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New friends, (not so) old friends and full calendars

Katherine Scoggins • Mar 29, 2018 at 10:30 AM


Last Saturday night, I was fortunate enough to hear a first-hand report of Dobyns-Bennett's Carnegie Hall concert and St. Patrick’s Day Parade from a good friend and lifelong band (RNR, D-B UT and Kingsport Community) member, Frances Cottrell. It was the next best thing to being there! Frances has a way of making you feel a part of the group, music and activities, and did so as she described standing on the streets of New York City, waving Mayor John and Etta Clark over to where she and family were standing and singing D-B’s school song. I am sure many of you saw the photo in the Times News of the D-B band trailer in front of Carnegie Hall. These experiences will last a lifetime for the young women and men of the D-B band and orchestra, as well as their family members. Well done! We are so proud of you all!

On March 9, I dropped by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and watched one of my favorite fundraisers, the 12th Annual Savvy Scrabble Tournament, benefiting the Literacy Council of Kingsport. Board members Spencer Snook and Tina Morrison did a wonderful job securing silent auction items, Bennett Little was a great emcee, the food was off the charts, and tournament play was “spirited.” Seen around the tables were Dianne and Walt Scott, Gail Preslar and Milton Nelson, Kathy and John Singleton, Edd Baldock, Cynthia and Rick Johnson, and Megan and Justin Miller. We enjoyed getting to meet the new Literacy Council Executive Director Colleen Gaskill. A BIG thank you to the sponsors: Kingsport Times News, Eastman Credit Union, Leading Edge Financial Planning, Raymond James, Chris Mullins Co, LLC, Wilson Worley, U.B.S., Frank Meredith, D.D.S., Guest, Guest and Guest, Frank Merendino, D.D.S., Morrison, Stevens & Sharp, Model City Dentistry, and of course, Literacy Council, a Proliteracy Affiliate.

Saturday night I received a call from a friend who has moved back to the area. Nancy Robertson, her brother Joe and I grew up together in Kingsport City Schools and First Baptist Church. While music was always our “thing,” Joe, Nancy and I sang, and Joe and Nancy also played in the band and Nancy has become a serious musician, playing French Horn, guitar, hand bells, organ and composing. She is currently Minister of Music at Mountain View Methodist Church. She called, said she had run into Susan Hoover, Minister of Music at First Baptist Church, who wanted to know if I wanted to go with a group of First Baptist folks to Emory & Henry to hear an organ concert by Carolyn Craig, Anne Robinson Craig’s daughter. I had kept up with Anne but hadn’t seen her in around 30 years. It was a wonderful reunion and absolutely glorious concert! I am sure Caroline’s grandfather, William N. Robinson was looking down and smiling, his eyes wide in amazement. Carolyn is a senior at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she majors in organ performance and minors in German and choral conducting. She will be the Organ Scholar at Truro Cathedral in England for the academic year 2018-2019. What an absolute JOY the evening was! Joining me were Carrie Upshaw, Anne Phillips, Dr. and Mrs. Wendell Skinner, Nancy Robertson, Becky Leonard, Sandra Farrow, Jamie Carder, Brandon Woods, Janice Luttrell, Charles Webb, Susan and Roger Hoover, Jack Stallard, and Dianne Pope.

Thank you, everyone, for including me in your activities and plans. I love reconnecting with you all and recognize that I am extremely lucky to have such fun, creative and energetic friends to “pal” around with and learn from!

Katherine Scoggins is a Sunday Stories columnist who highlights local happenings and community organizations twice a month in Out & About with Katherine. To share photos from a community event, add an event to our calendar or invite Katherine to attend, email us at [email protected]

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