Hampshire County Arts Council logo
Join Us On Facebook icon

P.O. Box 624, Romney, WV 26757 • 304-703-1350 webmaster

in hampshire county

Hampshire County Arts Council events are shown in red.  If you're willing to help publicize HCAC events, visit our website to download pdf versions of concerts fliers to print out and post or otherwise share. (links in left column)

Thru Aug 18
Exhibit of artworks by V. Lynn Moore Romney, WV FNB Romney, North High St. at Rosemary Ln.

July 27 Sun
HCAC FREE Summer Concert on the Lawn: Sally Rogers & Howie Bursen Romney, WV 5PM The Potomac Center, 1 Blue St. (follow signs for the hospital from WV Rt. 28/North High St. Concerts move indoors if it rains. Lawn seating (bring folding chairs or blanket to sit on). Refreshments available.
       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 and Howie Bursen with instruments

   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.
The concert will be preceded with a brief one-act play, Rumors, by a local troupe that has been developing under the direction of Makayla Baker.
      This program is presented with sponsorship from The Bank of Romney. For more info http://www.HampshireArts.org or call 304-496-8002 or 304-703-1350.

Aug 2 Sat
Annual Capon Bridge Yard Party presents Bobby Cunningham and The Canyon River Band Capon Bridge, WV 7PM Capon Bridge Fire Hall pavilion Free.

Aug 4 Mon
HCAC Photography Group Meeting: Focus Theme: Flowers 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.

Aug 5 Tues
Hampshire County Arts Council Planning meeting Augusta WV 7PM 4Bs Pizza, Rt. 50 opposite Augusta Fire Hall. This monthly planning session is open to all with interest in helping make more arts opportunities happen in Hampshire County. Contact Neil Gillies 304-897-6297

Aug 8-10
WV Peach Festival, Romney, WV including an Amateurs' Fiddle and banjo contest. Saturday entertainment will include Rain Crow and N2Pickin. Sunday's music line-up tentatively includes The Van Meters, Shannon Bowers, Time Travelers, and Short Mountain Brothers. Info Marla Pisciotta 304-788-0903

Aug 10 Sun
HCAC Summer Concert on the Lawn: Just4Fun Romney, WV 5PM Gazebo at Taggart Hall, 91 S. High St. This free concert will wrap up the Peach Festival festivities.

Aug 10-17
Country Song And Dance Society's Adult and Family Week Camp Timber Ridge Camp

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

Help The Hampshire County Arts Council earn a penny every time you search the Internet. Just use GoodSearch.com as you would any search engine and they'll donate about a penny per use to support the arts in Hampshire County. Powered by Yahoo!, you'll get great results for you and for us. Just go to www.goodsearch.com and enter Hampshire County Arts Council as the charity you want to support. 50 of us searching four times a day will raise about $730 in a year without anyone spending a dime! And, be sure to spread the word! http://www.goodsearch.com/?charityid=hampshirecountyartscouncil

Return to Top

This Week In The Region

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

Thru Aug 3
24th Contemporary American Theater Festival Shepherdstown, WV http://catf.org 800-999-CATF
Five new plays: The Ashes Under Gait City; One Night; Uncanny Valley; Dead and Breathing; North of the Boulevard.

July 24 Thur, Aug 28 and Sept. 25
The Summer Swing Series: Yesterday Swing Orchestra Winchester, VA 7PM George Washington Hotel, 103 East Piccadilly St. 540-678-4700 $20 per person or $35 per couple. Aauthentic Big Band entertainment. The classic sounds of Glen Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and others are brought to life by this full eighteen piece musical ensemble. Vocalists Vicki Petrosky and Jennie Wright add additional excitement to the performance with stunning and soulful renditions of standards made famous by Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Natalie Cole, Sarah Vaughn and other great vocal talents.

