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Billy Jonas at Farthing Oct. 19

Article Published: Oct. 14, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Billy Jonas at Farthing Oct. 19

Children's musician Billy Jonas comes to Farthing Auditorium Oct. 19.

Photo by Doug Van Dezandt

Children's musician Billy Jonas is returning to the High Country, this time on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at Farthing Auditorium.

Jonas appears courtesy of the Watauga Arts in Education Partnership, consisting of Watauga County Schools, Appalachian State University's Office of Arts and Cultural Programs, and the Watauga County Arts Council, the combined efforts of which have offered a regular performing arts series to Watauga County students for the last 17 years. 

This year, the partnership is bringing Jonas to Farthing for a 9:30 a.m. show on Oct. 19, open to parents and children from pre-school through second grade.

Normally, the policies of the Touring Arts Program specify that only children who are ages 5 and up may attend such performances.

"This policy has been in place for a number of years and with very good reason," a spokesperson said. "We are not changing that policy...but we're making an exception to it for this one time."

Because seating at these performances is very carefully counted and choreographed, parents of preschoolers who have older children attending the performance are asked to sit in the separate designated guest sections of the auditorium to which they are assigned (and not with their school aged child). 

Children who are not attending with their school must, regardless of age, be accompanied by their parent and seated on their own (not trying to ride or sit with school age siblings).

Pre-paid reservations will be accepted as long as seating is available. Anyone without reservations will not be admitted, and all audience members must be seated by 9:15 a.m.

To reserve seating, call the Watauga County Arts Council at (828) 264-1789 before Monday, Oct. 18, at 5 p.m. or come by the office during regular gallery hours of noon to 5 p.m. from Tuesday through Fridays. No reservations will be accepted past that point.

Cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard or Discover are accepted. All seats cost $5.

This year's Touring Arts Program is sponsored by the Holiday Inn Express of Boone. 

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