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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)

Apr 25 Fri
HCAC Ice Mountain Writers Gathering Romney, WV 2PM Hampshire County Public Library. Contact Dreama Frisk dreamawf@gmail.com

Apr 27 Sun
Harvest Hill Bluegrass Delray, WV 6;30PM Delray Christian Church.

May 3 Sat
HCAC Spring Concert: The Stray Birds
Romney, WV 7:30PM The Bottling Works, 426 E. Main St. Admission for the performance is $14 ($12 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. , Thursday through Saturday 9AM to 4PM.

The Stray Birds

"Super-talented acoustic trio whose virtuosity doesn't get in the way of their soul. Rich vocal harmonies, tight acoustic arrangements, heart-wrenching songs." says Fly Magazine of The Stray Bird."Their music goes down as a well-refined Appalachian wine," says Gene Wolford of the innovative and promising band, which has built a bridge between classical music and traditional American folk. The Stray Birds are heralded as one of the best and most versatile new bands in America, producing a top 10 Folk Album and shortly thereafter achieving international status when their debut album soared to number 3 in England. "They may have released their self-titled debut in 2012, but it was the work they did on stages across the country this year that made them an unignorable force in the folk world—" -Kim Ruehl
        Drawing upon the richness of American folk music traditions, the signature power of The Stray Birds sound lies in outstanding songwriting spun with a stirring subtlety and grace. The Stray Birds were born of a compelling collaboration between two unique writers and vocalists-- the pure, luxurious voice of Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven's richness of tone and depth of delivery. Grounding their sound in the unshakeable groove of bassist Charles Muench. Their full-length debut, The Stray Birds, was lauded by radio stations and listeners across the country and named to the Top 10 Folk/Americana Releases of 2012 by NPR. Passionate live performances led to appearances on NPR's Mountain Stage, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Kerrville Folk Festival, and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.
         When The Stray Birds take the stage, the spotlight falls on three voices raised in harmony above the raw resonance of wood and strings. It is a sound drawn from the richness of American folk music traditions, spun with a stirring subtlety and grace. From bustling street corners to silent halls, their performances speak to an uncompromising reverence for songs.
       Raised within a few miles of farmland from each other in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, their flight began with friendship. With miles of music already behind them, Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven first shared a song in January 2010. A snowy Pennsylvania winter welcomed collaboration between the two creative flames— and inspired the collection of seven songs found on their first EP, Borderland.
       The meeting of kindred musical spirits is a fortunate encounter. But beyond the luck of blend and the intuition of breath comes the question of a fierce dedication to a collective craft. Two years passed, and three tables had been cleared. Charles Muench, who contributed upright bass to the Borderland EP, climbed on board as the third voice. The trio recorded a full-length album, packed a party of seven instruments into a station wagon, and set out to sing for an endless road of towns.
        Their full-length debut, The Stray Birds, was lauded by radio stations and listeners across the country and named to the Top 10 Folk/Americana Releases of 2012 by NPR. Passionate live performances led to appearances on NPR's Mountain Stage, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Kerrville Folk Festival, and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.
        The band maintains an ambitious touring schedule and revels in the energy of each room. Hailed by No Depression as "a band destined for global success," The Stray Birds performed at the January 2014 Celtic Connections festival in Scotland, followed by a month-long tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland, in addition to continued heavy touring in the US.
     The trio, Maya de Vitry (vocals, fiddle, banjo, guitar), Oliver Craven (vocals, guitar, archtop guitar, fiddle), and Charles Muench (vocals, upright bass), will release their 2nd full-length album in Spring 2014. www.thestraybirds.com
        The Hampshire County Arts Council welcomes persons with disabilities at all its activities.To request accessibility services to participate, please contact 304-703-1350 or performances@hampshirearts.org in advance and we will do our best to accommodate. WV Relay Operator for information on performances: 711-496-8002
       This concert is made possible with sponsorship from The Loy Foundation, FNB Romney, Tammy Kessel, member Patricia Taylor, and an anonymous member, and financial assistance from the WV Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts.

