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Guys and Dolls, tutus and tomatoes

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Marion County has a lot to offer if we open our minds, eyes

By Stevie Lowery

Marion County is a happening place.
In this week’s edition, we have stories and photos from many different events and attractions that took place within our county lines just this past week.
For instance, Kentucky Classic Theater put on one heck of a show with its production of “Guys and Dolls” on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. My son and I attended opening night and I was thoroughly impressed. From the acting, to the singing, to the live orchestra - it was just incredible. Sitting inside Angelic Hall watching the musical, you might actually forget you are in Lebanon, Ky! The talent on that stage and in the orchestra is equivalent to what you might find in New York City, and I’m not exaggerating.
I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize Robin Humphress and G.B. Dixon who are the backbone of Kentucky Classic Theatre. Somehow they both manage to convince people (like me) to step out of their comfort zone and step on stage to perform. Kentucky Classic Theater is an asset to Marion County, and continues to keep the performing arts alive in this community. Bravo!
If you didn’t get to see “Guys and Dolls” last week in Lebanon you still have a chance. It will be on stage July 31-Aug. 2, at 7:30 p.m., in the Russ Mobley Theater at Campbellsville University. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for students. Tickets will be available at the door or can be purchased in advance at www.mykct.com under “Guys and Dolls” “learn more” tab. Call 270-321-0218 for more information.
Moving on… I have to take a moment to brag about this year’s awesome Back Tutu School 2.2-mile Family Fun Run/Walk, which took place Saturday morning. The weather was awesome, the tutus were amazing, and the event raised $4,000 for the Marion County Girls on the Run program. Nearly 300 people participated, and when I say the tutus were amazing, I mean it! We had all of the characters from “Alice in Wonderland” on hand dressed in creative tutus. We also had the Lone Tutu Ranger and his side kick Tonto, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, all kinds of super heroes, and an entire family of zoo animals parading down Spalding Avenue in their tutus. But, I must say, the dogs dressed in little tutus stole the show. It was an awesome morning and, from the looks of it, everyone who participated had tutu much fun.
And, if running in tutus wasn’t enough, there was also the inaugural Marion County Tomato Conflict at Popes Creek Ranch on Saturday afternoon. Apparently, more people enjoy running in tutus than throwing tomatoes at each other, but still, it was another cool event in Marion County. I had hoped it would have a better turnout, but I still think it has potential to be a very popular event. I encourage the folks at Popes Creek Ranch to evaluate what went right, what went wrong and try to make improvements for the second annual tomato fight next year.
Maybe the folks at Popes Creek should get some advice from William Weatherford and Libby Myers who have been filling up the 68 Jamboree since it opened in 2009. Every Saturday evening you can drive down Danville Highway and see 68 Jamboree packed. They are definitely doing something right there, and I think it’s fantastic. (Make sure to get the Enterprise next week to read a story about the success of the 68 Jamboree.)
I say all of this because I’m just really excited and happy for our community. We have so much to be thankful for if we open our minds and give things a chance. Don’t like musicals? I bet you would love “Guys and Dolls.” Go give it a try and watch it in Campbellsville this week. You will see hometown people having the time of their lives on stage.
Throwing tomatoes doesn’t sound entertaining to you? Nah, me either. But, it would be a cool event to go watch. So, next year, let’s show Popes Creek Ranch our support and go watch people hurl tomatoes at each other. It would be worth it just for the comedy relief, not to mention Popes Creek Ranch is a beautiful place to visit.
Don’t like country music? You might change your mind if you visit the 68 Jamboree.
Too embarrassed to wear a tutu and run down Spalding Avenue? Oh, c’mon! Lighten up! It’s fun, and for a great cause. The Back Tutu School 2.2-mile Family Fun Run/Walk is going to be an annual event the last Saturday in July. You should at least come to see all of the creative, hilarious tutus.
My point is, we need to support local events, venues and activities because it helps our community become a more interesting and fun place to live. And we all could use more fun in our lives, right? So, let’s continue to make Marion County a fun, happening place to live and work.