Countdown to disco peanut

Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The sidewalks of Brundidge have not rolled up at sundown since studio 116 opened its doors downtown on June 30.

The “studio” features art and music events at 116 South Main Street that include a wide variety of artistic endeavors. And, studio 116 has two events remaining before Old Father Time gives way to the New Year and they are, as Chris Rich, studio owner, says “doozies.”

Brent Holmes, a hometown talent, will be back at studio 116, by popular demand, Saturday night and studio 116 is starting a Brundidge New Year’s tradition with the first ever Disco Peanut New Year’s Eve.

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“Brent is a hometown talent who is now a Nashville-based singer/songwriter,” Rich said. “He’s put together a new series of songs based on his experiences and his childhood here in Pike County. He has a really wonderful, smooth voice that strikes a chord the audience. Brent’s wit and music create stories in song that will carry you through the evening.”

Opening for Holmes at 7 p.m. Saturday will be the Ethan Watford Extravaganza.

“This duo was here for our last open mic night,” Rich said. “Their humor and energy will be a great way to start the evening

Rich’s wife and studio co-owner, Sara Dismukes, said there is the possibility that Holmes’ performance will be taped for national viewing.

“Brent is a very talented songwriter,” she said. “He has written a beautiful songs about growing up in a small town and he would like for the taping to be done in his hometown. We are excited to have Brent back at studio 116.

Studio 116’s six-month anniversary will be on Dec. 30 and that’s a milestone event for the Rich and Dismukes and their art/music/community studio. And they wanted to have an event to celebrate their anniversary and “to have some fun.”

“We’ll be ‘hustling’ in the New Year with our Disco Peanut New Year’s Eve bash,” Rich said. “We are starting a new tradition with this party.

“The peanut at the Brundidge library is my favorite statue and, too, Brundidge is well known for its annual Peanut Butter Festival and the peanut is a part of the town’s heritage. We thought a peanut would be the thing to mark the countdown to a new year.”

The fun will begin with a kids’ New Year’s Eve party from 8 until 8:30 p.m. that will culminate with the “dropping” of a four-foot, mirror-covered peanut from the top of studio 116.

“This will be something especially for the kids and it will be exciting and a lot of fun,” Dismukes said. “Admission will be a donation to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.”

At 9 p.m. adults will be invited to a Disco Peanut New Year’s Eve party that will be a blast from the past.

“DJ Ed will bring his original vinyl disco dance hits to our stage to usher in the New Year,” Rich said. “It will be a lot of fun as we close out the year 2012 and welcome the New Year with friends and neighbors. At midnight, after hours of disco dancing fun, we will be dropping a huge mirrored peanut from our storefront.”

Everyone is invited to celebrate the coming of the New Year at studio 116 on Dec. 30 and be a part of the beginning of a New Year’s tradition in Brundidge. Admission is $5.