A Renaissance for Bainbridge

Published 3:36 pm Tuesday, October 9, 2018

When we first moved to Bainbridge, a little over 15 years ago, we were impressed with the attention given to the arts—music and theatre. For a small community, there was a lot going on.

Besides the Bainbridge Little Theatre productions, there was the annual week-long  Artsfest, and a couple of other arts events. Then, it seemed to me there was a decline of interest and participation for a period of time.

After attending the BLT  Patron Party this past Thursday evening, I am happy to say I feel Bainbridge is experiencing a renaissance. The BLT seems to be attracting new talent and participation from a wider area as well as several more youthful players.

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Likewise, the Firehouse Arts Center is becoming one of the busiest facilities in town. It is amazing to me how many artists there are in this area, and how many events take place at the Firehouse. There seems to be an art event, complete with an opening reception nearly every month. There are also more art classes being given and a permanent gallery is open on Saturdays.

The Firehouse is a gathering place for those who support the arts. It is a place where it all comes together.

I would be remiss if I neglected to comment on the new leadership being given to all aspects of the arts by Mike Inlow. With his individual talents, experience and connections with others in the arts, he manages to incorporate the various community activities—arts, music and theatre in a way that reflects a new vitality for these events.

Bainbridge and Decatur County have much to offer in the way of entertainment, while offering opportunities for newcomers to pursue their own artistic passions.