Open Mic Night Held
Open mic night was held again at the Warfordsburg Senior Center. The evening was on track with an imaginary train ride from Monroe to Danville, Va., as Rich Mitchell sang the legendary “Wreck of the Old 97.” Catherine Beatty, 87, dedicated a portion of her songs to the fathers present. “That Silver-Haired Daddy Of Mine” was a favorite along with “Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man.”
As Donnie McCusker sang the camp meeting song, “Jesus Hold My Hand,” the audience responded with a handclapping and a singalong. Ray and Teri Betts from Big Cove Tannery sang, “A Child Again,” and an original 2010 song. They are famous for their singing and playing numerous stringed instruments. “Is Randy Travis in the room?” some asked as Alann Schmidt sang, “Forever And Ever Amen.” The crowd requested a favorite, “That Long Black Train.” Ben Souders was a backup with the banjo, and Schmidt’s harmonica playing added rhythm. Throughout the evening, a variety of country classics and gospel music was nonstop.
Several singalongs were favorites of the audience. The women in the kitchen, headed up by Wendy Varnes, with help from Verla Hill, Verleen Liner, Virginia and Bob McDonald, Cindy Rinker and Marion Ellison, served homemade pizza, hot dogs, pork barbecue sandwiches, desserts and drinks. Cathy Baden won the huge snack and drink basket. The evening ended with the stage band singing “I’ll Fly Away,” yet the audience wanted to linger and fellowship longer. The performers were Catherine Beatty, Donnie McCusker, Alann Schmidt, Jack Wink, Robert Burton, Floyd Palmer, Richard Mitchell, Ray and Teri Betts, and Ben Souders. The next mic-night is scheduled on July 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. Make plans now to attend and possibly win the country-style picnic basket, packed with goodies. An evening in the country in an air-conditioned building with friends, food, entertainment and fellowship is a rewarding way to pass the time.