Prologue: Join Us As We Celebrate

I have been fortunate to be a part of FestivalSouth since its inception. Though I have been involved in many facets of the event, it has been my distinct privilege to serve as artistic director for the past five years. Building on the incredible strengths of our community, FestivalSouth has become synonymous with excellence in the arts, offering programming and representing the wealth of talent we enjoy as a community.
None of this would be possible without the countless hours of our coordinators and “friends of the festival.” Long before the festival recruited them, they have been tireless champions of the arts in our community and continue to work to engage, educate, and enrich our neighbors who hail from around the corner and around the globe.
Throughout our existence, Signature Magazine has been steadfast in its support of FestivalSouth not only in word, but in deed. This festival program issue has become a mainstay of festivalgoers and, coupled with the FestivalSouth Best of the Pine Belt issue, it has become one of the most visible resources that celebrates our community year-round. Our sincerest thanks to David Gustafson and Beth Bunch for their continual kindness and devotion to FestivalSouth.
Our celebration of this tenth anniversary is also a result of the generous support of our community. From sponsors and donors to individuals who return year after year and not only bring with them an excitement and engagement that goes beyond hearing a concert or seeing a show, but also a genuine commitment to better our community through the arts. 
It is my genuine desire that you join this community of artists of all kinds and make a stand by pledging your visible and vocal support not only to FestivalSouth, but also to the idea that the arts can change a community. We can take all of the good that has been done and spin it into even greater opportunities for generations to come. 
So, join us – in word and in deed. Mark your calendars and invite your friends to FestivalSouth this June. Make an investment in enriching your life, your family and friends’ experience, and your community’s well being by investing your time with us. 
Celebrate FestivalSouth 10! 
Create memories that will last a lifetime!

- Dr. Mike Lopinto

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