By MELINDA WILLIAMS
Pulaski County residents have no reason to complain that there’s nothing to do this weekend. From a movie and concert to a chance to help our furry friends or step back into Civil War days, there’s a little something for everyone.
The weekend of fun gets underway Friday evening when Pulaski Theatre presents the award-winning movie “Lincoln,” at 7 p.m. If you can’t make it for Friday night’s opening, stop by the theatre Saturday at 2:20 p.m. for the second showing.
The film, directed by Steven Spielberg, focuses on the president’s struggles with a raging Civil War and battles within his own cabinet to emancipate the slaves. Daniel Day Lewis stars as Lincoln and Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones co-star, in the film, which won two Oscars and 54 other awards.
Saturday morning, tractor fans will want to head out to Newbern to watch – or maybe even participate in – a tractor pull sponsored by New River Valley Antique Tractor Club. The event, featuring 14 weight classes, begins at 10 a.m. at the Ruritan Grounds in Newbern.
Animal lovers will want to stop by Tipton Ridge Veterinary Medical Center, 1858 Bob White Boulevard in Pulaski, Saturday, between 12:30 and 4 p.m., as the center and Pulaski County Humane Society team up for a “Community Day” they say will be bigger and better than the last. Homeless dogs and cats from the shelter will be available to “mix and mingle” with visitors in hopes of finding the perfect friend or family to take them home.
But if you’re not into cats and dogs, never fear, the Creepy Crawler Corner will have snakes, spiders, and turtles.
Community Day will also feature tours, dog training tips, a law enforcement K-9 demonstration, face painting, sidewalk decorating, kid crafts and free snow cones.
Parking is available at Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and Critzer Elementary School.
After seeing “Lincoln” Friday night, Civil War buffs will want to spend Saturday at historic Rockwood Manor, 5189 Rockwood Road, on Route 100 at Dublin.
History will come to life when Civil War re-enactors set up camp on the grounds during Civil War Living History Day. Pulaski County Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee is sponsoring the special event, held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In addition to the encampment, presented by the 24th Virginia Infantry and other local re-enactors, visitors have an opportunity to tour Virginia’s 150 Civil War History Mobile, an interactive “museum on wheels” housed in a 53-foot expandable tractor-trailer.
Other regional museums and Civil War buffs will be present with historic exhibits and visitors are encouraged to bring their own Civil War-era family archives and share their family stories.
The band Sugar Run will perform Civil War-era music throughout the day. Pulaski County High School Golden Cougar Marching Band will sell concessions to raise money for a July trip to Washington, D.C. to perform in the National Independence Day Parade.
Admission for the Civil War Living History event and History Mobile tour is free, but a Civil War Dinner to be held at Rockwood at 6 p.m. costs $50 per person. New River Historical Society and Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley are sponsoring the dinner, which features a presentation by author Sharyn McCrumb, known for her Appalachia-based novels.
McCrumb will be in costume for the dinner, but costumes are optional for guests. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the dinner.
For those who prefer an evening of musical entertainment, New River Community College will be presenting the popular bluegrass duo Dailey and Vincent Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Edwards Hall, room 117.
The musicians were raised in musical families and have played bluegrass since they were children.
Jamie Dailey has worked with Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver as lead vocalist, baritone and tenor singer, bass player, and guitarist, and has recorded with Dolly Parton and Rhonda Vincent.
Darrin Vincent got his start with his family band, The Sally Mountain Show, singing and playing alongside his sister, Rhonda Vincent. He was a member of Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder and has performed and recorded with artists including Dolly Parton, Nora Jones, Emmylou Harris, Earl Scruggs, Vince Gill, Keith Urban and more.
Reserved seating tickets are $25, advanced general seating tickets are $20 (online purchases incur a $1 transaction fee per ticket), and tickets are $25 at the door the night of the concert. Doors open one hour before the show.
Those who prefer a little Irish entertainment can head over to the Draper Mercantile Saturday evening for a concert by the Celtibillies, whose concerts are described as “a rollicking mixture of traditional and original music and song, interspersed with just the right amount of humor to keep audiences in stitches.” The band’s concerts also feature Appalachian Clogging, Scottish Highland and Iris Step dancers.
The concert, co-sponsored by the Fine Arts Center and Draper Mercantile, begins at 7 p.m., but guests are welcome to arrive at 6 p.m. and enjoy dinner from a special menu. The concert costs $12, with proceeds benefiting the Fine Arts Center. Dinner is an additional charge. Reserve a seat by calling 994-5659.
The event is partially funded by the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
Finally, Cecil and Tina King will hold their annual farm open house Sunday, 2-4 p.m., at the farm on Pleasant Hill Drive, across from LewisGale Hospital-Pulaski. Bring the young ones by to see the bottle-fed lambs and visit with Lester the Llama. There is no charge.