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Next Concert: Saturday, Nov. 7 7:30PM
Critton Hollow String Band
The Bottling Works, 426 E. Main St., Romney, WV
Since 1975, the Critton Hollow String Band has brought traditional American music to audiences throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, Ireland, and Scotland. With fiddle, hammer dulcimer, banjo, and guitar, the band tends a stable of songs from the first settlements of Appalachia to the best of contemporary American folk music. Songs that express a range of experience that can make you laugh or make you cry and occasionally do both at the same time, ballads that tell stories of bad men and disappointed lovers. Instrumentals that will make you want to get up and dance or sit back and listen. The three members of the band — Joe Herrmann, Sam Herrmann, and Joe Fallon—combine precise instrumentation, melodic interplay, and three part harmony to create a warm and engaging sound.
For this concert they will be joined by Pete Gordon who played, traveled, and recorded two albums with us in the 80's. In 1988 Pete decided to become a full-time teacher in Morgan County, WV. Throughout that time Pete continued playing music as a solo performer. Now that he has retired from teaching we are happy to be able to join back together as that quartet.
Call for Entries for 2015 Fall Fine Art Show
In recognition of the outstanding quality and diversity of artwork being created in our region, the Hampshire County Arts Council is pleased to announce the Fall Fine Arts Show to be held at the Hampshire County Public Library from October 2 through November 6. Open to all US artists age 18 and older, original works completed since July 1, 2013 are eligible.
Three cash prizes will be awarded: $200 Best in Show, $100 for 2nd and $50 for 3rd, and Honorable Mention Awards at the discretion of the judge. Judging the entries will be Neena Jhavera, owner of Nina J Design Studios in the Shenandoah Valley. She creates pottery, mixed media painitngs, and limited edition wearable art.
The Opening Reception and Awards Presentation will be Friday, October 2.
Calling all Writers to Ice Mountain Writers Thursday, September 17
The Hampshire County Arts Council's Ice Mountain Writers group welcomes all writers of poetry, prose, songs, blogs, screen plays, theatre scripts, journals and more, at the Hampshire County Library on Main Street in Romney WV on Thursday, September 17 at 5:30 pm. Regularly gathering third Thursday each month.
Leenie Hobbie was among those at the August session and she reported on her Facebook page as follows: "Last night I went to my first writers' group meeting I've attended since I was in my early 20's. I was a little nervous and I definitely didn't take anything to read/share, just like the first time I attended a writers' group gathering over three decades ago. I won't go on and on. I've already done that in my 'morning pages.' But there was one refreshing thing that I had totally forgotten about, that is probably the core value of being part of a writers' group. It has renewed and deeper meaning for me now in this age of social media. When someone reads/shares something they've written we all listen...deeply...respectfully. There is no critiquing and certainly no defensive reacting. There was a wide range of perspectives on life, religion, politics, and more, but we all listened to the pieces prepared and courageously shared. When each reader finished we all THANKED them for sharing. Sometimes we asked a question...about a word choice or the voice chosen, never the stance. That is not what a writers' group is about. We might express what we particularly liked or found effective about a piece. Some pieces startled me with their brilliance, some surprised me with their refreshing word choice, some gave me a completely new perspective I'd never have found inside my own head or journals. But I enjoyed every single piece read. I could tell that in some way it mattered to the writer and they had taken great care to express something important within them. This great care is not something I encounter often in this modern text-speak world of 24/7 lackadaisical communication that can't even be bothered to punch a button to insert a period every now and then. What a refreshing pause a writing group can be in this tumbling forward world."
The group will do writing prompts for inspiration, share what they have written (at some point in time) and meet other writers who share interest in their genres. Anyone interested in exploring their creative side is invited.
Networking, feedback, public readings—the group will decide what to pursue. Ideas under consideration include such diverse projects as poetry readings, workshops and writing scripts for the HAMS (Hampshire Actors and Makers of Shows). Anyonewho would like more information, please call 304-834-8369 or email write[at]HampshireArts.org.
Exhibits at Romney Banks & Hampshire Public Library
Paintings by Linda Landis are on display at The Bank of Romney, and upstairs at the Hampshire County Public Library through September 8.
Recent paintings by Sibyl MacKenzie are on display at FNB Romney main and Sunrise branch through October 8
At FNB Romney's Rosemary Lane/North High St. Main Office.
At FNB Romney Sunrise Branch
Board Meeting Locations
The board will alternate meeting locations between Romney and Capon Bridge over the coming months. All members and anyone with an interest in helping make arts opportunities available in Hampshire County are welcome at any meeting.
April 7, June 2, August 4, October 6, December 1 meetings will take place at: Romney First Baptist Church 325 W Main St, Romney, WV (across from DQ)
May 5, July 7, September 1, and November 3 meetings will be held at:
Capon Bridge Public Library, 2987 Northwestern Pike, Capon Bridge WV