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Community / Toe-tappin' time [Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)]

July 10, 2013


Creative Aging Mid-South will present its fourth annual Senior Variety Show on July 28, at 3 p.m. at the Kirby Pines Retirement Community, 3535 Kirby Road, in East Memphis.

The afternoon entertainment lineup will feature top talents picked from area nursing homes, retirement, independent living and assisted living facilities, as well as senior centers, who subscribe to the services of Creative Aging Mid-South. Each facility hosts an in-house talent show where "talent scouts" from Creative Aging's board of directors attend. The best acts are selected to perform in the July 28 show.

Wesley Highland Terrace recently held its talent show, coordinated by activities director Mary Brown. The residents came out to show great support for the performers. Pianist Bill Phillips opened the show with a medley of classical and popular music. In a flawless and moving performance, he played without benefit of written music to guide him.

Also, Dave Stuart played his guitar, affectionately known as "Blondie." He told jokes, sang, and conducted a sing-along with enthusiastic audience members.

With a sense of watching a variety show from yesteryear, the audience will be delighted by these performers and other talented seniors throughout Memphis as they take the Kirby Pines stage on July 28. The event, which has traditionally played to sold-out audiences, will offer a diverse array of entertainment including vocalists, musicians, dancers and comedians.

Proceeds from the show will benefit Creative Aging, a 501(c) organization that works to improve the quality of life for the elderly by providing them with access to arts experiences. For more information on Creative Aging, call 901-272-3434 or visit

Pat Smith is with Senior Resource Consultants and serves as a Creative Aging Mid-South board member.

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