2017 Calhoun’s Got Talent Winners

Congratulations Calhoun’s Got Talent Winners 2017! Ryleigh Ledford – Judges’ Award Mercedes McBride – Peoples’ Choice Thank you to all our amazing contestants for two terrific shows: Heather Mayfield-Adcock, Aaron Blake, Brooke Dyer, Haiden Green, Hunter Green, Blair Hall, Bri Hall, Darby Jones, Adrian Lyles, Chris Suggs, Holly Thomas, Catherine Thompson, Brianna Towers, Heather Utz, and Susan Willerson. Great job Josh Lawrence, director! Many thanks to our sponsors, judges, guest performers, tech and back stage crew, and audience members. We hope to see you again in...

Beginner’s Yoga

Beginner’s Yoga Offered at the Harris Arts Center Brandi Rose Dixon will teach Beginner’s Yoga at the Harris Arts Center on Monday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. starting August 21. Brandi received her 200 HR Yoga Instructor Certification from SpringStone Yoga in Rome, Georgia. Classes will be “pay as you go” per session: $7 for Harris Arts Center members and $8 for Not-yet members. Clients will also have the option to pay for a month in full. Classes will be taught in the Community Room on the second floor, and participants are asked to park and enter on the Piedmont Street level. Pre-registration is not required. Brandi Rose is also an artist and three of her abstract paintings are on display in the galleries at the arts center through August 21 for the Regional Art Show. “I am looking forward to bringing yoga back to the Harris Arts Center!” said Brandi. 706...

Piano Lessons with Lauren Talley

Lauren Talley is currently accepting students for piano instruction at the Harris Arts Center. Previously, Lauren taught piano at Stephens Music Company. Her music education background includes three years Shorter Preparatory Music School, three years under Dr. Kris Carlisle, Dean of Music, Berry College, and four years with Ms. Susan Frix, Specialty Classical Piano. The pianist’s hobbies include playing piano and guitar, reading, traveling, and playing with her golden retriever, Colonel Bojangles. Lauren would like to invite anyone interested in taking piano lessons to call the arts center at 706-537-3798 for contact...

GA String Band Festival

The 12th Annual Georgia String Band Festival April 27 & 28, 2018 The Georgia String Band Festival and Gordon County Fiddlers’ Convention is an annual celebration of Gordon County’s heritage music, honoring the legacy of the Georgia Yellow Hammers and the Baxter Brothers, pioneers of pre-WWII Old Time music. A two day event, the Festival consists of a Friday night kick-off concert followed by Saturday’s day-long competitions in string band, fiddle, banjo, buck dance and singing. Any performer, aged 15 or older, may enter. Monetary prizes totaling $1,900 are awarded. Competition judges are Old Time musicians themselves, and have judged at similar festivals throughout the Southeast. Performances, historical presentations and free educational components round out this celebration of local cultural history. Entry fee for the competitions is only $10 per person, with children aged 12 and under free. The Georgia String Band Festival is held in partnership with the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Development’s annual BBQ, Boogie & Blues Festival. Grammy Award winning musician and co-founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dom Flemons, was the featured artist at the Friday night kick-off concert last year.  52 performers competed in 2017. The festival attracts quality talent from Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and South Carolina. String Band Winners 2017 Singing: Camden Pugh Chris Casbarro Alicia Kafka Buck Dance: Andrea Smith Joni Hornsby Betty Jo Bailey Banjo: John Grimm Chris Casbarro Camden Pugh String Band: Griddle Lickers (Mick Kinney) Grimm Cadets (Jason Cade) Evan Kinney & His Dixieland Squirrel Skinners Fiddle: Jason Cade Mick Kinney Michael...

Keith McFarland Photography

Some rabbit holes are deep. Calhoun resident, Keith McFarland, tumbled into such a hole several years ago when, on a whim, he purchased a Mamiya medium format camera. He was instantly hooked. Part of his home is now a darkroom. He develops his own film and uses one of two enlargers to make silver gelatin prints. Some rabbit holes are very deep. Keith is both excited and humbled for the opportunity to share his experiences and a selection of prints at an upcoming exhibition at the Harris Arts Center in downtown Calhoun. The opening reception will be held on Sunday, August 27 from 3:00 to 4:30 PM. The photographer will give a formal Gallery Talk beginning at 3:30 PM and will be available for questions and commentary throughout the reception.   Keith and his beloved 8×10 camera. Cane Creek Falls (2014) Cane Creek Falls State Park, TN 8×10 Ilford...