Newborn Opry prepares for last ever show
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.”