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Home Craft Days is currently accepting applications for vendors. A

Home Craft Days is currently accepting applications for vendors. A wonderful opportunity for RTM artisans and crafters!
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Home Craft Days

Wampler Library of Mountain Empire Community College is currently accepting applications for craft and food vendors, authors, antique dealers, and demonstrators of Appalachian handicrafts, for our Home Craft Days 2018 festival. This year’s festival will be taking place on the weekend of October 19th – 21st. Being an Appalachian heritage festival, we prefer to feature hand-crafted traditional and contemporary arts and crafts, and regionally favored foods. Interested vendors should check out the FOR VENDORS page on the Home Craft Days website to review our festival guidelines, and to complete an application: www.homecraftdays.org/for-vend.... Our booth fees for the two-day festival are extremely reasonable, and are as follows: $100 for craft vendors - artists - antique dealers, $150 for food vendors, and $50 for authors. Demonstrators may sell their merchandise in addition to demonstrating their craft, and their booth fee is waived. If a larger space is needed, vendors can acquire an adjacent space for an additional fee. Deadline for the submission of applications, all festival-related documents, and registration fee payment, is July 31, 2018; after this date a $25 fee will be charged for late submissions. Those vendors interested in participating in Mountain Empire Community College’s Home Craft Days 2018 festival may contact Krisanne Hickman with Wampler Library by email at khickman@mecc.edu, or by calling 276-523-7468, for more information.

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     Tue, Nov 20th - Barter Theatre  Arts & Culture 0
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     Wed, Nov 28th - Barter Theatre  Arts & Culture 0
    By David Sedaris ~~ Recommended for mature audience due to language and subject matter ~~ This outrageous holiday comedy stars Crumpet, a rebel without a Claus, who recounts his true-life tale of being an out-of-work writer doing a stint as a Macy’s department store elf. His encounters, as an Elf during the season of forced joy, have become a delightful cult classic for those in need of a holly-jolly antidote! A delightfully absurd look at the commercial Christmas season, Sedaris’ sharp and hilarious observations have rapidly become one of the nation’s most popular holiday shows. Barter’s production will feature one of Barter’s favorite actors, Nick Piper, as Crumpet. In Repertory with Wooden Snowflakes~~ Director's Notes The Santaland Diaries , Directors note ~~ Like most actors, I have had my share of survival jobs. Those jobs you do to pay the rent while you’re auditioning to get your “real” job in the theatre. Waitress, word processing, landscaper, sales person, hostess, factory worker, Elf. Yes, I was an Elf in Santaland at Macy’s in New York City.~~ The first time I read David Sedaris’s The Santaland Diaries , I was amazed at how incredibly accurate it was painting the picture of life in Santaland. Of course, his version was far more cynical than my own recollections and memories. I enjoyed being an Elf. After all, it was the holidays and it was sort of like acting. Well, not really, but I could tell myself that to stay sane. I remember the magic window, the huge tree, the snowy maze, being a pointer elf, a photo elf, a cashier elf, all of it. And like David Sedaris, by the time Christmas finally got here I was done with Christmas. Aren't we all?~~ It's easy to do, what with the crowds and the tempers and stress and lack of money and time. With all the commercialization of Christmas and Santa, we tend to forget what it's all really supposed to be about. Which is.... hmmm.... wait, I'll think of it. Well, anyway, I must have enjoyed my experience in Santaland because I came back another year and dressed up as a Christmas tree with two other trees and sang Christmas carols around the store. We were called the Christmas Tree-O, get it? And I was a Flower in the Flower Petal Trio at Easter for the Flower Show. Gee, I probably have just as many stories as David.~~ Thank you for taking time out of your busy holiday schedule to join us and share some Christmas cheer. I hope you enjoy your time in Santaland with Nick (not to be confused with St. Nick) and Crumpet. May it give you a good laugh and stir up some wonderful memories of your own crazy holiday seasons. Happy holidays, and the very best to you and yours in the coming New Year!~~ Cheers,~~ Tricia Matthews – Director, The Santaland Diaries ~~ Cast & Credits CAST: Crumpet: Nicholas Piper ~~ Rehearsal Assistant Stage Manager: Victoria L. Sutton ~~ COLLABORATORS: Director : Tricia Matthews ~~ Costume Designer: Alice Sullivan ~~ Lighting Designer: Camille Davis ~~ Sound Designer: Tony Angelini ~~ Scenic Designer Helen Stratakes ~~ Wig and Makeup Designer: Whitney Kaibel ~~ Stage Manager: Karen Rowe ~~ Photos
  4. Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Nov 27) 27 days. Nov-27th to Dec-2...

