Arts ’Round the Square is coming up Sept. 28, along with the celebration of 100 years of the Paris Special School District and 50 years of Henry County High School.

There are sure to be many people visiting from out of town, making our arts weekend even more exciting. The location will be on the courthouse lawn in downtown Paris, always a cool spot under the spreading trees. Vendors, bring a canopy, as the weather is usually sunny and warm. 

There will be a kids’ zone for free creative activities, food for sale, and entertainment on the stage. 

Performing at 10 a.m. is the Murray State University theater department’s fall show “Peter Rabbit Tale.” We get a sneak peek, as the premiere performance will take place Oct. 1 in Murray.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Department is having a demonstration of its K-9 team at 1 p.m. More events are still in the works. As for the arts, you can expect to see paintings, leather work, jewelry, photography, woodworking, pottery, prints, metal work 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. 

Also coming up:

• he Arts Council is bringing back Krider Idol, the annual talent show for contestants in two age groups: 9-12 and 13-18.

A reminder that auditions are coming up between 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the Krider Performing Arts Center. No appointment time is needed, just show up between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. There is no fee. 

• he Arts Council’s dance instruction program at the REAL Hope Youth Center began last week. A grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission provides the students at REAL Hope with a 12-week program of professional dance instruction. 

Teachers Schuyler Martin and Sandra Stone are teaching hip-hop, as requested by the students, in the first four-week block. Other dance forms to be taught are line dance, square dance and ballroom. The accompanying photo shows students practicing hip-hop moves. 

• amily Engagement Night is set for Oct. 10 at KPAC, where the council’s Author in the Schools program, featuring children’s book author Kerry Madden, will have a community event open to schools, parents, library patrons, home-schooled students, book groups and writing groups.

Madden will talk about her experiences as an author, college professor, event headliner, and how to spark the joy of reading and the importance of creativity in everyone’s lives. She will be reading her book, Ernestine’s Milky Way, and teaching from it in Rhea and Paris Elementary schools on Oct. 10-11, and at Rhea Public Library on Oct. 11. The evening event is free, so please plan to join us.  

• art of what makes all of the above possible is our monthly trivia nights, with the next one at Perrylodgic Brewing on Monday. Food is available at 5 p.m., with trivia beginning at 6. Entry is $10 a person, teams are limited to six people, and all proceeds help support all the programs of the arts council. We have a busy calendar in the next three weeks: Arts ’Round the Square, REAL Hope dance program, Krider Idol return, and our Author in the Schools visit. Please join us for any or all of these. We welcome your involvement.

Our Broadway bus trips to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville have been announced. Check our Facebook page for shows and dates. “My Fair Lady” is Feb. 8, “Jesus Christ Superstar” is March 7, and “Escape to Margaritaville” is May 9, all in 2020. 

If you wish to help with 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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