Upcoming Events


PETER/WENDY by Jeremy Bloom

Wandflower Theatre, a young adult theatre project sponsored by The Arts Council of the Twin Counties, announces auditions for “Peter/Wendy” by Jeremy Bloom.  This high-energy, fast-paced adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s “Peter and Wendy” and “The Little White Bird” calls for 7 or more actors (male or female) who have a sense of adventure and a willingness to stretch the bounds of imagination.  Wandflower Theatre is looking for young adults ages 15 – 30 to take on this classic fantasy yarn about a boy who never grows up and a girl he lures away from her nursery to the magical world of Neverland.  This lyrical, atmospheric interpretation of “Peter Pan” is an exploration of innocence, friendship, family and loss.

Auditions will be on Saturday, April 10th from 3pm to 5pm and Sunday, April 11th from 6pm to 8pm at the Arts Council offices, located at 608 West Stuart Drive in Galax.  Please wear a mask to the audition.  Director Stephannie Dees will have scenes from the script to read from at the auditions.  Performances of “Peter/Wendy” are scheduled for July 9, 10, & 11, 2021 on the Arts Council’s outdoor stage behind the Galax Public Library.  Rehearsals will begin in May 2021 and if cast, performers will be asked to commit to attending all rehearsals as needed, along with helping create the costumes, scenery and props.  A perusal script is available at the Arts Council in Galax.


Empty Bowls 2021 will be a socially-distanced, non-food event this year!  What does that mean?  Instead of gathering for a meal of soup, rolls, and dessert, you are invited to come to any or all of the Empty Bowls events to choose a hand-made pottery bowl and take home a packet of Soup Recipes!  Each Empty Bowl event will be held outdoors in the parking lot of the venue with tables of bowls set out for you to browse.  Make a donation (suggested donation is $10/person), choose a bowl, get your recipe book and head on home to make some soup!

We could have just skipped this year – serving food indoors for over 100 people at each event just isn’t safe right now – but our local food charities need our support more than ever!  So we put our thinking caps on and came up with a novel way to continue with this beloved and much needed program.  We hope to see you at EMPTY BOWLS 2021!

Saturday, March 20th ~ 11am to 1:30pm
VFW Post 7726, 115 Klondike Road, Independence
Benefiting Food Independence

Friday, March 26th ~ 11am to 1:30pm
1st United Methodist Church, 225 Fulcher St., Hillsville
Benefiting Carroll County Ministerial Assoc. Food Pantry

Saturday, March 27th ~ 11am to 1:30pm
Galax Public Library, 610 West Stuart Drive
Benefiting Galax Backpack Buddies


Marshaling the arts to feed more than just the soul

For information, please call The Arts Council at 276-238-1217



The Galax Visitors Center and The Arts Council of the Twin Counties are joining forces to bring back the Art of Storytelling this Fall!  The first-ever “Mountain Whispers” program will take place on Saturday, October 31st at 3pm on the Galax Theatre Guild/Carol Waddell Outdoor Stage which is located behind the Galax Public Library (610 West Stuart Drive).  Admission for the afternoon of storytelling is free and parking is available at the Library.  Bring your own lawn chair and refreshments and don’t forget to wear a face mask.  Being that October 31st is Halloween, we’ll also have a Costume Parade for those brave enough strut their stuff across the stage.  Prizes will be awarded!  Mountain Whispers will feature the artistry of four talented storytellers.  Twin County author Deborah Tilson Clark, Terri Ingalls of Mt. Airy, Galax’s favorite on-air personality Derrick Scott Davis and newcomer Adam Jordan.



This production has been postponed until Spring 2022 due to the current health crisis.

By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope & Jamie Wooton
Directed by Stephannie Dees

Stories of the Stitch



STORIES OF THE STITCH the Art’s Council’s annual outdoor quilt show and fiber arts showcase returns in 2021 and will be held at Matthews Living History Farm Museum on Saturday, September 11th, from 10am to 3pm.  The showcase has something for all ages and admission is free.  Demonstrations from many different fiber arts disciplines are held in historic farm buildings and area musicians will play on the porch of the turn-of-the-century farmhouse.  Of course the stars of the day are the beautiful quilts hanging in the sunshine!

The quilting categories to be judged include Hand-Pieced & Hand-Quilted; ½ & ½ ( Hand-Pieced & Machine-Quilted  &  Machine-Pieced & Quilted); Appliquéd (Hand or Machine); Other (art, clothing, pillows, etc.); Classic Quilts (created before 1940); and Youth (for quilters under 20).  Additional ribbons will be awarded for People’s Choice & Best Story (include the “Story Behind The Quilt” to be entered in this category).  There is no fee to enter a quilt in the show, but quilters are asked to keep their quilts hanging until 3:00pm for viewing purposes.

Quilts can be entered in the show starting now and up through the morning of September 11th and Fiber Artists are invited to participate through demonstrations and the rental of booths for the sale of their own handcrafted fiber-work.  The booth fee is $15 and artisans are asked to provide their own tents, tables, and displays.  Currently scheduled are demonstrations in spinning, weaving, and felting, as well as many other fiber related disciplines. In addition to the judged Quilt Show, demonstrations, and vendors, the day will include music, food & beverages.

Directions to Matthews Farm: 

To get to the Matthews Farm Museum travel west on 58 from Galax, go left on to Meadow Creek Road, travel about and mile and turn right on to White Pine Road.  The Museum is a short distance down at 126 White Pine Road. For additional information go to their website, www.matthewsfarmmuseum.org, or call the Arts Council office at 276-238-1217.