Stay Home and Attend The Highland County Arts Council’s Variety Show December 12th

On Saturday evening, The Highland County Arts Council is presenting a variety show as part of it’s Second Saturday at Seven concert series.   It’s celebrating the Arts Council’s twenty eighth anniversary of bringing the arts to Highland County.  The Arts Council has done these variety shows in the past, but this year is a little different.  Because of COVID restrictions, you can attend from the comfort of your own home.

Clair Myers is a member of the Highland County Arts Council and he’s the Host of the show.

“It really was Rick Hill, who’s been doing his Sunday morning services online, and he’s the one that persuaded every one that we ought to continue rather than cancelling, as I suggested,” says Myers.  “And so here we are streaming it with some local performances, but mostly all recorded and mixed in by Rick Hill for that evening.”

The performance will be in honor of the Highland County Arts Council’s long-time friend Susan Blanchard and the show will feature local performers.

“Chip Hill is doing one of his stories about the mountain man up here and Mike Bedwell has decided that he will become the jokester of Highland and will tell a few jokes as part of the show,” says Myers. “My daughter, Claire Sax, is singing and the Highland County String Program is also performing, as is Rick Hill on the dulcimer and Jason Canze will join The Boogie Kings with his saxophone.  So, it’s a nice variety of things that day.”

The musical group Saturday evening is The Boogie Kings from the Shenandoah Valley.  Richard Adams is a member of the group and he’s the Musical Director for the variety show.

“I think it’s a great idea,” says Adams. “It’s going to be entertaining.  One of the reasons it’s entertaining is because Highland County is a small place, and a lot of people know everybody.  It makes it all the better that you kind of know the players that are doing the show.  To me it kind of reflects the community itself.  It’s a good community and you’re adding technology in a not such a happy time to make a happy event.”

The variety show will be live streamed Saturday evening, December 12, at 7 o’clock on the Highland County Arts Council’s Facebook page.  The Arts Council is also holding a silent auction with the show.  Items will be available for viewing on the Facebook page.

The Highland County Arts Council is a supporter of Allegheny Mountain Radio.

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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