The Paris-Henry County Arts Council is welcoming Paris native Sammy Goldstein for his show “Sammy Goldstein: Celebrating Hollywood, Broadway and Beyond” in concert at 7 p.m. June 8 at Krider Performing Arts Center, sponsored by McDonald’s and McWorth Management.

Also performing a few pieces with Sammy will be the Paris-Henry County Community Band, directed by Mike Holden.

This is Goldstein’s first performance here in several years, and it’s shaping up to be a well-attended evening, with many of his out-of-town fans coming to see him, joining longtime supporters in this area.

Goldstein is an award-winning New York entertainer who has performed in nightclubs and concerts throughout the United States and Europe, for numerous cruise lines around the world, and for corporate clients that include Barbara Walters, the late Marvin Hamlisch, Miramax Films and NBC-TV.

Tickets for this fundraising concert may be purchased locally at the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce, Jack Jones Flowers and Gifts, Merison’s Value Furniture and online at

General admission is $25 in advance ($30 at the door) and VIP tickets, with admission to a postconcert reception, are $40 in advance ($45 at the door).


The Arts Council just closed out its 34th Artists Showcase, with pieces on display in the gallery at the Lee Academy for the Arts for the last month.

The opening reception on April 14 was attended by about 60 people, who heard the announcements of the category winners and the winner of the Best of Show award of $500.

Winners were:

• Diane Miles, best of show.

• Kevin Mannis, first place, sculpture.

• Pam Conger, first place, ceramics.

• Judith Putnam, first place; and Jane Baars, second place, fiber arts.

• Jennifer Carroll, first place; Julie Knotts, second place; and Daniel Ragsdale, third place, mixed media.

• Collette Wilde, first and second place; and Tracy Eldin, third place, drawing.

• Miles, first place; Ann Stapp, second place; and Donna Revelee, third place, painting.


The Arts Council had its first in a revived program of Broadway bus trips to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center on May 4, with a sold-out bus of 56 show fans seeing

“Hello Dolly,” starring Betty Buckley.

On the ride to Nashville, there was bingo, goody bags and merchant giveaways. Almost everyone on the bus

made early plans to see “My Fair Lady,” announced for Feb. 8, 2020. Other shows we’ll attend are “Jesus Christ Superstar” on March 7, 2020, and Jimmy Buffett’s “Escape to Margaritaville” on May 9, 2020. There will be more announcements closer to those dates.

These trips sell out quickly, so if you’re interested, choose your shows early and be ready to reserve your seat when details of the trips are announced.


Also first in the Arts Council’s revived Trivia Nights at Perrylodgic Brewing Company was our event on April 22.

About 50 trivia fanatics attended, competing for the distinction of being the winning team, which is pictured in a photo accompanying this article.

Trivia Nights will be held monthly, on the fourth Monday of each month, starting at 5:30 p.m. for food, if desired, and the games start at 6:30 p.m.

Admission is $10 a person, with “assisted” answers available for $1 each, and food/snacks on sale for $5.

Form your team of two to six people and come join the fun. May 20 is the next Trivia Night, held early because of the Memorial Day holiday.


June is the final month of our fiscal year, a time when members whose three-year terms have ended and they roll off the board, and we welcome some new board members.

If you have time to volunteer, enthusiasm to pitch in, creative ideas to share, and a roll-up-the-sleeves work ethic, we may be able to use your talents.

If you wish to help with our 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

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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