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Oct 19 Sun
HCAC Fall Concert: The Duhks with ApplePappy opening Romney, WV **4PM** The Bottling Works, 426 E. Main St., Admission $15 ($13 for HCAC members and under 17 free.) Advance tickets may be purchased online at http://www.HampshireArts.org/tickets.html or at the Hampshire County Visitor Center in Taggart Hall, 91 S. High St., Wednesday noon to 5PM, Thurs-Sat 9AM to 5PM, Sun 1-4PM. Advanced ticket holders have seats reserved at the front in order purchased.

The Duhks

On tthe current Roots Music Chart—the Duhks are #2 right now, and they've topped favorites including Ray LaMontagne and Nickel Creek! Seeing The Duhks live is nothing short of a spiritual experience. A syncopated bluesy banjo number seamlessly follows a Brazilian samba; an old-time jaunt nestles comfortably next to a gospel performance. One of the most musically adventurous bands to come from the roots scene in the past decade, The Duhks' return to the stage is definitely cause for celebration. Their new tour, which includes the likes of FloydFest, Falcon Ridge, and DelFest, brings The Duhks to Romney. The early performance time (4PM) will accommodate those who must get up early Monday for work or who don't drive after dark. The Duhks' appearance on MountainStage two weeks ago in Charleston sold out weeks ahead. Watch The Duhks at this year's Merlefest on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCdPxR2FVSc
      The Duhks' current configuration features stunning songbird Jessee Havey, founder/clawhammer banjo player Leonard Podolak, fiddler Rosie Newton, drummer/percussionist/vocalist Kevin Garcia, and guitarist/bouzouki player Coin Savoie-Levac.  
      No band epitomizes the polyethnic strands of modern folk music better than The Duhks. The Duhks have created a dynamic blend of old-timey, French Canadian and Celtic music punched up with shades of blues, soul and driving Afro Cuban rhythms. Over the course of 4 critically-acclaimed albums the band has earned Juno and Grammy awards and nominations and have played a significant role in the neo-folk revival.
        Opening the concert will be a short set featuring ApplePappy, a Morgantown, WV-based group that includes Hampshire County native, Ben Williams on mandolin and vocals), Emily Tanzey (guitar-vocals), Smith Sarver (guitar-vocals), and Thomas Blue (bass-vocals). With a wide range of inspiration including bluegrass and old-time upbringing, ApplePappy creates a new mountain sound for a new generation of listeners. Listen to them at https://soundcloud.com/applepappy
      This concert is made possible with sponsorship by FNB Romney, Staggers & Staggers Attorneys at Law, and an anonymous member. Special thanks to Benjamin Williams for assistance with instruments for the performance.

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Every Saturday
Live Country Music with Wayne Wright & Friends Slanesville, WV 8PM Mick & Tina's Tavern, Rt. 29 across from Hickory Corner Rd. 304-496-7300

Check what's coming up to plan for below

Wheelchair accessibility symbol The Hampshire County Arts Council welcomes persons with disabilities at all of its activities.
To request accessibility services to participate, please contact 304-496-8002 or performances@hampshirearts.org in advance and we will do our best to accommodate. 
WV Relay Operator for information on performances: 711-496-8002

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This Week In The Region

Music at The Purple Fiddle, Thomas, WV 21 East Ave 304-463-4040 thepurplefiddle@gmail.com

Oct 17 Fri
Lost Indian Winchester, VA 7:30PM Winchester Book Gallery, 185 North Loudoun St Free, all ages. An old-time band from Staunton VA exploring the dark corners of music and sporadically giggling. Book signing by Daniel T. Davis from 4-6PM.Hurricane from the Heavens and Bloody Autumn from The Emerging Civil War Series, published by Savas Beatie LLC. The series offers compelling and easy-to-read overviews of some of the Civil War's most important battles and issues.

Marv Ashby & High Octane CD Release Party Winchester, VA 8PM Bright Box Theater, 15 N. Loudoun St. (540) 665-2878 www.brightboxwinchester.com $ Advance tickets 1-800-838-3006 From the West Virginia Panhandle comes the hard-driving no-holds-barred bluegrass music of Marv Ashby & High Octane. Marv is joined by some of the region's finest entertainers delivering a top-notch high energy show, showcasing both traditional and contemporary bluegrass genres.