FNB Romney, WV Commission on the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts logos   National Endowment for the Arts logo  WV Division of Culture & History logo

May 4 Mon
HCAC Photography Group Meeting: Focus Theme: Landscapes Romney, WV 10-11:30AM 2nd Floor Hampshire County Public Library, Info Sandra Patterson 304-496-7345
Coming meeting dates and themes: June 2 Reflections

May 5 Tues
Hampshire County Arts Council Planning meetingAugusta WV 6PM**NEW TIME 4Bs Pizza, Rt. 50. 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

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

April 25-May 4
87th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival Winchester, VA www.TheBloom.com

April 26 Sat
Roots Music Series: Rhonda Vincent & The Rage Cumberland, MD 8PM Allegany High School.opening act Jimmy Gaudreau & Moondi Klein $35 Premium, $25 general admission, $20 gereral admission Allegany Arts Council members. Available at The Book Center, Main Street Books, the Allegany Arts Council, or onlline info 301-777-2787.

May 2 & 4 Fri & Sun
Cumberland Choral Society Requiem by Maurice Durufle Cumberland, MD Fri 7:30PM, Sun 3PM, FIrst Presbyterian Church, Washington St. Free admission, handicapped accessible.

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


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

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

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Classes, Workshops & Such

Session Start Dates: May 21, or June 18
Intro to Photoshop CS6 (online course offered through Allegany College of Maryland ) Discover the fastest and most effective ways to use Photoshop from an expert and former columnist for "Photoshop User" magazine. You'll learn how to use Photoshop with detailed, step-by-step instructions that you'll have no trouble following-even if you've never used a computer graphics program before. Course cost is $99. Call 301-784-5281 or visit www.ed2go.com/allegany.

May 15-16
New Cloth Binding Construction Workshop
Winchester, VA 9AM-5PM
School of Bookbinding Arts at Cat Tail Run Hand Bookbinding, 2160 Cedar Grove Road
$245. http://cattailrun.com/workshops.html for more info and for registration

June 19-20
ntroduction to Book Restoration Workshop
Winchester, VA 9AM-5PM
School of Bookbinding Arts at Cat Tail Run Hand Bookbinding, 2160 Cedar Grove Road
$265. http://cattailrun.com/workshops.html for more info and for registration

June 29-July 13
Common Ground on the Hill 20th Traditions Weeks
Westminster, MD McDaniel College. http://www.CommonGroundOnTheHill.org Two separate weeks of courses, performances and activites in a wide array of music, dance, literary, cinematic and visual arts with world-renowned instructors. (Note that many of the performers the Hampshire County Arts Council has presented have been instructors at Common Ground.)

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 at Facebook: Mountain City Center for the Arts, on Twitter @mtncityarts, and 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.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.

Civil War Dance News offers a free Civil War Dance manual in pdf format to help dancers prepare for dances and balls. Originally developed this manual for the Civil War Trust's Teacher Institute. It provides basic instruction in several easy formation dances and has links to online videos and period dance manuals. Email Info@CivilWarDance.org for a free copy. www.CivilWarDance.org

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

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: June 6-7/Blues, Bikes and BBQ, June 21/Faerie Fest, July 5/Fireworks, July 26/Honky Tonk, 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. "

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Mark Your Calendar—Coming Up Later

Jun 22 Sun 5PM
HCAC Summer Concert on the Lawn: Mo'Town Steel Romney, WV The Potomac Center, 1 Blue St.

June 23-27
HCAC Summer Arts Camp Romney, WV WV Schools for Deaf & Blind Info contact Joanne Snead 304-298-3039

July 27 Sun
HCAC Summer Concert on the Lawn: Sally Rogers & Howie Bursen Romney, WV 5PM

August 10 Sun
HCAC Summer Concert on the Lawn: Just4Fun Romney, WV 5PM

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.

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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

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