Group Tour Itinerary – Winter in Abingdon

There’s no need to park your buses for the winter, when Abingdon beckons!
Plan a winter adventure to historic Abingdon, VA, and experience world-class arts and culture – with an Appalachian twist.

January Jams Showcases Grammy Winners at Barter Theatre

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January Jams showcases intimate concerts with music legends on stage at the historic Barter Theatre.  Named one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast, January Jams has established Abingdon as a music destination – where you’ll see Grammy Award winning artists in a setting like no other.

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Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights

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See new This annual festival celebrates the richness of the Appalachian tradition by showcasing the stories of the region, both past and present, and the inspiration it provides the writers who live here.

Since 1933, Barter Theatre has been developing new works and nurturing area talent. This festival has gained national attention by developing a process that has resulted in new plays being produced not only on Barter’s stages, but in regional theatres across the country.

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Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway

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Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway offers a taste of true Appalachian culture with exquisite traditional crafts, down-home music, and farm-to-table dining. In addition to the permanent galleries, stop by Thursday nights for Southern BBQ and Old Time Music Jam. It’s a true jam session – no mics, everyone just grabs a corner and shares songs and tunes.

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Abingdon Farmers Market – Winter Market

Bags of dried apples from Kiser Farms in Lebanon at the Farmers Market in Abingdon, VA on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. Copyright 2013 Jason Barnette

Bags of dried apples from Kiser Farms in Lebanon at the Farmers Market in Abingdon, VA

Find a sweet treat and a souvenir at the Abingdon Farmers Market’s Winter Market, every first and third Saturday of the month, through March. Pick up a snuggly scarf from Dreamland Alpacas, as well as original art, jams and other delicious canned goods, and plenty of hot apple cider, coffee and cocoa to enjoy while you shop.

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William King Museum of Art

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Explore William King Museum of Art, an accredited art museum filled with colorful paintings, textiles, Appalachian crafts and photographs.

Visit the Cultural Heritage Gallery for a fascinating exhibit of Appalachian crafts. As immigrants traveled down the Great Road seeking a new life in America, artisans soon followed, meeting the market needs of a new frontier economy that supplied everything from furniture and pottery to guns and metalwork.

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