Appalfolks of America Association

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     Appalfolks of America Association (AAA) was founded in 1985 by M. Ray Allen, an English teacher and coach at Alleghany High School, to promote the literary and performing arts, to preserve Appalachian heritage, and to promote drug-free creativity.  On December 20, 1991, AAA received The Historic Masonic Theatre that was operating as the Historic Stonewall Theatre at the time.  After 12 years of restoring the theatre from a twin-cinema to a performing arts theatre, producing and presenting hundreds of theatrical productions and concerts, and completing more than $200,000 worth of restoration improvements thanks in part to a $130,000 matching grant from The Alleghany Foundation that required AAA to raise $39,000, AAA donated the theatre to the Town of Clifton Forge in 2003.  

     Check out this documentary of AAA's STARS program, providing the mentally and physically challenged members of the Alleghany Highland's a performing arts platform for over 20 years!

Check out the Virginia Opry in action!  Now the official opry of the state of Virginia!

Here's a list of all the programs that AAA founded:  

* The Virginia Opry  

* STARS (Special Theatrical Artists Revue & Showcase)  

* The Virginia Junior Opry

* Performance Series for Students

* The Stonewall Players

* The Clifton Forge Players

* The Stonewall Children's Theatre

* The Southern Gospel Music Revue

* Southern Appalachian Writers' Association

* The Appalachian Poetry Series

* Sponsor of Appalfolks in Action at Alleghany High School

     Appalfolks of America & its programs have received the following recognition & honors:

* Alleghany County Board of Supervisors designated TAP & AAA as official literacy agents

* The Virginia Opry was honored by the Virginia House of Delegates in 2018

* The Town of Clifton Forge honored The Virginia Opry in 2019

* The Virginia Opry was designated in 2020 as the Official Opry of Virginia via Senate Bill 283

* Appalfolks received praise for its programs in "Encyclopedia of Appalachia" in 2006

* Appalfolks was awarded a Bronze Telly for its documentary film titled "STARS" in 2006

     The following performers have graced the stage for Appalfolks of America:

* Bill Pinkney's Original Drifters at Alleghany High School and at The Historic Stonewall Theatre

* Robin and Linda Williams and their Fine Group

* Goose Creek Symphony

* Charlie Waller and the Country Gentlemen

* The Easter Brothers

* Home Cookin'

* Plumb Sideways

* The Farm Hands

* The Bart Chucker Band

* Cane Mill Road

* The Darrell Webb Band

* Mountain Thunder

* Blue Mountain Myst

* Against the Grain

* Freight Train

* The Conner Family

* Ron Downing and the Downing Brothers

* Mike Seeger

* The Brethren Four

* Men of Greenbrier

* The Cardinal State Quartet

* The Brethren Four

* Gloryland

* Blue Grass Inspirations

* The Announcers

* The Expressions

* The Harbor Men

* Rebecca Holder

* John McCutcheon

*  Mike Morningstar

*  Bruce Allen

*  Keith Bryant & Steve Hoke Band

*  Michael Hoover & his Sweetwater Band

*  The Mid-Ohio Valley Ballet

*  Bob Campbell & the Coachmen

*  Fiddlin' Robbie Wells

*  The Happy Time Cloggers

*  The Piney Mountain Cloggers

*  The Old Dominion Cloggers

*  The Rebels of Rhythm Cloggers

*  The Freight Hoppers

*  The Free Agents

*  Numerous productions by Theatre IV of Richmond at AHS and the Historic Stonewall Theatre

*  Numerous productions by Lime Kiln Arts at AHS, the theatre, and elementary schools

*  Poetry Alive from North Carolina at AHS

    Appalfolks of America Association is renovating the WXCF Studio building at 1047 Ingalls Street in Clifton Forge for its headquarters.  Based in Clifton Forge, AAA founded the Alleghany Highlands Writers' Workshop in conjunction with the Clifton Forge Public Library in 2006.  The workshop that meets bi-monthly is free, and more than 50 area writers have participated in the program over the years.

     AAA has organized and conducted more than 30 benefits for worthwhile causes including many that were held for individuals who were suffering from life-threatening diseases such as cancer.  The following are some of the organizations that AAA has helped via conducting benefits: Wounded Warrior Project, 9/11 Fund, Children's Miracle Network, Clifton Forge Public Library, Alleghany Highlands Free Clinic, Total Action Against Poverty (TAP), and Clifton Forge Little League.  For example, after TAP's building in Roanoke was destroyed by fire, AAA held a benefit concert in Hodnett Hall that raised $500 for TAP.  AAA has also conducted two Poetry-A-Thons that resulted in more than $2,000 being donated to help those in need.

     Members of AAA's board of directors: David B. Davis, chairman of the board; M. Ray Allen, president; Bruce Olson, vice-president; Harry J. Newman, treasurer; Anmarie Herald, secretary; Bill Wade, Jr., board member; Paula Crance, board member; Justin Peery, board member; Bosco Williams, board member; Barry Balser, board member; Dorthy Hayslett, board member; and Alene Wilcher, board member.

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