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The Arts Courier is the official newsletter of the Arts Concil of Wilson County.


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    November 1 December 31, 2012252-291-4329 |

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    2012 Get Your Jolly On!

    Holiday Invitational

    We are thrilled to have Cindy Cash and Mary Piggott as event co-chairs for our Holiday Invitational Art Show and Sale Preview Party. These ladies have been working diligently to make this a spectacular holiday event for the Arts Council as well as participating artists. The Pre-view Party will be held on Thursday, November 15, from 6 8 p.m. in the galleries of the Wilson Arts Center Holiday. Music provided by Faye Williams and Eddie Charles Atkins will fill the air. An array of delicious appetizers will be served by Kathryn Meares Catering, Jacs Grill, Aramark of Barton College and Quince, A Southern Bistro. All of our galleries will be brimming with a wide variety of beautiful artwork, so this is the perfect cash and carry opportunity to kickoff your holiday shopping. Let us help you find unique works of art for everyone on your gift list! This invitation-only preview event is for Arts Council 2012 contributors. The Holiday Invitational Art Show and Sale opens to the public on November 16 and continues through December 21 during regular gallery hours.

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    Contributed photos Youre sure to find extra-special gifts at the Holiday Invitational Art Show & Sale, includ-ing photographs by Robert Cassanova, above.

    The Wilson holiday sea-son gets off to a festive start each year with the merriest soiree in townA Bankers Holiday! The larg-est fundraiser of the Arts Councils year is sched-uled for Friday, December 7, from 6:30 p.m. 12:30 a.m. Mark your calendars now to join all your friends and Wilson area bankers as we get our jolly on and ring in the season! The Wilson Arts Center and Pavilion will be festively decorated, our galleries will be filled with the artwork of the annual Holiday Invitational Art Show and Sale, fabu-lous food will be served by Jacs Grill, Kathryn Meares Catering, Quince, A South-ern Bistro, and Jeremy Law of SoCo, tempting libations will be plentiful and holiday music will fill the air. This eagerly anticipated bash is sure to be a party to re-member!

    All Aboard for Christmas Fun! The Arts Coun-cil of Wilson will be open to children of all ages on Saturday, December 1, from 5 8 p.m. during Wilsons A Downtown Christmas celebration. Join us for readings of Chris Van Allsburgs clas-sic tale, The Polar Express, and receive a treat from a friendly elf! There will also be a large scale Lionel Polar Express train set on display. No charge for admission, but donations are wel-come.

    Its a Polar Express Party!Saturday, December 1, 5 8 p.m.Wilson Arts Center

  • Plans for the evening have been in the works for months with our event tri-chairs, Lara Howe, Viki Anthony and Cheryl Parker. These ladies, in conjunction with our generous banking partners, have crafted a night of non-stop enter-tainment and fun! When you en-ter the Wilson Arts Center for the evening, you will be serenaded by the smooth sounds of Wilson favorites Brad Shackleford, Bill Myers and Friends! After noshing on delicacies and chatting with ac-quaintances over holiday cocktails, youll stroll to the Pavilion, where a lavish buffet awaits, your favorite bartenders will accommodate your beverage desires from our fully- stocked bars, and tables are decorat-ed with stunning live arrangements you may purchase to decorate your own home or give as a thoughtful gift. For your musical pleasure, the merrymaking will go into overdrive when you groove to the sounds of the high-energy party group, Rub-berband. This crowd-pleasing band delivers non-stop entertainment by refusing to be a cookie-cutter band. Rubberband gives 200% and leaves partygoers exhausted and begging for more!

    But wait, thats not all! Due to the success of our live auction last year, were bringing this back with fabu-lous items, such as a seven night ski excursion to Aspen, a private party for you and your friends with the band 3MB, a day of golfing at South Carolinas private Secession Golf Club, UNC vs. Duke basket-

    ball tickets and MORE! Whether you bid for yourself, or join forces with friends, these carefully select-ed items are fantastic, and the funds generated support the arts in our community. Plus, not only do we have our popular 50/50 Cash Raffle again, but thanks to Chris Vester and the Hubert Vester Auto Group, you may purchase $50 raffle tickets to win your choice of three cars: a Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla or Chevrolet Cruz! Cash Raffle tickets for $50 are available now, so see the Dynamic Duo (co-chairs) Charlie Bedgood IV and John Shreve. Car Raffle tickets for $50 are also avail-able now from any Hubert Vester Auto Group dealership. Of course, your friendly Arts Council staff and

    Board members have tickets for the event and both raffles, so be sure to get yours while you can!

