East End Arts Council preps for 40th anniversary

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | The Arts Council's main entrance on East Main Street.

The East End Arts Council in downtown Riverhead will announce its 40th Anniversary plans at the organization’s annual membership meeting Tuesday, Aug. 9.

The announcement will include the unveiling of a new logo and a presentation of a line-up of celebratory events.

The Arts Council’s public relations manager, Stephanie Smith, said the group is still putting together a year’s worth of events, which will begin with a dinner at downtown’s Dark Horse restaurant  Sept. 24 to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Arts Council’s Harvest Gospel Concert. The evening will include a screening of “Rejoice and Shout,” a documentary about gospel music compiled by Shelter Island producer Joe Lauro, who will speak at the event.

“There’s lots of exciting stuff happening that night,” said Ms. Smith. “We’re also planning a birthday party in January, as well as monthly special events. We’ll definitely do something to celebrate National Arts and Humanities Month in October.”

The Aug. 9 event is open to the public, but attendees are asked to RSVP to the Arts Council at 727-0900. The East Main Street arts organization will also recognize its volunteers and pay special tribute to a volunteer of the year, as well as introduce new members of its Board of Directors.

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