July 24-27, 31, Aug1-3, 6-10Thur-Sun
Much Ado About Nothing Berkeley Springs, WV The Ice House, corner of Independence and Mercer streets. by William Shakespeare staged by the Ice House Theater Project and directed by Tom and Beth Brooks. Thu -- July 24 & 31, Aug 7 -- 8pm, Fri -- July 25 & Aug 8 -- 8pm. Fri - Aug 1 is 8:30pm because of the opening reception for the new gallery show, Sat -- July 26, Aug 2 & 9 -- 8:30pm,
Sun -- July 27, Aug 3 & 10 -- 3:30pm. Two Weds pay-what-you-can shows: Jul 30 and Aug 6
Ticket prices for MAC members are a bargain $7; everyone else pays $10. Children $4.Get reservations now by calling MAC: 304-258-2300 or get your ticket at the door.

July 25-27
Garrett County Arts CouncilAnnual Artist Studio Tour. Visit over 20 working artists in their studios throughout Garrett County. Studios will be open on Saturday, 11AM-6PM, and Sunday, 11AM-4PM. For more info www.garrettarts.com or call 301-334-6580.

July 25 Fri

CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band Shepherdstown, WV 9PM Shepherdstown Opera House , 131 W. German St. http://www.operahouselive.com $20 winning musician, Clifton Chenier, joined his father's Red-Hot Louisiana Band playing saxophone at the age of 21. After Clifton's death in 1987, C.J. picked up the accordion and took charge of his father's ministry - to spread the word of Zydeco music to the world. Since then, Chenier has pushed the genre to new heights with his virtuosity. The Boston Globe has called him "the crown prince of zydeco," and Living Blues magazine hails him as "the best living zydeco singer and accordionist." His musical style ranges from the traditional Zydeco of Clifton Chenier right on up to modern funk with healthy doses of blues, R&B, swamp pop and even country. C.J.'s total mastery of the accordion combined with his rich, satisfying voice are the driving forces behind this power-house zydeco band.

Bluemont Concerts: Solas Winchester VA 7:30PM at the Old Frederick County Courthouse at Rouss Ave and N. Cameron St. (In bad weather: Requested admission: $5 per person, $4 Bluemont friends & seniors, $2 kids 12 and under  No advance ticket sales; tickets available at concert. Info (703) 777-6306 www.bluemont.org Solas is the quintessential Irish-American band recording and touring in the US today. Fifteen years ago, in a manner befitting their name (Gaelic for "light"), Solas burst onto the Irish music scene and instantly became a beacon – an incandescent ensemble that found contemporary relevance in timeless traditions without ever stooping to clichés. http://www.bluemont.org/Concerts/perf-Solas.html

Bright Box Comedy:Tina Giorgi Winchester, VA 8PM Bright Box Theater, 15 N. Loudoun St. (540) 665-2878 www.brightboxwinchester.com $ Advance tickets 1-800-838-3006 a crowd-pleasing, intelligent comedienne. Reviewers refer to her performances as "comedy with a brain." She is a favorite act in major clubs across the country and a constant performer in New York City and Las Vegas. Tina is a versatile entertainer with a resume that includes television and radio appearances, comedy club performances and writing and acting credentials. She has been featured on CBS's Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Comedy Central's Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, NBC's Friday Night, among many others.

Winchester Friday NIght LIve: Robbie Limon Band and Push To Start Band Winchester, VA Loudoun Street Mall. Free music, street performers, exhibits at Shenandoah Arts Council Gallery and Winchester Art Market. http://OldTownWinchesterVA.com

Bands on the Bricks: Megan Jean & The Klay Family Band Cumberland, MD 6PM Downtown Cumberland Mall rain or shine For more info www.downtowncumberland.com.

Liz Frame and the Kickers Frostburg, MD 10PM Dante's, 16 W. Main St. For more info 301-689-9777.

July 26 Sat
Summer Concert in the Park: Glenville State Bluegrass Band Berkeley Springs, WV 5:30PM Berkeley Springs State Park. Rain location: the Ice House. A touring group of performance students from the innovative bluegrass music program at West Virginia's Glenville State College, the world's first four-year bluegrass Bachelor of Arts degree. The band is under the direction of Megan Darby.

