The Stokes County Arts Council is a community organization that.....

  • Touches the lives of more than 20,000 people of all ages each year.
  • Provides affordable cultural and leisure time activities for every member of the family.
  • Reaches Stokes County children from grades K-12 with FREE programs that encourage creativity and build self esteem.
  • Gives local artists a venue for their work so that their talents can be appreciated by everyone.
  • Boosts tourism & economic development, drawing people and businesses to a community that is culturally alive & exciting.
  • Enhances the quality of life, quickens the mind and refreshes the Spirit!!

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41st Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan - scheduled for September 12 & 13

Danbury, N.C. – Moratock Park in Danbury will once again be the center of Stokes County’s cultural universe on September 12 & 13 as the Stokes County Arts Council presents the 41st Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan. Held on the banks of the beautiful Dan River, the 41st Stomp will once again showcase the best in traditional and Americana music groups, visual arts and craft demonstrations, river activities, dance troupes, children’s area visual and performing arts and a kids dulcimer workshop on Sunday, and local food vendors.

A stellar lineup of musical talent will be featured on the Main Stage and include Alan Bibey and Grasstowne performing two sets on Saturday and Terry Baucom’s Dukes of Drive performing two sets on Sunday. Additional Saturday Main Stage performances will include the North, South, and West Stokes Marching Bands, Tyler Nail Trio, Mason Via, Last Minute Band, Sunrise Shadow, Brother Brothers, and a dance performance by Miss Joyce’s Dance Studio. Additional Sunday Main Stage performances will include David Via, SOLFLO, The Barefoot Hippies, Taylor Vaden and Memphis Thunder, and a dance performance by CC Dance Company.

Led by Stokes County native and mandolin legend Alan Bibey, Grasstowne returns to the Stokes Stomp after a seven year absence with a brand new lineup. Joining Alan this year will be Justin Jenkins on banjo, Gena Britt on bass, and Greg Luck on guitar. Their long anticipated project “Grasstowne 4” with Mountain Fever Records will be released prior to the IBMA’s in October of this year and has already produced two hit singles, “This Old Guitar and Me” and “Cold Dark Ground.”

The Dukes of Drive are led by banjo extraordinaire Terry Baucom along with Joey Lemons on mandolin, Will Jones on guitar, and Joe Hannaback on bass. The Stomp audience can expect hard-driving Bluegrass featuring material from Terry’s last two recording projects, as well as some of the signature songs he recorded while a member of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, IIIRD Tyme Out and Blue Ridge. Baucom’s recording, “The Rock”, spent eleven weeks this summer at #1 on the Bluegrass Today chart and features Dukes of Drive lead singer and Stokes County native, Joey Lemons.

Kid’s activities will also be in abundance at the 41st Stomp including supervised kayak floats on the Dan River, the Young Artist Tent, and the Next Generation Stage with a performance lineup that includes Charity Hampton, CC Dance Company, Maya Burgess and Sandy Uselton, Anika and Django Burgess, Miss Joyce’s Dance Studio, Brunjes Suzuki Studio, Lisa Visek, Happy Sounds Kids Dulcimer clinic/performance, and Melissa Poff.

The 41st Stokes Stomp parade will begin at 10am on Saturday, September 12 with the Town of Danbury’s annual Stokes Stomp Parade and this year’s theme “Stokes County Holidays Remembered.”

YVEDDI will once again provide a shuttle service from the Stokes County Government Center parking lot to the Stokes Stomp on Saturday from 11am until 6:30pm and on Sunday from 11am until 5:30pm.

The Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan is organized each year by the Stokes County Arts Council and remains a FREE Admission, FREE parking event thanks to sponsorship support provided by the Reynolds American Foundation, Duke Energy Foundation, River Bank Fund, Pepsi Bottling Ventures, NewBridge Bank, NC Arts Council, Winston-Salem Foundation / Bill Johnson Trust, Danbury General Store, Artists Way Creations, Burroughs Funeral Home, Ms. Lenora Brown, Town of Danbury, Dan River Company, Industrial Fire & Safety, Sam’s Pizza, Rainbow Print & Copy, Tar Heel Paddlers Association, Horne Creek Farm, and Stokes Pharmacy.

