DCCA News: Take time for fun


By Marilyn Delk



Everyone has a busy life, it seems; too many things to do, too many people to see, too many places to go. Yet, when one pays attention to readily available life-enhancing opportunities, extra time can often be found for enjoying an at least pleasant and perhaps transcendent experience.

Would a local performance by an up-and-coming talented young duo that has performed at Nashville’s famed Bluebird Cafe, the venue where Kathy Mattea and Garth Brooks and Vince Gill got their starts, entice you to consider taking a little time off from perceived obligations and duties? If so, Darke County Center for the Arts invites you to what promises to be an amazing evening at the Bistro Off Broadway on Oct. 29, when they present sisters Adelee and Gentry Grant performing the rootsy folk/pop songs that won acclaim at the Bluebird a short while ago.

Adelee, the older of the sisters, first picked up her grandpa’s guitar at age ten, played a few chords, and was hooked. Gentry took some coaxing to get into the spotlight, but soon joined her sister playing and singing in their church, then branching out to area coffeehouses and now moving onto larger stages. These West Alexandria natives who have been performing together for the past five years in and around their hometown are now touring around the nation. In addition to that unique “sister harmony thing,” Adelee and Gentry have garnered attention with their songwriting abilities, creating music described as “real and honest” as well as “commercial and mature.”

Their record producer, Jason Webb, who has worked with well-known artists including LeAnn Rimes, says that he was completely blown away after hearing the girls perform for the first time, and that working with them is a career highlight. Billboard magazine lists Adelee and Gentry as “artists to watch.” Are those enough accolades to motivate you see for yourself what all the excitement is about, to be among the first to witness the ascension of rising stars on the Nashville scene?

Granted, Adelee and Gentry’s Thursday night performance precedes Halloween weekend, with all its hustle and bustle and hijinks; but consider making time for a little exceptional albeit non-spooky entertainment at an exceptionally low cost. Concert tickets cost just $10, and can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.net, or purchased online at www.CenterForArts.net. Not only will you have inserted a pleasant respite into your busy days, you will also guarantee your ability to say “I saw them when…” if their star keeps rising and they achieve the fame currently being predicted for them.

Speaking of busy schedules, DCCA officials are experiencing a whirlwind of Fall activity themselves. In addition to presenting Adelee and Gentry, the arts organization is hosting Mad River Theater Works during the company’s performances of John Henry in local schools next week. Also, DCCA will create some Halloween hustle and bustle of its own; their annual Ghostwalk through downtown Greenville leaves from Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall at 7:30 p.m. next Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Wow! So many things to do, so many places to go; next time you hear someone complain that there’s nothing to do around here, I suggest that you beg to differ with that ill-informed opinion and invite them to take time to enjoy some of the many outstanding opportunities easily within their reach.

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By Marilyn Delk

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

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