8th Annual Pumpkin Walk (Free Event)
Oct
27
Oct 28

8th Annual Pumpkin Walk (Free Event)

Friday, October 27th (4:00 - 8:00pm)

  • Join us in Ratliff Hall for pumpkin carving fun! Pumpkins, carving tools, and stencils are provided. Carved pumpkins will be featured in the Pumpkin Walk and Pumpkin Sale on Saturday Night.
     

Saturday, October 28th (6:30 - 9:00pm)

  • Dress up in your favorite costume and Trick Or Treat through the Pumpkin Walk on the 4-H Center grounds (6:30 - 9:00pm)
  • Costume Contest in Ratliff Hall (7:30 - 8:00pm)
  • Pumpkin Sale in Ratliff Hall (8:30 - 9:00pm)  
     

The Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center is located at 25236 Hillman Hwy, Abingdon, VA. For more information, call (276) 676-6180 or email info@swva4hcenter.org

This event is provided to the community for free; however, donations are appreciated and will help continue programming at the SWVA 4-H Educational Center. Thank you!

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services, or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Craig Makufka, Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center at (276) 676-6180 during business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations prior to the event. 

 


Summer Day Camp
Jun
19
Jun 23

Summer Day Camp

Our Summer Day Camp will run June 19-23, each day from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. Campers from 5-8 years old and campers 9-13 years old are able to participate. Campers will experience numerous camp activities including; swimming, archery, low ropes, dance, campfire with s'mores, capture the flag, water balloon extravaganza, painting, and many more! 

Tuition is $25/day or $115 for the week. Lunch and afternoon snack are included.

Registration and tuition payment deadline is June 9 (tuition is non-refundable)

A registration packet with be emailed out once sign-up form and payment are received. 

Click Here to Register for Summer Day Camp

Send questions to craigm8@vt.edu or call (276) 676-6180

Free Concert By Junior Appalachian Musicians
May
9
7:00 pm19:00

Free Concert By Junior Appalachian Musicians

Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center is excited to present a free concert performed by students from the Washington County Junior Appalachian Musician (JAM) after-school program. The students, ages 9 to 13, have been learning old-time traditional musical instruments since October. The concert will be held Tuesday, May 9 at 7:00 pm in the SWVA 4-H Center Ratliff Hall Auditorium.

JAM students have enjoyed learning fiddle, banjo, guitar, and lap dulcimer from noted local traditional artists. Tammy Martin, Washington County JAM lap dulcimer instructor, is a professional string and percussion musician as part of the Appalachian/Celtic trio, Fire in the Kitchen, and an educator in Washington County schools. Ryan Bernard, who teaches banjo at JAM, is an alumnus of the ETSU Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music program. Ryan was also a part of the curatorial team that designed the newly-constructed Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol. The fiddle teacher, Barbara Walton, has taught music in Washington County schools for over thirty years and plays in several local bands. Will Robertson, who teaches guitar for Washington County JAM, has been playing guitar and working with children for over 35 years.

 Program partner is Capo's Music Store. Washington County JAM will also be performing at the Youth Music Festival hosted at Heartwood on May 13, 2017. Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center will start its third year of Washington County JAM in September 2017. For more information or to register a student, email programs@swva4hcenter.org or call 276.676.6180.

Junior Appalachian Musicians is an established 501(c)(3) educational non-profit organization with programs currently in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, with long-term goals of expanding to West Virginia, Kentucky and Georgia. For more information, visit www.jamkids.org.

Cloverbud Camp
Apr
1
Apr 2

Cloverbud Camp

Spring Cloverbud Camp "Cloverbuds: Naturalists in Training" is April 1-2! This will be a great camp experience for children ages 5-8. Nature and outdoor themed activities, crafts, snacks and more. This camp is quite a bargain. $40 covers all food, lodging & supplies. Plus, there's a family discount available. 

For more info and to register, call (276) 676-6180 or email craigm8@vt.edu. The deadline to register is March 27 and there are a limited number of spaces available.

The Cloverbud experience is a unique youth development program designed to provide youth ages 5-8. Activities focus on small group engagement in cooperative, non-competitive learning activities.

