Get ready for an exciting Saturday full of storytelling and great music!  As part of the celebration of the Hands and Harvest festival, the Highland County Arts Council is presenting two outstanding performing acts October 12th. 

First, Barbara Spilman Lawson will bring you “Stories with a Twist” at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in the Highland County Public Library’s Mountainview Room.  Barb’s programs are entertaining, interactive and full of wild and wonderful stories and songs from all over the world. As a talented singer and actress, Barb brings to her audiences an action-packed program guaranteed to entertain pre-school children through adults. Those who have seen her agree: “You’ll laugh out loud as you join in on the fun!”


From 7-10 p.m. at The Highland Center, get your groove on with the Original Rhondels.  

The Original Rhondels are a music tradition who have performed their hit recordings in almost every major city in the United States. In 1969, Bill Deal and the Rhondels began a recording career that would take them to Madison Square Garden and across the country. With 3 top 10 hits, “May I”, “I’ve Been Hurt”, and “What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am”, the band hit the road, delighting their audiences with outstanding vocals, powerful brass, and exciting showmanship.

The unexpected passing of Bill Deal in December of 2003 was a great loss to the music industry, however the Original Rhondels continue to perform the great music that earned them a star on the Legends Walk of Fame. With Brian Bleakley on vocals; Steve Ambrose on sax and vocals; Gary Hardy and Rollie Ligart on trumpets; Lee Quisenberry on keys, trumpet and vocals and Sonny Morris on drums and vocals, the Original Rhondels are stronger than ever.

These fantastic October 12th performances will be free for everyone!  Complimentary hard cider will additionally be provided at The Original Rhondels’ show.  Don’t miss out on the fun during the Hands and Harvest Festival in Monterey, VA.

These programs are made possible in part by funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge, and the Charles Pinckney Jones Charitable Trust.

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