Small Talk: Exciting season ahead for Knox Concert Series
by Annette Maddox
Special to The Star
Sep 30, 2012 | 1829 views |  0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Fall is in the air, and calendars are filling up with all the pleasantries these cooler months hold in store — including the promise of great entertainment from the Knox Concert Series, whose 67th season starts Oct. 11 with a performance by country star Ronnie Dunn.

To herald season 2012-13, and to recognize the enormous volunteer effort this prestigious event requires, the Knox board of directors entertained volunteers and concert underwriters at a cocktail hour reception on Sept. 21.

The soiree was held at the newly renovated Courtyard by Marriott in Oxford, whose owners, Manju and Nareesh Purohit, are among Knox’s valued sponsors and friends.

Series President Mandi King and Auxiliary Board co-chair Lesa Cummings welcomed guests in the lobby. On the patio, Garfrerick’s Cafe presented an elegant buffet that featured a much-talked-about crab cake, shrimp and barbecue sliders. Then, under a slowly setting sun, guests chatted and enjoyed the fare at small tables that dotted the lawn.

In the midst of the tables, Becky Ledford, season program book editor, gave guests a “sneak preview” of the program cover this year when she presented an oil painting (by board member Julia Segars) on an easel in the grassy setting.

With the pretty painting as backdrop, Rick Westbrook, board chairman, welcomed and thanked everyone, especially acknowledging the newest board member, Rodney Gibson, and advisory board member Jason Alderman.

Volunteers are wrapping up the subscription sales effort this week, with King reporting that fewer than 50 season tickets remain. The season also includes a December performance by the Celtic Woman Christmas Celebration Symphony Tour (the international sensations from Ireland); a January performance by China National Symphony Orchestra; a February performance by the Russian National Ballet Theater; and a March performance of Broadway’s outstanding musical “A Chorus Line.”

Save the Date

Break out your bibs for the 15th annual Lobsterfest, Oct. 27 at Grace Episcopal Church in Anniston. In addition to the savory crustaceans, enjoy crafts, live entertainment and fun things to do for the whole family. Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity. For more info, visit
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