Fayette Fine Arts Council presents awards 6.10.09

Written by David Green.

Two appreciation awards were presented Thursday at the Fayette Community Fine Arts Council annual meeting. One award was given for service by a council member and a second award went to an outside agency.

Arts Council director Tom Spiess presented the Char Rix Award to Don Glasgow. The award is given to a council member who has done some “remarkable things” for the organization during the past year.

Glasgow meets the three Ws, Spiess said: Work, wealth and wisdom. Glasgow was given a blown glass work of art created by Fayette resident Marvin Thorp.

A new honor, the Phillip Schrock Award, was given to Serenity Haven, a residential recovery facility for women, located west of Fayette.

The award is named for Henry Phillip and Joe Shrock, a pair of Opera House volunteers who put in countless hours with no expectation of reward, Spiess said.

“This award comes from our hearts because both of these gentlemen made this community a better place to live,” he said.

Volunteers from Serenity Haven have helped with various needs at the Opera House.

“They’ve helped transform the community simply by showing up and helping out,” Spiess said.

Ken Bond of the Five County Board representing Serenity Haven said the feeling is mutual.

“I would personally like to thank the community for all the support they’ve given us,” he said. “It’s been a good relationship for both sides.”

Council member Cheri Rix said the volunteer help was a tremendous boost.

“There were times when we weren’t sure what we were going to do. You have helped us out tremendously.”

NEW SEASON—Rebecca Lovelass outlined the 2009-10 Fayette Artist Series, starting with traditional folk musicians “Hand Hewn.” The group will present a workshop before their Oct. 3 concert.

The Hogan Family of Defiance will present a stringed quartet performance Nov. 6 and Ballet Folklorico Mexicanas will make a return visit Dec. 5.

The Bryan Area Madrigal Singers will perform March 13 and Team Fiddle will make a return appearance April 17.

ORGAN SERIES—Reed organ concerts can be found here and there across the country, Glasgow said, but as far as he knows, Fayette is the only location to offer a regular reed organ series.

“I’m impressed with the organists who want to come here,” he said.

He’s heard from three past participants who want to make a return appearance.

The new series features Mary Ann Crugher-Balduf of Ypsilanti on Oct. 11; Marcia Van Horn and some woodwinds Nov. 15; and Tommy Quinn from Alabama.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS—In addition to regular programming, council members served concessions at several area events in the past year and sponsored the Parker’s Corner Christmas Crafts Shop.

Upgrades were completed in the Opera House kitchen and men’s rest room, and the gazebo was painted.

BREAKFAST—Spiess said area residents are invited to attend breakfast sessions at the Opera House between 7 and 9:30 a.m. Mondays.

“But you have to be willing to share your ideas and be willing to argue,” he added.

RENTAL—Members were reminded of the availability of rental space at the Opera House. The lobby, front gallery, main gallery and auditorium are all available, as is catering.

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