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Jul 09 2009

Savoring the last dance

Early arrivers were treated to a full shag dance class before the party.

Early arrivers were treated to a full shag dance class before the party.

Beach music drifted through the air at the Sandcastle on Kiawah as dancers moved to and fro, laughing as they cautiously stepped out the new moves they learned during the shag lessons held earlier in the evening. It was a comfortable, casual and thoroughly enjoyable end to the Kiawah Arts Council season. Squeezed in before the obligatory evening thunderstorm, the group “The Islanders” performed several beach favorites while dancers took turns between the dance floor and the colorfully decorated poolside tables. Charlie Lipuma, Chairman of the Arts Council, also took a moment to thank everyone for their attendance, both that evening and throughout the year. “This past season has been one of the best because of you and the people who have come to our events,” he said. “Thank you, and thank you to the members of the Arts Council who helped to pull off these events. It took a lot of effort, but we couldn’t have done it without you.”

He noted that the Council had spent $125,000 this past year on events, and had no plans of slowing down for the 2009-2010 year. Twenty events have already been lined up, kicking off on September 30 at 7:30pm with the Fred Moyer Jazz Arts Trio at Church of Our Saviour. “Thank you for a job well done,” Lipuma smiled. Before joining the bevy of eager dancers, however, he happily announced that today was the 50th wedding anniversary of Kiawah Islanders Bill & Marilyn Blizzard, and wished them a happy anniversary from both him and the rest of the Arts Council.

Sneak peek at upcoming 2009-2010 Arts Council events …

2009 October

• Wednesday, October 7, at 5pm: Piano Bar 1 with Bill Howland – Sandcastle
• Wednesday, October 14, at 5pm: Piano Bar 2 with Show & Stedman – Sandcastle
• Wednesday, October 21, at 5pm: Piano Bar 3 with Bill Howland – Sandcastle
• Thursday, October 15, at 7:30pm: Duda Lucena Trio – Sandcastle
• Friday, October 23, at 7:30pm: Rob Faust Masked Pantomime – EB Conference Center

2009 November

• Saturday, November 7, at 5:30pm: Charleston Symphony with David Stahl – Freshfields

2009 December

• Thursday, December 3, at 7:30pm: Charleston Symphony Holiday Strings Concert – Holy Spirit Catholic Church

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