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Arts Council will honor those who serve at Panoply

Published 6:27pm Thursday, April 25, 2013

By Aldo Amato

Staff Reporter

HUNTSVILLE — Residents of Huntsville should be excited for the 2013 Panoply Arts Festival.

The annual arts festival will celebrate 31 years of providing the city and county with a selection of art from around the area. The event runs three days;  April 26 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., April 27 from 10:00 a.m. to  9:00 p.m and closes on April 28 with hours from 12:00 to 7:00 p.m.

What make this year’s event special is that The Arts Council will honor local members of the military for the third straight year. With the effects of the defense budget cuts looming, the council could not have picked a more perfect time to continue the tradition.

“Opening night of the 2013 Panoply Arts Festival will be Military Salute Night, presented by Boeing,” Joanna White with the Arts Council said.  “Active Duty military personnel, Armed Forces reserves and their dependents will be admitted to Panoply free of charge on April 25. This special evening at the festival honors the sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and recognizes the service of active duty and reserve service members living in our community.”

Arts Council Executive Director Allison Dillon-Jauken said being able to provide military personnel with a free night is the least the council could do.

“Here in the Tennessee Valley, the United States armed forces play an important role,” she said. “Most of us personally know someone who serves to defend our freedom so we may celebrate art, entertainment, and community at events like Panoply. We are grateful for their service and sacrifice and are proud to pay tribute to them at Panoply.”

White said there will be a special appearance by the Army Materiel Command at 8:00 p.m. on the Huntsville Times/Radiance Technologies’ Valley Jubilee Stage.

Tickets for Panoply are $5 per day, $10 for the weekend and free children 10 and under. For more information on Panoply visit www.artshuntsville.org/our-programs/panoply-arts-festival.

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