Fun with a French flair

Local residents can help support one of our greatest local cultural resources Friday while also having a great time – with a French twist.

The Randolph County Community Arts Center’s 12th annual gala will kick off at 6 p.m., featuring the theme “An Evening in Paris.”

The fundraiser will feature a French menu, French decor and French wine, and will begin at 6 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Arts Center.

The RCCAC gala is always one of the best-enjoyed local fundraisers each year.

Friday’s gala will include a tasty selection of hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and cocktails, as well as an art exhibit, live music, dancing and a silent auction.

The gala benefits the Arts Center’s many services, including a wide range of art and music classes including pottery, painting and cooking, along with many others.

Once a month, locals pack their lunch and make their way to the Arts Center to socialize during the Brown Bag concerts.

The yearlong RCCAC Concert Series provide evening entertainment with a wide range of national talents showcasing blues, jazz, country, Celtic and holiday music.

The RCCAC has three times hosted traveling exhibits from the Smithsonian Institution – “Produce for Victory” in 2006, “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music” in 2009 and “The Way We Worked” in 2012.

The Arts Center was incorporated in August 2000 with the express purpose of saving the historic St. Brendan Catholic Church in order to fulfill a need for arts education and artistic performances in Randolph and surrounding counties.

A group of local residents including U.S. District Judge Robert E. Maxwell, Gary Schoonover, Margo Blevin Denton and Jim Wallace were among the founders who helped set the vision in motion.

Now the Arts Center is celebrating its history with its 12th annual fundraising gala. Come out and join the fun; you’ll be glad you did. For ticket information, call 304-637-2355.