Gent Treadly Shepherdstown, WV 9PM Shepherdstown Opera House , 131 W. German St. http://www.operahouselive.com $12 Since its inception in 1994 Gent Treadly has been a movable feast of some of the finest players in NYC. The lineup consists of one of the slammingest rhythm sections you'll ever hear led by Greg Koerner on bass who is a veteran of New York bands Uncle Buzz, The Joneses and Crimson Rose and a "phil-in" for the Dark Star Orchestra. Also regularly rounding out the band lately have been Adam Douglass on guitar, Mike Severino on drums and Abou Diarassouba on drums.
Gent Treadly is truly a unique act and the players are the real deal who have evolved into one of the most heralded units in New York City - offering a precocious blend of bluesy improvisational roots rock.

Dance Manifesto Winchester, VA 9:30PM Brewbakers, 168 N. Loudoun St. 540-535-0111 http://brewbakersrestaurant.com/upcoming-events/ from Northern Virginia, Dance Manifesto is a supergroup made up of DC original and cover band veterans who will lure you onto the dance floor before you've had the chance to get your first drink from the bar. They specialize in playing high energy music and take pride in performing what is hot on the radio and in the clubs RIGHT NOW, along with the occasional sprinkling of classic dance songs for nostalgia. Dance Manifesto brings fun and excitement back to your nightlife. They rock their shows with incredible stage presence, vocal stylings, studio-perfect keys, and tight rhythms.

Bright Box Comedy:Sonya King Winchester, VA 8:30PM Bright Box Theater, 15 N. Loudoun St. (540) 665-2878 www.brightboxwinchester.com $ Advance tickets 1-800-838-3006 Starting in 1999 she began working her way across the nation toiling on the comedy club circuit while performing college dates and corporate events.She has done voice over work, written for radio, and even has her own weekly radio segment for Cumulus Media. Sonya won the Carnival Cruise Competition which led to a great deal of work for various cruise lines. She can be seen in the independent film "Two Days Back", and appeared on Good Morning America on ABC, but really stirred things up with her appearance on ABC's The View with Barbara Walters and Joy Behar. That led to an appearance with Joy at famed Caroline's Comedy Club in New York City.

The Merge Winchester, VA Piccadilly Public House, 125 E. Piccadilly St. http://www.piccadillysbrewpub.net/ 540-535-1899

2014 National Dance Day celebration Cumberland, MD 5PM Liberty Street Stage in Downtown Cumberland All over the country, people from all walks of life are coming together to dance! This is your opportunity to be a part of all the fun and excitement right here in Cumberland. This free, family friendly event includes the Official 2014 National Dance Day Routine, Zumba, Dance Fitness and First Time Tap and is great for all ages, skill levels and abilities. For more information, call Rayelle Davis at 240-727-1700 or email at rayelledavis@yahoo.com.

Gerry LaFemina and April Lindner will read Frostburg, MD 7:30PM in the Lyric Theater. LaFemina is the director of the FSU Center for Creative Writing. He has published five full-length collections of poetry, including "The Parakeets of Brooklyn," which received the 2003 Bordighera Prize. Among his other honors are a Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs grant and a Pushcart Prize. Lindner is the author of three young adult novels. The readings are free to the public. For more info Center for Creative Writing at 301-687-4340 or cwcenter@frostburg.edu.

Music at Penn Alps presents Kim & Reggie Harris Grantsville, MD the Great Hall of Penn Alps. Tickets: www.musicatpennalps.org. (folk/gospel songs) $15 19 and under free

thru July 26
The Little Mermaid Winchester, VA Fri-Sun & Tues 2:30 & &PM, Wed-Thur 11AM & 2:30PM Winchester LIttle Theatre, 315 Boscawen St. 540-662-3331 www.wltonline.org based on the Hans Christian Anderson story and the Disney film.

July 27 Sunday
In the Garden: Alice's Wonderful Adventures Winchester, VA 4-6PM Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst St. 540-662-1473 x 240 www.theMSV.org What are the White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, and Jabberwocky doing in the Museum gardens? Children of all ages will explore Glen Burnie Gardens to find 20 costumed actors recreating scenes from Alice in Wonderland. The afternoon concludes with a tea party in the Pink Pavilion. $30 for one adult & one child; $15 for each additional child (includes performance, cookies and tea) Registration required (limited space) 540-662-1473 x 208 www.theMSV.org

thru Aug 3
Shenandoah Summer Music Theater: Mary Poppins Winchester, VA 8PM Wed- Sat and 7PM Sun, 2:30PM matinees Saturdays, and Wed July 30, Shenandoah University, 1460 University Dr. SU Box Office: (540) 665-4569 or toll-free (877) 580-8025 $2 per ticket charge for online reservations http://shenandoahsummermusictheatre.com One of Broadway's longest-running musicals, based on the book by P.L. Travers and the 1964 Disney movie, this is a real family audience pleaser.

