Music & Arts

  • Alleghany Fiddler winners announced

    The Alleghany County Fiddlers Convention, held July 17-18 in Sparta, N.C., had 230 contestants in junior and senior individual categories and 35 bands. The event is hosted by the Sparta-Alleghany Volunteer Fire Department every year on the third weekend in July at the Alleghany Fairgrounds.

    Old time band
    1st place - Slate Mountain Ramblers, Mount Airy, N.C.
    2nd place - Blue Ridge Mountain Ramblers, Sparta, N.C.
    3rd place - Correll’s Bait and Tackle, Elk Creek
    4th place - New River Renegades, Mouth of Wilson

  • Independence site of 10-band heavy metal concert

    INDEPENDENCE -- While the Grayson County area regularly receives recognition for its bluegrass and country music, heavy metal rock has a Grayson following also worth noting. That’s according to Dennis Warren, founder of the Grayson County-based band Cult of Dionysis, one of 10 metal bands from across the southeast set to star this week in a two-night Independence concert. The Leprechaun Bash Metal Festival is this Friday and Saturday, March 6 and 7, at VFW Post 7726’s meeting hall and is being billed as the first two-night heavy metal festival ever in Southwest Virginia.

  • Independence Lions Club announces Bland Music Contest

    INDEPENDENCE -- The Independence Lion Club’s annual Bland Music Contest is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22 at the Independence First United Methodist Church.

    All home-study, elementary, middle and high school students may participate and gain experience in performing before an audience and having talents judged by professionals.

    Local music teachers cooperate by encouraging their students to take part in this activity.

  • Historic 1908 Courthouse hosting piano concert 3 p.m. Jan. 25

    INDEPENDENCE -- The Historic 1908 Courthouse’s first winter concert of 2015 is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25. As always, admission is free -- though donations are gratefully accepted -- and everyone is cordially invited to enjoy a post-concert reception with the musicians.

    This first of four concerts features University of North Carolina School of the Arts Students of the Classical Piano.  (Upcoming concerts include, The Brilliant Flute, Feb. 1; New Traditions Saxophone Quartet, Feb. 22; and The Classical Guitar, March 29.)

  • Rugby Jam launches at General Store

    Dennis Conroy of Grayson Highlands General Store, in partnership with Emily Spencer and Wayne Henderson, has announced the launching of the Rugby Jam.
    Beginning May 15,the jam will take place on the third Sunday of each month at 2 p.m.
    Visitors are invited to enjoy the music, or bring a chair and an instrument and join in the jam.
    The Grayson Highlands General Store is located at 4249 Highlands Parkway.
    The store offers fresh hand scooped ice cream, a full café and deli, organic groceries and a variety of other stock and merchandise.

  • Alleghany Quilters celebrate 20 years

    SPARTA, N.C. — The Alleghany Quilter’s Guild will celebrate 20 years of creating quilts and supporting worthy causes during their annual quilt show this year.
    The guild’s “Turning Twenty” event is July 29-30, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Alleghany fairgrounds on Highway 21 N. in Sparta, N.C. Guests will be treated to an exhibit of more than 100 quilts.

  • Keeping good council


    Arts and Cultural Council of the Twin Counties Director Laura Romanowski’s office in Galax might not be where the arts are created or performed, but it’s certainly a nerve center that facilitates them locally.

    The name of the organization, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, pops up routinely in various media, and in posters around town, but who exactly are they, what do they do and how do they affect the community?

  • Fries Theatre supporter donates guitar for fundraiser

    INDEPENDENCE — The dramatic renovations to the Fries Theatre over the past year have not gone unnoticed by the community — work that has been coined by many as a full town effort. From concept to today’s status, much of the work has been completed by volunteer efforts and fundraising events, and those who have been involved say the project has come further in a shorter amount of time than they ever expected.

  • Open studios, specialty studios, and clubs at CCSA Woodworking Studio

    GALAX — Chestnut Creek School of the Arts Woodworking Studio, located at 107 East Oldtown Street in Galax, is open Monday-Friday, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for visitors to tour the studio and visit the gallery. The studio also hosts several shop safety classes, open studios, and clubs for people to come use the Studio. They also have an up-to-date list of classes, which can be found at www.chestnutcreekarts.org.

  • Art in detail

    GALAX — Some people see a fallen tree branch or a piece of wood for what it is: a form of kindling or perhaps some building material. Others see potential in what it could be: a bowl, a spoon, a cane, or a decorative piece. With some time, effort, and lots of chipping and smoothing way, anything is possible.