By Jack Gurner
WATER VALLEY – Main Street will once again resound with music and laughter as the Arts Council presents the third annual Community Sing-Along.
“This is turning into a party that the community is giving for itself,” said Betsy Person, coordinator of this year’s event.
“Citizens from all parts of the Water Valley family, businesses, clubs and several congregations are donating time, talent, chairs, labor, cooking skills, decorations and even the performance platform,” she added.
The Sing-Along is free and starts at 3 p.m. Saturday in Hendricks Machine Shop at 102 South Main Street. Bro. Erik Fearing, Minister of Music at First Baptist Church will be master of ceremonies.
Among the talented performers will be Robert Walker Jr. and The Band, who will kick things off with gathering music; Rev. Cleveland Alexander and Family will perform Gospel music; Jonathan Trotter will present a selection of classical vocals; Gail Thompson will sing a stirring rendition of “America the Beautiful;” and Brad VanWinkle and Eddie Wood will be back to lead the pop songs.
“We are encouraging parents to bring their children,” Person said. “It is an excellent way to pass down to them some of our musical culture. And, there will be some surprises.”
“Bill McGregor has again generously made available his wonderful large room in the Hendricks Machine Shop,” she added. “The lighting, space and acoustics are perfect for this event.”
The Sing-Along last year won the Mississippi Main Street Association Award for Best Special Event in the State.