Friday had a very long list of events scheduled to last until almost midnight! I didn’t make it nearly that long!
I started off with one of my favorite events – the artist showcase presented in the Food Court. I love seeing new artists and this has been one of my favorite ways to get to do that. I was very impressed with several artists, including the Keystone Voices mixed trio which was selected to perform on the main stage. I will upload several videos of their performance and others in a separate posting very soon.
Dr. David Jeremiah’s keynote address (I think that was the preferred term!) was extremely well attended, as always. I missed most of it but because it ran quite long, I was able to hear several points of his sermon, and it was very, very good. The Collingsworth Family’s Mercy & Love showcase followed that and it was as great as you would expect. Kim played several piano numbers including Carol of the Bells from the brand new “A True Family Christmas” CD. The family performed several songs from that new CD as well as several from the Mercy & Love CD. Brooklyn’s four year old daughter Emma delighted the audience with a charming solo of “I’ll Make Him a Home In My Heart. ”
The evening concert featured several short sets by artists that I haven’t seen on the Main Stage for a while and quite a few regulars. I was in and out of the concert so I can’t give a full accounting, so here is my smaller list of highlights based on my shorter viewing time:
- The Booth Brothers never fail to reach their audiences. Their set was my favorite of the evening. They even had Jim & Melissa Brady, Scott Brand and Josh Franks on join them on stage for “River Keeps Rolling.”
- It was great to see Danny Riley on stage for the 2nd time this week and he explained how much the song “All My Hope Is In Jesus” has meant to him during the recovery from his accident. After that, the reprise of that song received a standing ovation, as did “There Rose a Lamb.”
- Legacy Five’s performance of new songs “Only Passing Through” (including an a capella reprise) and “What Kind of Man” were a big highlight for me.
- I wasn’t there for it, but I heard that the Conner and Bailey Hayes and Austin and Ethan Whisnant teamed up to make a doggone good quartet!!