Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

May 2, 2013

AROUND THE TOWN: Coming out of the woods has its benefits

By Jan Boston Sellers
Chronicle correspondent

CROSSVILLE — When our friend Kim asked us if we were interested in going to Nashville and seeing the folks from “Duck Dynasty,” I was hesitant. I had a working knowledge of the A&E Cable Television show from Michael. He loves it. I knew it had something to do with Louisiana, duck hunters and faith. I was aware a lot of folks watched it. I also knew based on my limited knowledge it wasn’t something that would interest me.

However, out of deference to my dear husband and our great friend, I thought I would accept the invitation. Meanwhile, back at Tansi, I decided to watch this show before we saw them live in person. The first time, I liked it okay. The second time, well, I liked it a little better. The third time? I was hooked.

Liking this show about a bunch of men in camouflage who duck hunt and blow up things shocked me. Quite frankly, it surprises most of the people who know me that I enjoy it. First of all, I am not a big television viewer. I prefer to read. Secondly, I am normally not a fan of reality television. Lastly, duck hunters, camo, face painting and a bayou teeming with all sorts of creatures is way out of my comfort zone, but the faith and family part appeals to me. “Duck Dynasty” is what I would call a modern-day “Andy Griffith” or “Waltons.” They have fun, they do silly and even stupid things, often to each other, but in the end they are all about the family.

The Robertsons have made millions of dollars off of duck calls. They are, as they say, “crazy like a fox.” The family Patriarch Phil Robertson has a master’s degree and was a starting quarterback at Louisiana Tech in front of Terry Bradshaw before graduating and working years to make a duck call that closely mimicked the sound of a wild duck. It was their “duck dynasty” success that sent cable executives knocking on their doors. They wanted to film the family that comes out of the woods and puts down their guns only when they have to work.

If you watch the show, then you will recognize the names Phil, Miss Kay and Uncle Si. The trio was the keynote speakers at a fundraising event for athletics at Lipscomb University in Nashville last weekend. They don’t sing, they don’t play instruments, and yet, three of "Duck Dynasty’s" main characters sold out three shows in Allen Arena. The sold-out shows coming just days after their season three finale shattered every record at A&E, with a whopping 10 million households watching. They are the rock stars of cable television. It was amazing to me to hear the crowd roar as the three rolled into the arena in their classic white Rolls Royce to ZZ Top’s “Sharp Dressed Man.”

Suffice it to say, they are now multi-, multi-millionaires due to speaking engagements, book sales, an increase in duck call sales and revenue from their show. I guess “Duck Dynasty” is a prime example that coming out of the woods can be beneficial, even if you leave the camo on.

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Ms Cam’s Studio will present its 15th annual recital performance Saturday at Stone Memorial High School. Show times are 2 and 6:30 p.m. “Festival of Fifteen” highlights the talents of 150 students and will feature ballet, tap, jazz, modern, creative movement and hip hop pieces. Choreography is from staff members Rachel Hawn, Tricia Evans, Sarah Padgett, Cameron Hill and Anna Hill.

Tickets may be purchased at the studio at 56 South Main St. or at the door on the day of the performance. Discounted tickets are available for all former students as part of this homecoming celebration. Partial proceeds from this performance will benefit Relay for Life.

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Congratulations to CCHS Prom King and Queen JJ Miller and Kelsey Daugherty. They were selected during Cumberland County High School prom festivities. Congratulations also to Derek Wagner and Fiona Retzer. They are the recipients of the 2013 Mary Crabtree Scholarship from Cumberland County Playhouse.