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.
Throughout the year the Hampshire County Arts Council presents numerous opportunities to enjoy and participate in the arts and supports other entities in their efforts to enrich our community.
First Annual Hampshire Highlands Arts & Music Festival RAIN OR SHINE!
September 22-23, Romney and Capon Bridge, WV
A fun day is planned for art and music lovers, foodies, history buffs, and children.
Saturday in Romney at The Gazebo at Taggart Hall (91 S. High St.) About 15 juried artists will set up around the Gazebo as well as in the adjacent Hampshire Co-op. (In event of rain, all artists & music will move to The Hampshire County Co-op (on Marsham St. just behind the Gazebo at Taggart Hall.) Artists will be doing demos, talking about and selling their art from 10 am – 5 pm. At Hampshire County Co-op and Heritage Marketplace – Artists Demonstrations and Sales, and at Anderson’s Corner, live music and wine tastings.
Music will start at 11 am at the Gazebo, ranging from the new Hampshire County Ukulele Club to professional bands such as Hay Fever and Glory Bound Bluegrass.
Saturday evening the fun moves to The Bottling Works (426 E.Main St.) with a Jazz Concert by Marion Mich & Company from 5-7pm, followed at 7:30 with music and dancing with The Flashbacks. Put on your dancing shoes and dress in the style of your favorites songs from the 50s through the 80s. Remember the swing, the jerk and the pony and on to Staying Alive with disco, Whiskey-a-go-go or maybe a bit of cha-cha-cha? Show your kids and grand-kids how it was really done! The Flashbacks perform an eclectic mix of Oldies, Classics, Rock, and Vintage Country Mixing old styles and new(er), this band pleases crowds of all ages with their dance-friendly and toe-tapping tunes.
In Capon Bridge on Saturday at The River House – “Art for All,” Banjo workshop and Banjo Concert with Lydia Martin ($) and Liberty View Quilt Shop special discounts.
- Docent-led hike of Ice Mountain Preserve in North River Mills at 9 am.
- Rubber Duck race on the South Branch River at 2836 S Branch River Road 1 – 3 pm with Music, Food, and Scarecrow Building Contest
Special package deals with the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad and the South Branch Inn are being offered to those attending the Festival from out of town. Package One includes lodging at the South Branch Inn Romney, admission to The Flashbacks concert, and a ride on the Potomac Eagle. Package Two includes lodging at The South Branch Inn and admission to The Flashbacks concert. For details and ticket purchases clickhere .
Paint The Town Off to A Great Start
The Romney Project’s plan to “Paint the Town” is off to a great start, thanks to a generous donation to their GoFundMe Campaign made by Carol Shaw. The first mural to be painted is on B Belles’ east wall facing Celebration Park. The design has been projected onto the wall for painting by volunteer artists. Some adults and teens have already volunteered to help, but more will be needed. If interested in helping with the painting, contact Joanne Snead at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-298-3039.
After “getting our feet wet” and showing the community how much difference some artistic design and paint can do to transform the looks of the town, we will be ready to tackle our more ambitious historical timeline of Romney mural next spring.
A collaborative group of volunteers from the Hampshire County Arts Council (HCAC), the Town of Romney including the Mayor and the Town Administrator, and concerned and interested business owners and citizens has embarked on an adventure to use art and this history to showcase our town. Our collective love of art coupled with our interest in history led us to this extremely needed effort, namely The Romney Project (TRP). Romney, the oldest established town in West Virginia, has a plethora of history and stories of what used to be.
The vision of The Romney Project is to raise awareness of our town’s rich history and culture and uplift the community spirit through arts and education.
Romney, West Virginia’s oldest town, established on December 23, 1762, is a pearl in the Hampshire Highlands, waiting to be polished and shown to the world. Inspired by the successes of the arts-driven community awakenings that are happening around our state, we believe that “Now it’s Romney’s time!” Our desire is to enhance the image of Romney and foster a sense of pride in our town. We will be “painting the town.” Not red but with art and activities that will transform the perception of Romney visually, emotionally, passionately and affectionately. You can be a part of our plans and dreams.
• MURALS: Multiple Romney business owners have agreed to participate by granting permission for murals to be painted on their buildings. A variety of themes are planned depending on the location and the history of the location. John D’Amico, HCAC member and professional commercial artist, along with other local artists, is designing the murals by working with the business owners and TRP members. The signature mural shown at top left is a historical timeline of Romney from the early Indian settlements to today and has been proposed for a large building or to be used in parts on a series of buildings. Also shown at left are details of a section in the middle, and the design of the end of the mural showing some of what life is like today, and a design for one shop in Romney.
Brazilian Strings Trio
October 26, The River House, Capon Bridge, WV
Brazilian Strings Trio joins three of the most innovative instrumentalists on the contemporary Brazilian musical scene. Ted Falcon and Andrew Finn Magill are both multi-genre violinists who after years of living in Brazil have become ambassadors of the growing Brazilian violin movement. Rounding out the trio is Brazilian guitarist Nando Duarte, a giant of the contemporary Brazilian music scene and an award-winning composer and arranger.
Ted Falcon has released eight CDs, performed with many Brazilian legends including Hermeto Pascoal, Hamilton de Holanda and Dominguinhos and regularly with his various musical projects including 3 Violinos 3 Continentes, Kervansarai and the duo Ted and Pablo, a partnership with harmonica player Pablo Fagundes. Their CD, Ted & Pablo, Transcontinental Music Express, was pre-nominated for best instrumental record of the year in Brazil. Ted has written and published several books about Brazilian choro, forró, and frevo and is an Adjunct Professor of Music at Whittier College and a music teacher at the Silverlake Conservatory of Music.
Multi-genre fiddler/violinist Andrew Finn Magill has toured four continents playing traditional Irish, bluegrass, jazz and choro and has performed with everyone from his own choro conjunto to Mike Marshall. He is a two-time All-Ireland fiddle finalist, Fulbright-MtvU fellow, and bandleader, leading O Finno and co-leading Violino no Choro. In 2014 he moved to Rio and began studying choro with Luís Barcelos, Nicolas Krassik and Pedro Paes. In less than two years he had formed O Finno which has been featured in Rio performance series Viva o Talento, on MEC 98.1FM and twice in the prestigious Casa do Choro. His 2016 double-release Roots & Branches debuted at #47 on the folk DJ charts and he is regularly featured on NPR.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, 7-string guitarist Nando Duarte, has become one of the leaders of Brazil’s popular music re-awakening with Dino 7 cordas as his mentor and Luiz Otávio Braga and Hélio Delmiro among his professors. His career as a seven-string guitarist led him to play, arrange, and produce some of the biggest names in Brazilian music, including Elza Soares, Gal Costa, João Bosco, Zeca Pagodinho, Marisa Monte, and Ney Matogrosso. His musical “Sambra” (2015) with Diogo Nogueira was the first Musical ever to be presented on stage at Rio de Janeiro’s New Year’s Eve party on Copacabana beach with over 2 million people and is now competing for a Cannes Golden Lion. He was also the musical director for the “One Year to Go” Olympic show, the only pre-show for the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics.
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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