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Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park begins 'Lunch on the Lawn' series

Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park begins 'Lunch on the Lawn' series

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Richard Phillips and Friends

Richard Phillips and Friends will perform at “Lunch on the Lawn” this Friday at the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park in Big Stone Gap.

BIG STONE GAP, Va. — The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park hosts its first “Lunch on the Lawn” music series for the 2021 season on Friday, June 11, at noon, featuring Richard Phillips and Friends.

Richard Phillips and Friends consists of Phillips, Bill Smith and Tommy Clements. Smith and Clements are multi-instrumentalists with many years of experience playing all types of music. Smith has toured as a professional musician all over the U.S. and overseas and currently teaches old-time music in the JAMS program. Clements got his musical start as a teenager playing in “The Trail of the Lonesome Pine.” Phillips is a singer/songwriter who has recorded eight studio albums of his original music. He has played in many local festivals and events and currently teaches at the Mountain Music School summer program at Mountain Empire Community College.

The band collaborates on traditional songs, Americana songs and original tunes that keep audiences interested and excited. Their latest recording is entitled “Imaginary Music.”

The “Lunch on the Lawn” event is free and open to the public. Visitors may bring their own lunch or purchase lunch from a local food truck that will be on-site.

The park will comply with the state COVID-19 regulations in place at the time the program is offered.

For more information, please call the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park at 276-523-1322.

The award-winning Virginia State Parks are managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

For more information about Virginia State Parks’ activities and amenities or to make reservations in one of the more than 1,800 campsites or 300 climate-controlled cabins, call the Virginia State Parks Reservation Center at 800-933-PARK or visit

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