Arts ’Round the Square is not far in the future. It’s Sept. 28 this year, the same weekend as Eye Full of Paris and the school systems’ celebration of 100 years of the Paris Special School District and 50 years of Henry County High School.

Many people from out of town are expected to visit, making our arts weekend even more exciting. 

Artists and craftspeople are invited to apply for booth space for the day-long show. The fee is $40 for an 8-foot-by-10-foot booth, and the hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Location is the courthouse lawn in downtown Paris, always a cool spot under the spreading trees. 

Vendors, make sure you bring a canopy, as the weather is usually sunny and warm. 

We’ll have free entertainment, food for sale, a kids zone for free creative activities and a large variety of arts and crafts. 

You can expect to see paintings, leatherwork, jewelry, photography, woodworking, pottery, prints, metalwork including knives, folk art, quilting, paper art, and more. 

Many vendors are returning from last year, and we always add new ones to the mix. 

Plan to visit for a few hours and pick up gifts to help shorten your holiday gift list. 

The Paris-Henry County Arts Council and the Henry County Fair are not usually two organizations that appear in the same paragraph, or are even thought of in the same time frame. 

But during fair week, the Arts Council had two events at the fair. 

On Aug. 5, the Arts Council had a trivia night, as a demonstration of our monthly trivia night at Perrylodgic Brewing on the fourth Monday of each month. 

The subject was 1990s trivia, and the attendees seemed to be of the right age to fully participate. 

There were three teams from local banks: Foundation, Security, and Commercial, one team from the county courthouse, two teams from our regular Perrylodgic trivia nights and two teams of friends who wanted to give this game a try. 

One question that stumped every team was “who were the two people to serve complete terms as Secretaries of State under Bill Clinton’s two terms?” Some teams guessed one person correctly but no team guessed both. The best answer, and most original, from a team who clearly had no recollection of that era, was Hillary and Monica.

The next trivia night at Perrylodgic Brewing is Aug. 26. Food is available at 5 p.m., with trivia beginning at 6. Entry fee is $10 a person, teams are limited to six people, and all proceeds help support all the programs of the Arts Council. 

The second event at the fair was the talent show on Aug. 8. Board president Jason Wade was the emcee for the seven entrants. 

The talents were clogging, vocals, instrumentals and mouth sounds. All were professional and poised, and their performances polished. Here are the winners and the judges: 

• 2 years and older — Isaac Stewart, Atoka, vocal/guitar, “Your Man,” first place; Madison Anderson, New Concord, vocal/guitar, “Jolene,” second place; Kaelin Wade, Paris, clogging.

• 1 years and younger — Deon Chrisman, Atoka, vocal, “Stand in the Light,” first place; Paul Wade, Paris, clogging.

The judges were Lissa Graham-Schneider, professor of theatre at Murray State University; Reachel Hudgins, theater arts and choral music director at Dyer County High School; and Heather Boyd, music education major at Union University.

The Arts Council enjoyed pitching in and helping provide a couple of new events at the fair. 

We thank the fair board for their warm welcome and for the chance to highlight our events and the talent of Henry County. 

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, 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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