Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

December 30, 2013

'It's Your Party' to start the New Year at Fair Park

By Tina Taylor & Donna Garrison
Chronicle contributor

CROSSVILLE — Don't miss the first Friday morning show of 2014 at Fair Park Senior Center Jan. 3 at 9:30 a.m. The center's guests will be D.J. and Donna Garrison, who will help the seniors kick off the new year with some comedy and musical entertainment.

The Garrisons have been performing in Cumberland County since they moved here about 10 years ago from Indianapolis, IN. You may have seen them at such venues as the Cumberland County Playhouse, Palace Theatre, Legends at Fairfield Glade as well as at many private parties and out-of-town events. Their "It's Your Party" karaoke show is the longest running show of its kind on the Plateau. These oldies will make you smile and wiggle to the beat.

If you have not been to a "Commander Flashback's Traveling Parties" event, try to catch one of these shows soon. D.J. Garrison has entertained audiences for more than 35 years on the road in California, Vegas and Motown, as well as at home. His heart-felt singing style, piano magic, along with guitar and base, showcase his musical talents, which are as varied as the many decades his songs represent. Whether it is oldies, country, rock 'n roll, standards or his original tunes, you will certainly enjoy his comfortably familiar show while dancing or just sitting and listening.

The Garrisons are "Mr. and Mrs. ShowBiz" in Crossville and really know how to make a party lots of fun. They have donated their talents to entertain at many of the center's fund-raising events, including The Gong Show, which will be Feb. 21, and Crossville's Got Talent, which will be April 2014. Don't miss the first Hillbilly Hoedown coming to the Palace Theatre in October, where the Garrisons will be involved in the FPSC production. 

Also, be aware that there is a new band in town, "D' Guys," featuring the talents of D.J. Garrison on keys, base and vocals; Dave Whinney on saxophone and vocals; and Huston Wheeler on drums and vocals. Yes, folks. That's right, three vocalists.

For the first Friday morning of the each month, the senior center celebrates everyone's birthday and anniversary and welcomes all the the new folks for that month. Please plan to attend this Friday, Jan. 3, at Fair Park and enjoy "It's Your Party" with the Garrisons and their unique approach to entertainment.

If you would like more information about booking the Garrisons. They may be reach through their company, Garrison Group Entertainment, at www.dj-garrison.com; email to  dj.garrison@comcast.net; or just give them a call at 707-8385.

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It's the last few hours of 2013. So if you're going to get anything else done this year, you had better hurry. The Fair Park Line Dancers, "The Crossville Kickers," will be having a New Years Eve Dance and Party on Tuesday, Dec. 31, at 7 p.m. If you would like to line dance, waltz or do some two-stepping, everyone is welcome to join them to ring in 2014. Just bring some snacks to share and your favorite non-alcoholic drink. It is $5 per person.

Fair Park has some activities starting up this month. So hurry and get signup and make plans to enjoy these classes: 

• Learn Spanish with Ramon Wineberg on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.

• 5th degree black belt instructor Larry Potter will be conducting another fun 10-week senior self-defense class, starting Friday, Jan. 17, at 1 p.m.

• You can learn the newest ways to beat arthritis pain this winter from the National Arthritis Foundation. Cumberland County UT Extension Agent Kelli Bottoms will be starting a six-week arthritis exercise class on Monday mornings at 8 a.m., beginning Jan. 27.

• Music lessons with Tex Van Winkle teaching keyboard starts Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 3 p.m.

• Love to dance? Tap dance has restarted with Billie Brannon on Tuesdays at 2 p.m., and ballroom dance lesson will restart on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 2:30 p.m. with instructors Cheron Stenson and her Partner David Sheffield.

• New classes are available to help those with new smart phones and tablets that doesn't make you feel so smart with instructor Scott Bruton with Computer Ministries.

Educational classes at Fair Park are sponsored by Bilbrey funeral home in Crossville. Start 2014 by staying busy and making new friends at Fair Park Senior Center, located across the street from the fairgrounds at 1433 Livingston Rd. The center is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call 484-7416, email fpsctn@yahoo.com or just check out the center's website at www.fairparkseniorcenter.org. 

Fair Park Senior Center will closed Jan. 1, New Year's Day.