On Saturday, March 7, Friends of the Mountain Gateway Museum (FOTMGM) will host a benefit music program featuring performances by local bluegrass, gospel, and country musicians. Emcees for the event will be Pat Vess and Cynthia Moore, the popular stars of many “Maude & Ethel” shows at Old Fort Elementary School. The program will begin at 6 p.m. inside the Town of Old Fort’s recently remodeled Rockett Motors building at 55 East Main Street. All proceeds will be used to fund educational programs at Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort.
Among the musicians scheduled to perform is Rick Scott, an original member of the country super group Alabama and an award-winning songwriter. Other performers are Brothers-N-Christ, a popular local gospel band, and Common Ground, a well-known local bluegrass band.
All tickets for the program are $5 per person. Advance tickets will be available at the museum or from Friends’ board members. Tickets also will be available—on a first-come, first-serve basis—at the front door on the evening of the event.However, only a total of 200 tickets will be sold, as that is the maximum seating capacity of the Rockett building. No seats will be reserved. The door will open at 5:15 p.m. Snacks, soda, and coffee will also be available for purchase. Free parking will be available along Main Street and in the lots of Bradley Park at the corner of Main Street and Catawba Avenue, the Old Fort Depot on West Main Street, the Old Fort Town Hall on Catawba Avenue, and at businesses on Main Street.
If this benefit music program attracts a good audience, perhaps music will once again fill Old Fort.
(photo on slide show: Brothers-N-Christ)