Archive for September, 2011

Entertainment at the 2011 National Banana Pudding Festial on Miss Mable’s Stage

September 24th, 2011

Wood & Strings Theatre presents

Baby’s First Birthday

Performing on Mabel’s Family Stage at 2:00pm and 4:00pm. You will also see the company’s walkabout characters, “Escape from the Zoo” and interactive strolling performance in the morning from 10:30 to 12:00noon

Wood & Strings Theatre has a brand new production. Baby! is a study in the dance of a toddler from crawl to first step and his first escapade into the world of fantasy. This 25 minute performance with two giant characters amazes people of all ages with the perfection of scale achieved through mask and puppet.

Wood & Strings Theatre* is a national touring company that produces and performs traditional folktales from around the world with classic forms of puppetry. The cast is made up of highly trained artists that transform the stage with artistic scenic elements, mask and puppetry bringing exquisite visual art to a concert of sights and movement. This company has performed at National Geographic Live in Washington DC, Tribeca PAC in NY and the Detroit Institute of Art on multiple occasions. Visit for more details on the productions and see videos of the company in performance. The work consistently delivers an inspiring view of the power of visual arts, in conjunction with theatre, to deliver a story.

*A Tennessee based touring company and accepted artist on the TN Arts Commission Roster with a 23 year history of serving over 1000 Tennessee schools in rural and urban areas with outstanding results. Artistree, Inc. and Wood & Strings are based in Centerville, TN.


Stories from Far & Near

Narrated and accompanied on violin by Marilyn Thornton

This amazing program will be performed on Ms. Mabel’s Family stage from 1-1:40 and at 3-3:40pm.

Marilyn Thornton is back for the second year by popular demand. Her prowess at delivering a tall tale or any story from folklore can make you stand up and pay attention. Better yet, playing along with her violin she shapes the heart of the story with blues rhythms that make you feel the pulse and smell the heat of the tale.

 Marilyn E. Thornton is a musician, storyteller, educator, and preacher/pastor, who loves to tell the stories, using various media. Originally from Washington, DC, Marilyn is the Lead Editor of African American Resources at the United Methodist Publishing House and the Pastor of Christian Education at South End United Methodist Church, both in Nashville TN. She has a Bachelor of Music History from Howard University (Washington DC), a Master of Violin from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD), and a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN).


   Grady Jones:

 Grady Jones brings the heart of warrior & the soul of the flute in his stories and  performance.

 Native American storyteller and flute resident of Lyles has enchanted groups in schools with his talent.


Dan, Joan & the Stinky Shoes-

Daniel Bey & Joan Jacobs interpret hilarious songs inspired by children & written for the young at heart.

See schedule here

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Entertainment at the 2011 National Banana Pudding Festival on the Main Stage

September 24th, 2011

At 1:00 Catch the Flat Rascals on the Main Stage

The Flat Rascals consist of 7 members:

     Greg McCord     Matthew Skelton     Philip Jacobs

     Darin Cochran     Jeff Breece     Joel Breece     Randy Prince

This group graces our community with their daily work where we find them in the schools, in the shops, and businesses all around town. And when they hit the stage they certainly generate some musical fun performing for events that span fundraisers for the Humane Society, Grinders Switch Art Show and many others. Humbly they describe themselves, “We are just a group of local guys that enjoy music and we play anything from bluegrass to country to southern rock.” And the crowds love them!

Next up at 2:00 and again at 5:30 Come see Tessitura

The four voices of Tessitura Quartet are also members of Metro Nashville Chorus and Sweet Adelines International.  We sing four-part a cappella harmony in the barbershop style.  Barbershop, like jazz, is a uniquely American art form that has its roots in the African American traditional of close, a cappella harmonies.  Barbershop refers to the arrangement of the song, and almost any song can be arranged in the barbershop style.

Whether barbershop is sung by men or women, the four harmony parts are referred to as Tenor, Bass, Baritone, and Lead.  The Tenor sings the high harmonies that soar above the melody line; Kat Greene is Tessitura’s Tenor.  Deborah Miller is our Bass; she creates the foundation of the barbershop chord with rich, low harmonies.  Paulette Hatalosky sings the challenging Baritone line, which creates the distinctive barbershop sound as it weaves over and under the melody line.  Jennifer Palus is our lead and usually has the melody, though some songs or portions of songs shift the melody to another part.

