Kanab City Arts Council is delighted to announce an upcoming benefit show for the new local Outdoor Performing Center. On Saturday, January 28, Carol Heuchon, Australia’s  National Champion Bush Poet, and Dick Warwick, the 2011 National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo all-around winner, will perform for the public in the Kanab High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. Local favorites Doug Keller and Hal Hamblin will open the show. We are honored that such world class performers are helping raise money for such a worthy cause.

Ed Meyer, co-chairperson for the Kanab Arts Council, stated, “When Sam Jackson invited me to help judge the 2011 National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, I was amazed by the humor, emotion and intelligence of the poems like the ‘The Man from Snowy River’ that were being recited about cowboys in Australia. The community is in for a great night of entertainment.”

The show is being put on at no charge to the public, but any contribution will be graciously accepted and applied to the new Outdoor Performing Center. However, even if you aren’t able to make a contribution, please come and enjoy this free night of entertainment.

As you all know, the last Gazebo show came to a bittersweet end in September 2011. After many years of free Wednesday night entertainment by many of our local performers, the old Gazebo was dismantled to make room for the new Stake Center. Through much planning and community support, the Kanab Arts Council found a new site. We are pleased to open a new chapter and bring to the public a new Outdoor Performing Center designed by Arts Council member Bob Kaczowka.

The Kanab City crew broke ground behind the Kanab City Museum for the project last Thursday. Our grand opening is scheduled for June 20, 2012, and we encourage everyone to get involved in helping to make this happen. Besides funding, there will be a need for volunteers to complete this project. Anyone willing to volunteer their services can call the Volunteer Center at 644-3696.