Boy Scout Troop #398
meets at the Cedar Creek Bible Church from 7-8:30 p.m. each Tuesday. For more information,
call (903) 498-5725 or (903) 498-3830.
Cedar Creek Art Society meets
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at the Mabank Volunteer Fire
Department. A $3 donation per artist is asked.
Cedar Creek Domino Club meets
each week on Wednesday at the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department. For more info, call (903)
Cedar Creek NAR-ANON meets at 8
p.m. on Thursday at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405.
Cedar Creek Narcotics Anonymous
meets at 8 p.m., Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, at 715 S. Hwy.
274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405.
Cedar Creek 49ers Club meets
every Thursday for fellowship and dancing. Doors open at 6 p.m. The club is located off
Arnold Hill Road in Seven Points. Call for more information, (903) 432-3552.
Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis Club meets
at noon each Wednesday at Seasons Restaurant in Mabank, except the second week of the
month, when the club meets Thursday in conjunction with the area chamber of commerce
Cedar Creek Optimist Club meets
every Tuesday at noon at the Dairy Queen in Seven Points. For more information please call
Danny Hampel at (903) 778-4508.
Cedar Creek Republican Club
meets every fourth Thursday. For more information call (903) 887-4867.
Cedar Creek Rotary Club meets at
noon each Friday at Vetonis Italian Restaurant. For more information, call Dee Ann
Owens at (903) 340-2415.
Cub Scout Pack #333 meets at the
First United Methodist Church of Mabank the second and fourth Monday at 7 p.m. For
information, call Mary Harris at (903) 451-5280 or Tonya Capley at (903) 498-4725.
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 101 meets the second Monday of each month at the Senior Citizens Center on
Hwy. 31 in Athens.
Girl Scout Troop #112 meets at
the First United Methodist Church in Mabank on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. For more info, call
GeriLeigh Stotts at (469) 323-7943, email email@example.com,
or (800) 422-2260 or visit www.gsnetx.org.
Girl Scout Troop 2667 meets
every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Aley United Methodist Church. For more information,
please call Suzann Smith at (903) 887-3889.
GriefShare Recovery support group
meets at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at Cedar Creek Church of God, located at 142 Rodney Dr., Gun
Barrel City. Call (903) 887-0293 for more information.
Gun Barrel Quilters Guild
meets from 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in
Mabank. For more information, please call (903) 451-4221.
Henderson County Retired School Personnel meets at 2 p.m. the second Wednesday each month at the First United
Methodist Church of Athens. Call (903) 451-3585 for info.
Kaufman County Republican Womens Club meets the third Saturday of each month at the Farm Bureau Insurance
Company, located at 2477 N. Hwy. 34 in Kaufman. For more info, call (972) 287-1239 or
Kemp Kiwanis Club meets at noon
each Thursday at La Fuente Mexican Restaurant in Kemp. For more information, please call
Dr. Jim Collinsworth at (903) 887-7486.
Lake Area Council of the Blind
meets at 6 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month at West Athens Baptist Church.
Lake Area Democrats Club meets
at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at the Library at Cedar Creek Lake in Seven
Points. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
Mabank Al-Anon Family Group meets at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays at Mabank First Baptist Church
Fellowship Hall. Families of alcoholics are welcome. Call (903) 887-2781 for info.
Mabank/Cedar Creek Area Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Tri-County
Library in Mabank. Call (903) 887-5252 for info.
Mabank Garden Club meets at 2:45
p.m. at the Tri-County Library on the third Tuesday of every month (different times in May
Oak Harbor/Tanglewood Crime Watch
meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the R.T. Beamguard Community Center
in Oak Harbor.
Rainbow Girls, Masonic Youth
organization meets on the second and fourth Saturdays at 10 a.m. at the Cedar Creek
Masonic Lodge. For more information contact Donna Dean at email@example.com.
Roddy Masonic Lodge meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday each month. Call (903) 887-6201
RootSeekers meet at 7 p.m. on
the third Monday of the month in the Tri-County Library in downtown Mabank. The public is
welcome to attend.
Southeast Kaufman County Senior Citizens Center Board of
Directors meets at 1 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each
month at the center, located at 300 N. Dallas Street in Kemp. For info, call (903)
Suicide Survivors Group for
those grieving the loss of someone by suicide, meets every Monday at 6:30 p.m. at First
United Methodist Church in Mabank.
Tamarack Ladies Club meets at 11
a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the TLC Hall.
TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)
meet at 6 p.m. each Monday at the First Baptist Church of Mabank. Contact Gaye Ward at
(903) 887-5913 for more info.
TVCC Singles meet at 7 p.m. each
Monday in the Nutrition Center at TVCC, located off Park Street near the Athens Country
Club. This is a support group for singles of all ages and is supported by TVCC. For more
info, call Hilda Anding at (903) 675-7270.
welcome at the Hayseed Opry
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
SEVEN POINTSDoes Cedar Creek Lake have talent? You can be the judge, or you can
showcase your own musical talent in a new entertainment venue geared toward families.
Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
A round of Cotton-Eyed Joe by performers Angela Miller (left), Joann Miller,
Larry Johnson and an audience member marks the intermission at the Hayseed Opry, housed at
the Big Show Auction on State Highway 274 in Seven Points.
Its called the Hayseed Opry, and its held every third Friday night at the Big
Show auction building on State Highway 274 in Seven Points.
The smoke-free, alcohol-free facility offers a welcome alternative for those who enjoy
singing Karaoke, an alternative where younger family members can watch or even
Gun Barrel City resident Joann Miller shows she still has a voice in her golden years. She
took the stage several times Friday singing Your Cheatin Heart as an old
favorite. And then theres 91-year-old Emma Kimmons crooning City Lights
and New Heartache.
But it doesnt just appeal
to the senior citizen. Young talent with voices and passion to rival Kerry Underwood,
Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift filled the 250-seat theater with heart-pounding phrases
like those from Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Youll Always Be My
Terry Watson, who has presented the Saturday night auction for the past nine years in
Seven Points, has teamed up with an area-resident couple to produce a country western
Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Imogene (aka Sam Cox) fields questions from the audience as part of costumed comedy act.
The three-hour monthly production starts at 7 p.m., but the doors open at
5 p.m. for dinner at the Big Show café.
Dinner specials, like chicken spaghetti, country-style meatloaf and macaroni and cheese,
are just some of the featured offerings available on opry nights, as well as during the
Saturday night auction.
The homemade cakes and pies are to die for, Watson said.
The Big Show auction relocated a little further down the road from its previous spot
besides Davids Grocery 15 months ago.
We have enough merchandise and customers to operate two auctions
simultaneously, Watson said proudly.
For the last eight months, Watson has tried different musical attractions in the new
location, but the opry going for four months now has been the most
successful, Watson said, attracting 50 to 100 people.
We hope more people will find out about it and join the fun, he said.
During the first two shows, the Log Cabin Swingers were one of the featured acts, he
Some of the credit has to go to Angela Miller and fiancé Rayburn Turner, who have been
Kemp residents now for a year, having moved to the area from Seagoville.
Turner used to have his own band, worked as a backup singer for Ray Price and still has
many friends in the music business. Angelas been singing at venues like this for the
past four years.
Wed like to have more local people perform, Angela said. We
started with the people we knew (like Angelas aunt Joann). Wed love to get
some more comedy acts, as well.
Because the price of admission is $6, there isnt an open mike. Performers must
audition for a slot.
Everyone can sing, Turner said. Just some sing better than others.
If a would-be performer can carry a tune, but doesnt have the pipes for the
selection he/she has chosen, Turner is willing to work with them.
Ill help them find the song thats right for their ability and singing
style, he said.
Auditions are held after each performance, but Turner said hes willing to make other
arrangements if necessary.
If someone performs somewhere and wants us to hear them, well go out of our
way for them, Turner added.
Performers that make the audition are afforded the opportunity to present four songs
two in each half of the show (an intermission divides the program).
The first half of the show is made up of country-western songs. Performers may accompany
themselves on an acoustic instrument, or provide a CD with the instrumental.
Turner owns and operates the sound system for the show, and Angela assembles the lineup
and serves as mistress of ceremonies.
Angelas good at
encouraging a new singer with her words of introduction and praise afterwards,
Singers get more than applause and praise from Angela, though. If the audience really
connects with the song or singer, someone will walk up to the stage during the song and
deposit a tip into a bucket for the singer, which is collected following the performance.
Monitor Photo/Pearl Cantrell
Shannon Guthrie, with a voice to rival Taylor Swift, sang four songs at the Hayseed Opry
in Seven Points July 16.
Audience members are also welcome to dance to any of the tunes on a dance
floor at the foot of the stage.
Angela also takes a turn with a Patsy Cline tune, Faded Love.
The first half concludes with a spotlight entertainer, such as Angelas stepdaughter,
Mindy Gautney, 26, from Mesquite. Shes been singing her whole life, but has been
seeking a singing career for the past four years.
Gautney appears totally comfortable in the spotlight as she belts out Leavin
On Your Mind. The house lights come up and performers and audience members are
invited to participate in the Cotton-eyed Joe.
During intermission, a drawing is held for door prizes. Friday, This N That Treasures, a
new business in Seven Points, donated the door prizes, including a hand-crafted framed
mirror and gift basket.
In the second half of the show, country and western music gets things started back up
again, a comedy act follows with a lot of give and take between the performer and the
Imogene (aka Sam Cox), dressed in all her finery, fielded questions from the audience
about where she buys her clothes (so we can all avoid going there) and how does she pick
Those who want to offer other song genres, like rock and roll and gospel, are also welcome
in the second half.
Twice during the evening, the lights came up, and the audience urged to help one of their
own celebrate a birthday with a hearty rendition of Happy Birthday. Young
children were also seen bringing up tips to the stage and dancing to their favorite songs.
Theres a lot of entertainment value folks are getting for their $6,
Turner said I enjoy letting other people sing (on stage) and see them getting their
five minutes of glory.
The next opry is 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20. Bring the whole family out for an
affordable night out, Watson said.