You'll have to drive about two hours, but there is a giant yard sale event happening in Southside Virginia this July 4 weekend.
Before we get to the fireworks in the Roanoke and New River valleys, I want to bring your attention to some other free events that might get overlooked July 4 weekend.
Update Friday, July 3: The winning flavor is indeed Caramel Cocoa Cluster.
I never really thought about cows all that much.
Waiting until the last minute to get tickets to see The Beach Boys might have paid off.
It was the rant that launched thousands of Facebook likes, hundreds of comments and even a hashtag: #PutTheCartBack.
The most sweeping sale I found as we approach the July 4 holiday is at one of my favorite stores.
Besides the free Scott Perry and Front Porch Swing concert in Blacksburg on Friday evening ... and my list of other weekend freebies ... you should know about the best free live music, thanks to Tad Dickens and his weekly list of Top Tickets.
Cars and baseball: Two subjects I know very little about, but anyone who does should be thrilled with what's coming this weekend.
If we are what we eat, then my daughter is a "Baby Greens" salad from Blue 5.
Sorry for the last-minute notice, but I thought you should know about a few *free* events for folks interested in children's literature, movies and illustration.
I've always liked that dating tip about noticing how your dining partner treats (or mistreats) the wait staff.
Those Chick-fil-A nuggets and waffle fries are even tastier when you get them for free.
Does anyone else immediately think of that Harry Potter scene when hearing the words "life-size chess"?
You'll have to share your email with the Zulily deals site if you want to take advantage of the latest Sam's Club membership deals.
Prepare your wallets (and your stomachs): The Salem Fair returns to the Salem Civic Center July 1 through 12.
Look for up to two coupon booklets (RedPlum and SmartSource) in the Sunday, June 21, Roanoke Times.
Just wanted to remind you of a few sales and other deals before you start your weekend.
Couple of good things to note from Groupon today.
Besides 3 Minute Lovin' on Henderson Lawn Square in Blacksburg Friday evening ... and the Summer Solstice Fest in Blacksburg on Saturday, here's the best *free* live music happening this weekend, thanks to Tad Dickens and his weekly list of Top Tickets.
All day Thursday, June 18, Sonic drive-ins are serving half-price milkshakes.
This weekend, we celebrate Father's Day and the summer solstice, which means we have plenty of daylight to enjoy all of the free things to do.
Way back when I asked for happy hour recommendations, I learned about all of the daily specials at Martin’s, which includes half-price hamburgers on Mondays.
That's me, five hours after I eagerly stepped into the first line at the J.Crew warehouse sale last Friday.
You know the drill, Kroger customers.
Last week, the most popular post on this blog was about that Domino's baseball deal (which didn't quite deliver due to overwhelming demand).
I happened to be in downtown Salem on Saturday morning, the final appearance for the Pie Lady on the Salem Farmers Market.
Update (June 30, 2015): The most important takeaway from the 'buying local meat' class
Thanks to Tad Dickens, we have a list of the best (free) live music.
We have popular warehouse sales and lots of artisan wares to shop this weekend.
This weekend's free options include plenty of outdoor events, including children's theater, patriotic music and a gospel concert, and even some classic film screenings if you'd prefer to stay indoors.
I love when I stumble onto a deal for exactly what I was willing to pay full price.
Update (3:17 p.m.): We're hearing reports on our Facebook page that those free pizzas were swooped up within minutes. However, Melissa Lester says instead of a code for a free pizza, she was emailed one that will get her 50 percent off a menu-priced pizza.
I was so excited to find this Staples deal last week: Pay only $9.99 for 500 custom business cards.
Update (June 12, 2015): Thanks for all of your meaty suggestions! I've added our reader responses from Facebook and Twitter at the bottom of this post. Who did I miss? -- Stephanie
The latest free health screening at Sam's Club is all about men's health.
We have a date for the crazy popular $1 flip-flop sale at Old Navy stores.
Some exciting news to share, J.Crew fans.
Look for up to two coupon booklets in the Sunday, June 7, Roanoke Times.
In the mood to bargain shop?
Your Friday just got sweeter.
Besides the free Zydeco-a-Go-Go concert at Virginia Tech's Henderson Lawn Square at 6 p.m. Friday ... and the free jazz at Chateau Morrisette on Sunday, below you'll find the best free live music happening this weekend, thanks to Tad Dickens and his list of Top Tickets.
