From the Director, Robert Bowler (Beau)
Stone Church Center
As we Embark on the 2017 - 18 Season
SEPTEMBER 1, 2017
What’s in a Name?
Stone Church Arts was founded in 2004. When we started Immanuel Retreat Center in 2013, it seemed natural to combine this new program with Stone Church Arts, for the retreat center was already housing participants in Eugene Friesen's summer music workshops.
However, after a few years, “Stone Church Arts and Immanuel Retreat Center”, as a name for the overall program, became rather cumbersome. Recently, the Vestry of Immanuel Episcopal Church agreed to the overall name of “Stone Church Center” while retaining the two separate names for the two overlapping aspects of the program.
New Ticketing Software
For over three years, Stone Church Center has used Wild Apricot membership software for its website and events management. However, we have more events than members and the ticketing/registration process was often far from ideal. If you wanted to purchase a general admission and a senior ticket, for example, you had to go through the whole process twice, and then you probably had to pay for each ticket separately, too. This proved frustrating to many people.
So, after a lot of research, we found Vendini ticketing solution. The advantage is that purchasing tickets is a true shopping cart experience. You can buy a mixture of ticket types at them same time. And before you pay, you may continue shopping, perhaps adding tickets for another concert or a workshop to your cart.
I have already received feedback, however, that the website was better with Wild Apricot, and I agree, but the ticketing (registration) process is far superior and this was the whole reason for the switch. Hopefully, their website template will improve in time.
Another advantage is the fun, mobile app Walletini, available for Android phones and iPhone. If you download Walletini, you can see many of the events in our area: those on Rockingham Arts and Museum Project ticketing, Main Street Arts events, as well as those of Stone Church Center. You can also purchase and store tickets on your phone and present them on your phone at the door.
Stone Church Arts Season XIII Begins
For our big kick-off concert we present “North Sea Gas” at 4 pm on Sunday, September 10th in the main church. Hailing from Edinburgh, Scotland, one of Scotland's most popular folk bands with great vocals and tremendous three-part harmonies. Guitars, Mandolin, Fiddle, Bouzouki, Harmonica, Whistles, Bodhrans, Banjo and good humour are all part of the entertainment.
Then, at 7:30 pm, on Saturday, September 30, Gary Stroutsos, world flute master, returns to perform once again in the Chapel. He will take us on a journey around the world, from China to Cuba to the Native American West. Woodwinds Without Borders will showcase the music that Gary has explored and mastered throughout his long career as a professional musician.
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