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Area art venues rich with entertainment

April 25, 2013
By Casey Houser - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

Residents in surrounding counties will not be short of artistic outlets this spring and summer.

The Randolph County Community Arts Center, Landes Arts Center and Pocahontas Opera House have multiple programs to offer residents. Lunchtime concerts, evening concerts, painting classes, pottery classes and art exhibits are among the events that will take place in the coming months.

Doreen Hall, president of the RCCAC board, explained what the Arts Center will be hosting this year.

One ongoing event at the RCCAC is the Brown Bag concerts, a series of performances that can appeal to almost any taste.

"We have a fabulous turnout for the Brown Bag concerts," she said.

She said they take place on the third Wednesday of each month and will continue throughout the year.

Upcoming Brown Bag concerts include the musical stylings of Linda Wagner and Friends, who perform old standards and jazz; Caleb Karriker, an acoustic rock and roll performer; and Raymond Godwin, who performs a musical tribute to The Beatles.

Hall said an upcoming performer for the RCCAC evening concert series will be Ernie Hawkins, an acoustic guitarist who will perform in late April.

In addition, Kittie Jones will perform "Kit's Interactive Theater" in late April. Through dance and improvisation, she will interact with the audience and explain the balance of the ecosystem.

Summer classes at the RCCAC will be largely geared toward pottery and painting.

"We will be offering numerous pottery classes," Hall said.

Summer camps will also take place at the Arts Center. Hall noted the Tour of Continents class as something she is looking forward to. The Tour of Continents is an art class that will teach children about geography through various activities.

A children's art exhibit is currently taking place at the RCCAC in the main hall, and members of the center will participate in a members-only exhibit in May.

Landes assistant director Sandy Stump described Landes Art Center activites.

She said there will be May concerts from the Country Store Opry, a country music group, and the Fresta Valley Christian Group, a classical choir.

Stump said Fresta Valley has performed at Landes for the past three years.

"It's a nice concert," she said. "They are from a high school in Virginia."

A beauty pageant is also scheduled for May and will be sponsored by the Grant County Veterans of Foreign Wars. This is the first of two pageants which will take place in the coming months. The Teen and Queen Pageant will also take place as part of the Moorefield Poultry Festival in July.

Also in July, the group Seven Bridges will also be peforming at Landes. Stump said their concert is a prelude to Fourth of July activities that take place in Grant County.

Robbie Limon, who plays Buddy Holly songs, will also perform in early July, Stump said.

At the Pocahontas Opera House, songwriting workshops, drama workshops and square dances are hosted, in addition to concerts of various styles.

An Irish and gypsy-style band, Lone Raven, will be performing in late April and the bluegrass band The Pickers will put on a show in May.

Nora Jane Struthers and The Party Line, an Appalachian-roots-rock group, is also scheduled to play in April.

Open jam sessions are also conducted throughout the year and the Opera House is available for private rentals.



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