Looking for something fun to do this month? Marion has got you covered! There are several events taking place throughout the month of April that are sure to be a blast!
Art on 16 Contemporary Gallery – April Artist
Richmond artist Nancy Jacey’s radiant, large scale paintings will be on view at Art on 16 Contemporary Gallery in Marion for the month of April. The work will be displayed from April 4 through May 2, with an opening reception on April 7 at 7:00pm, at Art on 16 Contemporary Gallery, 324 S. Commerce St., in Marion, VA.
These large, mostly floral paintings in pure, glorious color are refreshing and unapologetically joyful. They capture and exalt simple beauty and everyday detail, detail of the kind we might ordinarily walk past without noticing, but that is here brought to vivid life in large scale. These are amazingly gutsy paintings, in this age of irony, playing with popular idioms but still managing to be strikingly fresh. Perhaps beauty and joy need no further explanation, other than to say that these paintings make one reflect on how rare those commodities often seem.
In addition to being a professional artist and illustrator, Jacey has been teaching painting and drawing courses to students of all ages since 2003 at various art foundations and centers in Georgia, Florida and Virginia. She currently teaches at her own studio, The Jacey Gallery, located in the west end of Richmond. She received a BFA in Studio Art from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and an MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design in Illustration. Her artwork has been exhibited extensively throughout Florida, Georgia and Virginia, and has been featured in many national magazines.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 to 6:00, or by appointment. Please call 801-318-8419 or visit www.arton16.com
Appalachian Spirit Galley – Opens for the season in April
The Appalachian Spirit Gallery is officially open for the season! Members of the gallery will be organizing and hanging new art, photography, jewelry, fiber art, woodturnings, baskets and much more! Please stop by anytime that you see the “Gallery Open” sign hanging from the porch or call (276)706-2909. Regular hours and Second Fridays Artwalk featuring guest artists and live music will begin in May.
Appalachian Spirit Gallery is located at 144 West Main Street in downtown Marion.
Spirit Railroad Express – 2018 Opening Event to be held on Saturday, April 7th
Beginning Saturday, April 7th, The Spirit Railroad Express, located underneath the Appalachian Spirit Gallery at 144 West Main Street in downtown Marion, will be open for the season! Open on Saturdays, 11am – 3pm and during the Second Friday’s Artwalks, April – December, Spirit Railroad Express is open to the general public at no cost. The museum displays model trains in HO – O and s gauges, offering displays on twelve separate tracks.
Fish On! Free Fishing Event for Kids
Kick off the spring fishing season on Saturday, April 7th, 8:30m – 1pm! Special stocking for Heritage Day from Riverbend Park to the Pump House at Holston Hills. Fly fishing instructions, Frisbees for kids, win prizes, and more! No charge for fishing! Participants 16 years and older must have a Virginia fishing license and a trout license. All other Virginia fishing regulations will apply. Sponsored by the Town of Marion and the Mt Empire Trout Unlimited Chapter. Register at the Marion Amphitheatre in Riverbend Park. For more info, email email@example.com.
Mount Pleasant Preservation Society Museum to highlight Lucy H. Crockett throughout April
On Friday, April 27th, local Genealogist Margaret Linford will speak on the life of Lucy H. Crockett during a program entitled “Remembering Lucy.” The event will be held at the Mount Pleasant Preservation Society Museum, located at 318 South Main Street in Marion.
Crockett was an incredibly talented individual who served our troops and country in the Red Cross during World War II and returned here to live out the remainder of her life in Smyth County, Virginia.
Additionally, the museum will be highlighting an exhibit about Lucy H. Crockett, including her life, literature and illustrations that were held at the William King Art Center a few years ago.
If you are interested in visiting the museum, please set up an appointment with William Fields, Executive Director at (276)685-9184.
Hungry Mother State Park Programs
• Spring Migrant Bird Hikes – Spring has finally arrived. There were 82 bird species spotted last year at Hungry Mother, and they’re wanting to increase those numbers this year by spotting more bird species than ever! Go birding with Randy Smith every week this spring and start your own bird list as we add to the parks birding list! All hikes begin at 9am at the Discovery Center, unless otherwise noted. Dates for the hikes are: April 6th, 13th, 22nd (7am), 27th and May 5th. Event is FREE!
• Earth Day Activities – Celebrate Earth Day in the best way this spring! Throughout the day, Hungry Mother will have guided hikes led by volunteers, each with a focus on a special part that makes the Earth whole.
