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Volume 24, Number 5 — May 2017

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National Association of Music Merchants Foundation BVPS receives national award for music education

National Association of Music Merchants Foundation

BRISTOL, Va. — The news was music to the ears of Virginia High School Band Director Gary Skeen again.

An artist's life

ABINGDON, Va. — Laura King points to a painting and identifies her-self as the long-haired girl on the swing — out in the breeze, care-less.

Season tickets on sale to Clarence Brown Theatre's 2017/2018 season

The Clarence Brown Theatre announces its exciting eight-play lineup for the 2017/2018 Season.

Winners announced for Abingdon's first short film competition

The Abingdon Convention and Visitors Bureau announces the winners of the first Abingdon Shorts competition.

'Son of Sorrows' incredibly believable

Jesus Christ stood in an alley behind the Lamplight Theatre late Thursday afternoon. Several folks walked by, stole a quick and surprised look and went on. "I don't want people to think I'm Jesus," said Tyler McMullins. "I'm not." However, McMullins portrays Christ in "Son of Sorrows: An Easter Musical of the Passion."

Country star Josh Turner performs as part of King University's 150th celebrations

BRISTOL, Tenn. — All aboard the long country train of hits by Josh Turner.

ETSU Pre-College music students win national MTNA competition

Two students from the Pre-College Program of East Tennessee State University's Department of Music have been named the winners of a national music competition.

Chemist's passion fuels love for nature photography

For former Eastman chemist, Wayne Riddick, the Appalachian Mountains are more than just home they're inspiration for art and for learning.

NEH awards $173,833 grant to VMFA to digitize Louis Draper archive

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts a $173,833 grant to digitize, preserve and share its archive of photographs, negatives and other materials from Richmond-born photographer Louis Draper.

Abingdon's Thursday Jam series gets a boost for 2017

Abingdon's Thursday Jams return for summer 2017, now with additional grant funding to help present an even more exciting lineup.

Paper Windows program opens with an exciting start

The first session of the Paper Windows project is complete and the winning entries posted.

Department of Music adds strings program to its repertoire

East Tennessee State University's Department of Music is recognized nationally and internationally for its excellence in vocals, wind instruments and percussion, and is now adding strings to its repertoire.

Stonewall Jackson mural showcased in downtown Bristol

he Arts & Entertainment District is hosting the sixth Annual Student Art Gallery in downtown Bristol.

Local author talks food and culture

The best way to understand Appalachian culture at its finest is by experiencing the local cuisine — one bite at a time.
Local author Fred Sauceman served this message up to a crowd of more than 100 in his lecture "Iron Sandwiches, Fried Pies, Beans All the Way: And Building Community One Dip Dog at a Time" at the Abingdon branch of the Washington County Public Library on Sunday.

Roan Mountain State Park keeps 'winning'

Roan Mountain State Park wins some pages in a new book tracing the postcard history of "Tennessee State Parks" (Arcadia Publishing, 2017, $21.99).

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