Making it Possible

The Arts Council has successfully obtained grant funding for many of the performances it has presented, with valuable local support in meeting grant match requirements. The Bank of Romney and FNB Romney have sponsored HCAC concerts for many years. Augusta Animal Hospital and Staggers and Staggers have matched funding for selected concerts, and various individual members have also contributed matching funds for concerts. Sponsorship is indispensible to making programs available at affordable rates in our community. If you or your organization would like to support the arts in Hampshire County, contact Charlie Snead at 304-289-3039 or email email for information on the Hampshire County Arts Council

Concerts, Readings & Theatrical Presentations

Since its founding in 1994 the Hampshire County Arts Council has pursued an active schedule of performances by visiting and local artists, providing fine entertainment and opportunities for exposure of local talents as well as access to world-class talent.

The schedule grew from an open mike at our 2nd Annual Meeting and a single summer concert on the lawn to performances throughout the year. From 2003 until 2015 The Hampshire County Arts Council regularly presented concerts in The Bottling Works, thanks to a working partnership with The Loy Foundation.

At the end of the FY2015 the Board of Directors began using a team approach under the direction of Dale Brady to produce concerts one at a time. Information about future concerts and other music events will be listed under Music Events. The team presented a 2015 fall concert by the Critton Hollow String Band that was quite popular. Two spring concerts featured The Paul McKenna Band and Aurora Celtic at The Bottling Works. As of spring 2017 Booth Dyess has stepped forward to coordinate music programs. Contact Booth Dyess at (703) 476-6433 or email for further info.

The Hampshire Actors and Makers of Shows (HAMS) was formed in late 2014 to explore opportunities for community theater in Hampshire County. In 2015 HAMS presented performances of Dr. Seuss classics to several area schools and libraries. In November 2015, they assisted the City of Romney-sponsored Veteran's Day Celebration at The Bottling Works, and presented the play "Soldier Come Home" by Frank Wickes as a salute to local veterans. Several activities are in the works for the 2017 season and will be publicized, so stay tuned.

The Hampshire County Arts Council welcomes persons with disabilities at all of its events and activities. To request accessibility services to participate, please contact any HCAC director in advance and we will do our best to accommodate. WV Relay Operator for information on performances: 711-834-8369

Contact Dale Brady at 304-834-8369
Or send email to:performances e-mail