By Tina Taylor
Lonnie Daniels worked as a school teacher in the White County schools, but did better with his upholstery shop in the basement of his home. He is better known to many as the leader of the very musical and famous Daniels Family Band. In their hey-day, Daniels and his children played on the Grand Ole Opry 1974-'75. Winning back to back the title of the Smithville Fiddlers Jamboree’s Best Bluegrass — Best Gospel Group 1974-75, they played in the Blue Grass Mass for the Lutheran Churches in Lebanon, Murfreesboro, Shelbyville, Peoria, IL, Dallas, TX, New Orleans and many others.
Daniels doesn’t play with the family much anymore, but he does a good job holding his own. He plays more than seven instruments: guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, dobro, alto harp and dulcimer.
The Fair Park Senior Center are glad to have Daniels entertaining the seniors this Friday morning for their First Friday Party, which will start at 9:30 a.m. The Eye Centers of Tennessee will sponsor the birthday cake and game prizes, and Kroger will furnish the door prizes. Kroger is also sponsoring the Senior Police Academy, which is already in progress. All seniors are always welcome to visit Fair Park.
Thanks to the winners of the Gong Show, sponsors and entries and everyone who supported the show, which turned out to be great. The winners were first place, Cody Hedgecloth; second place, Ruth and Wayne Lucas; and third place went to Anthony Woolbright. Great job! It was a lot of laughs!
Speaking of entertainment, Fair Park's next fund-raising event will be the fourth annual Crossville’s Got Talent Show. Auditions will be held Saturday, April 5, for those who are interesting in showcasing their talents in the show. All kinds of talent are encouraged to enter and maybe win. Mayberry’s Furniture Store on Main St. and Mayberry’s Interior on Peavine are sponsoring the talent show.
A lot of folks are looking forward to this month’s Gardening Made Easy classes, which are being held every Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the senior center. Each week a member of the Master Gardening Club will be teaching an informative topic, such as container gardening, square foot gardening, lawn weeds and vegetable gardening. On the fifth and last day, there will be a field trip to the UT Experiment Station.
The Plateau Research and Discovery Gardens officially became a UT State Garden and Botanical Gardens last year. There will be a hay ride tour of the large garden, with walking paths to the display gardens.
Cheryl Death will be teaching free form style art classes, which helps anyone to relax and have fun with art, every Monday at 2 p.m. Bilbrey Funeral Home in Crossville sponsors the arts at Fair Park.
The Fair Park Senior Center is at 1433 Livingston Rd., across from the Fairgrounds. It is open to seniors Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with some evening classes. Check out the website at www.fairparkseniorcenter.org to learn more or call 484-7416.