Saturday February 10, 2018
Valentine's Concert with Dick Smith and Friends
August to April Series
Festival Concert Hall
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Valentine Concert Poster Art
Round Top Festival Institute's Annual Library Benefit
and Valentine's Concert with Dick Smith and Friends


Festival Hill presents... The Music of our Lives starring Dick Smith. Joining Mr. Smith on stage will be a star-studded cast of guest artists including Charles Whitaker, Kate Holman and Will Lynde. Lynde will be returning from Nashville with Arden McKenna to perform duets. And keeping it in the family, special guest J. Gary Smith will join his brother Dick Smith on stage.

There's no better time to enjoy the Music of our Lives, from Sinatra to the Beatles and everything in between. Featuring Sounds of the Sixties, the program includes the best of the music many of us grew up with, done the way we remember it, by people who know how to do it.

Some of the songs you'll hear...

That's Life The Impossible Dream Yesterday
Strangers in the Night Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head Something
It Was a Very Good Year The Look of Love Feeling Groovy
Who Can I Turn To? Guess Who I Saw Today Cloudy
I Wanna Be Around Bridge Over Troubled Waters Is That All There Is?
The Good Life All You Need Is Love and more

2015 Valentine's Concert Reception
2015 Valentine's Concert Reception
After the one-hour benefit performance, join Festival Hill staff and friends on the Concert Hall stage for a reception with refreshing drinks and delectable Valentine treats from the Festival Hill Kitchen. You will have an opportunity to sponsor a book of your choice for the Adopt-a-Book Program and bid on special silent auction items. Your ticket enters you in a drawing for a chance to win fantastic door prizes.

Silent Auction Items (partial list):
  • Gift Basket of Creamy Delights, Blue Bell Creameries
  • A Bountiful Basket of Goodies, Briannas Fine Salad Dressings
  • Original Copper Art designed by Gerald Tobola, Copper Shade Tree
  • Three Etched Glass Ornaments to Remember Festival Hill, Diane Tovey/The Glass Anvil
  • Repurposed with Love - a Basket of Art, Eklektik Peacock
  • Coffee Lover's Art for the Heart and Soul, Espressions Coffee and Art
  • A Selection of Favorite Valentine Cookies, Festival Hill Kitchen
  • A Gardener's Delight, Plants from the Festival Institute Gardens
  • Nestled Hearts Bell Pendant, The Gallery at Round Top and Comforts
  • A Basket of Love from Fayetteville, The Grand Fayette Hotel
  • Heart-felt Gifts to Go, Heritage Hallmark, La Grange
  • Handmade with Love, A Light Unto My Path
  • Wearable Art, Born in Fire, Lyn Foley Lampwork Beads and Jewelry
  • Woven Heart of Native Vines, Pat Garrett and Mary Reeves
  • St. Francis and his Birds, Pat Johnson Art Studio
  • Fine Glass Art Jewelry, Patsy Evins Studio
  • Deep in the Heart, The Texanist book, Red and White Gallery
  • Handmade Woven Scarf, The Warped Scarf

Photography by
Brenham Portrait Gallery
Scott Hill - Brenham Portrait Gallery
Adult $30. Student $10. General seating. Concert tickets will be held at will call on the West side of the concert hall. Doors open 1 hour prior to the concert.

Overnight accommodations are available on campus for this concert weekend.

This concert is sponsored in part by HEB.
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Office/Information/Room Reservations: 979-249-3129

Concert Hall Location: 248 Jaster Rd, Round Top, TX 78954
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Library Adopt-A-Book Program

The Adopt-A-Book Program allows you to sponsor the purchase of a book to be placed in the Library. A placard with your name and any special designation is placed inside the book. You may make the donation in honor or in memory of someone. Find more ways to adopt a book at Library Adopt-a-Book Program.



