Super Saturday fills downtown with arts &Harmon Field Heritage

Published 3:00 am Thursday, March 19, 2009

Today Now that the weather is hedging toward spring, it&squo;s a perfect time to take an evening stroll to rediscover downtown. End your wanderings in Tryon with some refreshment for your palate with the sounds of Susan Bennett on the piano and a tasty bite to eat at Lilac Wine from 5-9 p.m. Up in Saluda you&squo;ll find Faysooux McLean & Brandon Turner at The Purple Onion in Saluda with a menu that ranges from simple fare to fine dining starting at 7 p.m. &bsp; &bsp; Friday Gather the whole family for a fun evening of dancing at the Tryon Youth Center with the Music Makers. These local gems will have you doing everything from swing and shag to salsa and two-stepping with their wide range of repertoire. Tickets are limited so be sure to call ahead for reservations at 828-446-2050. Looking for a place to take your sweetie for a fun evening of conversation and music? Try an evening of dining and dancing on the lake to the soulful sounds of Jennifer Prince on the piano at Lake Lanier Tea House. Call 864-457-5423 or visit for more information. John Tyndal will be entertaining the room on the piano at Lilac Wine from 5-9 p.m. &bsp; Saturday The yellow banners are waving from every lamp post in celebration of the 31st annual Super Saturday Children&squo;s Theatre Festival. From 9 a.m. ‐ 4 p.m. downtown revives the Wild Wild West with arts performances and activities for all ages. The information booth and tickets are available on Melrose Avenue in front of the Tryon Fine Arts Center. Dress up as your favorite cowboy and join the parade round-up to strut your stuff down Melrose Avenue or just hitch yourself to a spot on the sidewalk at 12:30 p.m. to watch the fun. Marianne Carruth has done a fine job of wrangling up a star studded line up of performers that present both educational and highly entertaining feats for the eyes and ears. Tarradiddle Players return with the classic story Commedia Aladdin. Get roped in with Chris McDaniel&squo;s Wild West Show. Laugh at the comedic and juggling antics of Pete Geist and Brothers from Different Mothers. Explore the sciences with DinoRock&squo;s Dinosaurs Forever or Hobey Ford&squo;s Animalia. Then take off to another culture like India with Spilling Ink or Africa with Baba Jamal Koram. Step back in time this weekend over at Harmon Field with Heritage Days from 9 a.m. ‐ 9 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. ‐ 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tryon Arts & Crafts will be offering their Spring Open House and Student Show featuring artisan demonstrations in weaving, pottery, lapidary, silversmithing, wood turning, and blacksmithing. Outside, Confederates and Yankees will take to the field and set up camp. Explore the world of the Civil War as they act out everything from basic drills and a wedding to battle scenes from the war. Saturday evening take a tour of the camps by candlelight and discover live entertainment to encourage the troops. For more information and a full schedule call 828-894-3370. For your evening entertainment settle down to listen as Mel Jones & His Bag O&squo;Bones blend bluegrass and jazz favorites at The Purple Onion from 8-10 p.m. Saluda Mountain Jamboree welcomes back Southern Pointe from 8-11 p.m. Call 828-749-3676 for more information. Dr. Fred Whiskin will easy your worries with his sweet sounds on the piano 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; &bsp; Sunday Lilac Wine invites you to join them for brunch from 11 a.m. ‐ 2 p.m. with the music of Susan Bennett on the piano. &bsp; Monday Have you brushed up your time step lately or ever wondered what those tap dancers are doing with their feet to make that rhythm? Join Kathleen Carson for a fun introduction to classic American tap dancing at Tryon Fine Arts Center and learn how to soft shoe along with Gene Kelly. Depending on the class interest you may find yourself shuffling off to buffalo or picking up the newest moves by learning the Jai Ho dance. For more information please email Kathleen at &bsp; Upcoming One Flew over the Cuckoo&squo;s Nest opens at the Tryon Little Theatre Workshop on Thursday March 26 running Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 3 p.m. through April 5. Tickets are available now at the TLT Box Office. For information call 828-859-2466 or visit; The deadline is fast approaching on April 1 for Independent Film Makers interested in submitting work to the sixth annual Saluda Arts Festival. Email or call 828-749-1246 to find out how you can share and sell your work at this year&squo;s festival on May 16 from 10 a.m. ‐ 5 p.m.

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