West of Mississippi

Halloween.  It’s been a few years since I’ve been “out and about” on this holiday.  I’m not afraid of ghosts or anything, but when people start covering their bushes with white strings and giant purple spiders…well, that’s a little more than I can handle!  LOL!  However, when there’s a concert with the McKameys, Inspirations and…

The McKameys in Mountain Grove

How do you spend the first day of November?  If you live near Mountain Grove, Missouri you may just spend an afternoon at Duane Garren’s 11th Annual Gospel Concert!  This is the second year Duane brought in The McKameys from Clinton, Tennessee in addition to the group that always appears at this concert, Mountain Grove’s…

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…

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…

Goodbye October

  The leaves have begun their descent from the trees, the colorful hues faded to earthy brown and their vibrant texture shriveled up as they crush under our feet.  Fall is here.  One of my favorite times of the year too!  It signals the end of one season and the beginning of another…which reminds me,…

Singing In The Rain…Literally!

  The dark clouds were rolling in.  Not a drop of rain had fallen since folks began gathering at Beacon Park for the last night of the three day Gospel Sing, even so, most everyone was calm, if not a bit jittery about the prospects of getting rained on at an outdoor sing.  We sat…