Brown Bag open mic ‘the place to be’

Published 9:07 pm Tuesday, June 23, 2009

If the crowd and the response were any indication, then the best Brown Bag of the spring season was saved until the last.

A large crowd filled the Cultural Arts Studio at noon on Tuesday, and the open mic was the place to be for folks with different talents to showcase.

“We didn’t know what the response would be to the open mic, but we wanted to give everyone a chance to be in the spotlight,” said Shelia Jackson, Troy tourism director.

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“People are blessed with different talents, and the open mic gave us an opportunity to enjoy a variety of talents from dancing and singing to reciting poetry and storytelling.”

Hannah Huner had toes tapping with her clogging routine from the popular “Rocky Top.”

The music of Henry Everette was Divine with Sheila Jackson and Catherine Jordan and the voice of the Rev. Larry Bland. The poetry of Shelia Deveridge, Katherine Fayson and Johnny Ray Tellis and the budding talent of Ben Andress were all a part of a special Brown Bag event.

“There was just something about this Brown Bag that made it really special,” Jackson said. “Maybe it was because so many people participated and, too, it was just a lot of fun. We laughed and sang together and had a really good time.”

Jackson said a lot of people asked to have another Brown Bag in July.

“July is a busy month for most of us because of the Fourth and vacations,” she said.

“We’ll kick the Brown Bags off again in the fall, and I’m sure that we’ll have another open mic event. It involved the audience and also gave us an opportunity to appreciate the talents of those who stepped to the mic.

“They all did a great job and we appreciate their participation. We had a good crowd and, hopefully, the enthusiasm for our Brown Bag lunches will carry over to the fall.”

And, hopefully, the message of Shelia Deveridge’s poem by Helen Steiner Rice encouraged all in attendance to always look on the sunny side of life because every day is a blessing for God and we each have blessings in our lives, if we are only open to them.