Clovers and Com­pany com­ing to Cov­ing­ton

The Covington News - - Frontpage - TERRI KIM­BLE COLUM­NIST Terri Kim­ble is the New­ton County 4- H Ed­u­ca­tor through UGA Co­op­er­a­tive Ex­ten­sion. She can be reached at 770- 784- 2010 or tkim­ble@ uga. edu.

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.

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