May is just around the corner. That means a number of things. Among them: heat, heat, heat! South Georgia Summers may be hot, but we are lucky in Baxley because we have an amazing splash pad right in the heart of the city! One (among many) of the reasons the Vanderver family was thrilled to move down to the Tree City was because Little Mister Arts Council loves a free frolic in a fountain. Seriously – I don’t want to center these posts around my kid – but how could anyone tell this guy that he can’t live in a city with a splash pad?
He loves the splash pad so much that he suggested (he’s truly advanced for his age…) that the Arts Council of Appling County schedule a concert series at Water Works Park. I do not always take his advice. It’s rarely any good. But in this case I believe he’s on to something! We all enjoy open-air concerts during our summer getaways. What better way is there to make your stay-at-home summer weekends feel like a getaway than to start it off with good tunes and good friends in a beautiful park – FOR FREE? Y’all may surprise me with some different answers, but I truly doubt it.
Each show is scheduled for one Friday night in May, June, July and August. All begin at 7:00 PM. Bringing your own seat is suggested. Concessions will be available for purchase. Each concert is FREE!
The series begins on May 20 with a performance from Station No. 7, Baxley’s premier band for the Arts Council’s annual production, In the Pines. These folks always put on a fine, entertaining show! The following show will feature Macon, Georgia’s finest Rockabilly musician, Aaron Irons, on June 10. July boasts three talented Appling County gentlemen in, KennyRaiVern, rocking Psychedelic Jam Funk. The final show of the season brings one of Savannah, Georgia’s greatest Americana musicians, Jason Bible, to the stage.
You all won’t want to miss these shows! The Arts Council is delighted to get to bring this series to our Baxley summer! We’ll see y’all at the park!
But wait! There’s more! We will be hosting the first of our quarterly Storytelling Series on Thursday, May 5. This event will be held at 6:30 PM at The Caroline Miller House, located at 96 Anthony Street in Baxley. Join us as Mary Ann Ellis leads the group in the telling of her own favorite family story. Participants are invited to share their own stories throughout the evening. The event is FREE and all are invited to participate.
Storytelling is a TRUE ART that we are all able to participate in. Some tellers may be stronger than others, but the truth is that we all have at least one good story to share. To quote my dear friends in Colquitt, GA at Swamp Gravy “You’ve got a story and I’ve got a story. We’ve all got a story to tell. You’ve got a story and I’ve got a story, it’s one we know so well. You tell me yours and I’ll tell you mine. Then we’ll put ’em all together and spice ’em all up and we’ll have a storytelling time!”
The Arts Council of Appling County wants to focus on artistic and cultural experiences that are right within our community. We can’t think of anything that will do that better that to swap our own minds’ literature around! We hope you’ll all be as excited about this series as we are. Other series dates are:
September 1, 2016 – Hair-Raising Tall Tales, hosted by Dusty Gress
January 5, 2017 – (theme to be determined), hosted by Laurie Jo Upchurch
April 6, 2017 – (theme to be determined), hosted by Carole Edgy
The Arts Council of Appling County is a 501c3 non-profit organization that exists to encourage and stimulate the practice and appreciation of all of the arts by supporting the equality of all individuals to share in creative expression. We depend on membership and sponsorship from community members, just like you, to fulfill our mission. ACAC presents various cultural performances and experiences that enhance the artistic personality of our community in a way that celebrates uniqueness, diversity and unity. We believe we’re succeeding! Join us to see! Our early bird membership drive starts in May! More on that later…