Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

January 7, 2013

Opry fun makes return to PV stage

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat — Foot stompin' fun for the whole family will soon be back on stage as yet another opry show is planned for a Pauls Valley venue.

Again led by the Memory Makers Band, this next opry show is scheduled to get the tunes going around 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Garvin County Fairgrounds in PV.

It was at this same fair barn facility where the band and others put on their first opry show here a couple of months ago.

One member of the band, Becky Hill of Maysville, says the big turnout at that last show has led to this upcoming one and hopefully many more in the future.

“We didn't really know what to expect,” Hill said about the early November show.

“For our first show here there were a lot of people who came out, and they seemed to really enjoy themselves. It was amazing,” she said.

“Wherever we've gone since the show we've had people come up to us on the street telling us they were there and they had a great time.”

Those who did make the show came from all over the region, from Edmond to Chickasha to Ada, just to name a few.

A number of others weren't at the show but they've told Hill and her husband Woodie, also a band member, they plan on attending this next one.

All of this tells Becky there is a definite interest in an opry show here.

“It tells you people want that kind of entertainment,” she said. “They're hungry for this kind of family entertainment with a variety of music.

“It's off to a good start, and hopefully it will just keep going.”

At the November show the Memory Makers Band was joined by guest singers from Maysville, Elmore City and Stratford.

This next one on Jan. 12 is expected to feature singers from Maysville and Ada, plus Rhenada Finch of Lindsay, who will join the band playing keyboard.

Finch is currently an instructor for the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Music Department in Chickasha, plays piano in the school's chamber choir and has played in opry shows before.

“That the lure of it,” Hill said. “Local talent can contact us and possibly be a guest performer.”

The show should again feature a variety of music with such sounds as country, '50s and '60s rock, southern rock and blues.

It's all described as “laid back and audience friendly,” Hill said.

Another positive is the effort to establish a monthly opry show here has been joined by city of Pauls Valley tourism officials working to help with some of the expenses of holding this kind of event.