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Talented Entertainers Perform at Chester Senior Center
A Celebrity Tribute featured Barbara Mills, Joylet Harris and Linda Twine, Conductor of the award winning musical "The Color Purple."
A Jazz and Blues Musical Tribute for the Elderly
A dazzling musical tribute was given by Barbara D. Mills, Director of Chester Fine Arts Center. This invigorating performer along with the staff at Chester Senior Center, organized an array of talent that included music of legendary performers for the elderly participants. Joylet Harris, a very talented singer of jazz and blues performed a rendition of Grammy Award performer #Nancy Wilson's, Miss Otis Regrets.The adept female composer Linda Twine, from the award winning musical, The Color Purple was present to discuss her pursuits for the future. The audience also received a delectable variety of donuts and coffee for breakfast as the whimsical, comedic, singer Barbara Mills, Miss Bubblelicious and the Bubblelicious Blues Band started the program. Her popular hit entitled I'm A Big Bone Woman, had members of the audience dancing; including a ninety year old woman who performed a Sherman Hemsley dance. Barbara brought enormous joy to the faces of the elderly, especially Mr. Russell, who danced with her during the show as well. It was hysterical to see the response of these participants to this celebrity tribute which inspired them to reminisc about the days of their popular music and dancing.
Chester Senior Center, is a haven of activities for the elderly in the City of Chester. Jamie Nowel Smith, is the center's Director. She commented on the organization of this celebrity tribute for the elderly, "We want to keep the center going. It is not easy to get these things together." Jamie, along with Vicki Holmes and other staff members, provide information concerning legal aide, healthcare, free meals, a pool team, dance classes as well as computer classes. A membership drive is also being organized for a fee of $25 a year. The staff works diligently to provide activities for elderly participants of this center. This celebrity tribute was not ony fun but inspirational. The seniors truly identified with the music of such legendary artist as Nancy Wilson and Leana Horne. Vicki Holmes, serves as Activity Coordinator for the Chester Senior Center. She explained how they have given trips to such places as San Francisco which they travelled by train. They have also taken the seniors to the very popular Sweetie Pies restaruant. There are future plans for a trip to New York, to see the broadway musical, Motown. Vicki, humbly expressed how she enjoys working with seniors because "They have shared so much wisdom with me and my daughter over the years. I have learned to be more patient and enjoy different life experiences." The culinary team of Doris and Justene, along with a kitchen staff prepared a delicious meal of baked chicken,rice with gravy, green beans and cake for dessert. Alice and Anne, who served as Rite-Aid Pharmacy professionals offered a flu shot clinic. Carmen and Katrisha served as vendors from Franklin Mint Credit Union, who provided financial information for the seniors as well. Georgeous jewelery, handbags and other acessories were also available from various vendors. It was a celebration of tremendous talent and a source of inspiration to the senior participants of Chester Senior Center.
A Little History About the Talented Ladies Of This Celebrity Tribute
Barbara D. Mills, embodies all the aspects of a legendary status as a performer. She confers all of her God-given gifts and talents to entertain and serve her community and others. Barbara is superior as a singer, actress, director and producer. Her leading edge is to create and produce jobs as president and founder of EuTom Productions. Barbara is also Executive Director of Chester Fine Arts Performing Center. She was appointed to the position by the Kirkland family after Anzer's Kirkland's untimely death; who served as the previous director. Barbara, has committed her heart to the success of the center due to the loving memory of Anzer Kirklland. She maintains the dream of Anzer, as she tenderly reflected his desire to establish the Chester Fine Arts Center by commenting, "The Center was Anzer's idea since he was 17 years old." His dream is being fulfilled by reaching the community with entertainment and encouragement to pursue their dreams. She reaaches out to her audiences with love of entertaining, laughter and joy through her comedic personality. The Chester Fine Arts Center is located at 17-19 East 7th Street, Chester, Pa 19013. The telephone number is (610)874-7434. Barbara, would appreciate any financial donation or grant assistance for the center in order to continue assisting residents of all ages in their endeavors.
