Schedule of Events

Plein Air Bath County

The Warm Springs Gallery presents the first annual Bath County Plein Air Festival, celebrating the tradition of outdoor painting with some of the finest painters from Virginia and across the country. Over 20 artists will put brush to canvas, capturing the autumn light over the waters and meadows of Bath County, Virginia. You will have the unique opportunity to observe artists as they paint on location. Listen and learn how artists create a painting!

Artist Demonstrations

Thursday, October 3

Earl Lehman and Carol Oldenburg at Garth Newel Music Center – 1:00 pm
Pattie Bartol at the Homestead Resort – 3:00 pm
Sara poly at Ingalls Overlook – 5:00 pm

Friday, October 4

Andras Bality at Jefferson Pools – 10:00 am
Ed Hatch at Oakley Farm – 11:00 am

Saturday, October 5

Max Moran in the village of Warm Springs – 1:00 pm
Ron Boehmer at the Old Dairy – 3:00 pm

For five days artists will paint picturesque scenes throughout Bath County. They will select their two best works to be judged in The People’s Choice and Peer Review Best in Show awards. Be one of the first to experience and purchase paintings during this festive event. Enjoy the company of friends, a glass of wine, hors d’oeuvres and conversation with the participating artists. Cast your vote for the top three paintings in the exhibit, The People’s Choice Award, gold, silver and bronze! The winning paintings will be for sale immediately after judging. The exhibit will evolve all evening as paintings are sold and new paintings take their places. Paintings will be on display and available for purchase all weekend.

Friday, October 4, 2013

5:00pm – 7:00pm
Reception, Awards & Sale

Warm Springs Gallery

Plein Air Bath County

For five days artists will paint picturesque scenes throughout Bath County. They will select their two best works to be judged in The People’s Choice and Peer Review Best in Show awards. Be one of the first to experience and purchase paintings during this festive event. Enjoy the company of friends, a glass of wine, hors d’oeuvres and conversation with the participating artists. Cast your vote for the top three paintings in the exhibit, The People’s Choice Award, gold, silver and bronze! The winning paintings will be for sale immediately after judging. The exhibit will evolve all evening as paintings are sold and new paintings take their places. Paintings will be on display and be able to be purchase all weekend.

Ann Armbrecht – Numen: The Nature of Plants

Old Dairy – Trimble Hall

Ann ArmbrechtNumen, defined as the animating force in nature, is an award winning documentary film focusing on the healing power of plants and the natural world.

Featuring stunning footage of medicinal plants and thought-provoking interviews with Drs. Tiearona Lowdog and Larry Dossey, the late Bill Mitchell, ND, author Kenny Ausubel, herbalists Rosemary Gladstar, Phyllis Light and many others, the film calls for a re-awakening of traditional knowledge about plants and their uses.

Numen is for herbalists, gardeners, medical practitioners, plant lovers—and everyone concerned about human and environmental health. It offers an introduction to the following topics:

  • Whole plant medicine
  • Ecological medicine
  • Environmental toxins
  • The limits of allopathic medicine
  • Spirit and healing and more

A primary objective of Numen is to bring the same awareness to medicine and the medical industry that the organic food movement has brought to food and the food industry. The film presents a sobering view of conventional healthcare and the dangers of environmental insults, as well as a vision of safe, effective and sustainable medicine. It offers stories about how individuals have improved their own health and well-being and provides concrete steps for viewers to do so as well.

A preview of the film is available here.

Most broadly, the film encourages viewers to think deeply about the sources of their medicine and how their healthcare choices affect themselves and the larger web of life. It inspires us all to deepen our relationship with the natural world and reminds us of the healing made possible by re-embracing our place in the wider web of life.

Ann is a writer, anthropologist (PhD, Harvard 1995) and herbalist specializing in the relationship between culture and the environment. She has conducted research in Nepal and the western United States and has taught at Dartmouth, Middlebury and Goddard Colleges.

