Arts are an asset for Elkin area

The arts, in addition to recreational activities, are a key draw for communities wanting to appeal to families and those looking to relocate to areas, and Elkin, despite being a small town, has an active arts community with events for both kids and adults.

This weekend is a focus on kids, with two great events — one a day-long festival and the other a culmination of hard work by the area’s youth and a few key adult leaders.

For those looking for something to do with the family, be sure to visit the Foothills Arts Council Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. as it plays host to the 10th KidsFest Arts Festival. The day of activities geared toward kids ages 3 to 17 will include designing a bandanna to take home, sculpting, printmaking, live music and much more.

Two chances — Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m. — are available for people wishing to see how hard the area kids have worked as part of the Kidshop Theatre summer program put on by the arts council as well. The kids will take the stage, with sets designed by the kids, in costumes designed by the kids, in the various roles to perform “The Wizard of Oz” for theater-goers.

The Elkin area is lucky to have such a strong arts community — from live music at Brushy Mountain Winery on Main Street to events like Friday’s Reevestock preview party at 222 Public House, which like the kids’ activities this weekend is free admission.

There are a couple of art galleries which have opened downtown to draw visitors and locals alike, and several times a year the arts council puts on staged community theater productions, like the musical “Chicago,” which is now being rehearsed by area thespians.

The music community is another highlight for the area, which the annual Elkin Valley Fiddlers by the River event held not long ago.

It is no wonder that when Elkin City Schools was deciding what teaching style to gear toward, instead of going with a Science Technology Engineering Math model, leaders chose the STEAM model that includes the Arts.

Having a community that prides itself on the arts and activities for everyone makes it a wonderful place to work and play, for the whole family.

Kudos to those in the arts community for being an outlet for us all. We look forward to the next offerings available to enjoy.

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