June 2021 Newsletter

June 2021 HCAC Newsletter

Download your copy of the June Newsletter!

Mark your Calendar June 12th, 2pm Concert: Larnell Starkey & The Spiritual Seven

Lift your spirits with the soulful sounds of Larnell Starkey & The Spiritual Seven gospel singers coming to the Highland County Fairgrounds June 12 at 2 p.m.

This highly acclaimed group is performing as part of the Arts Council’s Second Saturdays Series.

Larnell Starkey & The Spiritual Seven have been singing together for over 40 years. Their music, a zestful blend of traditional gospel with a twist of contemporary, showcases the group’s amazing vocal harmonies from the high flying falsettos of the first tenor, to the deep rich sounds of the low bass.

This ensemble has performed for and been loved by people of different races, creeds and origins. Known as the “Gospel Temptations,” this award-winning ensemble has toured across the United States and internationally, performing for audiences of 300 to 30,000. 

You can purchase tickets through Eventbrite by clicking the link via our website: www.highlandcountyartscouncil.org

LIVE IN PERSON AT The Highland County Fairgrounds in Monterey, VA.

In case of rain, the show will be cancelled. Please visit our website or Facebook page the day of the show for confirmation.

Terra Voce Memorial Concert: Aug 7

The Highland County Arts Council will host a special concert on August 7 at the Highland Center. The performance features Virginia Commission for the Arts musicians, the Terra Voce Trio.

The Trio is noted for its virtuosity, conversational style of presentation, and genre-‐expanding programs that explore an uncommon mix of classical and traditional folk music styles. It is said, “Their concerts defy expectations.”

Terra Voce has appeared on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, in the Christ Chapel Chamber Series at New York City’s Riverside Church, and as finalists in the National Flute Association’s Chamber Music Competition.

The evening is a memorial concert arranged by the family of Dorcas Lohr. It is open to all.

Donations may be made to the Arts Council which is hosting the event.

Artist website: www.terravoce.com

Highland Arts Academy: REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

The Highland Arts Academy website is now open for registrations for the Summer 2021 Workshops

Now in its 3rd year, The Highland Arts Academy has a full line up of workshops including:

  • June 11: Eco Printing (Beginners)
  • June 12: Eco Printing (Experienced
  • June 25: Whisk Brooms- All Things Whisk
  • June 26: Sweeper Brooms
  • July 22-24: Print Making
  • NEW July 19-21 & July 27-29: Pottery
  • August 5-7: Barn Quilt Making
  • August 12-14: Basketry
  • August 19-21: Photography

To find out more about workshops, their talented instructors, and to register for your favorite, visit www.highlandartsacademy.com.

Several workshops filled up quickly in previous years and are doing so again.

Creativity Corner: Dan Solomon

For as long as I can remember I have always enjoyed working with my hands to make something I thought would be useful. In my early twenties I discovered furniture making when I took a woodworking class at a local high school and fell in love with the craft. I have continued making wooden objects well into my retirement years enjoying the process of making something come to life.

There is a challenge to working with wood that I enjoy. It is similar to working on a jigsaw puzzle when there is a point when the piece come together to show a final form. The wood itself has its own character too and ofte

n has beautiful surprises when the finish is applied to bring out its own charactier. It’s a truly wonderful organic process. 

Most of what I have made stays in our home. I have made several pieces of furniture that go together in style to make our sitting room. 

Sometimes I will make smaller objects like a gift box or a lamp that may have an Asian style to it. Lately, it has been two beds with inlaid head and foot boards. I like to pick things I have not done before to give myself a challenge and learn some new technique.

Getting into the trance of making furniture is a wonderful and relaxing time for me.



Arts Council Summer Season

The Highland County Arts Council will not take a vacation at the conclusion of the 2020-2021 season. It will continue its performances through the summer months.

On July 10th, the Arts Council will join with the Monterey Lions to provide an evening of music and food at The Highland Center Pavilion. The Lions’ chicken will be available for a picnic on the lawn. Bring a chair, a picnic basket, and enjoy a summer’s evening with music.

On August 21st, Storytelling Tall and Short will feature local storytellers and musicians in an evening at The Church of the Old Oak. Norma and Bucky Reynolds, two of Highland’s finest storytellers are putting together an evening of words and music that will demonstrate the power of language.

Completing the summer season on September 11th, Lori Botkin, Executive Director of the Highland Historical Society, will provide a musical evening at the Society’s Mansion House in McDowell.

The Summer Season is possible because of the funds provided by the Little Swiss Fund which allowed us to purchase the Arts Council’s trailer. Designed by Gary Kirby, the trailer holds a portable stage and lights, and sound equipment and allows the Council to take its programming across Highland County.

AMSP Performs


Three of the youngest players (L to R): Lucy Sax, Ida Farrel, and Rosemary Witman performed with the orchestra

The Allegheny Mountain Strings Program performed at the inaugural Highland Farmers’ Market on May 28th!

Picture courtesy of Kim Wolfe






Without the support of the following organizations, the Highland County Arts Council would not be able to provide the programming that is its hallmark.

The Virginia Commission for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts

The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge

The Little Swiss Fund

The Charles Pinckney Jones Foundation

© Highland County Arts Council | Site design by Augusta Free Press LLC