Brundidge Cultural Arts Week kicks off with choirs on parade

Published 6:51 am Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Cultural Art Weeks got off to a musical start in Brundidge Sunday night with “Choirs on Parade” at the Pike County Cultural Arts Building with area choirs participating.

“Choirs on Parade” was the first event of “Experience Brundidge: Cultural Arts Week” hosted by the City of Brundidge. Cultural Arts Week will continue through Saturday, November 10.

Dr. Toni Wilson, chair of the City of Brundidge Revitalization Committee, said “Choirs on Parade” was the ideal way to begin the week-long celebration of the arts in Brundidge.

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“To God, be the glory,” she said. “This was a very special night. It was a very spiritual night with choirs from all around the county participating. You could feel God’s presence in this place.”

Choirs from All Nations, Lily White, Jerusalem Temple, Union Baptist, New Hope and individual performers Alice King, Sherrill Brown and Brandon McClure joined the Brundidge Mass Choir “on parade.”

Brundidge City Council Member Byron Gaynor, a member of the Mass Choir, said “Choirs on Parade” opened Cultural Arts Week in a worshipful and spiritual way.

“I was blessed to be a part of it,” he said. “Churches came together and we shared our faith in song. This was a good start to a big week in Brundidge. This will be a great week of coming together. I’m looking forward to being a part of the other events planned.”

Kathy Sauer, who is assisting Wilson with the week’s activities, said, too, “Choirs on Parade” was a good start to a week of cultural arts activities.

“I love this space,” she said of the PCHS Cultural Arts building. “It is perfect for events like this. The music was uplifting and everyone was so engaged. What a wonderful way to begin a week that focuses on the arts.”

Sauer said Brundidge is an ideal place to grow the arts.

“The arts could be the future of Brundidge,” she said. “The We Piddle Around Theater is Alabama’s Official Folk Life Play and no other town in the state can lay claim to that. And, this week, we ‘Experience Brundidge’ through a cultural arts week. I’m excited about the possibilities for the arts in Brundidge.”

Wilson said the Brundidge Cultural Arts Week continued Monday with an art exhibit and painting class and will pick up today with storytelling performances as Banks and Pike County Elementary schools