COMPLETELY HOLLYWOOD (abridged) – July 13, 14 & 15

Bring your lawn chairs or a picnic blanket & basket for this WILDLY FUNNY Comedy starring Wesley Harmon, Molly Sullivan & Daphne Utt on the Carol Waddell/Galax Theatre Guild Outdoor Stage located behind the Galax Public Library.  Parking is available at the Library and admission to the play is free.  We will of course accept your generous donations at the show!

In case of rain, the performance will move to inside the Galax Public Library.


If ghostly visitations, wacky mediums and matrimonial hijinks are your cup of tea, then Noel Coward’s high-spirited comedy, “Blithe Spirit” is the play you need to see!  Running May 5, 6, 10, 12, & 13 at the Rex Theatre in Galax, “Blithe Spirit” is full of humor, witty repartee and special effects.  “Blithe Spirit” is a classic comedy offering up fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, re-married but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, the clever and insistent Elvira who is called up by a visiting “happy medium,” one Madame Arcati along with a host of other marvelous character.


Performance Dates for “Blithe Spirit” are May 5, 6, 10, 12 & 13 with Thursday & Saturday shows at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2:30pm.  Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $8 for Seniors and Students.  Advance tickets are available on-line at and at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts.

One Night Only – Andrew McKnight in Concert at the 1908 Courthouse in Independence, VA


The Arts Council is thrilled and honored to present a very special concert with celebrated folk musician, Andrew McKnight at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence on Friday, March 9th at 7pm. Andrew is an award-winning folk/Americana musician whose musical journey has traced nearly a million miles of blue highways, and earned him a wealth of critical acclaim and enthusiastic fans for his captivating performances and seven recordings. Andrew’s powerful and entertaining show is like one-man theatre, delivered with warmth and down-home comfort. His finely crafted songs are woven together with humorous stories and poetic drama, while the musical soundscape traverses influences from Appalachia, tasteful slide and jazzy blues, feisty anthems, rustic folk, and even a little fancy flatpicking on a Carter Family tune. While his skillful guitar work provides a tasteful foundation, the touches of native American cedar flute, resonator guitar, djembe (African hand drum) and even mandolin add delightful and mesmerizing embellishments to the show.   Admission to the Concert is FREE OF CHARGE – with donations gratefully accepted at the door.

Radford University’s Dr. Robert Trent in Concert – Sunday, February 11th at 3pm



The Arts Council is thrilled to welcome Radford University’s Professor of Music/Guitar & Renaissance Lute Studies, for the next Winter Concert on February 11th at 3pm at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence.  As always, there will be a small coffee and dessert reception for the audience and musicians after the performance.  Admission to the Concert is FREE OF CHARGE – with donations gratefully accepted at the door.
Dr. Trent has spent over two decades as a Full Professor of Music (Guitar and Renaissance Lute studies) at Radford University where he is in his 17th year as director of Radford University’s Annual International Guitar Festival.  Many of his students are Robert Trent has performed on the continents of North and South America and in Europe on modern guitar, Renaissance lute, and historic instruments of the nineteenth-century in particular the 10-string Scherzer and authentic 19thc. guitar.  A first prize winner in numerous National and International competitions including; the Webb National Guitar Competition, the Masterworks Young Artist Competition (all instruments) and the chamber music prize at the International Competition  “Arturo Toscanini” in Italy in Period Instrumental performance.


Future concerts in the series include:

  • UNCSA VIOLIN & CELLO Sunday, Feb. 25 at 3pm
  • UNCSA DVORAK VIOLA QUINTET  Sunday, April 29 at 3pm



The Friday, December 8th NEW RIVER BELL ENSEMBLE Holiday Concert at the Historic 1908 Courthouse has been moved to SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10th at 2:30pm.  

The Handbell Concert will be followed by the Radford University Piano Concert at 3:30pm.  Admission to both events is free. Donations accepted at the door

BELLS at the 1908 Courthouse – Independence, VA

The Forecast for Saturday? Gorgeous Quilts Under Sunny Skies


We hope to see you at Matthew’s Living History Farm Museum on Saturday, September 9th for our annual Outdoor Quilt Show!  There will be live music, fiber arts demonstrators, food and vendors of all kinds!  Come see the glorious quilts under blue skies from 10am – 3pm! Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted!

Quilts are welcome to be entered for judging up until 10am the morning of the show and we still have room for vendors as of Wednesday, September 6th.


EMPTY BOWLS – August 12th in Independence


Celebrating seven years of giving back to our community, the Arts Council is once again proud to partner with the Independence Farmers Market sponsor an Empty Bowls event at the Independence VFW, located at 115 Klondike Road.  The event starts at 4pm and for a suggested donation of $10, attendees will dine on delicious bowls of gazpacho, fruit, Italian wedding and a chicken soup with homemade bread and a dessert all made by the master foodies of the Independence Farmers Market lead by the amazing Chef Jen Cavey.  The 1908 Courthouse Jammers will be performing throughout the evening.

HILLSVILLE EMPTY BOWLS is Thursday, March 30th!

in Hillsville at the First United Methodist Church (225 Fulcher Street)

Thursday is going to be Wet & Windy. Get warmed up at EMPTY BOWLS!

Your $10 donation gets you a hearty bowl of Shoney’s Made from Scratch Potato or Cabbage & Beef Soup, a roll and a homemade dessert! All proceeds benefit the Carroll County Ministerial Association Food Pantry.  Special musical guests are Bill & Maggie Anderson!

We also do take out orders! Call 276-266-5829 starting at 10am to place your take-out order!

Do you work in an office or a salon or store? Why not order take-out on Thursday, March 30th for the whole crew?

Doctor’s or Lawyer’s Office? Your staff deserves a bowl of soup and a great home-made dessert!

We’re So SORRY!

Unfortunately, the RADFORD UNIVERSITY FACULTY CONCERT on SUNDAY, MARCH 26th at 5pm will have to be postponed…..

The folks at Radford University are dismayed! There have been some unexpected conflicts so we will be rescheduling the March 26th concert for a later date in April. We hope you will forgive us and don’t forget, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Flute Concert on Sunday, April 9th at 3pm at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence.

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