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Fall Festivals across Polk County bring guests like Vignola &Harris

Tonight Tryon is Rocking Around the Clock during the Farmer&squo;s Market with DJ Peter Eisenbrown providing music in the street while Fred Whiskin tickles the ivories from 5-7 p.m. in the new piano & wine bar in Shops of Tryon next to the market. As downtown winds down, head up to the Melrose Inn from 6:30-9 p.m. for the Fall Festival Jam session. This will be the last porch/parlor night of the season at the Melrose with a tasty fall flavors buffet, open music jam, performance poetry, and finishing off with a fire spinning display. Call (828) 859-7014 for more information. Over in Columbus, groove with Red Dog, Winkie, & Friends at Elmo&squo;s Too to some rock & blues starting at 6:30 p.m. Up in Saluda, the Purple Onion welcomes the funky roots rocker Scoot Pittman at 7:30 p.m. Friday kicks off the Tryon Arts & Crafts three day festival. Harmon Field will be alive Friday 4-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. ‐ 6 p.m., and Sunday Noon ‐ 5 p.m. with displays from some of the region&squo;s finest arts and crafts along with kids activities and demonstrations. Saturday will also feature pumpkin carving contests for kids and adults as well as a Youth Showcase hosted by Tryon Fine Arts Center, live country and bluegrass from Phil & Gaye Johnson, and Dixieland jazz from Wendi&squo;s Rhythm Rascals. For more information call (828) 859-8323 or visit www.tryonartsandcrafts.org. Also in Tryon on Saturday, Kathleen&squo;s Simply Irresistible Gallery is hosting the first Meet the Artist Saturday from 12-5 p.m. with two photographers, Mara Smith and Elaine Pearsons, candle maker Robin VanKannel, and textile artist Barbara Tilley. Kathleen Carson will also be working on some hand painted tiles while Bill Crowell is busy bending iron in Saluda Forge. The day offers a chance to visit with these fine local crafters and learn their techniques. Simply Irresistible is located at 66 Ola Mae Way, in downtown Tryon on the hill with Saluda Forge. Hours are: Mon ‐ Sat 10-5pm. Call 828-859-8316 for more information. Further up the hill in Saluda the &dquo;Caboose Alley&dquo; Merchants invite you to stop by for their Harvest Festival and Open House featuring fun for the whole family including live music. Saturday night there is music in every corner of the county, but I know I&squo;m headed to catch Frank Vignola & his Rhythm Machine at the Tryon Fine Arts Center at 8 p.m. Vignola is a master guitar player with an amazing line up of his &dquo;first call&dquo; musicians. Named by Les Paul as one of his &dquo;Five Most Admired Guitarists&dquo; and called the &dquo;most vicious tremolo-picker on the scene&dquo; by the editor of guitar player magazine, Vignola is considered one of the finest multi-dimensional guitars players on the planet. The show will run the gamut from acoustic rock to gypsy jazz mixed with classical, bluegrass, swing and blues. To make it even more fun, the second set will consist of audience requests just to show how well these virtuoso musicians &dquo;know their stuff.&dquo; Also on Saturday FENCE is hosting the Polk County Chamber of Commerce&squo;s annual Shuckin&squo; & Shaggin&squo; from 5-11 p.m. Then on Sunday the FENCE Family Concert series welcomes fiddler Todd Elliott to the Great Room at 4 p.m. for a lively free concert for the whole family. For more information call (828) 859-9021 or visit www.fence.org. Sunday in Tryon the Tryon Presbyterian Church invites the community to a free concert by organist Charles Harris of Red Bank, New Jersey at 4 p.m. Mr. Harris is the senior organist and Director of Music for the First Presbyterian Church of Red Bank where he is responsible for the a diverse music program that includes numerous choral, handbell, and brass groups in addition to a summer youth music camp. The concert is anticipated to include Louis Vierne, Charles-Marie Widor, Bach and variations on hymns. Stay tuned for information about the submission requests for the Sidney Lanier Poetry Award sponsored by the Lanier Library and the Tryon Painters & Sculptors 2008 Member Show. If anticipation gets the better of you, take time in the coming week to visit the Lanier Library or the Tryon Fine Arts Center for more information on how you can get involved.