Creativity thrives with classes and performances

Published 5:28 pm Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Feather duster wielding maids, champagne escapades, and the music of Cole Porter fill the stage next weekend at Tryon Fine Arts Center. Tickets are selling quickly for High Society featuring the debut of Emily Kocher with local celebrities Susie Kocher, Guy Winkler, Carol Cox, Ed Richardson, Dean Campbell, Chris Tinkler, Peter Eisenbrown, and Whitney Moore. Stop by the Tryon Little Theatre Workshop to secure a good seat for one of the performances February 26-March 1 and March 5-8. Box office hours are Monday ‐ Saturday 10 a.m. ‐ 1 p.m. through March 7 or phone 828-859-2466 to check availability. Today Georgia guitarist Caroline Aiken brings her finger picking and soul searching original music to The Purple Onion in Saluda at 7 p.m. I stopped in after rehearsal once on a Tuesday night at Lilac Wine and was thrilled to catch a bit of Dean Trakus rocking the keys. Catch him tonight for a special Thursday appearance starting at 7 p.m. &bsp; Friday Today is the deadline to register for Spring Classes at Tryon Fine Arts Center. Help your child grow with art, make new friends, and enrich their life in one of these active and age appropriate classes. Many of the classes start afterschool today and are a great way for you child to experience everything from the basics and appreciation of art to learning creative thinking and problem solving in a cooperative environment. Experienced and talented instructors like Marianne Carruth have engaging techniques to help kids refine skills that will help them find enjoyment and success which translates to other areas of life as well. Classes run through May and will conclude with a show to share their work with the community. Visit for registration and a full list of classes available or contact Marianne Carruth at 828-817-1209. Music Makers, the popular local dance band featuring Woody Cowan, Stephanie Murdock, and Sue Wilson, invite you to bring the whole family down to the Tryon Youth Center for the first in a series of dances from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Learn to cake walk and sample a variety of other musical dance styles while mixing and meeting new and old friends. Dress for the evening is casual, and reservations are requested though not required. Please call 828-446-2059 for information and tickets. Take a break to listen to live music as Becky Oliver plays your favorites on the piano at Lilac Wine from 7-9 p.m. She even has some new Cole Porter to get you in the mood for High Society. Norm & Chuck will help you shed the worries of the week as you join them for shagging the night away at Elmo&squo;s Too with country and beach music starting at 8 p.m. &bsp; Saturday Tryon Arts & Crafts offers a Silversmithing workshop from 9 a.m.‐5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday with Dan Haga from Charlotte. Advanced registration is required for this popular workshop that will have you completing two or three beautiful new pieces while expanding your skills. Contact Tryon Arts & Crafts at 828-859-8323 or visit for more information. Random Arts offers the chance to learn the art of making Charm Bracelets with Louise McClure from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Everything you need to make this intricate six strand bracelet is included in the workshop. Space is limited so please contact Random Arts by phone at 828-749-1165 or email at to register. The Upstairs Gallery opens its doors from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. to share the work of 2nd -4th grade students from Tryon Elementary School inspired by tours of the Upstairs Gallery exhibits in 2008. One Leg Up will bring their Django style gypsy jazz to The Purple Onion 8-10 p.m. These talented Asheville acoustic players include vocalist and guitarist John Stineman, guitarist Jim Tanner, mandolin maverick Daniel Coolik, clarinet and saxophonist Mike Guzalak, the delightful vocals and bass of Cary Fridley, and violinist Steve Trismen. They will have you tapping your toes with their lively rhythm and sweet melodies. Saluda Mountain Jamboree invites you to bring the whole family out dancing for an evening with Legacy from 8-11 p.m. Call 828-749-3676 for tickets. Fred Whiskin packed the room last Saturday with his talented fingers at the keys of the piano at Lilac Wine from 7-9 p.m. Reservations are suggested for this evening, please call 828-859-5205. You can also find him Fridays at The Purple Onion from 7-9 p.m. and every Wednesday at Lilac Wine in Tryon. Elmo&squo;s offers a night of two stepping and shagging with the beach and country tunes of Norm & Chuck at 8 p.m. &bsp; Coming Soon Tryon Painters and Sculptors have chosen the highly respected local artist Dale McEntire to jury the 12th Annual Sculpturama at Tryon Fine Arts Center in September. Start preparing now to submit your work to this prestigious event that pulls talented artists from all over the region. Monetary prizes are awarded in wall/table-top and floor categories. Entry forms will be available from or by contacting Susie Welsh at 828-749-3900 or

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