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HCAC Thank You's for 2004

Welcome. As we embark upon our twelfth year the Executive Committee is pleased to report steady growth and progress toward our stated goal of an "Art-Rich Environment that enhances quality of life and encourages local performers, artists and writers."
Your Arts Council remains on sound financial footing. We try to make each activity self-supporting, yet many of our performances and opportunities are offered to the community at little or no charge. Grants play an important part in making this possible. In 2004 HCAC received grants from the WV Commission on the Arts, the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour Program, and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. Each one required matching funds, and we thank those who provided them, especially The Bank of Romney and First National Bank of Romney.

Many people in the community pitch in to make the Arts Council's activities possible. An ad thanking them will appear in next week's Hampshire Review. We’d like also to thank them now as we review the past year’s accomplishments.

During 2004 the Arts Council reached a partnership understanding with The Loy Foundation that makes this facility available to us in a very favorable arrangement and makes HCAC the artistic advisor for the Foundation. We thank Danny Staggers for reviewing the agreement for us. This partnership helped persuade the WV Commission on the Arts to award a Cultural Facilities Capital Grant for adding an accessible entry area and restrooms this year.

The Loy Foundation has designated an upstairs room in the Loy House for Arts Council use, invested in sound improvements, and underwritten the sound technician and lighting services for tonight's gathering. For all the hard work improving the acoustics of this room we thank Joe Crawford and Larry Brown.

For hosting our monthly art displays, sketch group and meetings of the Spring Festival Committee, we thank the Hampshire County Public Library and Bess Rexroad for organizing them..

We also appreciate the storage space Loudoun Thompson provides us for HCAC's equipment.

In April 2004 our Ice Mountain Writers held their Annual Evening of Words and Music at the WV School for the Deaf. We thank them for hosting that evening and the students from the High School for the Blind and Joe Crawford for handling sound. Featured singer/songwriter Monica Perz-Waddington worked earlier that day with elementary students on their writing thanks to Deb Hartsock Title I and the Hampshire County Schools.

In May 2004 Our spring Coffeehouse with The Intrepid Jazz Trio was held here at The Bottling Works, sponsored by ERA Creekside Realty. Anderson’s Corner provided gourmet coffee.

Shirley Carnahan and Robin Pancake organized our first Annual Spring Arts Festival, which the Potomac Center provided a location for. Kate McWilliams prepared the program, and many others assisted with providing childrens' activities, exhibits, gardening talks, and music.

In June 2004 The Bank of Romney again sponsored our Summer Concerts series and we also thank them for allowing us to use the Community Center for our monthly Ice Mountain Writers’ and Theatre Group meetings and for the Annual Art Show during Heritage Days.
—We certainly thank the Potomac Center for their gracious hospitality for our Summer Concerts. In 2004 the series presented Pete & Maura Kennedy in June, blues masters Cephas & Wiggins in July, and Ensemble Tympanon in August.
July 2004

The WV School for the Deaf hosted our 9th summer youth art camp, which tied into the county's 250th Anniversary with a focus on Heritage. We thank Nancy Williams and Nancy Judd for organizing the camp, McDonalds for providing drinks for our campers and The Hampshire County CEOSs and the Hampshire County Committee on Aging Homemakers Group for sponsoring the camp.
—We applaud Herb Adrian, Pat Barnett, Teresa Bisset, Shirley Carnahan, Becky Cookman, Steve and Mandy Dawson, Teresa Dillon, Tom Engelman, Dick Everett, Carolyn Grapes, Leenie & Pete Hobbie, Sarah Hott, Judy Householder, Sndy Johnson, Shari Loar, Andy Mason, Marry O'Malley, Patty andMiles Perry, Isabel Plowright, Sue Saville, Margie See, and Cyndi Wylie for instructing and assisting at Art Camp 2004.

In September under Robin Pancake's steady hand HCAC mounted its 10th Fall Fine Fine Art Show with $1,200 in awards. We thank Avalon for sponsoring the Best Figurative Work Award and The Hampshire Review for sponsoring the best Photograph Award—not to mention for all the excellent coverage they provide our events throughout the year. We also appreciate The Hampshire 250 Committee's sponsorship of the Best Representation of Hampshire County award and Sheila Melzac for the Vincent Melzac Best Non-representational Work Award. Betty Williams and Joe Pancake sponsored the Mary Rose Hicks Watercolor Award and we thank The Friends of the Hampshire County Public Library for their purchase award, which hangs in the library. Dillon’s Furniture, ERA/Creekside Realty, Farm Credit, Mayhew Chevrolet, Hampshire House, and Romney Florist and IronWorks all sponsored Awards of Merit.

• We thank FNB Romney for sponsoring our Fall Concert featuring classical guitarist Randall Avers and our own Hollyhock Trio. We appreciate the good job Joe Crawford and Francis Chilcoat's students did handling sound for that performance.

In November 2004 Century 21/Mountain Heritage Realty, sponsored our fall coffeehouse featuring Maralyn Lovell and Friends, with more coffee from Anderson's Corner.

—The Arts Council participated in celebrating Hampshire County's 250th anniversary last year and one result is a contribution from the sales of the recordings of our local musicians to fund another Israel Welch Scholarship. HCAC will administer the send another budding Hampshire County musician to the Augusta Heritage Workshops or Common Ground.

In January 2005 We thank the Romney Moose for their support of our concerts. We thought we'd need their help for the January Guy Davis concert, but it was such a success that we have been able to redirect their contribution to helping present the upcoming April 1st performance. The Guy Davis Concert was our biggest indoor event yet, with 200 people. We appreciate the sound services contributed by Gizmo for that performance.
In February 2005 HCAC was invited by WFWM Radio to air a 5-minute Hampshire Arts Calendar segment each Tuesday at 5:30PM during All Things Considered.
A new Accessibility Advisory Committee met in February, one result of which is the wheelchair ramp that has just been added here, thanks to the Hampshire County Committee on Aging and Vic Madonna.

Our 2005 Cabin Fever Concert featuring the South Mountain String Band and Rock Candy Cloggers was sponsored by FNB Bank and drew people from 4 states and 3 other WV counties!

Throughout the year Isabel Plowright has done a wonderful job of maintaining our website, as well as serving her final year as our treasurer. Eileen Eddis finished up her term as one of our co-directors and shepherded the launching of our Community Theater Group. Mary Miller coordinated the revival of a Photographers' Interest Group. Robin Pancake produced our newsletters and maintained our membership records. Shari Gallery organized our concerts and issued our weekly e-mailed Arts Alerts. Marilyn Nicholson served part of the year as our secretary and Darla Cook picked up where she left off. Nancy Judd served as our representative on the Loy Foundation Board of Trustees.
We thank all these folks, and any others we may have inadvertently overlooked, for making the past year a productive one for the Arts Council.




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