Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Main Street Buskerfest returns to Abingdon Labor Day weekend

Main Street Buskerfest returns to Abingdon Labor Day weekend

Abingdon, VA – Abingon’s popular festival Main Street Busker Fest returns Saturday September 2, 2017 with a lineup of brand new acts, including sword swallowers, yo-yo artists, psychics and musicians.  The free street festival aims to bring totally unique performers to downtown Abingdon, for a weird and wonderful experience for all ages. After the daytime festival, select acts will return for Buskers After Dark, a 21+ event to benefit Abingdon Main Street.  
“Busking” is an age-old tradition in which artists perform on street corners and play publicly for tips.  Musicians, jugglers, aerialists, acrobats, and more – street artists add character and fun to their communities.  
Now in its third year, Main Street Busker Fest has grown, offering more artists in more locations.  Thanks to support from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the Virginia Tourism Corporation, AMS has scheduled over 30 acts, including 11 new performers from as far away as Colorado, Kansas City, Asheville, and NYC as well as home-grown talent from the Tri Cities area.
Schedule: The fun starts at 11a.m. for the youth and the young at heart with the Imagination Station on the Barter green, sponsored by Paper Moon Studio. From noon until 5 p.m., entertainment can be found all along Main Street. When the sun goes down, adults 21+ are invited to the Abingdon Market Pavilion for Buskers After Dark at 8p.m., a fundraiser featuring roving performances from the best of the buskers (photo ID required to enter, no exceptions). In keeping with the traditions of the festival, attendees are encouraged to bring a “tip” for Abingdon Main Street, aka a donation at the door.   
The 2017 festival features performers like Imagine Circus Aerialists, A Great Distraction (sidewalk chalk art), Nerdy Noah (comedy variety show), Justin Weber Yo-Yo, Jonathan Austin (juggling and magic show) and Rob and Miss Jane (comedy variety show), in addition to musicians, jugglers, clowns, circus performers and psychics. Busker Fest will also feature fantastic local musicians including JP Parsons, Ian Feathers, Pointer Brothers and even students from the high school marching band.
Three anchor stages will offer space for larger acts, with additional performers located along Main Street in downtown Abingdon.  Food trucks will be available, and Abingdon’s downtown restaurants will be open for lunch and dinner.  Downtown merchants are participating in the festival with sidewalk sales and giveaways, turning all of downtown Abingdon into a carnival atmosphere for the day.  
The festival is free, but visitors should plan to bring change so they can show appreciation to their favorite artists with a tip.  Volunteers will be available to help make change, and several ATMs are located on Main Street.
Festival maps will be provided at the event; for a sneak peek at some of the artists performing, visit www.mainstreetbuskerfest.com.
This event is sponsored by the Virginia Tourism Corporation, Virginia Commission of the Arts, Holston Medical Group, and Virginia Highlands Community College. Media sponsors include Bristol Herald Courier, The Loafer, and 99.3 The X.  
For more information, visit www.mainstreetbuskerfest.com or contact Event Coordinator Sara Saavedra at (276) 676-2282 or ssaavedra@abingdon-va.gov.



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Monday, August 7, 2017

Town Talk With Mayor Lowe 8-14-17

Town Talk With Mayor Lowe

On Monday, August 14th, 2017, Mayor Cathy Lowe will hold the next “Town Talk” event. She invites the public to discuss town initiatives, share ideas, ask questions, and connect with others in the community. This FREE event is in a casual, friendly environment and all are welcome.

The August “Town Talk” event will be held at Paper Moon Studio at 4:30PM. Paper Moon Studio is located at 370 East Main Street, Abingdon.

“We are so lucky to have Lindsey and her many talents as part of Abingdon's business community,” said Mayor Cathy Lowe.  “Please join us for Town Talk and get to know about all of the wonderful things she does for the community.”

For more information on “Town Talk,” call 276-451-0439.



