This year I had the opportunity to attend so many different events throughout the state of South Carolina. I noticed that each of these had something to do with the arts in one way or the other. Even when we think the arts are not around us they are in some form or fashion. I thought I would share some of my favorite moments involving the arts in 2017.
This year I had the opportunity to attend the Columbia City Ballet's production of The Nutcracker. As a little girl I always looked forward to this production each year. The beautiful costumes and set pieces that this production has to offer are always spectacular. This year it was so nice to be able to watch the production once again after not seeing it for a few years. A few other queens and I went to the Friday night production where they were accepting donations for Toys for Tots and Harvest Hope Food Bank.
This year I got to meet Columbia's famous "Chicken Man" also known as Ernest Lee! Ever since I was a little girl I have loved his famous chicken paintings. Let me tell you this man is hilarious! He is such a joy to be around and his personality is just as colorful as his funky paintings. I had the opportunity to meet him at the Capital City Club's Jingle Mingle Christmas party where he was painting and selling his artwork left and right. Thank you to the Capital City Club for supporting not only The Chicken Man but other artists within the area.
I had so many more opportunities to sing the National Anthem this year. One of my favorite National Anthem performances was when I got to sing for the Greenville Swamp Rabbits Hockey Game. This game was a day game where some of the schools in the Greenville area got to go on a field trip to watch the game. The game supported STEM in education and each school had a booth set up in the hallways outside the rink. This was by far the biggest stage I have sang the National Anthem on, and it was such a fun experience!
Another place that I really enjoyed singing the National Anthem was the Fountain Inn RC Complex. They welcomed me two days in a row during Veteran's day weekend. This was my first time attending an RC race. I've never been to anything like it. The time and commitment that they put into those cars really is another form of art. They each design and build their own cars to race within the competitions.
When I found out that the dance company Shaping Sound was coming to the Koger Center in Columbia I couldn't miss their performance. I was always a big fan of Travis Wall and Nick Lazzarini from So You Think You Can Dance. I even saw them on the SYTYCD tour when I was younger. Shaping Sound's performance was like something I've never seen. Other than a ballet, it is rare to see an all dance production with a story line to go a long with it. It felt like I was watching a play but it was all dance. The story line was so intriguing and I wanted it to keep going.
There were so many wonderful opportunities in 2017 for art in South Carolina. I can't wait to see what all 2018 has to offer. Keep up with my blog for even more events as well as some new things coming your way on the blog. Happy New Year everyone!