Saturday February 8, 2020
Valentine's Concert/Library Fundraiser
Dick Smith Family and Friends
August to April Series
Festival Concert Hall
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

2020 Valentines Concert
Round Top Festival Institute's Annual Bybee Library Fundraiser
and Valentine's Concert with Dick Smith Family and Friends

An Afternoon of Love Songs

At 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 8, Festival Hill will present an afternoon concert featuring Arden Johnson, Will Lynde, Ryan Smith and J. Gary Smith.

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.

2015 Valentine's Concert Reception
Library Benefit Reception on Concert Hall Stage
At 3:00 PM, following 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. Adopt a book of your choice to be placed in the Faith P. and Charles L. Bybee Library as part of the Adopt-a-Book Program. Bid on special silent auction items. Your ticket enters you in a drawing for a chance to win fantastic door prizes.

Adult $30. Student $10. General seating. Buy tickets online or by calling 979-249-3129. Concert tickets will be held at the will call table on the west side of the concert hall. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door. Doors open 1 hour prior to the concert.

Concert Program

Song Composer Performer
This is All I Ask (1958) Gordon Jenkins Dick Smith
Once In a Lifetime (1960) Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley Dick Smith
S'Wonderful (1927) George Gerswhin Dick Smith, Ryan Smith
Dream a Little Dream of Me (1931) Fabian Andre, Wilbur Schwandt;
lyrics Gus Kahn
Arden Johnson
Make You Feel My Love (1997) Bob Dylan Arden Johnson
Ain't No Mountain (1966) Nikolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson Arden Johnson, Will Lynde
A Song for You (1970) Leon Russell Will Lynde
Try a Little Tenderness (1932) Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly,
   Harry M. Woods
J. Gary Smith
Bring It On Home to Me (1962) Sam Cooke J. Gary Smith, Will Lynde
We Had Love (1978) J. Gary Smith J. Gary Smith
Crazy (1961) Willie Nelson Ryan Smith, Mary Ann
I Will Always Love You (1973) Dolly Parton Ryan Smith, Elizabeth
Always Remember Us This Way (2018) Stefani Germanotta, Natalie Hemby,
   Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna
Ryan Smith, Mary Ann
You Will Be My Music (1973) Joe Raposo Dick Smith
Home is the Heart of Life (2012) Dick Smith Dick Smith and Cast

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
  • A Basket of Love from Fayetteville, The Store at The Grand Fayette Hotel
  • Coffee Lover's Art for the Heart and Soul, Espressions Coffee and Art
  • Etched Glass Ornaments to Remember Festival Hill, Diane Tovey/The Glass Anvil
  • Valentine Treat for the Wine Drinker, Wine Bar at The Grand Fayette Hotel
  • A Selection of Favorite Valentine Cookies, Festival Hill Kitchen
  • Original Ceramic Botanical Tiles, Pat Johnson Art Studio

See press release below for more information.

Overnight accommodations are available on campus for this concert weekend.

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 by Pat Johnson

It's that time of year when love is in the air and the annual Valentine's Library Benefit Concert and Fundraiser at Festival Hill in Round Top is shaping up to be one of the best. Dick Smith and family will present An Afternoon of Love Songs on the Concert Hall stage of the Round Top Festival Institute. The concert on Saturday, February 8th will benefit the Festival Institute's 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.

The afternoon concert starting at 2:00 pm will feature pianist/singer Dick Smith. Dick has spent a lifetime perfecting his interpretations of America's greatest songs. Joining Mr. Smith on stage will be his nephew Will Lynde with Arden Johnson returning from Nashville. Daughter Ryan Smith and a star-studded cast of family members including Dick's brother J. Gary Smith will perform.

You will hear many familiar tunes - I Can't Stop Loving You, Bring it on Home to Me, Dream a Little Dream of Me, Crazy and A Song for You by Elton John are just a few examples. A special performance of Dick Smith's Home is the Heart of Life from the locally produced "Heart of the Tin Trunk" will end the concert.

Dream a Little Dream of Me was recorded in 1931 by Ozzie Nelson and his orchestra and became a classic of depression-era America. In 1968, The Mamas & the Papas chose to record the song with "Mama" Cass Elliot on lead vocals, and it became her signature song. Other traditional pop acts to record the lyrics include Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Doris Day and Dean Martin.

Crazy is a ballad composed by Willie Nelson. It has been recorded by several artists, most notably by Patsy Cline whose version was a No. 2 country hit in 1962. Will Lynde on piano and Arden Johnson doing vocals will put a new spin on this classic. Come spend a magical Saturday afternoon with the music we've all grown to love.

"We would like to acknowledge the generous donation from Dick Smith and his family 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."

After the performance you can join the Festival Institute staff, performers, and friends on the Concert Hall stage for a reception with refreshing drinks and delectable Valentine-inspired treats from the Festival Hill 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 their choice, ranging from $20 to $200 dollars, to be placed in The Faith P. and Charles L. Bybee Library 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.

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 Bybees' interest in all things antique including books on historic tools and their uses, American silver and Federal furniture.

A chance to bid on special silent auction items will cap off the afternoon events. Classic gift baskets from Blue Bell Creameries and Briannas Fine Salad Dressings as well as arts and crafts from local artisans such as Lyn Foley, Pat Johnson, Gerald Tobola and Karen Dormois will give you instant gifts for your sweetheart. Extra special among the silent auction items will be gifts of love from the Wine Bar and Grand Fayette Hotel in Fayetteville.

The Festival Institute is located on Texas Highway 237, one-half mile north of Round Top, Texas. Please reserve early for this popular event. Your ticket enters you in a drawing for a chance to win fantastic door prizes. Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at (979) 249-3129, or at the door. To adopt a book, please call (979) 249-3129.

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