Local artisans trail may become reality300 people are being thrown out of work at Webb Furniture? Thank goodness Galax has a trail for tourists.
By Justin Harmon, Bland Messenger
It’s time to count the crafters.
Wytheville officials, teaming up with Virginia Tech and a regional artisan’s group, are hoping to make the idea of a local artisan’s trail a reality, and the next step, according to the town’s museums director Frances Emerson, is to make a registry of all crafters in the Wythe and Bland area.
In addition to a tally of all local artisans, research is well under way into the feasibility of a trail and what the economic impact of one might be. The town, Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia Artisan Network and Virginia Tech are currently studying possible benefits of a trail, whether there is enough interest to sustain it and whether the area has enough crafters to support one. Those doing the research say it will continue for another year. (link)
25% of Tazewell County is on government relief? Boy, aren't you lucky you have people there who can make pots and candles and ... stuff for the tourists who will someday be heading down there on your trail(s).
9,000 households in Southwest Virginia are without indoor plumbing? Well, we are going to ask Governor Kaine and Congressman Boucher to build you another trail. Send your thanks along with a check made payable to your friendly Democratic Party to us in Richmond.
Pulaski County has been chasing tourist dollars for years now and hasn't seen one blessed tourist blunder into town yet?
Well, you need a new trail too.
What? You already have a trail?
Well, we'll go ahead and connect your trail to a trail over in Montgomery County. And we'll come up with a name for your trail! How about the Rick Boucher Trail to Economic Prosperity and Homemade Pots?
What? The people of Pulaski have named theirs the Trail of Tears?
Look. Don't be cute. We're the government and we're only trying to help.
The Emperor would be pleased.