Kick off your holiday shopping this weekend at the Virginia...
Kick off your holiday shopping this weekend at the Virginia Artisan Market! This event, co-hosted by Round The Mountain and The Smith River Artisan Trail, will be held at the Dutch Inn in Collinsville, VA on Saturday, October 13th from 10 A.M. - 4 P.M. This event will feature RTM artisans, Nell Fredericksen with Sugar Grove Studios, and Frank Hydal ,The Green Wood Wizard. This indoor event is the perfect way to spend a rainy weekend!
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Kick off your holiday shopping this weekend at the Virginia Artisan Market! This event, co-hosted by Round The Mountain and The Smith River Artisan Trail, will be held at the Dutch Inn in Collinsville, VA on Saturday, October 13th from 10 A.M. - 4 P.M. This event will feature RTM ...
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'Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia's Artisan Network services the Counties of Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise, Wythe, the Cities of Bristol, Galax, Norton and Radford.'Round the Mountain began in the fall of 2004 when former Gov. Mark Warner's Virginia Works Initiative designated funds to develop Southwest Virginia as a major cultural and heritage tourism destination and to begin an artisan and craft advocacy organization. The group received non-profit status in March 2006.
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We have reached out to our members through public-private partnerships to provide educational gatherings and round tables, e-commerce and marketing workshops, and one-on-one coaching for RTM members. With the help of our funding partners, we began a craft registry with several types of membership, and coordinated the development of 15 regional Artisan Trails that span our 19 county region; set jurying standards and procedures for sale of craft work, food and wine at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia's Artisan Gateway, and launched a major educational program to communicate the value of our artisans, farmers and craft venues to our communities and our region.`Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia's Artisan Network supports and provides opportunities for the artisan community in Southwest Virginia.
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Mon, Dec 3rd -
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
Tue, Oct 16th -
“Winner of Barter’s 2018 Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights.” ~~ Recommended for mature audience due to language and subject matter ~~ By Alice Stanley ~~ In the midst of the first gruesomely violent event of the legendary Hatfield and McCoy feud, one woman does what she must to save her family. Sally McCoy tells a harrowing and deeply personal story which takes a hard look at how women’s stories and perspectives are too often excluded from our historical narratives. Set in August 1882, Sally’s three eldest sons are captured by the Hatfield clan. Sally defies her womanly place in the home and crosses miles of Appalachian wilderness in the dark of night to save her children from certain death at the vengeful hands of the Hatfields. After traveling all those miles alone, she arrives at the home of the Hatfield patriarch, “Devil” Anse Hatfield, and refuses to let anything stand in her way until she has seen the “Devil” face to face.~~ SPECIAL TALKBACKS:~~ October 6th: 4 Hatfield/ McCoy family members, the director, and some of the cast~~ October 12th: Neil Warren (historian), the director, and some of the cast~~ October 26-28th: Alice Stanley (the playwright) and some of the cast~~ Director's Notes We all know something or other about the epic feud between the Hatfields and McCoys. It is the stuff of American legend- a tribal tale of bloody vengeance that endured for the last 30 years of the 19th century. Maybe this particular feud sticks in the American psyche because it has all the elements of Shakespearean tragedy: family honor, betrayal, bloodlust, star-crossed lovers, and of course, a stolen pig. It was not nearly the bloodiest feud taking place in our young country at the time, but it would capture the imagination of historians and laymen alike, earning the Tug Fork River region the nickname “Murderland”. Ultimately, these two families believed in their own clan, no matter what, kinfolk above all else. And we need only watch five minutes of the evening news to see that this same mentality burns brightly, even today.