The Rome Area Council for the Arts has awarded the 2019 Rome Arts Champion Award to Nancy Loveday Smith. The award was established in 2012 to be given to annually to an organization or individual demonstrating the highest level of unselfish service to the community through the arts.
Nominees are submitted by RACA members and voted on by the Board of Directors. The award is presented at RACA’s Firefly Fling, set for April 26 at Rotary Plaza in downtown Rome. Former winners include Susan Gilbert Harvey, Oak Hill Museum and the Chiaha Harvest Fair.
Smith has served the artistic community in Rome since 1975. She began as president of the Chiaha Guild and helped establish and revise the Chiaha Harvest Fair in the 1980s, seeing it move from Heritage Park to its current location at Ridge Ferry Park. She then joined RACA in its early years and helped facilitate such RACA projects as the gallery on Broad Street, the “Porta Futurus” sculpture, the FANFARE Galas and the Ellen Axson Wilson Homecoming Art Exhibit and statue. She retired from the RACA board after 30 years of service. She has served on the Rome International Film Festival Board as well as received the Heart of the Community Award in 2003.
Smith received a BA from Mercer University in Fine Arts and Political Science, and is married to David Smith of Rome. She is mother to Ginny and Steven, and grandmother to Mitchell, Carter, Jack, Slade and Genevieve.
For more: romearts.org/about/fire-fly-fling-2019.
The Dream Team event sponsored by Harbor House returns Saturday from 3 until 5 p.m. at the Rome Gymnastics Center, featuring the Black Panther, Moana, Merida and Rey as well as some pretty impressive tumbling, skits and treats. In its second year, Dream Team is not so much a fund-raiser but more of a chance to showcase Harbor House — and a chance for the kids to play and hang out with some characters. Tickets are $20 and are being sold for children; parents are free. For more: nwga-cac.org/ or click Facebook.
The Rome TEA Party will host its Lunch Bunch meeting on Tuesday, April 16, at Fuddruckers from noon until 1 p.m. The Floyd County Republican Party, Republican Women and Young Republicans and the Rome TEA Party are invited once again to join in a partnership coalition. The program will feature party Chair Diane Lewis and former chair Andy Garner as speakers. Please arrive around 11:30 a.m. for lunch. For more information, contact Mike Morton 706-346-3400.
Garden Lakes Baptist Church will host a simulcast on Friday, April 26, from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. The cost is $10 per person and includes materials for the simulcast, as well as light snacks and drinks. Please contact the office of Garden Lakes Baptist Church at (706) 234-6615 to register. The registration deadline is April 19. What’s it about? “In Secret Church ‘19, we’ll take an in-depth look at the Bible’s teaching on prayer and fasting. We’ll see that our inabilities and weaknesses are the very place where God meets us with His strength and sufficiency. We’ll also see that faithfulness to the mission of Christ requires depending on the Spirit of Christ.”