There's plenty of free fun to choose from this weekend, and thankfully, the sunshine should be returning just in time!
We have the June dates for the Elizabeth Arden warehouse sale in Salem.
Look what just popped up on calendar.roanoke.com: Yoga for the People.
Yep, the sign on the door confirmed an anonymous voicemail: The Entenmann's Bakery Outlet at the corner of Peters Creek and Brandon in Roanoke is closing soon.
After months of hearing about the benefits of Amazon Mom for diaper savings (a former colleague swears by it), I'm still trying to decide if I should try the service.
Here's another gut punch from those Norfolk Southern job transfers.
The whole family might enjoy this road trip idea for Saturday, June 6.
Krispy Kreme is giving away doughnuts yet again, this time to celebrate National Doughnut Day.
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William C. "Bill" McConnell passed on to the Lord Sunday June 28, 2015, in Jacksonville, Fla. He had just celebrated his 82nd birthday. Loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, he was preceded in death by his wife and mother of their six children, Christine Korth McConnell; his second wife, Pearl McConnell; his brother, Robert E. McConnell; and his parents, John and Mary McConnell.Bill is survived by his son, John McConnell and his wife, Susan, of Fredericksburg; son, Mark McConnell, of Gainesville, Fla.; son, Matthew McConnell and wife, Diane, of Jacksonville, Fla.; son, Bryan McConnell and wife, Julie, of Mills River, N.C.; daughter, Tina Crews and her husband, Artie, of Jacksonville, Fla.; and Chuck McConnell and wife, Kari, of Newnan, Ga.; eight beloved grandchildren, Brent McConnell, Scott McConnell, Charlie McConnell, Brandon McConnell, Tina Buffalo, Courson McConnell, Justin McConnell, and Katie McConnell, seven great-grandchildren; and a niece, Julie McConnell; and nephew, Jack McConnell.Bill was a veteran of the United States Air Force and longtime business owner and entrepreneur over the course of his life, living and working both in Roanoke and Jacksonville, Fla. Even though illness befell him more than 20 years ago, he courageously continued to live his life to the fullest each and every day.Our family will miss him dearly as he was the catalyst in our lives and the one who set the example for us in so many ways. A private memorial service for the family will take place in Asheville, N.C., the place of his birth.
Delois Ann Wiley, 80, of Rich Creek, passed away Friday, July 3, 2015. Funeral services will be 4 p.m. Monday, July 6, 2015, at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel. Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown, W.VA.
Edward Conway Perkins, 90, of Roanoke, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2015, surrounded by the love and support of his family. He was predeceased by his wife, Phyllis G. Perkins. He is survived by his children, Mark Perkins, Sharon Guthrie and her husband, Donnie, and Doug Perkins; grandson, Travis Perkins; great-granddaughter, Rachel Perkins; sister, Edith Jones; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many special friends.Ed's family will receive friends Monday, July 6, 2015, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Oakey's North Chapel, 6732 Peters Creek Road, Roanoke, where a service celebrating his life will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday Pastor Jay Fields officiating. Interment will be at Sherwood Memorial Park, Salem. Online condolences may be sent to www.oakeys.com.
Bertha Lou Pettrey, 84, of Peterstown, W.Va., passed away, Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at Carilion Giles Community Hospital, Pearisburg. Born December 24, 1930, in Princeton, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Joseph Seebert and Maggie Matilda Thompson Clyburn. Bertha was retired from the Celanese Corporation where she had worked in Jet Assembly. She was a member of the Seneca Trail Church of Christ. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Grayson Pettrey; and a daughter, Dale Yvonne Pettrey. Survivors include her special pet dog, Muffin; sisters, Elizabeth "Sissy" Clyburn and Edna Parker both of Princeton, W.Va., Patty Meadows and husband, Jimmy of Rich Creek; nephews, Billy Ferguson and wife, Jeanie, Joey Ferguson; nieces, Crystal Bennett, Vickie Earthman and husband, Andy and Sarah Beth Spencer and husband, Ray; great nieces, Leigh Anne Beale and husband, Daniel and Savannah Spencer; great nephews, Ethan Bennett, Jaxon Smith and James Ferguson.Funeral Service will be noon Monday, July 6, 2015, at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Tony Reed and Minister Henry Conley officiating. Burial will follow in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Princeton, W.Va. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 5, 2015, at the funeral home. Online guestbook can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Pettrey family at www.broyles-shrewsbury.com. Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown, WV.