The Stokes County Arts Council is a community organization that.....

  • Touches the lives of more than 20,000 people of all ages each year.
  • Provides affordable cultural and leisure time activities for every member of the family.
  • Reaches Stokes County children from grades K-12 with FREE programs that encourage creativity and build self esteem.
  • Gives local artists a venue for their work so that their talents can be appreciated by everyone.
  • Boosts tourism & economic development, drawing people and businesses to a community that is culturally alive & exciting.
  • Enhances the quality of life, quickens the mind and refreshes the Spirit!!

Christmas in DanburyAnnouncements & Events

Christmas in Historic Danbury set for December 6th

The Stokes County Arts Council, Town of Danbury, Stokes County Historical Society and Artist’s Way Bakery will host “Christmas in Historic Danbury” on Sunday, December 6, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Local artists will be featured in the Apple Gallery with an opening reception from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Featured artists/artisans include Mark Bowman, Kitty Ray Brown, Joseph Brunjes, Carol Carroll, Mike Davis, Jo Ann Dodder, Rebecca Dresser, Frank Duncan, Cheryl Garrity, Aaron Gibbons, T J Kuhlmann, Jesse Moore, Ellen Peric, Craig Richards, Paula Stone, Maggie Summey, Lisa Visek and others. Festivities include special music at the gallery by violinist Joseph Brunjes.

In addition to the gallery reception, there will be tours of the Stokes County Museum from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. with special guests Julie Morgan (special reading) and Mike Davis (heritage wood carving); music and dance at Artist’s Way, which include the North Stokes Chorus under the direction of Meredith Dowdy at 2:00 p.m., Karen Mercer retelling a story by Gloria Houston – The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree at 2:30 p.m.; CC Dance Company under the direction of Claudia Cotter at 3:00 p.m.; followed by Brack and Angela Llewellyn and story time at 3:30 p.m. The NoneSuch Carolers will perform in the Apple Gallery at 4:30 p.m. to approximately 5:00 p.m.

Kids and adults alike, remember Santa, Mrs. Santa and Sammie and Lizzie the elves will be at Artist’s Way making photos. Please come and have your favorite Christmas photo made. All proceeds from the photos taken will be donated to the Animal Rescue of Stokes and the Stokes County Animal Shelter.

Also, on the courthouse lawn across from the Stokes County Arts Council beginning at 3:30 p.m., the Town of Danbury will sponsor a Christmas music program. Mayor Janet Whitt will host the tree lighting dedication, followed by a candlelight service and Christmas caroling starting at 5:00 p.m. Local arts and crafts vendors are invited to set up a booth on the courthouse lawn or across the street on the sidewalk of the Arts Council. For more information contact the Stokes County Arts Council.

Come and join us for an afternoon filled with entertainment, refreshments and a visit with Santa Claus. For additional information, contact the Stokes County Arts Council, 500 N. Main Street, Danbury, North Carolina, at 336-593-8159.

quilting classQuilting Classes Nov. 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th & Dec. 7th & 14th from 6-8 in Danbury

You are invited to come quilt with us from 6-8pm at The Stokes County Community Services Building, 700 N. Main st., Danbury, NC 27016. Please print and fill out the registration form.

Learn Basic Techniques & Skills in 5 sessions
Work to complete your own 53"x60" Log Cabin Quilt

Required Materials: Sewing Machine, Thread, Scissors, Seam Ripper, 100% Cotton Material

Theme - Log Cabin Quilt 53" x 60"
Instructor: Gina Pace
Registration Fee $75. Pre-Payment Required.
Materials Required:
Sewing Machine, Thread, Scissors, Seam Ripper, 100% Cotton Material in the following color schemes. (Note: Small prints are better than solids):
1/4 yard of dark soid fabric (i.e. black, burgundy, brown, navy, etc. )
1 3/4 yeards Total of 5-6 different light fabrics (i.e. ivory, white, pale yellow, etc.)
1 3/4 yards Total of 5-6 medium to dark fabrics (i.e. blue, green, brown, orange, etc.)

Download the quilting flyer and place in a prominent location.

Calendar CoverStokes Arts Council Launches Calendar Fund-Raising Project

  • “The perfect gift for the friend who already has everything.”
  • Fund-raising project will support Arts Education programs in Stokes County schools.
  • Calendars photographed, designed, and produced entirely in Stokes County. Completely local project.

As the Christmas shopping season approaches, the Stokes County Arts Council wants to help you find the perfect gift for the friend who already has everything: A 2016 Calendar with prize-winning photographs, designed and produced entirely in Stokes County by Arts Council members.

