Experience...the Difference. Barter Theatre, the State Theatre of Virginia, is a regional treasure and nationally recognized professional theatre. Enjoy up to four shows in two days. Two theatres bring audiences a great selection of comedies, musicals, dramas and new works year-round. Enhance your Barter experience with special packages. Also, visit The Barter Caf at Barter Stage II. Barter was founded during the Great Depression by Robert Porterfield, an out of work actor living in New York who saw an abundance of food in his homeland SW VA, but no live theatre.
Arts & Culture
Founded in 1836, Emory and Henry first opened its doors to students in 1838, and today it stands as the oldest college in Southwest Virginia. The campus is noted for its beauty as well as its architectural distinction. The entire central campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Register of Historic Landmarks.
The Jettie Baker Center, formerly known as the Mullins Theater, was built in the late 1940's. It was donated to the Town of Clintwood by Ms. Jettie Baker. The property has been completely renovated with federal, state, and local funding with tremendous support by citizens of Dickenson County. The large auditorium and balcony area will seat 350, and the state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems truly mean there's not a bad seat in the house. The large stage is well equipped with lighting, sound, and rear screen projection.
Visiting the Lyric Theatre for the first time is an unforgettable experience. If you're not awed by the original 1930 tapestries, the golden glow of the replica lanterns, or the charm of the restored lobby and auditorium, you'll at least be impressed with our family and student friendly prices and the best tasting popcorn in Southwestern Virginia! Since 1998, the Lyric has operated a not-for-profit movie theatre and community center in the heart of downtown Blacksburg. We are located on College Avenue across the street from Virginia Tech's main campus.
Pulaski Theatre is a restored, historic theater located in downtown Pulaski. Once hosting vaudeville shows and early silent films, the renovated facility is once again home to variety of musical concerts and theatrical performances, including national touring companies.
The Appalachian Arts Center is both a retail gallery and exhibition space featuring the work of local/regional artists, craftspeople, authors, and musicians. The Arts Center offers educational workshops, demonstrations, professional development seminars as well as an assortment of evening craft classes. The Appalachian Arts Center is located in Tazewell County along Rt. 19 in the "old Archie Helton Store" (2.5 miles south of the Claypool Hill intersection of Rt. 19 and Rt. 460).
Appalachian School of Law, founded in 1994, provides the opportunity for people from Appalachia and beyond to realize their dreams of practicing law and bettering their communities. We attract a qualified, diverse and dedicated student body, many of whom will remain in the region after graduation and serve as legal counselors, advocates, judges, mediators, community leaders, and public officials. We are a full participant in our community, serving as a resource for people, the bar, and other institutions of the region.
Music concert every second Saturday, October to April, at New River Community College. Free admission. Marty Stuart Sept. 10; Dixie Bluegrass Boys and Black Twig Pickers Oct. 8; Crossroads Station and the Bogtrotters Nov. 12; Bent Hickory and White Top Mountain Dec. 10; Upland Express and Buck Mountain Band Jan. 14; Olen and Francis Gardner and the Slate Mountain Ramblers Feb. 11; The Bluegrass Travelers and the Friday Night Dance Band March 10; the Adam Larkey Band and White Top Mountain Apr. 14; Daily & Vincent Apr. 28.
The Tacoma Community Center, nestled in the Appalachian mountains along The Crooked Road, presents a traditional music show every Saturday that features Bluegrass, Old Time or Traditional Country music. Musicians and bands are from the Coalfield region of Southwest Virginia. The show starts at 7 PM and ends about 10:30 PM. This show has been held each week for about 10 years. The Tacoma Community Center is located in the old Tacoma School which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places as well as the Virginia registry.
In the fall Haysi has a wonderful street festival with a parade, pancake breakfast, children's activities and games, local handmade crafts for sale, and lots of food vendors. There is be live music throughout the weekend, and dancers are encouraged. People should bring lawn chairs for some relaxation after dancing. Friday 6pm, Saturday 7pm and Sunday 1pm.