Music & Arts

  • Intersession classes range from karate to rocket science

    HILLSVILLE – Carroll County High School’s intercession classes went out with a blast the week of March 5 as students enjoyed activities ranging from field trips to live music and rocket experiments.

    CCHS Intercession Coordinators Jay Holderfield, Debbie Robinson and Britt Mundy took the interests of all students into mind when coming up with a plan designed to help students think outside the box and to engage them in events that would spark intellectual interest and promote creativity.

  • Art school honors donors at open house

    Chestnut Creek School of the Arts held its first campus-wide open house on March 3, at the main building, the woodworking studio and the pottery studio, all located in downtown Galax.

    The event featured demonstrations, refreshments and appearances by CCSA mascot “Arty,” as well as an unveiling of donor appreciation plaques at the woodworking studio, detailing who had given funds for various aspects of the studio and leaving open slots for future donors.

  • SWVA's $1 billion tourism industry

    Staff Report

    A 56 percent increase in tourism spending in Southwest Virginia since 2004 is highlighted in new report by the Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Foundation and the Friends of Southwest Virginia.

    The annual report for 2017 outlines the regional economic impact of the tourism economy and spotlights economic, community and tourism development initiatives, regional marketing and branding.

  • Barter Theatre honors young playwrights

    HILLSVILLE — Four Carroll County High School (CCHS) students reached the semi-final round of competition for the Young Playwrights Festival, hosted by the Barter Theatre in Abingdon.

    The school reports that approximately 125 students wrote individually or in teams for the contest, which just this year received more than 300 entries from schools across the Barter Theatre service area of Virginia and Tennessee. Two plays submitted from CCHS withstood the competition and earned honors to advance to the semi-final round.

  • The Musical Legacy of Bobby Patterson

    Bobby Patterson was no stranger to the stage, having performed with a variety of bluegrass ensembles over the years, but it was his work behind the scenes that made him a vital part of the mountain music world.

    He founded two record labels to shine a light on local musicians, promoted up-and-coming artists, co-founded a mountain music magazine, made sure young music students had access to instruments and helped organize numerous conventions and festivals.

  • Old Crow Medicine Show a musical remedy for the soul

    By the time Old Crow Medicine Show takes the stage of the Blue Ridge Music Center on this Sunday evening, the crowd has already been treated to a couple hours of tunes, from the soulful acoustic blues of Amythyst Kiah to the country-folk-pop fusion of Mipso.

    But when the Crows finally perch behind their instruments and lead vocalist Ketch Secor launches into “Tell It To Me,” the crowd of more than 2,700 on the amphitheater’s hillside is electrified.

    These guys are rock stars, no matter what kind of music they play.

  • Musical Passages: a tribute to Joe Wilson

    During the week of the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention, a special showcase titled “Musical Passages: A Tribute to Joe Wilson” honored the late luminary of Americana.

    Led by his wife, Kathy James, and featuring several of his friends and cultural compatriots, the 90-minute event at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts was a loving tribute and raucous recall of Wilson’s life and times.

  • Comic con returns this weekend

    Staff Report

    WOODLAWN — Khan-Con — the Twin Counties’ convention dedicated to comic books, sci-fi, fantasy and gaming — returns for a third year this Saturday.

    The family-friendly event has something for the whole family, with appearances by local comic book creators; comic, collectible and toy vendors; artists; games and game demonstrations; an original art auction: raffle drawing; characters in costume and more.

    The convention is also a fundraiser for Jack Sullivan, a little boy battling Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

  • Thousands arrive for Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention

    Staff Reports

    An estimated 40,000 musicians and fans will descend on Galax starting this week. Felts Park opened its gates Sunday morning for the 82nd Annual Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention.

    The competition opens tonight, Monday, and lasts through Aug. 12, but most of the convention’s expected 1,300 campers showed up Sunday to set up.

  • Save Her A Seat

    Fans attending the Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention over the years might remember Ann Boyer, an energetic woman with short white hair and boundless energy and enthusiasm, good humor and friendly personality.