“A calendar,” says President Ellen Peric, “lets your friend know that you care, every day of the year.” In this case, she notes, 397 days: The calendar spans 13 months, from December 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016. (2016 is a Leap Year.)

“What do you give the friend who already has everything?” she asks, “a calendar.” You can never have too many calendars.”

The calendars go on sale this week. Peric says if you can’t find one at a nearby store or call (336) 593-8159.

“This calendar won’t break your gift-giving budget,” Peric notes. “It’s priced reasonably at just $14.95. Proceeds will support Arts Education in Stokes County schools.”

Eddy McGee, the Arts Council’s Executive Director, said, “We’ve talked about producing an annual calendar for years, and have had many of our member supporters mention their interest in the idea.”

The problem: “Online, we could buy stock calendars and put our name on them. But they’d cost too much. And we’d be stuck with stock pictures of flowers and birds from somewhere else, like Wyoming or Arizona. That’s not what we’re about. We’re about Stokes County.”

He continued, “After discussing the idea as a group, we discovered one of our members had experience designing and producing calendars. He figured how we could produce a calendar locally, much cheaper than those you get online. Everything – photographs, design, events, production, and printing – will be done in Stokes County.”

He added, “I was skeptical until I saw the first proof. It was professional, in capital letters. The quality was amazing. The photographs, done by Kitty Ray Brown and Jess Moore – well, every one of them is a prizewinner. All made in Stokes County, showing us at our best.”

He noted, “We don’t ask taxpayers to fund Arts Council projects. We try to raise the money on our own. A big project we fund each year is our Arts Education programs in Stokes County schools. Proceeds from the calendar will help pay for that.”

Peric agrees. “This calendar is produced in Stokes County, by Stokes County people, and it’s all about Stokes County. I’d put the quality of this calendar up against any calendar in the country. It’s professional. It’s beautiful. We’re proud to offer it.”

Because the calendar is produced locally, Peric said it contains information specific to the county. “Every Arts Council event on our schedule is in the calendar. Everything from North Carolina holidays, to election days, to full moons, to eclipses, to parades, to swimming dates at Hanging Rock Lake – and on and on. It’s all there.”

Kids Drama ClassesFall & Winter Theater Classes until December 15th

The Stokes County Arts Council will host Theatre Classes for Kids beginning Tuesday, October 27th and continuing every Tuesday through December 15, 2015.  Instruction is provided by The Nonesuch Playmakers and includes basic theater arts and stage direction techniques and skills.  Classes culminate in a public performance. 

Ages 6 to 9 - 6-6:50pm
Ages 10 to teen - 7-8pm

King Recreation Acres
107 White Rd., King NC

$70 per student includes instruction and public performance.

To register download and fill out the registration form. Call the arts council at 336-593-8159 for more information.


Polar Plunge - New Year's Day at Hanging Rock Bathhouse & Lake

Polar PlungeNew Year's Day
Hanging Rock State Park Lake
1790 Hanging Rock Park Rd., Danbury, NC
Parade of Costumes: 2:30pm Plunge begins:3:00
$25 Advance Registration $35 Day Of Event

Commemorative Event Towel (First 150 Registered) Unlimited Chicken Stew or Chili & Beverages
Music by DJ Tory Mabe
1st, 2nd, 3rd place prizes for best costume

Register Online at Brown Paper Tickets
Ages 14 & Up
Under 18 must have consent of parent/guardian
Beach Bon Fire, Heated Changing Rooms, and New Year's Day Fun!

The event will take place rain or shine, unless directed by Stokes Emergency Medical Services to cancel. 

No charge for spectators, and food / beverage will be available for purchase. 

For more information call 336-593-8159 #haropolarplunge
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Upcoming Events

Theater Classes for Kids - Tuesday classes October 27th through December 15th. Ages 6-teen King Recreation Acres $70 per child
Quilting Classes - Mondays 6-8pm November 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23nd, 30th at the Community Services Bldg in Danbury materials needed $75
Christmas in Danbury - Sunday, December 6th from 2 - 5pm
Polar Plunge - Friday, January 1st, Hanging Rock State Park Bathhouse from 1:30 - 4pm Arrive at 1:00 to socialize and register and prepare for the plunge at 2pm. Spectators can purchase food and beverages
Piedmont Acappella Showcase - Saturday, April 9th at King Central Park

Stokes County Artists - There are many talented visual artists living in Stokes County. The Visual Arts Committee has started to gather those talented folks in one place in order to showcase their artwork. If you are an artist and would like to submit images to the gallery, please email For more artists and images please vist the Stokes County Arts Council's Visual Artist's page at:

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