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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 cancelled.

2018-2019 Programs

October 24, 2018

3:45 p.m.

Don Koplen, Author: 
"Jew Boy of the South"

Don Koplen grew up in Danville and worked in his father’s business, Abe Koplen Clothiers. He was a varsity wrestler and an academic honor athlete graduate of GWHS. Born in 1947, Don graduated from the University of South Carolina and became a psychodramatist, a massage therapist, a saxophonist, a carpenter, and a writer. He lives with his wife in Boulder, Colorado, and is the father of two sons and has two grandchildren. His late parents, Ruth and Albert Koplen, were active in Temple Beth Sholom and Barry, his brother, is a resident of Danville.

October 31, 2018

3:45 p.m.

Ina Dixon:
"Revitalizing Communities Through the Humanities" 

A second year PhD student in American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ina Dixon works to revitalize Southern communities through the humanities. She previously led History United, a project of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. In this role, Ina coordinated community programs, oral history collections, and teacher workshops that encouraged a more diverse understanding of local history and supported a renewed sense of identity for the Danville, Virginia area. She holds a degree in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland and an MA from the University of Chicago. Ina spent her childhood in Chatham, Virginia.

November 7, 2018

3:45 p.m.

Mike Clark:
"Behind the Scenes with Mike Clark: An Insider’s Look at Movies and Theatre"

Mike Clark provided so much information and laughter the first time he appeared at The Wednesday Club that he was bound to return for a second appearance. Mr. Clark, who resides in Greensboro, NC, has been a movie critic and professional theatre producer. He also appeared on TV’s Guiding Light. He has many stories of major film and theatre stars such as Tony Bennett, Oprah Winfrey, Carol Burnett, Sophia Loren, and others that he may share with us.

*November 14, 2018

2:00 p.m.

The Wednesday Club Bake Sale
1002 Main Street
Danville, VA  24541

November 14, 2018

3:45 p.m.

Chuck Whitlock:
"Scam School and MediScams"

Chuck Whitlock, known as a Scam-Buster, entertains while he educates. He is a motivator who connects with people and leaves them inspired. His books Scam School, Easy Money, and MediScams expose the inner workings of white-collar crimes, street crimes, and other schemes of con artists. Mr. Whitlock is a contributing writer for Technology Magazine, The Washington Post, Cleveland’s Plain Dealer, and Chicago Sun Times among other newspapers. His television appearances and radio interviews include NBC’s Today, Oprah, CNN’s Your Money, The View, the Discovery Channel, and The 20th Century with Mike Wallace. In addition to his keynote speaking engagements, Chuck devotes much of his time to training events and preventing crimes, and is a dynamic presenter with a cause. He is married to Candace Waugh, a Danville native and daughter of Doris Ann Waugh, a long-time member of The Wednesday Club. The Whitlocks live near Wilmington, NC.

December 5, 2018

3:45 p.m.

The Rainier Trio with Leslie Mabe and Barbara Wittwer:
"Holiday Favorites"

The Rainier Trio returns by popular demand to The Wednesday Club to perform their captivating arrangements of holiday favorites. Hailed as “two virtuosos,” Kevin and Bryan Matheson received critical acclaim at their Carnegie Weill Recital Hall debut as part of the IBLA Grand Prize Competition Winners Tour. They are recognized for mesmerizing and spirited performances and have toured Japan, Ireland, Sicily, and the Czech Republic. Pianist Brenda Wittwer and soprano Leslie Mabe have performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York City with the Wytheville Community College Choir, in addition to performing in many other leading and supporting roles. This performance is supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

January 16, 2019

3:45 p.m.

Shelby Stephenson, Poet Laureate:
Poet and Professor"

Poet, professor, editor and musician Shelby Stephenson was the celebrated North Carolina Poet Laureate from 2014 until 2016. He was presented the North Carolina Award in Literature and has earned many other prestigious prizes for his literary work, including induction into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in 2014. Dr. Stephenson earned his BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1960, his MA from the University of Pittsburgh in 1967, and his PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 1974. He taught at Campbell University and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke until his retirement in 2010. Former Poet Laureate Kathryn S. Byer said of him, “He’s just good, both as a person and as a poet…a singer, an old-time raconteur, a poet attuned to the rhythms of our state and its people…and for those who keep saying they don’t like poetry, just wait till you hear Shelby. You will change your mind in a flash.”

January 23, 2019  Program Cancelled

3:45 p.m.

