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Sunday, February, 12, 2012

It all started with a call from Matt Friedlander a couple years ago. Matt was interested in sponsoring an arts event that would celebrate the multitude of dogwood trees in Moultrie. More than 250,000 dogwood trees have been planted over the last thirty-one years throughout the region making Moultrie one of the most beautiful cities in America every spring. These trees have been donated by Mattco Realty to enhance the environment and to contribute to the beautification of our community. This idea didn’t take off the first year due to timing and the lack of an appropriate venue that felt right. The “stars all aligned” for this event when Jane Simpson (the Arts Center’s Visual Arts Director) successfully wrote a grant to apply for funding from Georgia Tourism and Georgia Council for the Arts, both divisions of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. This funding combined with the generous support from Matt and Jacqueline Friedlander and several other entities set in motion the “Dogwood Music Festival 2012” that will take place Saturday, April 21st at Spencefield in the Family Living Building. The gates will open at 5:00 pm and the music lineup includes Drivin’ n Cryin’, Kinchafoonee Cowboys, Yankee Slickers and King Cotton. Tickets are only $10.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door. Tickets will be available beginning in early March. Several local business men with a passion for music and the skills and experience to help produce a music festival have joined us to ensure the success of this concert. I appreciate their interest in helping to create an exciting music event for the people of Colquitt County. This event is also intended to draw people from far and wide to join in the fun while generating tourism revenues for our community. With your support by attending the concert this will hopefully become an annual music tradition that will grow for many years to come. I will have many more details in the near future and you will start to see and hear promotional information about this new and exciting music event. Last week the Annual Hunt Dinner took place and once again it was a fantastic event. I want to thank the Volunteer Arts Alliance for pulling off another successful fundraiser. It was an evening of wonderful food, auction excitement and good conversation all made possible by hundreds of hours of volunteerism. I want to thank the hunters that donated the game that was prepared by the Volunteer Alliance Members and other friends of the Arts Center. And to all of the people that donated auction items and the people that purchased these items. Thank you! Without these people and many others we would not have this great arts facility that serves the people of Colquitt County. I have often commented that it takes a village to have an arts center and the Annual Hunt Dinner is a good example of what a wonderful village we all live in. Please join the Arts Center Theater Group on Tuesday, February 14th to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Enjoy a production of “Graceland.” This is a one-act play that chronicles the conversations of two extreme Elvis fans as they attempt to be the first tourists to enter Graceland on opening day. Tickets are $15.00 each and that includes coffee, deserts and the play. Doors will open at 6:30 pm and the performance will begin a 7:00 pm. Sweets, good coffee, entertainment and a night out with your favorite Valentine for only $30.00, that’s a great deal. And just one last thing, March is Youth Art Month and entries for the Colquitt County Youth Art Exhibit are due into the Arts Center by February 27th. Works of art must be original in any medium on a 9”x12” piece of paper. Paper is available at the

Arts Center for free for kids to use. This exhibit is open to 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders and there is $10.00 entry fee for each piece of art. A participation form with additional details is available in the Arts Center or you can go to print out the form. The opening reception will be Saturday, March 10th from 10-11 am and the works of art will be on display through March 24th. This is a great opportunity to have your children’s or grandchildren’s masterpiece to hang in a gallery for everyone to admire. Prizes will be awarded and each school receives a scholarship for one student to attend a one-week Summer Art Camp in June or July 2012.