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Winnsboro Center for the Arts (WCA) is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with a special evening “under the stars” with magical Renaissance festivities Saturday, September 25, at the Winnsboro Civic Center. Attendees are encouraged to wear Renaissance attire as they gather for dinner and appetizers and fun activities including an outdoor marketplace, ale and wine garden, fortune teller, and other 16th century entertainment.

Live music fills the air topped off with a concert by Emmy and Grammy-nominated Celtic fiddler, Máiréad Nesbitt, one of the founding members of the world-renowned group Celtic Woman. As the featured violin soloist on 11 Celtic Woman albums, each title achieved the coveted #1 slot on the Billboard World Music Chart.

Nesbitt left the ensemble in 2016 to pursue a solo career. Her musical influences include classical violinist Itzhak Perlman; jazz great Stephane Grappelli; bluegrass icon Alison Krauss; Irish fiddlers Liz Carroll, Michael Coleman and Andy McGann; and rock performers like David Bowie, Sting, and Bjork.

She has played at the White House and the Pentagon for four U.S. presidents. Among the famous venues and symphony concert halls she has performed in worldwide, highlights include Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Red Rocks Colorado, and Hyde Park.

This is not her first visit to Winnsboro, having performed on The Bowery Stage at Winnsboro Center for the Arts for two shows in September 2019.

While Nesbitt’s performance is likely to be the hit of the evening, many other activities keep guests entertained. An online silent auction — which opens September 13 — wraps up during the event and a live auction takes place as well.

Ticket prices range from $25 to $5,000. On the low end of the pricing spectrum, guests can enjoy the outdoor Renaissance market and garden from 5-7 p.m. Other levels kick in from 7-10 p.m. including dinner and entertainment, special seating, complimentary goblets and mead, and a meet-and-greet brunch takes place with Nesbitt on Sunday at Bar W Ranch.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Winnsboro Center for the Arts and their new performing arts building. The new venue will host a wide range of community activities from concerts and theater to youth camps and wedding receptions. Find all ticket levels and more information on www.RenaissanceUnderTheStars.com.

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