Everyone is scurrying around the BIC this week getting ready for Art & Music on the Farm 2015! I look forward each year to this fun community event because it highlights the very best of this region. I am forever grateful to the Gibb family for preserving the beautiful Almshouse Farm and to the BIC founders for choosing this remarkable site. This property always puts its best foot forward for Art & Music on the Farm, and I thank all of the many BIC friends who are working tirelessly to get the property ready – and the many volunteers helping out on Saturday.
The representation of artists and artisans of all types (pottery, wood, ceramics, agricultural products, and more) is always inspiring. I am convinced that the Eastern Shore boasts some of the most talented people in the world, and am always eager to see their newest work. I know you will be as impressed as we all are!
I also can’t get over the high caliber of musicians who travel across the state to join us for Art & Music on the Farm! These award-winning bands are emceed by two super smart historian-folklorists: Dr. Gregg Kimball and Jon Lohman. They are here thanks to the Library of Virginia and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Be sure to check out the workshops in our newly renovated Education Building – it's an incredible opportunity!
Of course, bringing this music to the Shore does come with a cost, and we’re super pleased about the Grants and Sponsorships that underwrite the cost of the music and allow the BIC to make this special event available to the community at such a low admission cost. This year’s Headline Band Sponsor is Bay Creek, the Patron of the Arts is WHRO, and the Music Workshops are sponsored by a number of great local businesses. Grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts - Challenge America program are critical to this event as well.
Our main rule here at the BIC is to have fun, so come on out on Saturday to enjoy browsing (and buying!) the best selection of regional art, crafts, flowers and libations while listening to amazing live music all day.
We are looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!!