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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)

Thru Dec 5
HCAC Photography Exhibit by Jan Dodgins Romney, WV Bank of Romney Main St.
Photos by Jan Dodgins

Thru Dec 5
HCAC Drawings Exhibit by Lou Mazzeo Romney, WV FNB Romney, Sunrise Branch.
Drawings by Lou Mazzeo

Dec 5 Fri
Hampshire High School Harmony Show Choir Night of 1000 Stars Romney, WV 7PM Hamshire High School Auditorium. $5.

Dec 6 Sat
Chris Chambers' Annual "The Christmas Gift" Romney WV 6:30PM First Baptist Church Romney. Proceeds benefit Catholic Charities (which helps the needy in our community) featuring Chris Chambers and some members of Appalachia, Ashlyn Haines, Sarah VanMeter, Dell MOore, Josh Miller and Praise In the Park organizer Colby Nichols.

Book SIgning by Larry See Romney, WV 10AM-1PM Hampshire County Public Library. Author of "An Uncommon Man: Elson "Buck" See.

Dec 10 Wed
Rescheduled Hampshire County Arts Council Planning Meeting Augusta WV 6PM 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

Dec 12 Sat (Snow date Dec. 13)
Rain Crow's 2nd Annual Christmas Benefit for the Food Pantry with 4 bands Capon Bridge, WV 6-9:30PM American Legion. Buck Mountain String Band (Old time), Harvest Hill Bluegrass, Kara and the Wayfarers (country), Rain Crow (vintage rock & roll), plus Bryan LaFollette on bagpipes. Designed to be a family event: Santa and his lap will be there; The Knights of Ole Hampshire emeriti will be gifting age-appropriate books; we'll sing along to Christmas tunes; and there will be plenty of holiday snacks. Please invite, bring, or kidnap your own children and those of relatives, neighbors, and coworkers. Everything is donated, with all proceeds going to the Capon Bridge Food Pantry. (Make checks payable to Amazing Grace Baptist Church with Food Pantry in memo line. If you cannot attend, can mail a check to Steve Bailes, HC71 Box 103C, Capon Bridge, WV 26711. Info George Constantz 304-856-1010 or Steve Bailes 304-496-7359.

Dec 16 Tues
Romney Middle School D.A.R.E Choir Concert 6PM Romney Middle School.

Dec 18 Thurs
Romney Middle School Band Concert 7PM Romney Middle School.


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

Dec 5, 10PM
The Hillbilly Gypsies Frostburg, MD Dante's, 16 W. Main St. For more info 301-689-9777

Dec 5-12
"The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge.Cumberland, MD Drama Theatre Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6, at 7:30PM; Sunday, Dec. 7, at 2PM; Thursday, Dec. 11, at 7:30PM; Friday, Dec. 12, at 5PM; and Saturday, Dec. 13, at 2PM. Individual tickets are $12 for general admission and $6 for students. For info call the Theatre and Dance box office at 301-687-7462 Mon- Fri, 9AM-12:30PM and 1:30- 4PM. "Travel back in time to Victorian England In this trial of the century, Scrooge returns to his curmudgeonly ways by charging Jacob Marley and the Christmas Spirits with attempted murder, kidnapping, breaking and entering, stalking and the intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Dec 6 Sat
Bright Box Jazz Brunch Winchester, VA 11AM-2PM Bright Box Theater, 15 N. Loudoun St. (540) 665-2878 www.brightboxwinchester.com Free. 1-800-838-3006

"Unsilent Night" is a modern-day spin on traditional holiday caroling. Part of the Shenandoah Conservatory New Music Series, this free outdoor participatory event invites communities from around the world to parade their streets with an orchestrated score of carols played through handheld boom boxes, cassette recorders and iPhones. Community members are invited to bring along their boom boxes or iPhones and join the caroling--or just come out to enjoy Winchester's largest mobile sound installation! Participants will gather at Bright Box beginning at 7:30 p.m., where they can learn more about the event, download Phil Kline's Unsilent Night App and enjoy a hot beverage. The parade will depart from Bright Box at 8 p.m., traversing the walking plaza for approximately 45 minutes and creating what Time Out New York has called, "a luminous, shimmering wash of bell tones--one of the loveliest communal new-music experiences you'll ever encounter." Immediately following the event, Shenandoah Conservatory and Bright Box will host a Holiday After Party in the upstairs Radiant Room, including free appetizers, music, a cash bar featuring an array of fine wines and microbrews, and plenty of holiday cheer! Free, no tickets required. www.brightboxwinchester.com Free. 1-800-838-3006

Dec 7, 3PM
Highland Arts Unlimited presents Latshaw Productions Christmas Memories Keyser, WV at the Church-McKee Arts Center on the campus of Potomac State College. This heartwarming, musical celebration of Christmas features dazzling production numbers, superb musical arrangements, beautiful costumes, dancing and more. $15 adults, $10 students, children 12 and under admitted free with a paying adult. Highland Arts Members are admitted free with ID. Info: 304-788-9465 or 304-788-3066.

