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Mardi Gras

Kiddy Gras 2016: New Place, Same Fun!

Kiddy Gras 2016 is SOLD OUT!

Kiddy Gras is almost here, and we cannot be more excited to be spending it in The June Bug Center! Mistress of Mischief & Child Wrangler, Rebbecca Jackson, is back with more crazy fun than you can throw a beaded necklace at! Children who attend the Kiddy Gras Pajama Party will be part of a special evening that comes only once a year. Wear your jammies and join us for some serious F-U-N! Activities for the evening include dancing, face painting, a Lego Lab, games, crafts, snacks, and a late night movie. We'd say more, but we don't want to make the parents jealous! See you soon and laissez les bons temps rouler!

With more than 10 years of experience in childhood education, Floyd County Head Start teacher Rebbecca Jackson has no shortage of fun to share with her guests (ages 3 to 12).

Advance Kiddy Gras tickets are $15 for the first child in a family and $12 for each additional child in a family. (The night of the event, tickets will be $20 and $17.) Tickets can be purchased at Blue Mountain School, Republic of Floyd, Winter Sun Clothing, Dogtown Roadhouse, and the Floyd Visitors Center or online by sending email to Blue Mountain School.

The night of Kiddy Gras, please make sure your child has had dinner before arriving. Bringing a favorite blanket or sleeping bag is suggested, so your child will feel nice and cozy as we ease into quieter activities later in the evening. If your child has any food allergies, please make a note when you buy their ticket. Children may be dropped off starting at 6:00 and must be picked up no later than 12:30 am.

Remember, space is limited, so get your Kiddy Gras tickets now and have a wonderful, care-free Mardi Gras, knowing your child is in the very best of hands!

Interview with Subject to Demolition

New local band, Subject to Demolition, will be debuting at Mardi Gras this year! The group, composed of two Blue Mountain School alums and a friend, plays punk music and have been mentored by BMS alum and Spoon Fight member, Luke Thomas.

Who is Subject to Demolition?

  • On Drums: Donovan Saunders, an 8th grader at Floyd County High School.
  • On Guitar: Camille Terrill, a junior at Springhouse Community School who attended Blue Mountain School in preschool and kindergarten and most of 7th grade.
  • On Bass and Vocals: Yeshe Cooley, a freshman at Springhouse Community School who attended Blue Mountain School from kindergarten through 7th grade.

How Did You Get Started?
Camille and Yeshe discovered that they both wanted to start a band. They talked about it for a few months before asking Donovan to be the drummer. Practicing was hard at that point, but they stuck with it, talking about ideas in their free time and practicing on their own. When this school year started up, they created a weekly practice time with the help of Luke Thomas.

What was the best part about going to Blue Mountain School?
It was a really good social environment, and you could really have trust in your teachers and classmates.

Which teacher or teachers at BMS really made an impact on who you are today and in what ways?
For Camille, it was Alice and Kristen, who were her teachers through preschool and kindergarten. For Yeshe, it was Brien Egan, who was her teacher for 7th grade. He made an impact on her by playing Green Day during class and focusing on building student confidence.

(Yeshe on the far right in music class at BMS.)

What advice do you have for parents who are thinking about enrolling their kids at BMS?
It's a great environment for your kids to grow in and mature in. Our advice would be to spend a day at the school and see what is going on, and maybe talk to other students.

What advice do you have for kids who want to start their own band?
Make a band with friends. You will spend a lot of time with these people, so make sure you can stand to be around them. And practice on your own, even if you don't have band yet. If you aren't skilled in your instrument, your band won't go very far.

What plans do you have for the band after your Mardi Gras debut?
We want to start writing our own music and playing more shows. We are hoping our band will take off, and after high school we can go on tour and travel the world with it.

How can folks follow the band?
People can contact us directly here by email:

2016 Auction Items

This year we are excited to be having both a silent auction and a live auction! We have something for everyone! Thank you to everyone who has contributed items so far. If you have something you would like to donate, please let us know. This list will be updated as we get pictures and more information, so be sure to check back!

  • Original 2016 Mardi Gras poster art by Emily Williamson


  • House concert with bigmama joy
  • House concert with John Wilson
  • House concert with Jagadisha
  • Two-hour property spruce up by Blue Mountain School staff (Live Auction)
  • Week of summer camp at Blue Mountain School (Live Auction)
  • Quilted wall hanging by June Kelly


  • Four Jivamukti yoga classes with Mary Brown
  • Pair of tickets to the 2016 Floyd YOga Jam (Live Auction)
  • Homemade pie and salves from Agatha Grimsley
  • Platter from Agatha Grimsley

  • Handmade notebook from Tree Gigante

  • Portugal jewelry from Tree Gigante

  • Original artwork by Lore Deighan

  • Basket made from the Tribal Roots Collection by Maya Ittah and Richard Ursomarso

  • Photograph from Bob Sisk
  • Set of Tom Ryan's favorite plates from Harvest Moon (He said they made him feel like a chef.)

