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*Unless otherwise noted scheduled programs will be held at The Wednesday Club. Programs will also begin at 3:45 p.m. Parking is available behind the Clubhouse and in the surrounding area. 

In the event of inclement weather, programs are cancelled if Danville Public Schools are also cancelled.

2017-2018 Programs

October 25, 2017

3:45 p.m.

Les Femmes Classique:  "Music For Women By Women"

Les femmes classique is a trio that performs “classic” music for soprano, flute, and piano. The trio is composed of Dr. Caroline Crup, Dr. Janet Phillips and Dr. Anne Lewis, who are all music faculty at Averett University. Dr. Crup is Instructor of Music and is also on the faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. She was graduated from Florida State University and completed her graduate degrees at UNC-Greensboro. Dr. Phillips is Assistant Professor Music and Director of Bands at Averett University. She is also an FSU Seminole and a graduate of UNC-Greensboro. Dr. Lewis is Professor/Chair of Music at Averett University and a summer theatre faculty member at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. She earned degrees from Baylor University and UNC-Greensboro.

November 1, 2017

3:45 p.m.

William “Frankie” Scott "The Life and Legend of Wendell O. Scott" William “Frankie” Scott, son of Wendell O. Scott, is a native of Danville, VA. In 1970, he received a Bachelor of Science Degree from North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC and in 1974, a Master’s Degree in Education from University of Virginia. William has served as Principal in Multiple schools in VA and NC. He currently serves on the Student Science Enrichment Program Grant Selection Committee as a Member of the Burris Welcome Fund. William’s father, Wendell, was the first African-American race car driver in NASCAR, and the first African-American to win a race in the Grand National Series. William spoke at the ceremony when Wendell was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

November 8, 2017

3:45 p.m.

Tom Perry "Beyond Mayberry: Andy Griffith and Mount Airy, NC"   Award Winning Historian Thomas D. “Tom” Perry was born in Mount Airy, NC, within sight of And Griffith’s boyhood home. In his book Beyond Mayberry: A Memoir of Andy Griffith and Mount Airy North Carolina, Tom tells the real story of Mayberry and his opinion of the most famous son of the small North Carolina town. In his talk Perry will also explain the effect Andy Griffith has had on the tourism boom that began in Mount Airy when the small town took on the persona of the fictional town of Mayberry. Perry graduated with a BA in history from Virginia Tech. He is the author of over forty books on regional history in Virginia including ten about Patrick County, Virginia. For more information about Tom, his books, and his programs go to www.freestateofpatrick.com

*November 15, 2017

3:45 p.m.

Matt Bell "Photography: Where It Has Been and What The Future Holds"  

Matt Bell is the photographer for the Danville Register & Bee. He started there in 2015 after spending two years freelancing for papers across Virginia. Bell has won numerous Virginia Press Association awards during his time at the paper including three 1st prize awards. In addition, the Associated Press has picked up countless images from Bell who has also had images featured on ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s The Today Show, and CBS This Morning. Matt and Lexi have been married for just over a year on October 28. The following presentation will discuss photography’s past while connecting today’s methods with tomorrow’s technology.

December 13, 2017

3:45 p.m.

Siv Ashley "The Siv Ashley Story" Siv Ashley started her life as a typical child in an average, happy family in Cambodia. On April 16, 1975, everything changed. Red soldiers evacuated her family with thousands of Cambodians and marched them to work camps. Children worked 12-plus-hour days. They were fed only rice in water nearly starving to death. Siv witnessed Red soldiers’ killing children and adults. For four years, she faced the possibility of imminent death daily. Siv’s father clung to faith, reminding her, “God is always with you, if you believe it with all your heart. Believe and you will go to a place called America one day.” Siv’s enduring faith and prayers helped her survive against all odds. From heartbreak and loneliness to hopefulness, Siv’s story is compelling. Today she shares her story of faith and survival in her new home in America. She has also written a nonfiction book, A Teenager’s Survival, The Siv Ashley Story. Her book is available for purchase from barnesandnoble.com and and amazon.com.

January 17, 2018

3:45 p.m.

John Settle "A Resolution to Benefit Your Family"

John Settle, Jr. joined American National in 2016 with over 30 years of experience guiding clients in growing, managing, protecting and transferring wealth. Settle most recently served as senior vice president and senior fiduciary advisor at Well Fargo, where he and his team helped families and businesses meet their financial goals. Previously, he served as managing director in the Private Wealth Management area of Sun Trust. He currently serves on the Investment Committee of the Cameron Foundation. A graduate of the University of Richmond earning both a B.S, and M.B.A, he went on to graduate from the Southeastern Trust School and Executive Leadership Institute at the Virginia Bankers Association.

January 24, 2018

3:45 p.m.

Kelvin Perry "Past , Future and Current Activities
in the River District"

Kelvin Perry is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a major in banking and finance. He serves on the boards of numerous organizations and boards including the Delta Nu Lamba Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the Hughes Memorial Foundation, the Danville YMCA and Big brothers and Big Sisters. Kelvin assumed his position with the City of Danville on April 3, 2016. Mr. Perry is responsible for recruitment and retention of businesses and developers to the River District, assisting with the management of grant and loan programs, assisting with industrial and technology-based recruitment, managing properties owned by the Industrial Development Authority and enterprise zone administration. He has a wealth of experience in the finance and business development arenas, which is a valuable addition to the Economic Development team.

January 31, 2018

3:45 p.m.

