Thursday, May 18, 2006
Music Fest in Holly Springs big hit
By SUE WATSON
Gauging by the participation of the audience Saturday evening, the free Music Fest was both a crowd pleaser and a huge success. Six gospel and bluegrass bands and singers drew an attendance estimated at 500.
The event, sponsored by Kevin Thomas and Stixs-n-Tones of Holly Springs, was so successful, Thomas said he hopes to organize another Music Fest possibly this year.
Performances drew lots of hand-clapping, shouts of approval and hallelujahs, and some dancing by both adults and children. Those who were able to stay in their seats tapped their feet and clapped their hands to songs of joy.
Donald Henderson of Holly Springs had favorable things to say about the evening.
“I enjoyed it and everybody was friendly and got along,” he said. “It think the Thomases are to be commended. I think we’re making a little progress in race relations with blacks and whites sitting together. I think our community, the ones who have stayed here, has to have something to do. It couldn’t have been better.”
Lucy Ingram of Holly Springs stayed for the entire evening and said she believes she slept better Saturday night than she has in a long time.
At age 70 and sometimes using a chair or cane because of arthritis, Ingram thrives on thanksgiving and prayer and Bible study with her family, she said.
“Oh, hallelujah!” she said. “It was such a good outing Saturday night. I told Mr. Thomas, y’all ought to do this more often.
“I got to hear all of it. I liked the Thomas Singers and Stars of Faith. That Gene Hampton, I don’t see how anybody could sit when he sings.”
Ingram said she wakes in the morning hurting from arthritis but she’s always involved when in church or at an event like the festival.
“I was involved in the program,” she said. “Everything was just beautiful.”
Ingram is a retired cook from Carlisle’s Big Star and has taught school.
Bill Davis of Laws Hill was also a participant who enjoyed some dancing.
“I had a wonderful time,” he said. “It’s good where there is no racial part involved. Good fellowship. I think that would be a good community festivity to have once a month. There’s nothing like praising the Lord - the first time something like this has been put on. It’s something people don’t promote enough.”
Linda Jones, with The South Reporter’s News Crew, who provided festival food to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, coming up in June, agreed.
“It was a pleasure to see folks from all walks of life in the community enjoying the evening together,” she said. “We had a wonderful time. The weather was great until the rains came right at the end, and the music was certainly uplifting and inspiring.
“Everyone was supportive of our Relay For Life concessions stand. We sold out of almost everything and raised most of our goal for the walk in June. It was a great evening and I can’t wait until the next one. We certainly hope to be there raising money for the American Cancer Society.”
Food and drink donations for the concessions were generously provided by Piggly Wiggly, Carlisle’s Big Star and Save-A-Lot, all of Holly Springs.
Special thanks to Diane Clolinger for donating two cakes that were sold with proceeds going to the Relay for Life.
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