Oct 18 Sat
Allegheny Ramblers Berkeley Springs, WV 7PM The Granary, 143 N. Mercer st. 304-268-8141 Donations. A four-piece string band from Glenville, WV, the group is committed to preserving the traditional sounds of Old-time, folk and bluegrass music.

Christian Lopez Band with The Deer Run Drifters Shepherdstown, WV 9PM Shepherdstown Opera House , 131 W. German St. http://www.operahouselive.com

Old-time square dance with Legendary dance caller Lou Maiuri Petersburg, WV 7PM the Gary A. Michael Building (old post office) corner of S. Main and Park Streets This event is presented by Grant County Arts Council Inc. with financial assistance from Event Underwriters Tim and Frances Park. A big thanks to Tim and Frances, long-time owners of Petersburg Blocks, for supporting this traditional dance style. Need some training? Come a half hour early to attend a mini-workshop for anyone from beginners to the very experienced starting at 6:30 p.m. Curious and/or timid? Come out to dance or just to enjoy the music, the patter of traditional dance calling, and the lively dance patterns. The public dance admission is $5 each or $10 for both the workshop and the dance. Students over 6 pay $3 for the dance or $6.00 for both dance and workshop. Children six and under are welcome when accompanied by a responsible adult.

The Billy Thompson Band Winchester, VA 8PM Bright Box Theater, 15 N. Loudoun St. (540) 665-2878 www.brightboxwinchester.com $ Advance tickets 1-800-838-3006 Billy Thompson delivers guitar work that has electrified audiences in the U.S. and throughout Europe

Tickets on Sale: Verge Campus Tour: Chance The Rapper Sunday, Oct 26, WVU ColiseumTicketmaster 800-745-3000

Tickets on Sale: Bob Dylan and His Band Nov. 20 8PM Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Hall 412-392-4900 pittsburghsymphony.org

For information about music events in Winchester, VA, visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Blind-Faith-Enterprises/119929881358174

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Also In The Region


ARTVOICE WV is an ongoing series of videos featuring local artists of all stripes created by 78 Degrees West Films. Check them out on www.macicehouse.org. The latest features watercolor artist, Lynn Ferris.

For more music and arts information in the Shenandoah Valley, check out: www.shenandoahmusic.com and www.americanarhythm.com/

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Classes, Workshops & Such

Oct 22-Nov 19 Wednesdays
Beginning Quilting with Ruth Ann Johnson Moorefield, WV 6:30-8:30PM Eastern WV Community & Technical College. $30/person. To enroll, 304-434-8000 ext. 253. You have always wanted to make a quilt but didn't know where to start? In this class we will start at the very beginning. Unsure how to thread a needed? No problem. Don't want to invest a lot of money in the equipment? We'll use simpler tools. In the first class, we will discuss fabric, color of fabrics, needed supplies and beginning basics. During the course, we will learn to make some very traditional quilt patterns, add the mimi borders, do quilting and binding. Some of the patterns to be covered are the friendship star, Ohio star, pinwheels and log cabin.

Performance, health and wellness, and creative arts classes for all ages at Mountain City Center for the Arts, 2 W. Main Street, Frostburg, MD. Owner/operator Coty Warn is a professional actress, singer, dancer, director, and choreographer with over 20 years of experience. Visit online www.mtncityarts.com. For more info 240-357-0699 or cotywarn@mtncityarts.com.

Artists who enjoy painting are welcome to join the "Monday Painters" at the Cumberland Theatre's Artist Studio on Mondays from 1:30 -3:30PM. Live models, still lifes and plein air are among of the possible subjects. Call Shirley Giarritta at 301-777-3337 for more info

"Upper Potomac Left Bank Painters" hosts two groups for interested artists. The clothed life drawing group (any medium) meets every Monday 5:30- 8:30PM. The portrait study group (any medium) meets every Tuesday 5:30 - 8:30PM. Models are paid $10 per hour and the cost is split amongst the group. Both groups meet at 124 Bedford St. , Cumberland. For more info call Al Carnahan 304-492-5891 (home) or 301-876-1947 (cell).