July 27 Sun
Sunday Jazz: Sharp Four Winchester, VA Taylor Pavilion, Old Town Mall Info Daro avarese 540-722-8700

July 25-27 and Aug 1-3, 7-10 Thurs-Sun
Apple Alley Players present The Wizard of Oz Burlington, WV 8PM Larenim Park www.applealleyplayers.com info applealleyplayers@yahoo.com Tickets available at Anderson's Corner, Romney.

July 30-Aug 2
PIckin' In Parsons Festival Parsons, WV A celebration of bluegrass and hillbilly music. 304-478-3515
http://www.fiverivercampground.com/pickin-in-parsons.html Tickets $85 4-day pass, $70 3-day pass, $35 single day. (Advance discounts until July 4). Featuring Feller & Hill and the Bluegrass Buckaroos, Tony Holt & The WIldwood Valley Boys, Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Bluegrass Brothers, The Moron Brothers, Lonesome River Band, Lonesome HIghway, Dailey & Vincent, Hillbilly Gypsies, Flatt Lonesome, Nothin' Fancy, The Grascals, and more.

Aug 2 Sat

Hackensaw Boys Winchester, VA 8PM Bright Box Theater, 15 N. Loudoun St. (540) 665-2878 www.brightboxwinchester.com $ Advance tickets 1-800-838-3006 With feet firmly planted in the old-time song tradition, hands soiled by the dirt of rock n' roll and eyes fixed steadily on the future of real country music, the Hackensaw Boys are among the most exciting groups charting new territory in today's diverse Americana music scene.

Music at Penn Alps presentsAmbrosia Trio Grantsville, MD 7:30PM . $12. Students & children under age 19 admitted free. Info: www.musicatpennalps.org or 301-895-5881 (violin, cello, piano)

Tickets on sale for The Oak Ridge Boys Aug. 30 Advance Tickets: $45 Reserved Pavilion, $40 Adult Lawn, $10 Lawn <18 years old. Day of concert $4 more per ticket. and Eddie from Ohio Aug. 31 Advance Tickets: $31 Reserved Pavilion, $26 Adult Lawn, $10 Lawn <18 years old. Day of concert $4.00 more per ticket. at the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, Orkey Springs, VA www.musicfest.org box office (540) 459-3396 9:30- 4:30 Mon-Fri.

Tickets on sale for Steep Canyon Rangers Oct. 2 5in Cumberland, MD at the Palace Theatre following the 21st Mid-Atlantic Grand Fiddle, Banjo Mandolin Championship. Opening act Grand Ole' Ditch. Thru August 1, limited Early Bird Tickets are $25. Info: www.midatlanticfiddle.com.

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

Return to Top

Also In The Region


Watercolors, Colored Pencil, and Wood Burned Art by Mary Lou Knieriem in the Edward Jones display window,68 Baltimore Street, Cumberland, MD

Western Maryland Watercolor Society exhibit at Puccini's Restaurant. Cumberland, MD, 12901 Ali Ghan Road NE

Check out the new Mountainside Creative, 49 N. Liberty St, Cumberland. 20+ artisans providing regional handcrafted products. Something for everyone! Jewelry, Pottery, Art Work, Sculptures, alpaca yarn, knitted products. Purses, etc.

Thru July 27
PAW-fection celebrates artists' views of favorite animals with paws; some pets, some not. Berkeley Springs, WV The Ice House, Gallery hours 11am to 5pm More than a dozen artists in more than a dozen media plus the innovative Paws of Fame where local pets are highlighted as sponsors of the show. A Lynn Lavni curated show.

