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Local Fair Renews Community Spirit

Everyone wants to stand in a place like the Amherst County Fair during the late summer. From the elevated fairground, you can view miles of mountains and feel the rush of wind on your cheeks. The sun is a little too warm, but it’s welcome on your skin.

Here the greens are greener, the blues are bluer and your eyes open a little bit wider.

Maybe that’s why the fair attracted 15,000 visitors, according to fair organizers.

Young and old, families and friends, put down their devices to breathe in a little hometown spirit.

Sweet Briar Offers Its Resources to the Amherst Community

Besides preparing young women to succeed in the modern world for more than a century, Sweet Briar College, throughout the year, hosts a number
of public events, including lectures, performances, a Writers Series and salons with fellows from the Virginia Center for the
Creative Arts.

Readings and lectures are frequently open to the public. Here, novelist Barbara Kingsolver addresses a packed house in Murchison Lane Auditorium during the 2013 Julia B. Waxter Environmental Forum.

The College also owns an impressive collection of art. The Anne Gary Pannell Center is the College’s principal art gallery. It is also a venue for lectures and classes as well as other educational programs and public events. This main gallery is supplemented by two satellite galleries, one located in the lobby of Benedict Hall and one adjacent to the theater and dance studios in Babcock Fine Arts Center. In addition to hosting exhibitions, both Babcock and Benedict galleries also serve as spaces for talks and social events. Learn more about the galleries at sbc.edu/art-galleries.