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Arts council gets jazzed up at gardens

The rains held off for Eleventh Hour on Saturday night at the McDuffie Arts Council concert in the Monroe Kimbrell Gardens at the Watson-Brown Foundation.

While dark storm clouds loomed and some people arriving at the gate complained of driving through rain to get there, the event received only a few sprinkles.

About 125 people turned out to hear jazz-blues band Eleventh Hour in their second performance in Thomson.

There were some new faces in the crowd. MAC Chairman Marion Ivey said he knew of a couple from North Georgia that heard about the concert while camping at Mistletoe State Park. Another couple told him they were staying at the White Columns Inn and saw the concert advertised there, but he didn't know where they were from.

"I really didn't know what to expect, so I think this is very good considering the weather," Mr. Ivey said.

Curtis and Pam Wooten came from Martinez after they won the tickets in a contest sponsored by MAC on Facebook.

"The concert is just amazing, plus it's so beautiful out here," Mrs. Wooten said of the gardens. "We were talking as we drove through Thomson and said we need to move to a place like this. We'll definitely be back."

The concert served as both a fundraiser and a membership drive for MAC. Mr. Ivey said they really didn't have anyone sign up for membership, but were able to pass out a lot of information.

"Evidently we're taking the soft approach as far as recruiting members," he said.

Web posted on Thursday, August 20, 2009

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