Upcoming Events




On Saturday, September 11th (rain date: Saturday, Sept. 25th), the sixteenth annual Stories of the Stitch will paint the hills of Matthews Living History Farm with quilts of every imaginable color and pattern. This year’s festivities will showcase a wide variety of disciplines within the world of traditional fiber arts. Live demonstrations, include quilting, weaving, spinning, felting along with celebrating the Matthews LHFM Heritage Day!  Admission to the day’s activities is free, though donations are gratefully accepted.  In addition to the celebrated judged Quilt Show, we’ll have local musicians, arts & craft vendors, food & drinks, and entertainment for the whole family. There will even be a “Kissing Booth” with Mr. Belcher, Matthews Farm’s resident Donkey – donations from the Kissing Booth will benefit the Farm’s free public programming.

The Arts Council and Matthews Living History Museum is joining forces this year to remember the 20th Anniversary of 9/11, and to honor Peter James Ganci, Jr.  Peter was a Vietnam Veteran who rose up the ranks of the FDNY to become Chief of Operations.  Peter died helping to save fellow firemen when the North Tower collapsed.  Joining in on the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony will be members of the Ganci Family, representatives of Quilts of Valor and the Jr. ROTC Cadets from Carroll County.

Quilters are welcome to enter their creations the day of the event in the following categories: Hand-Pieced & Hand-Quilted, Half & Half (Hand & Machine Worked), Machine-Pieced & Machine-Quilted, Appliquéd (Hand or Machine), Foundation Paper Piecing, Other (art, clothing, pillows, etc.), Classic Quilts (created before 1940), Youth (for quilters under 20), Best Story or ‘Quilt Tale’, People’s Choice.  Quilts may be offered for sale. Quilts should not be mass-produced, manufactured or store-bought. We do ask that winning quilts from previous Stories of the Stitch shows not be entered.

Each quilt may be accompanied by a story or “quilt tale” (optional). The story should be pinned to the quilt front, but not reveal your name and should be typed if possible. Stories may be about the history of the quilt, the pattern, the personal significance of the quilt, the quilt-maker, or a tall tale. A ribbon will be awarded for the best story.

As a special incentive to dig-out your best quilt – or even Granny’s Best Quilt that you’ve stashed away in the old cedar chest, each quilt entered in the show will also be entered for a custom-made quilters bag stuff with quilting notions and goodies.  Enter one quilt, get one chance.  Enter 12 quilts, get 12 chances to win this marvelous prize, donated by Ashley Jurney.

There is no limit on how many quilts a family may pre-enter, as long as there is a person to hang each quilt before 11:00am. Quilts must remain hanging until 3:00pm, weather permitting. Bring enough clothes pins to secure the quilt to the line and remember to pin your name to the back of each quilt.  Quilters are reminded that this is an outdoor event. The Arts Council & Matthews Farm are not responsible for damage by mother nature or her creatures. If rain is imminent the judging will conclude in the pavilion.

Directions to Stories of the Stitch/Matthews Farm 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.

The Arts & Cultural Council of the Twin Counties is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the arts throughout the Twin Counties.  The Arts Council is funded in part by area individuals and businesses, local municipalities, The Twin County Community Foundation, The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.  For more information, please visit the Arts Council website, www.artsculturalcouncil.org or call the office at 276-238-1217.

2021 SOTS Entry Forms – Download your quilt entry forms here!



The spectacular “Garden Party With A Twist” returns to Dream Rock Silo & Suites in Independence on Saturday, August 7th (2pm – 4pm).  You are invited to an informal, country-chic garden party featuring the cool jazz of the Crooked Road Jazz Trio and delicious appetizers and sweet treats.  Guests will be able to tour the Dream Rock gardens throughout the afternoon and have the opportunity to take their chances on a fun raffle which includes jewelry, an art quilt, gift baskets and more. The afternoon is hosted by Rebecca Arrington, Linda Cooley, Boni Faith Haynes, Ashley Jurney, Brenda Lindsey, Katie Lipe, Carol Morris, and Ann Watson with the gracious support of Karen and Bill Simpson.  Karen and Bill are the owners Dream Rock Silo & Suites, an idyllic get-away located in the heart of Grayson County.  Tickets for the Arts Council’s “Garden Party with a Twist” are $20/person – gentlemen and ladies are both welcome!  To RSVP, please call The Arts Council at 276-238-1217.  Tickets may be purchased in advance via “The Box Office” on this website.  Cash, Checks and Credit Cards will also be accepted at the door.

**We ask that unvaccinated guests wear a face mask or shield.  Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the event space.



Starting Monday, July 12th, Missoula Children’s Theatre brings “Sleeping Beauty” to the Rex Theatre in Galax for a week-long theatre camp for area youth, ages 6 to 18.  All area students are welcome to join the Arts Council for auditions on Monday, July 12th at 10am at The Rex Theatre, and come see the show on Saturday, July 17th at 3pm at The Rex Theatre.  Student participant registration is $25/student and tickets to the Saturday performance are $5 per person (please contact the Arts Council if financial assistance is needed).  Tickets will be available for purchase at The Rex Theatre Box Office starting at 2pm on Saturday, July 17th.  For more information regarding participation or tickets, please contact the Arts Council at 276-238-1217 or download the registration form here!

Auditioning for Sleeping Beauty is as easy as pie!  Parents/Guardians simply come to The Rex Theatre between 9:30am and 10am on Monday, July 12th with their “stars in the making.”  Please make sure your student is wearing a face mask and closed-toe shoes!  There is a simple registration form to fill out and then the audition begins.  Based on the students’ ages and abilities, they are assigned roles by the MCT actor/educator team and rehearsals begin that day!  During the week, students can expect to be at The Rex Theatre from 10am to 1:15pm each day.  Bringing bottled water and a substantial snack or lunch is recommended. All participating students should plan on being at the theatre each day for rehearsals and from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday, July 17th for the performance.  Joining the Arts Council this year from Missoula Children’s Theatre are Nick Schommer and Dan Lafferty.  Nick and Dan can’t wait to meet your student and help them have a great time on stage!

Sleeping Beauty 2021 Permission Slip



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