Christmas at the Bonham House

We were so happy to have Santa visit the Chamber of Commerce for a fun afternoon filled with Hot Chocolate and Crafts for the kids with representatives from the 4-H Club. We also had our annual Christmas Party that evening. Here are some photos of the events.

The Art Place

“The Art Place”
“Edna Bonham Love was a “Champion for the Arts” sharing her love and passion for the arts a d art education with young and old. In 1991 she opened “ The Art Place” in her hometown of Chilhowie, Virginia. Her desire was to provide art opportunities for all ages in the community in which she was raised; something that was not available when she was young. She met her mission by providing classes on many media, arranging shows that featured local and regional artists, setting up exhibits of community youth art and guest artist lectures and luncheons. Through her work many community members were encouraged to share their talents of wood carving, photography, ceramics, painting, weaving, quilting, glass blowing, stained glass work and other artistic skills.
The family of Edna Love with support of friends and area art lovers wishes to continue her mission in the newly renovated “ Art Place “ at 124 Lee Highway, Chilhowie, VA.”
The main gallery is the works of Edna Love Bonham Love and I must say she was a woman of many talents. Hearing some of the back stories from her daughter made the whole experience even more special. If you missed the open house last night you still have a chance to go this Sunday, November 13, 2022 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Ribbon Cutting for Just Good Food Trailer

Today we had the ribbon cutting for Just Good Food Trailer. They just took the food truck business to the next level with indoor seating. Located at 324 S Commerce St, Just Food Trailer offers indoor dining for their customers and just added breakfast to their menu. Be sure and stop by and get a […]

Wayne C. Henderson School of Appalachian Arts

The Wayne C. Henderson School of Appalachian Arts offers a wide variety of classes and programs for the community. They are as follows: The Quilt Guild, Barn Quilt Workshops, Watercolor Classes, Paint Parties, Writing Workshops, Calligraphy, Woodshop Workshops, and Letterpress Workshops. Located at 203 N Church St. in Marion Va. this building was once a school house in its former life, The charm of the 3 story building itself is truly remarkable. Here are a few pictures I snapped while there.

National Night Out

National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. Here are some photos from National Night Out 2022 in Smyth County!

The Reopening of The Blue Iguana (not your typical ribbon cutting)

Today’s Chamber adventure took us to Marion Downtown. Today we threw all aspects of a typical ribbon cutting out the window for the grand reopening of The Blue Iguana. Located on S Iron Street, The Blue Iguana is open from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM Tuesday – Saturday. Be sure and stop by for all your reptile needs.

Older Americans Day

Today was a great success at Older Americans Day! We appreciate everyone who came out and supported the event. Thank you to those who helped sponsor the event and volunteered.
We had a great turnout from members of the community! We hope to see you next year!

Ribbon Cutting for Marion Outdoors

Despite the weather, Marion Outdoors was able to have a successful Grand Opening Party. Located at 208 E. Main Street, Marion Outdoors is Marion, Virginia’s Outdoor Gear & Appalachian Trail Resupply shop.

Ribbon Cutting: Helping Hands Thrift Store

(Marion, VA) One of Marion’s downtown businesses has moved. Earlier this year, Helping Hands Thrift Store received notification that their building had sold, and manager Amanda Staley went on a mission to keep the business in the heart of downtown. Now, the shop is set up in their new home, just across the street, and is open and ready for business.