Roots Music Series at Creative Arts Guild
Oct
20
to May 25

Roots Music Series at Creative Arts Guild

The Creative Arts Guild is excited to announce the new In Concert Series at the Creative Arts Guild!  We welcome the community to join us as we celebrate the timeless art of American Roots Music consisting of traditional Country, Bluegrass, Folk, Blues, & Jazz.  Each concert will feature a local or touring artist with a specialty in Roots Music.

Kicking off the new Roots Music Series at the Creative Arts Guild are Dalton natives Charlsey Etheridge, Craig Pratt, and Erik Hurt.  Between them, they have collaborated, performed, and/or worked with some of the music industry’s most respected artists, musicians, and writers. While living over a decade in music city and abroad, singer-songwriter Charlsey Etheridge has had the pleasure of working with Grammy Award winners Steve Wariner, Harley Allen (songwriter), Randy Kohrs (producer/engineer of Jim Lauderdale’s Bluegrass Diaries), as well as Guitar virtuoso’s Richard Smith, David Greer, Jack Pearson, formerly of the Allman Brothers Band, and talented bassist Billy Peterson (Steve Miller Band), just to name a few!  She has taken the stage at some of Nashville’s most respected venues including the World Famous Station Inn and Bluebird Cafe.  Erik has spent many years over the past 2 decades on the road with various artists including Channing Eleton (Southern Gospel Pianist of the Year), as well as working with notable musicians like Motown Bassist Michael DeLaney and Ken Gabriel (James Brown Band).  Craig is an emerging singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.  Craig has also spent time on the road with various bands and shines as a lead guitar player.  This mix of local talent with real-world experience is certainly not to be missed!

If you are interested in concerts or our other music programming please contact Music Director, Lisa Elders at 706.259.1822 or at lisae@creativeartsguild.org.

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15th Annual Silver Bell Sprint
Dec
1
6:00 PM18:00

15th Annual Silver Bell Sprint

The 15th Annual Silver Bell Sprint is a great way to kick off the holiday season. It is a tradition for many people in our community. The 5K travels through the beautifully holiday decorated Downtown Dalton. All proceeds support the mentoring programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters of NWGA Mountains.

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Snow Queen: Ballet Dalton's Annual Full-Length Ballet
Nov
16
to Nov 19

Snow Queen: Ballet Dalton's Annual Full-Length Ballet

Tickets on sale October 15th.

Act I

Scene I: Opening: We are introduced to the four royal sisters, Spring Princess (a kind but lonely woman); Summer Princess (playful but selfish); Fall Princess (a wild gypsy) and the Snow Queen (beautiful but cold and conniving). Here, we take a look back to when the Queen of the Sprites and her little Sprites made a magic mirror that controls the seasons of the four sisters. Snow decides that she wants to possess the mirror alone and steals it with the Sprite's help. When stolen, the mirror shatters into a million pieces and one shard lands in the eye of a village girl, Kay. Snow Queen begins her search to find Kay and get the shard back.

Scene II: The Village: It’s dawn in the marketplace. The townspeople enter as the sun is rising and greet one another as they begin to sell their wares. Here we are introduced to the Village Adults, Children, Mazurka Girls and close, loving Sisters, Kay and Gerda. All villagers are dancing joyously on a lovely day. As the time to head to school and work comes, the village girl Kay is gifted a beautiful hand embroidered handkerchief by the village’s Seamstress. Kay shows her beautiful gift to her sister. We are then left only with Kay and Gerda who are frozen by the Snow Queen when she enters to kidnap and take Kay back to her snowy castle to retrieve the final missing shard of glass. During the kidnapping, Kay leaves behind her handkerchief and heads through the seasons to winter under the Snow Queen’s spell. The Queen of the Sprites enters the village, awakens Gerda, shows her the handkerchief and begins the journey through the 4 seasons to find her sister in Winter and take her home.

Act II

Scene I: The journey through Spring…we are introduced to the Spring Princess , a kind but lonely woman who welcomes Gerda with open arms and wishes more than anything that she will stay. Knowing that Gerda needs rest, Spring Princess tells Gerda to sleep, hoping that she will forget her journey. However, the whispering roses wake Gerda up and remind her to think of her sister and continue on to the next season. 
 
Scene II: The journey through Summer…here we are introduced to the lovely but arrogant Summer Princess who dances merrily to a very impressed Gerda. But once she realizes the Princess’ intentions for her – to make her a servant – she escapes from Summer’s palace and continues on to Fall. Summer sends her Pages after her but to no avail. Gerda is already gone. 
 
Scene III: The journey through Fall…Gerda is scared and tired now as her journey has been long. She sneaks into Fall and bumps into the Fall Princess who is a wild and fearsome gypsy. Fall Princess’ daughter, Robber Girl, enters and begs her mother to give her Gerda as a plaything because she has no friends her own age. The Princess finally agrees. In time, Gerda realizes that she must leave because her sister is the most important thing to her. Gerda tricks the Robber Girl into letting her go and her mother, the Fall Princess, reveals her disappointment with her child.

Scene IV: The journey into Winter…Gerda, again with the help of the Queen of the Sprites, finds her sister Kay with the Snow Queen. Icicles, Frost and Snow Storms dance around them trying to keep them under the control of the Snow Queen. Eventually, the other royal sisters…Spring, Summer and Fall, along with the Queen of the Sprites…come to the rescue and help Gerda and Kay escape. Kay puts the final shard of glass back in the mirror and returns the mirror to the Queen of the Sprites to be taken away for good. Kay and Gerda rejoice in their reunion!

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