Head for the Rebecca Johnson Theatre at Historic Rugby’s Visitor Centre this summer and enjoy community showings of three films that honor both Appalachian and British heritage.

All films are free to the public with seat reservations recommended. Donations will be welcome and will help continue the preservation of Historic Rugby’s public historic buildings and educational programs.

The film series starts Saturday night, July 18, with the Appalshop-produced classic, The Ralph Stanley Story, a documentary portrait of the old time bluegrass legend. The film begins at 7:45 p.m. EDT.

For over 50 years, Ralph Stanley’s banjo playing, haunting tenor voice, and tradition-inspired music have been heard by millions. This film explores Stanley’s musical roots in the Clinch Mountains of Virginia, the early days of The Stanley Brothers, and Ralph’s decision to continue on after the untimely death of brother Carter. Interviews with Ralph, former band members, and fellow musicians like Patty Loveless and Dwight Yoakum are intercut with live performances of such songs as "Rank Stranger," "Pretty Polly," and "Man of Constant Sorrow." Ralph also performs with Larry Sparks and Ricky Skaggs at his annual Hills of Home Bluegrass Festival. Anyone who loves the sound of Stanley’s true old-time, mountain style bluegrass will want to see this film.

On Saturday, Aug. 22, at 7:30 p.m. EDT a special screening of Sergeant York will come to the Johnson Theatre, with audience conversation afterward with York’s son, the Rev. George Edward York, and Dr. Michael Birdwell, an expert on Alvin York’s history and on this classic film that starred Gary Cooper. This event is co-sponsored by the Alvin York Patriotic Foundation.

The incredible true story behind the beloved hymn, "Amazing Grace," is embodied in the British film of the same name to be shown at Rugby on Sept. 19 at 7:30 p.m. This beautifully filmed and acted story chronicles the life of William Wilberforce, an 18th century Christian politician in England who dedicated his life to abolishing slavery and to the prevention of cruelty to animals.

Call Historic Rugby at 1-888-214-3400 or 628-2441 to reserve seats, recommended to assure seating. The Harrow Road Café a block from the Johnson Theatre will start serving dinner at 5 p.m. EDT.