Thru July 29
A Wilder Moment: Exhibit by Bruce Wilder Hagerstown, MD Washington County Arts Council 34 S. Potomac St., Ste. 100. For more info 301-791-3132 or www.washingtoncountyarts.com.

thru Aug 17
Exhibition of ceramics by Chuck Stump and paintings by David Berry Cumberland, MD Saville Gallery, 9 N. Centre St, Mon-Fri 9-5PM, Sat 11AM-4PM 301-777-ARTS (2787) for details.

"Transcendence" featuring local artist and mad scientist Ed Coffey Cumberland, MD The C. William Gilchrist Museum of the Arts, 104 Washington St. Open Fri-Sun 1-4PM. For more info www.gilchristgallery.com or call 301-724-5800. Coffey is a Cumberland based artist who is a painter, mixed media specialist and sculptor. Opening reception Saturday July 26 5-7PM

thru Aug 24
CATS! Members Exhibit Frederick, MD Delaplaine Arts Center photographic work of cats. in the Hall Gallery on the second floor of the Delaplaine Mill Building. For more info dsibbison@delaplaine.org or 301-698-0656, ext. 115.

Thru Sept 21
Crawford Horne's "Earth, Wind and Fire" show featuring the art of wood-fired ceramics with exquisite work from nearly a dozen noted artists. Berkeley Springs, WV Ice House Gallery, corners of Independence and Mercer Streets. Regular Gallery hours Friday- Sunday -- 11am to 5pm.Opening reception, Friday, Aug 1 -- 6:30pm

August 1 - September 2
Valley Art Association "Celebration" Exhibit Hagerstown, MD. On display Fridays & Saturdays, 11am-4pm, Sundays, 1pm-5pm at the Mansion House Art Center-City Park. 501 Highland Way, Free admission. 301 797 2867. www.valleyartassoc.com. The "Celebration" exhibit recognizes the VAA's 75th Anniversary.

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/

To join WVTraditional Music Yahoo group & e-mail list http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/WVTraditionalMusic/join

Return to Top

Classes, Workshops & Such

Aug 3 Sun
Expressions Dance & Tumble Fall Registration Romney, WV 1-4PM Registration Call SuEllen 703-216-1648 For dance and tumbling classes ages 2 and up including adult couple classes. New and pre-registtration attendance required.

Thru this Fall, Spruce Forest Artisan Village will offer a variety of workshops that run one to three days and are open to all levels unless specified. Small class size mimics guild-style craft education and allows individual attention. Discover jewelry fabrication, precious metal clays, colored pencil drawing, feather carving, and paper quilling with master artists and teachers. Programs for children & teens will be held during the summer. The resident artists at Spruce Forest also offer advanced and special topics workshops for adult individuals and small groups. Visit www.spruceforest.org to arrange specially designed workshops directly with the artist instructor. For more info visit www.spruceforest.org or call 301-895-3332.

Boleros Dance Studio, LaVale Plaza Shopping Center (in the back) 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. 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. Members of Allegany Arts Council receive a 10% discount on all dance fees. For more info 240-233-6512.

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.

August 3-7
The Craft of Writing Short Nonfiction http://www.highlightsfoundation.org/workshops/the-craft-of-writing-short-nonfiction-2014/ If you're a picture-book author with a passion for nonfiction or a nonfiction author with a passion for picture books, this workshop is for you. You'll learn how to master the techniques of writing the kind of short nonfiction that engages the reader and brings a story to life. And you'll learn from those who write it, illustrate it, edit it, and purchase it. $1345 Highlights Foundation, Inc. 814 Court St., Honesdale, PA 18431 (877) 288-3410

August 8-10
The Power of Picture Books Highlights Foundation, Inc. 814 Court St., Honesdale, PA 18431 (877) 288-3410 http://www.highlightsfoundation.org/workshops/the-power-of-picture-books-links-to-literacy-learning-with-the-eric-carle-museum-august-2014/

August 13-17
Revision Retreat Highlights Foundation, Inc. 814 Court St., Honesdale, PA 18431 (877) 288-3410 http://www.highlightsfoundation.org/workshops/revision-retreat-2014/ In this working retreat, Harold Underdown and editor Eileen Robinson will teach proven techniques for self-editing and revising and work with writers on their manuscripts. Mornings will be dedicated to revision techniques and afternoons to model critique groups, individual meetings, and writing time.

