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Volume 24, Number 8 — August 2017


The Virginia Highlands Festival celebrates dance

The Virginia Highlands Festival is doing something a little different this year with its signature artist.

Contra dancers gather in Jonesborough for fun

David Wiley, president of the Historic Jonesborough Dance Society, got hooked on contra dancing at Merle Fest in 2005.

Bristol Ballet celebates 70 years of dance

Seventy years of dancing, 70 years of performances, 70 years of bringing the joy (the pain, the sadness, the romance, the beauty) of ballet to Bristol — Bristol Ballet is celebrating its 70th anniversary season. The celebration continues through June 2018.

Community Center offers contra dancing

The Community Center of Abingdon added a new signature program this year: Contra Dance.

Arts for Youth Spotlight: Noah Cook

Cook's dancing began with a bribe

Noah Cook's dance experience began with a bribe.

Niswonger Performing Arts Center announces season

Now entering its 13th season, the Niswonger Performing Arts Center invites new and returning guests to "Experience the Arts" with another lineup of entertainment featuring 32 performances for the 2017-2018 Season.

August brings top tellers to International Storytelling Center

Storytelling Live!, the International Storytelling Center's celebrated teller-in-residence series, continues its season.

Symphony performs Aug. 27

King University invites the community to attend a free concert by the Symphony of the Mountains, as they perform on the Oval Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m. on King's campus in Bristol, Tenn.

Theatre Bristol stages "Tom Sawyer"

Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer takes us on an adventure at the Theatre Bristol ARTspace weekends, Aug. 25 through Sept. 10 in a live performance of the classic tale.

Porter publishes book

Jan-Carol Publishing, of Johnson City, Tennessee, announces the release of "Alyster the Lonely Bull," written by Bristol, Tennessee, author Rebeca Porter.

William King Museum receives grant

The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation has awarded $5,000 to William King Museum of Art, Abingdon, Virginia, for the development of the Heritage Express program, which will bring Southwest Virginia fourth graders to the museum to learn about state and local history. The foundation is the philanthropic arm of Richmond-based company Dominion Energy.

Washington County Public Library receives Big Read grant

The Washington County Public Library, Abingdon, Virginia, received a $15,000 grant to host The Big Read in Washington County.

Fun Fest art show winners announced

Over 80 paintings were submitted for the competitive Kingsport Art Guild's Fun Fest Show 2017.

Lance Halverson: Dare2Dance

Lance Halverson of Dare2Dance began to dance in 2001.

Louise Dickenson: "Benefits of dance are priceless"

Louise Dickenson has been dancing since she was 4.

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