"Domaines Painting Group" meets to paint or draw outdoors as often as possible. Members decide where and when. No Dues. All Media welcome. Closed Facebook page for members to use. Member contact via Email as well. Contact Donna Godlove at hotwheelsgram@hotmail.com. Only three requirements: 1. Let Donna know you are coming. 2. Respect each other and the places we travel. 3. Have Fun! Hope you will be able to join us. Don't go alone. Wish you would have been able to join us. Offer some suggestions of where you would like to go. We will take you seriously. Where would you like to go paint?

Drawing With Donna Housel classes Tuesdays any time between10AM - 5PM Cumberland, MD at Cafe Mark's on Baltimore St. Art instruction to learn to draw or learn some new skills to help you draw better is offered. $12 per session per person. For more info or to schedule a time contact Donna Housel at whitfordhousel@centurylink.net or 814-733-4012. Students should be at least 12 yrs old. Instruction in colored pencil art is also offered. Donna is founder of the Greater Cumberland Chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America, and a colored pencil and drawing instructor at Allegany College of MD and workshops throughout the region.

Peaceful Knitting Gatherings two Monday evenings of each month, 6:30 - 9PM, at The Shuman Life Center on the east side of Cumberland. Beginning and seasoned knitters welcome! Please phone Amy, 301-777-3719 or e-mail amy@shumanlifecenter.com to discuss your goals and projects. Series of 4 classes, $42; drop in, $12.50.

Winding River Writers, invites new members. A writing critique group that meets once a month to share work-in-progress and give constructive criticism. We cover all genres of writing (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, children's literature). The group is for experienced writers. Members have published widely but that is not a requirement. Contact Heather Davis at hdavis67@gmail.com.

Every Friday
Mountain City Traditional Arts hosts a weekly Bluegrass and Country Music Jam/Session from 6 - 9PM All interested musicians are welcome--entry level musicians are particularly encouraged. Knitters are welcome too. Come knit with friends in a great environment! MCTA is located at 25 E. Main Street in Frostburg. Please call 301-687-8040 for more info

The New Earth Granary, Berkeley Springs, WV, 143 N. Mercer St. 304-268-8141 Tuesdayts cello classes and acoustic song swap, monthly Wednesday Poetry night, Thursdays yoga, cello, and electric jam, Friday posted concerts, Saturday spirit jam and posted concerts. http://www.thenewearthgranary.com

Western Maryland Photographers Association (WMPA) is open to anyone interested in sharing photographic information and ideas. The group meets the first Tuesday of each month from 6 - 8PM at the Frostburg Public Library. In addition, there will be scheduled photo shoots and weekly Facebook photo challenges. Information is shared at www.facebook.com/wmdpa. No fee to join; all that's required is a passion for photography. All skill levels welcome! Send inquiries via Facebook or email to wmdphotographers@yahoo.com.

The Frostburg State University Center for Creative Writing is open to the community 22 E. Main S. , Frostburg. Ongoing workshops and groups that meet on a regular basis. www.frostburg.edu/cwcenter for a complete schedule of events. For more info 301-687-4340 or email cwcenter@frostburg.edu

LIFE DRAWING GROUP meets at the Cumberland Theatre, 101 N. Johnson St., Cumberland, MD, each Thursday from 7 - 9PM. All who are interested in keeping up their life drawing skills are welcome. Cost varies, depending on how many people show up for the class. The model is paid $20 an hour for two hours ($40) and the facility is given $10 for utilities. For more info Shirley Giarritta at 301-777-3337.

Sherri Loomis hosts a Mosaic Drop-In Studio every Wednesday from 7 - 9PM at her studio 304 Cumberland St. , Cumberland. Grab your project and drop by! Bring your questions and your project, or start one with hands-on help. All tools and materials will be provided except metal gilding leafs. This is a good time to get a lot of work down without a class happening in the studio. $35 per session. For more info sdloomis@SL4design.com or call 301-722-3232.