Sept 19-21
Everything You Need to Know About Childrens Book Publishing: A Crash Course An intensive weekend designed to give you a comprehensive look at how the children's book publishing industry works. $995 inclusive. Highlights Foundation, Inc. 814 Court St., Honesdale, PA 18431 (877) 288-3410

Sept 29-Oct 2
Poetry for the Delight of It Highlights Foundation, Inc. 814 Court St., Honesdale, PA 18431 (877) 288-3410 http://www.highlightsfoundation.org/workshops/poetry-for-the-delight-of-it-2014/ From budding poet to published veteran, we learn and teach at every stage. If you like to think, talk, write, and share poetry, this one's for you.

Oct 12-15
Finding Your Voice Workshop This intensive activity and writing-based workshop has been developed to break writers through to their authentic voices. Through exercises, discussion and critiques, participants will learn how to discover and write their own stories.$995 inclusive. Highlights Foundation, Inc. 814 Court St., Honesdale, PA 18431 (877) 288-3410 http://www.highlightsfoundation.org/workshops/finding-your-voice-2014/

Oct 16-19
Fact Into Fiction: Writing the Historical Novel Highlights Foundation, Inc. 814 Court St., Honesdale, PA 18431 (877) 288-3410 http://www.highlightsfoundation.org/workshops/fact-into-fiction-writing-the-historical-novel/ Setting historical fiction in a real time and place requires in-depth research and an immersion into the time period and setting. Novelists Sandra Neil Wallace (Muckers) and Rich Wallace (War and Watermelon) will share how to steep yourself in your characters' world through conventional and not-so-conventional sources. Balancing "story" and history is a difficult task. Learn how to remain true to the facts without letting your story get bogged down by them.

October 17-19
Christine Swann Pastels Workshop Cumberland, MD Allegany College of Maryland. $350. Call ACM at 301-784-5341 to register. Full amount is due at registration. If the class does not run, money will be refunded. For further information, visit Christine online at www.swannportraits.com. We will be working with both photos and with a live model.

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.co

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.

The Potomac Highlands Royal Scottish Country Dancers meet every Wednesday 7:30-9:30PM at The Appalachian Ballet Theater, 14617 Mcmullen Hwy. Cresaptown, MD, directly across the street from Sheetz. People of all ages and abilities have a chance to 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 around informally. The basics are easy to learn and before you know it you'll be reeling and promenading about the room. Class is free. Call Roger at 301-729-1775 or smdlaw2@verizon.net for more info

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., directly across the street from Sheetz. People of all ages and abilities have a chance to 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 around informally. For more information call Roger at 301-729-1775 or email Becky at rcorbett7655@gmail.com or Karyl at khansen427@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.

Return to Top

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

Calling Artists
The WV Peach Festival Committee is seeking artists to paint or otherwise decorate 11" by 13" wooden peaches that will be auctioned off during the Festival. No guidelines--just let your creative self loose to express your idea of peaches! Pick up a wooden peach at Taggart Hall (Hampshire County Visitor Center, 91 S. High St. in Romney) and have fun. The Festival is August 9-10, so finished peaches would be appreciated by August 2nd. 304-822-7477 for info.

Calling Musicians for the Rotary Grill
During the 2nd Annual WV Peach Festival on Friday, August 8 from noon to 2PM at Taggart Hall, Romney Rotary will be hosting the Rotary Grill, a free community picnic, l. Expected attendance is 200 people. Gratis musical entertainment from an individual or ensemble is sought. The Peach King and Queen will be crowned during the event by Walt Helmick, WV Commissioner of Agriculture. Any musician interested should contact Velma Ragsdale vmragsdale@hsc.wvu.edu or (304) 822-5013.

Local youth theatre group Acting Out for ALS Research is holding auditions for their upcoming production of "Disney's Aladdin Jr.," to be staged at Keyser High School from November 14-16, 2014. Auditions open to youth entering grades 6-12 in the 2014-15 school year. Auditions will be held from 1-6PM on Saturday, August 9, at St. Luke's Lutheran Church (1601 Frederick Street, Cumberland) and from 1-6PM on Sunday, August 10, at Grace United Methodist Church (30 S. Mineral Street, Keyser). Appointments required by calling 240-522-0115 or e-mailing info@actingoutforals.com. Visit www.actingoutforals.comto learn more about the audition process, including song selections from the musical. (All proceeds from ticket sales and donations will go directly to the ALS Association.)

