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June 18 Sat
HCAC presents
Romney, WV 7:30PM The Bottling Works, 426 E. Main St .Admission $15 ($13 HCAC members, under 17 free). Tickets available online or at the door.

Sugar Run Band
Sugar Run brings its traditional high-energy Bluegrass, foot-stompin' Old-Time, poignant ballads of heartbreak and loss and more to Romney.
        Their musical repertoire consists of traditional music of the Southern Appalachian and Piedmont regions in the style of older (and some contemporary) Bluegrass, Old-Time, old "Country" music, a few Cajun tunes (in French, by Geoff) and some ancient ballads and tunes with roots back to the Scottish, Irish, and English lands. The music includes songs of: love-gone-bad; train wrecks; bad-men and hangings; murders; ghosts and hauntings; moonshine whiskey; and death and Redemption. (Many, if not all those themes may occur in the same song!). Also expect to hear songs of humor as well as peppy fiddle tunes suitable for flat-footin', square dancing, or just standing around and tapping your feet.
         Founded in 2010, the group consists of the husband and wife team of Mike (clawhammer and three-finger banjo, guitar, mandolin, dobro and vocals) and Bonnie Johnson (bass-fiddle and vocals), and Rachel Johnson (Bluegrass and Old-time fiddle). Geoff White plays the fiddle, guitar and mandolin and sings.
         Sugar Run's heart and home is on the Mountain Music Trail (mountainmusictrail.com) and the Allegheny Mountain region of Virginia and West Virginia. They play regularly in the New River Valley of Virginia and West Virginia, the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia and the Roanoke, VA regions.
          For more information on the band, go to sugarrunband.com. For info on the concert call Dale Brady at 304-834-8369 or email music@HampshireArts.org

July 7 Thurs
NO JULY Hampshire County Arts Council Planning Meeting

Thru July 26
Nancy Judd Exhibit Romney, WV FNB Rosemary Lane at North High St. watercolor, acrylic, and oil paintings, mostly of scenes along Grassy Lick Road. Nancy is one of the artists who will participate in the 2016 Hampshire Highlands Studio Tour and Art Sale in November.

Also In The Region

June 17-July 9
Watercolor Unlimited 2016 annual exhibit by the members of the Western Maryland Watercolor Society. Cumberland, MD, in the Schwab Gallery of the Allegany Arts Council, 9 N. Centre St. Gallery hours Tuesday through Saturday 11 AM - 5 PM, Sundays 11 AM - 4 PM.

June 24-26
The 16th Annual New Voice Play Festival Charlestown, WV Old Opera House Theatre Box-officet (304) 725-4420 or purchase tickets on-line at www.oldoperahouse.org Each year the Old Opera House Theatre Company asks playwrights from across the country to submit their new one-act plays to a panel of judges. These plays are read and discussed, and the top four of the season are presented on the Old Opera House stage each year in late June. The plays range from 10 to 40 minutes in length and all four are assembled into an exciting evening of entertainment. The Old Opera House then asks our audience to serve a theatre critic and select their favorites of this year's festival. This is a unique opportunity to see some of the American Theatre's newest offerings.

July 2
31st Annual "Salute to Independence" concert by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra.Antietam Battlefield, MD free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. The concert program will honor, through words and music, the men and women who have served our country in the past, and those who are currently members of the United States Armed Forces. The concert will also commemorate the National Park Service's 100th anniversary in 2016

Thru July 24
Close to Home, an exhibit of local landscapes in watercolor and pen-and-ink by Jerry Potter, and A Different Vision, acrylic paintings, collage and resist-dyed silk from Victoria Pendragon and Art Africa exhibit of baskets, colorful bead jewelry, beaded purses, handcrafted quilted bags, and other items made by the Women's Art Project of Kampala, Uganda. Also on display are African sculpture and masks. Berkeley Springs, WV the Ice House Gallery: Monday 10-4, Thursday-Sunday 11-5

Classes, Workshops & Such

July 9 Sat
HCAC Adult Workshop: Song Writing & Recording Workshop Part 1 Romney, WV 9AM-Noon Bank of Romney Community Center, 95 E. Main St. A FREE class presented by Brenton Colbert, Music Therapist. https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=HCAC%20Adult%20Workshops Brenton is a board certified Music Therapist with almost a decade of songwriting experience. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Music Therapy from Shenandoah University.This workshop will cover the basics of songwriting. Participants will create an original song. No musical experience is required. limited to 15 participants. By the end of the workshop participants will have completed their original song and begin planning for recording during Part 2. You must register separately for each workshop. To register contact Denise Huard at 304-359-3288 or leave your name and phone number in this comment section of the HCAC Adult Workshops Facebook page.

Jul 11 Mon
HCAC Photography Group Meeting: Focus Theme: Depth of focus Romney, WV 10-11:30AM 2nd Floor Hampshire County Public Library, Info Sandra Patterson 304-496-7345 All photography enthusiasts are welcome to meet to share their work, share pointers, seek advice. July theme: flowers; August theme: Long Exposures, September theme: Reflections.

