“Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature.” – Cicero
It should, therefore, be no surprise that amid the stunning beauty of the Alleghany Highlands is a thriving arts community. Dozens of local artisans display their work at the Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center or in other local galleries. Don’t forget the performing arts. The curtain goes up on theatrical and musical performances and numerous venues around the region, including the Historic Masonic Theatre.
The importance of the arts in the Alleghany Highlands is the subject of a recent video:
Fall, winter, spring performing arts series; features notable touring performers; music, drama, comedy, dance; vocal; student series during school year. Annual series also included performances by the Alleghany Highlands Choral and the Alleghany Highlands Orchestra.
Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center
Clifton Forge 439 E. Ridgeway Street P.O. Box 273 Clifton Forge, VA 24422
The Center is a not-for-profit volunteer organization which encourages creative experience and appreciation of the visual arts. The gallery's changing exhibits feature works produced by Highlands and other artists, and the shop sells juried handmade items marketed by the craftsmen. Included are pottery, wooden ware, jewelry, stained glass, as well as needlework, quilts, and other fiber arts. Watercolor, oil, and graphic arts, framed and unframed, are also available.
C&O Heritage Center
Clifton Forge 705 Main Street Clifton Forge, VA 24422
The C&O Heritage Center offers a multi-dimensional railroad heritage experience that tells the story of the C&O Railway from its beginning in 1836 to today's CSX. Come spend and afternoon watching trains from the signal tower, tour the museum and equipment, ride the Little C&O, blow the whistle, or sit down beside the pot belly stove in the replica passenger station and play a game of checkers.
C&O Railway Heritage Center - Clifton Forge
Clifton Forge 705 Main Street Clifton Forge, VA 24422
The Chesapeake and Ohio Historical Society is proud to offer The C&O Railway Heritage Center in Clifton Forge. This Center is a railway heritage museum, interpretive, educational, and visitor's center that tells the story of the C&O Railway: the people, the places, and the technology. The story is the essential American tale of how our nation grew, how we lived and worked, and how we were all connected together by twin rails of steel. The purpose of this center is also to honor the memory and contribution of all the railroaders who built the railroads that allowed our nation to prosper, and all those railroaders who continue to keep America moving by rail.Features: - 1896 Freight Depot Visitor's Center - Replica Signal Tower for Train Watching - 1922 Gadsby's Tavern Dining Car - Restored C&O Cabooses - 7 1/2 Inch Gauge Ride-On Train - Large Scale Locomotive Models - 96 Foot O-Gauge Layout - C&O China and Chessie Displays
Clifton Forge Masonic Amphitheatre
Clifton Forge 513 Church Street Clifton Forge, VA 24422
The Masonic Amphitheatre and Park is a state-of-the-art outdoor facility and park that opened in June 2012. The Amphitheatre was designed and built by third-year architect students from the design/buildLab at Virginia Tech. The Smith Creek Pedestrian Bridge which links historic Clifton Forge to the Masonic Amphitheatre was designed and built by the design/buildLAB students (a different class) one year later.The Theatre’s stage was repurposed from a concrete slab that was part of a wholesale tire company owned by Bill Cook. Bill donated the land for the Amphitheatre to the Masonic Theatre Preservation Foundation and the Amphitheatre became part of a complex that includes the Historic Masonic Theatre on 510 Main Street and the Masonic Amphitheatre on 513 Church Street in Clifton Forge, VA. The two structures are adjacent to one another.The Amphitheatre’s season presents a diverse program of musical entertainment, plays, and festivals, runs from April to early October with over 40 events scheduled during the season. The Amphitheatre seats 500 people with bench seating and the Amphitheatre lawn which invites lawn chairs and blankets for individuals and families to enjoy every event. In the past four seasons, the majority of the programs offered are free of charge or donation only and many showcase local Alleghany Highlands’ talent.The Amphitheatre is available to rent by organizations, businesses and non-profits.
Clifton Forge School of the Arts
Clifton Forge 518 Church St Clifton Forge, VA 24422
The Clifton Forge School of the Arts is the community art school of the Alleghany Highlands. The School opened in January 2011 and has served over 6,000 children and adults through classes and an additional 10,000+ in community programs.The School is comprised of historic buildings and a specimen garden which border Smith Creek. We offer classes for children and adults in Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Classes and workshops are offered in drawing, painting, hand quilting, Oshi-e, blacksmithing, woodworking, knitting, crocheting, stained glass, pottery (wheel and hand building), sculpture (glass, stone and wire), photography, yoga, and music instruction in piano, violin and cello. We welcome students of all ages and offer customized art education and experiences to families, schools, Scout troops, and other organizations. Partial scholarships available. Rotating exhibits in our Gallery are a 'must see' on any trip to Clifton Forge. The School has several venues available for event rental.Bluegrass Jam Session held on the third Friday of every month.The School is open Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., and additional hours when classes are in session. The School is a non-profit organization seeking to offer education and opportunity through the arts. Stop by!
