Tryon Fine Arts Center begins new seasonal tradition

Published 10:51 am Friday, December 2, 2011

Linda and Mark Byington enjoy hors d’oeuvres and libations as they peruse the silent auction items at the 2011 Tryon Fine Arts Center Holiday. This year’s Italian-themed fundraiser will be held Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. (photo submitted by Marianne Carruth)

This year, Tryon Fine Arts Center’s Christmas fundraiser will make the holidays merry Italian style, wishing the community “Buon Natale!”
The third annual fundraiser initiates a new tradition for the event: celebrating holidays around the world.
On Friday, Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m., Tryon Fine Arts Center (TFAC) will open the doors to this event, which will feature Italian “cibi” (hors d’oeuvres) from Giardini Trattoria, Italian music, and a silent auction with a wide variety of items.
Dianne Joyce, chair of the event, is planning the festivities with the help of co-chairs Lisa Stokes, Judy Warden, Stuart Evans and Rebecca Barnes.
Italian art and furnishings will bring color and richness to TFAC. The Italian Christmas celebration will offer live “musica” as carolers and tenors stroll in and around the decorated venue, adding distinctive sparkle and warmth to the evening.
Silent auction chair Lisa Stokes has put together a selection of more than 100 gift ideas, featuring local artists and merchants, including Kevin Bradley, Frog and Swan, Kathleen’s, Carruth Furniture, Andy Costine and Vines and Stuff, among many others. Health and fitness items, cakes and wine, home and garden pieces, jewelry, antiques, pet items and even hot air ballooning are among the auction items. Affordable stocking stuffers and Morris the Horse ornaments will be available for purchase, too – gift-wrapped and ready to go.
Call Tryon Fine Arts Center Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at 828-859-8322 for more information and to reserve your place.
– article submitted by Marianne Carruth

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