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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Custodian-Maintenance Job Opening


The Gallery @ Barr Photographics announces the fourth installment of the Corner Gallery’s 2017 exhibition series

The Gallery @ Barr Photographics announces the fourth installment of the Corner
Gallery’s 2017 exhibition series with an offering of oil paintings by Knoxville, TN artist Gary Dagnan entitled “Inspired By Nature”.

Gary has been drawing and painting since childhood. From a very early age, he was fascinated by how artists were able to create works of art by simply observing the world around them. He was impressed with the well-known illustrators of that time, such as Norman Rockwell, Jon Whitcomb and Stevan Dohanos who created paintings and illustrations for magazines such as Post and Life. He dreamed that he would someday be an artist like them.

Gary was born in the small town of Jasper, Tennessee and grew up in the East Tennessee area. At the age of eleven his family moved to Knoxville, Tennessee where he later attended Bearden high school. He was fortunate to have had an outstanding art teacher, Marilyn Heilman,
who took a special interest in his talent and encouraged him to pursue art as a career.
After high school, Gary attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he majored in Graphic Design with an emphasis on painting and drawing. In his junior year of college Gary was offered a part-time position with the University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service as a graphic designer. After graduating, he accepted a permanent position as Graphic Design Specialist with the Agricultural Extension Service. Gary graduated from the University of Tennessee in
1970, where he earned a BFA degree in Graphic Design and in 1985 an MS degree in Art Education. He retired from the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture where he was employed as a Graphic Designer, Associate Professor and Illustrator for 37 years. He now devotes full time to fine-art painting.

His inspiration comes from the rural landscapes of the East Tennessee area. Most of his paintings are of the mountains, hills, lakes and structures of the East Tennessee area. He gets inspiration from the changing light and colors that come from the distinctly different seasons of the South. Many of his paintings are also of places and scenes where he and his wife, Diane, have traveled. Gary was fortunate that he had teachers, throughout his school years, which recognized his
talent and interest in art. Gary began painting watercolors in 1968, as an art student at the University of Tennessee. His early work was in watercolor, but oil is now his preferred medium. Most of his art is created in his studio from photographic references but he also paints en plein air and often joins a group of artists who paint in various areas around Knoxville. Gary began exhibiting his art in 1970 and had his first solo show in 1971. He has had 16 solo shows. He has participated in numerous national, state and regional art exhibits and his work is represented in more than 400 private and public collections throughout the United States.

            In his artist statement Gary reveals, ““I want my paintings to express that emotional and
spiritual connection that I have with nature. I am more interested in the aesthetics of a scene than I am with documenting a specific place. When someone views my art, I would hope that they would have an emotional as well as a visual connection to the work.”

"Inspired By Nature” will be celebrated with a gala reception and art demonstration by Gary Dagnan, to which the public is cordially invited, on Friday, 11 August from 7 - 9:00 PM in The Gallery @ Barr Photographics, 152 E. Main Street, Abingdon, Virginia. "Inspired By Nature” will hang, and be offered for sale, through 30, September 2017.   The Gallery @ Barr Photographics is housed in the Greenway Trigg Building, located in the heart of Abingdon’s main street historic district.  Please call 276- 628-1486 or visit http://barrphotographics.com for further information.

Photo #1: “Autumn Breeze”, Oil by Gary Dagnan

 

Photo #2: “Loop Road”, Oil by Gary Dagnan


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Revision to Meeting Notice for August 7th, 2017


Public Notice: To All Town of Abingdon BVU Opitnet Customers

Public Notice:

To All Town of Abingdon BVU Opitnet Customers-

During the months of August and September, one or more important votes are likely to happen by BVU board members. These votes will finalize the sale of BVU Optinet to Sunset Communications, a private corporation. If you have any questions or comments about these upcoming votes, please contact Town of Abingdon Council member, Wayne Craig, who is your local representative.

Contact Information:


Phone: 706-255-1888