Events

There are so many wonderful festivals in Galax throughout the year and we welcome folks to make CCSA part of their festival experience by visiting our facility at 100 N. Main St.  Take a tour;  learn about our programming;  sign up for our email list to receive our seasonal online newsletter with exciting new classes, and shop from a wonderful variety of local handmade arts and crafts in our Dixon Vault Gift Galley.  We often have exciting things going on at CCSA during festivals, including artisan demonstrations and hands-on activities for the whole family!  CCSA also hosts yearly events for the general public as well as our wonderful volunteers and supporters.  There’s always something going on in Galax and there’s always exciting stuff happening at CCSA!  Check the links below for more information about all these events.

Fiddlers Week: Make a Fabric Lanyard

August 4, 2014

Make a Fabric Lanyard with Elizabeth Lineberry
Monday, August 4, 1:00-3:00 pm
Walk-in Workshop
$20 fee
Age 14+

Take a break from the Old Fiddlers' Convention and come to Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, 100 North Main Street in Galax, for this fun walk-in workshop.

In this workshop you will make a lanyard that will give you a place carry your keys or hang your tuner during the fiddlers' convention. The $20 fee includes all materials. Stop by the school to register in person any time during Fiddlers' Week, or register when you get there. No experience required!

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Fiddlers' Week: Galax Leaf Cards

August 5, 2014

Make Zen Drawing Galax Leaf Cards with Dana Heim
Tuesday, August 5, 1:00-3:00 pm
Walk-in Workshop
$20 fee
Age 14+

Take a break from the Old Fiddlers' Convention and come to Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, 100 North Main Street in Galax, for this fun walk-in workshop.

In this workshop you learn the art of Zen Drawing and make your own Galax Leaf postcards or greeting cards. The $20 fee includes all materials. Stop by the school to register in person any time during Fiddlers' Week, or register when you get there. No experience required!

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Fiddlers Week: Singing Showcase

August 6, 2014

Old-time and Bluegrass Singing Styles Showcase
Wednesday, August 6, 10:30 am
Free and open to the public

Come on out to Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, 100 North Main Street in Galax for a showcase exploring singing styles and harmonies used in old-time and bluegrass music, secular and religious, and how they changed over time. Starting with a cappella ballads and banjo songs, the singers will also talk about and demonstrate various old-time styles of singing including fiddle tunes, old-time songs, Carter Family style singing, and singing and harmonies from the transitional period including brother duets and early bluegrass singing styles and harmonies, finishing up with modern bluegrass harmonies. Discussion will include how the types of singing and songs fit into the place and time, and how radio changed the traditions. 

This showcase will be hosted by Johnny Williams, who is an award-winning singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He produced the successful “Close Kin” CD with Mountain Roads Recordings that brings together bluegrass and old-time musicians from the area, and is the Chairman for the Blue Ridge Acoustic Uprising event held in Wytheville. Other participants include Elizabeth LaPrelle, who sings ballads and banjo songs, Mac and Jenny Traynham, who sing Carter Family and brother duets; Jeanette Williams, who sings traditional and contemporary bluegrass, and Sarah and Savannah Church who sing traditional and modern bluegrass and gospel songs.

This showcase is supported in part by a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

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Fiddlers Week: Tales from the Field Panel Discussion

August 6, 2014

Tales from the Field: People, Places, Communities, and Families (panel discussion)
Wednesday, August 6, 1:30 pm
Free and open to the public

Come on out to Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, 100 North Main Street in Galax for a  panel discussion with field collectors about the people they’ve met, and the importance of place, community and family to give context to the tune, recording, photo, or story they’ve collected. The stories are as important as the tune, photo, or recording, and help to paint a picture of the place and time where they were collected.

Paul Brown will lead this discussion. He visited numerous musicians in the 70s and 80s who are no longer with us, learning their repertoires and techniques. Brown is a storyteller who shares colorful tales about the time he spent with the fiddlers, banjo players, and singers in their homes, with their families, and in their communities. Other participants include Mark Sanderford, a photographer who spent time with the musical families he photographed, and tells the story behind the pictures in his presentations; Joe McHugh, producer and host of the public radio series The Telling Takes Us Home, a Celebration of American Family Stories, who has visited communities throughout the United States to record people telling their family stories, and Phyllis and Jim Gaskins who visited musicians in the Galax and surrounding areas during 1980s, including Albert Hash, Tommy Jarrell, Abe Horton, Giles Lephew, and Luther Davis, as well as Galax Dulcimer player and maker Raymond Melton.

This panel discussion is supported in part by a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

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Fiddlers Week - Reception for the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program Exhibit

August 6, 2014

Opening Reception for the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program Exhibit
Wednesday, August 6, 3:00 pm (following the panel discussion) 

Join photographer Pat Jarrett and Jon Lohman of the Virginia Folklife Program for an opening reception for the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program Exhibit. The reception will also feature Master Artists and Apprentices who participated in the program as special guests.

The Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program draws from a wide range of communities and traditional folkways to pair an experienced master artist with a dedicated apprentice for a one-on-one, nine-month learning experience, in order to help ensure that a particular art form is passed on in ways that are conscious of history and faithful to tradition. The master artists are selected from applicants in all forms of Virginia’s traditional, expressive culture—from decoy carving to fiddle making, from boat building to quilt making, from country ham curing to old-time banjo playing, from African American gospel singing to Mexican folk dancing. The Folklife Apprenticeship Program helps to ensure that Virginia’s treasured folkways continue to receive new life and vibrancy, engage new learners, and reinvigorate master practitioners.

