This Memorial weekend, we honored and remembered our veterans and celebrated Mount Ida’s 21st Annual Good Ol’ Days, which features the 4H Car show. Our entire downtown area and square was full of family fun for a day!
Although we had cancelled our Friday Good Ol’ Gospel Concert ,we ended up having a mini gospel concert with a wonderful band called “Harmony” from Wickes, Arkansas. Harmony is a contemporary Christian gospel group featuring Lynn Smith on drums, Rodney Provence on guitar, bass and vocals, Rhetta Smith on keyboard, and Sherry Davis on vocals. This great band played some old gospel standards, but the highlight was their spirited originals. Harmony will be back on our Front Porch August 2nd in a full concert.
Saturday was overcast, but that didn’t deter any of our car show enthusiasts. The cars started arriving around 7am, and by the end of the day, there were 99 registered entrants and several unregistered cars and trucks on display. Our Front Porch Stage is proud to support the Dub Clenney 4H car show. There were also old tractors and farm machinery on display. It was a fun family day, and the food was fantastic. Our fire departments held a fish fry, and the First United Methodists served up some fine pulled pork sandwiches. All the food vendors served up some great stuff from smoked turkey legs to Flossie’s Funnel Cakes.
Ouachita Artists Gallery was open and featured face painting, and there were plenty of kids and folks with some clever faces. This year there was even a dunking booth! There was plenty to see and do!
Our Front Porch Stage had two of Mt Ida’s favorite sons – John Talley and Mike Adams – on stage a little after noon; John and Mike did a wonderful set of originals and covers that were well received by the shade tree crowd, who were there for music. John will be back in a special concert June 14th with some of the other members of the Arkansas Dirt Boys Project!
We were completely surprised with a walk-on appearance from a young lady from Hot Springs.
We don’t know her first name (let us know if you know!) but her Grandmother brought her with her Martin Guitar. She knocked us out with a few country tunes and we would sure like to get her to come back sometime.
We also gave our stage over to Sharee Boyd who sang several country songs.
After the Car show awards, we got back to music with Just Us, a great bluegrass band from the Mansfield area in Western Arkansas. They played a mix of popular bluegrass covers and gospel. Just Us will be back on our stage July 12th for a full concert. Adjust your calendar to make sure you get to hear this great band.
Our featured artist and headliner was the incomparable Dewayne Hodges. Dewayne is the current president of the Arkansas Chapter of the Council for the Blind and one of our favorite sons, who grew up here and now resides in Hot Springs. His show is always wonderful, and he puts his program together from audience requests. This year he opened his show with the National Anthem. His show featured a mix of favorite oldies, and his version of “Ouachita Ladies” was a big crowd-pleaser. His entire second set was gospel by request, and his versions of “Suppertime” and “Sweet Beulah Land” were superb! He closed his show with “America the Beautiful” and “God Bless America!”
A proper end to our Good Ol’ Days was made complete by our own John Henderson with these words that are a part of every show we do: “God Bless You, and God Bless America”.