The Historic Burke Foundation will offer another fun evening of entertainment to support its mission of preserving local history.

The organization will present its third annual “Oldies But Goodies” senior talent show at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15, at CoMMA. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20, plus tax, and may be purchased through the CoMMA box office.

The event is a fundraiser for HBF and will feature talented senior citizens in Burke County and the surrounding area. Although most performers on stage will be 50 or older, audiences of all ages will enjoy a night of outstanding music, dance, song, and storytelling.

“We are very excited about our show this year,” said Dr. Leslie McKesson, foundation board member. “We have a wonderful amount of variety with all kinds of music, three different types of dance performances, a community choir and a great storyteller.”

The show will feature performances by:

» Appalachian Tradition is a bluegrass band whose members met playing at the Drexel Barber Shop, the Earl Scruggs Center and at other jams, and has performed around the country. Band founder Greg Deal will be playing with Jacob Turndill, Sonny Hensley, Ulita Hensley and Craig Hamrick.

» Sherrill Keever has sung and played his guitar around Burke County for many years. At the show, he will play a strumstick dulcimer.

» Allen VanNoppen is an accomplished acoustic guitarist and will play “Last Steam Engine” using thumb-style finger-picking.

» Ulysses Long will sing and play everything from blues to rock and roll. He has performed from New York to Hollywood and was a contestant in NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.”

» Willette McIntosh will lead the “Choir of Life,” a group composed of lead singers and choir directors from around the region. Their soulful sound reflects the African-American gospel tradition through rich harmonies, compelling tempos and an energizing spontaneity that engages the heart and the spirit.

» “Oldie” CJ Stancil and his “younger” partner, Kesha Nichols, will perform some fun swing dancing.

» The River of Life Worship Dance Group will perform a dance of praise and dedicate its piece to all of those living with cancer, as well as to their caregivers and loved ones.

» Old and young cloggers from The Dance Factory will put on a performance that will certainly make some in the audience want to get up and dance with them.

» Storyteller Nanny P, also known as Brenda Pridgen, has entertained children and adults in Burke County with hilarious and heartwarming stories for more than 30 years. She has also participated in the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee.

All proceeds from the show will support the important work of Historic Burke Foundation. The foundation was created in 1982, and with its supporters in the community, preserved and restored the old Burke County courthouse, the crown jewel of Morganton, as well as the Historic Capt. Charles McDowell House. The foundation also preserves and maintains two historic cemeteries.

The foundation provides educational programming for young and old with tours of the McDowell house, the courthouse, and cemeteries; speakers; living history events; museum exhibits and more.

HBF members are getting ready for the popular Revolutionary War Days community celebration coming in late September, when Burke County will be immersed in 18th century culture and the struggle for American Independence.

“We hope everyone will come see a great show and learn more about the important work of Historic Burke Foundation,” said Scott Coley president of HBF. “And you may see a friend or neighbor on the big stage!”

Tickets are on sale now and through the night of the show. For tickets, call CoMMA at 828-433-7469 or visit

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