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TFAC offers big city entertainment

Published 10:46am Thursday, May 30, 2013

To the editor:
Last weekend was one of those times when I was reminded how extraordinary our community is. On Friday night, Tryon Fine Arts Center presented The Steep Canyon Rangers, a Grammy award winning bluegrass band. I have seen the Rangers perform many times, but never in such an intimate venue offering the outstanding quality of the Veh Stage. It was a magical night and it is hard to believe that it happened at TFAC.  It was like being at the Peace Center – only better.
On Sunday, in between rainstorms, people of all ages from all walks of life came out to celebrate the grand opening of TFAC’s new amphitheater and campus improvements. The events of the day were quaint, “small town” and well organized (by a bevy of energetic volunteers) creating a family atmosphere that included games, music, cotton candy and more – all for free – all against the backdrop of an impressive regional juried sculpture show.
For the past 44 years our community has enjoyed all that TFAC has to offer. Sometimes we take things for granted that are right under our noses. If you haven’t dropped in at TFAC to see all the improvements or to catch a performance, or to see an exhibit or hear a lecture, then you are missing out.  Your next chance is on June first when another national act performs at TFAC –  JOHNNYSWIM comes to Tryon via Spoleto USA. This husband and wife duo offers music for everyone from rhythm and blues to jazz to old standards – and did I mention she is Donna Summer’s daughter? How cool is that?
While you are taking in all TFAC has to offer, please consider making a small donation (large ones, too, are welcome!) to the Annual Fund Drive that is underway now. Help us keep big city entertainment and small town fun right here at home by making a gift today at www.tryonarts.org.
– Becky Barnes

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