4-H Center Benefit Concert: The Ken and Brad Kolodner Trio
Jan
5
7:30 pm19:30

4-H Center Benefit Concert: The Ken and Brad Kolodner Trio

"This father-son duo project is both technically impressive and musically tasteful, a lovely exploration of both tradition and creativity (and of a warm musical relationship)." -- CD Hotlist

Baltimore’s nationally-acclaimed father-son Old-Time roots duo Ken and Brad Kolodner celebrate the release of their third recording (The Swift House) in a concert on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. to benefit Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center programming including Washington County Junior Appalachian Musicians. Joining The Kolodners to round out the trio is the incredibly versatile bassist Alex Lacquement who locks everything together with his commanding and tasteful choices (The Bumper JacksonsThe Ken & Brad Quartet, Charm City Junction).The Baltimore-based dynamic trio weaves together a captivating soundscape on hammered dulcimer, banjo and fiddles, pushing the boundaries of the Old-Time tradition into uncharted territory music.

The concert will be at SWVA 4-H Center in Ratliff Hall. Tickets are $15 for adults; ages 6-17 $10; and ages 5 and under are free. Tickets are available at the 4-H Center office or at the door. For more information, call (276) 676-6180 or email info@swva4hcenter.org. Washington County JAM students are also selling tickets to the concert. To connect with JAM and learn more about the program go to www.facebook.com/WashingtonCountyJAM. All proceeds will benefit SWVA 4-H Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization.

Ken Kolodner is widely known as one the finest hammered dulcimer players in the U.S. while his son Brad is one of the best clawhammer banjo players in the U.S. Together, Ken and Brad are major pillars of the Old-Time music community. Regarded as one of the most influential hammered dulcimer players and Old-Time fiddlers in North America, Baltimore’s Ken Kolodner (a founder of the world music trio Helicon) has joined forces with his son Brad Kolodner (also Charm City Junction), a rising star in the clawhammer banjo world. Together, they infuse their own brand of driving, innovative, tasteful and unique interpretations of traditional and original fiddle tunes and songs with a “creative curiosity that lets all listeners know that a passion for traditional music yet thrives in every generation” (DPN). Concert appearances include The Kennedy Center, Strathmore Hall, The Black Rock Center for the Arts (MD), The Birchmere (VA), The Creative Alliance, The Walnut Valley Festival (KS), The Peachem Festival (VT), The Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival (MD), The Champlain Valley Folk Festival (VT), Old Songs (NY), The Common Ground Festival (MD), The Strand (NY), Green Valley Fine Arts (AZ), The Mountain Arts Gathering (NY), as well as many tours throughout the U.S. For more information on the trio go towww.kenandbrad.com.

“Ken is regarded as one of the most accomplished hammered dulcimer players performing today. While not easy to describe, Otter Creek is all instrumental traditional Appalachian music with hammered dulcimer, fiddle and banjo. What makes this recording special is that Ken collaborates with his son Brad who plays the banjo and banjola. It is what folk music is all about in my opinion.” – Mark Pederson, WI radio DJ

"Widely regarded as one of the most accomplished hammered dulcimer players in the US, Ken Kolodner shines more than ever on Skipping Rocks. His gentle groove is the calm water over which Brad’s percussive banjo skips."  -- The Revivalist 

Mystery Quilt Retreat
Sep
30
Oct 2

Mystery Quilt Retreat

Upon registration, participants will receive a supply list including fabrics to prepare for the retreat. Clues will then be revealed throughout the weekend to complete a beautiful quilt top. Margaret Wade, a professional quilter from Greenville, Virginia will be leading the retreat. There are several registration options to choose from and a basic understanding of piecing is required. 

Margaret Wade is a native of southwest Virginia and has lived in Greenville, Virginia for 45 years. Margaret holds a Bachelor of Science degree in home economics from Virginia Tech and has been an avid seamstress throughout her life. Upon retirement, Wade immersed herself into the world of quilting and has been quilting professionally on her Handi Quilter long-arm machines for the past six years. Margaret was invited to quilt two quilts for Barbara H. Cline, both of which were included in Cline’s book Simply Triangles (C&T Publishing, 2012.) Wade is also a quilter for Patchwork Plus, the largest quilting store in the Shenandoah Valley located in Dayton, Virginia. We will feature a trunk show of Margaret's work on Sunday. 

