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Gospel Sing

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…

Hymns In The Morning

There are many ways one could spend the first hours of the day on the 4th of July, especially in Gatlinburg…there are trails to hike, mountains to climb and tasty restaurants to sample; but when you’re at a Gospel Sing, there’s only one thing on your mind – music.  This year, I spent the early…

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…

Hogs Like Southern Gospel Too!

The second night at Beacon Park was one that will be remembered in the books for years to come.  Yes, that has something to do with the title of this review, just hang in there and you’ll have a good laugh.  I promise!  This concert was on a Friday night and we made it there…

Where Is The Bus?

“Is the whole bus here?” asked little Andy.  It was late June and the Garren’s last bus trip came home on  Sunday, but from the folks gathered under the porch at Beacon Park Thursday evening, one would wonder if a big green Cavallo bus was in the parking lot somewhere.  The evening felt like a…

The Stories – New and Old

Georgia is a beautiful place.  Lush, green mountains, sparkling lakes and views that will take your breath away, but there’s something else that is just as beautiful as God’s matchless creation.  Honor.  Every now and then, you’ll see a community come together for a special occasion, but often, this only happens after a tragedy or…

Gold Sky Over Georgia

Pink and gold dotted the sky in a splash of color. A canopy of green spread across the Georgia Mountains…the first day of summer had yet to dawn, but the world was functioning as if it was.  Nestled in a field below, a wooden cross sat atop a steeple with chipped paint and faded color. …