Bringing the Arts to Life

In Hampshire County, West Virginia

The Hampshire County Arts Council fosters the creation,  presentation and enjoyment of the arts in our community.

HCAC sees the arts as an integral part of daily life. An art-rich environment enhances the quality of life for residents and visitors, and encourages the development, recognition and appreciation of local performers, musicians, artists and writers.

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Throughout the year the Hampshire County Arts Council presents numerous opportunities to enjoy and participate in the the arts, and supports other entities in their efforts to enrich our community.

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Bluegrass with Chris Jones & The Night Drivers Saturday, May 5, 7:30PM

The Bottling Works, 426 E. Main St., Romney, WV

 Chris Jones is a quadruple threat as a singer, a songwriter, a guitarist—and, thanks to his role hosting SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction, as one of the most widely heard broadcasting voices in bluegrass music. His immediately recognizable voice, warm sense of humor and abundance of talent have combined to make him one of the music’s most distinctive personalities, and one of its strongest artists.    Whether it’s in the studio or on stage, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers are making some of the most distinctively elegant yet driving music to be heard anywhere today, and they’re delivering it with a unique blend of dry wit, emotional authenticity and broad humor that’s won the loyalty of a growing number of fans across the country, from Merlefest in North Carolina to California’s Huck Finn Jubilee, and around the world. Steve Martin referred to the Night Drivers as “. . . some of the best players in bluegrass! Chris Jones’ voice is there with the great masters.” Read More about the band. For advance Tickets click here

Shakespeare on the boards

The Hampshire County Arts Council is pleased to bring William Shakespeare’s “Richard III” production to Hampshire County as a benefit fund raiser for the Hampshire County High School.  The School’s stage floor is in great need of repair and all proceeds from the performance will be donated to this cause.

Ambition, Lust & Treachery

Shakespeare’s immortal tale of ambition, lust, and murderous treachery will be brilliantly updated and brought to life by Vintage Theatre Company’s The Rustic Mechanicals on April 27th at the Hampshire County High School.  The story begins as a savage civil war between two royal families has just concluded.  The new King Edward takes the reins of power but his ruthless younger brother Richard sets in motion a monstrous scheme of betrayal, seduction, and cold-blooded murder to claim the crown for himself. 

The Rustic Mechanicals, founded by Celi Oliveto, is West Virginia’s only professional Shakespeare troupe.  Touring three shows annually, their first show in 2018 is Richard III.  The lead role of Richard III is played by Joshua Brooks, born and raised in Fairmont, WV and who has been in professional theatre since 1989 and in his fourth season with the Rustic Mechanicals.  In Joshua’ words, “Playing villains is always the most fun, but there’s an inherent challenge in finding and conveying their humanity.  With a character like Richard III, the challenge is even greater because he possesses no discernible shreds of decency, compassion, empathy, or restraint: a true sociopath.”

 The show begins at 7 PM at the High School at Trojan Way, Romney, WV 26757.  Tickets are $10 at the door or 

Students 18 and under will be admitted free.  (You do not need a Paypal account — just go to “Pay with Credit or Debit Card” button.)

Come out for a fun evening of entertainment in support of our High School.  Mark this date on your calendar.  For more information, contact Charlie Snead at 304-298-3039 or

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Thank You!

The Hampshire County Arts Council sincerely thanks our faithful sponsors whose contributions allow us to offer the community many events each year.

Augusta Animal Hospital The Bank of Romney FNB Bank Staggers & Staggers Gayle Borchers Bob & Sally Caiola Wendy & Roger Anderson Sheila Melzac Kimberly Sykes William Lipps CPA

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