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April 28 - 29, 2017
“Behind the Big House”
on April 28-29 at Lakeport Plantation in Lake Village, Arkansas. The Behind the Big House program moves beyond the “Big Houses,” or stately historic homes, to explore extant slave dwellings and interpret the experiences of the enslaved people who inhabited them. This workshop will include live historical interpretations and lectures to highlight the important contributions African Americans made to Arkansas’s history and provide a broad understanding of the importance of slave dwellings and their role in heritage tourism.  Learn more...


May 2, and 3rd
Chamber and Economic Development will host IBLA performers

It’s that time again!!! Come out to Lakeside High School on May 3rd at 6pm to see the Grand Prize Winners of 2016 IBLA Performers!! The EDC will host Performers on May 2nd and Chamber will hold reception at Guachoya on May 3rd at 8pm.

Lake Village will host the IBLA Grand Prize winners on May 3 at 6:30 p.m. for a free performance at the Lakeside High School Auditorium. Hailing from 5 countries in Europe, Asia and North America, the winning musicians tour the United States before a final performance at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City. This is a rare musical occasion for Lake Village and southeast Arkansas.

The IBLA Grand Prize International Music Competition has become one of the world’s cultural treasures. Celebrating its 26th Anniversary, the competition is held each year in early Summer in the magnificent southeastern corner of Sicily, in the charming Baroque city of Ragusa-Ibla. The competition has proven to be a consistent and world-class showcase for musical talent of the highest order. The competition’s founder, Dr. Salvatore Moltisanti, has created an atmosphere that encourages openness to any and all forms of music, allowing presentations of all musical styles as well as instruments (this has included several types of jazz ensembles, domra virtuosos, accordionists, folk singers and many others from outside the classical mainstream, as well as instrumental and vocal performers of standard and contemporary repertoire), and creating a place where the ideas of wonderfully talented people can be nurtured in a spirit of international respect.

Admission is free. The concert will be held May 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lakeside High School Auditorium, 336 W Highway 82, in Lake Village.

About the Performers:

2016 IBLA Grand Prize Winners performing in Arkansas concerts include the three top prize winners as well as Grand Prize Winners of the “Most Distinguished Musician” award in the IBLA competition:

1st Place Top Prize Winner, Trombonist Kojiro Fujihara (Japan) – Fujihara has performed throughout Japan and Europe. He is currently the top trombonist at the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra and recently Fujihara is involved in performance of theme music of movies and is considered to the most promising performer in Japan.

Top Prize Winner, Pianist Elia Cecino (Italy) – Elia is sixteen and begin studying piano in 2009. From 2012, he has attended and won numerous master classes with eminent pedagogues and pianists. In 2013, he was finalist with 2nd prize with scholarship to fame Caesar Franck International Piano competition in Bruxelles; again in 2015 he was selected for the Aartus International Piano Competition in Denmark.

Top Prize Winner, Accordionist Michal Gajda & Pianist Julia Wolanska (Poland) – Husband and wife 2012 graduated summa cum laude from Poznan Academy of Music. Recitals have as soloists, chamber musicians (Trio New harmony, New Poznan Accordion/Piano duo) in Poland, Germany, Austria, Lithuania, Slovakia, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Italy, and Sicily. 24

IBLA Grand Prize Winners “Most Distinguished Musicians” who will be performing in Arkansas venues include these outstanding talents:

Mario Assenza, Baritone (Italy) – Mario is 20 years of age and began his studying opera at the age of sixteen at the academy of “Giuseppe Verdi.” He has participated in several events of various kinds to include “The sacred oleographs exposure” to space culture”. In his short career, he performed in venues throughout Italy and Sicily.

Francesco Barone, Giulia Lo Giudice, & Gaspare Renna, Trikos Trio, Percussionist (Italy): – The Trio are young musicians studying at the Conservatory “V Bellini” of Palermo. In their music, they are exploiting the potential of their inclinations, perfectly adherent to the exploration of the most unusual timbre percussive resources. They are directed to a repertoire from minimalism of Philip Glass to the eastern repertoire of Keiko Abe, from life to the contemporary representation of the sound capable to rediscover the “pure rhythm”, almost tribal, as the primordial and irreplaceable element of the music.

Tamara Licheli, Piano (Georgia): - Tamara is a prize winner of numerous national and international competitions. Among such competitions are Georgian musicians’ competition (Georgia), Ettlingen international competition (Germany), Gottingen Chopin international competition (Germany), Marco-Polo international competition (Greece), Bradshaw & Bruno international competition (USA). She performs as a soloist as well as a member of chamber ensembles. Tamara is an author of a book “Tengiz Amirejibi” the famous Georgian pianist and teacher. She is an Associate Professor of Tbilisi State Conservatory and founder/artistic director of Tengiz Amirejibi International Music Festival (Tbilisi, Georgia).

Kyoko Harada, Piano Accompanist (Japan): – In 2002 Kyoko at the 41st Beethoven International Competition (Czech/Hradec) she won the most excellent Accompanist award, and Beethoven sonata award and Martinu sonata award. She has served as the official accompanist of contests at home and abroad and training sessions

Q: What is IBLA? A: IBLA is the name of the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE ancient Baroque quarters of Ragusa - Ibla, the southernmost province of Italy in Sicily. Ragusa and Ibla are twin cities built on two 300 meters’ hills. Ibla is the ancient city and Ragusa is the more modern one. Both the City of Ragusa and Ragusa IBLA are designated UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE areas because of their splendid Baroque architecture. The Monti Iblei that surround the area take the name from the ancient name of Ibla. The Mediterranean coast line is only 20 minutes away. It overlooks the island of Malta.

May 3rd
Chamber will hold reception at Guachoya Cultural Art Center at 8 pm

Following the performance at Lakeside High School at 6 pm

May 5th
Quilling Class for Beginners at 5 pm

Ages 18- up
Fee: $5
Pizza and Soda provided
Lake Village Library
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May 6th
Guachoya Cultural Art Center presents “Spring Fling” 
with a silent auction at 6:30pm, dinner cater by Cow Pen at 7pm and live auction at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25 per person. For more info call 870.265.6077

May 8th
Chamber Banquet
Lake Village Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Awards Banquet on May 8th at The Cow Pen at 6pm.
Tickets will be available next week, tickets are $25 per person or $175 for table of 8. You can contact Amanda at 870.265.5997 for more information or any board member for tickets.

Get ready to have some fun with ELVIS and see who is our Award Winners for 2017!!!

May 16th
Chamber Member Meeting

 12-1 pm at the Lake Village Country Club
Guest Speaker Beverly Johnson with Air Med Care

May 17th
Lake Village Rehab and Care Center will have a Block Party on  from 2pm-6pm with free bouncy house, free food, music, and games. RSVP by May 10th.

May 20th
National Kids to Park Day Mayor’s 1mile walk/run registration at 8am and walk starts at 8:30am at the Henry August Park 420 Luna Street.

May 24th
CMMC/UAMS Community Outreach Center will hold its monthly Free Health Screening on Wednesday, . Screenings include blood pressure, total cholesterol, blood glucose, body mass index (BMI).


Poker Run June 3rd
Fall Fest Oct 27 & 28


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