. To round out the bands is the delightful Tara Mills with Strings Attached. Tara Mills is a singer and songwriter from Charlottesville who plays original folk and roots music with bluegrass inspiration and instrumentation. In the winter of 2000, Mills, who has enjoyed singing most of her life, picked up the guitar and taught herself how to relay the beautiful melodies in her head to audible music.
What food better represents the South, then mouth-watering barbecue? Barbecue has been a staple in southern Virginia for centuries and was often prepared for celebrations and outdoor gatherings. The meat is usually cooked over indirect heat for long periods of time – hence the “low and slow” method. We will have delicious local barbecue available by participating restaurants, the Drug Store Grill of Brookneal, TBones Deli of Partow, as well as other food from the Charlotte County Lion’s Club. Dan’s Ice Cream and Food from Gladys will be joining the festival with funnel cakes, ice cream, ribbon fries, and fresh squeezed lemonade. Whims ‘n Fancies will be having a variety of cupcakes. With these vendors, sweet treats will be available for every sweet tooth to enjoy! Patrick Henry was also a supporter of craft beer. He brewed his own batch, known as small beerwhich is a low alcohol content beverage. To pay homage to Henry’s small beer brew, we will be having some of Virginia’s finest craft breweries here for the festival. Devil’s Backbone Brewery from Nelson County, Legend Brewery from Richmond, and Starr Hill Brewery from Charlottesville will be among the craft beer available at the festival. We will also be featuring a different kind of brew with two hard ciders from Bold Rock Cidery from Nelson County! The vendor line-up for the Bluegrass, Barbecue & Brew Festival is impressive. Vendors will be participating from all parts of Virginia and even as far away as New Jersey! There is a wide range of goods: Alpaca by Jaca – who makes items from Alpaca wool including socks, ponchos, and other clothing items to toys and jewelry – to wooden crafts by a Red House native, such as wine toppers, coasters and toys. One vendor will be spinning on site and have a selection of wool products to choose from, including ornaments. Inspired by Indee is coming back to the festival again this year, with beautiful wheel-thrown and hand-built pottery pieces, as well as jewelry. Several vendors are exclusively selling jewelry: Simply Stones from Floyd County and turnedpeach jewelry from Lynchburg. Specialty items are available, among which are handrolled cigars by the Cortez Brothers from New Jersey. Very little goes better with a dark stout than a bold cigar making this vendor’s items quite a treat! This year the festival welcomes consultants from Mary Kay Cosmetics, Scentsy, and Light Chiropractic. When you finish shopping, walk through the historic site, Patrick Henry’s home and his law office, and other plantation buildings and family graveyard, which will be open to guests all day long. The grave monuments are in the process of being restored, and the conservator will be on hand to answer questions about the careful and time-consuming process that goes in to restoring centuries-old gravestones. Stop in and talk with a docent who will be in each of the buildings, on hand to provide information about Patrick Henry, his family and Red Hill. Guests will be requested to first empty their glass and place it a bag provided at each building before entering. Or take some time and chat with Patrick Henry himself, as his sixth great-grandson will be here in costume and enjoying the festival!
Catch the aromas emanating from the hearth kitchen and be sure to stop in and visit with food historian Rachel Deddens will be demonstrating 18th century hearthside cooking. Rachel is well known for her historic cooking interpretations and demonstrations and has presented programs at nationally recognized sites where she informs visitors on the tools and methods used during the Revolutionary period. The Visitor Center will be open all day where you can tour the museum – housing the largest collection of Patrick Henry artifacts displayed anywhere – video about Henry’s life and contributions, and the Museum Shop which has items ranging from books and documents, to wine, clothing, and accessories. The second annual Bluegrass, Barbecue and Brew Festival will be held on November 3, 2012 from 11:00 to 5:00pm, rain or shine (service dogs only, please). Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and plan to spend the afternoon enjoying the flavors and sounds of Southern Virginia at the home of Virginia’s Passionate Patriot and Fiery Fiddler! Tickets are available on the festival website, www.bluegrassbarbecuebrew.com, and also at Red Hill, Drug Store Grill of Brookneal and Basket Case of Lynchburg. Tasting tickets include a pilsner or wine glass, complimentary tastings, and one glass of brew or wine! This festival is sponsored in part by Discover Lynchburg, Virginia is for Lovers, the Town of Brookneal, Bank of the James, WSET, Centra, Century Distributing, Halifax Regional Health System, the Brookneal Chamber of Commerce, and Bath Fitter. .