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Elizabeth Talent Show Rocks Casey Jones Pavilion
By his own admission, Mike Anthony's job with computers during the week is "boring," and something that isn't particularly attractive; whereas his sponsorship of a talent show, featuring twelve acts of various sorts before a crowd of fifty at the Casey Jones Pavilion on Friday night, November 11th, is "much more fun."
Putting out the call for various performing artists from all over the County, Anthony enlisted help with refreshments from the Elbert County Coalition for Outreach and emceed the entire thing, announcing the acts.
In a community as diverse as Elbert County with a wide range of talents, Friday's stage was a mix: T J Hallett matched his excellent guitar playing with his clear timbre in praise; Jim Snook told Cowboy Stories; Members of the High Plains Singers sang When I Fall In Love, a Christmas medley, and a selection from Walt Disney; Kari May and Denise Vedras from the Library District read and acted The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Because Anthony is convinced that Elbert County, especially Elizabeth, can sustain it, he is sponsoring an arts festival in summer, which will take place in August. He plans about every form of art available for the arts festival, which he hopes will not only entertain, but be an ongoing event.
Other acts included Peter Bringe, guitarist, fully decked in Scottish Kilt and Tartan, who sang songs by Robert Burns; Slade Dingman, also a guitarist, who played songs about Colorado, John Dora and Diane Varner, who sang Scott Butler Classics, Haley and Nikki Olivia, two youngsters who sang; Kathy Reed on ukele; Don Wells on guitar; Laurie Wasmund, who read from her latest works; and Sue Nolan on guitar.
By William C. Thomas