From roots to blooms the arts are alive this weekend

Published 3:00 am Thursday, April 23, 2009

Today Are your hands itching to get busy with a new project this spring? Check out the classes that start this week over at Tryon Arts & Crafts and give them something useful to do. Create useful and beautiful items with pottery and woodworking classes that will be enjoyed for years to come. Call 828-859-8323 to reserve your spot today. The Wine Cellar in Saluda invites you to &dquo;Meet the Artist&dquo; John M. Waddill with a special reception at 7 p.m. Stop in to view Mr. Waddill&squo;s new work on display and learn more about how his work has developed from his training at Ringling and Parsons and later working as an illustrator in the textile industry. He has won major awards and his work has earned permanent homes in the collections at Columbia Museum of Art, Gibbs Art Gallery, The Mint Museum, Clemson College, Wake Forest College, and the University of South Carolina. Get rooted at The Purple Onion with Bucktown Kickback from Nashville, Tennessee. This &dquo;friction pickin&squo;&dquo; group will have you foot stomping and hand clapping to their bluegrass roots rock sound. Perhaps you&squo;ll even find some words of inspiration from their clever narrative lyrics. &bsp; Friday Enjoy A Tribute to Norman Luboff at Polk County High School sung by the Community Chorus led by Richard Kennedy either tonight at 8 p.m. or Sunday at 3 p.m. Luboff recorded and arranged music for such reknowned singers as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Jo Stafford, and Doris Day. The selections in the program blend the voices in beautiful arrangements of both popular tunes from the sixties like Fools Rush In as well as gospel and spiritual standards such as Just a Closer Walk with Thee. Tickets are available from Tryon Rotarians and at the Tryon Daily Bulletin. All proceeds benefit the Rotary Scholarship Fund. The Music Makers invite you to join them once more to dance and listen at the Tryon Youth Center while they share a variety of styles of music. Enjoy a family friendly evening of great music with Woody Cowan, Sue Wilson, and Stephanie Murdock from 8-11 p.m. Tickets are limited so please reserve in advance by calling 828-446-2059. &bsp; Saturday Music is in full bloom from 1-5 p.m. at Rogers Park with the Polk County High School Green Team&squo;s Earth Day Celebration. Phil & Gay Johnson, The Lone Derangers, The Kevin Scanlen Project, and Noah Stockdale will be keeping your toes tapping with a wide variety of fun music while the kids are busy with fun and educational activities. Call PCHS for more information at 828-894-2525. Keep the good vibes going that evening by joining Tuesday School of Tryon for a evening of music with the&bsp; Highway 29 Band at F.E.N.C.E. The evening will include an auction of fabulous items to benefit the school. Contact or call 828-859-0258 for more information. The Purple Onion invites you to an evening of funky roots with the Scoot Pittman Trio. This group of fresh and versatile North Carolina musicians will liven up your evening with original tunes that layer blues, gospel, and roots, with funky fun. Dance the night away in Saluda with John Monroe & the Ghostriders at the Saluda Mountain Jamboree from 8-11 p.m. This South Carolina native has been kicking it in Nashville with the likes of Tim McGraw, Mark Chestnut, Resless Heart, Aaron Tippin, Mary Stuart, and Allison Krauss among others. Listen in at and then put on your dancing shoes and get down to the &dquo;Party with the Beat.&dquo; Tryon is alive with music once again starting with Fred &dquo;the jazz man&dquo; Whiskin at 6 p.m. on the piano at Lilac Wine & Piano Bar. Perk up with the art on display at the Gallery Coffeehouse and then dance over to Weird Mojo at Elmo&squo;s where the talented trio Steve Whiteside, Tom Hearn, and Mikey Van Dusen are better than any juke box when it comes to name that tune of rock and roll. Looking for hardcore metal? Sunnyview&squo;s got it with State of Konfusion and The Nameless at the Ultimate Basement from 7 p.m. until midnight. For more information about this event please visit &bsp; Sunday Upstairs Artspace invites you to join them at 2 p.m. for a Walk & Talk tour of &dquo;Sightings: New Faces from Asheville and Greenville.&dquo; Learn more about the new art blooming from fresh and avant-garde artists Hillary Frye, Alan Hollar, Heather Knight, Mitchell Lonas, Tom Pazderka, Warren Perdue, Tom Schram, Katy Cassell, Tim Cassell, David Slone, Jacob Stephens, and Enid Williams. While you&squo;re there check out the whimsical installation &dquo;Feats&dquo; by Mills Spring artist Janet Orselli. Call 828-859-2828 for information. &bsp; Upcoming The Morris Awards are coming to Tryon Fine Arts Center on May 9. Find out more about the event and cast your vote for your favorite local entertainers now by filling out a ballot from or any of these fine local businesses: The Book Shelf, The Coffeehouse, Isadora&squo;s Closet, Kyoto Japanese Steak House, Lake Lanier Tea House, The Lilac Wine Bar, Owen&squo;s Pharmacy, Persimmon&squo;s Bistro, P.J.&squo;s Fashions, Simply Irresistible Gallery, Tryon Horse Gift Shop, Tryon Mountain Hardwar, Twigs Unique Gifts, Tryon Fine Arts Center, Simple Simon&squo;s Sweet&squo;s & Savories, Stone Soup Market and Caf´, The Village Book Shoppe, Vines & Stuff, Watson&squo;s Flooring and Appliances, or Williamson&squo;s Paint Center. Tickets to the awards event are on sale now at the Tryon Fine Arts Center box office 828-859-8322 ext. 214. While you&squo;re on the phone, don&squo;t forget to get your tickets for the amazing Susan Werner concert on May 2. Also, did you know that Rich Nelson will be giving his first local painting workshop at Tryon Painters & Sculptors from May 3-9? The workshop is nearing its limit so call now to reserve your spot for this intensive figure/portrait painting course. Visit for more information or call 828-859-0318.

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