UNION — This year’s Union County Development Board Christmas Drop-In was not not only an opportunity for the board to thank its supporters but to also showcase the Union County Arts Council.
The drop-in was held Thursday from noon-6 p.m. at the Union County Arts Council which is located at 116 E. Main St., Union, just down the street from the site of the board’s 2012 drop-in which was held at the Union County Museum.
Union County Development Board Executive Director Andrena Powell-Baker said the board decided to hold last year’s drop-in at the museum and this year’s at the arts council in order to showcase both institutions.
“We decided to hold it here instead of our place so we could showcase the arts council,” Powell-Baker said. “Last year we had it at the museum because the museum has so much to offer as far as our history goes. So we wanted people to experience the museum and the arts council.”
The experience for those who attended Thursday’s drop-in included light refreshments and the chance to socialize to the accompaniment of music and songs performed by the members of the Monday Night Music Group. The group, which is composed of local musicians, meets Mondays at the arts council to sing and play music.
In addition to treats for the palate and the ears, those in attendance had a treat for their eyes wherever they looked with walls full of paintings of all subjects and styles. There were also tables food of craft items made by area artists using ceramic, wood, and other materials.
The drop-in drew a steady stream of guests from the business, professional, government and other sectors of Union County who enjoyed the sights, sounds, and tastes of the event.
“This is an annual event we host to show appreciation to our strategic business partners and local industry,” Powell-Baker said. “Turnout has been fantastic, we have had a steady flow of people since noon. It’s been really good.”
Some of those guest, however, had never been to the arts council before.
“We’ve had guests come in today who live in Union but have never been inside the arts council,” Powell-Baker said.
Arts Council Coordinator Jackie Senn said the guests who attended the drop-in said they were impressed with the gallery.
“It has helped bring in some new faces we don’t normally get to see,” Senn said. “We’ve had a lot of good comments about the gallery and we’ve also had a few sales from some of the out of town guests which we like. It’s nice to be showcased by another organization.”
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