The Virginia Folklife Program, a public program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, is the state center for the documentation, presentation, and support of Virginia’s rich cultural heritage. Whether sung or told, hand-crafted or performed, Virginia’s rich folklife refers to those “arts of everyday life” that reflect a sense of traditional knowledge and connection to community. Visit VirginiaFolklife.org for more information.

The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH), established in 1974, encourages discovery and connection through the humanities by supporting and producing programs for a wide public audience. It works with individuals and communities to explore the past, confront issues of the present, and discover a promising future. For more information about VFH, visit VirginiaHumanities.org.

Support for the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program comes from:

  • The National Endowment for the Arts
  • An Anonymous Donor

This event is free and open to the public.

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Fiddlers Week: Fiddle Styles Showcase

August 7, 2014

Old-time and Bluegrass Fiddle Styles Showcase
Thursday, August 7, 10:30 am
Free and open to the public

Come on out to Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, 100 North Main Street in Galax for a showcase exploring various regional fiddle styles and repertoires and discuss and demonstrate how these local styles changed over time. The advent of the Victrola, then the radio, then TV all had an effect on regional music. Fiddling Arthur Smith and later the advent of bluegrass both had an impact on fiddling styles. The participants will discuss the transitional period before bluegrass was considered to be a separate genre, and how bluegrass fiddling changed after the two genres split.

This showcase will be hosted by Erynn Marshall, an old-time fiddler and ethnomusicologist who published “Music in the Air Somewhere: the Shifting Borders of West Virginia’s Fiddle and Song Traditions” in 2006. She was the Music Program Manager for the Blue Ridge Music Center from 2009-2013. Other participants include Andy Edmonds, who was in Benton Flippen’s old-time band for many years, and currently plays fiddle with the Buckstankle Boys, and play music from the early bluegrass transitional period; Bobby Taylor, who learned to play in an area known for its clean and complex fiddling style as exemplified by Clark Kessinger; TJ Lundy, one of the Lundy family from Galax is a former member of the Hotmud Family and Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass, and plays a traditional bluegrass style; and Corrina Logston, who plays traditional and contemporary bluegrass, currently touring with Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike.

This showcase is supported in part by a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

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Fiddlers Week: Making, Repairing and Restoring Instruments

August 7, 2014

Luthiers' Discussion on the Art of Making, Restoring, and Repairing Stringed Instruments
Thursday, August 7, 1:30 pm
Free and open to the public

Come on out to Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, 100 North Main Street in Galax for a  panel discussion with luthiers focusing on what gives an instrument its voice. The discussion will include topics such as why an old instrument sounds different from a new one, types of things should you consider when restoring an instrument, the types of choices a luthier makes in wood and other materials when building a new instrument, the difference between a new production-made instrument versus those built one at a time, and how simple repairs and adjustments can change the sound of your instrument.

This discussion will include David Sheppard, a certified Martin Warranty Repairman who has been repairing and restoring instruments for nearly 40 years and owner of David Sheppard Instruments; Zack Deming, who has worked repairing, restoring, and building instruments and currently works at Huss and Dalton Musical Instruments; Jackson Cunningham; a luthier who builds fiddles, arch-top guitars, and banjos; and Jayne Henderson, who makes guitars and ukuleles. She learned her craft as an apprentice to her father Wayne Henderson, continuing the family luthier tradition. Also participating is Joe  Thrift, a violin-maker from Surry County, North Carolina. After graduating from the Newark School of Violin Making in England, Joe opened a violin shop in NC where he made, repaired and restored violins, violas and cellos. He is an active member of the Southern Violin Association and recently won awards including First Choice Violin Workmanship, Second Choice Violin Tone and Maker's Choice Best Overall.  Joe also teaches a course in violin making at Surry Community College. 

This showcase is supported in part by a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

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Fiddlers Week: Photography Workshop

August 8, 2014

Seeing Light: a photography workshop with Pat Jarrett of the Virginia Folklife Program
Friday, August 8, 1:00-3:00 pm
Walk-in Workshop
$20 fee
Age 16+

Take a break from the Old Fiddlers' Convention and come to Chestnut Creek School of the Arts, 100 North Main Street in Galax, for this fun walk-in workshop.

In this workshop you will explore how light affects your photo - learn to understand where the light is coming from and use this information to reduce glare, create a focal point, or increase drama in your photos. Pat Jarrett's work can be seen in the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program Exhibit currently on display at Chestnut Creek School of the Arts and at his website.

Stop by the school to register in person any time during Fiddlers' Week, or register when you get there. No experience required!

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Fiddlers Week: Clogging Workshop

August 8, 2014

Introduction to Clogging 
Friday, August 8, 11:00am-12:00 pm
Walk-in Workshop
Rex Theater

$10 fee
Age 12+

Take a break from the Old Fiddlers' Convention and come to the Rex Theater, 113 East Grayson Street in Galax, for this fun walk-in workshop.

On Friday and Saturday evening during the Galax Old Fiddlers' Convention, there's nothing more fun than heading to the boards in the stage area to kick up your heels and dance to the bands. In this workshop you will learn some basic clogging steps so you can hit the boards with confidence! No taps are allowed at the Rex, so wear hard-soled shoes that will slide on the wooden floor. Flip-flops or sneakers are not recommended.

Stop by Chestnut Creek School of the Arts at 100 North Main Street to register in person any time during Fiddlers' Week, or register at the Rex Theater when you get there. No experience required!

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Fiddlers Week: Artists Market

Artists Market Craft Fair
Friday, August 8, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday, August 9, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Come on out to to Chestnut Creek School of the Arts on Friday and Saturday as the lobby is transformed to an Artists Market Craft Fair. Local artists will be demonstrating their craft and selling their work. Come meet the artists and shop for unique hand-crafted items from the area as souvenirs or gifts. 

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This is a series. Please select any of the dates below to register.
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