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2014 SEASON ANNOUNCED
MAULDIN, SC – The Office of Cultural Affairs [OCA] for the City of Mauldin is proud to announce its 2014 Season Lineup at the Mauldin Cultural Center. “2014 is primed to be our best year yet,” says George Patrick McLeer, the administrator for the Office of Cultural Affairs. “We have put together a season that focuses on amazing music, great community events, plus a new theatre series and other new programs.”
The Railroad Concert Series, now in its fourth year, features three regional and national groups. Jazz singer/songwriter, and two-time GRAMMY-nominee, Gregory Porter will perform on Saturday, April 26. The North Carolina folk/rock group Overmountain Men, with highly acclaimed songwriter David Childers at the helm, will perform on Friday, May 9 alongside the South Carolina Broadcasters, a SC bluegrass/folk group making a name for themselves across the Southeast. Both concerts are free of charge.
The American Callboard Theatre Series officially launches March 14-15 and 21-22 with Distracted. The play, written by Lisa Loomer, details the effects of ADD on a modern family and questions whether in this 21st century world if we have all lost focus on what really matters. May 15-17, the Jason Robert Brown musical Songs for a New World will be performed, taking the audience on a musical journey through time, highlighting human relationships and modern themes. The series also will feature week-long summer camps for children ages 8+ June-July. Wrapping up the inaugural season is The Snow Queen, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale, in December.
The Cultural Center will also play host to a number of community events such as the Peacock Strides for Babies 5K on March 22, benefitting the CJ Foundation for SIDS; the Annual Garden Club Spring Fling on April 5, presented by the Mauldin Garden Club; the 4th Annual Mauldin BBQ Cook-Off held September 26 & 27; and annual Christmas events hosted by the Chamber of Commerce and the City of Mauldin in early December.
New programs that focus on highlighting local artists and community needs are also planned. A new online video series “From the Stage” will feature local artist interviews and performances. These episodes will be recorded live and are open to the public, giving audiences an intimate setting to experience local art, either online or in person. The Office of Cultural Affairs will also host quarterly community conversations on various topics through its new program “Crossroads”. Dates and subject matter for each of these new programs can be found on the Center’s website.
The Cultural Center’s education program will continue to feature classes in guitar, dance, woodcarving and many other areas throughout the year. The Center will also be available for private rentals.
For more information on any of these events, please visit www.mauldinculturalcenter.org or www.cityofmauldin.org, or call (864) 335-4862. The Mauldin Cultural Center is located at 101 East Butler Road in Mauldin.