July 21 Thurs
Ice Mountain Writers meet Romney, WV 5:30-7PM Hampshire Conty Public LIbrary. For info call Dale Brady at 304-834-8369 or email write@HampshireArts.org Poets, story-tellers, songwriters, script writers, playwrights, novelists -- any and all writers of any age are invited to join in. No experience necessary.

July 23 Sat
HCAC Adult Workshop: Song Writing & Recording Workshop Part 2 Romney, WV 9AM-Noon Bank of Romney Community Center, 95 E. Main St A $5.00 fee for the CD. You must register separately for each workshop. To register contact Denise Huard at 304-359-3288 or leave your name and phone number in this comment section of the HCAC Adult Workshops Facebook page.https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=HCAC%20Adult%20Workshops


Art in Pubic Places If you are a local artist who would enjoy displaying your work in one of 4 local banks or at the Hampshire County Public Library, or you know an artist who would, please send a note to Ken Caldwell, director of Hampshire County Arts Council's Art in Public Places Program at 639KLC@gmail.com and start making plans to exhibit

June 23 Deadline
Art of the Portrait, a juried exhibition of the Barkeley County Arts Council. All 2-dimensional artwork framed up to 36 inches in the long dimension, including but not limited to painting, photography, and mixed media is eligible. 3-dimensional works and self portraits are acceptable. The exhibit will be displayed from July 13 - August 6, 2016 in the Berkeley Art Works, 116 North Queen Street in Martinsburg, WV. Entries are by digital images sent by email. Please read the full instructions at http://wp.me/pDwaf-Eg. There is no entry fee. Accepted artists will be asked to make a donation to support the gallery at the time work is delivered. Jurying of the digital submissions will be done by a committee of Berkeley Art Works artists by June 30 and work is to be delivered to the gallery between July 6 and July 10. For more information email berkeleyartswv@gmail.com or call 304-620-7277.

August 5 Sign up Deadline
Founders Day Festival HCAC Member Artists Village (Capon Bridge, WV September 24-25 event) The Hampshire County Arts Council is sponsoring member artists to display and sell their art at no cost to the artist at the Capon Bridge Founders' Day Festival on Saturday & Sunday September 24 & 25. HCAC is coordinating the Artist Village in the Fire Hall building, so all art will be protected from the elements and artists will not have to compete or contend with other types of vendors, smells, smoke, noise etc. There's lot of space. The Festival draws about 3,000 visitors from the region and this is a great opportunity to get out there and be seen in a safe and no cost venue. All art must be original art of the member artist.
         Interested artists should e-mail Larry Manning at lmanning22@frontier.com with their name, phone number, and their type of art by August 5. Larry will get back to you with additional details. If you have any questions, call Larry at 703-772-5530. Any non-member interested in being part of the Artist Village should join HCAC by July 15 by going to our website at HampshireArts.org.

COMING UP -- Watch for Details

August 6 Saturday
WVPeach Festival Plein Air Art Romney WV 11AM-3PM Gazebo at Taggart Hall, 91 S. High St. Be daring, paint outdoors in life in front of the public as you answer their questions and respond to their reactions. Open to one and all. No reservation required. Contact V Lynn Moore at lmoore@hardynet.com or 304-897-7827.

August 12-14
AvalonFest2016 PawPaw WV 304-947-5600 http://www.avalon-resort.com/#!avalonfest/no9pq Tempest "Rattlin' Roarin' Willie", Micheal Christopher, Bud's Collective, ilyAMY, Mojo Mothership

August 13 Saturday
HCAC Summer Arts Gathering Romney, WV 1-4PM Mill Meadow, Home of Robin Pancake, 27435 Northwestern Pike, Romney, WV (West of Romney on Rt 50 about 3/4 mile past the Potomac River Bridge & first left just beyond the railroad tracks).
Interested in the arts as participants or patrons, come and meet others. Artists, photographers, musicians, writers, and more: bring your paints, pencils, cameras, instruments, etc. and create or just chill in the shade of a tree. Open to one and all. No reservation required. Activities for children, light refreshments. Contact Robin Pancake 304-822-5663 or Charlie Snead 304-298-3039.

Sept 17
HCAC The Rainier Trio Classical Concert Romney, WV The Bottling Works, 426 E. Main St. http://www.classicstringsduo.com/

Sept 24-25
Capon Bridge Founders Day Festival Capon Bridge, WV (watch for info about Artists' Village)

Nov 11-13
Annual Hampshire Highlands Studio Tour various locations. Artists interested in participating should contact Melissa Snell 703-772-5536.

The Hampshire County Arts Council welcomes persons with disabilities at all of its activities.
To request accessibility services to participate, please contact 304-834-8369 or 304-298-3039 or e-mail performances@hampshirearts.org in advance and we will do our best to accommodate.  WV Relay Operator for information on performances: 711-298-3039

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