The Friendship Quilts of The Merry Crow Hop Quilters Exhibit February 25-March 1, Opening Reception Saturday, Feb. 28, 4-6 p.m. Free & Open to the Public

Quilt_Maca-25Due to inclement weather, the exhibit schedule has changed.
Over a period of 35 years, a group of women who today identify themselves as The Merry Crow Hop Quilters have collaborated to produce a remarkable collection of quilts, each one distinctive and every square as unique as the individuals for whom they were made. Each quilt commemorates the milestones of life, including births and birthdays. Healing quilts have been made to comfort friends facing illness or injury. Some of these quilts now reside in such far flung places as California or Iowa.
Monroe Area Council for the Arts (MACA) will exhibit  26 of these quilts in the “Friendship Quilt Exhibit” at the Vonore Community Center (611 Church St., Vonore, TN)  February 27, noon-6 p.m.; February 28, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and March 1, 1-5 p.m. The public is invited to an opening reception to meet some of the artists Saturday, February 28, 4-6 p.m.. The exhibit is sponsored by Cutting Edge Builders, Inc.
Quilting is a heritage art which is rooted in the necessities of American frontier life, but the Merry Crow Hop quilts represent the artistic visions and expressions of friendship of a group of women who have made Monroe County their home. In addition to Heather Houvenagle and Pamela Madden, squares on the Friendship Quilts have been made by Dona Van Asdale, Valerie Carmley, Jasmine Madden, Elida Houvenagle, Anita McClure, Ginny Smiley, Eda Ciemania, Olivia Kane, Mary Hendershot, Eileen Totten, Kathy Hampton, Lynda Best, Tilda Madden, Julie Guthrie, Cathy Hartley, Jill Alliman, Dianne Chapman, and many others.

MACA 6th Annual Spring Open


The MACA 6th Annual Spring Open Charity Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, March 21 at the Links at Kahite in Vonore. The tournament is an 18-hole scramble with four-person teams. The tournament begins with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. The entry fee  is $45/person and does not include the cost of golf or cart. Green fees and cart are payable in the pro shop on the day of the tournament. The event includes range balls, a continental breakfast, and pasta buffet lunch. There are great prizes including a free drawing to win deluxe theme baskets, plus a chance to win a brand new car, courtesy of Jackie Jones Ford.  Proceeds from the tournament will support programs and operations of Monroe Area Council for the Arts.

Platinum Sponsors for the Spring Open include University General Surgeons, Warren and Tallent CPA, Citizens National Bank, and Vonore Dental.

Executive Director Job Search

Monroe Area Council for the Arts (MACA) is seeking an Executive Director responsible for administration and programs of MACA. Duties are extensive and include board, budget, fundraising, grant writing, and program development and management. Salary is $22,000 a year. No benefits are offered; flexible schedule. Minimum of Bachelor’s degree preferred. All applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, essay, completed application, and be available for a personal interview. All resumes/application materials are to be mailed to MACA , Attn: Search Committee, P.O. Box 491, Madisonville, TN 37354 or emailed to macajobsearch@gmail.com. The application review will begin March 1.

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2014-2015 Performance Series – Buy a Season Ticket! Enjoy the Most and Pay the Least!

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Discount Event for Season Ticket Subscribers! EmiSunshine & The Rain – Sunday, September 21, 2014, 3:30 p.m.

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Benefit Performance for Monroe Area Council for the Arts and Hiwassee Performing Arts Center

With a family musical lineage that goes back three generations it’s no surprise that EmiSunshine is a natural performer. Before Emi could actually talk she was cooing along to harmonies with her grandmothers. By the time she was 5 she’d written her first song. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Buddy & Julie Miller, Dolly Parton and Sister Thorpe as well as regional artists like Jeff Barbra & Sarah Pirkle, Mic Harrison & the High Score and her cousin Kevin Abernathy, Emi strives to write and perform her own songs while also covering some of her favorite artists. She has performed on the Today show, with Emmylou Harris at Woofstock in Nashville, and at venues and festivals throughout Tennessee.

