Do You Hear What I Hear?
The newly renovated Plains Theater in Eads, Colorado was packed to capacity on Sunday evening, December 7th, as music lovers from all over Southeastern Colorado came to enjoy an amazing concert filled with local talent, star-quality performances, and inspirational Christmas music. Complementing the talented performers was a truly amazing set designed and built by Debi Derby and Phil Splitter. The production aspects of sound, lighting, image and video projection, and choreography was the brain child of Crow-Luther Cultural Events Center's own Terry Riley who was assisted by Russell Parker. CLCEC were wonderful hosts as caterers Charlie & Mary Vasquez served old fashioned pressed sugar cookies, cider, and hot chocolate to all over 200 guests.
The program began with some very talented local performers including Jamie and Elise Crockett in their new band with musicians James and Briana Echols. Then Wiley student, Mykayla Krentz, local music teacher and talent, Monica Uhland, and Granada High School student Brittany Gonzales all wowed the crowd with various holiday songs performed beautifully. Even little six-year old Savanna Brown, daughter of Josh and Teresa Brown, got on stage and sang a Christmas song accompanied on the guitar by Jamie Crockett. Finally, local favorites Tim and Sylvia Weeks, Dawn James, and Mary Eikner formed a quartet and performed two heart-warming holiday pieces. Many in the audience had come to see Trudy Howard Price perform. Trudy had been on the CLCEC stage during the Fair Dance and wowed the audience with her lively personality and wonderful voice. She recently came off seven sold out shows of the "Always Patsy Cline" musical in La Veta. She did not disappoint as she sang a number of truly inspirational holiday songs with many wonderful images flashing on the big screen behind her. The finale came from Barry Ward and his back up players Sue Ling on the violin and Jimmie Lee Robbins on the guitar.
Barry Ward's latest CD, entitled "Distant Furrows," is now available for purchase. It is dedicated to America's farmers and ranchers and features 17 original songs about farming and family intertwined with faith in God. Ward spoke often during his performance about his agricultural upbringing and his love of country and God. He has won numerous awards including being inducted into the Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2014; Western CD of the Year in 2014; WMA Male Performer of the Year in 2013; Association of Western Artists Song of the Year in 2012, and the WMA Male Vocalist of the Year in 2012 and 2013.
Crow-Luther Cultural Events Center wants to wish all our patrons and the surrounding community a wonderful holiday season. We have big plans for 2015 and hope to bring culture, music, artistry, and wonder to our community.
Betsy Barnett has been the chairman of the CLCEC since its inception in 2006. Barnett is also the principal at Eads High School and directly guides the students in volunteerism and contribution to the theater project. History is a passion for Barnett as she is on the board of the Kiowa County Museum and the Kiowa County Historic Preservation Commission. Barnett lives in Eads with her husband of 32 years and has four children and three grandchildren.