Last year’s inaugural Bluegrass and Gospel concert held at Wendell Foster, a local non-profit agency serving people with disabilities, brought over 200 community members together through music and worship.
The event started when a Wendell Foster resident invited a local musician to the campus to play.
“It just grew into a huge, successful event,” said Mark Adkins, Wendell Foster’s spiritual supports coordinator.
The free, family-friendly concert, will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 19, at Wendell Foster’s Sensory Park, and will feature bluegrass music by The River City Strings with Randy Lanham and gospel music by the Center Street Baptist Church Praise Team.
“We are very excited to be hosting this event again in 2019,” said Jeff Hagan, director of marketing at Wendell Foster. “Many people in the community have requested its return and we are very honored to be hosting our community’s talented musicians. An exciting addition to this year’s lineup will be a special performance from Wendell Foster’s Praise Band during intermission.”
According to Adkins, the praise band began this past summer after Wendell Foster asked for instrument donations so that residents could play worship music at weekly Bible studies.
“Every week, different residents get the opportunity to play, and we had so many gifts that any resident who wants to play has the opportunity to do so,” Adkins said.
The sensory park will open at 5:30 p.m. and will have children’s activities including face painting, glow sticks, tattoos, balloon animals and a chance to win tickets from Elite Air.
Roadrunners, J’s Good Grub and Kona Ice food trucks will be on-site for those wanting to eat during the concert. Attendees are asked to bring lawn chairs and blankets for the evening event.
In the event of inclement weather, the music program will be moved into the Young Meeting House adjacent to the sensory park at Wendell Foster.
The Bluegrass & Gospel Concert is sponsored by Owensboro Family Pharmacy and Wellness.
Wendell Foster’s Sensory Park is located at 815 Triplett Street.