The Hampshire County Arts Council (HCAC) is pleased to announce the first annual Hampshire Highlands Arts & Music Festival to be held on Saturday, September 22  in Romney and Capon Bridge, WV.  A fun day is planned for art and music lovers, foodies, history buffs, and children.  Additional activities will take place Sunday, September 23.

Saturday In Romney at the Gazebo (S. High Street by Taggart Hall):

  • About 15 juried artists will set up around the Gazebo as well as in the adjacent Hampshire Co-op. Artists will be doing demos, talking about and selling their art from 10 am – 5 pm.  **In the event of rain, these artists will be in the Hampshire County Co-op & Artisans Market on S. Marsham St.)
  • Music will be part of the day starting 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. 
  • **In the event of rain, the music will be presented in the Hampshire County Co-op & Artisans Market on S. Marsham St.)
  • Food vendors will provide a variety from BBQ to ices for foodies.
  • Also in the area will be youth activities, including various arts & crafts, sidewalk chalk drawing, etc.
  • A Geocaching Competition with prizes will be of interest to adults and youth alike.
  • From noon to 3 pm, there will be guided historic walking tours.

Saturday evening at The Bottling Works, Romney:

  • As evening approaches, the fun moves to The Bottling Works with a Jazz Concert with Marion Mich & Company from 5-7pm. BBQ will be available for purchase.
  • At 7:30, the music and dancing begin with The Flashbacks. Tickets are still available at the low price of $8 for HCAC members and $10 for non-HCAC members.
  • Concerned with the late night? Discount room packages are available from the South Branch Inn which includes the concert, and an extended package which includes a Potomac Eagle Train ride on Sunday.  Details available at  http://hampshirearts.org/check-out-the-special-festival-package-deals/ Koolwink Motel  is also offering a discount on the second night stay. 

Also Saturday around Hampshire County:

Sunday:

  • 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 from 1 – 3 pm.
    • Includes Music, Food, and Scarecrow Building Contest

For further call 304-298-3039. 

The Hampshire County Arts Council (HCAC), in cooperation with the South Branch Innof Romney (SBI) and the Potomac Eagle ExcursionTrain are offering special packages for visitors to our Hampshire Highlands Arts & Music Festival.  Each package must be requested and paid in advance via our web page www.hampshirearts.org

Buyer must provide name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address if available. 

South Branch Inn room reservations, subject to availability, will be made by HCAC at the rate of $72.80 including tax and are non-refundable. If cancelled, SBI will honor the $72.80 as a credit to another visit at normal rates (presently $115.36 including tax).  Rooms are Standard (2 double beds) with limits of 4 adults maximum, 3 children maximum, 5 persons total maximum and No Smoking. Continental breakfast available.

Potomac Eagle Scenic Rail tickets, non-refundable, will be held at the Wappocomo Station in the buyer’s name to be picked up prior to the train ride.  Adults (ages 13-59), Seniors (60 and above), Children (4-12), Children under age 4 free.

Package One:  Saturday September 22 Hampshire Highlands Arts & Music Festival with stay at South Branch Inn, 64 Heritage Circle, Romney, WV 26757, concert ticket to Flashbacks 7:30 PM September 22 at The Bottling Works, 426 E. Main Street, Romney, WV 26757, and train excursion on Potomac Eagle, September 23 from Wappocomo Station, 149 Eagle Drive, Romney, WV 26757. 

Package One Prices (approximately 30% reduction):

One Adult    $122.80    

Two Adults    $167.80  

One Senior    $117.80  

Two Seniors   $157.80  

One Adult + 1 child $132.80  

Two Adults + 1 child  $177.80  

One Senior + 1 child  $127.80  

Two Seniors + 1 child  $167.80  

One Adult + 2 children  $142.80  

Two Adults + 2 children  $187.80  

One Senior + 2 children  $137.80  

Two Seniors + 2 children  $177.80  

One Adult + 3 children   $152.80  

Two Adults + 3 children  $197.80  

One Senior + 3 children  $147.80  

Two Seniors + 3 children  $187.80  

Package Two:  Saturday, September 22 Hampshire Highlands Arts & Music Festival with stay at South Branch Inn, 64 Heritage Circle, Romney, WV 26757, and a concert ticket to The Flashbacks 7:30 PM September 22 at The Bottling Works, 426 E. Main Street, Romney, WV 26757. 

