Hats off to the Cape Fear Regional Jetport for hosting another drive-in concert on Saturday, November 7. Sponsored by Up Your Arts, the two acts featured are Wilmington’s go-to dance band Uptown Easy and Southport’s own Charlene and the Bluegrass Charlatans. Both have signed up to put on a really big show from 2-5pm, with all Covid-19 protocols in place.
Gates open at 1pm; the cost is $40 per carload, all tickets sold in advance, food not included in ticket price. The rain date is November 14, same time, same place. Southport’s Frying Pan Restaurant will be serving up barbeque goodness in its new mobile kitchen, along with one other local catering favorite.
On top of experiencing live music in an outdoor space big enough to social distance and dance in, fans will help Up Your Arts add to the future of creative and performing arts in our area. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Save the Hall, Y’all, campaign to transform Southport’s old city hall building on Moore Street into a community-based arts center.
This multi-year effort is poised to enter an important new phase, after it was recently determined the now-vacant historic building is structurally viable and a feasible candidate for renovation. It has always functioned at the center of municipal life: built in the 1850s, it served as the Brunswick County Courthouse over the next 120 years, until the City of Southport moved its city hall operations there in the 1970s.
Work during the upcoming year to cement the building’s future as an arts center will focus on design and organizational development. Money raised between now and then will fund the cost of architectural services necessary to the creation of construction bid documents. Simultaneously, programming and fundraising strategies will be mapped out, and a board of trustees will be identified to take the project forward.
Up Your Arts is grateful for the support given this project by Southport’s elected officials, who partnered with the non-profit organization for the feasibility study. Numerous volunteers have stepped forward to provide critical services free of charge and the community at large has demonstrated the arts center’s tremendous grassroots appeal.
Monies received with the jetport concert will provide a much-needed boost to fundraising efforts begun last year, then halted by the pandemic. Join them on November 7 to help Save the Hall, Y’all and put creative and performing arts front and center in the heart of downtown Southport.
Experience It For Yourself
Southport elected officials entered into a six-month agreement last November with Up Your Arts to determine if the historic structure could be re-purposed into a state-of-the-art, community-based performance and creative arts center.
The work begins on the Save The Hall Y’all project!