Safety, parking, medical, and maintenance support for the Stokes Stomp is provided by the Danbury Volunteer Fire Department, Stokes Public Works, Stokes County District Resource Center, Stokes County Sheriff’s Department, and Stokes County Emergency Medical Services.

For more information on the 41st Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan, including the complete entertainment lineup and parking/shuttle plan, visit our Stokes Stomp page, call 336-593-8159 or contact us via e-mail at stokesarts@co.stokes.nc.us.

FORMS:


Stokes Stomp, September 12, 2015  9:30am - 6:00pm

Main Stage Entertainment Schedule 

9:30 - 10:15am Tyler Nail Trio
10:00 - 11:00am Stokes Stomp Parade
At Parade Conclusion - North, South & West Stokes Marching Bands
12:00 - 12:45pm Mason Via
1:00 - 1:45pm The Last Minute Band
2:00 - 2:45pm Sunrise Shadow
3:15 - 4:00pm Alan Bibey & Grasstowne
4:15 - 5:00pm Brother Brothers
5:15 - 6:00pm Alan Bibey & Grasstowne

Miss Joyce's Dance Studio will perform
2:45-3:15pm

Children's Next Generation Stage Entertainment Schedule 

1:00 - 1:30pm Anika & Django Burgess
1:45 - 2:15pm Charity Hampton
2:30 - 3:00pm Brunjes Suzuki
3:15 - 3:45pm The Barefoot Hippies
4:00 - 4:30pm Miss Joyce's Dance Co.

Stokes Stomp, September 13, 2014 11am - 5:00pm

Main Stage Entertainment Schedule

11:00 - 11:45am David Via & the Allstars
12:00 - 12:45pm SOLFLO
1:00 - 1:45pm The Barefoot Hippies
2:00 - 2:45pm Taylor Vaden & Memphis Thunder
3:00 - 3:45pm Terry Baucom's Dukes of Drive
4:15 - 5:00pm Terry Baucom's Dukes of Drive

CC Dance Company will perform
3:45 - 4:15pm

Children's Next Generation Stage Entertainment Schedule 

1:00 - 1:30pm Lisa Visek - Storytime
1:45 - 2:15pm Happy Sounds Kids Dulcimer
2:30 - 3:00pm CC Dance Company
3:15 - 3:45pm Melissa Poff


Reach the Peaks - Advanced Registration is Over

Advanced Registration for our 2015 event on September 26th is over. This year we have two challenges: a hiking challenge and a trail running challenge. Same day registration will be available at the Hanging Rock Visitor's Center Parking Lot.

Reach The PeaksHiking Challenge

Reach the Peaks is the premier single day hiking challenge in North Carolina.  The event offers a strenuous 11 mile world class trail route that will test participants to summit the five major peaks of Hanging Rock State Park, including Moore’s Knob, Cook’s Wall, House Rock, Wolf Rock, and Hanging Rock. Day of Registration is $35 per person.  The Hiking Portion of the 2015 Reach the Peaks Challenge will be limited to the first 500 participants to sign up, whether Advance or Day of.  Advance Registration will receive an event t-shirt, stainless steel water bottle, water, trail map, post-hike meal/beverage, and trail safety team sweeps.  Day of Registration will receive water/fruit, trail map, post-hike meal/beverage, and trail safety team sweeps.  Participants who complete the challenge will receive a specially created embroidered patch, and join a select group of hikers who have completed this single day hiking challenge. Dog registration is $15 per dog, with each receiving a Reach the Peaks bandana (and patch should they complete the hike).  Only well-behaved dogs welcomed, with ALL dogs required to be on a leash throughout the entire event. Dog participants must bring documentation of most recent rabies vaccine and bordetella vaccine.