Tessitura has competed four times at Sweet Adelines International Regional Contest.  We were very proud to be awarded 2008 Novice Quartet, 2009 Most Improved Quartet, 2011 Most Improved Quartet and also in 2011 we earned 5th Place Quartet medals.  We plan to continue our journey together and will compete again in March 2012.

Barbershop harmonies are a joy to sing, and we encourage any interested women to check out the Metro Nashville Chorus at …or just ask us and we’ll be happy to share more about our favorite pastime: singing!

At 3:00 pm See our very own Michael Campbell

Michael Campbell: Will be playing on the main stage from 3-3:40pm. He is a young man with talent apparent from the time he was 7 playing classical compositions like a professional. You will hear an assortment of music from his keyboard since he excels in all musical sounds.

Michael Campbell is a senior in high school.  He has been playing the piano for 11 years.  He enjoys playing pretty much all kinds of music from country to jazz, top 40, etc.  He has been a member of the Grinder’s Switch Ensemble for the past three years and plays each Saturday morning from 10 – 11:30 a.m. live at the Chamber of Commerce in Centerville and can also be heard on Kix 96.

Debuting at 4:15 on the Main Stage is the Puddin’ Players

The girls are on a road trip and are looking for another great “Meat & Three” restaurant. But this time, Thora has a special “mission”. She is looking for the best banana pudding recipe she can find, and she will go to any lengths to get it!  A caravan trip via interstate runs into a traffic jam and hilarity ensues!  Please join the fun when the Puddin’ Players take the stage at 4:00 p.m. with the one act play, “Driving Us Bananas.”

As a special treat for the evening join us to  hear the wonderful music of In His Image at 6:00 pm

  In His Image will perform on the Main Stage for the Grand Closing of the evening starting a 6:00pm and  later joining Steve Turner and Angie Laster for the Grand Finale of the Festival until 8pm.

This group can make the rafters ring to their harmony and powerful singing. They recently were featured at the Williamson County Fair. Their web site is for more about the group.


Then at 7:00 pm Angie Laster graces us with her beautiful music with Steve Turner and his heartful song….

An·gie [an-jee] – noun – messenger, a person who carries a message

 Destined to perform from age five, Angie Laster would tiptoe into the Pleasantville Pentecostal Church where her father ministered and climb onto the piano bench.  With Angie at the keyboard, that baby grand echoed throughout the sanctuary with refrains from Dolly Parton to James Taylor.  Even though Angie was often caught mimicking those “worldly” tunes, it never dampened her spirit.   During those formative years in that little church, along with her musicianship, Angie developed a strong faith that can still be heard in her music.

At the age of twelve, while mastering the guitar, bass, piano and accordion, Angie’s songwriting skills emerged.  Properly, her inaugural recording, Angie Laster Gospel, included one of her own creations.  This collection of hymns compiled for her greatest inspiration, her grandmother, reflects Angie’s faith, family and musical flair.

Encompassed by a supportive family, Angie set her sights on Music Row.  After all, her writing, performing, and recording are like breathing.  Her style is reminiscent of her small town roots, “down to earth and pure.”  Whether interpreting a classic tune or a self-penned ballad, Angie’s soulful voice wraps itself around every syllable capturing the deepest emotion imaginable, as demonstrated on her sophomore project, Angie Laster Old School.

Angie characterizes herself as “country in an educated way.”  Fusing her rural roots with life’s seasoning and enduring faith lends her music a familiar ring yet maintaining a distinctive sound.  At the forefront of inspiration are her two daughters, who give her plenty of reasons to take up pen and paper.  Additionally, her melodies reflect romance, heartache and conviction.

Also an entrepreneur, Angie manages Terrell Branch Music Group, a publishing company, record label and recording studio.  With two CDs and one in production, live appearances, exposure on WSM and the internet, Angie’s music is touching more and more lives every day.

When asked what she wants fans to know about her, she comments, “I am as passionate about music as I am my family.  It is a gift from God that I do not take for granted. “

Continuing to write, perform and record, Angie’s goal is to “impact as many people as I can through my music.”  And with that, Angie has only just begun, because Angie Laster is a messenger.       

You may have heard Steve Turner on the Grinder’s Switch Hour every Sat.     morning with the Grinder’s Switch Ensemble at the Hickman County Chamber of Commerce on KIX96 or maybe at the church on Sunday morning.  He’s been playing guitar and singing since age 11.  He is a pillar in the community by actively working to make our community a place we all want to live.  He owns KIX96 radio station and is gracing us with his heartfelt country twang…a treat for us all.

At 8:00 pm In His Image will join Steve Turner and Angie Laster to bring us all home!

