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Council offers free summer fun for entire family

June 18, 2013


June 18--With a long summer, many parents and grandparents are searching for free activities for children, in order to encourage them to keep learning and growing creatively while school is not in session. To help with this, Surry Arts Council is offering a variety of free activities for youth and families throughout the summer, including fiddle and guitar lessons, drama workshops, storybook theatre, movies, and a magic show.

The lessones are every Thursday, at the Historic Earle Theater in downtown Mount Airy, with instructor Jimmy Vipperman. Instruments are available to those who need them and fiddle lessons start at 5:30 p.m. with guitar at 6:15 p.m. The classes are followed by a jam session at 7 p.m., for those who are interested.

The free fiddle and guitar lessons are funded in part by a grant from the Folklife divisions of the North Carolina Arts Councils.

Free Youth Drama Workshops will be led by Surry Arts Council's Artistic Director Bobby Bodford, for youth in grades 6 to 12, every Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. on the lower level of the Andy Griffith Museum.

Artistic Director Bobby Bodford will lead SAC's Live Storybook Theatre interactive performances for children on June 19 and every Tuesday in July, at 7 p.m. The live Storybook Theatre is sponsored by the Cindi and Andy Griffith Endowment Fund. Bodford said performances are appropriate for the entire family, but geared toward younger children.

Tonight's 7 p.m. performance of the Live Storybook Theater will feature fairy tales, and children will have a chance to sit in on "Cinderella" rehearsal. Cast members from this weekend's production of "Cinderella" will act in the tales, which contain interactive elements for children who would like to participate. Bodford said a different story will be featured each Tuesday.

Surry Arts Council's Historic Earle Theatre, located in downtown Mount Airy, will show three free movies this summer, on the third Thursday of each month, with "Despicable Me" this Thursday, "Up" on July 18 and "Brave" on Aug. 15. All movies are shown at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

A free live magic show featuring magician Ray Hardy will be held June 25 at 7 p.m., on the lower level of the Andy Griffith Museum. Families are welcome to attend at no cost.

Call Surry Arts Council at 786-7998 for more information or to register for any of the above events and activities. Also, visit the SAC's Facebook page or


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