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Union arts council names grant recipients

Barbara Faulk, executive director of the Union County Community Arts Council, said the council has selected seven arts groups to receive funding from its Grassroots Arts grant program.

Funds are made available to nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations whose purpose is to promote and develop diverse cultural arts programming in Union County.

A panel of board and community members reviewed all applications and made a recommendation to the council’s board of directors. Grants were then awarded to the Union Symphony Society, Union County Youth Ballet, Union County Playmakers, The Storefront Theatre, Marshville Museum and Cultural Center, the Andrew Jackson Historical Foundation and the Unionville Lions Club. The total amount given was $22,750.

“These grants are key to the continued accomplishments of these deserving arts groups,” Faulk said. “It is important that the arts council support the arts throughout our area by providing funding and other resources so that Union County’s quality of life can continue to thrive.”

Through the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources’ Grassroots Arts Program, grants have been offered by the Union County Community Arts Council since 1987. Grant applications are available in the spring of each year.

For more information on the Grassroots Arts Grant program, contact the Union County Community Arts Council at 704-283-2784 or email Additional information is available at

First Frightday

The Town of Waxhaw is diligently working to make certain that citizens and visitors have a fun time this month.

The fun begins on Oct. 3, when the theme for First Friday is “First Frightday.”

Everyone gets to enjoy this Halloween season kickoff. Downtown merchants will compete for the “Golden Pumpkin Head” trophy awarded by the Waxhaw Small Town Main Street Promotions Committee for the business with the best spirit.

Natalie Jackson, the town’s assistant events coordinator, said everyone is invited to come in costume. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., businesses will have Halloween-themed decorations, and many of the workers will be in costume.

Children will also be able to collect candy at many of the stores.

Among the activities planned is a pumpkin decorating station hosted at Stewart’s Village Gallery on McDonald Street. Members of the Waxhaw Junior Arts League will facilitate the decorating, and participants have a chance to win a larger pumpkin.

Sweet Repeats will host pumpkin bowling. Eight Legs Gallery will have a haunted obstacle course. Traditional carriage rides will take a “spooky” turn, and there will be music in the streets.

A new dimension this year will be offered by storytellers from the Museum of the Waxhaws. They will be in costume and tell tales about experiences of the past.

The following weekend, Waxhaw will host its annual Autumn Treasures Festival.