by Norman Corwin

The Arts Council is thrilled to announce audition dates for THE WORLD OF CARL SANDBURG which will be directed by Arts Council newcomer, Valerie Rives.  Recently returned to her hometown of Galax, Virginia, Valerie has enjoyed a very successful career as a professional production stage manager, director and actor in New York City, Texas and abroad.

Auditions for the show will be Monday, October 17th and Tuesday, October 18th at 7pm at the Arts Council offices (608 West Stuart Drive, in Galax).  Prepared monologues are not required though familiarity with the poetry of Carl Sandburg may help prepare you for the audition.  Perusal scripts are available at the Arts Council.  Rehearsals will begin the week of October 24th.

The play calls for 1 woman, 2 men and a singer/guitar player, but casting is flexible and more actors may be added to the program, depending on the audition results.

Performances of THE WORLD OF CARL SANDBURG will be December 8th at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence, December 9th at the Fries Theatre in Fries and December 10th at the Historic Carroll County Courthouse

Carl Sandburg was an American poet, writer, and editor who was widely regarded as a major figure in contemporary literature. President Lyndon Johnson once observed that “Carl Sandburg was more than the voice of America, more than the poet of its strength and genius. He was America.”

For more information, please call the Arts Council at 276-238-1217 or email us at



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Saturday, September 10th from 10am – 3pm at Matthews Living History Farm Museum, located at 467 White Pine Road (off Meadow Creek)
Special Musical Guests, Bill & Maggie Anderson, with vendors, demonstrators, food & beverages

Directions from Galax: take US 58 West toward Independence. Turn left onto Meadow Creek Road (1/2 mile after the blinking light at W. Stuart Drive). Continue on Meadow Creek Road 1.5 miles & turn right onto White Pine Road. The Farm is .3 miles on your right.
Admission to STORIES OF THE STITCH is Free of Charge, but donations are always welcome

STORIES OF THE STITCH is sponsored by Parkdale Mills of Hillsville

Handbell Ringers Needed – Auditions August 6 & 8!


The New River Bell Ensemble, a community English handbell group, has immediate openings for two ringers for its Fall 2016-Spring 2017 season.  Although experience ringing handbells is not required, ability to read music is essential. Simple auditions will be held Saturday, August 6, 10:00am, and Monday, August 8, 7 pm, at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence, VA.  To receive details and audition music, interested persons should contact Tina Cunningham, 276-579-2123, or, by August 1.  Rehearsals are Monday evenings, 7:00-8:30 pm in the Historic 1908 Courthouse Auditorium in Independence.


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Wesley Young as Oscar Wilde


Wesley Young as Oscar Wilde in “Diversions and Delights”

Saturday, June 4th and Sunday, June 5th



He was known as the “Master of Conversation” and the “first media star.” He lived a topsy-turvy life, creating some of the most beloved works of dramatic literature only to sink into scandal, ruin and an early death.  Without a doubt, he is one of history’s most fascinating figures. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Oscar Wilde. Performing a final, fictional 1899 Paris lecture, Wesley Young of Virginia’s Radford University Department of Theatre and Cinema brings Wilde to life at the Rex Theatre in DIVERSIONS AND DELIGHTS.


DIVERSIONS AND DELIGHTS, by John Gay, is a one-man show that celebrates Wilde’s delicious wit and cutting intellect.  Originally performed on Broadway and toured extensively by Vincent Price, Gay’s intelligent script features some of Wilde’s most quotable quotes, yet ultimately unmasks Wilde’s humanity, with all its triumphs and its heartbreaks.  About Wilde, Young muses, “Even though he says that there is no such thing for him as a new emotion it seems that in the course of this evening in front of a final audience he wrestles with some old ones and maybe hits on a new one or two.  At least, I think he discover he feels more deeply than his glib talk lets on he does.”


Taking on this magnificent role is Wesley Young, a full Professor in Radford University’s Department of Theatre and Cinema. Young holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Alabama and is an active professional actor, director, and teacher. A native of Bowling Green, Kentucky, he has acted and directed in theatres across the country.  In fact, one of his favorite roles was Algernon Moncrief in Wilde’s own THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST.