LOVEwork at Blue Spring Run Farm
Covington 3901 Blue Spring Run Rd Covington, VA 24426
Every family has a story and we want to welcome you to ours. Each letter is made of something special to us that tells part of our story. Visit the farm to learn more and become part of our family.Visitors are encouraged to take photos with the LOVEworks and share with loved ones on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/VirginiaisforLovers or on Twitter with the special hashtag #LOVEVA. A complete list of the LOVEwork locations is at www.Virginia.org/LOVE.
LOVEwork at Covington Welcome Center
Covington Interstate 64E One Welcome Center Drive Covington, VA 24426
The Virginia state tourism office is adding a lot more love to family vacations with oversized LOVEwork at Virginia State Welcome Centers. The LOVEwork is approximately 16 feet wide and 8 feet tall and ties into Virginia's message that "Love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation".Virginia is celebrating 50 Years of Love with a specially wrapped V!Visitors are encouraged to take photos with the LOVEwork and share with loved ones on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/VirginiaisforLovers or on Twitter with the special hashtag #LOVEVA. A complete list of the LOVEwork locations is at www.Virginia.org/LOVE.
LOVEwork at Humpback Bridge. The "L" was created with historic bricks from the area. The "O" is a gear from one of the old paper machines at MWV, representing the history of manufacturing in the area. The "V" is the natural feature created by a tree in the creek bank. The "E" was created with railroad ties representing the history of the railroad in our community. We encourage our local community and guests to visit and enjoy the beauty of our National Historic Landmark, Humpback Bridge, and the Alleghany Highlands.Visitors are encouraged to take photos with the LOVEwork and share with loved ones on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/VirginiaisforLovers on on Twitter with the special hashtag #LOVEVA. A complete list of the LOVEwork locations is at www.Virginia.org/LOVE
“L”- for our Laborers:Who have enriched the area with their talents and is the foundation Covington is built on. Without them, we would not be the great city we are today.“O”- for Outfield:Where we have fallen in love with sports! It’s where we gather as a community to support those around us through different games, and sports as well as come together as family. It represents the heart of the city, being in the middle of what all that Covington has to offer.“V”- for Village:We unite as one community. We live here, we work here, and we plan our future here. We gather together and take care of each other here. We strive to prepare a better future for those who follow in our footsteps. We join together in times of hardship, destruction, and celebration.“E”- for Engine:Our history is rich with railroad deep within our veins. We have been lucky enough to have many different opportunities arise from the CSX railroad and more. We remember the times where the train brought many different items to Covington. Arrivals ranged from people to cherished goods, which all enriched this little town that is called home.
Museum of Antique Coffee Mills
Clifton Forge 509 E Ridgeway St Clifton Forge, VA 24422
The Museum of Antique Coffee Mills and Coffee Bar is the only museum of its kind in America. Enjoy the experience of a specialty coffee among the art, antiques and plants that complete the shop. The coffee bar serves award-winning specialty coffee and expresso-based drinks, premium teas, many varieties of biscotti and scones, including gluten-free. Selections from the private collection of the owners, Judith and Stephen Sivonda, numbering over 300 from 17th to the 20th century examples, are on display. The Sivonda's are longtime members of the Association of Coffee Mill Enthusiasts. Judith is co-author of the book Antique Coffee Grinders: American, English and European, Schiffer Pub., available at the museum We are located in historic downtown Clifton Forge, within walking distance of the Alleghany Highlands Arts and Crafts Center, the Historic Masonic Theatre, the C&O Railway Heritage Center, the Clifton Forge School of the Arts and four restaurants.
R/C Covington Movies 3
Covington 139 North Maple Avenue Covington, VA 24426
The Jackson River Recreation/Sport Complex is located at 870 W. Edgemont Drive directly across from Applied Extrusion Technologies, Inc. Complex amenities include five lighted softball fields, basketball courts, lighted tennis courts, soccer fields, playground equipment, walking areas, picnic areas, restroom facilities, press box, concessions and a newly constructed amphitheater. See the link below for more information and a recent schedule.
Circa 1905, originally an opera house and Masonic Lodge in the downtown historic district of Clifton Forge, VA, the Historic Masonic Theatre is Virginia's oldest continuously operating Theatre. On July 1, 2016, the Historic Masonic Theatre opened its doors to the public once again after a 6.5 million dollar renovation. A movie theatre and a performing arts venue, the four story building has a state of the art auditorium, an underground cafe and lounge area, a balcony with seating and conference room and an upper level ballroom suitable for wedding receptions and gatherings. The Theatre's history includes performances bythe world famous Count Basie Orchestra, appearances by Tex Ritter, Lash LaRue, and Cowboy Bob Steele and political speaker William Jennings Bryan.