In preparation for Creative Aging's 4th Annual Senior Variety Show, I had the pleasure of judging a talent contest at the Josephine K. Lewis Senior Center on May 22. There were 11 acts and 65 seniors in the audience. It was a wonderful morning showcasing talented, vibrant seniors.
The show opened with Stan McCarver singing "Crazy for You," in a beautifully mellow voice. He was quite confident, and his performance was a joy to hear. Bob Koonce tap-danced to "Rocky Top" with great energy and vitality. Evelyn Taylor Stamps, the winner of the talent showcase, performed a reading of the poem "Little Orphan Annie."
Among several other singers, Eddie Murphy sang "By Your Love" in a magnificent baritone voice that was reminiscent of the late James Hyter. Elnora Buchanan entertained with a lovely piano solo.
A guitar class showed off the talents of eight seniors who have been studying with guitarist Linda Simmons. They played a variety of tunes, but the most entertaining number featured the unusual talents of Lone Wolf, who sang and howled while playing the guitar, accompanied by his classmates in their rendition of "Howling for My Darling."
Talent contests such as this one are taking place in numerous senior facilities, including nursing homes, assisted living facilities, independent housing complexes and senior community centers. Winning performers at each facility will be invited to perform at Creative Aging's 4th Annual Senior Variety Show, which will be held on Sunday, July 28th from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Kirby Pines Estates, 3535 Kirby Road.
Tickets are $10 and include refreshments and door prizes. Free parking and shuttle service available. All proceeds support Creative Aging Mid-South, which provides arts performances and workshops for older adults where they live and gather.
For more information, call 901-272-3434 or visit www.creativeagingmidsouth.org.
(Debbi Hicks is a Creative Aging Board member and marketing director for Right at Home.)