While there were a lot of familiar names at the first Showcase, I was not familiar with more than half of the Wintertainers™ on the list to perform at the second Showcase. The activity director’s association and Robert and Billie Ferguson put on two showcase events every year to help activity directors book entertainment for next year. The Showcase allows the activity directors to get a sampling of what the Wintertainers™ can offer.
Even though I was not able to stay for this Showcase, I enjoyed every minute I was there. Only recognizing about six of the performers on the list, I was eager to see what the others had to offer.
The room was full of laughter and clapping – as just about every Wintertainers™ had a joke to tell.
Spittin’ Image, and several others, like Williamson Branch, brought out the belly laughter and cheers from the crowd.
Other Wintertainers™ included Night Ryders, Absolutely Country, Definitely Gospel, Rudi Harst, Roger Kenaston Band, Shake, Rattle & Roll, Shelly and Darren, Regan James, Rusty Rierson, Greg Jones, Golden Oldies, The Colliers, Poison Ivey, 2 Country4Nashville, Lindley Creek, Colleen Reinhardt, Ron Moshier, The Band Wanted, and Mountain Highway.
All of them came with the intent to entertain and book some shows. Even more Wintertainers™ were there to watch, to book and mingle with the other entertainers.
Absolutely Country, Definitely Gospel’s beautiful voices truly made their country and gospel music more heartfelt. They sang some Oak Ridge Boys and well-known gospel songs.
Shelly and Darren did an Edith and Archie Bunker imitation with Darren reassuring us – “This isn’t how she sing all the time,” – before showing what else their voices could do.
Ron and Jan Easter performed some Neil Diamon and some comedy as well.
Williamson Branch has truly grown up – the girls have anyway. That young one really has a voice that she enjoys sharing with everyone. She was out in the crowd getting people active in their music. You can tell they love what they do. She has some fire in her.
The Colliers, although performing a little bit of country and some old rock and roll, said they can play and sing anything from Merle Haggard to Led Zeppelin.
Rudi Harst was mainly comedy music. He sang a song about getting old. He also played the harmonica, his guitar and a mandolin, among other instruments.
Night Ryders did some old-time rock and roll like “Pretty Woman” and “Johnny B Good.” They weren’t all rock though, they even sang “Neon Moon.”
Colleen Reinhardt gave a wonderful performance on piano and some yodeling.
It is a pleasure and so fortunate that we have these Wintertainers™ that can come down here and entertain you Winter Texans. The Fergusons have done a great job in coordinating these events to get these Wintertainers™ into your parks.
I look forward to catching many shows in the future by some of these very talented performers.
We try to feature as many of these Wintertainers™ as we can in our paper and our website. So, don’t forget to check out our paper every week – for their ads or a story – and check our website where you can find the profiles for most of them too.