Sunday, September 23 options include a docent-led hike of Ice Mountain Preserve beginning at 9 AM (contact 304-460-8820 or 639klc@gmail.comfor registration and information) and “Ducks on the South Branch” rubber ducky race at 1 PM benefiting Hampshire County Co-op and Heritage Marketplace (look for signs.)

Package Prices (approximately 30% reduction):

One Adult – $82.80  

Two Adults – $87.80  

For information contact 304-298-3039 or info@hampshirearts.org.

Hampshire County Arts Council will launch its Ukulele Club on June 8, 2018.  Under the leadership of accomplished musician, Jim Morris, youths and adults of all ages and levels of experience are invited to join the Ukulele Club for lessons and practice.  Sessions will be held every Friday from 11 am – 12 noon at the Hampshire Co-op, 56 S. Marsham St. Romney.

Interest in having a Ukulele Club began in the Summer Arts Camp 2017 with dozens of youths experiencing the fun of playing ukuleles for the first time.  With just a few hours of instruction during the weeklong camp, they were performing to the enjoyment and amazement of parents and friends for the closing open house.

A number of ukuleles, provided by the arts council, are available for use by participants. Those whohave their own are encouraged to bring them.  There will be a nominal fee of $5 per session or $35 for the 9 Ukulele Club classes scheduled throughout the summer. Continuing practices will be determined by the club at the end of summer.  Come out and give it a try!  By the end of summer, you can be ready to perform for local events!  Fill out registration form Registration for Ukulele Club sponsored by  Hampshire County Arts Council.  For Information, contact Joanne Snead, 304-298-3039 

Throughout the summer months, youth entering 3rd grade in the fall up through this year’s high school graduates will have the opportunity to attend workshops taught by distinguished artists in various media.   Most of these will be offered on Thursdays and Fridays from June 7 through Aug. 10 in the classroom of the Hampshire County Co-op and Heritage Marketplace, 56 S. Marsham St., Romney.  Below you will find a list of the workshops scheduled so far.  More are expected to be added soon.

One continuing workshop that grew out of last summer’s arts camp will be a Ukulele Club that will meet every Friday, beginning June 8 at 11 am for 1 hour with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris.  Unlike the other workshops, the club will be open to youth and adults of all ages and of all levels of experience.   There will be ukuleles available for use; those who have their own instruments are asked to bring them.  Those who are just learning to play will soon find that they are becoming proficient enough to play along with more experienced musicians.  Before the end of the summer, we look forward to having a ukulele club that will be willing to perform for local events!

Performing ukuleles for open house
Ukuleles performing for Summer Arts Camp 2017

Each workshop will be limited to 12 participants to allow instructors to give their best attention to each student and will require advance registration.   The exception will be the Ukulele Club which will be unlimited in size.  A special saving offer of $35 is available for the 9 Ukulele Club classes scheduled for the summer.  For all other classes there will be a nominal fee of $5 per student per class or 6 classes for $25.