Lee Sandstead, Art Historian:
Art Attack" 

Lee Sandstead has been called "the world’s most fired up art historian." Discovering a passion for art in his early 20’s, he has been on one amazing art adventure after another. As host of the Travel Channel’s Emmy nominated Art Attack, Sandstead documented five must-see works in each of some the greatest museums. His iBook Cleaning Mona Lisa became a number one best seller. He endured the arduous "Camino de Santiago," hundreds of miles through portions of France, Spain, and Portugal, documenting ecclesiastical art and architecture. Sandstead has lectured on art at over 200 major universities and museums. Formerly a member of the art department at Averett University, he returns to The Wednesday Club once again to inspire us with his contagious zeal for his subject.

January 30, 2019

3:45 p.m.

Dr. Ralph Hawkins:
"Searching for the Early Israelites in the Jordan Valley"

Since 2016, the Jordan Valley Excavation Project (JVEP) has been investigating the ancient history and archaeology of the region of the southern Jordan Valley, with a particular focus on the Israelite period. Ralph K. Hawkins (PhD, Andrews University) will summarize JVEP’s study of seasonal settlement sites in the region that may have been associated with the early Israelites during the time of Joshua, as well as its plans to excavate a fortified town that appears to have been a central administrative city of the Kingdom of Judah. Dr. Hawkins is a Professor of Religion at Averett University and Co-Director of the Jordan Valley Excavation Project.

February 6, 2019

3:45 p.m.

Kathy Milam, Development/Executive Director of the Danville Museum:
"Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History: Where Visual Arts and History Unite"

Kathy Milam, Development/Executive Director of the Danville Museum as of 2018, will share news of the museum’s programs, development efforts, and community impact, as well as her vision and hopes for its future. She is a graduate of Emory University and has made her home in Danville since 1990 with her husband, Circuit Court Judge Joseph Milam. Mrs. Milam is active in several long-standing civic organizations and has served as president of Riverview Rotary, Garden Club of Danville, and the Danville Concert Association. At present, she is a member of the Board of Dan River Nonprofit Network.

February 13, 2019

3:45 p.m.

Faye Solomon Kushner, Author:
"Review of The Time to Run"

Faye Solomon Kushner is a retired English professor, a Fulbright Scholar, and a “factional” writer. A native of Eastern Kentucky’s coal camps, rural hollows, and small towns, she is an avid gardener and reader of Southern fiction stories of the heart. Kushner’s historical novel, though based on her childhood, is neither autobiography nor memoir. She calls it ”faction,” a mingling of both fact and imagination. It is more than a coalmine saga. Though simply told, it is a metaphysical drama filled with exciting plot lines, immortal characters and rhythmic lyrical language. This is a world of good and evil, the haunting dark below ground and the haunting light above. In both worlds, the escape depends on knowing when to run. This gripping allegory reveals the human spirit at its worst...and best.

February 20, 2019

3:45 p.m.

Linda Gourley:
"Knowing Ourselves Through Art"

Linda Gourley, who has won numerous awards in Virginia and North Carolina, is a native of Pittsylvania County and received her BA from Averett University. She was a teacher of art for 24 years in museums and public schools. Collaborating with North Carolinian Bob Timberlake, she created three collages of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Iron Eyes Cody which were designed for the US Postal Service and now hang permanently in Timberlake’s gallery in Lexington, NC. Gourley’s works have been exhibited in Tyndale Gallery, Mueller Gallery and Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History. In addition, Linda Gourley has participated in the prestigious Cherry Creek Arts Festival in Denver. Her etchings can be found in private and corporate collections including GlaxoSmithKline, Duke Medical Center and executives’ homes of Henley Paper Company.

February 27, 2019

3:45 p.m.

R. Hutchings Vernon:
"The Intrinsic Values of Warren Buffett"  

Mr. Vernon will focus today on key lessons learned from thirty plus years of studying Buffett’s methods of business, investing, and philanthropic life. Known as the “Guru of Wall Street” and the “Oracle of Omaha,” Buffett is the Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, the sixth most valuable company in the United States. He is the third wealthiest person in the world and is giving 99% of his wealth to charity. Vernon will speak about Buffett’s wit, wisdom, and investment acumen. He will give us ideas to improve our thinking and odds of success in our own investment endeavors. A partner of Brown Advisory International, Hutch Vernon resides in Baltimore with his wife Susan, of Lenoir, NC, and has three grown children. He is the son of the late Melvin C. Vernon, Jr., and Jean Carol Vernon, an active member of The Wednesday Club. He is an honor graduate of George Washington High School and graduated magna cum laude of the University of Virginia.

