The Paris-Henry County Arts Council begins a new fiscal year on July 1. It’s also the time when we actively seek new members for the board of directors.

We are a working board, so while we meet monthly for an hour or so, more time is required for committees and events.

No special talents are needed, we’ve found the board members who are true assets generally have the skills a good kindergartner would have: creativity and ability to play well with others.

The calendar of our events is expanding, especially in areas we currently don’t serve, like literary events and our fall dance program with the REAL Hope Youth Center, for which we have just been awarded a grant.

This fall we plan to co-produce with Krider Performing Arts Center a theatrical performance for all grade school students, to be performed in November. Another big fall event will be reviving “Krider Idol.”

Our major event will always be organizing and paying for every fifth-grader in the county to attend a live professional theatrical performance, usually in Nashville. We’ll announce more details as these events are planned.

Please consider joining us to help bring these programs to fruition.

If you want to help, but being a board member seems too daunting, ask to be put on our volunteers list. We could call on you for one specific task for one specific event, ensuring the success of everything we do.

• May Trivia Night was another success, with about 40 people playing a trivia game focused on people and events from the 1980s.

There were lots of laughs and groans, and a few head-scratcher questions, but everyone seemed to enjoy the blast from the past. A photo of the winning team accompanies this column.

Please consider joining the trivia crowd at Perrylodgic Brewing on the fourth Monday of each month. The next game night is June 24. Check our Facebook page for food we’ll have available for purchase starting at 5:30 p.m., with trivia beginning at 6:30.

• The Arts Council’s Broadway Bus Trips for the 2020 season at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center have been announced. We will have buses for three shows: “My Fair Lady” on Feb. 8, “Jesus Christ Superstar,” March 7; and “Escape to Margaritaville,” May 9.

Prices for performances and bus transportation have not yet been determined, but it’s not too early to reserve a seat. We will contact you for payment when prices are announced. Our “Hello Dolly” trip in early May was a huge success, with almost every feedback form voting the trip a 5 out of 5.

• In the spirit of all arts nonprofits supporting other arts nonprofits, we want to give congratulations for a performance well done to the Paris-Henry County Chamber Music Society Community Band for their excellent concert on June 2 at KPAC.

Under the direction of Mike Holden, and with guitar virtuoso guest artist Brent Webster, the band performed its most challenging program to date.

It demonstrated its growth with a nuanced and vigorous performance of “Forge of Vulcan” performed at the beginning of the afternoon concert.

The percussion section, syncopation and clapping all contributed to a rousing welcome to the audience of about 120 appreciative people of all ages

Webster, a Murray State University professor, is a classical guitarist who performed three technically-impressive, multi-cultural pieces by two Brazilian composers and one Italian composer.

If you missed this concert, plan to support the Community Band at its next one, on Aug. 10 during the Henry County Fair. This nonprofit is well worth your time and financial contributions.

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 Our email address is

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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