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“Are you a member of the Stokes County Arts Council?” will be the question of the month in November in Stokes County, as current Arts Council members will be on the hunt for new members, with an $800 Asheville vacation prize package at stake.

“Our member supporters are the heartbeat of the organization, offering not only their financial resources, but volunteer time and support for Stokes Arts programs,” commented Board Member Gayle Tucker. “They are the energy that fuels the organization, and we want to add new members to continue to grow cultural experiences in Stokes County.”

From Nov. 1 through 30, the current member signing up the most new members will receive a grand prize that includes two night’s accommodations for two at the Crooked Oak Mountain Inn in Asheville, a couple’s massage at Illusions Spa, and two tickets to Biltmore House and Gardens. First runner-up prize includes a $50 gift certificate to the Town and Country Grille along with two tickets to a Winter Dessert Theatre performance, and second runner-up will receive a gift certificate from the Dan River Company for a canoe trip for two down the Dan River.

Board Treasurer Paul Kindley added, “I have served on the board of the Stokes County Arts Council for nearly 20 years. People ask me why. My answer is that sooner or later, if you believe in the value of something, you should invest your money and/or time in support of the entity. I feel that way about the arts.”

Organized in 1975, the Stokes County Arts Council is recognized as one of the most active rural arts organizations in the country, annually impacting over 30,000 with arts education programs for students, seniors, and special needs children and adults; monthly gallery exhibits; military band concerts; and programs such as The Living Storybook, Winter Dessert Theatre Series, Painting NC Quick Draw Party, Foothills Hayride, Royce’s Bluegrass Jams, Fiddler’s Convention, Wine Bid and Boogie, Kids Summer Art Camps, Stokes Stomp, and King Christmas Parade.

Annual member benefits include admission and class discounts, exclusive program invites, networking and volunteer opportunities, with membership contributions being tax deductible.

For more information on the New Member Drive in November Contest, contact the Stokes County Arts Council at 336-593-8159 or visit www.StokesArts.org.

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