22nd Annual Feast of Joy welcomes ‘The Dreamers’ in support of The Shepherd’s Inn Safe House

Published 8:55 am Tuesday, November 28, 2023

FROM STAFF REPORTS
Elizabethton’s First Baptist Church is gearing up for an evening of heartfelt entertainment and support at the 22nd Annual Feast of Joy, scheduled for Monday, Dec. 4. This event, benefiting The Shepherd’s Inn – Safe House/Emergency Shelter for women and their children escaping domestic violence, will feature the harmonious melodies of ‘The Dreamers’ quartet as part of the evening’s entertainment.
Comprised of Frank Newton singing bass, Craig Thompson singing baritone, Dean Renfro singing tenor, and Dean Masters as the lead, ‘The Dreamers’ quartet brings a distinct Barbershop style to their performance. Hailing from the Appalachian Express Chorus, which clinched the title of district champions in the 2022 Dixie district competition of the Barbershop Harmony Society, ‘The Dreamers’ aspire to deliver Barbershop singing at its finest.
Dean Masters, the quartet spokesman, expressed their enthusiasm, stating, “We are honored to support the work of The Shepherd’s Inn through our music. It’s a privilege for us to contribute to such a crucial cause.”
The Appalachian Express Chorus, a 40-man ensemble known for their Barbershop-style acapella singing, has been an integral part of the Tri-Cities area music scene since 1968. Their commitment to sharing the love of music resonates deeply within the community. “We’re thrilled to lend our voices in solidarity with The Shepherd’s Inn,” added Masters.
Sponsored and presented by Food City, the Feast of Joy Christmas Dinner will offer a sumptuous meal featuring apple-glazed tenderloin, roasted rosemary potatoes, beans, desserts, and hors d’oeuvres catered by local restaurants. The Carter County 4 H students, overseen by Roger Clark, along with some 4-H alums, will assist in serving the meal, while guests will be further entertained by Lucas Hitechew, who has played the role of the event’s “butler” for over 15 years.
Reservations and ticket information for the Monday, Dec. 4 event are available by calling 423-542-0180. Seating is limited for this fundraiser supporting the invaluable work of Elizabethton/Carter County’s only safe house for women and their children escaping from domestic violence. This evening promises a blend of exquisite entertainment and heartfelt support for a noble cause.

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