Cpl. T.B. Scearce "Identify Theft and Scams- Deter/Detect/Defend"

Cpl. Scearce is a Danville native is a second generation police officer and has been an officer since 1996. Corporal Scearce holds an Associates Degree in Applied Sciences from DCC and is a graduate of the New River Criminal Justice Training Academy. He previously served as Patrol, Crime Scene Search Unit, Community Police, Honor Guard, and Civil Disturbance. In 2003, he was promoted to Corporal serving as Certified Crime Prevention Specialist. He was named Police Officer of the Year in 2012 by American Legion Post 1097. He has had over 900 hours of Crime Prevention training, served as General Instructor for the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. Today, he will share with us ways that we can protect ourselves from Identity Theft.

 

February 7, 2018

3:45 p.m.

Anja Arko "Pianist"

Anja Arko is a Slovenian born pianist. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in piano performance and music education at the University of Ljubljana (SCO), and a year participation in a student exchange program in Poland, she continued her studies in the United States at the Schwab School of Music in Columbus, Georgia and earned her Master’s degree in piano performance at the University of Florida with Dr. Kevin Orr. Winning a full scholarship and a teaching assistantship, she continues her studies at the UNCG Piano Performance Doctorate program with Dr. Joseph Di Piazza. Anja is a recipient of the 2017 Samuel Griffin Seawell and Patsy Moore Seawell Memorial Scholarship awarded by the Winston-Salem Foundation. Besides her rich international experiences in performing solo repertoire, chamber music and vocal, instrumental, and opera accompanying, she performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with a Kamnik Wind Ensemble (SDO) and Haydn Piano Concerto with UF Summer Orchestra. Anja is also a dedicated piano teacher. In October 2016, she successfully presented at the NC Music Teacher Association Conference at Elizabeth City State University, NC.

February 14, 2018

3:45 p.m.

Mimi Grubb "North Star Theatre Project" North Star Theatre Project was founded in 2013 with the mission of offering SouthSide community youth, ages 8-18, professional training and quality theatre performance experience. Home based at the Historic North Theatre, the Project has produced and performed 9 main stage productions and 4 community performances in the last four years. Mimi Johnson Grubb, the founder and director, graduated from Appalachian State University with a BS in Theatre and brings over thirty years of professional experience to the Project.

February 21, 2018

3:45 p.m.

Fred Motley and Company "The Courtship of Thomas Day and Aquila Wilson"

Nineteenth Century strict migration laws prohibited the marriage of Thomas Day, a highly regarded free black furniture maker, and Aquilla Wilson. Only an act of the North Carolina Legislature in Raleigh would solve the issue! By 1850 Thomas Day Furniture was the largest grossing entity of its kind in the state of North Carolina and Thomas Day was a successful business man who catered to a wealthy clientele. Renowned storyteller, actor, and teacher Fred Motley, a native of Danville, authored today’s touching, historic vignette. Fred Motley and Company will portray this true American story, which occurred in nearby Milton, NC. Motley has been active for 30 years across the Southeast as a writer, performer, and director. He also presents workshops with emphasis on African American culture, captivating audiences with stories that entertain and assist in understanding one’s past, present, and future.

February 28, 2018

3:45 p.m.

Janet Phillips "Growing Up Musically"  

A Danville native, Dr. Janet Phillips serves as Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Bands, and Administrator of the Growing Up Musically (GUM) early childhood music education initiative at Averett University in Danville, VA. Janet coordinated with local early childhood and music educators to develop the GUM program in 2015. The 12-week pilot program was implemented at CIC Head Start in the Spring of 2016 to great success. Dr. Phillips coordinates the GUM program that includes a 12-week music in education curriculum, field trips for outlying preschools that Averett students cannot reach with the program, and speaking/training engagements to educate about the benefits of music in education. Dr. Phillips completed her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and her undergraduate degree in Music Therapy at Florida State University. Janet will share how the GUM program came to be, and how it works through photos, songs, and activities.

MARCH 7, 2018

3:45 p.m.

Sally Sutton "Impressionist Painting – Demonstration with Sally Sutton"

Sally Sutton grew up in Culver City California and received her BFA from California State University, Long Beach. She completed programs in painting and illustration at the Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles and Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. In May 2013 she completed her Masters Degree at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. She has been an adjunct professor at Craven Community College in New Bern, North Carolina where she taught painting and numerous workshops and classes throughout North Carolina. Sutton’s work has been exhibited in Tokyo at the Genkan Gallery of the Tokyo American Club, in the Meiji Gallery in Ginza, and in numerous shows in the United States. Her paintings can be found in private and corporate collections including GlaxoSmithKline, SAS Institute, Northern Telecom Japan, Bank of American, Sun Trust, UNC Hospitals and Duke Medical Center.

MARCH 14, 2018

3:45 p.m.

Sally Day "Service Dogs of Virginia"  

Sally Day, a Charlottesville native and UVA graduate, is thrilled to combine her desire to help others with her lifelong love of dogs. She is the Development Director at Service Dogs of Virginia, a non-profit organization that raises, trains, and places service dogs to assist individuals with disabilities. Highly trained dogs perform a multitude of tasks that allow their owners greater personal freedom and independence. Service Dogs of Virginia serves clients residing in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Sally also has experience in fundraising, events, marketing and communication. She will bring a service dog to demonstrate the services provided.

MARCH 21, 2018

3:45 p.m.

Ina Dixon "Revitalizing Communities Through the Humanities"  

A first-year PhD student in American Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, Ina Dixon works to revitalize Southern communities through the humanities. Previously, she led a project of Virginia Foundation for the Humanities called history United. In this role, Ina coordinated community programs, oral history collection and teacher workshops that encouraged a more diverse understanding of local history, and supported a renewed sense of identity for the Danville, Virginia area. Ina holds a BA in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland and a MA in History from the University of Chicago.

 

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