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The Covington News - - Opinion -

There are many rea­sons that New­ton County is a great place to live, work and play.

First, we have car­ing peo­ple and a strong gov­ern­ment that in th­ese tough times have kept us on level ground. We also have in­sight­ful and in­clu­sive places of wor­ship. The ic­ing on the prover­bial cake is a strong com­mu­nity ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the arts.

We are for­tu­nate to have a group of busi­ness and cit­i­zens who have come to­gether to form a vi­brant Arts As­so­ci­a­tion in New­ton County.

Over the years, this group has brought to our county a group of en­ter­tain­ers and per­form­ers who have pro­vided count­less hours of en­ter­tain­ment and joy to our com­mu­nity.

In ad­di­tion to out­side en­ter­tain­ers, the Arts As­so­ci­a­tion has spon­sored lo­cal artists’ works and made it pos­si­ble for all of us to share in our lo­cal cul­ture.

This year is no dif­fer­ent as the Arts Se­ries kicked off with free con­certs on the square held Thurs­days dur­ing Septem­ber. Christ­mas in Cov­ing­ton and the per­for­mances of “The Nutcracker” dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son al­ways bring a bit of fes­tive cheer to the area.

In Jan­uary there will be a trib­ute to Johnny Cash, a visit from Dal­las Brass in March, a per­for­mance of “Guys and Dolls” in April and in May the free con­certs on the square re­sume and there will be a per­for­mance of the bal­let of “Sleep­ing Beauty.”

Just a sug­ges­tion — maybe in March next year some sort of Ir­ish per­for­mance could be sched­uled.

The sea­son will end with a fun-filled fundraiser called Art on the River and Dance at the Por­terdale Mill Lofts.

We en­cour­age you to go to www.new­ton­count­yarts.org for fur­ther de­tails of this ex­cit­ing year for the Arts As­so­ci­a­tion in New­ton County.

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