~~ Our play is set smack dab in the middle of these violent times, as Sally is surrounded by quick tempered men armed with guns, knives, and their blind hatred of “others” that colored every moment of her life. It does not dwell on big sweeping thoughts of social order, nor the decades of infighting that lead up to this dark night. Rather, it concerns itself with strength and fortitude, the incomparable bond, and resolute convictions of a mother’s love. At a time when wives and daughters were the slaves of the poorest families, who could expect such a woman to be brave? And who would allow her to speak her mind?~~ Family was on Sally McCoy’s mind one night in 1882, as she made her way through the dark and treacherous woods to the old Hatfield home. Family. Her boys. Her everything. It would take epic courage to make this journey, to tiptoe across that threshold, to open her mouth, use her voice, and show her hand. Our Sally is a heroine ahead of her time, speaking truth to power; the consequences be damned.~~ Susanne Boulle~~ Director, Sally McCoy ~~ Cast & Credits Cast: Sally McCoy: Tricia Matthews ~~ Devil Anse Hatfield: Michael Poisson ~~ Valentine Hatfield, Anse’s Brother: Nicholas Piper ~~ Johnse Hatfield, Anse’s Son: Shaan Sharma ~~ Cap Hatfield, Anse’s Son: Rusty Allen ~~ Rehearsal AssistantStage Manager: Victoria L. Sutton ~~ Collaborators: Director: Susanne Boulle ~~ Set Designer: Derek Smith ~~ Original Music: Matt Martin ~~ Costume Designer: Lee Martin ~~ Lighting Designer: Camille Davis ~~ Sound Designer: Tony Angelini ~~ Scenic Designer: Kevin Dudley ~~ Wig and Makeup Designer: Whitney Kaibel ~~ Props Master: Helen Stratakes ~~ Stage Manager: Sara Douglas ~~ Corporate Sponsor: Farris Service Group ~~ Media Sponsor: ~~ Photos Videos
Tue, Oct 16th -
“The Greatest Movie Musical of All Time” ~~ Book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green ~~ Songs by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown ~~ Based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film by special arrangement with Warner Bros Theatre Ventures ~~ “Make ‘Em Laugh,” “You Are My Lucky Star,” “You Were Meant for Me,” “All I do is Dream of You,” and, of course the title song, “Singin’ in the Rain,” are but a few of the wonderful songs from one of the most celebrated and beloved musical films ever made. Live and onstage, these unforgettable scenes, songs and dances will make you laugh, make you sing, wow you with the spectacle of it all, and leave you with a night to remember for the rest of your life.~~ Director's Notes RAIN BRINGS LIFE~~ Rain is refreshing. Rain is life giving. Rain cleanses. And in the case of Singin’ in the Rain , it is also wildly entertaining.~~ Whenever it rains, everyone complains. Yet rain is necessary to our sustenance. Rain makes everything around us alive.~~ The fact that rain brings life was not lost on Betty Comden and Adolph Green when they wrote Singin’ in the Rain . We take great joy in watching a young child play in a mud puddle or splash around in a sprinkler because we see the renewal, joy and refreshing image of being clean again. We experience immense pleasure in watching birds splash in a fountain. So what better image could there possible be for a man falling in love than singing and dancing in the rain? It’s the perfect image of freedom; there’s not a care in the world, even a downpour couldn’t dampen happiness.~~ Don Lockwood singing and dancing in the rain reminds us of our childhood. He is free from the restraint of fame and publicity. But more than that, the rain, and his love of Kathy Seldon, cleanses him. And in the process, he helps to cleanse the world around him by doing what is right and fair.~~ In the meantime, we get to be highly entertained by a boy and his friends splashing, playing, dancing and singing in the rain. If we could only experience that joy every day of our lives!~~ Richard Rose~~ Director, Singin’ in the Rain ~~ Cast & Credits Cast: (In Order of Appearance)~~ Zelda Zanders. famous zip girl: Hope Quinn ~~ J. Cumberland Spendrill, III, Zelda’s escort : Phillip Rast ~~ Rod, Monumental’s press agent: Justin Tyler Lewis ~~ R. F. Simpson, Head of Monumental Pictures: Rick McVey ~~ Mrs. Simpson: Paris Bradstreet ~~ Roscoe Dexter, film director: Nick Koesters ~~ Cosmo Brown: Andrew Hampton Livingston ~~ Don Lockwood: Sean Maximo Campos ~~ Lina Lamont: Hannah Ingram ~~ Bartender: Zacchaeus Kimbrell ~~ Young Don: Parker Byun ~~ Young Cosmo: Joshua J. Schwartz ~~ Burlesque Girl: Sarah Laughland ~~ Bouncer: Zacchaeus Kimbrell ~~ Theatre Manager: Zacchaeus Kimbrell ~~ On Film – “The Royal Rascal”~~ Lina Lamont as the Princess~~ Don Lockwood as Felipe du Bois~~ Fiends: Andrew Hampton Livingston, Tyler Cramer, Jake Dailey, Phillip Rast ~~ The Villain: Nick Koesters ~~ Don’s Fans: Sarah Laughland, Parker Byun,Caroline Lambert, Garrett