Patsy Cline tribute scheduled at Park Theater
By: James Clark -- Editor for the Southern Standard
The Park Theater doors will be reopening to the songs of a country music legend when A Tribute to Patsy Cline is held Saturday, Aug. 8.
COVID-19 restrictions will be followed to protect the health of audience members, but organizer Dianne Sneed says the extra safety precautions won’t dampen the fun.
“We hope it’s like a trip back to the Grand Ole Opry of the 1960s,” said Sneed. “We’ve made a big barn backdrop like they used to have at the Opry years ago so it should be an evening of oldies but goodies.”
Beth McKeel Harris will be singing from Patsy Cline’s rich catalogue of hits that includes two No. 1 songs, “I Fall to Pieces” and “She’s Got You.”
Cline is also known for the hits “Walking After Midnight,” “Crazy,” “He Called Me Baby” and “Always.”
Harris is described by Sneed as having a “tremendous voice” and she also has several CDs. She will be joined on stage by two people impersonating two of Patsy’s closest friends. Sneed says she is going to keep those two special guests a secret so it’s a surprise for the audience.
The concert is a fundraiser for Caring Hearts United, a nonprofit organization that works to deliver care packages to hospice patients. Caring Hearts United may be best known for organizing Wonderland of Trees at Three Star Mall.
“We are connected with 11 hospice units locally and in surrounding counties,” said Sneed. “We give hospice patients care packages five holidays a year so they know someone is thinking about them and someone cares. Over the Fourth of July holiday, we distributed 510 packets.”
Seating will be socially distanced with 275 tickets available.
“If we sold that many tickets it would tickle me to death,” said Sneed.
Sneed said she’s been assured by Park Theater officials the concert will take place provided restrictions are followed. This includes taking the temperature of all visitors as they enter the theater, spaced seating, and requiring all patrons to wear a mask during the show.
Doors open at 6:15 p.m. on Aug. 8 with the concert scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 and can be purchased in advance or at the door.
To buy tickets in advance, contact Sneed at 934-2800 or Alma Shoemaker at 273-4552.
Cline is considered one of the most influential vocalists of the 20th century who had success as a country music artist who successfully crossed over into pop music. She enjoyed an eight-year recording career before she died in a plane crash in 1963.