Marble Arts Centre – News & Community Update #4
Since 2006, the T&AAC has enriched the cultural life of the community by promoting awareness of and appreciation for the arts. Our vision is to enrich the cultural life of the community by promoting awareness of and appreciation for all of the arts. T&AAC is a volunteer organization, and membership is open to all – artists or those who support the arts. We are a registered charity; tax receipts are issued for memberships and donations.
T&AAC’s Annual General Meeting will be held Monday September 24, 7 pm at the Marble Arts Centre (MAC), with a social time from 6:30. Members, interested friends and neighbours are welcome to attend; an agenda/package was sent to members earlier in August. We need a few more Board members, so if you are interested or you know someone who is, please contact us. If you can volunteer at events or help out in another way, or have ideas for events or partnerships on arts-related matters at the MAC or in the Greater Tweed Area, we would love to hear from you!
Please join us at the MAC for the following events this fall. Remember – your attendance provides not only an evening of great entertainment, it supports local arts, and the proceeds help offset T&AAC operating costs and remaining essential repairs to the Marble Arts Centre (see p. 2 for an update!).
Barney Bentall/Mayhemingways: Ont. Festival of Small Halls,
Fri. Sept. 14
The MAC is part of the 2018 line up for the Ontario Festival of Small Halls – organized by the same team that does the Ottawa Bluesfest. We are proud to be hosting the legendary Barney Bentall, with the Mayhemingways, on Friday Sept. 14 at 7:30! We will be featuring Tweed’s own Potter Settlement Artisan Winery at the bar! Tickets are $25 and available online (http://thefestivalofsmallhalls.com/ ) and by phone (613-402-1425). A limited number of tickets are available directly from the Tweed & Area Arts Council, if you can't access on-line sales! We can’t wait!
Aleck Bell: Tweed & Co. Fundraiser for T&AAC, Wed. Sept. 26
Tweed & Company Theatre have generously offered to share proceeds from the performance of 'Aleck Bell' on Wed. Sept. 26 with T&AAC! All we need to do is sell, sell, sell tickets for special price of $20 each. Given the incredible success of Hastings! The Musical earlier this summer, audiences won’t be disappointed. Support Tweed & Co., local/original musical theatre, and raise some funds for T&AAC! Now that is a bargain... tickets to this fundraiser evening are available from Bush Furniture or TA&AAC Board members – email@example.com or call 613.847.7444.
Alberta Young Memorial Jamboree: Fri. Oct. 5
The Young Family Band generously host two annual shows at the MAC – in the spring, proceeds go to the Gateway Jazz Ensemble – in May, the house was packed! In the fall, proceeds go to the T&AAC. Always a toe-tapping night of entertainment by local performers, the line-up includes Cathy Whalen, Dave Crockett, Brad Stone, Doreen Black and ‘Jack Squared’. Tickets are $8 and available at Bush Furniture, the Tweed News, from T&AAC Board members, or at the door!
Julian Gallo, Lenni Stewart & Friends: Hits of the Blitz, Sat. Oct. 20
The MAC will host renowned tenor Julian Gallo, songstress Lenni Stewart and friends as they present this special benefit concert. Enjoy the great songs of WWI and WWII by Cole Porter, Dame Vera Lynn, Irving Berlin and many more. Tickets are $20 and will be available soon at Bush Furniture, the Tweed News, from T&AAC Board members or at the door!
In May, T&AAC learned that the main foyer/bell tower at the MAC in had some structural issues that resulted in our taking a decision to re-locate upcoming events during the period May to August. We initiated fundraising in early July, and have received generous donations from visitors, community members, a garden party, and local service clubs such as the Tweed Lions. ‘Art in the Park’ also raised funds, and the ‘fish fry’ at the event was a success - so much so that we will do it again twice in 2019! The priority essential work to remove the bell and install a reinforcing floor was completed mid-July – and the safety-related restrictions on use of the MAC have been lifted! Remaining essential work includes fixing the tower roof (we are hoping that insurance will cover that!), drainage improvements to divert water flow from the roof/driveway away from the building, and electrical upgrades. As of August 31, 2018 we are at 67% of our goal! We are also reviewing potential opportunities for grants from foundations, other organizations, and government programs. Your support through membership, attendance at events/fundraisers, and donations is very much appreciated.