T. Houston, Katherine Lyle ~~ Kathy Seldon: Kim Morgan Dean ~~ A Policeman: Joshua J. Schwartz ~~ Waiters at The Party: Parker Byun, Garrett T. Houston ~~ Other Party Guest: Zacchaeus Kimbrell, Joshua J. Schwartz ~~ Show Girls at Party: Sarah Laughland, Caroline Lambert, Brandy Drzymkowski, Katherine Lyle ~~ Sam: Zacchaeus Kimbrell ~~ Workmen: Joshua J. Schwartz, Garrett T. Houston ~~ Assistant Directors: Justin Tyler Lewis, Parker Byun, Joshua J. Schwartz ~~ Wardrobe Supervisor: Katherine Lyle ~~ Hairdresser: Brandy Drzymkowski ~~ Camera Man: Phillip Rast ~~ The Tenor in “Beautiful Girl”: Justin Tyler Lewis ~~ Dancers in “Beautiful Girl”: Sarah Laughland, Caroline Lambert, Hope Quinn, ~~ Brandy Drzymkowski, Katherine Lyle ~~ Sid Phillips, Director: Zacchaeus Kimbrell ~~ Miss Dinsmore, Lina Lamont’s Vocal Coach: Paris Bradstreet ~~ Don’s Diction Teacher: Zacchaeus Kimbrell ~~ Lady-in-Waiting: Sarah Laughland ~~ On Film – “The Dueling Cavalier”~~ Lina Lamont as Yvonne~~ Don Lockwood as Pierre de Battaille~~ Lady-in-Waiting – Sarah Laughland ~~ Manservant – Phillip Rast ~~ Rouge Noir of the Purple Terror – Nick Koesters ~~ Audience After the Preview: Ensemble ~~ Man Walking Street in the Rain: Parker Byun ~~ “Broadway Melody”~~ People on streets of Broadway – The Ensemble ~~ Broadway Agents – Zacchaeus Kimbrell ~~ Don’s Boys – Parker Byun, Joshua Schwartz ~~ The Speak Easy Patrons – The Ensemble ~~ Gangsters – Justin Tyler Lewis, Garrett T. Houston, Phillip Rast ~~ The New Kid in Town – Caroline Lambert ~~ Finale – T he Ensemble ~~ On Film – “The Dancing Cavalier”~~ Lina Lamont as Yvonne~~ Don Lockwood as Pierre de Battaille~~ Rouge Noir of the Purple Terro – Nick Koesters ~~ Lady-in-Waiting – Sarah Laughland ~~ Manservant – Phillip Rast ~~ Collaborators: Director: Richard Rose ~~ Choreographer: Amanda Aldridge ~~ Tap Choreographer: Andrew Hampton Livingston ~~ Assistant Choreographer: Ashley Campos ~~ Music Director: Lee Harris ~~ Set Design: Dan Ettinger ~~ Costume Design: Amanda Aldridge ~~ Assistant Costume Designer: Ashley Campos ~~ Wig & Makeup Designer: Whitney Kaibel ~~ Lighting Design: Andrew Morehouse ~~ Sound Design: Tony Angelini ~~ Assistant to the Choreographer: Sarah Laughland ~~ Dance Captain: Ashley Campos ~~ Stage Manager: Cindi Raebel ~~ Assistant Stage Manager: Victoria L. Sutton ~~ Corporate Sponsors: Johnston Memorial Hospital ~~ ~~ ~~ Media Sponsors: ~~ ~~ ~~ ~~ ~~ Photos Videos
Sun, Oct 14th -
Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown ~~ Book by Marsha Norman ~~ Based on the novel by Robert James Waller ~~ Based on the best-selling novel, a forbidden love affair between a photographer and a housewife changes them forever. This sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross will leave you breathless. With a soaring score, this powerful musical captures the lyrical expanse of America’s heartland along with the yearning entangled in the eternal question “What if...?”~~ Director's Notes THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY~~ “There are songs that come free from the blue-eyed grass, from the dust of a thousand country roads. This is one of them.” So begins the book The Bridges of Madison County written by Robert James Waller in 1992. Appropriate, then, that this incredible book, and popular movie, would become a 2014 Tony award winning musical. The lush romantic score written by Jason Robert Brown ( The Last Five Years , Parade , Songs for a New World ) and beautiful script by playwright Marsha Norman (‘ night, Mother, The Secret Garden, The Color Purple ) take us into the lives of Francesca Johnson and Robert Kincaid and their beautiful love story.~~ There have been several times in my life when a play comes along that I “need”. A story that strikes chords and pushes buttons in me that I need to listen to, I need to hear its message. The Bridges of Madison County is one such story. This music, these words, these people touch places in my heart and soul and shake me to my very core. I have been moved by the truth of this tale, and it has made my heart open up to the possibilities of true love and romance, of destiny and forever.~~ At the end of chapter one, Robert James Waller writes: “In an increasingly callous world, we all exist with our own carapace of scabbed-over sensibilities. Where great passion leaves off and mawkishness begins, I’m not sure. But our tendency to scoff at the possibility of the former and to label genuine and profound feelings as maudlin makes it difficult to enter the realm of gentleness required to understand the story of Francesca Johnson and Robert Kincaid. If, however, you approach what follows with a willing suspension of disbelief, as Coleridge put it, I am confident you will experience what I have experienced. In the indifferent spaces of your heart, you may even find, as Francesca Johnson did, room to dance again.”