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Savoir faire in our own fair city! Residents of Lawrenceburg and the surrounding community don't have to travel to large cities to enjoy cultural events; these can be found right here at home!
Many community organizations in Lawrenceburg are working to bring residents and tourists cultural events to enjoy - all family-friendly - and to encourage development of Arts & Culture in the community. Lawrenceburg's Creative Arts Center is located next to the historic Crockett Theatre, just off the square in downtown Lawrenceburg.
Lawrenceburg's art deco Crockett Theatre was built in 1950, complete with a custom-laid terrazzo lobby floor, and is one of the few theatres from this era still operating in the United States. It is listed on the National Historic Registry and has been lovingly refurbished by the Crockett Theatre Board.
Groups such as The Singing Carter Family with Mother Maybelle and the Carter girls have graced its stage. Reel-to-reel features such as Gone with the Wind, Smokey and the Bandit, and Elvis movies have entertained full houses. Many a child growing up in Lawrenceburg fondly remembers being on stage at the Theatre for dance recitals, band competitions, and other community events. Today, the stage is named to honor the work of Emmy Award-winning actor Michael Jeter, a native of Lawrenceburg, TN. It is actively used by for performances and conferences.
Come to historic downtown Lawrenceburg to enjoy your choice of arts and events, then browse the Square for antique shops, stores, and restaurants that you won't find anywhere else!
An Art Affair - MainStreet sponsors an annual arts event on the Lawrenceburg Square. Features include sculpture, painting, pottery, hands-on children's projects, plus musicians, dancers, puppeteers, mimes, and other attractions. The museums are open for public tours on that day, also. This is fun for family members of all ages.
James D. Vaughan Southern Gospel Festival - Lawrenceburg is the birthplace of Southern Gospel music and home of the famous James D. Vaughan School of Music. The Quartet Festival, sponsored by Lawrenceburg's MainStreet organization, is held annually in the Crockett Theater and attracts visitors from across the South. A Thursday evening performance will kick-off the event at 7:00pm featuring American's Favorite Family of Gospel Music, The Hoppers; most award winning quartet, Gold City; and up and coming quartet, LeFevre Quartet. A newly added Friday July 26 Matinee will begin at 1:00p.m. featuring the Old Paths Quartet and the Caltons. Admission will be FREE, however a free-will love offering will be received. Then on Friday evening, known as friends and family night, the quartet festival will begin at 7:00p.m. with the Inspirations from Bryson City, NC; the McKameys; and back by popular demand, the "Mighty" Kingsmen Quartet. A Saturday July 27 Matinee will be at 1:00p.m. featuring the Songfellows Quartet, the Harvesters Quartet, and the Allen Family. To cap off a great weekend, beginning at 6:00p.m. you'll hear, the Mark Trammell Quartet, the Perrys, the world famous Chuck Wagon Gang, and the most well-known quartet in the world, the fabulous Blackwood Brothers Quartet from Memphis, TN. The Festival features each evening Lawrenceburg's own ambassadors of Southern Gospel music, The Kellys!
The Heritage Festival - MainStreet features a Heritage Festival each year on and around the Square to celebrate the rich heritage of this southern community. Children dress up in David Crockett-era costumes for a parade, and there are food booths and special events galore.
Christmas Pops - Singers and musicians from across the community present a free Christmas Pops concert each December to a full house in the Theatre. Often accompanied by a special instrumental group, this event is an inspiring way to start your holiday celebration. This event is co-sponsored by SunTrust Bank and Parkes Lumber Company.
The Crockett Theatre may be reserved for events and performances. The cost is $500 per day ($300 for non-profit organizations.) For more information please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 931/762-4231
For a community-wide calendar of events, please visit the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce web site