Trail Running Challenge

Reach the Peaks is the premier trail running peak challenge in North Carolina.  The event offers a strenuous 11 mile world class trail route that will test participants to summit the five major peaks of Hanging Rock State Park, including Moore’s Knob, Cook’s Wall, House Rock, Wolf Rock, and Hanging Rock.  THIS EVENT IS NOT A RACE. A Timer will be located at the START/FINISH line, but all trail running participants are responsible to record their own time.  Day of Registration on September 26th is $35 per person.  Advance Registration will receive an event t-shirt, stainless steel water bottle, water/fruit, trail map, post-hike meal/beverage, and trail safety team sweeps.  Participants who complete the challenge will receive a specially created embroidered patch, and join a select group of trail runners who have completed this challenge. NO DOGS will be allowed on the Trail Running portion of the Reach the Peaks Challenge.

Carole BryantStokes County Arts Council to feature Bill & Carole Bryant in the Apple Gallery - August 26th - September 22nd

An opening reception will be held in honor of Carole and Bill Bryant on Friday, August 28th, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Apple Gallery at the Stokes County Arts Council, 500 N. Main Street, Danbury. The exhibit will be on display August 26th through September 22, 2015.

Bill and Carole have been married for over 50 years and for much of that time have shared a passionate interest in both art and crafts.

Bill's earliest interests were in photography and electronics. After attending Guilford College where he majored in math and physics, Bill worked in industry for a number of years. Carole always loved working with color and from an early age designed and sewed her own clothing. She studied oil painting and earned an Associate Arts Degree while taking care of their home and raising two sons.

Bill and Carole then opened and ran a custom antique renovation and furniture refinishing business for a number of years. During that time, Carole returned to school and became a registered nurse and Bill changed focus to earn a degree in electronics and worked in that industry until his retirement. During their careers, they continued to be active in art and crafts.

While working as a nurse, Carole realized that in order to maintain good health, the two of them needed to exercise regularly. With that goal, they began studying social ballroom dance. Dance became a passion that they have shared for over 25 years. After retirement for Bill (and early retirement for Carole) the couple taught Social Ballroom Dance Classes for eleven years, introducing dance to over 250 students.

Bill and Carole BryantAfter retiring, Bill and Carole studied cabinetmaking and set up their own woodworking shop. Retirement also allowed Bill and Carole to reenergize their involvement in photography and fine art. Since 2003, Carole has been active in studying and producing art, primarily oils, watercolors, and pastels. Bill is active in digital photography and frequently enters competitions. Carole photographs her own art references for her studio art as well as painting en plein air. They also mat and frame their own work.

Bill and Carole consider that their greatest accomplishment has been raising two fine sons and interacting with the two of them and their families, two wonderful daughters-in-law and three grandchildren.

The Stokes County Arts Council would like to invite the public to meet the artists at the opening reception on August 28th. The viewing of this exhibit and reception is free and open to the public. The Apple Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For additional information, contact Stokes Arts at (336) 593-8159.

community foundationSTOKES ARTS RECEIVES RIVERBANK FUND GRANT

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region announced today eight grant awards totaling $237,500 from the RiverBank Fund, including a $500.00 grant to the Stokes County Arts Council in support of river activities at the 41st Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan, scheduled for September 12 & 13 in Danbury. The Fund was established last year to gather donations throughout Virginia and North Carolina earmarked for the protection and revitalization of the Dan River.

The grant award to the Stokes County Arts Council will support river education and awareness at the 41st Stokes Stomp, including festival marketing, Dan River Company children and adult canoe/kayak demonstrations, boat and swimming river safety clinics, river conservation information, and stand-up paddle board demonstrations.

“We are honored to have been chosen by The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region for this grant, and for being the only cultural arts organization funded” stated Stokes Arts Director Eddy McGee. “The Dan River is an enormous tourism and economic development asset that Stokes Arts will continue to promote and organize projects and activities around” he added.

The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region is a public charity established in September 1996 by a steering committee of civic leaders to improve and enrich area lives through the generosity of donors and has already returned more than $17 million in community grants and scholarships. The office can be reached at 541 Loyal Street, Danville, VA, 24541, (434) 793-0884 or at www.cfdrr.org or www.RiverBankFund.org

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