Wednesday, October 16, 2013

An Outdoor Fall Concert

We went to an interesting event Saturday night. It was an outdoor gospel concert, held at the home of an individual who annually invites the community to come and hear good gospel music without any charge of any kind, not even the traditional love offering. As if that weren't enough, this gentleman also provides food and soft drinks for his guests.
Our host for the evening is a retired school teacher who now owns and trains Standardbred horses for harness racing. In addition, he leases a number of ponies to the local Children's Zoo for pony rides.
He views this annual event, called "Janet's Gospel Sing" in memory of his deceased first wife, as a way of giving back to the community.

In addition to the food and music , there were reunions with old friends.

In the above photo, our friend Pat is connecting with a couple she hadn't seen in years.

Folks enjoying some of the food.

The Schwartz Family was the first group to sing.

Then our host and his grandchildren took the stage for some cute moments and a song.

Then the Dixie Melody Boys Quartet sang.

And the concert continued long after the sun had set.

It was just a perfect fall day for the event. The daytime temperature had reached 80 degrees Fahrenheit, which is very unusual for this time of year. It cooled quickly when the sun went down, but a light jacket was sufficient to ward off the chill.

May God bless our host and his family for their hospitality and generosity in giving to the community in such a big way.


  1. You have make beautiful photos!
    Greetings, RW & SK

  2. My goodness, that's an upscale backyard singin'! The Dixie Melody Boys are really poplar around these parts. What fun.
    Have a great week!

  3. What a wonderful time. free , but look at all the happiness provided. Very impressive

  4. This is such a sweet way to honor a loved one's memory. Enjoyed your candid shots of all the attendees, food, and the host with his family. So very special. Thank you for sharing.

  5. That's just really nice! The world needs more people like him!

  6. wow, that is really special. what a gift to the community...

  7. What a generous heart this neighbor has! Such a sweet way to honor his deceased wife. It looked as if everyone was enjoying them selves and this dear man's generous hospitality!

  8. What a wonderful thing for this gentleman to do for the community. It's obvious that the community appreciates the event as well. Thanks for telling us about this and sharing your photos.

  9. How wonderful that this family gives back to the community in such a positive, enjoyable manner.

  10. What a wonderful man --and his family.. That was so nice of him to offer that concert --plus food---to the community... SUPER!!!! Glad you all went --and I'm sure you enjoyed it.


  11. Lovely event. So great when the community comes together.

    Mersad Donko Photography

  12. Oh my! What a wonderful thing to do. That would be a perfect evening.I enjoy the Dixie Melody Boys.

  13. Hi Linda Sorry I have not been able to see you posts for the past week but I have now seen them. Your flowers photos are wonderful. Love the autumn colours and the shots of the red berries are fantastic. That concert looks like fun. I am sure everyone had a great time.

  14. Hi Linda! What a wonderful day of fellowship and song. And you got quite a crowd in too! I love music, it just lifts me out of myself to others and to the Lord. Perfect!


  15. Linda, this is such a great thing of song and fellowship! Your photos are lovely!

  16. What a wonderful way to honor the Lord, the memory of this man's wife and to be a testimony of his love of God and Gospel music to the community, family and friends. I love it! May he be richly blessed!

  17. It was nice to be able to attend the concert with you through your pictures and writing. It did look like a wonderful time and so glad the weather was so beautiful.

  18. You're lucky to have such a gentleman around, Linda, the concert must have been wonderful. I wish I could have been there too! :)

    Did they sing the song Jesus In My Bout I found at the bottom of their website Love it.

  19. What a lovely and generous person he is to hold this event for the community. But I had to giggle at the thought of the Schwartzes doing gospel. I realize it`s not exclusively a Jewish name, but it just so often was when and where I grew up.


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