Calling all young professionals

It’s no secret that Polk County is home to many retirees. While they are wonderful members of the community, there are also plenty of young, working professionals and residents. TFAC is working to make it a little easier for us to get to know each other with a Young Professional’s group.

We had a blast at the preliminary meet & greet in late August. As the group moves forward, we welcome your input. Please complete the brief survey and share your thoughts.

Anyone who lives, works, or plays in Polk County, Landrum, Hendersonville, or Rutherfordton is welcome to join us!

All-star staff gets ready for summer camp

The annual Summer Theater Camp is a beloved Tryon tradition. Tryon Little Theater and Tryon Fine Arts Center come together to help local kids put on a full production with lights, costumes, and crazy characters-in just one week!

The magic happens this week, July 24-28, but the production team has already been hard at work. Staff and volunteers from TFAC and TLT are making plans to put on the best show possible and instill a love of theater in budding stars.

From left to right, pictured staff include Grace Ingham, Jody McPherson, Kate Reidy, Jamie Reidy, Maggie Reidy, Lindsey Moore, Marianne Carruth, and Lily Nelson.

The 2017 Summer Theater Camp production Action News will be presented to the community on Saturday, July 29 at 10am. Friends, family, and our neighbors are invited to join us for this free show!

TFAC Announces 2017-2018 Main Stage Artists

Tryon Fine Arts Center is proud to announce a sensational line-up for the 2017-2018 Main Stage Series. The season includes performances from the Kruger Brothers, Ranky Tanky, Shana Tucker, Goitse, and Edwin McCain.

Season tickets will be available to the public for either all five performances or the patron’s choice of three show on July 5th. Individual tickets go on sale on August 5th. All performances will be at 8pm on the Veh Stage.

Bluegrass powerhouse The Kruger Brothers kick off the series with their iconic fusion of American tunes and classical sensibilities on Friday, September 15, 2017.

“The Kruger Brothers are one of our most-requested performers; we’re so happy to have them back in Tryon,” said TFAC Executive Director Marianne Carruth.

The series continues on Friday, November 3, 2017 with Charleston-based quintet Ranky Tanky. Taking their name from the Gullah phrase meaning “work it” or “get down,” Ranky Tanky transforms the hymns, party anthems and children’s songs of the islands into infectiously rocking numbers.

Shana Tucker takes the stage on Saturday, February 3, 2018. Tucker’s signature ChamberSoul style combines classical cello and jazz training with ‘80s pop and rhythm and blues vocals for a performances that is soulful, intimate, and peerless.

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, TFAC welcome Goitse to the Veh Stage on Friday, March 9, 2018. Hailing from Limerick, Ireland, Goitse’s young members perform lively, authentic Celtic tunes that are “brimming with energy and creative zeal,” according to Irish Music Magazine.

The 2017-2018 Main Stage Series wraps up closer to home with Edwin McCain on Saturday, April 21, 2018. A native of Greenville, SC, McCain has gained international pop stardom and been called “the great American romantic” by the New York Times.

“In choosing the Main Stage Series, we listen carefully to what the community is saying,” says Michelle Fleming, Manager of Marketing for TFAC. “It’s a fine line between bringing beloved, favorite performers and expanding our region’s artistic offerings with high caliber performers who are new to our audience. I think the lineup for this series offers truly unique artists.”

The 2016-2017 Main Stage Series joins a range of new and existing programming, including film screenings, the Stage Door Series of intimate backstage performances, arts in education opportunities, and the new Something Different Series that will present unique and unexpected performances for families.

The UNITY Project: Bringing the community together through art

The UNITY Project is well underway! This exciting new initiative-led by John Wilkins and a team of community volunteers-is supported by a Polk County Community Foundation Free Events Grant.

We’ve already hosted a number of sessions (with more to come) that let professional artists and community members unleash their creativity to create a multimedia collage and define what “unity” means to them.

If you’d like to join us, there’s still time to sign up for the final session on April 8th at Landrum Library.

 Work is underway on the 3 large panels for professional artists.

 Raleigh-based artist Eric McRay leads a workshop in the creation of multi-media collages.


 Local students learn about the art of collage from McRay, and then try their hand at creating their own.

Shadow Puppets at Polk County Schools

As a member of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Partners in Education Team SC1996, TFAC works to facilitate professional development opportunities in the arts. As part of this commitment, we recently presented a workshop on shadow puppets with Teaching Artist Hobey Ford at Polk County Schools’ Professional Development Day. Teachers from across the county received hands-on instruction in integrating shadow puppetry into their classroom. Thank you to Main Street Financial for sponsoring this fun opportunity!

TFAC Receives Grant from Polk County Community Foundation

Tryon Fine Arts Center received an Organizational Strengthening and Board Planning Grant from the Polk County Community Foundation which was used to hold a strategic planning session consider questions and choices that face the organization.  TFAC’s Board of Directors engaged Sandra Kidd of Atlanta consulting firm Alexander Haas to lead the session.

Rigging Renovations

Talk about a throwback, check out the rigging renovations from this summer.

Thanks to support from the Polk County Community Foundation, TFAC was able to update and modernize the fly system above the stage, in order to maintain the world-class performing arts space for the Foothills community.

Thank you to PCCF, Barbizon Lighting, and all the volunteers that made the project possible!

Putting on a show

Check out a behind the scenes look at what it takes to put together a performance. Technical Director Jimm and Technical Associate Michelle set up for the Roots Music Festival in downtown Tryon.

Welcome to TFAC’s new website!

Thank you for visiting us at! We are currently in the process of updating our website, ticketing software, and social media presence.

Look around and see what’s new at TFAC. If you run into any issues as we work out the ‘bugs’, please don’t hesitate to contact TFAC at 828-859-8322 or email

See you soon!

Michelle Fleming

Manager, Marketing & Public Relations

Technical Associate