April is here with new blooming plants and three great events for you- a new interpretive program for you to enjoy on the 12th, the first author in our Appalachian Writers’ Series on the 26th and a two day basket workshop with Katie Avram on the 26th and 27th!

The rest of spring and summer is chock full of events and special workshops developed with you in mind! Why don’t you make a weekend of it and plan a stay in our lodging which is open all week? With great hiking, spring blooming plants, lots of activities and a great Cafe-we have all you could want for a spring getaway!

And, for more information on upcoming events through the end of the year be sure to check out our Calendar!

Photo: George Zepp



April to August Calendar of Events



April 12

Entertainment “At Commissary Hall.”

We’ve recreated the 1881 evening of musical performances and one-act plays documented in Rugby’s newspaper that year. What was popular with Rugby’s colonists then? Find out. Maybe humor & music aren’t much altered in 133 years! See for yourself in Rugby’s Rebecca Johnson Theatre with our surprising singers & actors. Reservations recommended.

7:30 p.m. EDT Admission: $10 Adults, $5 Students


April 26

Appalachian Writers’ Series presents Anita Skeen

Our third year of highlighting authors from the Appalachian region opens as we hear from distinguished professor and poet Anita Skeen, in the Rebecca Johnson Theatre at the Historic Rugby Visitor Centre.

7:00 p.m. EDT Admission: Free


April 26 & 27

Basket Workshop with Katie Avram

Saturday- Biscuit Basket: Introduction to plain, square base and traditional rim, and simple weaving.

Saturday- Wooden-Based Bowl: Using a wooden base, this basket has a continuous weave technique.  If students bring a round serving dish, this basket can be made to fit.

Sunday- Long Windowsill Basket: This basket features a long, narrow base, control of shaping on a rectangular basket, Perfect for anything from long loaves of French bread, to pots of herbs on a windowsill.

9:30 a.m. EDT start time both days   

Cost: $100 or $63/Saturday Only; $42/Sunday Only


May 16, 17 & 18th

Rugby Spring Music and Arts Festival

Our 40th Anniversary Rugby Spring Festival celebrates Rugby’s British and Appalachian roots. Enjoy a full music program and a variety of local and regional artisans and crafters. Food, music, storytelling, and fun for all will fill this three-day event.

Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. EDT,  Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., EDT

Admission: $5/adults, $3/under age 18. Members: Free


June 7

Two Knitting and Embroidery Workshops

Instructor: Mary Curren

AM: Knitting for Beginners: Learn the basic skills of knitting and leave with a useful dishcloth.

Class Time: 9:00 a.m. – Noon Eastern

PM: Ribbon Embroidery: Learn the basics of this Victorian embellishment technique for handkerchiefs, sachets, etc.

Class Time: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Eastern

Cost: $25/ Per Workshop    

June 14

 Beginners Watercolor Landscape Workshop

Instructor: Sue Duncan

Many techniques are used in watercolor painting. Experiment with colors and how to blend them with water on paper to create your own masterpiece. Bring a photo of a simple landscape with you!

Cost: $45 + per student material fee

Class Time:  10 a.m. Eastern


June 14

Appalachian Writers Series presents Terry Roberts

The second in our Appalachian Writers series features an evening with award-winning, historical fiction novelist Terry Roberts. Join us in the Rebecca Johnson Theater at Rugby’s Visitor Centre for this talk/signing.

7:00 p.m. EDT Admission: Free


June 21-22

Antique Street Fair

The streets of Rugby are lined with vintage treasures for this weekend featuring a variety of antique vendors. Everything from antique toys to primitive furniture makes its way to Rugby for your shopping pleasure.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. EDT Daily Admission: Free


June 28-29

Member Appreciation Weekend and Annual Meeting

Join us for the Membership Appreciation weekend and Historic Rugby’s annual meeting. Not yet a member?

Contact us and join today!

Meeting: June 29, 1:30 p.m. EDT


July 5

Antique Car Show

Witness history on wheels and celebrate the Independence Day weekend at

our annual antique car show, featuring a variety of antique vehicles on display throughout the village. All proceeds go to support efforts to preserve and interpret Historic Rugby.

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. EDT Spectator Admission: Free


July 12

Appalachian Writers Series presents Janie Watts

The third presentation in our 2014 writer series features Janie Dempsey Watts. In Moon over Taylor’s Ridge she explores a woman’s coming to grips with a collapsing marriage amid a rich Appalachian setting. Join us in the Rebecca Johnson Theater at Rugby’s Visitor Centre for this talk/signing.

7:00 p.m. EDT Admission: Free

August 8-10

 Advanced Writers Workshop

Instructor: Vicki Lane

This course is designed for writers who have a work in progress. Participants will submit a chapter in advance and sessions will focus on critique and encouragement.

Cost: $150 Includes textbook, course tuition, 2 breakfasts, and 2 dinners.

Or, 3-Day “Residency” Package: $250, Includes the registration package, above, plus 2 nights lodging in an historic, Victorian building. (One additional night’s lodging available at $50/person.)


August 23

British Motorcar Show

The British are coming and will roll into town in style for this U.K.-only car and motorbike show. It’s a weekend filled with motorcars and entertainment,

all to support Historic Rugby. Sponsored by the Plateau British Car Club.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. EDT Spectator Admission: Free