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Apr
05
Music | Family Fun | History/Heritage | Performances

The Crooked Road Open Jam at Heartwood

The Crooked Road Open Jam at Heartwood is an informal musical gathering on the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Thursday of each month. You don't have to play an instrument to partake, though it's always open to those who do. Either way, just come prepared to have fun and be blown away by the level of talent Southwest Virginia has to offer. Entertainment is free; special a la carte BBQ menu also available. 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Thursday of each month 6:30-9:00 p.m.

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Charlesvess Earthsea Imagined 2019
Jan
17
Arts & Crafts

Earthsea Imagined

Accompany dragons and wizards through fantastical landscapes in . This exhibition at the William King Museum of Art is an opportunity to view world-renowned artist and local favorite Charles Vess’ fifty-six original illustrations for legendary novelist Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea saga. Join WKMA and Charles Vess for a public reception on February 7, 2019 from 6 - 8 p.m. Sponsored by Johnston Memorial Hospital. Public Reception: February 7, 2019 from 6 - 8 p.…

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Earthsea Imagined by Charles Vess
Jan
17
Music | Family Fun | History/Heritage | Winter | Arts & Crafts

Earthsea Imagined by Charles Vess

Earthsea Imagined by Charles Vess Reception: February 7, 2019 from 6 – 8 p.m.Exhibition Dates: January 17 – February 24, 2019 Accompany dragons and wizards through fantastical landscapes in “Earthsea Imagined”. This exhibition at the William King Museum of Art is an opportunity to view world-renowned artist and local favorite Charles Vess’ fifty-six original illustrations for legendary novelist Ursula K. Le Guin’…

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Feb
07
Performances | Spring

Morning After Grace

Angus and Abigail fall into each other’s lives after meeting at a funeral in Florida.Not the first place you’d expect to find romance after clocking plenty of miles on the road of life, but startling surprises come in unpredictable packages. Strangers just the day before, Abigail thinks she may finally be ready to take another chance on love, but Angus has a few issues to work through first. Enter neighbor Ollie, formerly a baseball player for the Detroit Tigers who now enjoys golf and yoga. …

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Feb
07
Arts & Crafts

A Material World: Photographs of the 1980s

“Cause we are living in a material world, and I am a material girl.” Madonna, 1984 The 1980s were BIG. Remembered by many as a time of excess and extremes, this was not the case for all Americans. These photographs from the Richmond Times-Dispatch document a now legendary time in history. They also help us understand today’s culture, which is being shaped by 80s kids who are bringing back that decade’s values, worldviews, and attitudes. A Material World: P…

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Feb
09
Arts & Crafts | Workshops/Classes

Spread the Love at WKMA

Bring a date and come prepared to create! Join us at WKMA for the annual Spread the Love art event Enjoy champagne and chocolates with a curator-led gallery tour at 6:00 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. join WKMA Education staff for an instructional 80s inspired Sip and Paint. Take your painting home as a memento or gift it to your Valentine! Cost is $25 per person or $40 per couple. Call Lori Rouse to reserve your spot: (276) 628…

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Feb
14

Storytime with the Curator

Storytime with the Curator is the perfect opportunity for families looking for a fun and easy way to introduce their young children to art and art history. The second and fourth Thursday of each month, join the William King Museum of Art’s curator for a story about art, artists, or one of our exhibits. This is a unique opportunity for young learners to discover the vast and wonderful world of art guided by an expert in the field! This program is free and open to the public. For inform…

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Feb
17
Arts & Crafts

Tours at Two with Charles Vess - Earthsea Imagined

WKMA hosts a special gallery talk and discussion with Charles Vess, whose fifty-six original illustrations for legendary novelist Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea saga are featured in the United Company Gallery at WKMA. This program is free and open to the public. For information call Callie Hietala at (276) 628-5005 ext. 119 or email at chietala@wkmuseum.org.

