West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) will host their quarterly “Lunch with Art” event for current and prospective members on Monday, May 17, from noon till 1 p.m. in the Community Room at the West Plains Public Library, 750 West Broadway, West Plains. The Davis Creek Rounders – Dennis Crider, Marideth Sisco, and Ken Wagoner – will be the featured presenters.
It’s the long-awaited return of one of the Old-Time Music Festival’s earliest old-time music groups – the Davis Creek Rounders – What’s left of us.
Over the decades a number of musicians, both local and those passing through, sat in with a core group that met every Thursday in the music room at the home of West Plains resident and MSU biology professor Rick Cochran. That core group included former Quill sports editor Dennis Crider, attorney Ken Wagoner, and former Quill staff writer Marideth Sisco. Rick passed away in 2017. Crider, Wagoner and Sisco are pleased to be reuniting for this special performance to celebrate the many happy years they spent ‘Thursday nights at Rick’s.’ Sisco says, “It was a mighty good time every time, and we’re pleased to share again those happy memories.”
After the brief program, WPCA board members will open discussion on current plans, programs available through Arts Alliance partners, and invite discussion regarding future arts endeavors for the area. Here’s an opportunity to open conversation with current board members and contribute to the future of arts in West Plains.
Attendance is limited, so reserve your spot early. Masks will be required to attend this program. “While we appreciate that masks are somewhat inconvenient, best practices at this time call for wearing one indoors when close to others,” organizers say. “We’ll do our best to provide a safe, socially distanced, but intimate experience for all.”
Lunch will be catered by Dawn Dionne. Cost of the luncheon is $10 for WPCA members, $15 for non-members. Reservations may be made online through the May 2021 Lunch with Art event page, by calling Paula at 417-293-2325, or via email [email protected]
Individual membership is $25/year. Other membership levels and benefits are described on the website westplainsarts.org, along with a membership application.