Arts Council uses new home for entertainment events

Monthly after-work socials begin this month
Apr. 01, 2013 @ 01:14 AM

The Arts Council is indulging itself by scheduling its first entertainment events since moving into Centennial Station at the end of last year.
Why? Because it can.
Centennial Station is the first facility the High Point Area Arts Council has owned; it previously had little space in which to hold indoor events. In the past, it has mostly held community events, such as the Arts Splash series of concerts, outdoors at other facilities.
“We were getting a lot of inquiries, people saying they thought it was great the Arts Council bought a dinner-theater (space),” said Debbie Lumpkins, executive director. “I said, ‘If we’re going to start our own entertainment series, we need to do it sooner than later and test the waters (with an after-work social series).’ ”
Since it moved in, the Arts Council has been renting Centennial Station for outside events, such as weddings, receptions, parties and church activities. So far, rentals have been frequent enough that fees are paying for building overhead.
In the first three months the Arts Council operated Centennial Station, it booked 22 rental events, Lumpkins said.
“It was hard to find a date that wasn’t rented,” Lumpkins said. “I said, ‘If we’re going to do something, we’ve got to get our own stuff on the books, now.’ ”
The Arts Council is beginning on April 18 a “Third Thursdays” series of after-work social events aimed at adults. The monthly sessions will include live music and a cover charge, a cash bar and food available for purchase.
It also is staging an interactive murder-mystery dinner-theater, “Til Death Do Us Part,” on May 31.
The dinner-theater production with a wedding theme will be a fundraiser for the Arts Council, which traditionally holds a fundraiser each spring but has been so busy with moving and upfitting that this year’s event will be later than usual. / 888-3601  


The Arts Council, 121 S. Centennial St., sponsors the following entertainment events:
“Third Thursdays” — 5-8 p.m., with live music, a cash bar, food for purchase; $10 cover charge:
April 18 with April Talbott & Friends performing jazz, blues swing;
May 16 with Gary Woodard playing jazz, blues, rhythm and blues, reggae, salsa, soft rock, pop.
Interactive murder-mystery dinner-theater, “Til Death Do Us Part,” 6-9 p.m. May 31; $40 for dinner and show, plus a cash bar.

Information, reservations: 889-2787, ext. 24