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Feb
20
Arts & Crafts | Workshops/Classes

Lunch and Learn at William King Museum of Art

Bring something new to your lunch hour! Join us at William King from 12:00pm-1:00pm on the third Wednesday of the month to watch (or even participate in) a studio art demonstration or hear a brief arts lecture. Topics vary each month! How to participate: 1.) Call a day prior to ensure a seat is saved for you 2.) Bring your brown bag lunch the day of the Lunch n Learn. The front desk will direct you to the month's meeting place. 3.) Enjoy your lunch while participa…

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2019 Camelot Square
Feb
21
Performances

Camelot

Set amongst the mystical forests and striving for the perfect civilization, Camelot tells the beloved tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table as they strive to bring goodness and fairness to a world in turmoil and fear. With legendary and romantic score (“If Ever I Would Leave You,” “I Loved You Once in Silence”), Camelot has won the hearts of generations of musical theatre lovers. Filled with adventure, struggles, love, and idealism that champions the potential of humankind, t…

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Feb
24
Music | Performances | Winter | Virginia Green

State Fair

Directed by E&H student Olivia Allen, This classic show centers on the adventures of a family at the Iowa state fair where they chase after the prizes of blue ribbons and new romance. As one of the few musicals to start out on screen before heading to broadway the movie version won an Academy Award for best song with “It Might as Well be Spring.” The success of the show’s score can be attribute to it being written by iconic broadway duo Rodger and Hammerstein.

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Feb
28

Storytime with the Curator

Storytime with the Curator is the perfect opportunity for families looking for a fun and easy way to introduce their young children to art and art history. The second and fourth Thursday of each month, join the William King Museum of Art’s curator for a story about art, artists, or one of our exhibits. This is a unique opportunity for young learners to discover the vast and wonderful world of art guided by an expert in the field! This program is free and open to the public. For inform…

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Mar
04
Culinary | Wine/Beer

Farm-to-Table Dinner & Wine Pairings

Enjoy Appalachian Sustainable Development's first Farm-to-Table Dinner of the 2019 season with 100% of proceeds benefiting ASD! About this Event Support local farmers when you attend this 4 course, Farm-to-Table dinner prepared by Chef Charles Parker. Our menu includes: brown butter, butternut squash soup, spicy arugula salad, pickled pears & sausage, drizzled with Abingdon Olive Oils & Vinegars, prime rib with blue cheese & wine demi glace, roasted potatoes melange wit…

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Helten Otterson Binding Ties
Mar
04
Family Fun | Arts & Crafts | Virginia Green | Workshops/Classes

Helten Otterson Binding Ties

Crafting her artwork from the single element of porcelain Helen Otterson sculptures depict the succulents found in the dry desert environment of her home state of California. Viewing these plants and their struggle to survive as similar to her struggles with diseases, Otterson explores how pattern repeat and express themselves in nature in her exhibit entitled Binding Ties. Otterson’s professional experience include artist in residence for universities, guest lectors, published books, g…

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Ballad Health Shamrock 4-Miler
Mar
15
Family Fun | Holidays | Eco-Friendly | Spring | Sporting

Ballad Health Shamrock 4-Miler

Spring into warmer weather with the Shamrock 4-Miler, the best night race in the Tri-Cities! After you run or walk the route through beautiful downtown Abingdon, join us at the Abingdon Market Pavilion to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style with the Shamrock Shindig. There will be a beer garden, with a variety of craft beers & Irish red for your race refuel, plus food vendors and live music for your listening pleasure! Don’t worry, we won’t discriminate if you didn’t run the r…

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Nicholas Phan, Tenor, and the Jasper String Quartet
Mar
22
Music | Family Fun | Performances | Virginia Green | Eco-Friendly | Spring

Nicholas Phan, Tenor, and the Jasper String Quartet

Describes as “One of the world’s most remarkable singers” Nicholas Phan’s tenor voice can heard accompanied by the Jasper String quartet who are the current artists in residence at Temple University on March 22 at 7:30. Chan is skilled in music having played the violin for 11 years before turning to singing in order to pursue a passion in theatre. He has been singing for nearly two decades now. Jasper String Quartet is based out of Philadelphia and in addition to their…

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Mar
31
Music | Family Fun | Performances | Virginia Green | Spring

Chamber Instrumental Music Concert

Join us for an afternoon of chamber music from the College's instrumental ensembles.  The concert features the E&H Brass Quintet, Brass Ensemble, Trumpet Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Woodwind Ensemble as they perform works from the baroque to the contemporary.