Potomac Highlands Scottish Country Dancers s meet every Wednesday evening, 7:30 - 9:30PM, October through May, at The Appalachian Ballet Theater, 14617 McMullen Highway, Cresaptown, MD (directly across the street from Sheetz). Classes are free and open to ages 12 and above. Come learn this lively and fun traditional Scottish dance form, held in a relaxed dance studio setting. No partner and no experience necessary! For more information, contact instructor Becky Corbett at 304-492-5128 or rcorbett7655@gmail.com.

Ballroom, Latin & Country Dancing
Boleros Dance Studio, in LaVale Plaza Shopping Center, offers private and group lessons for beginners to advanced adults. Group lessons every night at 7PM & 8PM. $10 per lesson drop in fee. No partner is needed to learn. Facility has wood dance floor and lots of privacy. Come and bring your friends for a night of fun and dance. www.facebook.com/loveboleros or www.bolerosdancestudio.com.

Scottish Country Dancers meet every Wednesday evening, 7:30 - 9:30PM at The Appalachian Ballet Theater, 14617 McMullen Highway, Cresaptown, MD.,across from Sheetz. All ages and abilities enjoy an evening of Scottish Country Dancing in a relaxed dance studio setting to the sounds of high spirited, toe tapping Celtic music. Come on your own or bring a friend. Instructor, Roger Dale, chooses dance patterns that mix everyone informally. For more info email Becky at rcorbett7655@gmail.com.

WV Dance, Inc. has produced the following ballroom and Latin dancing instructional DVDs.
Beginners' Foxtrot, Volume 1, Beginners' Waltz, Volume 1, Beginners' Nightclub Two Step, Volume 1.
Beginners' Rumba, Volume 1, Beginners Ballad, Volume 1, and Beginners Single Time East Coast Swing, Volume 1. If you're looking to learn how to dance any of these dances, or you're just looking to refresh what you've learned in class, these DVDs are an excellent choice. info@wvdance.net, 304-984-1939, or 5818 Sissonville Drive, Charleston WV, 25312.

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Opportunities (to Enter, Audition, Exhibit, etc.)

2014 GFWC Romney Holiday Craft Show Nov. 7-9.( Fri 6-9PM, Sat 9AM-5PM, Sun 1-4PM) at Romney Elementary School. Click to download application. http://www.HampshireArts.org/applications/2014GFWCcraftInfo&Application.doc   This is a Quality hand crafted Arts and Craft Show.  Questions call Iliff Maphis 304-822-3062 or Mary French Barb 304-822-5790.

Drop Off Dates Nov. 7-9 Exhibit Nov 15-22
Art--Food For the Soul Exhibition (Fund raiser for Western MD Food Bank) Flintstone, MD Sanctuary Studios . Each artist is asked to set a percentage they will donate from any sales (minimum 5%)
Sanctury Studios will donate the same percentage from their commission (25% commission) CATEGORIES 1) 2 D – ART WORK – OIL, WATERCOLOR, PHOTOGRAPHY, OTHER     2) 3 D – ART WORK – SCULPTURES, POTTERY, JEWELRY, etc. All Art Work must be for sale.   Artist sets price. Click for details

Deadline Nov 14
ArtFields® 2015 Competition Beginning September 14th, artists from twelve Southeastern states (including VA & WV) are invited to submit their artwork to the ArtFields® competition. The submission thru Nov. 14, and is your chance to submit work to win your share of $100,000 in cash prizes. From April 24- May 2, 2015, Lake City will host the third ArtFields® festival, a celebration of art that annually transforms the historic district of Lake City into a Southern art mecca for nine-days in the heart of one of South Carolina's most charming small towns. For complete list of rules and eligibility for the 2015 competition, visit www.artfieldssc.org. For artist inquiries, contact the ArtTeam at (843) 374-0180 or ArtTeam@artfieldssc.org.

