Events & Activities

Speaker Series: Survival in Occupied Belgium, WWII
Repeated: March 19 at 7 pm

Regine Archer to share her story of survival in occupied Belgium in WWII.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the day the Allies invaded France, leading to the victory which finally freed Europe from Nazi oppression. Even with the passage of time, the grim lessons of WWII must never be forgotten. On March 18 at 7 pm at the Salem Museum, Regine Nozice Archer will share her personal story of survival as a teenager in Nazi-occupied Belgium. The talk is free and open to the public.

Born in Poland in 1924, Regine moved with her family to Belgium when she was a young girl, not knowing that by 1940, they would be facing a devastating world war. Forced to hide her heritage from the Nazi occupiers, Regine and her sister, both teenagers, assumed false names and took refuge in a Belgian convent where only the Mother Superior knew their truth. Every day of the four-year occupation was a struggle to avoid capture by the Germans. By the time the area was liberated in 1944, Regine’s sister and parents had survived, although other members of her family had perished in the Holocaust. Fluent in French, German, and English, she was hired as an interpreter and head typist for the U.S. Army, and she met her future husband there, an American, James M. Archer, Jr. Regine and her husband moved to the U.S. after the war in 1947, and moved to the Roanoke Valley in 1959. They soon purchased Blue Ridge Beverage, a beer distribution company in Salem. Today, Regine is the Chairman of Blue Ridge Beverage, and all six of her children work for the company: Nancy (Doucette), Bob, Jim, Paul, Evelyn (Hunt), and Jackie.

Glenvar High School and Middle School Student Art Show
Through April 6

Student work includes a variety of 2D and 3D art.

The Blue Ridge Potters Guild Student Pottery Show in Honor of Jessie Rusinko
March 27-April 6
Awards Ceremony April 6, noon to 2 pm

The Blue Ridge Potters Guild presents the first Juried Student Pottery-only show in Southwest Virginia. The  show will feature pottery by students from Salem High School, Patrick Henry High School, Lord Botetourt High School, Northside High School, Auburn High School, Lucy Addison Middle School, Andrew Lewis Middle School, and one student is home schooled. The show will be judged by Jane Paul Angelhart from Charlottesville, VA. She is an artist and teacher with a background in a variety of visual arts, including ceramics. Awards will be presented by Steve Mitchell, a long time member of the Guild who originated  this show. The Blue Ridge Potters Guild thanks the Salem Museum for hosting this show, the businesses that helped with sponsorship and prizes, the students who have entered and the teachers who encouraged them, and the community of patrons who support the arts. They also thank the Rusinko Family, and others, who continue to donate to the Jessie Rusinko Memorial Fund which makes this show possible.

Salem High School IB Student Art Show
April 16-May 1

Student work includes a variety of 2D and 3D art. Join these talented students for the Opening Reception on April 16!