GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN WEEKEND BIG SUCCESS

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN, A THREE DAY EVENT THIS PAST WEEKEND TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1963 PLANE CRASH IN CAMDEN, THAT TOOK THE LIVES OF COUNTRY MUSIC GREATS PATSY CLINE, HAWKSHAW HAWKIINS, COYBOY COPAS AND PILOT RANDY HUGHES, WAS A HUGE SUCCESS.

THE EVENT STARTED ON THURSDAY WITH A PROGRAM BY DAVID BROWNING, THE “MAYBERRY DEPUTY”. DAVID STORMED IN THE AUDITORIUM PORTRAYING THE SUPER-HYPER “BARNEY FIFE.” HE BEGAN BY WRITING TICKETS TO EVERYONE, SIGNING AUTOGRAPHS AND POSING FOR PICTURES. HE THEN CONDUCTED A 40 MINUTE PROGRAM OF HUMERUS STORIES, AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION AND ENDED WITH HIS SIGNATURE POEM, “THE PATH.”

THEN CAME THE BLUEGRASS GROUP, “THE GRASCALS.” THE GRAMMY NOMINATED GROUP HAS APPEARED ON DAVID KLETTERMAN, KATIE CURIC AND “GOOD MORNING AMERICA” AND IS ONE OF THE HOTTEST GROUPS IN THE COUNTRY.

ON FRIDAY, THERE WAS A PANEL DISCUSSION WITH BILL ANDERSON AND OTHERS RECOUNTING THEIR MEMORIES OF CLINE, HAWKINS,COPAS AND HUGHES. THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME MEMBER BILL ANDERSON AND HIS TRIO.

ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON, LOCAL PERFORMER RYAN AND MARK HOLLADAY, JIMMY STEWART AND TYLER WARREN ENTERTAINED THE CROWD. THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY MANDY BARNETT. MANDY STARRED IN THE PRODUCTION OF “ALWAYS PATSY CLINE” AT THE RYMAN AUDITORIUM IN NASHVILLE. MANDY SANG ALL OF THE PATSY CLINE FAVORITES PLUS MANY OTHER COUNTRY HITS.

DESPITE THE WEATHER, ALL OF THE PERFORMANCES WERE WELL ATTENDED. THERE WERE MANY FROM OUT-OF-TOWN IN ATTENDANCE INCLUDING TWO LADIES WHO CAME ALL THE WAY FROM CALIFORNIA. OUR SPECIAL THANKS TO THE TRRD FOR FUNDING THE EVENT, THE NEW BEGINNING ANNEX FOR USE OF THE AUDITORIUM, THE NEW BEGINNING CHURCH FOR THE CONCESSIONS, DEBBIE AND JOE KYLE, KIM HUDSON AND MANY OTHER VOLUNTEERS WHO HELPED MAKE THIS A MEMORABLE EVENT.

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