The Johnson County Senior Center hosted the first event for Long Journey Home 2017 last Thursday evening with a great concert from Kody Norris, Mary Rachel Nalley and their band, a wonderful country dinner, and a night full of dancing. This was the perfect venue since folk dancing was a big hit in the l950’s in the high school gym which is now the Senior Center. Approximately 140 people enjoyed the evening.
Kody, just returning from a tour to several states including Iowa where he received a prestigious award in Bluegrass music, gave an outstanding concert. He invited people to dance and the audience was treated to Lois Dunn, Andrew Matherly, Clarence Braden, Howard Hicks, and others demonstrating flat-footing and clogging. Others enjoyed line dancing and a waltz by Mary Rachel’s fiddle rendition of “Faded Love.” The Sugarfoot Shufflers with their instructor, Linda Gee, demonstrated line dancing and taught members of the audience a line dance and “The Virginia Reel.” Her husband, Jim Gee, entertained the audience with two bagpipe tunes.
The evening ended with Willie Hammons and his local square dancing group dancing two tips and inviting the audience out to the floor to learn a square dance. The caller did an excellent job and traveled several miles from North Carolina to participate in this event.
In addition to all the fun, Kathy Motsinger and her great cooks cleared over $600 for the new Center for the Arts and the Long Journey Home Committee made $548 from the sale of T-shirts, Liner Notes, and donations.
This is just one of many activities going on at our beautiful senior center thanks to grants from Johnson County Community Foundation, Pocket Change, and other donations. Fundraisers like the one above is open to the public; but if you are 60 or older, you are invited to come to the center for any or all activities. You will love what a happy and busy place it is.