Press Release: Dick Smith's Sounds of the Sixties Benefit Concert at Festival Hill

by Pat Johnson

Dick Smith
Photo Credit: Scott Hill

Dick Smith performing during 2015 Round Top Festival Institute Library Benefit Concert
Feeling Groovy? On Saturday, February 10, Festival Hill will be the place to experience the Sounds of the Sixties. There's no better time than Valentine's Day to enjoy the music of our lives, from Sinatra to the Beatles and everything in between. Featuring songs from the sixties, the program includes the best of the music many of us grew up with.

Dick Smith's concert benefits the Festival Institute's Fine Arts and Humanities Library, The Faith P. and Charles L. Bybee Library and Study Center. Tickets for the Library Benefit and Concert are $30 for Adults and $10 for students. Dick Smith promises several songs for all generations of the sixties including "That's Life," "The Look of Love," "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head," "Bridge over Troubled Water," "Feeling Groovy" and "Yesterday."

The afternoon concert starting at 2:00 pm will feature pianist/singer Dick Smith. Joining Mr. Smith on stage will be a star-studded cast of guest artists including Charles Whitaker, Kate Holman and Will Lynde. Will Lynde will be returning from Nashville with Arden McKenna to perform duets. And keeping it in the family, special guest J. Gary Smith will join his brother Dick Smith on stage.

J. Gary Smith has decades of experience in the music recording business in Nashville and has developed some of the industry's finest talent. Smith took Andy Griggs to #1 twice on the charts managing and producing his album "You Won't Ever be Lonely". J. Gary has worked with a remarkable list of names including legends Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Reed, Kevin Sharp, John Rich, The Little River Band, Chalee Tennison, Carolina Rain and the list goes on.

After the performance you can join the Festival Hill staff and friends on the Concert Hall stage for a reception with refreshing drinks and delectable Valentine inspired treats from the Festival Kitchen. Chef John Reynolds has several new finger sandwiches and a special Valentine punch on this year's menu.

During the reception there will be an opportunity to participate in the ever popular Adopt-a-Book program. This gives attendees a chance to view and purchase a book of your choice, ranging from $20 to $200 dollars, to be placed in The Faith P. and Charles L. Bybee Library and Study Center at Festival Hill. A special bookplate will be added in the book in memory of or to honor family and friends. It is a good chance to see the books being acquired for the Bybee Library at Festival Hill.

Round Top Festival Institute has long been active in collecting books on Texas history, Fayette County, art, architecture, and decorative arts with the intent to establish a world class research, study and reference library. Most note-worthy is the Dr. Dorman and Ruth Carolyn Winfrey Collection, which contains many first edition J. Frank Dobie and Walter Prescott Webb books.

The Library now houses the books of noted preservationists and collectors, Faith Bybee and her husband, Charles, who are best known for forming the Texas Pioneer Arts Foundation and Henkel Square in Round Top. The extensive collection traces the Bybee's interest in all things antique including historic tools and their uses, American silver and Federal furniture.

"We would like to acknowledge the generous donation from Dick Smith for the concert and the many contributors to the silent auction," stated curator Lamar Lentz. "Funds from this event will be dedicated to support the Arts and Humanities Library at Festival Hill, including archival and conservation supplies for our collections."

A chance to bid on special silent auction items will cap off the afternoon events. Classic gift baskets from Blue Bell Ice Cream, Briannas Fine Salad Dressings and Heritage Hallmark, La Grange, as well as arts and crafts from local artisans such as Lyn Foley, Pat Johnson, Gerald Tobola and Diane Tovey will give you instant gifts for your sweetheart. The wonderfully eclectic Eklektik Peacock has promised a playful Valentine-inspired basket of repurposed art. New to the silent auction items will be gifts of love from the newly opened Grand Hotel in Fayetteville.

Please reserve early for this popular event. The Festival Institute is located on Texas Highway 237, one-half mile north of Round Top, Texas. Purchase your tickets online or call the office at 979-249-3129. To adopt-a-book, please call (979) 249-3129, donate online at Library Adopt-A-Book Program, or make your selection personally at the reception after the concert.

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