  • Friday, June 8, 11 am-12 noonUkulele Club with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris
  • Friday, June 8, 1-2 pmExploring Composition taught by Sibyl MacKenzie.  Students will learn how to make dynamic compositions that draw the eye around the surface, provide balance and elegance, and interest in line and shape can be an intriguing and educational effort.
  • Thursday, June 14 & Friday, June 15, 9:30-10:30 amCartooning taught by Robin Pancake.  At the completion of this 2-session class, students will have completed their own comic strip.  There will be only a single charge of $5 for this 2-session class.
  • Friday, June 15, 11 am-12 noonUkulele Club with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris
  • Friday, June 22, 11 am-12 noonUkulele Club with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris
  • Friday, June 22, 1-2:30 pm:  Acrylic Painting, Beach Theme, taught by Missy Shockey. In this class students will learn how to blend and dry brush colors on canvas to create their own masterpiece to take home.
  • Friday, June 22, 3-4:30 pm:  Acrylic Painting, Dream Catcher, taught by Missy Shockey. In this class students will learn how to blend and dry brush colors on canvas to create their own masterpiece to take home.
  • Friday, June 29, 11 am-12 noonUkulele Club with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris
  • Friday, June 29, 1-2 pm: “Easy-gami!”   paper folding for beginning Origami taught by Nancy Judd. Class size limited to 8.
  • Friday, July 6, 11 am-12 noonUkulele Club with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris
  • Thursday, July 12, 1-3 pm:  Watercolor, 101:  Learn the basics of watercolor painting with instructor Barbie Hillenbrand. Get past the fear of painting with watercolor and learn the magic ways behind creating great paintings.
  • Friday, July 13, 11 am-12 noonUkulele Club with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris
  • Friday, July 13, 1-3 pm:  Watercolor – Paint What You See:  Learn the basics of watercolor painting with instructor Barbie Hillenbrand. Students will learn to take a deeper look at what they see. Is black really black? Is white really white?
  • Friday, July 20, 11 am-12 noonUkulele Club with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris
  • Friday, July 27, 11 am-12 noonUkulele Club with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris
  • No classes scheduled for Aug. 7-8 :  PEACH FESTIVAL WEEKEND
  • Friday, August 10, 9:15 am-10:30 am:  Draw What You HearCANCELLED
  • Friday, August 10, 11 am-12 noonUkulele Club with lessons and practice under the leadership of Jim Morris
  • Friday, August 10, 1:30-2:30 pm, Glass art, class 1:  CANCELLED
  • Friday, August 10, 3:00-4:30 pm, Glass art, class 2:  CANCELLED
  • Saturday, August 11, 9 am-11 am:  Romney’s Unique ArchitectureCANCELLED

To register, please fill in form Registration Arts Adventures Workshops and return with check made payable to HCAC Arts Adventure Workshops and mail to Joanne Snead, PO Box 305, Springfield WV 26763. For additional information, call Joanne at 304-298-3039 or email Joanne_Snead@yahoo.com.

Enrollment is limited to 12 students per class, except for Ukulele Club and will be “first come/first serve.”   Register early to insure your space! 

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This year’s Summer Arts Camp under the direction of Joanne Snead and Nachama Miller provided great opportunities for youngsters to learn from some of the best artists in our community with 84 classes in arts ranging from Acrylics and Airbrushing to Ukuleles and Yoga.   Seventeen dedicated artists, Liz Braun, Chelsea Carr, Brenton Colbert, John D’Amico, Judi Gaydos, Mark Griffith, Barbie Hillenbrand, Nancy Judd, Jeff Keister, Skylar Lane, Sibyl MacKenzie, Larry Manning, Jim Morris, Swami Ramachandrananda, Sharon Ryan, Missy Shockey and Paige Tighe shared their talents with 33 eager campers during the week of June 19-23.

Campers enjoyed classes in acrylics, airbrushing, beeswax candle making, dance, drum circle, funky canvas art, glass crafts, Harry Potter, Minecraft, mixed-media/art journaling, Origami, painting backgrounds, making paper baskets, photography, sidewalk chalk, song and rap writing, string games, ukuleles, watercolors, weaving and yoga.   The full camp day included hot breakfasts and lunches.

Artists have already committed to teach again next year along with new volunteers.  An exciting new class will be offered in cartooning.  The tentative dates for 2018 Summer Arts Camp are June 18-22.  Watch this website for information and registration in early spring.

