Another rainy day here in Peru, Indiana, the ground is like a sponge and is so muddy. Rain is forecast for the rest of the week.
We did five shows this month and returned to Millers Merry Manor in Plymouth after two years. The facilities change Activities Directors so many times our contact information is lost so I have to contact them.
We have seven shows booked for May including a special Mother’s Day show at Valley View in Elkhart. Another special all Gospel show at Hickory Creek here in Peru.
I planted two tomato plants and hope they don’t drown out by all the rain.
Check our schedule for upcoming shows. Everyone is welcome.
Until next time
Love and Prayers
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Welcome to Sounds of Loretta Lynn by Charlene. This is a lip sync presentation concert of songs by Loretta Lynn the Queen of Country music.
Facts and Thoughts
We both grew up loving country music, Loretta Lynn, being our favorite female country artist. While working at a nursing home, I discovered how difficult it was for the Activities Department to offer the residents activities that they really enjoyed. So, we thought of a plan. I got a wig and put together a Loretta Lynn outfit, and put on a 20 minute show of Lorettas music, the lyrics of which I lip-synced. The residents had so much fun and so did we! In March of 2003 I was asked to do our act at the Circus Hall of Fame Gala and Art Auction, an annual event in Peru Indiana. George, an amateur artist, donates drawings to be auctioned off to raise funds for this great organization. After the show I was approached by a staff member from a nursing home facility and asked to perform for their residents. Sounds of Loretta Lynn by Charlene was born on June 30, 2003, and on July 9, 2004 the 100 show was celebrated at Americare Living Center in Wabash, IN. George does all the computer work, sound equipment, photography, and driving. I tell the residents where we perform that, "He makes sure I am buttoned up, zipped up, and got my shoes on the right feet. He is wonderful and I could not do this without him. There is no charge for the show, however with the gasoline prices rising higher and higher a donation for travel is greatly appreciated. We feel like millionaires every time we finish a show and see the smiles on the faces of these sometimes forgotten people. Hugs, handshakes and smiles are a very important part of the show. We have people who have not spoken a word in months start to sing along. Family members tell us how special their family member feels when we do the old country music they remember. In April of 2004 we were honored as Volunteer of the Year at two different facilities, one in Wabash, IN and one in Peru, IN. I cried like a baby to receive such honors and now I know how Loretta must feel when she recieves any of her many awards. As long as the residents enjoy it and the Lord keeps us in good health we will continue with our shows. Here is a special note for everyone, take some time to visit your local nursing home, just walk down the hall and say hello, give the residents a smile, a hug or a hand shake and you will be surprised how it will warm your heart and make a very special day for someone and yourself. We have received many awards over the years. Here are some of the awards that we have received; WRTV Leadership, Gas America Home Tome Hero, Make a Difference Day, Volunteer of the Year(4 different facilities,)Indiana Health Care Association Volunteer of the year and The Jefferson (WRTV & Citizens Energy Group.)We completed Show 100 in July 2004, Show 500 in April 2007and Show 1000 in August 2013. We are looking forward to Show 1200.
Charlene and George
The Butcher Holler House
2 - Millers Merry Manor, Peru IN, 7:00 PM
4 - Autumn Ridge, Wabash, IN 2:00 PM
11 - Valley View Healthcare Center, Elkhart, 2:00 PM
18 - Aperion Care, Peru, IN 2:00 PM
17 - Hickory Creek (Gospel) Peru, IN 7:00
24 - Millers Merry Manor, East, Wabash, IN 7:00 PM
25 - Millers Merry Manor, Logansport IN 2:00 PM
Tim, Charlene, George
Tim, John, Charlene
Tim, John, George
This is the facility at Syracuse
These pictures were taken at Miller's Merry Manor in Syracuse, Indiana. John is in activities at the facility.