Concerts and Festivals

Arts & Culture
4:57 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Hot Glass Festival

Thousands of people will converge on Staunton this week for what will, no doubt, be the hottest event in the nation.

Thirteen years ago, Caroline Sheridan and her husband Doug opened a glass blowing studio in an old Staunton warehouse, and despite a lengthy recession that bankrupted many a business, their enterprise – called Sunspots Glass Studios – has grown steadily as tourists ventured off the highway.

Up to 5,000 visitors are expected during this weekend’s Hot Glass Festival – a free event that will showcase two dozen glass artists from around the country. 

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Storytelling Festival
3:47 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Sounds of the Mountains

Familiar to NPR listeners, Kevin Kling is a featured performer at the festival.

We continue our look this week at just a handful of the springtime events scheduled throughout the listening area. 

The Sounds of the Mountains Storytelling Festival is an annual event at Camp Bethel in Fincastle.
 

When  Storytellers Alan Hoal and Geraldine Buckley visited WVTF/RADIO IQ, we surprised them by asking them to create a sort-of storytelling duet.

Visit Sounds of the Mountains for more information about Camp Bethel and the festival, which runs April 19-20th, 2013.

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Arts & Culture
1:42 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Virginia's Blue Ridge Music Festival

Credit VBRMF

Floyd, Virginia is better known for Mountain music than for classical concerts, but a new Music Festival will bring the two together for eleven days this spring --- all over town.

David Stewart Wiley is the artistic director and conductor of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival. He says Floyd is an ideal setting for the festival; its variety of venues for a full schedule of performances and workshops, its scenic backdrops, and because of a certain resonance between classical and mountain music.

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Movie Palace Goes Digital
9:37 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Grandin Theatre 3-Day Film Festival

It’s a first for Roanoke’s Grandin Theatre—a film festival designed to showcase  new digital upgrades to the historic, non-profit movie palace that originally opened in 1932.  

The film festival features academy award nominated shorts and a premier of the film The Place Beyond the Pines… as well as several documentary films.

The festival  runs Friday through Sunday at the Grandin Theatre, where the complete schedule is available.

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48-hour writing contest
3:05 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Roanoke Pulp & Paper Fiction Contest

Each year come spring, Roanoke's private Community High School presents its Marginal Arts Festival-- a downtown celebration of the creative process, more so than the creative object. Organizers say it's the fire...not the grate.

This year, as part of the festival, a new group emerges-- Roanoke Pulp and Paper-- dedicated to flipping the publishing model on its ear....at least in just one community.

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