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Event schedule is plentiful at ‘Eye Full of Paris’

Event schedule is plentiful at ‘Eye Full of Paris’

Posted: Thursday, September 22, 2011 8:02 pm

It’s music. It’s theater. It’s art. It’s the annual Eye Full of Paris Weekend 2011 in historic downtown Paris. Celebrating visual and performing arts, the event takes place the last full weekend each September and is sponsored by the Downtown Paris Association.
“These three days focus on an assortment of live music, children’s activities and an extraordinary variety of artwork with an emphasis on demonstrations,” said DPA president Kathy Ray.
Friday
• Eye Full of Paris will begin with live music during Commercial Bank’s Noon on the Square on the lawn of the historic Henry County Courthouse. Visitors will enjoy local favorite the Tommy Akers Band. The Boss Hoss Motorcycle Rally will have hundreds of colorful motorcycles will be on display from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Concessions will be available. This is a free event.
• The Wildlife Awaits Show and Sale will open at Lee Academy for the Arts at 6 p.m. Friends of the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge sponsor this combination of painting, pottery, fiber arts and photography. The exhibit showcases the region’s beautiful creatures and scenery. Cash prizes are awarded. This is a free event.
Saturday
• Potters, quilters, painters, jewelers, metalworkers, woodworkers, basket makers, fiber artists and others will fill the courthouse lawn for Arts ’Round the Square. This event, sponsored by the Paris-Henry County Arts Council (PHCAC) and the Downtown Paris Association, runs from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. This is a free event.
• A wide variety of amazing musicians perform on two stages presenting non-stop entertainment throughout the day on Saturday. This is a free event.
• On the new Downtown Park stage on the corner of Wood and Market Streets, Scott Myatt and Steve Short will kick things off at 10 a.m. This duo is in great demand throughout the area playing everything from James Taylor to British Invasion.  
• From noon until 2 p.m. Bree McCuin and Adrienne Wagster will perform. Specializing in acoustic music ranging from classic hits to top 40 singles, their repertoire includes music from original music to Adele, Fleetwood Mac and Sara Bareilles.   
• From 2-4 p.m., Steve Patterson and Jimmy Taylor will take the Downtown Park Stage for some of the best blues in West Tennessee.
• KidZone Live! stage features kid friendly music from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The KidZone Live! Stage in front of the courthouse hosts an exciting variety of young talent from the HCHS Madrigals to the Bethel Renaissance Theater to the KPAC Children’s Theater.
• On Saturday evening, the Paris Ballroom Dance Club will feature the entertaining “Let’s Tango in Paris” at Lee Academy for the Arts Lunchroom, located at 402 Lee St. The dress is casual. The dance club invites the public to ballroom dance or watch from 7-8 p.m. for free. Participants may pay $10 to enjoy the rest of the evening featuring more dancing and refreshments. For information email fmclean@charter.net or call (731) 642-2271.
• Saturday evening festivities also include live music at Paris Winery featuring the guitar/piano duo of Richardson/Snow. These musicians’ tunes range from classic rock to folk to the great American songbook to current hits. Other Eye Full of Paris special activities include the Tasty Morsel Contest and Best Picnic Site, as well as signature wine tasting. No picnic basket? Come early and enjoy a delicious meal in the winery’s bistro. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. Get more information at pariswinery.com or by calling (731) 644-9500.
Sunday
• Music lovers will gather Sunday on the courthouse lawn for the finale of Eye Full of Paris Weekend, Downtown Churches Rejoice. This afternoon of amazing music and food in a relaxed atmosphere features a variety of singing styles from many of the churches that call Downtown Paris home. A casual lunch will be available for purchase. VisitDowntownParis.com for more information.
Eye Full of Paris began in June 2006 with Paris-Henry County Art Council’s first Arts Round the Square held on the courthouse lawn. In 2007, the council partnered with the Downtown Paris Association and activities were expanded. That same year the event was renamed and received funding from the Tennessee River Resort Act. Find out more at www.VisitDowntownParis.com, www.TnVacation.com or call the Chamber of Commerce at (731) 642-3431.

Published in The Messenger 9.22.11

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