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A Youngster’s Journey

Jadon Gibson

Wise County, Virginia, historian Charles A. Johnson grew up on his parent’s farm in Lee County, VA, reading adventure books about Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, Gulliver’s Travels and others. While still a boy he yearned to venture on a trip to visit his brother who was a schoolteacher in Letcher County, Ky.

The Johnsons counted on each family member to do daily tasks on the farm but during the winter of 1879 Charles’ constant pleas finally brought an affirmative reply from his folks. Though he was only thirteen or fourteen years old at the time, he was big and more mature for his age. Continue reading A Youngster’s Journey

Once Upon a Merry Murder Comedy Dinner Show – The Spotlight Playhouse, Berea

Join the Bluegrass Players for a Christmas Cruise that goes drastically wrong as our madcap characters try to make sense of a seemingly random murder before they are next. Highly interactive and over the top comedy.

Dinner: Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes, Brown Gravy, Green Beans, Macaroni and Cheese, Roll, Cranberry Salad, and Pecan Pie

Child’s Meal – Chicken Nuggets, Macaroni and Cheese, Roll, Pecan Pie

December 21 & 22
Advanced reservations are required.
Tickets

Once Upon a Merry Murder Comedy Dinner Show – The Spotlight Playhouse, Berea

Join the Bluegrass Players for a Christmas Cruise that goes drastically wrong as our madcap characters try to make sense of a seemingly random murder before they are next. Highly interactive and over the top comedy.

Dinner: Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes, Brown Gravy, Green Beans, Macaroni and Cheese, Roll, Cranberry Salad, and Pecan Pie

Child’s Meal – Chicken Nuggets, Macaroni and Cheese, Roll, Pecan Pie

December 21 & 22
Advanced reservations are required.
Tickets

The Christmas Wagon Grandpa Rice made for me

Jadon Gibson

My grandparents, Marcellus and Ibbie Rice, were married in the early 1900’s. They acquired a little scrap of land, added to it, nurtured it and built a magnificent two-story house and a large barn on Bull Run Creek, a few miles north of Knoxville. They planted an orchard, built a grape arbor, a springhouse, adding meandering rock walls and it became a showplace for the entire community. Continue reading The Christmas Wagon Grandpa Rice made for me

Once Upon a Merry Murder Comedy Dinner Show – The Spotlight Playhouse, Berea

Join the Bluegrass Players for a Christmas Cruise that goes drastically wrong as our madcap characters try to make sense of a seemingly random murder before they are next. Highly interactive and over the top comedy.

Dinner: Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes, Brown Gravy, Green Beans, Macaroni and Cheese, Roll, Cranberry Salad, and Pecan Pie

Child’s Meal – Chicken Nuggets, Macaroni and Cheese, Roll, Pecan Pie

December 21 & 22
Advanced reservations are required.
Tickets

Once Upon a Merry Murder Comedy Dinner Show – The Spotlight Playhouse, Berea

Join the Bluegrass Players for a Christmas Cruise that goes drastically wrong as our madcap characters try to make sense of a seemingly random murder before they are next. Highly interactive and over the top comedy.

Dinner: Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes, Brown Gravy, Green Beans, Macaroni and Cheese, Roll, Cranberry Salad, and Pecan Pie

Child’s Meal – Chicken Nuggets, Macaroni and Cheese, Roll, Pecan Pie

December 21 & 22
Advanced reservations are required.
Tickets

SPOTLIGHT PLAYERS PRESENT AN OLD TIME CHRISTMAS RADIO SHOW

The Spotlight Players present An Old Time Christmas Radio Show at the Spotlight Playhouse in Berea December 14-15. The show will be performed live in the theater and later broadcast locally on BereaOnline.com, offering the audience a unique opportunity to relive the golden age of radio. Continue reading SPOTLIGHT PLAYERS PRESENT AN OLD TIME CHRISTMAS RADIO SHOW

Once Upon a Merry Murder Comedy Dinner Show – The Spotlight Playhouse, Berea

Join the Bluegrass Players for a Christmas Cruise that goes drastically wrong as our madcap characters try to make sense of a seemingly random murder before they are next. Highly interactive and over the top comedy.

Dinner: Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes, Brown Gravy, Green Beans, Macaroni and Cheese, Roll, Cranberry Salad, and Pecan Pie

Child’s Meal – Chicken Nuggets, Macaroni and Cheese, Roll, Pecan Pie

December 21 & 22
Advanced reservations are required.
Tickets

Once Upon a Merry Murder Comedy Dinner Show – The Spotlight Playhouse, Berea

Join the Bluegrass Players for a Christmas Cruise that goes drastically wrong as our madcap characters try to make sense of a seemingly random murder before they are next. Highly interactive and over the top comedy.

Dinner: Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes, Brown Gravy, Green Beans, Macaroni and Cheese, Roll, Cranberry Salad, and Pecan Pie

Child’s Meal – Chicken Nuggets, Macaroni and Cheese, Roll, Pecan Pie

December 21 & 22
Advanced reservations are required.
Tickets

SHOOTING IN SPEEDWELL

Jadon Gibson

A strange sound awakened an uneasy William Archer Hall in the late night hours of October 15, 1929.

Hall had been sleeping on a cot in the telephone office in Speedwell, Tennessee, located on Highway 63 between LaFollette and Harrogate. Hall operated the switchboard located in the back of the General Store. He plugged in each call on the switchboard and disconnected them after the call was complete. At night he slept the long periods between calls. Continue reading SHOOTING IN SPEEDWELL