7am: Early Morning Bird Walk – Join bird enthusiast Randy Smith to celebrate the beginning of spring, with a bird walk throughout the park. You are encouraged to bring along field guides and binoculars. Meet at the Discovery Center. Event is FREE!
9am: Wild about Wildflowers – Enjoy a walk with Master Naturalist, Melanie Smith and discover the various wildflowers in bloom during the spring season. Bring along your camera to capture the spring beauty. Meet at the Spillway Parking Lot. Event is FREE!
11am: Find Your Tree Hike – Arborist, Kevin Sigmon will be discussing a few tips and tricks for identifying trees. Take a short hike to see the diversity of trees at Hungry Mother and find your favorite tree! Meet at The Restaurant at Hungry Mother. Event is FREE!
1pm: Wild Harvest – Have you ever wondered if a plant or flower has any medical uses or if it is edible? Carrie Sparks, Master Naturalist, will guide you on a hike pointing out different plants and their significance along the way. Bring water and wear comfortable shoes! Meet at the Boat Ramp off Mitchell Valley Road. Event is FREE!
• Erase the Dace: Volunteer Experience – Join herpetologist and Virginia Highlands professor, Kevin Hamed; Department of Game and Inland Fisheries biologist, Mike Pinder; and District Resource Specialist, Jordan Blevins for a unique volunteer opportunity.
Discover what qualifies as an invasive species with Jordan. Kevin and Mike discuss the Mountain Red Belly Dace, a small but invasive fish that inhabits the creeks at the park. Learn what detrimental effects this Dace has on the surrounding environment and assist with removal of the invasive species from the creek. This program is free volunteer opportunity. Wear clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting dirty and wet.
For more information about special events at Hungry Mother State Park, please call (276)781-7400.
Shows at The Lincoln Theatre
• Saturday, April 7th at 7pm: ‘Permanent’ Screening – Meet the Filmmaker Colette Burson - The Bad hair day? Nope! More like a bad hair life. Set in 1982 in small-town Virginia, PERMANENT centers around 13-year-old Aurelie Dickson (Kira McLean) and her parents, Jeanne and Jim (Patricia Arquette and Rainn Wilson). In this hilariously awkward and unique telling full of wit and wisdom of a hairstyle gone wrong, the Dicksons are struggling through major life changes together all the while trying desperately to emerge intact on the other side. For the Dicksons family, just getting through the day is a win....
Filmmaker and Abingdon native Colette Burson will be present after the film for a live talk back followed by a meet & greet reception inside Lola's at the Lincoln.
Tickets are $12/adults and $7 kids/students, and may be purchased by visiting www.thelincoln.org or by calling (276)783-6092.
• Saturday, April 14th at 7pm: Song of the Mountains – featuring Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, Grand Ole Opry Star Jesse McReynolds with Jeremy Stephens, Corrina Rose Logston and The High Fidelity Band, and Grant Maloy Smith. Tickets are $25 reserved seating. To purchase tickets, visit www.thelincoln.org or call (276)783-9062.
Produced by the Appalachian Music Heritage Foundation, Song of the Mountains® showcases the best talents in Bluegrass, Americana, and Old-time music. An Award-winning public television series showcasing music, musicians, musical heritage and culture of the Southern Appalachians!
Marion Farmers Market Events
On Saturday, April 14th, come taste the labors of love from farmers and chefs from Marion Farmers Market and Downtown Marion. The Farm to Fork Brunch is a fundraiser for Marion Farmers Market, and will be held during the last Winter Market, from 10 am to 12 pm with casual dining on the Terrace at the Grand Ballroom. Tickets are $25 per person. Tickets are limited to 50, so get yours today by calling Laurel Springs Farm at (276)782-2291 or by CLICKING HERE.
The menu will consist of, but not limited to:
-Seasonal Quiche (vegetarian options)
-Biscuit Bar with jams and jellies
-Blood Mary and Mimosa Cash Bar
Saturday, April 14th is also the final Marion Winter Market underneath the Farmers Market Pavilion, located behind Macados in downtown Marion. Stop by and purchase seasonal produce, canned goods, meats, artisan crafts, herbs and plants! Marion Farmers Market kicks off for the season on Saturday, May 5th. To set up at the market or for more information, please call (276)783-4190 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earth Day Clean Up at Riverbend Park
Help keep Marion beautiful by joining the Smyth County Chamber of Commerce for an Earth Day Clean Up on Wednesday, April 25th from 3:30pm – 6pm at Riverbend Park! Gloves, trash bags, snacks and water will be provided to all volunteers. For More information, contact (276)783-3161 or email email@example.com.