BY MEREDITH VAJDA
Thank you to everyone who supported our June 8 fundraising concert featuring Sammy Goldstein and a special appearance by the Community Band of the Paris-Henry County Chamber Music Society.
Sammy was the consummate performer, putting on a show that was equal parts memory lane vignettes, southern humor and a tribute to performers and music from Hollywood to Broadway. It was obvious that Sammy had fun performing, and that made the concert more entertaining for the audience.
The Community Band performed two numbers on their own and then accompanied Sammy for three more. The pairing sounded amazing, especially considering they had performed together earlier in the day for only about an hour. The post-concert meet-and-greet was lively, with Sammy posing for photos with old friends and school chums.
The school cafeteria was turned into an elegant space for a delicious light buffet catered by Mockingbird Catering.
The whole evening was special and bolstered our resources so we can continue to fund programs that promote and support the arts in our area.
We are grateful to Sammy, who donated his time and talent, to Rhonda Stanton at the Krider Performing Arts Center for her very professional work on this, and to our members, volunteers and the general public.
The new school year has not yet started, but the Arts Council is planning the city and county fifth-grade trips to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville and/or The Dixie Performing Arts Center in Huntingdon. Teachers are considering shows that would be appropriate for their students and curriculum, and reservations will begin by mid-August.
These Arts Council-sponsored trips have been a mainstay of our calendar for almost the whole 51-plus years that the Arts Council has existed. With a cost of about $14,000 to send more than 400 students, teachers and chaperones to a performance, it’s the largest event we sponsor and perhaps the one that holds the most memories for former students in the city and county school systems.
Trivia nights continue. The fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. is the time and Perrylodgic Brewing is the place.
Food is available at 5:30 p.m., with grilled burgers on the menu for the session this Monday.
Gather a team of six and join us to test your knowledge of useless information.
Entry fee is $10 a person and if you need help with answers, you can purchase free passes for use in some of the categories.
We always have a great time and the funds we raise support all of the Arts Council events.
If you want to see our trivia nights in action, visit us at the Henry County Fair at 6 p.m. Aug. 5, when we’ll be in the Enoch building for a special session. Entry fee is $5 a person for a slightly shortened version of our regular game night.
Snacks will be available for purchase, and all proceeds support the Arts Council events. In the spirit of all nonprofits supporting other nonprofits, the Arts Council suggests you don’t miss Lee Academy’s fundraising concert Aug. 17 at KPAC, where the performer will be Jim Stafford. Besides “Spiders and Snakes,” which stayed on the American pop charts for 26 weeks, he also wrote “Wildwood Weed,” “My Girl Bill” and “Cow Patti” written for the Clint Eastwood movie “Any Which Way You Can.”
Stafford has appeared numerous times on television including 26 appearances on the “Tonight” Show, hosted “Nashville on the Road” for three years and was a regular performer and head writer for the “New Smothers Brothers Show” in 1988-89. In 1990, he moved to Branson, Mo., and has been there at his own theater for more than 28 years. The Chicago Tribune has described Stafford as simply the best guitar-picking/comic/storytelling entertainer anywhere. Tickets are available now at Lura Lee’s, The Iron Place, Merison’s, Commercial Bank’s East Wood Street branch and online at www.brownpapertickets.com. Advance general admission is $25 and VIP meet-and-greet is $40, with each $5 more at the door.
If you wish to help with our Arts Council programs, either financially or with your time and talents, our address is 402 Lee St., Paris, or P.O. Box 1045 in Paris, and our website is www.phcarts.com. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.