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Things to do on a Friday night - Enjoy some homemade jam

The Todd General Store is located almost exactly between West Jefferson and Boone. It was built in 1914, and it has a place on the National Register of Historic Places. It sells the expected fair - jellies, crafts, antiques and collectibles. But Friday nights are for the unexpected. Friday nights are for a bluegrass jam. They're as regular, and spectacular, as the seasons.

Todd StoreMuch like green leaves on trees, activity flocks to the small town of Todd with the arrival of warm weather.

Tourists return to tube the New River while bluegrass musicians and storytellers once again bring their art to the Todd General Store.

"We try to highlight the Appalachian cultures," said Virginia "Gini" Mann, who has owned the general store with her husband, Bob, for the past seven years. "Generally we try to have old-time, homey, good-feeling goodness here," she added, noting that the entertainment they offer is suitable for anyone aged "zero to 95."

Mann said that the store had a bluegrass jam when they purchased it seven years ago, and they have added storytelling and visits from local artists and authors.

Here's one review.

Every Friday night they have a dinner special and live bluegrass music.

Six o'clock, baked chicken and homemade mashed potatoes, homemade soups and cake. The food was good and plentiful. By seven almost every seat was taken. Two guitars, a banjo, a bass, a mandolin, and a fiddle. They played for two hours. Old Hank Williams tunes, gospel hymns, Foggy Mountain Breakdown, and Tom Dooley, all played for twenty-five people sitting in an old store.