Wow!  What an awesome day of incredible music and theater right here in Hickman County TN.  We’ll see you there!

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Hickman County Quilt Show…..Sept. 30 – Oct. 1

September 21st, 2011

Members of the Hickman County Quilt Guild are gearing up for the 6th Annual Hickman County Quilt Show.  The theme for the 2011 show will be “Heritage in Quilts”!  It will take place at First Baptist Church located at 123 Church Street in Centerville, TN.  Folks who love to create quilts and those who enjoy the creative quilting work of others will find plenty of entertainment at this two day event. The event will open Friday, September 30, 2011; 12 Noon – 6 PM and Saturday, October 1, 2011; 9 AM – 4 PM.

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NBPF & Moon Pies on Talk of The Town, Nashville

September 20th, 2011

Catch John Blackburn, Chairman of the NBPF, on Talk of the Town demonstrating Moon Pie Banana Pudding.

NBPF on Talk of the Town w/Moon Pie Banana Pudding

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Entertainment abounds at the 2nd Annual National Banana Puddig Festival

September 20th, 2011

The 2nd Annual National Banana Pudding Festival is just around corner, October 1, 2011 at the Hickman County Ag Pavilion and Fairgrounds located at Grinder’s Switch in Centerville.

The Puddin' Players

The entertainment will be superb!   On the Main Stage we will see talent from our community and beyond. The music will range from traditional, to four part harmony, to bluegrass to country to finalize in a two hour long gospel extravaganza. The Hickman County High School Band will kick us off at 10:00 am.  In addition to music this stage will hold comedy with the Shriners  Clowns doing a sketch called Tater & the Biggers at 10:45 am, and our own Puddin’ Players (formerly “Meat & Three” stars from the Clay Harris Theatre) doing a sketch called “Driving Us Bananas” at 4:15 pm.


Crowds will see and hear the Flat Rascals at 1:00 pm, Tessitura (Sweet Adeline Group from Nashville) at 2:00 pm & 5:00 pm, Michael Campbell at 3:00 pm, Angie Laster at 7:00 pm, and for the grand finale In His Image Quartet will perform on the Main Stage for the Grand Closing of the evening starting a 6:00pm and later joining Steve Turner of the Grinder’s Switch Band and Angie Laster for the Grand Finale of the Festival until 8pm. This group can make the rafters ring to their harmony and powerful singing. They recently were featured at the Williamson County Fair. Their web site is for more about the group.

Also at the Main Stage this year will be two Puddin’ Eating contest.  One between the East Hickman High School and the Hickman County High School, you will not want to miss this.  The winning school will receive a donation to their prom fund. You can get in on the fun by competing in the 2nd Puddin’ Eating Contest, just sign up at the information booth when you arrive.  The 1st 6 contests will have all the Puddin’ they can eat in 60 seconds with a $100 dollar prize to the winner.  The contests will be at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.

Of course the big announcement of the 2011 winner of the National Banana Pudding Cook-Off will be at 5:00 pm.  If you were the high bidder of one of the 10 finalist puddings this is when you find out if your winning bid is the National Champion.  Oh the sweetness!

On Ms. Mabel’s Stage you will see the talents of our tiniest dancers from Ellis Walls and Mindy McCoy’s Dance Studios opening the roster of artists at noon. Grady Jones will share Native American Stories at 12:30.  Marilyn Thornton will be back by popular demand to tell us Stories from Far & Near from 1 pm and at 3 pm.  And Daniel Bey & Joan Jacobs will be singing the blues for “Smelly Shoes” at 5:30pm.

There’s nothing like sweet comfort food and a tall tale or two performed by the national company of Wood & Strings Theater.  This professional theater company, whose studios are located in Centerville, will present the larger-than-life figures with their latest production of “Baby!” for performances with characters at 2 pm and 4 pm. The company has performed for 23 years from Tacoma to Miami and New York to Salt Lake City.

And of course what is a National Banana Pudding Festival without banana pudding?  There will be puddin’ of all kinds including Fried Banana Pudding.  Delectable southern treats of all kinds will be available from our vendors, many of who are nonprofit organizations from right here in our community.  Mark your calendars, grab the kids and come taste the sweetness!

National Banana Pudding Festival
October 1, 2011
10 – 8
Admission $4
Free Parking
Free Shuttle

Performances are sponsored by a generous grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the TN State Legislative Body. These grants are funded in great part by the sale of vanity license plates. Visit for more information.

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