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 by Barbara D. Mills, Director of Chester Fine Arts Center was featured. 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 reminisce about the days of their amazing 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, provides information concerning legal aid, healthcare, free meals, a pool team, dance classes as well as computer classes. A membership drive was organized for a fee of $25 a year.
Successful Activities Planned for the Elderly
The staff works diligently to provide activities for elderly participants of this center. This celebrity tribute was not only fun but inspirational. The seniors 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 had given trips to such places as San Francisco which they traveled by train. They have also taken the seniors to the trendy Sweetie Pies restaurant. There are 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 my daughter and me 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 offered a flu shot clinic. Carmen and Katrisha served as vendors, who provided financial information for the seniors as well. Gorgeous jewelry, handbags, and other accessories 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 Kirkland. 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 reaches out to her audiences with a 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 talented 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 exposed 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 consists 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 saxophone 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 a while 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 months she was able to hit the stage again to perform some of the greatest hits. Joylet has also been on numerous television programs such as Law and Order and A Night With the Wilsons at Act II Playhouse in Philadelphia, Pa. Joylet has a smooth 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 resides 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 assistant conductor for the musical Ain't Mishavin. She is a skilled conductor, arranger, musical director, and musician. Linda served as an outstanding conductor in The Color Purple, Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller. Stephen Spielberg's, the Oscar-nominated film 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 dancing 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 were 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 saxophone 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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