2013 in art and culture: Organizations, events enhance area livability

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Community and student events and organizations enhanced the Crestview area's livability in 2013. Included were, center, Fred Astaire Dance Studio support for local events; and, clockwise from top left, student theatrical productions, Music at the Library nights, history and heritage at the Baker Block Museum, and Sister City Program exchanges in Noirmoutier, France.

Graphic by BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 05:23 PM.

CRESTVIEW — The city's cultural "livability" is one of its most attractive assets in luring major businesses to the area, Nathan Sparks, the Okaloosa County Economic Development Council's new president, has said.

Looking back on 2013, the Crestview area can rightfully bask in these artistic and cultural accomplishments that enhance and enrich residents' lives. They are, in no particular order, as follows:

COMMUNITY THEATRE

View From the Stage, Crestview's community theatre troupe, presented two full productions in 2013.

Its spring comedy, "See How They Run," brought lots of laughs, mistaken identities, slamming doors and all the fun of British farce to the Warriors Hall Stage.

Just weeks ago, the community paused from frantic Christmas preparations to enjoy a delightful musical version of "A Christmas Carol" presented by the company.

The Florida Chautauqua Theatre in nearby DeFuniak Springs fills a niche with spring, summer and fall Music and More theatre arts courses and youth productions.



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