Time to get outside this spring and soak up the sun with family and friends while listening to the sweets sounds of music from local musicians during the West Point/Clay County Arts Council’s free Sunday concert series.
The free concerts will be held at Sally Kate Winters Park in downtown West Point being April 17 at 3 p.m.
The outdoor concert series will kick off with the Praise and Worship Band from the Gospel Lighthouse Church in West Point. For over a year, the Praise and Worship Band, led by Timmy and Ellen Williams, has been pouring out their musical praises and is ready to give the community of West Point a gospel treat.
The band is made up of five instrumentalists and 10 singers, the youngest being only 12 years old, who perform contemporary praise songs like “Blessed Be The Name” and “Everlasting God” along with old, southern-style gospel songs like “He is the King.”
“The band has recently been invited to perform several concerts outside of our church, and are glad to share the message of the greatness and power of God with the community,” said Timmy Wayne.
During the performances, the Arts Council will be selling freshly-popped popcorn, soft drinks and water. Everyone is encouraged to come out and have a great time.
“Bring your lawn chairs or a blanket and come out and enjoy this relaxing and entertaining musical event,” said Holly Hitt, event chair. “We want to spotlight local talent and bring a variety of styles of musical groups to West Point.”
Souzen Deavers-Steelhammer, Arts Council president, said Sally Kate Winters park is the perfect place for picnicking and there’s no better times to enjoy a picnic than the Sundays when the concerts are held.
“We have sponsored the spring music series for several years on Thursday afternoons, but attendance was spotty,” Steelhammer said. “We hope people will find that Sunday afternoon is a perfect time for a family outing and will come enjoy the music and community spirit.”
The concert series will not be on consecutive Sundays due to Easter and other spring events. The next concert will be May 1 with featured musicians Jessie Littlefield Flynt and Marion Johnson, who may perform a duet together.
On May 22, 7th Street, an acappella sextet from Columbus will entertain in the park with 1950s oldies, pop and country music.
The last concert, held May 29, will feature the Torquays of West Point, who are well known for their nostalgic look back to the ‘60s and 70s, rock and roll, rhythm and blues and the Beatles. Arts council member Kathy Dyess said this “blast from the past” group “promises an afternoon of fun.”
The Arts Council is asking everyone to mark their calendars for the concert series and come celebrate spring with music, fun and fellowship.