Ann is the author of Thin Places: A Pilgrimage Home (Columbia University Press, 2009), a spiritual memoir based on her experiences in Nepal that received a Gold Nautilus Award for books that will change the world.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Douglas W. Tallamy – Bringing Nature Home

Old Dairy – Trimble Hall

Douglas W. TallamyAs a child, Douglas W. Tallamy spent his summer days exploring the wild places that surrounded him, discovering a small pond fill with pollywogs, and taking great delight in watching their growth. One day, a bulldozer buried the young toads and all the other living treasures within the pond, an act that forever influenced Doug’s way of thinking about nature.
Tallamy is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware, where he has written more than 65 research articles and has taught Insect taxonomy, behavioral ecology, and other subjects. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities.
Doug won the Silver Medal from the Garden Writer’s Association for his book, Bringing Nature Home.

In his free time, Doug enjoys photography, hiking in remote places with his wife, swimming, canoeing, and teaching young people about the importance of the life forms around them. You may also be interested in the author’s own website, www.plantanative.com.

10:00am – 12:00pm
Quick Paint

Old Dairy

Quick PaintThis event is open to the public. Any artist who wishes to participate is welcome–professional artists, amateurs, the adventurous! Quick Paint participants will set up their supplies and paint en plein air on the Old Dairy property. You have only two hours to complete your painting. Have fun and paint alongside competition artists!

10:00am – 4:00pm
Virginia Native Plants Photography Exhibit

The Holstein Barn

Phil Lucas’s Virginia native plants photography exhibit.

11:30am – 1:00pm
Children’s Nature Workshop

The Holstein Barn

Children’s nature workshop with the Allegheny Master Naturalists and The Nature Conservancy.

Kathleen Curtis Wilson
Appalachian Weaving and its Global Resonances
Natural Fibers Shape Life, Cultural Traditions and Create History

Old Dairy – Trimble Hall

Kathleen Curtis WilsonBorn and raised in Michigan, Kathleen Curtis Wilson studied weaving at the Cranbrook Schools and learned the art of sharing a good story from her grandmother, Ethel Alcorn Motherwell. She established Old Abingdon Weavers, a small textile mill in southwest Virginia where she gained insight and a great appreciation for the handcrafts of the region’ s early settlers. In 1993, she changed her career from entrepreneur to author, researcher, and exhibitions curator.

Kathleen has become a nationally known writer, lecturer, and exhibitions curator in the field of cultural heritage, especially women’ s culture and craft traditions. For nearly 20 years her articles have been published in academic journals and popular magazines such as Country Living and Early American Life.

Following her presentation. Ms. Wilson will conduct a hands on show & Tell workshop in the Holstein barn featuring favorite family heirlooms.

Are you the keeper of your family’s cloth?

If so, then you have a textile in your attic, old trunk, bottom drawer, or linen chest that belonged to your grandmother or another ancestor.

Bring your Favorite Fives for show and tell on Saturday, October 5th at the Old Dairy Heritage Festival, Warm Springs, Virginia.

Appalachian textile historian Kathleen Curtis Wilson will speak at 1:00 in Trimble Hall. Afterwards, at 2:30, Kathleen will be in Holstein Barn where she will examine your antique handmade treasures and explain how to care for and preserve these special textiles that are an important part of Appalachia’s cultural heritage. BRING your Favorite Five pieces!!!

Below is a list of possibilities to jog your memory. Time to bring out the old treasures believed to date prior to 1930. Many from our region will be from the 1800’s. Don’t be concerned about condition – all textiles disintegrate over time. Let’s bring to light the textile heritage of Bath County, Virginia, and the creative handwork of your ancestors!

LOOK FOR: Hand woven textiles made of natural fibers: cotton, linen, wool (not silk).

  1. General description of typical Appalachian weaving to look for:
    • Bed coverlets – usually in a geometric pattern
    • Counterpanes – summer bedcovers, white cotton, woven, knitted, crocheted.
    • Blankets – plain or colored, striped or plaid.
    • Quilts – ONLY if fabric looks to be homespun and coarser than commercial fabric.
    • Plain cotton or linen cloth – used for bed sheets or laying out cloths for a wake.
    • Dresser scarves, hand towels, table runners – all fibers and colors, embellished.
    • Clothing fabric – traditionally coarser than commercially purchased cloth.

Tatting, crocheting and knitting handwork was also prevalent in the Appalachians.

  1. This style of embellishment was commonly used to decorate:
    • White cotton bedcovers
    • Dresser scarves
    • Pillowcases, tops of sheets
    • Mantle scarves
    • Tablecloths and doilies
    • Handkerchiefs
    • Baby clothes

Do you have something very special that your great, great grandmother could have made? What treasure do the keepers of the cloth in your family treasure to pass from generation to generation?