Performances of DIVERSIONS AND DELIGHTS are Saturday, June 4th at 7:30pm and Sunday, June 5th at 2:30pm at the Rex Theatre in Galax, Virginia.  Adult tickets are $10 and Senior (65+) and Student tickets are $8.  Tickets are available at the Galax Visitor’s Center on East Grayson Street, at the Arts Council offices located at 608 West Stuart Drive in Galax, on-line at,  or at the box office, which will open one hour before each performance.  Purchases can be made with cash or checks only, with the exception of on-line ticket purchases via PayPal.

2016 Scholarship Recipients Announced

Wyatt & Ozer 2016 Scholarships



Congratulations to Emma Wyatt (left) & Whatley Ozer (right), the 2016 Arts Council Scholarship winners! Emma Wyatt is the first ever recipient of a Galax Theatre Guild Legacy Scholarship and Whatley Ozer is the 2016 Galax recipient of a Marietta Carmichael Scholarship.

Empty Bowls 2016 Proceeds Awarded

2016 EB Recipients


The Arts Council is proud to announce the 2016 Empty Bowls recipients: (l to r) Buck Coe with the Carroll County Ministerial Association Food Pantry, Susi Davis Tornow with P.U.S.H Ministries Food Bank, Stephannie Dees with Galax Backpack Buddies, Inc. and Larissa Venzie, Arts Council Vice President. Not pictured are Judy Bolt with Lambs’ Table & Jacky Arnold with Grayson County Backpack Ministries. In total. $4,205 was distributed to these very deserving organizations who care for the most vulnerable of our Twin Counties citizens.

Compass Creative Dramatics – A New Partner for a week of Summer Music, Drama & Fun



Compass Creative Dramatics is a week-long residency open to all children in the Twin Counties and is FREE for all participating children.  Beginning on Monday, July 18th,  Actors from the CCD will audition & cast up to 70 children (ages 5-18 only) for roles in THE WIZARD OF OZ.   During the week, the children rehearse the play, learning their lines, music and choreography. On Saturday, July 23rd, they perform play for their family and friends!


The audition for THE WIZARD OF OZ will be held on Monday, July 18th at 10:00am at the Rex Theatre in Galax.  Students wishing to audition must arrive by the scheduled starting time and stay for the entire two-hour session. The first rehearsal begins approximately 15-30 minutes after the audition. This is a group audition – no advance  preparation is necessary, but a smile never hurts. Students should just be ready to come and have a good time!


TKAM book cover


With the recent passing of this beloved American author, and the upcoming National Library Week, it is only fitting to take a moment and celebrate the life and work of Harper Lee.  Published this past Summer, GO SET A WATCHMAN, debuted to mixed reviews.  WATCHMAN is Harper Lee’s original draft of what ultimately became her Pulitzer Prize Winning novel, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD.  To honor the legacy of Harper Lee and the amazing characters she brought to life, the Arts Council of the Twin Counties & the Friends of the Grayson County Library are hosting a Book Chat to discuss TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and GO SET A WATCHMAN along with a showing of “HEY, BOO:  Harper Lee & TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD” on Tuesday, April 12th at 5pm.  The Book Chat and Documentary showing will be at the Grayson County Public Library located at 147 S. Independence Avenue in Independence.  The event is free and open to the public.


emptybowls copy (Carroll's logo) Join us on Wednesday, March 16th at the Galax Presbyterian Church (in Warrick Hall – 200 West Center Street) from 11am to 1:30m for a great meal of Shoney’s “made from scratch” soup,  bread and dessert.

This year’s EMPTY BOWLS will feature Potato Soup and Cabbage & Beef soup with hot rolls and delectable desserts!  Entertainment by the Kilby Cousins will keep the joint jumpin’ and souvenir pottery bowls by volunteers at the Chestnut Creek School of the Arts Pottery Studio will be available that afternoon.

Suggested donation is $10/person (cash or checks only). All proceeds will benefit Galax Backpack Buddies and the PUSH Ministries Food Pantry.  Take-out meals are available.  Treat your co-workers to a great meal for two very deserving causes!

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