By Sharon Ezell
The Starkville Area Arts Council held their annual Membership Party at the Oktibbeha County Lake. The goal for the SAAC is to promote the essential value of the arts, music, dance, theater, literature, and visual arts- for the cultural, educational, social, ethnic, and economic vitality of the Starkville area. Many former and current members showed up in great numbers to show their support and share ideas for upcoming events. Among the guests were two of the 2011 SAAC scholarship recipients given each year to art students.
Both recipients are planning to attend Mississippi State University as freshmen and further their studies of the arts. The SAAC is proud to offer these scholarships to students in hopes of encouraging them to follow their dreams in the field of the arts.
Mayor Wiseman and his wife came out to support the event to assure the SAAC that they have support from the city of Starkville. Both the former SAAC president and the newly elected president were in attendance as well. They both expressed how important it is that they continue to work together to improve and promote growth within the organization. The incoming president encouraged all involved in the SAAC to continue providing service and ideas for upcoming events and how each person involved can benefit from it.
The SAAC wants students and members to embrace their love for the arts and work hard to make dreams a reality in any area of the arts. The atmosphere near the lake that day was that of promise and understanding of what the event represented.
The aroma floating in the air of Southern Bar- B- Que definitely teased taste buds and was prepared by the “Hog Patch” cooking group. The décor was patriotic with red, white, and blue streaming from wall to wall giving the feel of a down south summer picnic.
The back drop of the lakes’ waves rippled calmly, giving a relaxed mood for the members which added so much to the occasion.
The guest sat at tables chatting amongst themselves enjoying the soothing tunes of the “Board Town Players”, the Blue Grass guest band for the evening.
The event would not have been a success without the help of businesses who have partnered with the SAAC for many years.
Coca- Cola donated the drinks for the event and several members and former members devoted their time and hands to decorate, prepare food, or just to offer a smile or welcoming gesture to arriving guests.
Everyone there seemed to have enjoyed every minute of their time there with family and friends.
I had a very genuine experience as well observing the passion shown by each individual for the arts that day.
The expressions of dedication was heartwarming which made you want to do more and be an active part of what the SAAC is working so hard to accomplish.
I look forward to attending the next SAAC annual membership party as a member next year; it truly was a day to remember.
For more information about becoming a member of the Starkville Area Arts Council call 662-324-3080 or visit our website starkvillearts.org.