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Madame Buttermilk
Apr
05
Performances | Arts & Crafts | Spring

Madame Buttermilk

“Undoubtedly, the funniest, wittiest show ever done by Barter Theatre.” MADAME BUTTERMILK Book, Music and Lyrics by Ross Carter It’s l’amour, y’all! Country music meets opera in the most unlikely, unbelievable and undoubtedly one of the most popular plays to ever come through Barter’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights. Carly, a struggling opera singer, has a dream: to sing the lead in Carmen. Her agent thinks she’s fou…

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Apr
07
Performances | Virginia Green | Eco-Friendly | Spring

The Plays of Jennifer Rouse: Double Bill of Conjure and To Be the Not

Featuring as an original play by playwright Jennifer Rouse, the play focuses on relationships between women throughout time. Composed of two distinct plays with varying plots they are joined by sharing the same important themes. The play features guest performance by Janeve West, theatre professor at Cornell University along with Theatre Department Chair Kelly Bremner.

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Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at Barter Theatre
Apr
11
Family Fun | Performances | Arts & Crafts

Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at Barter Theatre

Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT By William Shakespeare, Adapted by Katy Brown Outrageous high comedy ensues as the pangs of unrequited love affect the unforgettable characters of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. While the lovelorn Duke Orsino plots to win the heart of the mourning Olivia, an alliance of servants and hangers-on scheme against the high-handedness of Olivia’s steward, the pompous Malvolio. When Orsino engages the cross-dressed Viola, who has disguised her…

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Beyond Sacred: Voice of Muslim Identity
Apr
12
History/Heritage | Performances | Virginia Green | Workshops/Classes | Spring

Beyond Sacred: Voice of Muslim Identity

Beyond Sacred is an interview-based theatre production.  The five young performers in Beyond Sacred Hail from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, reflecting a wide range of muslim identities.  Together their true stories create a beautiful, funny and intensely poignant cry for tolerance at a time when such sentiments are more necessary than ever.

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Apr
14
Performances | Virginia Green | Eco-Friendly | Spring

Plays for the Here and Now: Prize Winning Plays from the Last Five Years

Bringing to light major theatrical pieces of the last five years the “Plays for the Here and Now” gives audiences opportunity to see the new faces of theatre from a bite sized angle. The play will be held in the box theatre the more intimate of the spaces at the center intended to better connect with audiences presence.

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Mid-Atlantic Regional Garden Faire
Apr
19
Workshops/Classes | Eco-Friendly | Spring

Mid-Atlantic Regional Garden Faire

The 22nd Annual Mid-Atlantic Garden Faire will be one of the most inclusive garden shows in the Southeast! The beautiful Garden Marketplace will feature thousands of plant varieties, an amazing array of garden accessories and nearly everything imaginable for gracious outdoor living. A wealth of inspiration and information can be obtained in the demonstrations and thru the special speakers.  When you are ready for a break, make your way to the Garden Cafe to enjoy delicious food and bever…

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Virginia Creeper Fest
Apr
27
Family Fun | LGBT Friendly | Eco-Friendly | Sporting | Festivals

Virginia Creeper Fest

Meet us at the Trailhead in Abingdon to celebrate the award-winning Virginia Creeper Trail! Designed to be a hands-on experience, the VA Creeper Fest encourages attendees to practice, interact and get involved. From bouldering practice, trailside repair clinics, disc dog exhibitions, and obstacle courses for the kids, to tree identification along the trail and guided nature walks, there will be plenty to keep the hard core outdoor enthusiasts and novice nature lovers busy all day.…

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Apr
27
Family Fun | Performances | Virginia Green | Spring

Spring 2019 Emory & Henry choral concert

This concert not only showcases the voices of the E&H campus but also features accompaniment by the emory choir and Virginia/Eastern Tennessee Children's choir. The project will combine their vocal abilities to perform the mass of the Children by modern choral composer John Rutter.

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Apr
28
Family Fun | Performances | Virginia Green | Eco-Friendly | Spring

Spring Symphonic Band Concert

Join us for an afternoon of symphonic band music from the premier wind band on campus, the E&H Symphonic Band.  The program features music from the wonderful literature of the 20h century for wind band and highlights the impact of music from cultures of our world.

