Night at the Races enters homestretch

Trinity Star Arts Council (TSAC) is placing all bets for a win at Saturday’s A Night at the Races. The fundraiser features video horse racing and friendly wagering, good food, music, raffles, a silent auction and prizes for best hats and costumes. All proceeds directly benefit scholarships and arts programs for schools and communities in Freestone County. Sponsors for the event are:


TSAC hosts "Night at the Races"

Trinity Star Arts Council (TSAC) is gearing up for “A Night at the Races,” a fun-filled evening benefitting TSAC scholarships and arts’ programs for Freestone County schools and communities, is planned with great food, music, prizes, and friendly wagering on the ponies. This unique event allows attendees to experience all the thrills of a Derby atmosphere while watching real horse races on a big screen. Race Night is slated for Saturday, Nov. 10, at Twisted Vines. Tickets are $25 each or a Reserved Grandstand Table (preferred seating) for eight is $400. Right out of the gate,  guests will enjoy a social gathering starting at 6:30 p.m. with an opportunity to view raffle prizes and enter the Style Stakes (prizes will be awarded; so dress to impress: hats, bow ties and seersucker encouraged). Six races and drawings for prizes will follow.


You Don't Know Me: The Cindy Walker Songbook slated for May 19-20 at THS

Members of the Trinity Star Arts Council (TSAC) accepted a $500 Cherokee Maiden donation from Chris Christensen Systems for their upcoming musical, The Cindy Walker Songbook. The production will showcase over 20 songs written by Walker, a native of Mexia, who was often called the 'greatest songwriter of country music.' The musical tribute is slated for May 19-20 at Teague High School theater. For tickets and more information, visit www.trinitystarartscouncil.org. Pictured (front) Operations Manager Jennifer Davis, TSAC member Janie Richards, TSAC member George Boyd, and TSAC member Jeff Harrison; (back) TSAC members Jane Morrison and Rachel Bossier.
Photo by April Walker

You Don't Know Me: The Cindy Walker Songbook, a new and original musical tribute to the country songwriter, will be performed for the first time onstage at the Theatre at Teague High School May 19-20. Making its debut, the show, created by Jeff Harrison and produced by Trinity Star Arts Council, will be directed by George Boyd. Featured will be Harrison’s band accompanying vocal artists from the area.


Chicken Dance wows students

Over 1,000 intermediate students from Dew, Fairfield, Teague, and Wortham were entertained last week by ArtsPower National Touring Theatre. The musical production, Chicken Dance, was presented at the Teague High School Theater and sponsored by Trinity Star Arts Council (TSAC). Chicken Dance was written by well-known children’s author, Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Caldecott Award winner, Dan Santat. The colorful story of Marge and Lola portray two barnyard chickens on a mission to win the talent contest prize of two tickets to see the great Elvis Poultry. They face challenges of bullying and must also present a performance that will score higher than a flock of very talented ducks. Prior to the production, TSAC presented copies of Chicken Dance to all libraries in Freestone County and sent a curriculum guide “study buddy” to teachers.


TSAC announces annual musical production

The songs of Mexia’s own Cindy Walker will be featured in Trinity Star Arts Council’s upcoming production, “YOU DON’T KNOW ME, the Cindy Walker Songbook.” People chosen to perform will join the Muleskinner Band, Rachel and Scott Bossier, John Lamb, Stan Waldrip, Bobby Cooper and many other local favorites. George Boyd will direct. Auditions will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, in the home of Jeff Harrison at 427 E. Reunion in Fairfield. Individuals or groups who would like to participate should please come prepared to sing 2 to 3 minutes of a song of their choice. Those wishing to make an appointment, may call Boyd at 310-433-9853. An accompanist will be available, or you can bring your own. TSAC is especially interested in hearing women because, though Walker wrote mostly for men’s voices, the production wants to also hear her vast repertoire presented in new and unusual ways. Songs looking for performers are:


TSAC community theater to present Always...Patsy Cline this month

TSAC Community Theater actors and musicians are busily preparing for their production of "Always...Patsy Cline," to be presented Jan. 28-29 at Teague High School Theater.

ALWAYS…Patsy Cline, one of the most produced musicals in America, has enjoyed great success both nationally and internationally. Created by Ted Swindley, the show is based on the true story of the legendary Patsy Cline (played by Joyce Nichols) and her friendship with Houston housewife Louise Seger. The relationship, which began as fan worship, evolved into one of long-lasting mutual respect. Louise, portrayed by Rachel Bossier, narrates the story from the day in 1961 when she meets Patsy at the Esquire Ballroom in Houston. From that time, Patsy keeps in touch with her number-one fan through long, hand-written letters until her untimely death in a 1963 plane crash.


Farmer's State Bank donates to Oct. art fest

Accepting the check on behalf of the TSAC is George Boyd (third from left). Boyd accepted the check from Farmer's State Bank Vice President and Branch Manager Cindy Rachall (third from right). Also pictured is (from left) Dianne Murden, TSAC; Jordan Rushing, new accounts representative; Boyd; Rachall; LaShun Randle, teller; and Janie Richard, TSAC.

Photo by April Walker

Farmer's State Bank in Fairfield donated $500 to Trinity Star Arts Council for the upcoming Fairfield Fall Arts Fest slated for Saturday, Oct. 1. Festival highlights include:

  • n John R. Erickson – author of the Hank the Cowdog series
  • n Aggie Wranglers
  • n Le Theatre de Marionette
  • n Tin Top Road Bluegrass Band
  • n Performances by vocalists of TSAC's Ring of Fire, Always, Patsy Cline
  • n Freestone Critters by FISD students
  • n American Landscapes at Williford Foundation
  • n Cuban mural artist Rolando Diaz

There will also be

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