2010 Festival Schedule

Posted by on Updated Jan 3, 2012 7:34:13 PM Category: News
Look for our us this year at the following Festival and Events:

28th ANNUAL STRASBURG MAYFEST in downtown Strasburg, Virginia
May 15th (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) & 16th (12 to 4 p.m.)

BRANDYWINE TRUCK SHOW in Brandywine, West Virginia
June 15th

SKYLINE SUMMERFEST at Skyland Resort on Skyline Drive
Saturday, June 19th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

11th ANNUAL BRYCEFEST at Bryce Resort in Basye, Virginia
Saturday, 3 July from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

BLACKBERRY FESTIVAL at Big Meadows Wayside on Skyline Drive
Saturday, 16 July from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL at the Fort Valley Museum, Fort Valley, VA
Sunday 31 July from 2 to 5 p.m.

The Rockingham-HarrisonburgChapterof the IzaakWalton League's 72nd Annual Western Regional Big Game Trophy Show 

Saturday, 10 Sept. from 9AM to 9PM and Sunday, 11 Sept. from 9AM to 3 PM

Location: Rockingham County Fairgrounds on US 11 (south of Exit 243 off I-81 and north of Exit 240 off I-81)

Admission: Adult - $7.00, Children under 12 FREE with adult

30th ANNUAL EDINBURG 'OLE TIME FESTIVAL in front of the old school in Edinburg, Virginia
September 17th through 19th 

Saturday 8 October from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

APPLE HARVEST FESTIVAL at Grave's Mountain Lodge in Syria, Virginia
October 15th and 16th

APPLE HARVEST FESTIVAL at Grave's Mountain Lodge in Syria, Virginia
October 22nd and 23rd

CHRISTMAS IN OCTOBER at the Fort Valley Museum, Fort Valley, VA
Saturday, 29 October  from 1 to 4 p.m and Sunday, 30 October from 2 to 5 p.m. 

Gallery in Fort Valley is now open for the 2010 season

Posted by on Updated Jan 3, 2012 7:33:21 PM Category: News
You may call for an appointment
or just drop in when the
"OPEN" flag is flying.

1765 Fort Valley Road, Fort Valley, VA  

We have a large selection of matted and framed prints including Wildlife (Bear, Eagles, Deer & Turkeys) and Fort Valley & Shenandoah Valley scenes.  
 Special orders welcomed!

Holiday Gallery Hours

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The DebImage Gallery will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
November 14 & 15        November 21 & 22
December 12 & 13        December 19 & 20

(or you may call for an appointment)

Holiday pricing on a large selection of matted and framed prints.
Many new images including Wildlife (Bear, Eagles, Deer, Turkeys)
and Shenandoah Valley scenes.    Special orders welcomed!

1765 Fort Valley Road, Fort Valley, VA  540.933.6999 


White Oak Basketmaking-A Family Tradition

Posted by on Updated Jan 3, 2012 7:35:05 PM Category: News
We spent my Mother's 82nd birthday at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Virginia.  We had a special purpose for our visit on this day; viewing and photographing my Great-grandfather Thomas Jackson "Happy Jack" Nicholson's white oak basket on display there.  The maternal side of my family can trace our basket making roots directly back to Cumberland County, England in 1704.   Mom's Granddad "Happy Jack" passed his knowledge and skill down to her Father Landon Lee.  "Landy" as he was called received orders through the mail from all over the US and would make baskets to specifications, then walk several miles to the Edinburg depot and put them on the train to their destination.  Landon then passed the tradition down to his sons, the most well known basketmaker of which was my Uncle Irskel Nicholson.  I am proud to say that I am now continuing the family tradition of white oak basket making and hope to hand it down to yet another generation in our family.

Pictured above:

Left: Well used white oak basket made by "Happy Jack" Nicholson around 1885-1936.  (Private collection of Debbi Dellinger)

Middle: White oak basket made by Landon Nicholson around 1910-1955.   (Private collection of Debbi Dellinger)

Right: White oak basket made by Debbi Dellinger in 2007

Baskets were a necessity in the days before paper bags and plastic and metal containers.  They were constructed in all shapes and sizes for many different uses and with many different natural materials.  Each basketmaker had techniques and traditions that were handed down through the family.  Many of the methods of basket construction were also regional.  Most basketmakers sold or traded their wares for other goods that could not be made in the home.  White oak is the basketmaker's wood of choice regionally and has become increasingly hard to come by in recent years.  Disease, air pollution, acid rain and of course clearing away of timber for new construction have all taken their toll on good "basket wood".    Basketmakers who practice the old time-consuming methods are now being recognized for their craft and appreciated for the artists they are.  Current prices for true white oak baskets may seem rather high but considering the skill and time invested coupled with the scarcity of good wood, they are still a bargain for anyone wanting a basket that will hold up through generations of use and a "family heirloom" that will be appreciated for many years to come.

 Our heartfelt thanks go to the staff of the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley for allowing us to photograph Great-granddad's basket and for making my Mother's birthday a memorable one.

If you have not yet visited the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, please plan to do so when in the area.   

DebImage Gallery Open

Posted by on Updated Jan 3, 2012 7:35:26 PM Category: News
The DebImage Gallery in Fort Valley, VA is now open every Friday, Saturday & Sunday afternoon through December 20th from 12 to 4 PM. If you cannot visit on those days you may call 540.933.6999 to make an appointment. The DebImage Gallery has a large selection of matted and framed prints, including many not yet on the web site, prints on canvas, gift certificates, Cedar Creek herbal soaps and salves,and Fort Valley Museum ornaments and Christmas Cards. Mastercard, Visa & Discover cards accepted. Location: 1765 Fort Valley Road, Fort Valley, VA 22652 On "Google Maps" type in Debimage for directions.