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Music & Arts

  • Blue Ridge Backroads celebrates parkway anniversary with concert

    The FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway Fisher Peak Chapter, in conjunction with the City of Galax and WBRF Radio 98.1 FM, is hosting a special presentation of the Blue Ridge Backroads radio show tonight, Friday.
    The evening is dedicated to the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
    A special anniversary cake will be shared by all prior to the live radio show. The FRIENDS of the Blue Ridge Parkway will also share information about the parkway and how we can all join in to preserve this wonderful natural treasure.

  • Parkway anniversary activities abound this weekend

    The Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th Anniversary Festival will span three days, two main venues in two states and four local communities, as the National Park Service celebrates its most-visited park.

  • Center preserves music of the mountains

    The Blue Ridge Music Center started as an idea shortly after the 50th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway in 1985, and has since brought thousands to its concerts, jams, exhibits and visitor center.

  • Artist paints parkway every day

    Artist Janet Wimmer has dubbed herself Parkway Painter and Blue Ridge Daily Painter on her blog — and she intends to make that stick.
    Wimmer, who will have her artwork on display at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts beginning Sept. 9 and running through October, has set out to paint one picture of the Blue Ridge Parkway each day, Monday through Friday, for a year — and she has almost met that goal.

  • Art school schedules fall classes

    A wide variety of classes are available this fall through Chestnut Creek School of the Arts in Galax.
    Class sizes are limited. Deposit required to hold spot.
    Some classes are suitable for teens and children.
    Some of the class themes are: beginner lap dulcimer, guitar, flatpicking, intermediate fiddle, hammer dulcimer, writing basics for novel/memoir, acrylics, pastel painting, drawing for kids, watercolors, digital photography, drawing, painting of oil portraits and figures in Classic style, youth printmaking, youth watercolor.

  • Courthouse shootout play draws fire

    HILLSVILLE — Drama arising from the idea to observe the 100th anniversary of the 1912 courthouse shootout with a play isn't unexpected, says playwright Frank Levering. But he still feels the story needs to be told.
    Questions remain about where a play would be held and who would participate in the observance about the violent confrontation between members of the Allen family and Carroll officials.

  • Play traces Blue Ridge Parkway's origin

    HILLSVILLE — The bucolic origins of the Blue Ridge Parkway arise more from myth that from fact, playwright Frank Levering finds.
    When Levering put a play on the Cherry Orchard Theater's schedule, "Riders in the Sky," he admits he did so out of a sense of obligation.

  • Felts Park stage dedicated (with VIDEO)

    State and local officials gathered in front of thousands at the Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention on Saturday night to celebrate the new addition of a permanent stage constructed in Felts Park in honor of the event's 75th anniversary.

  • Fries Fiddlers' Convention begins Friday

     

    The 44th annual Fries Fiddlers' Convention begins Friday at 6 p.m.
    and continues Saturday at 3 p.m., beginning with the youth event.
    The convention will be held on the Fries Ball Park. Camping is available.

  • Folklorist digs deep into the origins of 'Hillbilly Music'

    There's no short answer to explain how “hillbillies” invented American music, local music historian Joe Wilson told a crowd at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts during the first of several lectures at the school.
    It's “all the pieces of the truth that fit together” — and about an hour of lecture time — that allows him to tell the story of where hillbilly music came from.