A feast for the eyes and ears this weekend in Polk County

Published 5:46 pm Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tonight don&squo;t miss an opportunity to meet the artist at the opening from 5-7 p.m. of Guntram Gersch&squo;s new work &dquo;Nine Dips, Two Trips, and a Quad&dquo; at Red Clover Gallery in Landrum. The show will run through November 25. For more information call 864-457-3311 or visit www.redclovergallery.com or www.guntramgersch.com. Then head on over to the Tryon Fine Arts Center tonight at 8 p.m. for the first show of the Tryon Concert Association featuring The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble from London. This string octet features the principle players of the Academy&squo;s orchestra and since it&squo;s inception 40 years ago has toured extensively and recorded over 30 CDs. Their program for the current tour includes works by Dvorak, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Shostakovich, Strauss, Joachim Raff, and Enesco. If you only have time for a bit of music with dinner, catch Brian Ashley Jones at the Purple Onion in Saluda starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday costumed children are welcome to trick or treat along the &dquo;main drag&dquo; in each of the towns of Saluda 3-6 p.m., Columbus 4-6 p.m., Tryon 5 p.m., and Landrum 5-9 p.m. for a safe and fun door to door experience with our local businesses. &bsp;Check out the flyers around town or visit firstpeaknc.com/events to find out more information about the festivities planned in each spot. Up in Saluda the Saluda Mountain Jamboree is hosting a Halloween Masquerade Ball to benefit Saluda Medical Center. The evening will start with a BBQ buffet from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and then Sound Factory will get cooking with live dance music from 8-11 p.m. If you prefer to get into the act on Halloween, bring your costumed self to Karaoke at Elmo&squo;s for prizes and fun. On the Columbus side Elmo&squo;s Too will be hosting their own costume party with door prizes and live music starting at 9 p.m. from Red Dog & the Dog Fight Blues Band. Saturday take your kids, or borrow some kids and head out to the FENCE Fall Festival from Noon to 5 p.m. There will be plenty of entertainment to keep kids running off the sugar from Halloween with a 7.5 acre maze through the tall grass, inflatable games, climbing rock wall, costume contest, and more. For more information call 828-859-9021 or visit www.fence.org. Over in Tryon, don&squo;t forget to stop by the Upstairs Artspace before 5 p.m. Saturday to make your bids on the Silent Auction. Regional artists who have donated work to the auction to benefit Upstairs Artspace include: Bonnie Bardos, Dusty Benedict, Cynthia Davis, Margaret Davis, Dale McEntire, Greg and Paul Flint, Joyce Fox, Linda Hudgins, Carol Beth Icard, Rich Nelson, Lynn Tanner, Marie Christine de Tarragon, Mary Beth Trunk, Susan Young, Donna Maltoney, Elaine Pearsons, Lorraine Tipaldi, and Ruth Ava Lyons of Center of the Earth Gallery in Charlotte. Alan and Harriet Peoples have donated from their collection a Maxfield Parrish print and an illustration by John Rosmini. Presence at the closing bids is not required, but they will be serving wine and cheese to entice last minute bidding. Call 828-859-2828 for more information. In the evening find yourself some adult time with music from Donna Hughes at Purple Onion from 8-10 p.m. In Tryon catch the dance wave with Groove Collector at Elmo&squo;s. Sunday the place to be is Tryon Theatre at 7 p.m. for Fuse Fest benefitting Tryon Painters & Sculptors. Proceeds from the event will help to upgrade equipment for this non-profit group to allow them to continue their high standards in educational classes and workshops. They have a rockin&squo; line up of music to make this a fun evening for the whole family. The evening will kick off with a healthy dose of blues from Shane Pruitt Band featuring local musician Jim Peterman. Following that the Antibodies will mix it up with some country/surf/punk/jazz with local artist Lee Holroyd driving the rhythm. Speaking of drummers, Mike Carruth also will take a turn on the drums with the driving classic rock and blues of Asheville&squo;s Flying Rock Band. Tickets are available in advance at Tryon Fine Arts Center or Red Clover Gallery and if available at the door of Tryon Theatre the night of the show. For more information call 864-457-3311 or visit www.tryontheatre.com. Next week look for new work from Rich Nelson appearing at the Upstairs Gallery on Tuesday with the opening reception on Friday, November 7. Also, please note that Tryon Painters & Sculptors&squo; Member Show has issued a correction. The deadline for submissions is Monday, November 10 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

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