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    By Catherine Bush with Music by Dax Dupuy~~ Oh, you better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m telling you why... ~~ This Christmas season has been a tough one for second grader Pepper McGee. It’s hard to hang onto your Christmas spirit when a new baby sister takes everyone’s attention. Pepper’s only hope for a merry Christmas lies with that jolly old elf himself, Santa Claus, who takes her on a magical adventure that changes how she sees Christmas forever.~~ Download study guide. ~~ Cast & Credits Media Sponsor: CW ~~
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     Mon, Dec 3rd - Barter Theatre   0
    ACCLAIMED SINGER-SONGWRITER PETER MAYER RINGS IN THE CHRISTMAS SEASON~~ Musical artist Peter Mayer launches ‘Stars and Promises: A Junkman's Christmas tour for the 2018 holiday season~~ Guitarist and singer Peter Mayer ( Peter Mayer Group, Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band ) brings his 19th annual ‘Stars and Promises’ Christmas Tour, A Junkman's Christmas tour, to Barter Theatre on Monday, December 3rd. The seasonal performance features imaginative arrangements of traditional and original carols, composed and led by Mayer and his ensemble of versatile musicians.~~ “The theme for this year’s Stars and Promises tour is ‘A Junkman’s Christmas,’ which comes from a memory of my father at Christmas who made the most of a forgotten present by weaving together widgets and fix-it objects so that I had another item under the tree,” said Peter Mayer, guitarist and singer for the Peter Mayer Group. “The holiday season is celebrated around the world in song, from concert halls to shopping malls, and we are honored to be a part of families’ yearly traditions as we begin our 19th year of holiday performances.”~~ Mayer is joined by a world class ensemble of musicians, featuring Chris Walters on piano (Bela Fleck, Alabama, J.D. Souther), Miles Vandiver on drums (Tom Kennedy, Ray Kennedy, Brian Owens), Mark Holland on native flute (Autumn’s Child, Oregon), Kristin Weber on violin and fiddle (Lorde, Kacey Musgraves, Lee Ann Womack), Brendan Mayer (guitarist, singer-songwriter, Mailboat recording artist) and Zeb Briskovich (Clark Terry, Grady Tate, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra) on bass. The night will feature a collection of timeless carols, original songs and stories, which celebrate the magical Christmas season when families come together from near and far to share gifts of peace, joy, faith and love. The world-class musical performance is accompanied by a beautiful stage production, lighting and pristine sound. The Stars and Promises tradition is a celebration of story and song that rings in the Christmas spirit.~~ The Peter Mayer Group has helped to raise thousands of dollars for communities throughout the United States that make a significant impact to local charities. In addition a portion of the product sales are given back to the charity or cause of choice.~~ Peter Mayer has released 18 albums to date and tours year round with the Peter Mayer Group. He is the lead guitarist in Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band and has shared the stage with a variety of artists such as James Taylor, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Ringo Starr.~~ Cast & Credits Featured Musicians:~~ Chris Walters (Bela Fleck, Alabama, J.D. Souther) on piano~~ Mark Holland (Autumn’s Child, Oregon) on native flute~~ Brendan Mayer (guitarist, singer-songwriter, Mailboat recording artist) on guitar~~ Zeb Briskovich (Clark Terry, Grady Tate, The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra) on bass~~ Kristin Weber (Lorde, Kacey Musgraves, Lee Ann Womack)on violin and fiddle~~ Miles Vandiver (Tom Kennedy, Ray Kennedy, Brian Owens) on percussion~~ Sponsored By:~~ Carter Trent and Scott County Funeral Homes~~ Empire Ford~~ Nutralic Consulting: Michele and David Hodge~~ Photos Videos
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  8. Elf: The Musical (Nov 20) 4 days. Nov-16th to Nov-20th

