New­born Opry pre­pares for last ever show

The Covington News - - Front page - By Tharon Gid­dens tgid­dens@cov­news.com

The stage will fall silent in De­cem­ber at the New­born School­house as the New­born Opry is set to end its 10year run with a fi­nal show.

The gospel and coun­try and blue­grass mu­sic con­cert se­ries has been pop­u­lar but no mon­ey­maker, and re­quires a ma­jor in­vest­ment of time to stage, pro­duce and pro­mote, ac­cord­ing to Bob Thomp­son, an Opry orga- nizer.

“ It was more or less a char­i­ta­ble op­er­a­tion” he said Mon­day.

The fi­nal show will be a Christ­mas spe­cial, at 5 p. m. on Dec. 18 at the school­house, Ga. High­way 142 in New­born. Past per­form­ers are asked to par­tic­i­pate in the event.

“ It may be a way to be a part of lo­cal his­tory,” Thomp­son said.

The con­cert se­ries was re­vived in Oc­to­ber af­ter the se­ries took more than a year-long hia­tus while the school­house was re­paired and re­stored.

The school­house was built in 1923 and needed re­pair to struc­tural dam­age to the roof and foun­da­tion.

The se­ries of­fered low or no-cost gospel con­certs on first Satur­days and coun­try and blue­grass per­for­mances on third Satur­days.

The re­open­ing at­tracted one of the largest crowds ever, Thomp­son said, but stag­ing it has be­come a bur­den for him and his wife.

“All good things come to an end even­tu­ally,” Thomp­son said. “ We hate to do it.”

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