The very taiented Barbara D. Mills, is an extraordinary entertainer who has worked with an extensive amount of world renown producers, educators and professional musicians. Her tours and experiences have explosed her to people around the world in various aspects of the entertainment business. Barbara, recently presented a special show entitled, A Day Of Jazz For Seniors, at Chester Fine Arts Center. They provided superstar entertainment and delectable food. Barbara, performed with her Bubblelicious 2 Blues Band and served as host of the show. Her band consist of individuals who have played with top performers all over the world. John Icaro, is the keyboard player, who compliments Barbara's bold, blues and jazz style with soulful, cool jazz skills. Wayne Wesley, the drummer flourishes and plays with perfection to keep Barbara's impeccable timing. Jerry Blake is the saxaphone and flute player who compliments Barbara's genuine comedic jazz with his smooth sounds. Barbara, recently did a performance with the velvety jazz singer Clare Bathe, who is world renown for her sultry, jazzy sounds. Barbara D. Mills, was recently featured at Warm Daddy's restaurant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she performed and hosted this special event. Barbara, is a savvy source of talent, who volunteers her time and efforts at Chester Senior Center. She works with the seniors patiently and inspirationally as she provides humor and amusement in various games including bingo. Barbara D. Mills, is the ultimate source of an entertainer, who continues to give back to her community, based on the love and joy she extends to others. What a fine example she continues to demonstrate.
During this special celebrity tribute, the extremely adept Joylet Harris, did a powerful rendition in honor of Nancy Wilson. She explained that her upcoming shows would feature the sounds of Gladys Knight as well. Joylet, expressed how she was confronted with tremendous health problems that only God could have brought her through. She was unable to sing and speak for awhile due to 20% paralysis on her vocal cords. Joylet, explained how the doctor who worked on her to correct this problem had her sing during the procedure. Four hours later, she was home and Joylet, felt this doctor was sent by God. In three to five monthis she was able to hit the stage again to perform some of the greatest hits. Joylet, has also been on numerous tellevision programs such as Law and Order and A Night With the Wilsons at Act II Playhouse in Philladelphia, Pa. Joylet, has a smoothe jazzy sound that is reminiscent of such jazz greats as Nancy Wilson and Leana Horne. She was an enhancement to the Chester Senior Center tribute.
The accomplished female musical composer Linda Twine, from the award winning musical The Color Purple, was also present for this celebrity tribute. She is originally from Oklahoma but currently reside in New York. For numerous years, Linda, was one of the few female musical conductors. The first show she served as a conductor was The Wiz. In 1975 Linda, served as asistant conductor for the musical Ain't Mishavin. She is a skilled conductor, arranger, musical director and musician. Linda, was recognized as an outstanding conductor in The Color Purple, "Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller and Stephen Spielberg's, Oscar- nominated film" which became "a stage musical that spans for decades and three continents, chronicling the feminist evolution of a battered African American woman given to writing letters to God and her long-lost missionary sister." She has also served as musical director on Broadway for such musicals as Big River and Jellies' Last Jam with the late Greggory Hines. Linda Twine, has received rave reviews from musical legend Quincy Jones, for her work. She is a writer of books and music for the very talented jazz artist, Leslie Uggams. Twine's latest work as a conductor was Stompin At the Savoy. She reminisced about this place which the musical is based on. "This was a place where people went to dance the Lindy Hop, savoy style. Two big bands were always on the floor such as, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Count Basie's bands. Benny Goodman, came to play and there was 25,000 people who attended to hear this. It was the battle of the bands." She went on to explain how battles of the horns such as the saxaphone and trumpet would be performed as well. The most adroit players would be chosen out of these competitions, giving them "bragging rights." The best Lindy Hoppers, tap dancers and singers would also be chosen. Linda Twine, is a consummate of music and writing as she ventures into writing children's books entitled, Making Books Sing. The audience members at this celebrity tribute, enjoyed words of wisdom and they identified with the enormous historical background of Linda Twine.
It was a privilege to witness such jazz and blues greatness. These legends volunteered their time and expertise to bring joy to seniors at Chester Senior Center. Barbara D. Mills, Joylet Harris, Linda Twine along with the staff and volunteers worked diligently to organize this day of pristine talent. It was a good demonstration of respect and appreciation for the elderly within the Chester community. Proverbs 16:31 was clearly demonstrated which states, "Gray-headedness is a crown of beauty when it is found in the way of righteousness." (New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures) What a superlative act of love demonstrated by these celebrities for this musical tribute. We look forward to more of these type of events at Chester Senior Center and Chester Fine Arts Center in the future.
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