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.
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!
The Arts Council of the Twin Counties is thrilled to announce the 2016 Winter Concert Series dates. Featuring musicians from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the Winter Concert Series is a series of FREE Sunday afternoon concerts at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence. The 2016 Concerts will begin on Sunday, February 7th at 3pm; donations are gratefully accepted at the door and the audience is welcome to stay after the performance for a reception with the artists. The Sunday, February 7th concert will feature The Doppler Effect: Flute Tour Goes Digital. This is a unique concert experience that blends elements of classic and modern. By uniting traditional classical music with the latest technology, Flute Tour seeks to increase the cultural relevance and applicability of music as a medium of communication, self-expression, and beauty.
SEEKING HANDBELL RINGERS – SPRING REHEARSALS TO BEGIN
The New River Bell Ensemble, a community non-profit handbell group, begins its spring season on January 25. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact the Arts Council for information and an application to join by January 15. Previous handbell experience is not necessary; ability to read music is essential. Rehearsals are Monday evenings, 7:00-8:30 pm in the Historic 1908 Courthouse Auditorium in Independence. For more information, call 276-238-1217 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyone’s FAVORITE holiday story will be live on a STAGE NEAR YOU! The Arts Council of the Twin Counties is proud to present IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE – A LIVE RADIO PLAY featuring the classic story of George Bailey and Clarence Oddbody (Angel 2nd Class)!
Thursday, December 10th 7:30pm The Historic 1908 Courthouse, Independence
Friday, December 11th 7:30pm The Fries Theatre, Fries
Saturday, December 12th 7:30pm The Rex Theatre, Galax
Sunday, December 13th 2:30pm The Rex Theatre, Galax
Tickets are $10 for Adults and $8 for Seniors, 65 & Older and Students, 16 & younger. Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.artsculturalcouncil.org/the-arts-shop, at the Galax Visitor’s Center on Grayson Street across from the Rex, and via the Arts Council offices at 608 West Stuart Drive in the Old Vaughan Memorial Building. For more information, please call the Arts Council at 276-238-1217. Tickets will also be available at each performance location, starting one hour before show time.
Nothing brings the Holidays to Life more than the joyful sound of Hand Bells. The New River Bell Ensemble invites you to celebrate the season with them as they present their HOLIDAY CONCERT SERIES on Friday, December 4th at 7:30pm at the Historic 1908 Courthouse in Independence and on Friday, December 18th at 7pm at the Galax Public Library. As always, admission to the concerts is FREE of CHARGE, with donations gratefully accepted at the door.
You can play a role by participating in the “Buy a Seat!” campaign.
Our current seats were purchased over 20 years ago from a theatre in Tennessee. They were used then, and now they’re all used up! The new seats will be extremely comfortable – and quiet! The current plan is to replace all the current seating on the main level with new seats and move the best of the old seats up to the balcony to maintain the same seating capacity. As a “Buy a Seat” sponsor of a new seat – or a block of seats – you will become part of the history and vibrant future of THE REX and our community. Every time you take a seat at the theatre, or walk by as the audience is arriving, you will have the pleasure of knowing your generosity is making it possible for someone else to experience the unique joy of entertainment, understanding, and self-discovery that comes only with the performing arts.
Please join us for a KICK-OFF Meeting on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 1pm at THE REX as we launch the “Buy a Seat!” campaign. Learn how you can help us put the polish back on the Crown Jewel of Galax, our artistic home, THE REX THEATRE. For more information and to rsvp, please call Laura Romanowski at The Arts Council (276-238-1217).
We look forward to seeing you at THE REX!