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Exhibit at FNB Romney Hampshire Square
HCAC member Victoria Pendragonis the featured artist in an exhibitat FNB Romney's Hampshire Square branch Friday, July 18.
Next Concert: Sunday, July 27, 2014 5PM
Sally Rogers and Howie Bursen
The Potomac Center, 1 Blue St., Romney, WV
This exciting duo, whose harmonies will send shivers up your spine, has racked up a string of successes in songwriting, studio recording, and crowd-pleasing displays of instrumental and vocal virtuosity. They have appeared on Garrison Keillor's A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION public radio show, and have toured from coast to coast. Their first album together, Satisfied Customers, on the Flying Fish label, gives testimony to their wide-ranging abilities.
Sally Rogers has achieved national recognition as a solo performer. FRETS magazine says her voice is "clear as the queen's diamonds", while the WASHINGTON POST brands her instrumental work "sterling". The BOSTON GLOBE said, "Rogers seemed to have her set almost perfectly in sync, moving her crowd deftly from tears to laughter." Sally's second album was voted "Best Folk Album of the Year" by the National Association of Independent Record Distributors. All three of her solo albums have received high praises, as well as her songwriting. Pete Seeger, who sang one of her songs, said, "Sally has a beautiful voice and has written many extraordinarily good songs that are going to reach out and touch large numbers of people. They sure are great songs!"
Howie Bursen is known for his warm baritone voice, devilish sense of humor, inventive guitar arrangements, and red-hot banjo wizardry. CHICAGO MAGAZINE said, "stunning guitar arrangements...easily one of the finest banjo players ever heard." Feature articles in FRETS and BANJO NEWSLETTER followed the release of his first solo album on Folk Legacy Records. His song, "Small Business Blues", was recorded by Ronnie Gilbert, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie and Holly Near on their album, HARP. Pete also included it in his book, CARRY IT ON, published by Simon and Schuster.
Rogers was Connecticut's official State Troubadour for 1997, and is a Master Teaching Artist for the Connecticut Commission on the Arts as well as a K-4 Music Teacher at the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School in Hadley, MA. She has written the music for three Mennonite folk operas for a community in Newport News, VA. Her children's picture book, "Earthsong" was a "Pick of the List" for the American Booksellers Association. She has also recently launched her own children's label, Thrushwood Kids, which will house her five award-winning recordings for young people and families.
Bursen is quite a Renaisance man. In addition to his musical talents, he holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Cornell University, has been a professor, author of a book on memory, telephone lineman, and for the past ten years, has been a professional grape grower and award-winning winemaker. He is currently winemaker at Sharpe Hill Vineyards in Pomfret, CT. His latest album, Banjo Mannikin on the Folk Legacy label has received airplay across the nation and highlights his banjo pyrotchnics.
Rogers and Bursen met, appropriately enough at a Greenwich Village coffeehouse in 1981, and ever since have been building a national reputation at festivals and concert halls throughout the U.S.A. and Canada. Married in 1982, they now make their home on the shores of a one-time cranberry bog in Eastern Connecticut.
This concert is made possible with sponsorship from The Bank of Romney. Lawn seating (bring folding chairs or blanket to sit on). Concerts move indoors if it rains. Info 304-703-1350
Calling All Budding Actors and Actresses!
Former HCAC Art Camper MaKayla Baker, now a Theater student at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA, will be offering free theater workshops during the month of July.
Art Camp 2014 A Huge Success!
Summer Arts Camp 2014 was held at WVSDB June 23-27 in a great collaboration with the WV Schools for the Deaf and Blind that involved 87 campers in multiple classes including various types of music, drama, fused glass, metal working, fibers, writing, pottery, painting, drawing, photo literacy, etc. On Friday, a community luncheon provided a wonderful showcase of the campers' creations and signing, dancing and theatrical talents.
The effort was so successful, talk is of doubling the number of campers for 2015! Kudos to coordinators Joanne Snead and Nadine Miller, instructors Josh Liller, Sibyl MacKenzie, Liz Braun, Michael Anderson, Gayle Allen, Lou Mazzeo, Brenton Colbert, Judi Gaydos, Cheri Seiler and Mark. as well as many staff members of the WVSDB, lead by Patty Myers.
August Concert will Be Part of The 2nd Annual WV Peach Festival
On Sunday, August 10 at 5PM, HCAC will join in with the organizers of the WV Peach Festival and will present our closing Free Summer Concert on the Lawn at the Gazebo at Taggart Hall (91 S. High St., Romney, WV) which will feature the barbershop singing quartet, Just 4 Fun.
Studio Tour Map Brochure is in the Works
The 8th Annual Hampshire Highlands Studio Tour is scheduled for November 14, 15, & 16, 2014 with 16 artists who will be clustered at 5 locations around the county. The color map brochure with artists descriptions and locations will be out in July. For info contact Melissa Snell at brdwtcher[at]frontier.com or call her at 703-772-5536.