This retreat is limited to 20 participants (with a minimum of 12). Members of Wolf Hills Quilters, Blue Ridge Quilters, First Frontier Quilters, Appalachian Heritage Quilters and Sycamore Stitchers receive a 30% discount on this event. 

 

Notes: 

  • Only two meals are served each day. There is a snack room with refrigerator and microwave for participants to bring food & treats to enjoy 24/7
  • Participants are welcome to listen to music, etc. using headphones only. 

 

 

To register, email info@swva4hcenter.org or call 276-676-6180.

 

Advanced Beginner Swim Lessons
Jul
25
Aug 4

Advanced Beginner Swim Lessons

We're now accepting sign-ups for Beginner and Advanced Beginner sessions this summer. Act fast because these classes are limited in size. For more practice, new swimmers can take Beginner, then Advanced Beginner class.

Ages 5 - 10

2-Week Sessions, Monday - Thursday

Tuition: $60

For registration materials, email info@swva4hcenter.org or call 276-676-6180.

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Beginner Swim Lessons
Jul
11
Jul 21

Beginner Swim Lessons

We're now accepting sign-ups for Beginner and Advanced Beginner sessions this summer. Act fast because these classes are limited in size. For more practice, new swimmers can take Beginner, then Advanced Beginner class.

Ages 5 - 10

2-Week Sessions, Monday - Thursday

Tuition: $60

For registration materials, email info@swva4hcenter.org or call 276-676-6180.

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Advanced Beginner Swim Lessons
Jun
20
Jun 30

Advanced Beginner Swim Lessons

We're now accepting sign-ups for Beginner and Advanced Beginner sessions this summer. Act fast because these classes are limited in size. For more practice, new swimmers can take Beginner, then Advanced Beginner class.

Ages 5 - 10

2-Week Sessions, Monday - Thursday

Tuition: $60

For registration materials, email info@swva4hcenter.org or call 276-676-6180.

Click Here for more Swim Lessons information

Beginner Swim Lessons
Jun
6
Jun 16

Beginner Swim Lessons

We're now accepting sign-ups for Beginner and Advanced Beginner sessions this summer. Act fast because these classes are limited in size. For more practice, new swimmers can take Beginner, then Advanced Beginner class.

Ages 5 - 10

2-Week Sessions, Monday - Thursday

Tuition: $60

For registration materials, email info@swva4hcenter.org or call 276-676-6180.

Click Here for more Swim Lessons information

JAM at the Youth Music Festival
May
14
1:00 pm13:00

JAM at the Youth Music Festival

  • Heartwood

Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center is excited to present the Washington County Junior Appalachian Musicians at the Youth Music Festival at the Heartwood on Saturday, May 14, 2016. The students, ages 9 to 13, have been learning old-time traditional musical instruments since October. The concert will be held on the Inside Stage at the Heartwood at 1 pm.

JAM students have enjoyed learning fiddle, banjo, guitar, and lap dulcimer from noted local traditional artists. Tammy Martin, Washington County JAM lap dulcimer instructor, is a professional string and percussion musician as part of the Appalachian/Celtic trio, Fire in the Kitchen, and an educator in Washington County schools. Ryan Bernard, who teaches banjo at JAM, is an alumnus of the ETSU Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music program. Ryan was also a part of the curatorial team that designed the newly-constructed Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol. The fiddle teacher, Barbara Walton, has taught music in Washington County schools for over thirty years and plays in several local bands. Gill Braswell, owner of Capo's Music Store, taught guitar for JAM. Gill has performed as both an actor and a musician in regional theaters across the country, including the historic Ryman Auditorium and The Grand Ole Opry. Wil Robertson, who also teaches guitar for Washington County JAM, has been playing guitar and working with children for over 35 years.

Washington County JAM is supported in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Program partners include Capo's Music Store and The Crooked Road. Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center will start its second year of Washington County JAM in September. For more information or to register a student, email programs@swva4hcenter.org or call 276.676.6180.

Junior Appalachian Musicians is an established 501(c)(3) educational non-profit organization with programs currently in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, with long-term goals of expanding to West Virginia, Kentucky and Georgia. For more information, visit www.jamkids.org.