For years the Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center has been hosting events that support literacy, but they are great supporters of arts and culture, too. Every 4th Friday you can fi nd some sort of concert, performance or exhibit at the Headquarters Library on Maiden Lane, and throughout the year there are assorted performances, events, lectures and competitions that make our community more interesting and engaging. Case in point — the upcoming 5th Annual Bohemian Music and Art Festival on Nov. 14.
The Pate Room at Headquarters Library will be transformed into a celebration of great music and art from 12 - 7 p.m. Music lovers can look forward to hearing the sounds of some of Fayetteville’s favorite performers who we fi nd all around town on a regular basis — the Chris Cox Band, Robbie Reid Band, Corky Jones, Blues Enigma, The Guruvs, Original Nature, Fat Freddy’s Cat Band, Ray King Percussions and others.
“It will be highlighting local artists and musicians,” said Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center Headquarters Branch Manager Jane Casto. “The line up has changed a little bit but they are all local. The focus, in the past, has been on blues but Claudia Schwartz is the person who put it together and I think she has tried to get a little of a mix in there. There will be some acoustic, some electric — it is more of a variety.”
Art enthusiasts will be treated to the works of painter Dorothy Finello, glass artist Shannon Davis, Kerstin Hanson and her chakra inspired jewelry, Robin Deffendall, Jeff Coleman and others.
“The artists are there all day,” said Casto. “They are there for people to browse and look — and buy. You can purchase music and art and they will give a 20 percent donation to the Friends of the Library.”
Event organizer Claudia Schwarz added that this is a great way to do some Christmas shopping for those gifts that you just won’t fi nd anywhere else.
“This is really a chance to not only support local artists and musicians by purchasing their work, but it supports the library, too, and offers a chance for unique gifts as well,” said Schwarz.
Local belly dancers, Shadows of the Fire, will round out the event with a performance late in the afternoon.
Bringing such an eclectic group together every year has become something that the event organizers really look forward to. It gives people a chance to come to the library and to do something different.
“We get a lot of regular customers and new faces, too,” said Casto. “We hope that people will come back just to see what else the library has to offer. We always have a library table of information as well, so we can promote that we have music, we have books on music, we have books on making art — so if it inspires you, you can investigate your creative side at the library.”
It is not just coming and seeing the musicians, you can come and learn more about a particular technique you’ve seen, or if you want to learn more about music or to listen to music, the folks at the library can do all that.
The event is appropriate for all ages. “Many people who attend enjoy the fact that they can come and it is not a bar, it is not in a big setting — it is more of an intimate setting where they can really listen and enjoy the music,” said Casto. “It really brings music to a very comfortable secure environment.”
To find out more, give the library a call at 483-7727.