Dec 11-21
"A Charlie Brown Christmas" Cumberland MD at the New Embassy Theatre. Performances are Thursday-Saturday at 7PM, and Sat. & Sun. at 1PM. The holiday classic comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation where Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the other Peanuts grapple with the real meaning of Christmas. Presented by Front & Centre Stage For more info www.frontandcentrestage.com. Will Call Reservations can made by calling 240-580-3558. Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-charlie-brown-christmas-tickets-13464610011.

Dec 12 & 14
The Cumberland Choral Society presents Handel's "Messiah" and Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Fantasia on Christmas Carols" Cumberland, MD Friday at 7:30PM and Sunday at 3PM at First Presbyterian Church, 11 Washington St. Adults $10. Senior citizens and students $8. Soloists and professional instrumentalists will be performing along with members of the Choral Society under the direction of Judith Brown.

Dec 13-14
Maryland Symphony Orchestra's 27th Annual "Home for the Holidays" Concerts
Hagerstown, MD Sat 7PM, Sun 3PM, Maryland Theatre. 301-797-4000 www.marylandsymphony.org Guest artists Colleen Daly and Rob Tudor.

Appalachian Ballet Theatre The Nutcracker Cumberland, MD Saturday at 7:30PM and Sunday at 2PM at Allegany College Theatre. A wonderful ballet for the entire family and is the perfect way to ring in the holiday season and to introduce children to the power and beauty of classical dance. For over one hundred years, the story of the ballet has proven irresistible to both children and adults alike. $10 adults, $5 seniors and Children 12 and under. For reservations call 301-729-6722.

Dec 14, 3PM
The Reduced Shakespeare Company presents "The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)." Frostburg, MD in PAC Pealer Recital Hall. For more than 30 years, these talented comic actors have proven themselves masters at condensing the classics and bringing hysterical, side-splitting laughter to audiences across the globe. Broadway World declared, "'The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)' will make your spirits bright, whether you joyfully embrace the upcoming season or get dragged into it kicking and screaming." Tickets can be purchased by visiting the CES Box Office on the second floor of the Lane University Center, by calling 1-866-849-9237 or 301-687-3137 or online at http://ces.frostburg.edu.

Tickets on Sale: WVU Arts & Entertainment 800-745-3000:
Dec 19 Wynona Judd & The Big Noise in "A Simpler Christmas" WVU Creative Arts Center
Jan 16 & 17 Brad Paisley Country Nation World Tour with guests Parmalee and The Swon Brothers WVU Coliseum
Jan 18 Mountain Stage Lee Ann Womack, Mac McAnally, Angaleena Presley, Charley Washam WVU Creative Arts Center

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.

Thru Dec 27
13th Annual Allegany Arts Council Members' Exhibition Cumberland, MD The Saville Galler y9 N. Centre St. This exhibition features a wide variety of visual artwork created by artist members Info 301-777-ARTS (2787).

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

A new community theatre group is forming in Hampshire County for the purpose of exploring the need for and feasibility of creating a Community Theatre in this area. The group meets on the first Thursday and third Monday of the month at 6 pm. Meetings are usually at the First Baptist Church on Main Street in Romney. Please keep an eye on the calendar and Arts Alerts for any updates or changes to this schedule.
At the meetings, the group reads scripts and poems, studying scenes and acting and exploring the world of improv. Also, a brainstorming session is held about what can be done while building the group into an acting troupe that can perform plays. As part of its mission of outreach and education, the group is looking at how to take theatre to the schools and other venues and perform fundraisers for good causes.
The group invites anyone interested to come and share thoughts about what a theatre could be and what having one would mean to this area. Actors and audiences, techies and designers, writers and listeners, directors and poets, singers, musicians, dancers - it takes all of these and more to get "from the page to the stage!"
Bring your supper if you like and join us. For information, call 304-834-8369 or email performances@HampshireArts.org


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 first 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.)

December 7, 6-8PM
Auditions for "Spring Awakening," presented by the newly formed Caught in the Act theatre company, will be held in the Zimmer Theatre of Allegany College of Maryland. Youth male & female roles open to ages 18-28, and adult roles open to ages 40 & up. Please come prepared with a number from the show, resume, and headshot (if available). For more info 1-844-NtheAct.

Band Submissions for Cumberland Comes Alive! 2015 The Downtown Development Commission (DDC) is encouraging local bands to apply for a spot in Cumberland Comes Alive! -the 2015 summer concert series that takes place between Memorial Day and Labor Day in Downtown Cumberland.
"We are excited to begin work on next year's summer concert series. We are looking for artists who have originality, technical ability, songwriting skills, career establishment and overall artistry," said Steven Leyh, promotions director at DDC. "We encourage all those who are interested to apply, but because of the large number of applications and the limited number of slots, unfortunately it is not possible to book every great act."
To apply, all interested parties must complete an online form and submit samples of their music on the Downtown Cumberland website: www.downtowncumberland.com by Thursday, January 15, 2015. Submissions are for the 2015 season only.

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 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 Welcomes 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

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 1, 2015 Fri (Note this is a Change of Date)
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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