MARCH 6, 2019

3:45 p.m.

Mimi Grubb -- Founder, Director, Producer:
"North Star Theatre Project"

The actors of North Star Theatre Project will present favorite musical selections from past productions and give a sneak preview of their upcoming spring show under the guidance of Mimi Johnson Grubb. The project was started in 2013 with the mission of offering the Southside community youth professional training in the skills and techniques of theatre performance. Home based at the historic North Theatre, the group has produced and performed eleven main stage productions and five community events, including Aladdin, Jr. and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, all extremely well received by attendees. In addition, North Star Theatre Project offers classes, workshops, and camps that allow youth to explore in greater depth the art of theatre. Mrs. Grubb, a new member of The Wednesday Club, graduated from Appalachian State University with a BS in Theatre and brings 30 years of professional experience to the project. This outstanding group is returning a second time to the Club.

MARCH 13, 2019

3:45 p.m.

Elizabeth L. Hodges:
"The Russian Constitution of 1993"

After graduating from GWHS, Danville native Dr. Hodges received a degree in journalism and English from Westhampton College of the University of Richmond. She earned a Master of Arts in English Writing from Hollins College. She received her Juris Doctor Degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire in 1986. Dr. Hodges has held several positions including practicing law, working at Harvard University and teaching many aspects of law in New Hampshire colleges. She worked with the NH Supreme Court in 1991 and as Deputy General Counsel for the Court from 2001-2004.

She spent much time in Russia to help with the writing of its new constitution in 1993. Dr. Hodges writes for and publishes The Petersburg Express and translates from Russian other literary writers. She has published her own book of poetry with illustrations called Witchery and her work has been seen in many literary magazines in recent years. She resides with her husband, Danny Kumin, and son Noah in Concord. She is the daughter of the late Ruby Hodges, a member of The Wednesday Club for many years.

MARCH 20, 2019

3:45 p.m.

Celia Rivenbark, Author and Humorist:
"Finding the Comedy in Chaos: How Humor Keeps Us Sane"

New York Times bestselling author and humor columnist Celia Rivenbark will discuss how humor can improve every aspect of our lives and explain why Southerners are the funniest people on earth. A native of Duplin County, North Carolina, Celia Rivenbark is the author of seven books and has a weekly humor column which appears in newspapers across the country. In addition, she is an award winning playwright whose original works are performed each summer on the North Carolina coast. Her book, We’re Just Like You, Only Prettier, was named best fiction book of the year by the Southern Independent Booksellers Association. Mrs. Rivenbark lives in Wilmington, NC, with her husband Scott Whisnant, a hospital executive and true crime author. They have one daughter, Sophie, a junior majoring in media and journalism at UNC-CH. Celia’s obsessions include UNC basketball, perfectly cooked collard greens, and Project Runway.

*SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2019

3:00 p.m.

The Ways and Means Committee
"Music with Michael"

(Tickets $25.  Limited seating is available.)

Michael Adcock: "Music With Michael"

Professional concert pianist and native son Michael Adcock will perform for The Wednesday Club and the community. Hailed for his prodigious technique and praised by The Washington Post for an “unusually fresh and arresting approach to the piano,” Michael has cultivated a versatile career as soloist, chamber musician, pre-concert lecturer, and faculty member of the Washington Conservatory of Music in Bethesda, Maryland.

A reception follows the performance.

*Note: This special performance will be held on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. 

MARCH 27, 2019

3:45 p.m.

John Settle, Jr.:
A Resolution to Benefit Your Family"

ohn Settle, Jr., joined American National Bank in 2016 as Executive Vice President of Trust and Investment Services with over thirty years experience guiding clients in growing, managing, protecting, and transforming wealth. He most recently served as Senior Vice President and Senior Fiduciary Advisor at Wells Fargo, where he and his team helped families and businesses meet their financial goals. Settle also served as Managing Director in the Private Wealth Management area of Sun Trust and currently serves on the investment committee of the Cameron Foundation. A graduate of the University of Richmond, where he received BS and MBA degrees, he graduated from the Southeastern Trust School and the Executive Leadership Institute of the Virginia Bankers Association.

April 3, 2019

3:45 p.m.

"Miss Augusta and The Wednesday Club"

In celebration of The Wednesday Club’s 125th year anniversary, a dramatic production observing the founding of the organization by Miss Augusta Yates in 1893 will be presented.