  • Iron dinner bell from Dillard Frazier
  • Framed photograph from Michael Keyes Photography
  • Meditation cushion from Elisha Reygle

  • DoTerra essential oils gift basket from Inge Terrill
  • Jewelry and wind chime from Pat Sharkey

  • Valentine craft gift basket from the BMS Black Falcons
  • Baking gift basket from the BMS Rosa Sharks
  • Cozy winter night gift basket from the BMS Ruby Diamond Dragons
  • Family night gift basket from the BMS Knights of the Round Table

Celebrate with a Dine & Stay Package

Coming in from out of town to experience Floyd Mardi Gras? Or looking for a weekend getaway in your own backyard? With a Floyd Mardi Gras Stay & Dine Package, you can’t go wrong. The package includes:

  • 2 tickets to Floyd Mardi Gras
  • 50% off dinner for two at Oddf3llows on February 6th
  • A discounted price at one of these delightful Floyd B&Bs.

Ambrosia Farm Bed and Breakfast

Stay at Ambrosia Farm, and you will be only three miles from town and Floyd Mardi Gras! You can choose from one of the antique-furnished rooms in the completely restored 200-year old log built farm house or pick one of two rooms in the newly-built log cabin.

Amenities include working fireplaces, fluffy robes, and a fantastic, farm-fresh breakfast that will reenergize you after your night of merriment! You may also request a special “Romantic Getaway” package or schedule a massage with a certified massage therapist (additional fees apply).

Innkeepers Caroline and Craig may be contacted by calling 540-745-6363 or by email. Be sure to ask for the Floyd Mardi Gras Stay & Dine Package.

Bella La Vita Inn

Just minutes from the town of Floyd, this beautiful mountain getaway offers a calming retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily living. Refresh your spirit and restore your sense of peace at Bella La Vita Inn!

Amenities include use of a spacious common room with a woodstove fireplace, afternoon refreshments, and a delicious home-cooked breakfast to start your day right. You may also schedule a massage with a certified massage therapist (additional fees apply).

Innkeepers Lisal and Matthew may be contacted by calling 540-745-2541 or by email. Be sure to ask for the Floyd Mardi Gras Stay & Dine Package.

Get Ready for Mardi Gras 2016!

On a cold February night in 2010, bands, dancers and audience gathered in The Sun Music Hall for the very first Floyd Mardi Gras Costume Ball. Fast forward six years and the venue has transformed into Dogtown Roadhouse, and Floyd Mardi Gras has been in three different venues. But now it’s Homecoming time for this Blue Mountain School fundraiser. Floyd Mardi Gras returns to Dogtown on Saturday, February 6th, for what promises to be the biggest, most diverse Floyd Mardi Gras yet!

Headlining this year is Washington DC sensation Sol Roots, backed by the all-star Lagniappe—this year featuring Tad Dickens (The Roanoke Times), Janiah Allen (The Color J), Cam McLaughlin (Alliens), and a host of special guests. Opening for Sol Roots & Lagniappe are Blacksburg boogie-meisters Badunkafunk and, playing everything from the old time to the far side, Buddhagraph Spaceship make their Floyd debut, while DJ RahBee fills out the night with all the fresh beats you can eat. And for your visual pleasure, Gyroscopic return once again with a stunning dance show, and Scott Smith styles the psychedelic projector. And MC Shamama joins all the dots.

In the spirit of homecoming, the live auction returns, with auctioneer extraordinaire Tom O’Neill, Esq. returning to raise his voice and lower his hammer. The silent auction remains as well, this year taking over the Winter Sun Clothing Store next door to Dogtown, right alongside the gambling tables that we’re introducing this year for those feeling lucky.

But everyone’s potentially a winner anyway, with the Fifty-Fifty Raffle and all sorts of prizes, including Chef’s Choice for Two at Mickey G’s for the evening’s best costume. But the biggest prize of the night is the crowning of 2016’s Floyd Mardi Gras King and Queen.

And for those who want to do Mardi Gras in style, we have Stay & Dine packages from the Floyd Lodging Association and Oddf3llows Restaurant, and Dogtown Roadhouse are providing Mardi Gras-themed food and drinks. Get in quick for one of two VIP Tables, complete with champagne, pizza, and a great view of the stage!

But Mardi Gras isn’t just for the adults. Children get to party too at the Kiddy Gras Pajama Party, just up the road at The June Bug Center. Hosted by Rebbecca Jackson, this is one of the funnest nights of the year on any kid’s calendar. Get your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

Check out the event on Facebook. Tickets will be available soon!

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