    As an added bonus for parents needing a place for little ones to en-joy the evening while you attend our bash, Imagination Station has a deal for you! Their creative staff will be offering an activity-filled sleepover for children ages 6-12. Friday night drop off is from 6:30 7 p.m. and Saturday morning pick up is at 9 a.m. Space is limited, so call Imagi-nation Station today at 291-5113 to make your reservations. Your little ones will be sure to thank you!

    A Bankers Holiday tickets are available from our Board mem-bers, by calling the Arts Council at 291-4329 or by visiting us dur-

    ing regular business hours. You may also purchase tickets from our dedicated banking partners BB&T, Cornerstone Bank, First Citizens, The Heritage Bank, PNC, and Wells Fargo. Without their commitment to the arts enriching the quality of life for all of Wilsons citizens and their generous financial support, this event would not be possible, so please thank them when you see them! For the unbelievable price of only $60 per ticket or $75 at the door, you enjoy over six hours of musical entertainment, sumptuous food, holiday spirits, and more. NEW this year is a Premium Tick-et Package which includes: two A Bankers Holiday tickets, and your choice of two raffle tickets (a

    $50 Cash Raffle ticket or $50 Car Raffle ticket). You may choose two of the same raffle ticket or one of each. Many of our reserved tables in the Pavilion are already booked, but we can still accommodate your reservation request if you contact us promptly. Whether you want to gather a group of dear friends, or join the growing number of small businesses that use this event as their corporate holiday party, our beautifully decorated tables are a great way to enjoy all of the festive fun comfortably!

    Please make sure your FIRST party of the 2012 holiday season is A Bankers Holiday. All your friends will be here, so the decision is really quite simple! Get Your Jolly On!

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    A Bankers Holiday 2012: Get Your Jolly On!Continued from page 1

    Contributed photoParty the night away with the high-energy sounds of Rubberband at A Bankers Holiday! This band refuses to be a cookie cutter band. Rubberband gives 200% and leaves partygo-ers exhausted and begging for more!

    A Bankers Holiday event plannersThe Arts Council of Wilsons largest fundraiser of the year, A Bank-ers Holiday, is Friday, December 7, and the planning is in full swing! This event is made possible by the generous support of six local banking institutions. Pictured during a recent planning session are Jenny Powell, left, The Heritage Bank; Dan Blackmon, First Citizens; Larry McKeel, Wells Fargo; Trey Brantley, PNC; Norm Osborn, Cornerstone Bank; and Terri Stutts, BB&T.

  • Hello, Arts Courier reader!

    If you remember the television show The 64,000 Dollar Question, then the question would be, What are you going to do with the funds from Miss Boykins estate?

    In my presentations to groups and friends about the programs and

    duties of the Arts Council of Wilson, that is the only question I am always asked. I am delighted to answer with those now famous words from Miss Boykins will, ...shall be used to form an endowment for the Arts Council of Wilson. The income from this endowment shall be used to obtain more and better entertainment for the Edna Boykin Cultural Center. So to follow Miss Boykins plan, we asked attorney Janice Walston to help update our endowment policy to include Miss Boykins wishes. The revision of the policy in our bylaws also provides for an Endowment Committee to guide this investment in the future of the cultural arts in Wilson and Wilson County. If you are a contributor, you may have been at our Annual Contributors Meeting when the revised policy (ARTICLE XIII) was amended and approved.

    The wisdom of Miss Boykin will continue to affect the quality of life for all residents and visitors to Wilson and Wilson County. I will never forget our frequent conversations in her home or just before her 90th birthday. Every time we talked, she would make certain that she wanted her gift to make the Arts Council of Wilson the best Arts Council in North Carolina for a town of this size. It was very clear that we were to keep the amount gained from all sales of Miss Boykins personal property as the endowment and only use the income (interest or gains) from the endowment principal to provide wonderful entertainment.

    So now it becomes the task of the Arts Council contributors, the Arts Council Board of Directors and the selected Endowment Committee members to make certain that we use this gift (endowment) to make the Arts Council of Wilson, Inc., the best Arts Cou