Seth Maynard

Saxophonist Rich Norwood

 

The Hampshire County Arts Council’s 2017 Season continues with An Evening of Jazz and More. Seth Maynard and Rich Norwood will be playing jazz, bossa nova, blues and some oldies at The Bottling Works in Romney WV on Friday June 9th.

Seth Maynard has been playing for several years at the Capon Bridge Founders Day Festival. His training at Berklee College of Music is evident in his skillful and colorful guitar and vocal stylings. He performs as many as 100 shows each year at various regional venues and serves as Adjunct Music Faculty at Davis & Elkins College and West Virginia Wesleyan College. As owner and operator of Lone Wolf Productions, where his credits are numerous, his work has included sound mixing for the West Virginia PBS show, “American Mountain Theater.” Seth performs regionally as a solo/duo act, and with his groups Osmosis, The Cool Cats, The Ginsangers and ZEN. Performance highlights from past years include special shows for the Polar Express (Elkins, WV), Jazz at Charles Pointe, Tamarack (Beckley, WV), as a solo act at Deerfield Restaurant (Canaan, WV), the Purple Fiddle and events hosted by the WV Jazz Society. Seth has toured the country with various groups and opened for many national and international artists over the course of his career. Recent recording releases include “Duo Primo, Randall Hall and Seth Maynard” and “Christmas Time Is Here” featuring the vocal talents of Rachel Franks.

As a longtime music educator in the Randolph County school system of West Virginia, Rich Norwood has reached far and wide, touching the lives of students around the world. He has performed at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and shared the stage with internationally acclaimed jazz artists, like trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, organist Gene Ludwig, and drummer Roger Humphries.

Currently, Rich performs with the Queen City Funk & Soul Band in Oakland, MD and in West Virginia with The Cool Cats, The Morgantown Jazz Orchestra and Young Funk Sung. He has been a featured performer for several WV Jazz Society special engagements.

The show starts at 7:30 pm and the Box Office opens at 6:30. Tickets are $10 ($8 for members) and can be purchased at the door or on-line at www.HampshireArts.org.

 September 10, 10:30 until 1:30 at the Bank of Romney Community Center (95 E. Main Street, Romney WV). Presented by our very talented Dale Brady Learn techniques and skills to improve or jump start your writing. There will be writing prompts and other exercises to expand your writing boundaries. Course is free, all skill levels welcome. Limited to mature teens and all adults. Register at adultworkshops@hampshirearts.org or call Denise at 304-359-3288.

The act of painitng outdoors or what the eye actually sees. Sound exciting? Artists have long painted outdoors, but in the mid-19th century, working in natural light became particularly important to the impressionists. The popularity of painting en plein air increased in the 1840s and has endured throughout the 20th century and into the 21st century. Two HCAC plein air events are in the works. Why not give it a try?

Plein-Air Gathering Saturday, June 11, 10AM

Coordinator V. Lynn Moore

Mill Meadow, home of Robin Pancake, 27435 Northwestern Pike, Romney, wV (West of Romney on Rt. 50 about 3/4 miles past the Potomac River bridge, first left just beyond the railroad tracks).

Join our exciting new event of painting outdoors in life as you capture the experience of natural light, wind, etc. Open to one and all. No reservation required. Bring your painting supplies and lunch. Contact V. Lynn Moore at lmoore@hardynet.com or 304-897-7827.

Plein-Air at the WV Peach Festival, Saturday, August 6, 11AM-3PM

Coordinator V. Lynn Moore

The WV Peach Festival in downtown Romney, at the gazebo on the grounds of Taggart Hall along South High St. Be daring, paint outdoors in front of the public, as you answer their questions and respond to their reactions. Open to one and all. No reservation required. Contact V. Lynn Moore at lmoore@hardynet.com or 304-897-7827.