The last Monday in March featured a gloomy dawn followed by torrential rain.
I was at Hook Tire & Service in Waxhaw early to get my car serviced and inspected when I found myself in a conversation with proprietor Larry Hook. He also is president of the Union County Community Arts Council.
Hook started talking about the arts council’s annual Breakfast For The Arts. This year, the event will be at Rolling Hills Country Club in Monroe on May 8. Breakfast is served at 7:30 a.m. That will be followed by an arts showcase.
“We have planned an exciting and energetic breakfast program that we believe will be both fun and inspirational,” said Barbara, Faulk, arts council executive director.
It took me 19 years as a Union County resident to attend the breakfast. Until 2012, I was unaware of the incredible scope of activities the arts council offers.
For example: the Downtown Monroe Art Walk on April 10-11, Storefront Theatre’s presentation of “Country Songs” on April 18-19 and Union County Student Art Showcase on May 2-3 at South Piedmont Community College.
The art showcase will feature the work of more than 550 student artists from elementary, middle and high schools in Union County.
Faulk said more than 92 percent of the funds raised by the arts council are returned to the community in the form of programs and grants. More than half of the supported programs are for youths.
She also gave me a few insights into what to expect at the May 8 event. You will hear the Marvin Ridge boys and girls glee clubs. Waxhaw sculptor Peter Rubino, Storefront Theatre founder and playwright Judy Simpson Cook, and storyteller Linda Goodman are among the other individuals you’ll hear from.
The breakfast is free.
All funds raised from pledges made at the event will stay in Union County.
Union County Public Library
Becky Walters is a board member for the Friends of the Union County Public Library, a group that raises money for library programs.
Walters said, “On April 22, we will have our Ladies Spring Tea at Rolling Hills Country Club from 2 to 4 (p.m.). Our speaker will be Erika Marks, who lives in Charlotte. I have read her books, and they are all excellent.”
The spring tea is the main fundraiser for the year, with profits going to summer reading programs that are held at all four library branches.
“Last year, we were able to serve 8,000 children in Union County ages 0-18,” Walters said.
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Want to go?
▪ For reservations at Union County Community Arts Council’s Breakfast For The Arts, call 704-283-2784. Many longtime supporters of the arts in Union County will be there.
▪ Tickets are available for the Ladies Spring Tea, a Friends of the Union County Public Library fundraiser. The cost is $30. Contact Ravonne Pender at 704-283-8657 or email email@example.com.