Please bring family history and photos if available. Bring your treasures to The Holstein Barn at the Old Dairy for Show and Tell with Kathleen Wilson, Saturday October 5th starting at 2:30pm.

Be sure to attend Kathleen Curtis Wilson’s Speech and Presentation on Appalachian Weaving and Global Resonances at 1:00pm in Trimble Hall. Then come on over to The Holstein Barn with your textile treasures! Her collectable books will also be on sale!!!

1:00am – 3:00pm
Paint the Sky!

Old Dairy

Children join in the excitement too! Ten foot banners and buckets of paint–-what could be more fun! Children will be given a theme and encouraged to create beautiful banners to be hung in the trees throughout the village. All supplies will be provided and artists will offer assistance in getting started. This event requires pre-registration for groups of 6 or more, please call or email the gallery by September 28. Drop-ins are welcome.

Allegheny Mountain String Orchestra
Concert of the area’s most talented students

Old Dairy – Trimble Hall

Allegheny Mountain String ProjectThe Allegheny Mountain String Project [AMSP] in partnership with the Garth Newel Music Center introduced a comprehensive string education program to the Alleghany Highlands. Through veteran instructors Jaime Letourneau & Gretta Sandberg students can take lessons in violin, viola, cello and bass, participate in chamber groups and join the first area youth orchestra (Allegheny Mountain String Orchestra). AMSP makes learning strings available to every student by offering scholarships and programs partially funded by the Alleghany Foundation, the Bath County Arts Association, the Bolar Ruritan Club, and the Highland County Arts Council.

See the Allegheny Mountain String Orchestra perform fun works in a concert of the area’s most talented students!

Picnic Supper Garth Newel Music Center

Garth Newel Music Center

Famous Millboro Ruritans BBQ Chicken Dinner: half a chicken, two sides, dinner roll, dessert and beverage – $10 (cash only). Cash Bar Available

Reservations are required for the dinner and concert.

Cleek Schrey and Friends perform at Garth Newel Music Center

Garth Newel Music Center

Cleek SchreyCleek, an enthusiastic and experienced performer and teacher of Irish Fiddling, has led classes for the Blue Ridge Irish Music School and has been on staff at the Augusta and Catskills Irish weeks.
As a teen in Virginia, he learned from Brendan Mulvihill, and also sought instruction from several musicians, notably Brian Conway, Marty Fahey, and Billy McComiskey.

Regular visits to the home of Paddy Reynolds, the great Longford fiddler who settled in New York, helped to intensify Cleek’s interest in the fiddle playing of the 78 rpm era. In 2005, he co-produced of the release of archival recordings of the late Reynolds’ surviving work. Cleek performs regularly with his longtime friend, accordion player Sean McComiskey, and pianist Mat Mulqueen and Donna Long. Cleek was featured musician on The Raw Bar, a documentary on Irish music that aired on RTE 1 in Ireland, and most recently on Féilte, a program on Irish music in America, on the Irish language station TG4. For sound clips and more information, please visit Cleek Schrey’s website.

A dance to follow Cleeks’ concert. Cleek Schrey and Friends – four of America’s most exciting traditional musicians performing music from Ireland and Appahlachia on fiddles and banjo with percussive dancing.


Reservations are required for the dinner and concert.

Sunday, October 6,2013

9:00AM – 12:00PM
Champagne Collection Sale

Warm Springs Gallery

Join a select group of the 2013 featured artists for a light breakfast and conversation. Artists will display their paintings from the sunrise paint out and talk about their work and process. Paintings from the week will be arranged in collections and sold at special event pricing! Mimosas, coffee and pastries will be served.

Cooking Demo with The Homestead’s executive sous chef, Gregory Barnhill.
Followed by The Homestead Hotel History Tour: Complimentary tea in The Great Hall

The Homestead

Reservations required.

The Homestead Hotel History Tour: Take a step back in time as you explore the rich history of this famous Southern resort. Their hospitality is sure to please when you partake in their complimentary afternoon tea in the Great Hall following your tour.

Reservations required.

Space is limited for all events. Please reserve early.