Clovers and Company coming to Covington
One of my favorite musical groups, Clovers and Company, is headed to town.
I travelled to a show last month, and even though I’ve been watching them for 15 years I believe they topped themselves yet again.
The band is incredible, the dancing is superb, and of course the singers really knock it out of the park. The music covers everything from old favorites to current hits, the lyrics are all clean, and the crowd can’t help but move to the music.
Oh, and did I mention, one of the performers is from Covington?
Covington’s own Mary Lathem, a rising junior at Eastside High, first tried out for Georgia 4-H’s performing arts group the summer after fifth grade. You may have seen her performing over the years with the Oxford Youth Singers or maybe with the chorus at Eastside, Cousins, or East Newton.
I imagine it can be a little intimidating as a 10 or 11 year old, standing on stage in the Rock Eagle auditorium or at one of the other audition sites to audition against 150 or more older youth.
The weeks of waiting until you hear about selections must seem to stretch out over years.
Also, at that age the odds are against you: often only one or two kids that young make the group which ranges up to the 12th grade.
Alumni from the group include Grammy winners Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland and Hillary Lindsey, as well as actress Nikki Deloach and country singer Brandi Thornton.
That year, Mary was the only youth her age initially selected for the group, and she returns each year to audition for her spot again.
We’re waiting right now for that oh-soimportant letter, but I have no doubt she’ll be on stage for the sixth year in a row this fall when Clovers and Company debuts its newest show.
The group was founded in 1981 to showcase the talents of Georgia 4-H youth as they perform for audiences across the nation.
On Jan. 21, 2012, the nationally-acclaimed show will land right here in Covington.
The Newton County Arts Association and Newton County 4-H are excited to bring these 42 young singers, dancers, instrumentalists and stagehands to town, but we need your help.
Want to help support 4-H’ers from across the state as they travel to entertain a local crowd?
Consider being a financial sponsor of the show. We need donations large and small to pull this off.
Tax-deductible contributions may be made to the Newton County Arts Association at 1106 Washington St. S. W., Covington, GA 30014-2352, or to Newton County 4-H at 1113 Usher St. N. W., Covington, GA 30014.
Please designate your donation for “ Clovers and Company.”
And of course, everyone should save the date now for this incredible, toe-tapping, 45-minute show on Jan. 21.
The music is great for children and families as well as adults of all ages.
Each year, the show manages to work in songs that appeal to adults and youth, as well as songs which represent Georgia as the group travels to other states.
The group represents the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at 4-H events, major agricultural events, as well as conventions and conferences.
Smaller groups of the youth also spin off to perform as Clovers, Etc., for other events.
Over the years several Newton County youth have performed with Clovers and Company.
They’ve had an incredible opportunity to hone their skills with other talented youth from across the state and to perform to huge audiences.
Not every Clovers member goes on to a musical career, but ev- ery performer puts the confidence, dedication, and teamwork they learned as part of the group to work in their lives.
Each member is also required to be a 4-H member, so they’re also doing project work, volunteering with service projects, and practicing leader- ship through 4-H.
These are musicians you won’t mind the kids looking up to.