Friday night’s annual Hark at the Park concert exemplified the Christmas season of giving. The Park Theater neared capacity as the community came together to support the efforts of Hamilton Street Activity Center and Magness Library while enjoying music from the Harvey family and other entertainers.
Opening the evening was the Harvey family choir. A group called Voices of Hamilton Street sang beautiful renditions of holiday classics. The crowd cheered for Chuck Jones as he crooned out the melodies of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Please Come Home for Christmas.”
Tommy Vann, former pastor of First United Methodist Church, traveled from out of state to entertain the audience with “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “Mary, Did You Know?” Other performers to take the stage were the Ridge Runners, the House Band, and Michael McGee.
“It’s always good to see so many turn out and support this cause,” said Brad Walker, director of Magness Library. “All of the proceeds go to Hamilton Street Activity Center and the Children’s Room at Magness Library. I appreciate Lisa Harvey and everything she does. She works so hard and the children love her.”
The most moving performances were from the Ballerinas of Hamilton Street and the Voices of Hamilton Street. The audience reaped the rewards of their many weeks of effort and practice. If you could not make it Friday night, the next opportunity to catch their performance will be in April.