Dazzling divas, electric blues, and outdoor adventures

Published 3:00 am Thursday, March 5, 2009

Today Feel like some stimulating conversation with wine and art? Meet the artist Beverly Pickard with her new exhibit of still life and landscape oils paintings at the Wine Cellar at Saluda Inn from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Check out www.vine2wine@charter.net for more info or call 828-749-9698. If you prefer a little music to help you relax, Susan Bennett will be gracing the piano at Lilac Wine from 5-9 p.m. For a stimulating dinner visit The Purple Onion in Saluda and catch the wild red headed songstress Valorie Miller at 7 p.m. No Depression Magazine has hailed her original guitar and vocals as &dquo;Pure Carolina from whisper to wail.&dquo; Tryon Fine Arts Center stage sparkles for a second weekend with High Society. From the sweet harmonies of Whitney Moore and Emily Kocher singing &dquo;I Love Paris&dquo; to the wacky antics of the service staff, this show is full of charming delights. Don&squo;t miss the adventure, get your ticket now from the Tryon Little Theatre Workshop to secure a seat for one of the performances Thur. ‐ Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun. 3 p.m. Box office hours are Monday ‐ Saturday 10 a.m. ‐ 1 p.m. through March 7 or phone 828-859-2466 to check availability. Afterwards, try singing a tune or two of your own as Elmo&squo;s celebrates their 5 year anniversary with Karaoke and door prizes. &bsp; Friday If you find yourself with a free day, why not take a trip to The Old Chicken House in Saluda at the end of Greenville Street one mile from the railroad tracks downtown? Any Friday from 10 a.m. ‐ 5 p.m. you&squo;ll find local artists and crafters busy in this workshop space with coffee and tea ready for their drop in guests. Need to keep the kids busy? Mike Carruth leads the Adventure Camp at Harmon Field today. The day will include a variety of trust and team building activities and is offered free thanks to the Polk County Community Foundation. Space is limited for the two sessions, so please call 828-859-5784 or email harmonfield@windstream.net for more information. The middle school session runs 10 a.m. ‐ 1 p.m. and the high school from 2-5 p.m. Downtown Tryon is alive with music tonight! Are you at the end of your rope at the end of the week? Sit back and unwind with John Tyndal, the new &dquo;man of the hour&dquo; on the piano at Lilac Wine from 5-9 p.m. Escape the babble of the television and bring your own instrument or just your interest to the Gallery Coffeehouse for a lively evening of Pickin&squo; Parlor led by Sue Wilson of the Music Makers. Trade tunes in the circle with folks who know a wide range of songs and are always ready to learn a few more. For many years Garfeel Ruff has been a legend of good rockin&squo; blues in the area. This weekend one of the original blind brothers at the core of that band, Rickey Godfrey returns from Nashville for two nights at Elmo&squo;s Too in Columbus on Friday and Elmo&squo;s in Tryon on Saturday with his original sweet southern blues. He&squo;ll get you shagging and shaking with his eloquent electric guitar and vocals at 9 p.m. &bsp; Saturday Feeling the need to connect with other artists? The Art Focus Group will hold their second meeting at 10 a.m. at the Artisans and Antiques Shop at 270 Trade Street in Tryon. For this sharing and introductory meeting you are invited to bring on piece of art you are working on or have recently finished. For more information or to RSVP please email cmariotti@windstream.net. The Sireens bring their vintage harmonies to The Purple Onion from 8-10 p.m. These three sweetheart singers will entrance you by bringing new life to the old songs of the Andrews Sisters and Boswell Sisters. At the Saluda Mountain Jamboree dance to the beat with Time Machine from 8-11 p.m. Saluda delightful diva Bevi Walker will transport you through time with this rockin&squo; band that is well versed in everything from beach and old time rock & roll to pop and country from today&squo;s charts. Dance the night away with old and new friends with this home-town girl&squo;s pick of her favorite musicians to bring you your favorite tunes. Call 828-749-3676 for more information. Fred Whiskin known as Polk County&squo;s own Dr. Jazz will tickle the ivories at Lilac Wine from 7-9 p.m. For reservations 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. &bsp; Sunday F.E.N.C.E. invites you to enjoy the winds of March with their annual Go Fly a Kite outdoor adventure. There will be free kites for the first 200 children starting at 2 p.m. For more information please contact 828-859-9021 or email admin@fence.org. If you prefer to stay inside for your afternoon adventure, join the Walk & Talk tour at the Upstairs Artspace at 2 p.m. of the stunning new exhibits The Hannon Barbershop Project and This New Day: Black Artists from Upstate to Mountains.&bsp; The gallery is open Tue. ‐ Sat. 11 a.m. ‐ 5 p.m. These exhibits will run through April 11. Call 828-859-2828 for more information.

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