~~ Tricia Matthews~~ Director, The Bridges of Madison County ~~ Cast & Credits Cast: Francesca Johnson: Hannah Ingram ~~ Robert Kincaid: Sean Maximo Campos ~~ Carolyn: Hope Quinn ~~ Richard “Bud” Johnson: Nick Koesters ~~ Michael: Zacchaeus Kimbrell ~~ Marge: Paris Bradstreet ~~ Charlie: Rick McVey ~~ Marian: Kim Morgan Dean ~~ Chiara: Sarah Laughland ~~ Collaborators: Director: Tricia Matthews ~~ Musical Director: Dishon Smith ~~ Set Designer: Derek Smith ~~ Lighting Designer: Camille Davis ~~ Costume Designer: Jane Alois Stein ~~ Sound Designer: Tony Angelini ~~ Stage Manager: Cindi A. Raebel ~~ Corporate Sponsor: ~~ Media Sponsor: ~~ ~~ Photos Videos
Tue, Nov 20th -
By Catherine Bush ~~ Trapped on Christmas Eve because her car slid off the icy Kentucky road, Eve Lawson, a cynic who refuses to believe in Santa Claus, finds herself in the home of Simon Peter Whitaker, a woodcarver and expert on Christmas, who is dressed as Santa. Believer and unbeliever find themselves clashing time and time again as old wounds struggle to be healed by the Love that is Christmas. Join us for an evening of humor, surprises and joy as written by one of Barter’s favorite authors.~~ In Repertory with The Santaland Diaries~~ Director's Notes CHRISTMAS MAGIC~~ This is the time of year when we look for flying reindeer, when we hook up twinkly lights against the darkening nights, when we focus our hearts towards the magical and the miraculous. But what do we mean when we talk about Christmas magic?~~ I was recently watching an interview with Derek DelGaudio, renowned magician, and, in it, he talks about what magic actually is to him. He shows a simple trick in which he puts a ball in his hand, closes it, lets you tap his hand, and then shows you that the ball has disappeared by opening his hand again. The way he sees it, the moment of magic is not the reveal of his empty hand, but rather, the moment just before he’s re-opened his hand—the moment you believe the ball has vanished.~~ I know what he means. I think we can all recognize that lift of our hearts when our belief has flapped its wings. “A thrill of hope” as the Christmas song says. It’s not just that something mysterious has happened outside of us; something has shifted inside us as well. We are a part of the mystery.~~ If magic- and indeed miracle, magic’s deep and truthful cousin- is so rooted in belief, what are we to do in a world as cynical as ours? What is it to believe in the face of real pain, real disappointment, real loss- in the face of day-in-and-day-out real life that feels so undecidedly un-magic?~~ That’s what Simon and Eve have to try to discover in this play. It’s what we all have to find out. We have to figure out how to open ourselves in the real world, in the painful, in the annoying, in the times we wish we could back away from other people who believe differently than we do, in the times when we think all is lost — in that millisecond before the magician’s hand opens, we have to seek to believe in each other and in things bigger than we are. Christmas comes to us at the very darkest moment of the year and whispers to us that something could be worth believing in, and against all our real world training and street smarts, we’ve got to lean into that. We’ve got to.~~ Katy Brown~~ Director, Wooden Snowflakes ~~
Wed, Nov 28th -
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~~
Fri, Nov 16th -
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.~~ Cast & Credits Corporate Sponsors: ~~ ~~ ~~ Media Sponsors: ~~ ~~ ~~ ~~
Wed, Oct 17th -
PLEASE NOTE: The location of this event is at 1315 Euclid Avenue Bristol, VA 24201 Barter Theatre is pleased to host it's first ever haunted house this Halloween season. Barter Theatre's House of Carnage is your one stop fright night. Benefitting the Silver Linings Fund, Barter Theatre's House of Carnage was created from the minds behind the sets of your favorite Barter Theatre productions. Get your tickets to see this exclusive Halloween attraction today.~~ Tickets for Adults 12 and over are $15~~ There will be three kid friendly nights on October 10, 17, and 24. Kids 5-11 are $5.00~~ Tickets are sold online but will be available for CASH ONLY at the door.~~ This event takes place at 1315 Euclid Avenue in Bristol Va (beside Ollies)~~ **The haunted house will use strobe light effects**~~ **Attraction goers must be able to maneuver through tight spaces and up and down stairs**~~ ~~ Photos
Tue, Nov 27th -
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 ~~