A phrase that rhymes, ridicules, sort of celebrates, and is just plain fun to say out loud. Okay, let’s concentrate on the celebrating part of artsy-fartsy. The definition of artsy-fartsy is someone or something that tries to show their knowledge about creative works such as painting, sculpture or other artistic pursuits. Sure there can be some pretense involved, but it has been my experience that folks usually have some of the knowledge and chops to back it up. In Van Wert there’s a lot going on with the arts for a town its size. Strike that, there’s a lot going on with the arts in Van Wert for a town ten-times its size. If we get called artsy-fartsy from time to time, it is a badge we should wear proudly. It’s a positive we should accentuate.
Many, many people and organizations over the years have promoted the arts in Van Wert. They laid the foundation for the luxury of arts we enjoy today. The Niswonger Performing Arts Center and its management have increased our opportunities for exposure to the arts by leaps and bounds. StateWide Ford Lincoln and the StateWide companies are proud to be the 2014-2015 Season Sponsor at Niswonger ( www.npacvw.org ). This year, right here in Van Wert at a state-of-the-art venue you can see amazing performers like Peter Yarrow of the iconic 60s folk group “Peter, Paul and Mary,” Country Music star Josh Turner, “The Nutcracker” performed by The Ballet Theater of Toledo (a must-see Holiday treat), the legendary Kenny Rogers, comedian Sinbad, the traditional Broadway musical “Anything Goes” by Cole Porter, and the funny, touching play “Love Letters” with Hal Linden and Barbara Eden. And that is just a few highlights.
Whether you visit Niswonger this year for one of the many events, take in a showing at the Wassenberg Art Center, encourage a youngster to pursue her love of sculpture, listen to a rendition of “The Messiah” at a local church, support an area school band, take a local pottery class, or enjoy your own artistic endeavor, please get out to celebrate and promote and support the arts in Van Wert. Your life and the lives of those around you will be all the richer for it.
Other Goings-On this month include the Van Wert Rotary Club’s 27th annual Benefit Dinner/Charity Auction on October 11th. Held at the Willow Bend CC there will be plenty of opportunities to bid on amazing auction items. Expect interesting categories like Travel & Entertainment, Sports & Activities, Dining, Services, and more. Seriously valuable stuff like four tickets to see Fleetwood Mac with overnight stay and dinner, casino packages, four tickets to the Detroit Tigers, tickets to Ohio State vs Michigan football game, Collins Fine Foods cook out for twelve, His & Her wristwatches, Pie-a-Month for a year, so much more, and, of course, some surprises. Plus, there’ll be a Silent Auction with over 70-items. Oh, and the food will be superb with first-class service and amenities at Willow Bend. It will all be for a good cause that celebrates the arts with a lasting benefit. This year’s auction proceeds will improve Wassenberg Art Center by creating a walking path connecting the art center to the Town Creek footbridge. The Wassenberg staff and board expect the path will improve accessibility to the facility, as well as add interest and beauty to the property. Tickets for the dinner and auction can be purchased from all Rotary members. Be sure to get yours today and practice your auction strategies so you can win the bid on what you want.
By the way, did you know October is National Arts & Humanities Month, the largest annual celebration of the arts in the nation? And we are part of it right here in Van Wert. Now, that’s what I call artsy-fartsy!
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