Record Grandma got run over

A special thanks was bestowed on Patsy Trigg for presenting her gold record for “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” to The Art Center during Host of Christmas Past where it is on permanent display. Lincoln County Mayor Bill Newman was on hand for the presentation.

The Fayetteville Lincoln County Arts Center has a story it wants shared but most importantly, they want you to be a part of it.

The Arts Center has been undergoing a huge transformation during the past few years and has rebranded the organization, including a fresh new logo to enhance their look to the community.

The mission of the FLCAC is to enhance the quality of life in the Fayetteville-Lincoln County community through the presentation, education, and promotion of all art disciplines including visual, conceptual, and performing arts.

Annual events by the FLC Arts Center include the Southern Weekend of Art (54 years), monthly art classes, open mic nights in the cooler seasons (they currently do not have a/c upstairs), free classes for adults and children throughout the year as well as private classes for senior citizens, residents of behavioral rehabilitation facilities and individuals of all ages with special needs.

Annual music, art and dance scholarships to high school students are also provided.

Many community-based projects originated at the arts center including the large-scale, multi-panel mural just off the square depicting our historic downtown in black and white. This project involved many people but was spearheaded by Arts Center member Melanie Laten and painted at the Arts Center with help from other members and residents of the community.

The volunteers have organized and showcased hundreds of local music talents by children and adults for the community at Southern Weekend of Art including clogging, singing, playing of instruments, bands, storytelling and more.

As you can see … their mission truly is to enhance the quality of life for our community through the arts and they are diligent about doing just that. This group truly has a huge heart for our community.

Their number one priority is to get the outside of the facility to reflect what is going on inside. With that being said they have been researching the history of The Arts Center to create a narrative for the community.

In doing so, it was discovered the building which began as a Presbyterian Church (property purchased in 1910) and built in 1913 was gifted to the Fayetteville Art League by CFW Construction Company in 1974. On September 30, 1963 a group of people met in the library at Central High School - known now as the Lincoln Academy - for the purpose of organizing the Fayetteville and Lincoln County Art League. After the Reverend Douglas Girardean called the meeting to order, guest speaker Fred Womack gave a very interesting talk. Organizers decided they would meet the second and fourth Monday nights of each month. Dues were established at $5 per year and $1.50 for students.

Prior to the Arts Center becoming a facility for the arts it was inhabited by retired Air Force Col. William Trigg and wife Ellen Trigg. Col. Trigg was a successful musician and played upright bass. He recorded music in the main floor of the church, especially lots of gospel songs for local mom and pop groups, and offered free music classes to anyone that wanted to learn lessons downstairs.

Col. Trigg wanted to provide opportunities to any child hungry to learn music. He would provide musical instruments to whomever wanted one if they were willing to put in the work. He was a mentor to many local musicians and absolutely loved to help others get started in music. He had many connections to the Nashville music industry which enabled him not only to offer local musicians opportunities to gain employment but also provide students with wonderful state-of-the-art music equipment.

His downstairs music store housed guitars, bass drums, sound systems and on any Saturday morning you could find young musicians gathering to share their talents with one another.

Col. Trigg and his wife were loved and cherished by many. His daughter, Patsy Trigg, followed in her father’s musical footsteps with a career that began with their family band. Patsy is best known for being part of Elmo & Patsy, the duo that recorded “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,’’ the iconic Christmas song. The song, recorded and released in 1979, became the No. 1 Christmas song in 1983 and remained there for five straight years. The song was mastered at The Fayetteville Lincoln County Arts Center by Col. Trigg.

It’s so exciting to discover the unique and rich connection to music history at The Fayetteville Lincoln County Arts Center! It is definitely a unique claim to fame that can be proudly worn!

More songs are written, recorded and played in Tennessee than anywhere else in the World. From Memphis to the Smokies and everywhere in between, including Fayetteville, Music Pathways identifies, explains and preserves the legacy of music in Tennessee. The Fayetteville-Lincoln County Art Center joins Fayetteville native and artist Ed Townsend on that pathway.

Townsend was recently honored by the State of Tennessee and the department of Tourist Development with a “Tennessee Music Pathways” marker on the grounds of the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Museum. Singer, songwriter, producer, attorney and educator Ed Townsend remains best known for co-writing and co-producing half of Marvin Gaye’s classic 1973 album “Let’s Get It On.” During the course of a 50-year career, he wrote 250 published songs and scored two Hot 100 hits as an artist. He produced many artists, including the Impressions, and taught disadvantaged teenagers about the music business and additional issues. Townsend was born in Fayetteville on April 16, 1929.

A special thanks was bestowed on Patsy Trigg for presenting her gold record for “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” to The Art Center during Host of Christmas Past where it is on permanent display. Lincoln County Mayor Bill Newman was on hand for the presentation.

Tennessee Music Pathways connect you to the people, places, and events that shaped music history.

From the big cities to the small communities, this statewide program identifies, explains, and preserves the legacy of music in Tennessee. Be it a story of the past, a star of the present, or the promise of the future, Tennessee Music Pathways help you follow the music.