May 04--I don't wanna hear anyone griping about "there's not anything to do around here."
In fact, there's SO much to do around here, I'm not sure how anyone can get to it all!
Last night Mr. Kirk and I attended a gospel concert with the folks to benefit the House of Refuge. Love it when local musicians/artists get together to support a worthy cause.
And face it, folks -- we have a wealth of musical talent around it, most of whom are very generous with donating their time and talents.
Today at 4:30 on Third Ave. (between Main and Beaton) you have an opportunity to show support to the family of Perry Calvin, the young firefighter who gave the ultimate sacrifice in West. Funds raised at this event, which include musicians and dancers, a classic car show, petting zoo and motorcycle show, will help Calvin's wife raise their two sons and the third baby they are expecting. There will also be a live auction at 7 p.m.
Vicky Prater asked that those who attend bring a lawn chair and a willingness to help the Calvin family.
On Sunday, Jammin For Jared will be held at The Remington, with music starting at 1 p.m. Most everyone around these parts knows Jared Weaver. He is a charming, handsome, never-meet-a-stranger young man who has battled serious health problems his entire life, but always with a positive attitude. In his nearly 25 years on this earth, he has endured 38 surgeries (to my knowledge), battled cerebral palsy, and nearly died three times.
Some recent health problems have caused some financial strain, so Jared's friends got together and are combining their musical talents with a silent auction to have a good time and raise money to help him. His buddy Aaron Copeland will be joined on stage by acts the likes of Sloane McCain Band, David Harness, The Groove Tones, and many more. Honestly, the list was just too long to put it all in this space.
This next event is not a benefit, but on Saturday, May 11, the Big C Jamboree will honor the late Bobby Fluker, who was a part of this show since its inception. Producer Jody Thomas is going back through all his records of past shows, and will find songs that Fluker performed, along with some of his favorites, and this show will be dedicated to him.
"He'd give us history of every song, he was a great friend, he was a great person," Thomas said. "He has been at the Big C since day one, and was considered part of the band. I produce the show, but Bobby was my right hand. He always sang a song or two every show. He probably knows more about country music history than anybody I know. You could ask him about an artist, and he could tell you what day they got married, all about their career, even what kind of deodorant they used, practically."
Thomas went on to say about Fluker's wife, "Billie is just as sweet as she can be, and took care of him so well. Stood beside him to the end."
Regular performers at the Big C are Chuck Wiginton, bass; Ron Sikes, steel guitar; Joe Honea, guitar; Jody Thomas, drums; Zanada Schoppert, vocals (the house band); joined by regulars Fred Hayes, Stan Lawhon, and Billy Roy Mitcham, and special guests are Sissy Perry and Kevin Robinson.
"Margie Holton will emcee this time," Thomas said.
Big C Jamboree is held at Martin's Music Hall on Beaton Street, and doors open at 6 p.m.
Finally, on May 18, those who have not stayed out all night doing American Cancer Society's Relay for Life can go out to Oak Trail Golf Course and take part in the Inaugural Brittany Averitt Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament. There will be shotgun starts at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Funds raised at this tourney will go toward a scholarship fund for students of Sam Houston State University, where Brittany Averitt was a student when she lost her life in an auto accident in February. Brittany would have graduated from SHSU this month. Search Facebook for the event and contact info to get more information.
This is just a handful of opportunities to get out (in May alone!) and make a difference, or in the case of Fluker, honor the memory of one who made a difference.
Deanna Kirk is a Daily Sun staff writer and editor of Explore magazine. Her column appears on Saturdays. She may be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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