Drop Off Nov. 22-23 Sat-Sun Exhibit Nov 28-Dec 21
Annual Art for Giving Cumberland MD, C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts, 104 Washignton St. Artists' registrtion form by email at gilchristgalleryandmuseum@gmail.com or call 301-724-5800. Each artist is allowed 2 entries. Opening reception Nov 28 5-7PM followed by Downtown Cumberland tree lighting.

360 XOCHI QUETZAL is a FREE artist residency located on Lake Chapala, Mexico. International writers, playwrights, visual artists, fiber artists, filmmakers, photographers, new media artists, dancers and musicians are all welcome to apply for a 1-month residency. We also have a personal residency program for artists who need longer periods of creative time (1 - 4 months). Write: 360xochiquetzal@gmail.com for more info. Spring applications are due January 18, 2015
through CAFÉ www.callforentry.org For more info http://www.deborahkruger.com/1/art-residency.html

Check out the new Mountainside Creative, 49 N. Liberty St, Cumberland. outlet for regional handcrafted products.

Seeking Visual Artists: Mountain City Coffeehouse and Creamery, Main Street, Frostburg, MD, Decorated in the works created by many local talents, Mountain City strives to showcase a variety of one-of-a-kind pieces and offers opportunities for the community to connect with artists. Seeking visual artists interested in exhibiting artwork and / or scheduling a showcase at our Coffeehouse. Contact mtncitycoffeehouse@yahoo.comor call 301-687-0808

B-Belle's Boutique Gallery Space Welcoming Local Artists Romney, WV Main St. For more info call B-Belles Boutique at 304-822-8002 and view a virtual tour slideshow of B-Belles at www.LDBrownArts.zenfolio.com

Open Mics Frostburg, MD Acoustic open mics Tuesdays 10PM - 1:30AM, general open mic Thursdays 10PM-1;30AM , Dante's, 16 W. Main St Every Thursday 10PM - 1:30AM is open mic night. Hosted by rotating musicians, open mic at Dante's is the perfect opportunity for local musicians and writers to showcase their talents in a creative, laid-back atmosphere. The first Thursday of the month from 8 - 10PM is Open Mic Poetry & Spoken Word before open mic music begins. For more info 301-639-1734. Email dantesbar@gmail.com or visit www.dantesbarfrostburg.com to play at Dante's.

The WMHS Frostburg Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is looking for artists and/or musicians to volunteer to talk about their art to the residents. Presenters could sing, dance, give a demonstration of their art/craft or show examples of their work and explain how they do it. The residents would love to see your art! To schedule a time, contact Activities Director Mary Ellen Wigger at 301-689-1391.

Calls for Artists at ProfessionalArtistMag.com

Empty Easel http://emptyeasel.com/ an "online art magazine with practical advice, tips, and tutorials for creating and selling art" whose "goal is to publish helpful information for both new and professional artists-without any of the vague or confusing 'artspeak' common to the art world. "

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Mark Your Calendar—Coming Up Later

Nov 8 Sat
HCAC Fall Concert: Professor Louie and the Crowmatix Romney, WV 7:30PM The Bottling Works, 426 E. Main St.

Nov 14-16 Fri-Sun
Annual Hampshire Highlands Studio Tour, various locations throughout Hampshire County. Pick up tour brochures at the Hampshire County Visitor Center, 91 S. High St., Romney. *Note that two artists' location has changed from the brochure to the Capon Bridge Community Center on Rt. 50.

Dec 12 Sat (Snow date Dec. 13)
Rain Crow's Christmas Benefit for the Food Pantry Capon Bridge, WV American Legion.

Mar 28, 2015 Sat
HCAC Spring Concert: Percussion Masters Steve Bloom & Patricio Acevedo Romney, WV 7:30PM The Bottling Works, 426 E. Main St.

April 18, 2015 Sat
HCAC Spring Concert: Blues with Andy Cohen & Eleanor Ellis Romney, WV 7:30PM The Bottling Works, 426 E. Main St.

May 2, 2015 Sat
HCAC Spring Concert: Ralph Gordon, Alexander Mitchell and Michael G. Ronstadt Romney, WV 7:30PM The Bottling Works, 426 E. Main St.

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