Tickets: Adult/$15; Season Ticket Subscribers/$10; Student/$5

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Discount Event For Season Subscribers! Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks, Thursday, October 9, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

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Beginning as a drummer in the 1960’s San Francisco rock band The Charlatans and continuing with the unique and legendary Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, Dan Hicks is widely acknowledged as one of the central defining figures in American roots music . Singer-songwriter Dan Hicks is truly an American original. Since the early 1960s, Hicks has deftly blended elements of Swing, Jazz, Folk and Country music to create the appealing sound he sometimes calls “Folk Jazz”. The lyrics of his songs range from the simply sublime to the sublimely ridiculous, all presented with his uniquely skewed and inscrutable touch. Hicks has earned a reputation as a true original with his signature eclecticism and humor.
Tickets: Adults/$20 ($18 advance); $10/Student
MACA will also honor tickets purchased for the cancelled April 3, 2014 Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks show

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Dave Mason’s Traffic Jam – Monday, November 3, 7:30 p.m. – A Season Ticket Event!

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Take a journey back to the greatest days of rock with Dave Mason’s
Traffic Jam. Join Dave Mason, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the legendary
band Traffic, for an evening of music history as he retraces the earliest days of his career with Traffic and the works that launched his successful solo career. Mason founded Traffic with Steve Winwood
while both were still teenagers, and created music that would find its’ way into the hearts
of generations of music lovers. He’s penned dozens of hits, and his legendary guitar work has been
linked with numerous other members of rock and roll elite, including
Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, The
Rolling Stones, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, and Mama Cass Elliot.
Tickets: Adult/$25 ($23 advance); Student/$15

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Ang Li: From China to Chopin With Love – Thursday, November 13, 2014, 7:30 P.M. – Sweetwater Elementary Auditorium – A Season Ticket Event!

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Ang Li is an internationally acclaimed piano virtuoso whose performance credits and talents reach well
beyond her years. Her exceptional talent and youth, combined with her charming personality and audience appeal, truly make her one the world’s rising classical piano stars. She was born in Beijing, moved to Canada at age 12, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from The Curtis Institute of Music and a Master’s Degree from The Juilliard School. Miss Li is ranked among the top classical pianists in the World by The Cliburn Competition (2009) and has appeared at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Ruïnekerk of Bergen in the Netherlands, National Center for the Performing Arts in China and more.
Tickets: Adult/$15 ($13 advance); Student/$8

Sweetwater Elementary Auditorium, located at 301 Broad Street, Sweetwater (Directions)

Missoula Children’s Theatre: Aladdin – Saturday, January 31, 2015, 6:00 P.M. – A Season Ticket Event!

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Starring 60 local children! For Aladdin it’s not easy to find a magic lamp but it’s even harder to get a date! It’s a swirling sandstorm of famous Arabian Tales from Ali Baba to Scheherazade, and even Sinbad the Sailor, as Aladdin journeys to find a magic lamp in a Cave of (not-so-great) Wonders. Along his way Aladdin seeks answers and advice from wise Genies, a powerful Sultan, and his own Mother to find a way to meet the Princess. However, even with the lamp in hand, Aladdin will have to learn that it takes more than a wish to make a good impression. Full of memorable characters, from lost Penguins to talking Palm Trees, this is an adventure worthy of 1001 laughs. Auditions will be held Monday, Jan. 26, 4:00 p.m. More Info
Tickets: Adult/$10; Student/$5

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Jaimee Paul: At Last – Thursday, March 5, 2015, 7:30 P.M. – A Season Ticket Event!

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Imagine yourself in a concert hall experiencing the greatest jazz vocalists of the 20th century – Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Rosemary Clooney, Doris Day, Judy Garland, Etta James…Powerhouse vocalist Jaimee Paul delivers a stunning performance of the music that endeared them to audiences all over the world. Jaimee Paul is front and center, and on trumpet, leading the band is husband Leif Shires. “At Last,” a tribute to that wonderful era and the most beloved female vocalists, will instantly transport you to the glory days of the Jazz Age. Jaimee has traveled the world with Wynonna Judd while Leif continues to work with Kelly Clarkson, Jack White, Wanda Jackson, My Morning Jacket, and many others.
Tickets: Adult/$18 ($16 advance); Student/$10

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