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Thanks to those who make lives rich

Betsy Fitzgerald
Betsy Fitzgerald

A worthy group of folks were applauded Tuesday evening when the Macon Arts Alliance presented the 2016 Cultural Awards at the Douglass Theatre.

Recognized in this year’s stellar group were Jeff Bruce, Joe Cullison, Betsy Fitzgerald, Karla Redding-Andrews, the Nutcracker of Middle Georgia and Tony Long Sr. (receiving the Rosalyn Elkan Lifetime Achievement Award).

What impresses me most is the investment that so many of these good folk are making in our future, nurturing the youth who will become tomorrow’s trailblazers.

I should remind readers that the Macon Arts Alliance itself was recently the recipient of a Governor’s Award for the Arts and Humanities.

MAA comprises some 80 organizations, and the list reminds us that, with the exception of the faculty at our area colleges and universities, most of the people who labor so hard to make this the wonderful place that it is are volunteers who love what they do and want only to share it with others.

JUST AHEAD

The next two weeks are chock full of glorious events. All that’s needed is a little cooperation from Mother Nature, for high on the list of upcoming events is the opening of the Museum of Arts and Sciences “Festival of Trees” on Nov. 9. We just need a little nip in the air to feel Christmas coming.

Tonight will see the Macon Pops take the court at Mercer University’s Hawkins Arena.

It’s also the opening of the Hoopsnake Press exhibit at Wesleyan College’s Cowles Myles Collier East Gallery, while at Theatre Macon is the opening of the Youth Actor’s Company’s production of “Seussical the Musical,” one of the most popular shows ever, and a great introduction to theater for kids.

Elvis Presley is a lot more alive than he gets credit for.

His name comes up in the final seconds of Macon Little Theatre’s “The Messiah on the Frigidaire” (with the playwright leading the post-performance discussion last Saturday), and Warner Robins Little Theatre has two related productions in November. On Nov. 5, “An Evening with Elvis” will pave the way for “Who Killed Elvis?” opening Nov. 11.

FUTURE IN THE MAKING

Hundreds of young musicians will be in town Saturday when bands from all over the state converge on Warner Robins for the Heart of Georgia International Marching Band Competition at McConnell-Talbert Stadium.

On Monday, Mercer senior Denzel Washington, a composer and saxophonist, will be showcasing his original compositions at 3 p.m. in Fickling Hall. Here’s our chance to say “I knew him when.”

Contact Larry Fennelly at LarryFennelly@avantguild.com.

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