The Opera House and The Heritage Hall

Being located in Missouri is quite handy when one of SGM’s largest events comes to Branson every year.  Yep, I’m talking about Silver Dollar City’s Southern Gospel Picnic!  Once again, the park brought in sixty artists to seven stages over the course of eleven days.  I count myself blessed to have been able to be…

A Morning with the Ladies

The Mark Trammell Quartet Homecoming has quickly become one of my favorite weekends in the past four years.  Friday night kicks off the weekend with a great concert, the golf tournament spends a couple hours on the green Saturday morning, and then everyone returns to the church that evening for more music.  Sunday morning we…

The Celebration of a Lifetime

It is hard to imagine staying in the same career for 40 years… (Especially if you’re like me and haven’t even been on the earth for that long!  LOL)  Yet, Mark Trammell has.  Saturday evening at the MTQ Homecoming, we all gathered to celebrate with Mark as he was honored for his 40 years in…

1108 Miles Later…

Who would stand outside in the August heat for an hour waiting for the doors to open when you could sit in an air conditioned car?  Folks who were expecting an exceptional night with their favorite artists, I’d say.  Then again, look who’s talking?  The person who drove eight hours to be at that particular…

Up In The Cave…Literally!

Saturday was the last day at the Lester’s Homecoming (a.k.a. The Cave) and was also a full day at the caverns.  Earlier in the day the Lester’s hosted their popular talent contest in the “Little Cave.”  (Which was brought back to the schedule this year by popular demand!)  The winner was awarded $500 and a…

A Song’s 25th Anniversary

Friday was a full day at “The Cave.”  In the afternoon Karen Peck and New River had a matinee in a cave adjacent to the main cavern, this low ceiling place of entertainment has been nicknamed the “Little Cave” and we had a wonderful afternoon there with KPNR!  In the evening, we gathered back in…

An Afternoon In The Little Cave

On Friday afternoon, there was a matinee in the “little cave” around noon with Karen Peck and New River.  The little cave is next to the zip-line building and a few other shops.  It is most known for its flying friends (aka – bats) and being a bit chilly, even during the day. “Well, Karen,…

An Evening With The Second Half Quartet

The night was about to begin.  In the cave, Duane Garren was leading the congregation in singing an old hymn and the first group to sing, Greater Vision, was walking in from the hall to the stage area.  While Chris Allman walked towards the gate singing along with the crowd, Ali (Duane’s littler girl) hollered,…

Back At The Cave

“Are you going to the Gospel Sing?” asked the lady exiting the hotel in front of me.  Her question was directed to the woman walking beside her who answered, “Yes.”  “Aren’t we all?” the first lady replied. If you’re in Stanton, Missouri during Mid-October the chances are, most folks you’ll run into are going to…

Gatlinburg Gathering Part 2

Fourth of July in Gatlinburg is busy.  In the daytime hours, the streets are packed with people walking up and down them – enjoying the sights and sounds of the Smoky Mountains.  Down by the Ober Gatlinburg Air Tram a group of cloggers tapped to Rocky Top…up in the Space Needle people gazed at the…