Editor's Note: This story has been edited to update the headline. The event has been postponed until Jan. 29, 2022.
The Duncan Area Arts Hall of Fame Committee has diligently planned for the induction of incredible recipients, awards presented from local organizations, and a stupendous evening of live entertainment.
The intended date for the event was Jan. 16, 2021. However, the new date for the special evening of celebration and joy is rescheduled for Jan. 29, 2022. The reason the committee has decided upon the new date is because they want the event to be exactly that — celebratory and joyful.
During this time of a nationwide health pandemic, the Simmons Center and the committee of volunteers has come to the conclusion that in all fairness to the recipients, their families and their friends, it would be in the best interest of everyone involved to reschedule this event, an event that should be one of fond memories, profound appreciation and glorious attendance.
The new inductees into the Hall of Fame will include Ed Apple, Sharon Burum, Don Grantham, Gina Flesher, Ron Howard and Summer Breeze.
Ed Apple devoted most of his life supporting the arts in this community. The whole concept of the Duncan Area Arts Hall of Fame was actually created by Apple.
Sharon Burum is another Duncanite who has dedicated a large majority of her life towards supporting and volunteering in the local art realm. She has been involved with Duncan Little Theater, Chisholm Trail Arts Council and much more.
Don Grantham is a graduate of Duncan High School, an award winning composer, and has taught as a professor of music at the University of Austin for 45 years.
Gina Flesher has voraciously volunteered for Duncan Little Theater, Chisholm Trail Arts Council and numerous other organizations in relation to the arts. She is continually striving to spend most of her “free” time devoted to projects and causes where she can lend an artistic hand.
Ron Howard was born in Duncan, became an actor at a young age, and is now an Academy Award-winning filmmaker of popular movies, such as “A Beautiful Mind,” “Apollo 13,” “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” “Cocoon” and much more.
In 2021, Summer Breeze will celebrate their 45th year of being a band together. They have performed for countless organizations, fundraisers and festivals. They are an award winning band and are known as one of the top cover bands in the state.
“This is just a short snippet of the insurmountable achievements of the inductees,” said Cindy Parks, this year’s chairperson for the event. “We will all learn so much more about these fabulous recipients during the next Hall of Fame event. Years go by quickly and this next one will go by quickly as well. Before we know it, January 29, 2022 will be upon us and we will celebrate these spectacular inductees, plus many more recipients of awards and lots of great entertainment. Every single inductee, award recipient, and performer deserves the very best. They deserve to be recognized and appreciated in the proper manner. For this reason the audience will just have to take a long intermission and hear back from the committee in the latter months of 2021. Thank you so much for your support.”