If you’re short on Independence Day plans, head to Grayson County, Virginia and enjoy a 5K fun run, a bottle boat regatta, a watermelon eating contests, and, of course, amazing fireworks to top off the night. The fun begins July 3rd and last through July 4th. There will be music, entertainment and food, so the whole family can have a great time!
The God and Country Celebration in Yadkin County is a daylong town festival with a patriotic theme featuring music, food, crafts, parade, speeches and fireworks. This popular event will take place the Saturday before July 4th and will begin at 9:30 am. Estimates put attendance at this popular event between 10,000 and 15,000 people. The celebration starts off with a parade that features floats and bands, which compete for prizes. At noon, music begins on the music stage at the school and features local and regional bands performing bluegrass, old-time string band, gospel, and rock & roll. Beginning at 6:00pm, there is a patriotic program featuring a special speaker each year who talks about “God and Country”. There is also gospel singing and a special feature to the evening program honoring local veterans, which includes military music. Fireworks begin at 9:00pm.
For nine years, during the second weekend in June, the Galax Leaf and String Festival has served to highlight the best Virginia has to offer. This festival was originally created as a traditional music event, but the community continued to evolve into a showcase for other events as well. Now, the festival is a celebration of arts, music and literature as more activities are offered for everyone. If you’re looking for something to do during the second weekend of June, don’t miss out on this amazing festival. Bring your family and enjoy! For more information, visit the festival’s website.
The Stokes County Art Council provides several different art activities to members of the community. If you’re looking for something fun and artistic for your children to participate in during the summer, look no further than the Summer Art Camps that the Stokes County Art Council offers. All of the camps are held at Mount Olive Elementary School and with so many different camps to choose from, your kids will be busy all summer! Some of the categories include a visual arts camp, where children will create visual art with recycle and reusable materials and a living storybook theatre camp, where children will put on a play. Each camp runs for one week. For more information, visit the Stokes’ County Art Council website.
The Wilkes Art Gallery has experienced many transformations throughout the years. It was founded in 1962 in the parlor of art patron Annie Winkler’s home, and in 2004 the gallery moved into the newly renovated North Wilkesboro Post Office, located in the heart of downtown North Wilkesboro. The Gallery’s 10,000 square foot facility includes over 3,500 square feet of exhibition space, an education center with a complete ceramics studio, painting and drawing studios, two multi-purpose classrooms, and a Gallery Gift Shop. The gallery is dedicated to providing classes and workshops for all ages. Adult classes are offered in ceramics, painting, knitting, watercolor, drawing, stained glass, and much more throughout the year. The Wilkes Art Gallery is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to providing quality experiences in the arts through exhibits, classes, workshops and field trips for all ages. If you’re in the area and interested in the arts, then the Wilkes Art Gallery is for you.
Since 1965 Rooftop of Virginia was formed along with its goal of helping low-income citizens from Carroll, Grayson and the City of Galax. Rooftop continues the fight against poverty by helping people develop different skills or by promoting those skills each citizen has. Rooftop is divided into several departments, each of them focused in different tasks. Rooftop Crafts offers everything from arts and crafts to emergency home repair, rental assistance and some other special projects concerning the Earned Income Tax Credit program and the Virginia Individual Development Account program. Rooftop also organizes Fundraising events such as the Nightmare Mansion, music events and much more.
The Just Plain Country Store is located in the middle of downtown Walnut Cove, NC. The store features over 8000 square feet of antiques and crafts in the 90-year-old Neal Hardware building. The Just Plain Country Store features local made crafts, soaps, hand crafted furniture, local art, and paintings. It is also home to a snack shop that boasts gourmet coffee, fresh homemade apple pies as well as other snacks and pastries. There are over 100 booths and vendors presenting local items. For more information visit their website.
If you like home décor, paintings and photography, then you will love the New River Arts and Crafts shop. New River Arts and Crafts is an e-commerce website where you can find artistic works, quality crafts and home grown agricultural products for sale. If you want to experience North Carolina culture without leaving your house, you can go online and order some of these fantastic and unique crafts. The website features the creators, growers and producers who craft and grow these wonderful products. None of the products offered from New River Arts and Crafts are mass-produced; instead, each piece is hand crafted by locals who have been blessed with tremendous creative talent. To explore New River Arts and Crafts, visit its website and order some North Carolina culture.
If creativity is what you’re looking for, then head to North Carolina and let the Foothills Arts Council inspire you with art. Located in the heart of the Yadkin Valley wine region, the Foothills Arts Council is home to several cultural groups, such as the Yadkin Valley Craft Guild. The Foothills Arts Council wants to enrich the lives of Yadkin Valley residents through visual and performing arts, and in order to do this the council offers several workshops. Some of these workshops include quilting, nature poetry and painting without brushes. If you’re looking for something fun and different to do while visiting North Carolina, head to the Foothills Arts Council and get creative. For more information, visit this website.
After four years of fundraising, the grand opening of the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center will be on Sept. 18 in conjunction with the annual Harvest Festival in downtown Yadkinville. The center will provide much-needed space for Yadkin County’s art community and students. It will also be a hub of economic activity for the community.
The center will house a gallery, classrooms, a café, a bay of working artist studios, and a courtyard plaza with fountains and mosaics. During phase II of the project, an additional $800,000 is being raised for the development of a 192-seat theater.
In conjunction with the grand opening is the Harvest Festival from 9 am until 4:30 pm. The festival will be a great way to celebrate the harvest season with vendors, artisans and craftsmen, farmers market, quilt exhibits, blue ribbon food competitions, and music. For info, call (336) 679-2941 or visit www.yadkinarts.org.