THOMASVILLE -- Fans of Michael Feinstein were not the only ones bowled over at his Oct. 11 Thomasville Entertainment Foundation concert.

"'I love your town," he proclaimed to the audience. "'You have a little jewel here. Don't tell anyone about it!'"

But, the concert was just part of his experience in the City of Roses.

Feinstein and his assistant spent the afternoon in downtown Thomasville with TEF trustee George Swift.

CoCroft Music Co. was the first and last stop for Feinstein, who has a passion for preserving musical heritage.

Jane Lewis, owner, said she immediately recognized Feinstein.

"He looks exactly like his picture on our CDs,"she said. "What we didn't know to expect was the delightful person he is. He was like the boy next door home for a visit."

CoCroft once published sheet music and Lewis was so comfortable with Feinstein that she let him loose in her attic.

"For about three hours, he carefully looked at the antique music, selecting many pieces to purchase," she said. "He was in his element and didn't seem to mind the antiques dust or the South Georgia heat."

In the store's guest register, Feinstein's comment was: "You have the most wonderful haven for music lovers!"

Lewis gave Janice Faircloth, TEF executive director, and her husband, Tom, one of the store's antique metal directional signs.

The sign read "TO THOMASVILLE" on the middle line, "CoCroft Music Co." on the top line and "Pianos, Music, Radios" across the bottom.

When Tom Faircloth heard of Feinstein's afternoon at CoCroft, he drove home to retrieve the sign.

"We gave it to Feinstein after the concert. He loved it," said Janice Faircloth.

In an Oct. 16 letter to Toni Mason at the William Morris Agency (Feinstein rep.), Faircloth wrote that the 2005-2006 opening concert "was something special."

"Michael Feinstein brought the full complement of voice, wit, charm, personality and energy to the stage before a sold-out crowd of 500," wrote Faircloth. "Accompanying himself on the piano, Michael created an intimacy with the audience rarely experienced, even in such a small hall."

Feinstein performed Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin and Harry Warren tunes; and, ballads such as "How Do You Keep the Music Playing."

"At one point he asked the audience to shout out their favorite Gershwin tunes which he skillfully incorporated into a medley," wrote Faircloth

Feinstein's parents were at the performance and his father joined him on-stage for an impromptu duet, "Kiss Me Once, Kiss Me Twice."

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