Took a ride down the Blue Ridge Parkway recently to the Blue Ridge Music Center at Milepost 213. OK, it was a nice weekend day and I needed an excuse to put some miles on my motorcycle. The center was well worth the effort.

Inside the display hall, you can find information on Southwestern Virginia music groups, including the Floyd County Ramblers, who gamed some fame in the music world with a song about a local tragedy.

If you haven’t visited the Center, the trip is worth it for both the scenery along the Parkway and the tour through the area’s musical heritage. The concert season is finished for the year but the fall colors are starting to come in on the Parkway, which provides another reason to go.