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Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a once of year reminder to give back. This year, consider keeping your gift local by supporting one of Smyth County’s many non-profit organizations.

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The Art Place

“The Art Place”
“Edna Bonham Love was a “Champion for the Arts” sharing her love and passion for the arts a d art education with young and old. In 1991 she opened “ The Art Place” in her hometown of Chilhowie, Virginia. Her desire was to provide art opportunities for all ages in the community in which she was raised; something that was not available when she was young. She met her mission by providing classes on many media, arranging shows that featured local and regional artists, setting up exhibits of community youth art and guest artist lectures and luncheons. Through her work many community members were encouraged to share their talents of wood carving, photography, ceramics, painting, weaving, quilting, glass blowing, stained glass work and other artistic skills.
The family of Edna Love with support of friends and area art lovers wishes to continue her mission in the newly renovated “ Art Place “ at 124 Lee Highway, Chilhowie, VA.”
The main gallery is the works of Edna Love Bonham Love and I must say she was a woman of many talents. Hearing some of the back stories from her daughter made the whole experience even more special. If you missed the open house last night you still have a chance to go this Sunday, November 13, 2022 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

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Wayne C. Henderson School of Appalachian Arts

The Wayne C. Henderson School of Appalachian Arts offers a wide variety of classes and programs for the community. They are as follows: The Quilt Guild, Barn Quilt Workshops, Watercolor Classes, Paint Parties, Writing Workshops, Calligraphy, Woodshop Workshops, and Letterpress Workshops. Located at 203 N Church St. in Marion Va. this building was once a school house in its former life, The charm of the 3 story building itself is truly remarkable. Here are a few pictures I snapped while there.

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Women in Business Luncheon

Thank you to all who attended our Women in Business Luncheon today! It was a great success thanks to all who volunteered and participated. This event is a great networking opportunity for women in the region and provides the opportunity for women to build strong relations with other women in the community.

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National Night Out

National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity

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Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company of Atkins to Sponsor the Imagination Library

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is dedicated to inspiring a love of reading by gifting books free of charge to children from birth to age five, through funding shared by Dolly Parton and a local community affiliate. After launching in 1995, the program grew quickly and became such a success that in 2000 a national replication effort was underway. The Chamber of Commerce of Smyth County saw the need for an early childhood literacy program in 2016 and became the affiliate to bring the program to Smyth County.

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Ribbon Cuttings

The Reopening of The Blue Iguana (not your typical ribbon cutting)

Today’s Chamber adventure took us to Marion Downtown. Today we threw all aspects of a typical ribbon cutting out the window for the grand reopening of The Blue Iguana. Located on S Iron Street, The Blue Iguana is open from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM Tuesday – Saturday. Be sure and stop by for all your reptile needs.

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