The Stokes County Arts Council will remember the “Man in Black” Johnny Cash, with two separate programs on Valentines weekend, a film screening on Feb. 12 and a Gala Event on Feb. 13.
Following up on the organization’s successful Ava Gardner Valentine remembrance in 2015, Stokes Arts chose to pay tribute to Cash due to his cultural significance and larger than life persona. “Johnny Cash is one of the most influential musical artists of the 20th century” said Ellen Peric, Stokes Arts President. “Much of his success was based on his ability to write songs that we all can relate to, whether triumph or tragedy.” “We all can find something in common with the life and music of Johnny Cash” she concluded.
The tribute will kick off on Friday, Feb. 12 at 7pm with the documentary film screening of “Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison” at The Dogwood Events Center, 232 Newsome Road in King. The film includes appearances by Merle Haggard, Marty Stuart, and Rosanne Cash. Creator/Producer Michael Streissguth will be present at the screening to discuss the importance of the concert to the career of Johnny Cash.
The tribute continues on Saturday, Feb. 13 with “Valentines in Black, Remembering Johnny Cash” gala at beautiful Moore’s Springs Manor, 1229 Hall Road in Westfield at the foot of Hanging Rock State Park. The evening will include heavy hors d’oeuvres by South Stokes High School alumni Chef Adam Andrews (Fourth St. Filling Station / Jeffrey Adams Restaurants), dessert bar sponsored by Mitchell’s Greenhouse and Nursery, Johnny Cash The Biography presentation by Author Michael Streissguth and music/dancing with the Johnny Folsom 4, the nation’s premiere Johnny Cash tribute band. Ticket holders will also be eligible for raffles that include signed copies of Tara Cash’s book “Recollections by J.R. Cash, Childhood Memories of Johnny Cash” and tickets to The Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. Guests are encouraged to “Dress to Impress in Your Johnny and June Best” as prizes will be awarded to the best dressed Johnny and best dressed June in attendance.
“We do want to thank Johnny Cash’s daughter, Tara Cash Schwoebel, for assisting us in putting together this tribute for her father,” stated Stokes Arts Director Eddy McGee. “She is honored that we are remembering her father and has been a tremendous help and although she cannot attend the events, has assured us that she will be visiting Stokes County very soon.”
Tickets to the Documentary Screening on Feb. 12 are $10 per person, free for ticket holders to the Feb. 13 gala. Tickets to the Feb. 13 gala are $55 per person in advance, $60 the day of the event, with Stokes County Arts Council members receiving a $5 discount on both prices. For tickets or more information, contact the Stokes County Arts Council at 336 593-8159 or visit the Stokes County Arts Council website at www.StokesArts.org.