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Kathryn Orth

SMAC President


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July-August 2018

Dear Fellow SMAC Members:


Did you know that 2019 will mark SMAC’s 30th year? We’re planning a year-long party! You will hear more about a special concert in February and there is a rumor that the Lakeside Singers have something very interesting up their sleeves.


Speaking of the Lakeside Singers, they wrapped up their 2018 season with “We Will Rock You!” and the concert brought down the packed house. There was a lot of hand waving, singing along, and maybe even a little dancing in the aisles – and that was the audience! Thanks, Singers, for another great performance!


The Southwest Virginia Songwriters delivered another wonderful coffeehouse evening, with eight songwriters presenting their own work. Several people have asked if this can become an annual event. Sounds good to me! I’ll ask the person in charge of it.


SMAC is proud to announce that the scholarship recipients for 2018 are Kenna Thacker of Gretna High School and Gabriel Shires of Staunton River High School. Both students have outstanding achievements in academics and in the arts. Congratulations, Kenna and Gabriel! And thanks to our hard-working scholarship committee: Judy Helms, Joyce Dittrich, Anne Motley and Jim Mullens.


SMAC groups are already gearing up for some exciting Fall events. A coffeehouse featuring a variety of local talent is planned for Oct.5, the Annual SMAC Art Show opens Oct. 12, the annual dinner and membership meeting will be Wednesday, Oct. 24, and the annual Holiday Concert with Maestro David Wiley and Friends will take place Friday, Dec. 14. You’ll hear more about all this later, but save the dates now!


On a more difficult note, we are saddened to hear that SMAC Past-President and active member Don Fink has passed away. We are grateful for his years of leadership and his support of this organization. Our thoughts are with Carolyn at this difficult time.


You can find more info on SMAC events in this newsletter and on the SMAC website at SMAC-arts.com. Thank you for being a member of the Smith Mountain Arts Council.


Kathryn Orth 




The Smith Mountain Arts Council (SMAC), established in 1989, is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization and serves a large geographic area surrounding Smith Mountain Lake.

SMAC is partially funded by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.



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