Houston Homecoming is Saturday, June 28 on the Square in downtown Houston and a wide variety of musical talent has been lined up to entertain the crowd.
“We’ve got four good groups this year and people need to make plans now to be there that Saturday night, ”said Lanny Wilson, of the Houston Homecoming Committee. “It has grown a lot in the past few years and if we get good weather we should have the best crowds ever.”
New this year will be a dance presentation by Mitzi’s Studio of Dance with the young ladies set to entertain between musical acts. Also new this year with be the launching of fireworks from South Jefferson, just east of City Hall.
But the old favorites that make Homecoming so much fun will be back this weekend.
Local churches, civic clubs and non-profit groups are being urged register their booth immediately and use the annual event as an opportunity to raise funds for their organization.
“We have been careful through the years not to just throw it open to anybody, because we don’t want it to become something commercial,” said Mary Smith, vendor coordinator for the Homecoming 2013 Planning Committee. “We offer the booths for free but we do have some guidelines we ask people to follow.”
Smith said booths are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis and groups or organizations wanting a booth at homecoming are asked to call Smith at 456-3382.
Wilson said the committee likes to book a wide range of musical talent to satisfy all musical tastes.
“We’ve got the Community Choir coming back this year to open Homecoming with patriotic songs,” said Wilson. “This choir is always open to singers in the community and people are urged to practice with them and get ready.”
The line up for the main stage is:
• 5:30-6:00 p.m. Jason West – A music minister from Brewer Baptist Church in Shannon, West is a favorite of local revivals. He sings a long list of Gospel favorites and the crowd is welcome to sing along to.
• 6:00-6:45 p.m. Potter’s Clay Quartet – A staunch music ministry, this quartet hails from Houston. They are made up of Bryan Poteete, Robby Hollingsworth, Ray Walker and Chris Hester. “Our goal is to touch lives for Jesus by the way we live our lives daily in our community and through the music we sing when we are privileged to do so,” said Ray Walker. “In selecting a name for the group we wanted something to reflect our desire to be what God wants us to be.”
• 7:00-7:45 The Elsenhauer Band – They made their local debut at the Houston Flywheel Festival this spring and were an immediate hit. The family trio travels the Southeast and is a regular in Nashville.
Amelia Eisenhauer has been playing a fiddle longer than she hasn’t, and picked up the bow at age six.
Andy Eisenhauer started pickin’ the banjo when he was eight and has also picked up playing guitar, mandolin and bass. Rhonda “Momma” Eisenhauer is the one who cultivated a love of music in her children and she plays guitar
• 8:00-9:15 The Gents – Rising out of the Garage Band era of the 60′s, The Gents made their debut around 1965 and regrouped in 1987. They have been playing continuously since for over 25 years. The group is made up of Art Gentry, guitar; Eddie Sanders, keyboard; Johnny Turman, guitar; Wavy Dave Randazzao, trumpet; David Welsh, bass guitar; Joey Gentry, keyboard; and Keith Shaddox, drums.
Orders for this years T-shirt are currently being taken by calling the Chickasaw Development Foundation at 456-2321 or picking up an order form at the Chickasaw Journal office just east of The Square in downtown Houston.
“This event is all about Houston and a lot of people help us make this happen,” said Wilson. “We want to thank those to donate to this event every year.”
Houston Homecoming began more than 12 years ago and features the same schedule of events each year:
- 4:45 p.m.- Veteran and Children’s Parade.
- 5 p.m. – Vendors open booths.
- 5 p.m. – Entertainment begins.
- 9:15 p.m. – Fireworks.
- 10 p.m. – Event closes.
For more information about Houston Homecoming or to register your vendor booth contact CDF at 456-2321.