     Tue, Nov 20th - Barter Theatre   0
    Book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin ~~ Music by Matthew Sklar Lyrics by Chad Beguelin ~~ Based upon the New Line Cinema film written by David Berenbaum ~~ A hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan who accidentally crawls into Santa’s bag and is taken back to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities force him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh realities that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help remember the true meaning of Christmas. After all, the best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear.~~ Director's Notes The Elf-man Chronicles of Buddy, at Christmas. ~~ Christ·mas \"(‘krisməs)~~ noun ~~ 1.the annual Christian festival celebrating Christ's birth, held‪ on December 25in the Western Church.~~ exclamation ~~ 2. expressing dismay, despair, or surprise.~~ For our hero, BUDDY, the Elf, Christmas 2018 is going be unlike any other he’s had before. This one will be full of surprises . And as surprises often go, some will be great... and others, a little less great. In a matter of minutes, he will discover that his happy and syrup-filled life with Santa Claus has been based on a FIB! Buddy is not an ELF at all, but rather, j ust a human! And his real father works in publishing! whatever that is! So, Buddy embarks on a journey of self discovery, as only Buddy can.We can all identify with his search, full of longing for areal family. To feel the warm embrace of his father, to drink hot cocoa with his stepmom, and to snuggle with his newfound brother. From the snowy drifts of the North Pole to the bustling streets of New York City,Buddy swerves in and out of danger, bringing everyone he meets a proverbial gumdrop full of cheer.~~ And what about us, as we watch this musical from our comfortable seats? Are we capable of Buddy’s good cheer in the face of despair? Can we turn shock and dismay into joy and laughter with our own good nature and a few bars of Jingle Bells?~~ It’s easy to get caught up in the frenzied month of December, all the parties and shopping, the wrapping paper and ribbons. Let’s pause to reflect on the sparklejollyjingletwinkle y-ness of this wonderful life. Let’s learn from Buddy’s discovery. Let’s be inspired by this overgrown Elf-Man. Let’s cruise down Main Street, singing along with our own father, mother, kids, and grandkids. Let’s put our own innate and surprising abundance of sparklejollyjinkgletwinkl ey into this Christmas. And make everyone around us feel as good as a cup full of maple syrup and a ginger snap. What a wonderful Christmas surprise that will be!~~ Susanne Boulle – Director, Elf: The Musical ~~ Cast & Credits CAST: Santa Claus: Rick McVey ~~ Mrs. Claus: Mary Lucy Bivins ~~ Buddy: Zacchaeus Kimbrell ~~ Charlie, an elf: Rusty Allen ~~ Shawanda, an elf: Brandy Drzymkowski ~~ Santa’s Elves: Parker Byun, Sean Maximo Campos, Caroline Lambert, Justin Tyler Lewis, Paris Bradstreet, Hope Quinn, Joshua J. Schwartz, *Lucy Piper, *Connor Gray, *Gracie Bostic, *Milly Rainero, *Kyle McCroskey, *Carly Rutherford ~~ Walter Hobbs: Nick Koesters ~~ Emily Hobbs: Hannah Ingram ~~ Michael Hobbs: * Owen Griffith and Parker Gray ~~ Jovie: Sarah Laughland ~~ Mr. Greenway: Michael Poisson ~~ Deb: Paris Bradstreet ~~ Jogger: Sean Maximo Campos ~~ Souvlaki Cart Guy: Parker Byun ~~ Flyer Guys: Rusty Allen, Joshua J. Schwartz ~~ Business Woman: Brandy Drzymkowski ~~ Teenagers: Caroline Lambert, Hope Quinn ~~ Homeless Man: Michael Poisson ~~ Sam: Joshua J. Schwartz ~~ Security Guards: Sean Maximo Campos, Justin Tyler Lewis ~~ Macy’s Saleswoman: Caroline Lambert ~~ Macy’s Customers: Brandy Drzymkowski, Hope Quinn ~~ Macy’s Manager: Justin Tyler Lewis ~~ Macy’s Elves: Rusty Allen, Parker Byun, Sean Maximo Campos, Brandy Drzymkowski, Caroline Lambert, Joshua J. Schwartz, Hope Quinn ~~ Macy’s Santa: Sean Maximo Campos ~~ Mother: Caroline Lambert ~~ Kid shoppers: * Lucy Piper, *Connor Gray, *Gracie Bostic, *Milly Rainero, *Kyle McCroskey, *Carly Rutherford ~~ Fashionista: Mary Lucy Bivins ~~ Policewomen: Brandy Drzymkowski, Hope Quinn, ~~ Jim: Parker Byun ~~ Chadwick: Rusty Allen ~~ Matthews: Brandy Drzymkowski ~~ Ice Skaters: Caroline Lambert, Sean Maximo Campos, Hope Quinn, Parker Byun, *Kyle McCroskey, *Lucy Piper, *Connor Gray, *Milly Rainero ~~ Fake Santas: Sean Maximo Campos, Brandy Drzymkowski, Rusty Allen, Parker Byun, Joshua J. Schwartz, Caroline Lambert ~~ Waitress: Mary Lucy Bivins ~~ Charlotte, a Newswoman: Hope Quinn ~~ Man in Central Park: Justin Tyler Lewis ~~ Woman in Central Park: Mary Lucy Bivins ~~ Central Park Crowd: Sean Maximo Campos, Brandy Drzymkowski, Rusty Allen, Parker Byun, Joshua J. Schwartz, *Lucy Piper, *Connor Gray, *Gracie Bostic, *Milly Rainero, *Kyle McCroskey, *Carly Rutherford ~~ COLLABORATORS: Director Susanne Boulle ~~ Choreographer Ashley Campos ~~ Music Director Lee Harris ~~ Stage Manager Sara Douglas ~~ Set Designer Hana Lee ~~ Costume Designer Lee Alexander Martin ~~ Wig & Makeup Designer Whitney Kaibel ~~ Lighting Designer Andrew Morehouse ~~ Sound Designer Tony Angelini ~~ Assoc. Music Director & Keyboards Dishon Smith ~~ Percussion Jerry Greene ~~ Assistant Stage Manager Victoria L. Sutton ~~ Dance Captain Ashley Campos ~~ Assistant Dance Captain Caroline Lambert ~~ Corporate Sponsors: ~~ ~~ ~~ Media Sponsors: ~~ ~~ ~~ ~~ Photos
  9. We had so much fun yesterday at our FIRST ANNUAL...

     Mon, Nov 19th - Barter Theatre  Arts & Culture 0
    We had so much fun yesterday at our FIRST ANNUAL Holiday Hustle 5K. Thank you to everyone who participated, cheered on runners, and sponsored the event! We hope you all join us for more fun in the future.

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