Last updated: August 15. 2014 1:23PM - 111 Views
By Marilyn Delk

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Do you know why most people who don’t attend shows presented by Darke County Center for the Arts don’t attend DCCA presentations? Because they never have; and sometimes because nobody that they know goes.

Planning to do something you’ve never done before is exciting; executing that plan can be truly exhilarating and even life-enhancing. Some people want to travel throughout the United States or see exotic lands, others want to jump out of an airplane or go white-water rafting. Other worthy but less extreme aspirations abound; I’m constantly revising my own personal list, but I’ve visited the Grand Canyon, seen Bruce Springsteen in concert, and been to Paris, and I’m happily working on enjoying whatever comes up next. I don’t exactly understand what’s so scary about buying tickets to DCCA’s shows for the first time.

However, DCCA officials want to reach out to potential patrons, to let them know what they are missing - highly talented performers appearing right here in our community at economical ticket prices. And so, DCCA will once again this year go to the Great Darke County Fair, spreading to one and all the good word about what the local arts council offers. (Everybody goes to the Fair, as well as everybody that everybody knows.)

If you are already a DCCA patron, please stop by DCCA’s booth in the Coliseum to say hello and let the organization know what you like or don’t like, and the artists you hope to see in Darke County. Newbies to the DCCA experience will be welcomed as well, and encouraged to branch out and take advantage of the world of wonder that awaits. You’ll learn about all upcoming events, and, if you haven’t already purchased your tickets, you can get them right then and there.

DCCA’s Artists Series season opens in less than a month with a not-to-be-missed concert by the Annie Moses Band, a musically diverse ensemble that has been viewed by millions on PBS, performed at Carnegie Hall and The Grand Ole Opry, and will soon be appearing at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall in Greenville. As an extra enticement, tickets to this show will be $5 off their regular price, just $20, when purchased during the fair. Securing your tickets to this show may not be the most daring action you could take, but engaging in such a safe bet seems like a wise and happy decision to me.

And you could make sure that you don’t miss “The McCartney Years” in November. Praised as “the best on the scene today” by the guy who brought the Beatles to North America, this tribute band sets the standard to which others aspire. You can experience three decades of music from The Beatles and Wings live onstage at Memorial Hall; that doesn’t seem to be a very threatening adventure.

Orders will also be taken for general admission tickets to DCCA’s popular Family Theatre Series, which opens at St. Clair Memorial Hall on Oct. 12 with Skippyjon Jones, or the intimate, casual Coffeehouse Series which will offer poetry, folk music, and blues plus other enticing art forms at five venues throughout Darke County, or “A Taste of Wine and Zydeco,” a Halloween party at Montage Cafe featuring the Grammy-Award winning Terrance Simien. And that’s only the beginning of the fabulous season DCCA has planned.

If you’ve never bought tickets to a DCCA event, it’s time to remedy that lack in your life. And you can easily accomplish that feat in the comfortable, familiar atmosphere of our community’s premiere event, the Great Darke County Fair. If you complete a short survey, you might even win tickets to a DCCA show! Oh, and Cat’s Meow replicas of the magnificent stained glass windows adorning Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall will be available at DCCA’s booth – your purchase will go to a fund benefiting the treasured building and you will possess a lovely and enduring souvenir of the wonderful things you can encounter without leaving your home community. See ya at the Fair – and beyond!

Marilyn Delk is a director of the Darke County Center for the Arts and can be reached at marilynd@bright.net. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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