(Photos coming soon)
Our Possum Picnic weekend was an overall success! We added a Brown Bag Friday to our usual festivities and sold a nice brown bag lunch that was well received. John Talley and Mike Adams provided some great entertainment. We offered Janet’s fabulous award winning chicken salad or Jane’s buttered polish sausage with peppers and everybody loved both.
We want to thank everyone who bought a lunch and for your purchase of raffle tickets for one of two Daisy BB Guns. The proceeds from these sales will help us in the future to make some improvements around the ‘Stage and to replace some of the instruments in our ancient, ailing sound system.
These two Front Porch Stage Special Daisy BB Guns are being raffled off. The drawing will be held Oct. 11 at our last show of the 2014 season.
Saturday morning, our dedicated crew of volunteers met in the wonderful kitchen at the First Baptist Church and produced the great lunch/dinner boxes that we sold all day Saturday.
We were treated to a wonderful breakfast lovingly prepared by Chef Janet! Our kitchen crew this year were Janet Capua, Tommy and Susan Johnston, John Henderson Sr., Jane and Jerry Babbitt, and Bishop Gebhardt. It wasn’t our first rodeo, so the preparations went really smoothly. Jerry, Bishop, and John went over to the square and set up our point of sales for lunch. We had our BB Gun raffle table and our auction merchandise on display also. We sold lunches and raffle tickets until we had to move onto the lawn and get ready for the real picnic.
The Possum Parade went off without a hitch. Many thanks to Montgomery County Sheriff David White for keeping order and making sure that all the participants managed the complicated parade route through the alleys and streets of Mt Ida. Dub Clenney gave our reigning Possum Queen, Brenda Minton, a nice ride in that little red corvette. The “Has-Beens” and “Wannabees” tossed pounds of candy as they passed the square, but no one was injured from the flying candy! Jerry Lambert provided some unusual raggae processional music as the Royal Court gathered in front of the stage for the official coronation of our 19th Possum Queen. Our reigning queen Brenda Minton gave the Possum Potentate, John Henderson Sr., permission to break the royal seal on the envelope containing the identity of the future queen. The crowd waited with bated breath and let out cheers and applause when it was revealed that Queen XIX (19) was Donna Wilborn!
Possum Queen for 2015, Donna Wilborn, and her Court.
Possums Unlimited Diva Betty Williams (our 2002 Possum Queen) fulfilled her duties as the oldest Hasbeen on hand and crowned Donna as the 2015 Montgomery County Possum Queen.
Donna was surprised and speechless but managed to declare that she would fulfill all the duties of Queen in 2015. Reigning Queen Brenda Minton then presented Donna with the Royal Scepter and allowed her to take the throne for a moment.
Potentate John then announced that Possums Unlimited and the Nocturnal Order of the Possum had decided to crown and bestow an Honorary Possum Queen for Life title on Janet Capua for her dedicated volunteer services and loyalty to our Front Porch. Janet is only the second recipient of this honor, the first being Country Star and Hall oof Famer Jean Shepard! Janet accepted her trophy and sash and was also struck speechless for being chosen for this high honor.
At this point the huge crowd settled back down and had a chance to visit for a few minutes before MC John Henderson Sr. introduced the evening’s entertainment. (John wears a lot of hats in support of the Front Porch Stage!)
Our Royal Entertainment was provided by our very own local favorites, The Prairie Grove Band! The band opened their first set with special guests, The Rowlands, doing some great gospel. Malissa Lewis also made a guest appearance for one song. The band played some great country that featured some Ray Price, Gene Watson, and a bunch of others!