by Dick Borden – President, SAAC
Since 1990, the Stockbridge Area Arts Council has enjoyed providing the best in entertainment and educational programs to Stockbridge and surrounding communities. From Dixieland jazz to dramatic readings of Charles Dickens; from operatic arias to banjo-picking bluegrass; from brass bands and string orchestras to community choruses – along with children’s concerts, annual art shows, and school assemblies, our goal has been to bring the arts in all formats to the general public, free of charge.
The SAAC also provides student scholarship opportunities. This year it presented a $500 scholarship to Stockbridge HS Senior Haley Gipson, who is studying this summer at Western Michigan University.
In 2019, our activities have included the annual SAAC Art Show on the weekend of A Day in the Village, co-sponsoring Marketplace Music on the Town Square, and a karaoke dodgeball competition at Heritage School. This year, the SAAC established the annual Mike Jones Award for contributions to the arts, in honor of Jones, who devoted much of his time and talents to our community. Our inaugural recipient was Paul Crandall, a tireless advocate for the arts during the past 25 years.
On September 9, the SAAC Stockbridge Festival Chorus will begin practicing in preparation for a joyous Holiday Concert, November 16 and 17 in the Township Hall. Rehearsals will be held each Monday from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the music room of Heritage School. Everyone who enjoys singing is invited to lend a voice to our community chorus. For more information, please call 517-851-7671 and leave a message.
The concert will be held on Saturday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 17 at 2 p.m.