ArtyFacts for October 2016

Artyfacts October 2016

By Amy Jones

Executive Director

Paris Henry County Arts Council


The holidays are creeping up on us and the Paris Henry County Arts Council has some wonderful events planned to get you in the spirit!

If you missed our first Trivia Night at Perrylodgic Brewing Company you missed a fantastic evening, but don’t despair because we have another one coming on November 22! There is no pre-registration for this event and we ran out of space in October, so make sure you get to Perrylodgic early and claim your spot. We will have sandwiches and snacks starting at 5:30 and Perrylodgic will be serving up their brews. Trivia will commence at 6:30. Head over to our Facebook page or our website for more information. What a fun way to kick off the long Thanksgiving weekend! (We won’t serve turkey, we promise.)

After you eat your way through Thanksgiving the Youth for the Arts has a great event to work off all that pie! YFTA is sponsoring a dance competition on Saturday, November 26th. Yes, it is a competition, but you don’t need any skill to win this one, just stamina! The last person dancing will be the champion of the Dance ‘til you Drop. Admission is only $5 per person, so come dance, watch the dancers, and get yourself off the couch for this fun filled evening.

Of course, we know you are all looking forward to our 49th Annual Community Christmas Concert. This year’s concert will begin rehearsal on Thursday, November 3 at 7:00 in the choir room at First Baptist Church. If you are interested in joining the choir please see the website or contact the Arts Council for rehearsal information. This year’s concert will take place on Sunday, December 4 at 3:00 in the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church. Mark your calendars now for this seasonal favorite.

We are again partnering with the Lee Academy of the Arts on the annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 3 at the Lee Academy. We will have goodie for your eyes and goodies for you tummy. There will be an art project where children can create a special ornament for your Christmas tree. Lee will be filled with artists selling their own unique creations so that you can be a gift giving hero!

Speaking of gift giving, why not give the gift of Broadway? On May 27 the Arts Council will be taking a chartered bus to Nashville to see the Beautiful, the Carole King Musical. Beautiful – The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. The November 14 deadline to reserve your spot is coming up quickly! What a wonderful gift to give your loved ones. We will take care of the tickets, the driving, and you get to sit back and experience this beautiful story. It’s easy to make your reservation on our website at

For 48 years the Paris Henry County Arts Council has been hard at working promoting the arts in our community. I am very proud to have been chosen to lead this group as we continue beloved traditions, such as the Community Christmas Concert, Artist Showcases, and the 5th Grade Trip. I am also very excited to add new and engaging events to our season.  

It is an exciting time to be part of the Paris Henry County Arts Council. It is our mission to promote, encourage, and stimulate the practice and appreciation of the arts in Paris and Henry County. We believe that the arts are a vital to a strong community, arts bring us together and speak of our common experience as members of the human race.  The work we do isn’t without expense and these programs are only made possible through the generous donations of the people of Henry County. As we continue our annual membership drive, we hope that you will want to take part in our work. Any gift, no matter the size, is welcome.