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Thursday Jams Concert Series
May
09
Music | Family Fun | Performances | Wine/Beer

Thursday Jams Concert Series

The Abingdon Music Experience presents Thursday Jams 2019. The events will showcase nationally recognized artists on stage at the Abingdon Market Pavilion each Thursday evening May 9-July 18, 2019. Food and drink are available at every show, as well as a beer garden-bring your ID! All concerts are free, bring a lawn chair and a blanket and enjoy the music! Tickets: This event is free to the public. Food and Beverages will be for sale. Bring your lawn chairs and blanke…

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Appalachian Trail Days
May
17
Music | Family Fun | Arts & Crafts | Workshops/Classes | Spring | Festivals

Appalachian Trail Days

Trail Days is a festival held each year in May in the Appalachian Mountain town of Damascus, VA. Trail Days celebrates the Appalachian Trail and the hikers, former hikers and aspiring hikers that converge there each year. Music, an auction, a fun parade, a hikers' talent show, workshops and presentations, movies, hikes, lots of food, and other family-friendly events make this one of the most popular small-town events in Virginia and all along the Trail!

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Mountains of Music Homecoming
Jun
07
Music | Family Fun | History/Heritage | Performances | Culinary | Festivals

Mountains of Music Homecoming

The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming is an annual nine-day, region-wide celebration of the communities in Southwest Virginia – their traditional music, and all of their many cultural and natural assets. The event includes Crooked Road concerts in over 20 communities, over 100 cultural experiences throughout the region, and over 70 existing traditional music related concerts, jam sessions, and festivals. Each night from two to four Crooked Road music concerts of …

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Whitewater and Climbing Camp
Jun
15
Eco-Friendly | Sporting

Whitewater and Climbing Camp

Summer Adventure Program — Hike, paddle and climb your way through the adventure of a lifetime.   The E&H Summer Adventure Program extends its popular outdoor experiences to high school students, running the camp June 15th and 22nd 2019.    The Program places emphasis on group awareness and cooperation, so you will face the challenges of the backcountry with the support of a non-competitive, friendly group. Because we keep camp sizes small …

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Emory & Henry College Equestrian Camp 2019
Jun
18
Workshops/Classes | Sporting

Emory & Henry College Equestrian Camp 2019

A equestrian camp through the premier College Equine Program at Emory and Henry.   Participants in the camps will stay overnight in the dorms on the beautiful Emory & Henry campus and ride at the Intermont Equestrian Center, home of the colleges 20 national championship equestrian teams. Registration will open January 1, 2019 for camps in June and July of 2019! Space is limited, apply early to secure your spot!Session 1: June 18-22, 2019Session 2: June …

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Virginia Highlands Festival
Jul
26
Family Fun | History/Heritage | Arts & Crafts | Festivals | Antique Shows/Flea Markets

Virginia Highlands Festival

Come celebrate the Virginia Highlands Festival in historic Abingdon, VA. Named "Best Art Event" in the region by readers of Virginia Living magazine, the Festival offers activities and entertainment for the whole family. Anchored by an antiques market and an award-winning juried arts and crafts show, the Festival includes live music, historical re-enactments, fine art and photography competitions, performances, creative writing workshops, guided nature hikes, and numerous…

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App(uhg)lachian Games - 10k Run, 10k Bike, 20lb Carry
Jul
27
LGBT Friendly | Virginia Green | Eco-Friendly | Sporting

App(uhg)lachian Games - 10k Run, 10k Bike, 20lb Carry

Benefiting non-profit Appalachian Sustainable Development, this is a race series like no other.  Located in the beautiful mountains of St. Paul and Coeburn, Virginia, this event will consist of a run, a bike, and a carry, and will provide a full participant experience in App(ugh)lachia. Are you ready to be conquered, OR are you App(ugh)lachian? Registration includes: - Race swag bag and t-shirt  - Entry into all three events…

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Main Street Busker Fest
Aug
31
Music | Family Fun | Performances | Wine/Beer | LGBT Friendly | Festivals

Main Street Busker Fest

Weird and wonderful street performers will fill downtown Abingdon for the Main Street Busker Fest  We’ve lined up acts from all over the region & country to thrill your senses. From fire-eaters to magicians, human statues, one-man bands and everything in between, there won’t be a corner of the Main Street that will disappoint. There is something for all ages! The Imagination Station, presented by William King Museum & Barter Youth Academy is all for kids & kids at heart from 11-3…

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Abingdon Block Party
Sep
28
Music | Family Fun | Performances | LGBT Friendly | Fall

Abingdon Block Party

GET YOUR COSTUMES READY Abingdon's newest event will have you dancing in the streets...literally! We're closing down Main Street for a block party, featuring a street fair, costume contest, kids activities and live music. Come and join us at the 200 Block of West Main Street. For ALL AGES & FREE!

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Winter Romance