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Courthouse Concert Series reigns for another season

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

It launched six years ago to bring a little music and harmony to the Brunswick County Courthouse.

During her time there, Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis has been instrumental in bringing several court programs to Brunswick County, including the state’s first drug court that meets later than 5 p.m., the state’s first superior-level mental health court, and the state’s first therapeutic courts for sex offenders (the Sex Offender Accountability and Recovery or SOAR court) and domestic violence, as well as the county’s therapeutic DWI court.

In the fall of 2008, Lewis became instrumental in another way when she helped launch the Brunswick Courthouse Fall Concert Series at the county courthouse in Bolivia. It has continued ever since.

Lewis got inspired after visiting a local high school, where she spoke with someone in the art department about having students perform at the courthouse. Thus the Brunswick County Courthouse Concert Series was born.

The seasonal lineup ranges from school groups to professional musicians, with a goal of creating music to make courthouse visits less stressful.

Lewis also wanted to bring the performing arts to an audience who may never get to see a concert. It also gives courthouse employees, visitors and citizens alike an opportunity to see local talent showcased.

This year’s first monthly concert of the series kicked off the latest end-of-summer-into-fall season Aug. 6 with a performance by local physician Dr. James Boston, an ardent bassoonist in his spare time when he isn’t busy tending to patients.

Like Boston’s Aug. 6 performance, this year’s concerts are scheduled monthly from 8:45 a.m. to 9:25 a.m. Wednesdays in the courthouse rotunda where a spiral staircase and acoustics rule. The public is cordially invited to the free concerts at the courthouse “venue.”

Other upcoming concerts include the Brunswick Concert Jazz Combo on Sept. 17; Leland Middle School on a date yet to be announced for October; Brunswick County Clerk Debby Gore showcasing her singing talents on Nov. 12; and Olivia Carlyle on Dec. 10.