Deadline: September 3
Entries are now being accepted for the 3rd Annual Queen City Independent Filmmakers Contest, presented by the Allegany Allied Arts, October 2-5 at the Allegany Museum in Cumberland. Categories are: Documentary, Cult, LGBT, Music, Horror/SciFi, Foreign Language, Appalachian, and Kids. Short or feature entries accepted. Entries outside of the official categories welcome, but will not qualify for a category award. Submissions should be mailed to Allegany Allied Arts, Inc., ATTN: QCFF 2014, 101 Decatur St., Cumberland, MD 21502. Full submission rules and entry form will be available at www.alleganyalliedarts.org or www.facebook.com/aaa.qcff. For more infor info@alleganyalliedarts.org.

Deadline: Sept 28
Free Winter Artist Residency in Central Mexico 360 XOCHI QUETZAL:
Stay warm and be creative! International writers, playwrights, visual artists, fiber artists, photographers, new media artists, dancers and musicians are all welcome to apply for a 1-month residency.
Tell your members that APPLICATIONS ARE DUE September 28 through CAFÉ www.callforentry.orgg for the upcoming Winter residency (12/15/14 - 1/15/15). For more info: http://www.deborahkruger.com/1/art-residency.html

Seeking Musicians to perform: Avalon, a clothing optional resort near Paw Paw, WV, is looking for musical talent for weekend events this summer. Musicians will have full access to our wonderful facility while here.  www.avalon-resort.com. Our major summer events include: August 15-17/AvalonFest, September 13/Bluegrass. If you’re interested in participating in any of these events or others throughout the year, contact our office at 304 947 5600 or send press kits and/or CDs to Avalon, ATTN: Activities Committee, RR1 Box 315, Paw Paw, WV  25434

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. "

Return to Top

Mark Your Calendar—Coming Up Later

Aug 11-16
Hampshire County Fair, Augusta, WV

Aug 15-17
AvalonFest Paw Paw, WV Avalon Resort (aclothing optional resort) http://avalon-resort.com/events/avalonfest.html

Sept 6 Sat
Hampshire Heritage Fest Romney, WV.

Sept 12-13
North River Mills String Jam Weekend contact Laura Riley (304) 496-9924 https://www.sites.google.com/site/nrmstringjam/home

Sept 26-28
Capon Bridge Founder's Day Festival Capon Bridge, WV

Oct 4-5
Burlington Old-Fashioned Apple Harvest Festival, Burlington, WV , campus of Burlington United Methodist Family Services, Rt. 50 800-969-0079 www.bumfs.org continuous on-stage entertainment. Fiddle, Banjo, Mandolin Competition noon Sunday.

Oct 19 Sun
HCAC Fall Concert: The Duhks Romney, WV 4PM The Bottling Works, 426 E. Main St.,

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.

Return to Top

Thanks to all who have relayed items to share. If you learn of arts information others in our area might like to know about, please forward what you know about it (ideally with date, place, event, and how to get more info) to performances@hampshirearts.org

If you find these Arts Alerts useful, consider supporting the arts in Hampshire County by joining the Hampshire County Arts Council (member application at http://www.hampshirearts.org), sponsoring an HCAC event, or donating at a higher level to help continue to expand the arts opportunities in our community. Contact any HCAC board member or committee chair for details.

Know someone who might benefit from receiving these Alerts too? Forward this one to that individual and he/she can sign up to receive them via this link.

Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List iconJoin The HCAC Arts Alert Email List
For Email Marketing you can trust

Copyright (c) 1996-2005 Roving Software Incorporated d/b/a Constant Contact. All rights reserved. Except as permitted under a separate written agreement with Constant Contact, neither the Constant Contact software, nor any content that appears on any Constant Contact site, including but not limited to, web pages, newsletters, or templates may be reproduced, republished, repurposed, or distributed without the prior written permission of Constant Contact. For inquiries regarding reproduction or distribution of any Constant Contact material, please contact legal@constantcontact.com.