Join us at Krider Performing Arts Center at 3 p.m. Nov. 23 for “Junie B. Jones the Musical,” based on four of the best-selling books by Barbara Parks. The show is a comical and heartwarming look at a first-grader who has struggles and discoveries that relate to everyday life for most folks. This not-just-for-kids musical is a collaboration between KPAC and the Arts Council and is performed by the KPAC Players.

It will be featured six times in a two-day period Nov. 25-26 for 2,000 schoolchildren in Henry and Weakley counties. Come see why the kids love the “Junie B. Jones” books. Tickets are on sale now at the Paris Civic Center and the Arts Council office, online at Brown Paper Tickets, and by phone at 800-838-3006. 

The Paris-Henry County Arts Council’s 28th Captured Moments: A Photography Showcase, opens on March 8, 2020, with a 2 p.m. reception to announce the winners, and remains in place until April 3.

For the 28th year, Dr. Danny and Martha Jo Kimberlin are the sole sponsors, always with the goal of bringing more people into the fascinating world of photography. We welcome every age, every level of expertise, every place of residence, every method of taking the photos, and almost every subject of the photos. Submissions are due March 6-7 with professional judging on March 7. 

The event will be at Rhea Public Library. Start now to consider what photos you want to enter and how you want to highlight them with matting or framing, and help the show grow from the 100-plus entries we saw last year. Cash prizes are awarded in all 10 categories, with a Best of Show prize of $100. Show rules and entry forms are online at and available at the Arts Council office at the Lee Academy for the Arts. 

Dec. 1 is the Arts Council’s 52nd annual Community Christmas Concert, at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church. Gioia Fazzini is directing the concert and has assembled a diverse group of musicians with a broad range of selections. Scheduled to perform are Believe (from Maplewood Baptist Church), HarmoniX, Rhonda Stanton on piano and voice, violinist Amelia Hart, Dan Knowles and Jordan Shepherd, vocalists Sloane Russell and Keaton Roberson, pianist Roland Atkinson, the Paris Brass, Michael Holden on guitar and vocals, and a few additional performers to be announced. Please join us for this festive beginning to the month’s holiday celebrations. It is free and everyone is welcome. 

Test your knowledge of useless information. Our next trivia night is Nov. 25 at Perrylodgic Brewing. Food is available at 5:30 p.m., with trivia starting at 6:30 p.m. Last month’s event featured a costume contest (winner was the fearless World War II fighter pilot Joe Fabiny), and keeping with a holiday theme, this one may feature a raffle for a homemade Thanksgiving pie. Pumpkin, anyone? 

“My Fair Lady” on Feb. 8 is the first of our 2020 Broadway bus trips to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville. Payment of $120 (bus and show) is due Nov. 15, but if you have missed that deadline, call or email the office to see if the bus is sold out. 

The Arts Council office number is 642-3955 and email is These trips are an easy and convenient way to see live performances of well-known and well-loved shows, as the transportation and parking are handled for you. For prices and information about our other two shows, please call the Arts Council office or send us an email. “Jesus Christ Superstar” is on March 7, and “Escape to Margaritaville” is on May 9.

Last, and most important, because it’s our readers and community that make all of these events possible, is that the Arts Council is in the midst of our annual membership drive. Your membership, at any amount, is the foundation on which we build our events. It helps to support the long-standing ones, such as the Photography Showcase and the fifth-grade trips to live performances at TPAC, and the basis for new ones, such as the dance instruction program at the REAL Hope Youth Center and the Author-in-the-Schools program we just completed. 

Our mission is to promote, encourage, and stimulate the practice and appreciation of the arts in Henry County, and we work very hard to honor our community support. Please consider joining us. Memberships in any amount may be mailed to P.O. Box 1045, Paris, or dropped off at Lee Academy, 402 Lee St., or given to an Arts Council board member at any of our events. 


MEREDITH VAJDA is treasurer for the Paris-Henry County Arts Council. Artyfacts appears monthly on The Post- Intelligencer’s Weekend page. The Arts Council may be reached at 642-3955.

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